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Apr 02, 2023

"Test the Spirits and Know God"

Passage: 1 John 4:1-6

Preacher: Dominic Silla

Series: Visiting Preacher

Category: 1 John


Main Text: 1 John 4:1-6, OT Text: Deuteronomy 13:1-5, NT Text: 1 John 4:1-6


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song – Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest


Gospel Greeting – As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? - Psalm 42:1-2

Call to Worship Song – Hosanna, Loud Hosanna -W&C 174

Call to Worship – Jesus said: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”       John 4:23-24

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – All Glory, Laud & Honor - NTH 235

Reading of the Law – Exodus 20:1-17

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin – Lord God, eternal and almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption, prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good. Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments. But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from all our offenses. We condemn ourselves and our evil ways, with true sorrow asking that your grace will relieve our distress. Have compassion on us, most gracious God, Father of mercies, for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. And in removing our guilt, also grant us daily increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, and produce in us the fruits of holiness and of righteousness pleasing in your sight: Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted from John Calvin’s Geneva Liturgy of 1543)

Assurance of Pardon – Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.   Isaiah 1:18

Exhortation to Give – Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 1 Chronicles 29:11-14

Doxology NTH 733

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Medley Majesty/Come, Come Christians, Join to Sing - NTH 302

Scripture Readings – OT Text: Deuteronomy 13:1-5NT Text: 1 John 4:1-6

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon: Test the Spirits and Know God (1 John 4:1-6)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – Come, Dearest Lord, Descend and Dwell - NTH 340

Closing Prayer


ANNOUNCEMENTS - Week of 04/02/2023

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

2. Pastoral Intern, Dominic Silla will exhort at Living Hope on April 2nd. Pastor Phelps will be preaching at Park Church.

3. Easter Choir practice will be immediately after church. All those in 7th grade and up are invited to join!

4. Our annual Ham Fellowship Dinner will be April 2nd after the worship service. All are welcome!

5. 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!

6. Kristen Cornell is traveling 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 or refer to the QR code in the back of the bulletin. Kristen is specifically looking to take some children’s donations (clothes, sandals, toys, books) if you feel drawn to contribute in that way! If you have any questions, please see Kristen.