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Jan 22, 2023

“Boasting Only in the Cross”

Passage: Galatians 6:11-18

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of Galatians

Category: Galatians


Main Text - Galatians 6:11-18, OT Reading - Psalm 125:1-5, NT Reading - Galatians 6:11-18, Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Reformation Hymn


Gospel Greeting – Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. Titus 1:4

Call to Worship Song – Let the Cross Be Our Glory

Call to Worship – Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 524 – Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Song of Confession – Depth of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Exhortation to Give – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: NTH 307 – Nothing But the Blood – verses 1 & 3)

Doxology – NTH 731

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Preparation – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 125:1-5 / NT: Galatians 6:11-18

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of Galatians 6:11-18: “Boasting Only in the Cross”

With Paul, our boast is only in the Cross of Christ:

  1. 1. Not in the flesh but in our crucified Lord. (Galatians 6:11-13)
  2. 2. Not in the world but in a new creation. (Galatians 6:14-16)
  3. 3. Not in pleasing men but in His grace. (Galatians 6:17-18)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 252 – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Benediction – May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:5-6


 ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 01/22/2023

  1. 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. 2. After a hiatus, we are re-instituting the congregational dinner at 6:00PM prior to the meeting at the church. Living Hope is providing the food. Come one, come all, no sign up is needed.
  3. 3. Living Hope OPC Annual Congregational Meeting will be held this coming Wednesday January 25, 2023 at 7:00PM. We are asking all congregant members to please attend this important meeting. Also, all congregant members are asked to review the 2023 Proposed Budget that was emailed to you.
  4. 4. 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.


  1. 5. At the upcoming congregational meeting we will need nominations and election of Trustees to the Board of Trustees.

       One Trustee is needed for the Class of 2025 (2 yr term).

       Two Trustees are needed for the Class of 2026 (3 year term).  


  1.     A. The previous slot vacated (by Kristen Cornell) is now open for class of 2025. (Kristen agrees to be nominated) 
  2.     B.  Raymond Hayes term expires. His slot for the class of 2026 is now open for nominations. (Raymond agrees to be nominated) 
  3.     C. Tim Barr became a Deacon and his slot for the class of 2026 is now open for nominations. 


Other Nominations may be taken and voted on. Please consider whether you would like to serve as a trustee and are willing to be nominated. Also, please consider who you might think would serve well as a trustee and bring them up for nomination (if they agree).


6. Per our OPC requirements, the Session is notifying the congregation that we have examined Anna Batten for membership. She will be taking the membership vows at our Lord's Day service on February 12, 2023. We are delighted to officially receive her into the flock of Living Hope OPC!


7. 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.