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Dec 05, 2021

“Seeing (Spiritually) Is Believing”

Passage: John 9:35-41

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 9:35-41, OT Reading - Isaiah 42:16-25, NT Reading - John 9:24-41


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP (with Communion) for Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song – NTH 195 – Joy to the World


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Gal. 1:3-5

Call to Worship Song – NTH 213 – What Child Is This

Call to Worship – Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Ps. 147:1-3

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 219 – All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord

Reading of Law – A Summary of the Ten Commandments & Great Commandment

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Psalm of Confession – NTH 486 (Ps. 51) – God, Be Merciful to Me

Declaration of Pardon – For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Doxology – NTH 731

Exhortation to Give – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

Prayer for Regular & Diaconal Collections with Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Preparation – NTH 476 – The Light of the World Is Jesus

Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 42:16-25 / NT: John 9:24-41

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – An Exposition of John 9:35-41: “Seeing (Spiritually) Is Believing”

Jesus opens spiritually blind eyes – but leaves those who think they see in their blindness.

  1. 1. Jesus is seen, believed in, and worshiped by the once-blind man. (John 9:35-38)
  2. 2. Jesus is a light which divides – some blind see, but those who claim to see remain in darkness. (John 9:39-41)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread: NTH 246 – Man of Sorrows / Cup: NTH 480 – Come, for the Feast Is Spread)

  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Song – NTH 455 – And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Benediction – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14



ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 12/05/2021

  1. 1. The Christmas Choir has rehearsal immediately after church today.
  2. 2. Signups for poinsettias for our Christmas program are now up on the church bulletin board. The poinsettias will be used to decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas program on Sunday, December 19th.  Last date to order will be Sunday, December 5th. You may choose red, white, pink, or marble flowers & they are $10.00 each.  Any questions please contact Raymond Hayes.
  3. 3. Remember the collection of Christmas gifts for the HOPE Kids ministry in Allentown.  The gifts are for children 5-12.  The most pressing need is for children 9-12.  The gifts do not need to be wrapped, but if they are, please mark the approximate age range and whether it is for a boy or girl.  There will be a box in the hall for the gift collection. The last Sunday for collection is 12/05.  
  4. 4. The Westminster Confession of Faith discussion group will meet on Sunday 12/05 at 6:00 PM here at the church.
  5. 5. A member of Grace Reformed Fellowship OPC in Lander, WY is looking for a place to live in the Lehigh Valley for a week or two as he gets settled in a new job at Fedex in Northampton. (he needs a place to live to take the position)  Is there any family within the church that might consider letting him live with them. For more information touch base with Pastor Phelps.
  6. 6. Rev. Chris Byrd will be preaching here on Sunday 12/12 leading Sunday School (discussing the Boardwalk Chapel) and preaching.
  7. 7. Please put: Saturday, 12/18 on your calendar for the Ladies Craft Breakfast AND Sunday, 12/19 on your calendar for the Christmas Fellowship Dinner immediately after our annual Christmas Program.