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Jan 15, 2023

Assurance of Faith Found with the Triune God

Passage: 1 John 3:18-24

Preacher: Dominic Silla

Series: Visiting Preacher

Category: 1 John


Main Text - 1 John 3:18-24, OT Reading - Psalm 51:1-19, NT Reading - 1 John 3:18-24,


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 10:45 AM - Mr. Dominic Silla exhorting



Opening Song – NTH 693 - Blessed Assurance


Gospel Greeting – Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Ps. 27:7-8

Call to Worship Song – NTH 690 - I Know that My Redeemer Lives

Call to Worship – Ascribe to the Lord, O clans of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 1 Chron. 16:28-29

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – Yet Not I, but through Christ in Me

Reading of the Law – Shortened 10 Commandments & Matthew 22:37-40

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. For we know our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us. Against you, you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Purge us with hyssop, and we shall be clean; wash us and we shall be whiter than snow. For you have promised, O Father, that if we confess our sins, you will be faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – by the blood of your Son, Jesus. Restore to us the joy of your salvation by the power of your Holy Spirit. And enable us, by your grace, to walk in the light of your Gospel, and to show fellow sinners the way of repentance. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will

not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to

our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above

the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is

from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Ps. 103:8-12


Exhortation to Give – Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. 1 Chron. 16:29

Doxology NTH 733

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Medley – He Who Began A Good Work In You

- He Will Hold Me Fast

Scripture Readings – OT Text: Psalm 51:1-19, NT Text:1 John 3:18-24

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon: Assurance of Faith Found with the Triune God – 1 John 3:18-24

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – TSH* - Psalm 103-A – Bless The Lord, My Soul

Benediction/Closing Prayer – May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth! Ps. 134:3

* TSH - Trinity Psalter Hymnal


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 01/15/2023

  1. On Tuesday morning at 8:00 – 8:45AM, Dominic Silla will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church (all are welcome to join in).
  2. The fellowship committee will meet on Sunday January 15th at 12:30 in the double S.S. room. The fellowship committee is open to anyone who wants to help plan and carry out any of the fellowship opportunities Living Hope provides. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to come, or if you would like to help but are unable to attend the meeting. Thanks to all past members who have worked so hard to make our fellowship gatherings a success.
  3. Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 8:30AM – Come join us for a wonderful time of food, fellowship and the study on the book of Daniel.
  4. Living Hope OPC Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on the last Wednesday of January, Wednesday January 25, 2023 at 7:00PM. Those who need to prepare their annual reports, please start to prepare for submitting them.
  5. NOTE: Congregational MeetingSuggested CHANGES TO LH BYLAWS - The Session is proposing wording changes to our Bylaws for clarity regarding the process of nomination, training and certification of officers, and better explaining the timing of congregational meetings needed for the process.  The LH bylaws are patterned after the OPC Book of Church Order--which sometimes does not have the best wording.  We are suggesting making changes in wording for clarity and NOT for changing the substance of the intent and necessary details put forth by the OPC.  The document shows the changes as they will appear in the body of the bylaws--and as the bylaws provide---there is an "amendments" section which shows BOTH the original wording and the new changed version for comparison so the reader can see and understand what is being changed. There is a copy of these suggested changes posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.
  6. The Presbytery of Philadelphia (OPC) is delighted to host Winterlight 2023 again this year on February 24-25, 2023 at Covenant OPC in Sinking Spring, PA.This should be a wonderful opportunity for your youth to be encouraged by teaching from God's Word amidst good fellowship with other Christian youth and mentorship from older counselors. This retreat will be a wonderful time of fellowship with other youth, along with excellent teaching on “Walking in the Light” with Mr. Jeremy Menicucci. Youth can register online at philadelphia.opc.org/winterlight. Registration will be $30. Check out the promotional poster on the bulletin board in the hallway.