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Apr 03, 2022

“Jesus’ Final Public Sermon”

Passage: John 12:44-50

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 12:44-50, OT Reading - Deuteronomy 18:15-22, NT Reading - John 12:44-50


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Christ Our Hope in Life and Death


Gospel Greeting – Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. - 1 Timothy 1:2

Call to Worship Song – Reformation Hymn

Call to Worship – Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. – Psalm 96:1-2

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 181 – We Come, O Christ, to You

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

(Silent Confession of Sin)

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.

Declaration of Pardon – He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col. 1:13-14

Doxology – NTH 732

Exhortation to Give – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6:10

Prayer for Regular & Diaconal Collections with Pastoral Prayer

Song of Preparation – The Power of the Cross

Scripture Readings – OT: Deuteronomy 18:15-22 / NT: John 12:44-50

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – An Exposition of John 12:44-50: “Jesus’ Final Public Sermon”

Jesus preaches the Gospel publicly one last time. He proclaims:

  1. 1. When you believe in Jesus, you are believing in His Father. (John 12:44-46)
  2. 2. If you do not believe in Jesus, you will be judged by His Word. (John 12:47-48)
  3. 3. When you obey the Father’s commandment to believe, you receive eternal life. (John 12:49-50)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

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

  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Hymn – NTH 141 – God, in the Gospel of His Son 

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 Corinthians 13:14



ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 04/03/2022


  1. 1. Today we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We also collect our Deacon’s Fund offering and distribute our Food Bank resources.
  2. 2. On Tuesday morning at 7:45 – 8:30AM, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church (all are welcome to join in). At 11:30AM – 12:30PM there will be an Outreach Bible Study, this week held at Wegman’s on Tilghman St. (near the Café) (all are welcome to join in)
  3. 3. Our Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer time will begin at 7:00PM. This week, April 6th, we will be studying Romans 11:33-36
  4. 4. Women's Bible Study, Thursday, 4/07, here at the church at 10AM. See Andie Batten if you have any questions. Future dates: 4/21.
  5. 5. Easter Ham Fellowship Dinner – Sunday April 10, 2022 after church. Please sign up by today.
  6. 6, Following the Easter Ham Fellowship Dinner, the Westminster Confession of Faith discussion will take place – Sunday April 10th. This will be the only discussion group meeting in April.
  7. 7. Our Good Friday Service at will begin 7:00PM on Friday, April 15th.
  8. 8. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.
  9. 9. Dominic Silla is looking for an apartment here in the Allentown area. If you know of anyone who might have a place for him to rent, please touch base with him.
  10. 10 Salt Shaker Dinner sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board.  Questions can be directed to Raymond Hayes.  Please sign up by April 23rd for the following dates: Saturday, May 21st , Saturday, October 1st.