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Aug 14, 2022

“Christ Sent in the Fullness of Time”

Passage: Galatians 4:1-7

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of Galatians

Category: Galatians


Main Text - Galatians 4:1-7, OT Reading - Hosea 11:1-12:1, NT Reading - Galatians 4:1-7, Reading of the Law – Matthew 5:27-30


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – God of All Grace


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

Call to Worship Song – Father God

Call to Worship – How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Psalm 84:1-4

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 57 – Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah

Reading of the Law – Matthew 5:27-30

(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 if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9

Doxology – NTH 732

Exhortation to Give – For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. – 2 Cor. 8:9

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer


– Loved with Everlasting Love

– He Will Hold Me Fast

Scripture Readings – OT: Hosea 11:1-12:1 / NT: Galatians 4:1-7

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of Galatians 4:1-7: “Christ Sent in the Fullness of Time”

God sent His Son in the fullness of time, and His Spirit into our hearts:

  1. 1. To deliver us from our superstitious slavery to legalism (Galatians 4:1-3)
  2. 2. To redeem us from our condemnation under the law. (Galatians 4:4-5)
  3. 3. To give us the Spirit of His Son and make us His adopted sons. (Galatians 4:6-7)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 305 – Arise, My Soul, Arise

Benediction – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17


 ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 8/14/2022

  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. HOPE Kids school supply collection.  We will be collecting school supplies until August 14th for the Back to School Party for the kids in Allentown.  There is a collection bin in the hallway.
  3. 3. The next Women’s Fellowship with be here at the church on Wednesday, August 17th.


  1. 4. Next Sunday, 8/21/2022 we are having an after church fellowship lunch here in this auditorium. EVERYONE is invited to join in. EVERYTHING will be provided for your meal. Please plan to come and stay for the meal and the fellowship.


  1. 5. After the Church Fellowship Meal (next Sunday 8/21/22) is completed (and cleaned up) stick around for the Westminster Confession of Faith discussion group. A fixed start time is difficult to set, but it will probably begin by 2:30PM.


  1. 6. Pastor Phelps has a number of people that are interested in becoming a member of Living Hope. A seven-session church membership study will be offered in this fall. Please let Pastor Phelps know if you are interested in being a part of that group.
  2. 7. There will be a Fall Singles Conference at the Machen Conference Center in northwest Virginia on October 7th-9th. The speaker will be Rev. Mike Myers. He will be speaking on ‘Courageous Christianity’. For any questions regarding the singles retreat, please contact the singles retreat organizer, Ken Barnes, at
  3. 8. Women’s Conference – info on the bulletin board.