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Apr 24, 2022

“A Letter to Recovering Pharisees”

Passage: Galatians 1:1-5

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of Galatians

Category: Galatians


Main Text - Galatians 1:1-5, OT Reading - Psalm 40:1-17, NT Reading - Galatians 1:1-5, Reading of the Law – Titus 3:1-3


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Prelude – Because He Lives

Opening Song – Our God Reigns (W&C 229)


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Gal. 1:3-5

Call to Worship Song – NTH 286 – Worship Christ, the Risen King

Call to Worship – But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymns of Praise

NTH 267 – The Day of Resurrection

NTH 274 – Thine Be the Glory

Reading of the Law – Titus 3:1-3

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin – Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before you our sinful nature – prone to evil and slothful in good – and all our shortcomings and offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all the ways we have displeased you. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son. And O most holy and loving Father, send your purifying grace into our hearts, we beseech you, that we may henceforth live in your light and walk in your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7

Doxology – NTH 731

Exhortation to Give – “…Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35b

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Preparation – Living Hope

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 40:1-17 / NT: Galatians 1:1-5

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of Galatians 1:1-5: “A Letter to Recovering Pharisees”

The risen Christ sends His apostle to preach His Gospel.

  1. 1. His apostle has a divine commission and mission. (Galatians 1:1-2)
  2. 2. His Gospel has a divine blessing, source, purpose, and goal. (Galatians 1:3-5)
    1. a. The divine blessing: grace and peace.
    2. b. The divine source: Christ’s saving substitution by God’s will.
    3. c. The divine purpose: deliverance from this evil age.
    4. d. The divine goal: the eternal glory of God the Father.

Prayer of Application

Song of Response – Psalm 40:1-10 (Seedbed Psalter; tune: “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”; *lyrics below)

Benediction – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 04/24/2022

  1. 1. On Tuesday morning at 7:45 – 8:30AM, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church (all are welcome to join in). At 11:30AM – 12:30PM there will be an Outreach Bible Study, this week held at Starbuck’s at Hamilton Crossings off the 222 Bypass near Whole Foods/Costco.
  2. 2. A Reminder – if you received a survey, please fill out and return it by Tuesday 4/26. If you did not get one check your spam / junk folder or touch base with Bob Scott.
  3. 3. There is no Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer this week. Because everyone is invited to the Living Hope “private” showing of the POTS production of The Miser, this Wednesday night 4/27, here at the church at 7:00PM. POTS will be raising money for Bright Hope which provides support and services for women in crisis pregnancies.
  4. 4. Salt Shaker Dinner sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board.  Questions can be directed to Raymond Hayes.  Please sign up by April 23rd for: Saturday, 5/21/22, Saturday, 10/01/22.
  5. 5. 2nd NOTICE - The Session of Living Hope OPC hereby calls a Congregational Meeting on Sunday 5/1/22 [following 2ndservice] to present a proposal for an OPC-approved, 12-month Pastoral Internship for Dominic Silla; and to vote on approving financial support of $24,000 divided over two budget years. All communicant members are requested to attend this meeting.
  6. 6. Ladies, please join us for a Shower of Encouragement for Hannah Miner (Jonathan Batten), Anna Floyd Matthew Batten), Martha Emery (Dominic Silla), & Emma Brower (Ben Phelps) on Monday, May 16th at 6:30 pm at the church. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP to Susan Bennett at or 610-298-8914 by May 11th
  7. 7. The next Westminster Confession of Faith discussion will be on May 22, 2022 at 6:00PM.
  8. 8. This year the Philadelphia Presbytery is using the Spring Offering Project to support our new church plant, Christ Church in Downingtown. Please see the information on the bulletin board.
  9. 9. Some folks have asked about the Jason and Abbey Garvey. Due to his job with Purdue University, they have relocated to Indiana.
  10. 10. Don't miss the 47th annual Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology Made in God's Image, April 29-May 1, 2022 in Philadelphia. at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. For more information go to https://www.alliancenet.org/made-in-gods-image