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Apr 04, 2021

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised”

Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: Easter Series

Category: 1 Corinthians


Main Text - 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, OT Reading - Psalm 16:1-11, NT Reading - 1 Corinthians 15:12-20


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for EASTER Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at 10:45 AM



Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings of the earth. - Revelation 1:4-5

Call to Worship Song – W&C 215 – Alleluia, Alleluia

Easter Call & Response

Minister: The Lord is risen!

Church: He is risen indeed!

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 276 – Up from the Grave He Arose

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

Let us silently confess our sins before the Lord… Let us unite our voices together in the confession of sin:

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 – (Righteousness) will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. – Romans 4:24b-25

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

Responsive Reading – W&C 182

Choir – Were You There?

Responsive Reading – W&C 214

Congregational Singing – NTH 274 – Thine Be the Glory

Mixed Quartet – O Joyous Easter Morning

Congregational Singing – NTH 277 – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Adult Choir – Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Congregational Singing – In Christ Alone

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 16:1-11 / NT: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon An Exposition of First Corinthians 15:12-20: “If Christ Has Not Been Raised”

Christ crucified is risen – this is essential to the Gospel we preach.

  1. No resurrection, you say? Think of the consequences:
    1. Then Christ is not raised. (15:12-13)
    2. Then preaching and faith are in vain. (15:14)
    3. Then we are liars. (15:15-16)
    4. Then you are still in your sins, there is no hope for the dead, and we are fools. (15:17-19)
  2. But thanks be to God – Christ is risen indeed! (15:20)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread: NTH 261 – What Wondrous Love Is This? / Cup: NTH 252 – When I Survey)

  • Invitation & Warning
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Song – Psalm 16 (Trinity Psalter – stanzas 1, 4, 5)

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 4/04/2021

  1. - Today, in addition to our special Easter service, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The Deacons Fund offering will be taken and the Food Bank Resources will be distributed.
  2. - Wednesday - The Wednesday evening Bible Study and kids Club will be held this week, 4/07/21. The Bible Study will also be a Zoom event – the invite will go out on Wednesday.
  3. - The next Ladies' Bible study will be Thursday, 4/8/2020 at Living Hope in the auditorium, at 10AM. Join us as we explore the riches of God's grace as shown to us in the book of Ephesians. Any questions, please ask Andie Batten. This Bible study takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
  4. - The next discussion group on the Westminster Confession of Faith will be Sunday April 11th here at the church at 6:00PM. Please touch base with Mark Maloney, Jr. for more information. Everyone is invited!
  5. - All ladies are invited to a shower of encouragement for Shannan (Truscott) Hertzog, Lauren Cairns (Tim Diem's fiancée) and Emily Bennett (by email) on Saturday, April 24 at 10:30 am at the Goonewardenes.  All women should have gotten an invitation in your mailbox.  
  6. - Please check your mailbox for the new missionary prayer cards.