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Mar 12, 2023

“Jesus’ Remedy for a Troubled Heart”

Passage: John 14:1-7

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text - John 14:1-7, OT Reading - Isaiah 2:1-5, NT Reading - John 14:1-7, Reading of the Law – Deuteronomy 5:1-21


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me


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

Call to Worship Hymn – Reformation Hymn

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

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

Reading of the Law – Deuteronomy 5:1-21

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin – Almighty, everlasting God, for our many sins we justly deserve eternal condemnation. In Your great mercy, you sent your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who won for us forgiveness of sins and everlasting righteousness. Grant us true repentance that, dead to sin, we may be raised up by faith in Your life-giving Gospel. Grant us your Holy Spirit that we may be ever thankful and live a faithful and godly life in your service; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2


Exhortation to Give – Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:17-20

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: NTH 498 – Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners)

Doxology – NTH 732

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Preparation – NTH 481 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 2:1-5 / NT: John 14:1-7

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 14:1-7: “Jesus’ Remedy for a Troubled Heart”

Jesus eases our troubled hearts when we believe in Him. You can trust Him because:

  1. 1. He goes through death into life to secure our heavenly home. (John 14:1-4)
  2. 2. He is the way to God, the truth of God, and the life from God. (John 14:5-6)
  3. 3. He makes known the Father to us. (John 14:7)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 154 – Thou Art the Way

Benediction – Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:23


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 03/12/2023


  1. On Tuesday morning, March 14th, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45AM. All are welcome!
  2. The Ladies’ Bible study is continuing their study in Ephesians this Thursday morning, March 16nd, at 10AM, in the large Sunday school room. All women are welcome to join!
  3. The women of the church are invited to a Baby Shower this coming Saturday for Anna Batten and Hannah Batten on March 18th at noon. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Susan Bennett at  or 610-298-8914.
  5. The Men’s Breakfast is this Saturday, March 18th at 8:30AM. Come and join for a wonderful time of food, fellowship and the study of the book of Daniel.
  6. Our Pastoral Intern Dominic is leading a drop-in prayer time before Sunday school each Lord’s Day. This will be from 9:00-9:25AM in one of the classrooms near the front door.
  7. There is a sign-up sheet for Easter flowers hanging on the bulletin board in the hallway. The last day to sign up is next week, Sunday, March 19th. If you have any questions, please see Raymond Hayes!
  8. Saltshakers– fellowship time and a meal together with others from Living Hope! There is a sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board if you are interested in participating in saltshakers (dates: 4/22, 5/20, 9/16, 10/14). Please sign up by March 26thfor the spring dates. If you have any questions, please refer to Raymond Hayes!
  9. Helping hands at Living Hope– There is a sign-up sheet posted for the various areas of service at the church for the remainder of 2023.  Please find/write your name(s) and fill out a yes or no response under each category (Ushers, Nurseries, Greeters, Kitchen & Transport).  If you do not fill anything in, your name will be filled in.  New schedules will be made up and distributed in April. The sign-up deadline is March 26th.
  10. There will be a Good Friday Service on 4/7/23 at 7PM. Please be in prayer for non-Christian/unchurched friends and family you may invite to our special service on Good Friday. The Gospel will be preached and a follow up 7-week evangelistic study, Christianity Explored,will be offered for anyone interested. Invitations will be made available shortly!
  1. Ben Phelps will be going on a mission trip to Japan during his spring break, which is the first week of April. He asks for prayer and support. More information is posted at https://wscal.edu/donate/japan-vision-trip-donation. Ben also plans to start writing a monthly newsletter during his time in seminary and early ministry; if you are interested in receiving this, email him at .
  2. Kristen Cornell has unexpectedly been asked to travel to Liberia in April for medical clinics with a new non-profit, Cooperative Aid Inc., on their first medical missions’ trip. If you are able to help and would like to contribute to this trip, visit https://ddock.co/99934908. If you have any questions, please see Kristen.