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Nov 01, 2020

“God Justifies the Ungodly”

Passage: Romans 4:1-8

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: Communion Meditation

Category: Romans


Main Text - Romans 4:1-8, OT Reading - Genesis 15:1-6, NT Reading - Romans 3:27-4:8, Reading of the Law - A Summary of the Ten Commandments & Great Commandment




for Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Prelude – NTH 246 – Man of Sorrows! What a Name!


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

Call to Worship Song – Reformation Hymn

Call to Worship – Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 92 – A Mighty Fortress

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

Confession of Sin – Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us. And grant, O merciful Father, for Jesus’ sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and joyful life, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. – Philippians 3:7-9

Confession Song – Lord, I Need You

Exhortation to Give – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

Prayer for Regular & Diaconal Collections with Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Readings – OT: Genesis 15:1-6 / NT: Romans 3:27-4:8

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon - An Exposition of Romans 4:1-8: “God Justifies the Ungodly”

God justifies the ungodly who believe in Christ – like Abraham, David, and you.

1. Exhibit A: Abraham. (Romans 4:1-4)

2. Exhibit D: David. (Romans 4:5-8)

3. Exhibit Y: You. (Romans 4:5)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Preparation – Alas and Did My Savior Bleed

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread – There Is a Redeemer / Cup – NTH 264 – Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross)

 - Invitation & Warning

- Serving the Supper

- Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Song – NTH 551 – How Blest Is He Whose Trespass (Psalm 32)

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

Benediction Song – NTH 460 – Amazing Grace


 ANNOUNCEMENTS – week of November 1, 2020

1. Today we will celebrate the Lord's Supper. We will also take the Deacon's Fund offering and distribute the Food Bank resources.

2. Reformation Discussion - Wednesday evening, Nov. 4th, before all the other evening activities begin, there will be a brief presentation/discussion about the Reformation held in the auditorium starting at 7:00pm.

3. The Wednesday evening Bible Study, Discussion and Prayer meets here at the church. Also, there will be Zoom invitation will be sent out by Wednesday afternoon for those who cannot join us at LHOPC.

4. The Holly and Ivy Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church - 1151 S. Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA 18103 - The annual holiday craft show features thousands of hand-crafted items.  They also offer a little shoppers shop for the smallest shoppers.  Amazing homemade baked goods are for sale.  It is FREE ADMISSION, and they are also handicap and stroller accessible. Come for the Sweet Rolls, Stay for the Crafts!

5. There will be having a church wide Operation Christmas Child packing party on Monday, November 9, at Living Hope. It starts at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please let Mollykate Miner know if you plan to attend because the number of people who attend affects the number of boxes we pack. Nelson Randolph, who works for Operation Christmas Child, (he assists in helping groups do packing parties) supplies all the materials and asks for a love offering to help offset the cost of the materials. I hope you can attend!

6. Hope Community Church is again collecting Christmas gifts for the inner city kids in Allentown.  They said that they have enough gifts for the 5-8 year olds.  They need gifts for children 9-12.  The suggested price is $10.  Place gifts in box provided in the hallway.  Any questions, contact Beth Barshinger.

7. SERMONS - A few of you have asked about re-listening to the Sermon, but do not want to go back and review the entire Video. Attached is a link that will take you to a behind the scenes webpage that gives you access to MP3 files containing just the audio of the sermon (and a lot of other stuff). The link is: http://services.livinghopeopc.org

8. The EARLY SERVICE will be held (was held) at 8:30am, Sunday, Nov. 1st. This early Worship Service at 8:30am (that will not be live streamed) is in addition to our regular 10:45am Worship Service (which will be live streamed). This early service is to accommodate those who prefer to maintain stricter Covid-19 protection and distancing guidelines to avoid contagion. Therefore, we ask everyone who is in the building before Sunday School to keep masks on at all times, and maintain strict physical distancing. Communion will be offered to those in attendance.