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Mar 20, 2022

“The Crucified and Exalted Serpent-Crusher”

Passage: John 12:27-36

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 12:27-36, OT Reading - Genesis 3:8-15, NT Reading - John 12:27-36, Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40


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



Opening Song – NTH 55 – To God Be the Glory


Gospel Greeting – Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. Titus 1:4

Call to Worship Song – NTH 734 – Gloria Patri

Call to Worship – Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Psalm 67:3-4

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 122 – God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory

Reading of the Law – Matthew 22:34-40

(Silent Confession of Sin)

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 – Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19

Doxology – NTH 733

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

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer


– NTH 256 – Man of Sorrows

– There Is a Redeemer

Scripture Readings – OT: Genesis 3:8-15 / NT: John 12:27-36

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 12:27-36: “The Crucified and Exalted Serpent-Crusher”

Jesus’ hour has come to be lifted up on the Cross:

  1. 1. This is the hour of the Father’s glory. (John 12:27-30)
  2. 2. This is the hour of the last days. (John 12:31-33)
    • a. The judgment of this world.
    • b. The casting out of Satan.
    • c. The salvation of all kinds of people.
  3. 3. This is the hour to believe in the Light. (John 12:34-36)

Prayer of Application

Song of Response – NTH 295 – Crown Him with Many Crowns

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 03/20/2022

  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, March 23rd, we will be studying Romans 11.
  3. 3. The Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday morning 3/26 at 8:30AM. Please read Chapter 16 “Discipline of Giving” in the book Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes.
  4. 4. April 2, 2022, (10:00 a.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. EDT) the OPC Women’s Forum will meet on Zoom. The topic is identifying abuse in relationships. Please register here to receive a Zoom link: https://forms.gle/Gw8tazHn2bACnueH9. Questions: opcwomensforum.gmail.com.
  5. 5. Women's Bible Study, Thursday, 4/07, here at the church at 10AM. See Andie Batten if you have any questions. Future dates: 4/21.
  6. 6. Park Church Women’s Retreat – April 8th & 9th at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference on Long Beach Island, NJ. The Topic is – Setting Realistic Expectations: Can You Do It All?
  7. 7. Easter Ham Fellowship Dinner – Sunday April 10, 2022 after church.
  8. 8. Please put Friday, April 15th on your schedule for our Good Friday Service at 7:00PM.
  9. 9. The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries has established the “Ukraine Crisis Fund”. Follow this link for more information - https://opcdisasterresponse.org/opportunity/ukraine-crisis-fund/
  10. 10. The Easter Flower sign-up is on the bulletin board.  Deadline for sign-up is Sunday, March 20th.  Questions can be directed to Raymond Hayes.
  11. 11. Salt Shaker Dinner sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board.  This year there will be 3 fixed dates. Questions can be directed to Raymond Hayes. 
  • Saturday, April 2nd
  • Saturday, May 21st
  • Saturday, October 1st