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Apr 25, 2021

“Is Jesus the Messiah?”

Passage: John 7:25-36

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 7:25-36, OT Reading - Micah 5:1-6, NT Reading - John 7:25-36, Reading of the Law – Titus 3:1-3


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Light of the World


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

Call to Worship Song – NTH 734 – Gloria Patri

Call to Worship – Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. Psalm 29:1-2

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 311 – Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Reading of the Law – Titus 3:1-3

Corporate Confession of Sin – Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7

Doxology – NTH 733

Exhortation to Give – Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. 1 Chron. 16:29

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer


– Ascribe to the Lord

– There Is a Redeemer

Scripture Readings – OT: Micah 5:1-6 / NT: John 7:25-36

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 7:25-36: “Is Jesus the Messiah?”

Jesus’ origin, signs, and destination raise questions which demand a definitive answer.

  1. Why is this controversial Jesus teaching openly? (John 7:25-27)
  2. Where is Jesus really from? What about His signs? Is He the Christ? (John 7:28-31)
  3. Where is Jesus going? Why wouldn’t we be able to find Him? (John 7:32-36)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 62 – Sing to the Lord, Sing His Praise (Psalm 96)

Benediction – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


 ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 4/25/2021

  1. The Session wants to thank everyone for the wonderful outpouring of Tithes and Offerings over this past year. The red Tithe box at the back of the auditorium can be used for all gifts, to the general fund, the Deacon’s fund or any special offerings. Please make a notation on your check or envelope as to how you want you gift distributed. You can also either mail your gifts to the Church using the PO Box or by using the Secure Online Giving Platform. FYI – the gifts in Tithe box are usually gathered shortly after the worship service ends.
  2. Wednesday - The Wednesday evening Bible Study and kids Club will be held this week, 4/14/21. The Bible Study will also be a Zoom event – the invite will go out on Wednesday.
  3. The next discussion group on the Westminster Confession of Faith will be tonight Sunday April 25thhere at the church at 6:00PM. Please touch base with Mark Maloney, Jr. for more information. Everyone is invited!
  4. Bright Hope Pregnancy Centers 40th Anniversary Walk for Life: This year, due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding the walk in-person and virtually on Saturday, May 1st. The in-person Walk for Life will take place at The Bethlehem Township Community Center Pavilion at 9:00 am (arrival 8:30 am). Attendance to the in-person walk is capped at 125 people. Masks are required when gathering in the pavilion, but not while walking.  For those who feel more comfortable walking virtually, we completely understand. Please still register and be sure to mark yourself as a virtual walker.  Register at brighthopecenters.org.  Click on Get Involved>Events>Lehigh Valley Walk for Life.  Everyone who registers for the 40th Anniversary Walk for Life will receive a T-shirt for participating — both in person and virtually. Please be sure to mark your t-shirt size when you register.  Sponsorship forms are available on hall table or they can be downloaded from the website.  Please speak to Mary Ann Truscott if you have any questions.
  5. Living Hope will once again be participating in Bright Hope Pregnancy Center's Baby Bottle Campaign. If you would like to participate, pick up a bottle on Sunday, May 9th, (Mother's Day), fill it with spare change, cash (or write a check if that's easier) and return it to the church on Sunday, June 20th (Father's Day).  If you have any questions, please speak to Mary Ann Truscott.  Thanks!
  6. The next (and last planned) Ladies' Bible study will be Thursday, 5/13 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.