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Apr 23, 2023

"Jesus Gives His Spirit and His Peace"

Passage: John 14:25-31

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text: John 14:25-31, OT Text: Isaiah 52:1-12, NT Text: John 14:25-31



Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song – Holy, Mighty, Worthy


Gospel Greeting – To the saints . . . faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.           Eph. 1:1b-2

Call to Worship Song – Psalm 100A – Shout to the LORD, All Earth (Trinity Psalter Hymnal)

Call to Worship – Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! Psalm 65:4 

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 699 – Like a River Glorious

Reading of the Law – Galatians 5:19-21

(Silent Confession of Sin)

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.

Declaration of Pardon Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.    Romans 5:1-2

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

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace)

Doxology – NTH 732

Pastoral Prayer


– Jesus, Strong and Kind

– NTH 691 – It Is Well with My Soul

Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 52:1-12 / NT: John 14:25-31

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 14:25-31: “Jesus Gives His Spirit and His Peace”

The Father sends the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name for Gospel instruction and remembrance. And so:

1. The Word and Spirit of Christ instruct us in the peace of Christ. (John 14:25-27)

2. The Word and Spirit of Christ give us understanding of the work of Christ. (John 14:28-31)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 339 – For Your Gift of God the Spirit (alt. tune: NTH 196)

Benediction May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.            Romans 15:13


Announcements – Week of 4/23/23

1. On Tuesday morning, April 25th, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45AM. All are welcome!

2. There is NO Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer this week, because Players of the Stage is staging a private showing of Quality Street for Living Hope and their friends this Wednesday night, April 26 at 7 pm. Invite a friend. There will be refreshments provided by POTS during intermission.  We will be raising money for Love Ran Red. Love Ran Red Foundation is a Christian-based, nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities.

3. The Bright Hope Pregnancy Center Fundraiser Walk is Saturday, April 29th. Register at brighthopepartners.org. Click on Events>Lehigh Valley Walk for Life.  The first 300 walkers who register will receive a free t-shirt. Please be sure to mark your t-shirt size when you register. Please see the information on the bulletin board if you would like to sign up to sponsor someone.

4. Next Sunday, April 30th, David Green will be presenting on Missions in SE Asia during the Sunday School hour.

5. Apologetics Movie Night: Sunday, April 30th at 6:30 PM there will be a free showing of “The Privileged Planet” at Living Hope OPC. All are welcome!

6. The first Women’s Fellowship gathering will be on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM. The women gather at church for a time of fellowship and dessert. Betty Minich will take some time to share her testimony! Come and bring a friend for an enjoyable time. Please sign up on the sheet in the hallway.

7. 2023 Machen Spring Singles Conference – May 26–29, 2023 – there is an insert in the bulletin for this singles conference. Register online at machen.org to go enjoy fellowship and biblical teaching with other reformed singles in the mountains of western Virginia! For more information, see the included information in the bulletin.

8. Christianity Explored: a 7-week evangelistic study in the Gospel of Mark designed for non-Christians. If you have someone you'd like to invite to a study, it is available anytime on an as-needed basis. Please talk to Pastor Phelps for more details.