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Sep 11, 2022

“A Pained and Personal Pastoral Plea”

Passage: Galatians 4:12-20

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of Galatians

Category: Galatians


Main Text - Galatians 4:8-20, OT Reading - Isaiah 42:10-17, NT Reading - Galatians 4:8-20


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Blessed Be Your Name

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. Galatians 1:3-5

Call to Worship Song – The Risen Christ

Call to Worship – Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 53 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Reading of Law – A Summary of the Ten Commandments & Great Commandment

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Confession of Sin – Almighty God, we confess we have broken your commandments. We have sinned by selfishness, worldliness, unbelief and pride. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves, and we have not walked humbly with you. Forgive us our sins and blot out our debts according to your tender mercies, according to your loving kindness. Cleanse us by the blood of Jesus your Son. Give us a humble and contrite heart that we might forgive others as you have forgiven us. We ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Doxology – NTH 731

Exhortation to Give – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

Prayer for Regular & Diaconal Collections with Pastoral Prayer


– NTH 238 – My Dear Redeemer and My Lord

– Let It Be Said of Us (Let the Cross Be Our Glory)

Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 42:10-17 / NT: Galatians 4:8-20

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – An Exposition of Galatians 4:12-20: “A Pained and Personal Pastoral Plea”

A faithful Gospel minister urges God’s children to freedom in Christ and to the formation of Christ in them.

  1. 1. The exhortation to imitation and freedom in Christ. (Galatians 4:12-16)
  2. 2. The exhortation to zeal and the formation of Christ. (Galatians 4:17-20)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread: There Is a Redeemer / Cup: NTH 264 – Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross)

  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Hymn – NTH 378 – Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

Benediction – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 9/11/2022

1. On Tuesday morning at 8:00 – 8:45AM, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church (all are welcome to join in).

2. SPECIAL SEATING - we have a separate section in the auditorium for those who have been attending the early service and wish to maintain masking & physical distancing because of on-going health concerns for themselves or loved ones. Please honor that and give them space. 

3. Reminder - Sunday School begins tomorrow, September 11th. This fall, Sunday School will begin at 9:30AM. (Note – Back to our “old” start time.)

4. The next Women’s Fellowship with be here at the church on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30PM.

5. The Wednesday Evening Activities will begin on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00PM.

6. The Men’s Breakfast will resume on Saturday, September 17th at 8:30AM. This fall we will be using a Paul Tripp video series entitled “Men of Faith”. We encourage ALL men of the church to attend. A continental breakfast will be served.

7. Next Sunday, 9/18/2022, Danny Olinger, OPC General Secretary for the Committee on Christian Education will be leading Sunday School at 9:30AM and then will be preaching during the 10:45AM worship service

8. The new member class will begin on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00PM. It will run for seven sessions, 7:00 – 8:30PM. This seven-session church membership study will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a member of Living Hope or just finding out more about church membership. Please let Pastor Phelps know if you are interested in being a part of this group.

9. Mark your calendar for Saturday 9/24/2022 at 6:30PM for Allentown‘s God Loves You Tour, which will give the lost an opportunity to know Jesus and encourage believers in their faith. The free evening at the Allentown Fairgrounds (302 N. 17th Street, Allentown) will feature music by guest artists and message from Franklin Graham. Grandstand seating is provided (free) but you can also bring blankets to sit on and lawn chairs. Start praying for the people, that the Lord is laying on your heart, to bring to this event. For more information – go to https://www.godlovesyoutour.com/events/allentown/ Extra flyers are at the table in the hallway to give to your friends, neighbors, family and anyone that comes across your path!