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Feb 20, 2022

“Messiah Murdered to Save God’s Children”

Passage: John 11:45-57

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 11:45-57, OT Reading - Isaiah 2:1-5, NT Reading - John 11:45-57, Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 10:45 AM





Opening Song – NTH 71 – Stand Up, O God, Be Present Now (Psalm 68)




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


Call to Worship Song – Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord


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


Psalm of Praise – Psalm 2 (Seedbed Psalter; tune: The Church’s One Foundation)


Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40


(Silent Confession of Sin)


Corporate Confession of Sin – Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before you our sinful nature – prone to evil and slothful in good – and all our shortcomings and offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all the ways we have displeased you. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son. And O most holy and loving Father, send your purifying grace into our hearts, we beseech you, that we may henceforth live in your light and walk in your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Ps. 103:8-12


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 Collection & Pastoral Prayer


Medley – NTH 485 – O Thou That Hear’st When Sinners Cry / Alas and Did My Savior Bleed


Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 2:1-5 / NT: John 11:45-57


Prayer for Illumination


Exhortation – An Exposition of John 11:45-57: “Messiah Murdered to Save God’s Children”


Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead – and provokes the murderous plot of religious men.


  1. 1. The supreme sign and its consequences. (John 11:45-48)
  2. 2. The pragmatic prophecy and its irony. (John 11:49-53)
  3. 3. The pending Passover and its schemers. (John 11:54-57)


Prayer of Application


Song of Response – NTH 257 – Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted


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 02/20/2022

  1. 1. 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)
  2. 2. Our Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer time will begin at 7:00PM. This week, Feb. 23rd, we will be studying Romans 10.
  3. 3. The next Westminster Confession of Faith discussion will be on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 6:00PM.
  4. 4. Women's Bible Study, Thursday, 3/03, here at the church at 10AM. Newcomers are welcome to join us as we study the glorious riches of God's grace that we have in Christ Jesus, through the book of Ephesians. Bring your Bible, a pencil and notebook. See Andie Batten if you have any questions. Future dates: 3/17, 4/7 and 4/21.
  5. 5. In the event of snow (or weather) emergency, and there seems like there might be a cancellation of a church event (Sunday School, Worship, Wednesday Evening Bible Study, etc.) please make sure you: #1--check your e-mail AND/OR #2 go to WFMZ TV News station (NOT the weather channel) and check the cancellations listings.
  6. 6. The church is in need of a Church Administrative Assistant. On average, the tasks require about 4-6 hours per week. A listing of the regular tasks can be obtained from Pastor Phelps. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Phelps.
  7. 7. FLOWERS – please sign up to provide flowers for Sunday Worship. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.
  8. 8. Meal Ministry - Anyone who is willing to provide a meal for a family or individual in need should sign up. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the bulletin board in the hall. Please contact Carol Nolan for further information.