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Apr 16, 2023

"Another Comforter-Helper-Advocate"

Passage: John 14:15-24

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text: John 14:15-24, OT Text: Ezekiel 37:15-28, NT Text: John 14:15-24



LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP Sunday, April 16th, 2023 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song – Living Hope


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 1:3

Call to Worship Hymn – The Risen Christ

Call to Worship – Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 286 – Worship Christ, the Risen King

Reading of the Law – Luke 10:25-28

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate 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 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.   John 5:24

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

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: NTH 381 – Brethren, We Have Met to Worship)

Doxology – NTH 731

Pastoral Prayer


– NTH 283 – Alleluia! Alleluia!

– Our God Reigns

Scripture Readings – OT: Ezekiel 37:15-28 / NT: John 14:15-24

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 14:15-24: “Another Comforter-Helper-Advocate”

Jesus promises that despite His departure, the Holy Spirit will be with us:

1. He is “another” Comforter-Helper-Advocate – like Jesus. (John 14:15-17)

2. He is how the risen Jesus continues to be with us. (John 14:18-20)

3. He causes us to love Jesus and makes the Father and the Son “at home” with us. (John 14:21-24)

Prayer of Application

Psalm of Response – Psalm 143 (Trinity Psalter; Tune: “Fairest Lord Jesus”)

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 of Week 4/16/2023

1. On Tuesday morning, April 18th, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45AM. All are welcome!

2. Christianity Explored: a 7-week evangelistic study in the Gospel of Mark designed for non-Christians. If you have someone you'd like to invite to a study, it is available anytime on an as-needed basis. Please talk to Pastor Phelps for more details. 

3. Ladies’ Bible study is continuing their study in Ephesians this Thursday morning, April 20th, at 10AM, in the large Sunday school room. All women are welcome to join for a time of studying God’s word, prayer and fellowship.

4. Kristen Cornell’s trip dates got changed and she is traveling to Liberia later this week for medical clinics. If you are able to help and would like to contribute to this trip, visit https://ddock.co/99934908 or refer to the QR code in the back of the bulletin. If you have any questions, please see Kristen.

5. The Bright Hope Pregnancy Center Fundraiser Walk is Saturday, April 29th. Register at brighthopepartners.org. Click on Events>Lehigh Valley Walk for Life.  The first 300 walkers who register will receive a free t-shirt. Please be sure to mark your t-shirt size when you register.

6. David Green will be presenting on Missions in SE Asia during the Sunday School hour on April 30th.

7. Apologetics Movie Night: Sunday, April 30th at 6:30 PM there will be a free showing of “The Privileged Planet” at Living Hope OPC. All are welcome!