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Oct 25, 2020

“Saved to Worship in Spirit and Truth”

Passage: John 4:16-26

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 4:16-26, OT Reading - Psalm 87:1-7, NT Reading - John 4:1-26, Reading of the Law - Romans 3:9-20




for Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 10:45 AM



Announcements – see below

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

Call to Worship Song – Ascribe to the Lord – Come and Sing Praises

Call to Worship – Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. - Ps. 95:1-3

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 286 – Worship Christ, the Risen King!

Reading of Law – Romans 3:9-20

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 – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7

Confession of Faith (The Nicene Creed)

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of his Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;

by whom all things were made;

who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven,

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary,

and was made man;

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered and was buried;

and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures,

and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead;

whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and giver of Life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son;

who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;

who spoke by the prophets;

and we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church;

we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;

and we look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Doxology – NTH 731

Exhortation to Give – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Heb. 13:16

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 87:1-7 / NT: John 4:1-26

Medley – God of Grace

– Holy, Holy, Holy

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 4:16-26: “Saved to Worship in Spirit and Truth”

Jesus convicts us of sin to save us – and to make us worshipers of His Father.

1. The conviction of sin. (John 4:16-19)

2. The controversy over true worship. (John 4:20-22)

3. The Christ who seeks and saves us to worship His Father – in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:23-26)

Prayer of Application

Closing Song – NTH 2 – O Worship the King

Benediction – The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


ANNOUNCEMENTS – week of 10/25/2020

1. Next Sunday, Nov. 1st, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper. We will also take the Deacon's Fund offering and distribute the Food Bank resources.

2. The EARLY SERVICE will be held at 8:30am, Sunday, Nov. 1st. This early Worship Service at 8:30am (that will not be live streamed) is in addition to our regular 10:45am Worship Service (which will be live streamed). This early service is to accommodate those who prefer to maintain stricter Covid-19 protection and distancing guidelines to avoid contagion. Therefore, we ask everyone who is in the building before Sunday School to keep masks on at all times, and maintain strict physical distancing. Communion will be offered to those in attendance.

3. REFORMATION PARTY – given the health issues we are currently dealing with, we will NOT be having our traditional Reformation Party with dinner and games. HOWEVER, on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4th, before all the other evening activities begin, there will be a brief presentation/discussion about the Reformation held in the auditorium starting at 7:00pm.

4. A few of you have asked about re-listening to the Sermon, but do not want to go back and review the entire Video. Attached is a link that will take you to a behind the scenes webpage that gives you access to MP3 files containing just the audio of the sermon (and a lot of other stuff). The link is: http://services.livinghopeopc.org

5. The Wednesday evening Bible Study, Discussion and Prayer meets here at the church. Also, there will be Zoom invitation will be sent out by Wednesday afternoon for those who cannot join us at LHOPC.

6. OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – there will be an OCC Shoe Box packing “party” here at the church on Monday, Nov. 9th from 2:00pm – 10:00pm. Please put that on your calendar and plan to come and help with packing a lot of Shoe Boxes. More details soon.