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Apr 30, 2023

"Jesus the True Vine"

Passage: John 15:1-8

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text: John 15:1-8, OT Text: Psalm 80, NT Text: John 15:1-8



Sunday, April 30th, 2023 at 10:45 AM

Opening Song – Holy, Mighty, Worthy


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

Call to Worship Song – Worthy of Worship

Call to Worship – I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! – Psalm 34:1-3

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 76 – Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Reading of the Law – Deuteronomy 5:1-21

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate 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 – But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.      Isa. 53:5-6

Confessional Song – Prayer for Purity

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: NTH 674 – I Need Thee Every Hour)

Doxology – NTH 733

Pastoral Prayer

Song of Preparation – He Will Hold Me Fast

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 80 / NT: John 15:1-8

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 15:1-8: “Jesus the True Vine”

Jesus is the True Vine in whom alone we bear fruit.

1. And His Father tends to His vine. (John 15:1-2)

2. And His Word cleanses us and causes us to abide in Him. (John 15:3-4)

3. And apart from Him and His Word abiding in us we can do nothing. (John 15:5-8)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 518 – Christ, of All My Hopes the Ground

Benediction – Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.       Hebrews 13:20-21


Announcements – Week of 4/30/2023

1. 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!

2. Helping Hands schedules are back again and starting up next Sunday, May 7th, for the remainder of the year. They are posted on the bulletin board, as well as placed in your church mailbox. If you come across any scheduling conflicts, try your best to swap weekends with someone else on the list. See Katie Maloney if you need further assistance or have any questions.

3. If you don’t have a church mailbox and would like one, please let Katie Maloney know!

4. On Tuesday morning, May 2nd, Pastor Phelps will be leading Prayer for Revival here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45AM. All are welcome!

5. Our Wednesday evening Bible Study, discussion, and prayer time will continue this week in the Gospel of Mark with Pastoral Intern Dominic Silla. As always it will also be on Zoom as well.

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. The Baby Bottle Giving Campaign to support the Bright Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center begins Sunday, 5/14/2023 (Mother’s Day) and ends on 6/18/2023 (Father’s Day). There will be baby bottles available on Mother’s Day.

8. 2023 Machen Spring Singles Conference – May 26–29, 2023 – 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.

9. 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.