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Jul 18, 2021

"Flee the Former Futility"

Passage: Ephesians 4:17-24

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: Communion Meditation

Category: Ephesians


Main Text - Ephesians 4:17-24, OT Reading - Genesis 1:26-27, NT Reading - Ephesians 4:17-24,


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:45 AM (with Special Communion Service)



Opening Song – Amazing Grace


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. Gal. 1:3-5

Call to Worship Hymn – Apostles Creed

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 455 – And Can It Be?

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

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 – Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:4-6

Song of Praise – The Power of the Cross

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 Regular & Diaconal Collections with Pastoral Prayer

Doxology – NTH 733

Scripture Readings – OT: Genesis 1:26-27 / NT: Ephesians 4:17-24

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-24: "Flee the Former Futility"

Christ has made you a new creation - so live accordingly:

  1. Remember what you once were. (Ephesians 4:17-19)
  2. Remember the truth Christ has taught you. (Ephesians 4:20-21)
  3. Remember to put off the old man, to be renewed in your mind, and to put on the new man. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Prayer of Application

Song of Preparation – Behold the Lamb

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Song – NTH 427 – Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands

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 Cor. 13:14



ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 7/18/2021

  1. 1. For the next two weeks, Pastor Phelps (and his family) will be away on vacation. Dominic Silla will be our visiting preacher for both of the Sundays (7/25 and 8/01) while Pastor Phelps is away.
  2. 2. There is a Trustee Meeting this coming Tuesday night, 7/20 at 7:00PM here at the church.
  3. 3. Next Saturday, July 24th we will have our annual Church Picnic. It will be held at the Goonewardene’s home from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board. We hope you can attend this special time of food, fun, fellowship and swimming.
  4. 4. The next Women’s Fellowship will be here at the church on Wednesday evening, August 4th at 6:30pm. Joanne Goonewardene will be hosting. Please make sure you sign up.
  5. 5. A reminder that with Pastor Phelps out of town on August 1st, we are moving our regular communion service until Sunday, 8/08. We are also moving our Early Service, with communion until 8/08.
  6. 6. We are now having a pre-worship Fellowship time beginning at 10:15AM each Sunday morning through the summer months. Come join us for coffee or tea and enjoy some fellowship before worship.
  7. 7. POTS is collecting school supplies for the HOPE KIDS of Allentown.  There will be a collection box in the hallway for the supplies until Sunday, August 15th.  Questions, ask Beth Barshinger.
  8. 8. There will be one group discussion session on the WCF led by Mark Maloney, Jr. in August, on Sunday evening 8/15/2021 here at the church at 6:00PM.