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May 21, 2023

"God is Love"

Passage: 1 John 4:7-12

Preacher: Dominic Silla

Series: Visiting Preacher

Category: 1 John


Main Text: 1 John 4:7-12, OT Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14, NT Text: 1 John 4:7-12



for Sunday, May 21st, 2023 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song –NTH 381-Brethren, We have Met to Worship


Gospel Greeting – “To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and Kept for Jesus Christ; May mercy, peace, & love be multiplied to you.” - Jude 1:1-2

Call to Worship Hymn – NTH 7-From All That Dwell Below the Skies

Call to Worship – “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in fear of you.” - Psalm 5:7

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise –NTH 355- We are God’s People

Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin

          “Lord God, You require us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before You. We confess that we have not loved You or our neighbor in this way. We repent of this. Grant that Your Holy Spirit drives us to seek these things through Christ. Amen.”[1]

Assurance of Pardon –  “I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out ; His beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon. They shall return to dwell beneath My shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.” - Hosea 14:4-7

Exhortation to Give – “Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open the window of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” - Malachi 3:10

Collection with Prayer--Offertory-NTH 649-More Love to Thee, O Christ

Doxology NTH 733

Pastoral Prayer

Medley - NTH 353-I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord / Let It Be Said of Us

Scripture Readings – OT Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 / NT Text: 1 John 4:7-12

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon: God is Love - 1 John 4:7-12

Homiletical Point: John is exhorting us in two ways. First, John is telling us that it is in Jesus Christ, first and foremost that we know Godly love. Second, that those who discover this love are called to exhibit that love in turn both toward God and toward fellow believers.

1: Love is From God. Vss. 7-8

2: What is Love? Vss. 9-10

3: What Ought We to do about Love? Vss. 11-12

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 359-Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Closing Prayer – on the Basis of Romans 15:5-6
           “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."


Announcements – Week of 5/21/2023

1. Pastoral Intern Dominic Silla will be preaching this morning and Sunday 5/28 as Pastor Phelps will be on vacation from 5/24 - 5/31. If you have any needs please contact one of the elders.

2. Apologetics Movie Night: Sunday, May 21st at 6:30 PM there will be a free showing of “Calvanist” at Living Hope OPC. The runtime is 1 hour & 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. All are welcome!

3. The Living Hope church family is invited to a picnic hosted by Park Church on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th), at the home of Jimmy and Laura Macle – 4050 Diane Way, Doylestown, PA 18902 at 12pm. Please bring a side to share. If you have any questions, contact Laura at 267-629-9029.

4. This May, June, and July, Marc and Laura Miner will be leading a financial course called Crown Financial Ministries. It is a 10 week program which discusses several topics such as God's part and our part, debt, getting wise counsel, honesty, giving and work. Each week’s lesson has two components - 1. an in-depth Bible study on that week's topic and 2. hands-on financial exercises. If anyone in the church would like to join in the study, the cost for books is $44.95. (Couples can share materials.). For more information, contact Laura Miner at

5. The Baby Bottle Giving Campaign to support the Bright Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center ends on 6/18/2023 (Father’s Day). Funds go directly to Bright Hope’s Allentown and Easton centers to provide no-cost pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, pregnancy options coaching, parenting classes, and baby supplies to the Lehigh Valley community. Please pick up your baby bottles from the table in the hallway! Please see Katie Batten with any questions.

6. There will be NO Bible Study on Wednesday 6/7.

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7. Rev. David Holmlund, our Regional Home Missionary will be leading Sunday School and Church on Sunday June 11.

8. The year end Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday 6/14. Everyone is invited.



[1] Griffith, Bobby G. Confessions of Sin & Assurances of Pardon. Christian Focus Publications. Scotland, UK. Pg. 26