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Feb 21, 2021

“The Incarnate Creator Walks on the Sea”

Passage: John 6:16-21

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 6:16-21, OT Reading - Psalm 107:23-32, NT Reading - John 6:16-21, Reading of Law – Matthew 24:34-40



for Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:45 AM



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

Call to Worship Song – NTH 119 – I Sing the Almighty Power of God

Call to Worship – Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:6-8

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 122 – God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory

Reading of Law – Matthew 24:34-40

Corporate Confession of Sin – Almighty God, we confess we have broken your commandments. We have sinned by selfishness, worldliness, unbelief and pride. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves, and we have not walked humbly with you. Forgive us our sins and blot out our debts according to your tender mercies, according to your loving kindness. Cleanse us by the blood of Jesus your Son. Give us a humble and contrite heart that we might forgive others as you have forgiven us. We ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Confession of Faith (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 21)

Leader: Christian, what is true faith?

People: True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in his Word; it is also a wholehearted trust, which the Holy Spirit works in me by the gospel, that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation. These gifts are purely of grace, only because of Christ’s merit.

Doxology – NTH 733

Exhortation to Give – For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Cor. 9:12-15

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Medley – You Are My All in All

– To Thee We Ascribe Glory

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 107:23-32 / NT: John 6:16-21

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 6:16-21: “The Incarnate Creator Walks on the Sea”

Jesus the Incarnate Creator reveals His almighty power over His creation.

  1. The disciples’ dangerous voyage. (John 6:16-18)
  2. The disciples’ terror – at the Lord walking on the stormy waters. (John 6:19)
  3. The “I AM” says, “Fear not!” (John 6:20)
  4. The disciples’ joy at Jesus’ presence. (John 6:21)

Prayer of Application

Closing Song – NTH 630 – Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Benediction – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 2/21/2021

  1. The discussion group on the Westminster Confession of Faith will be tonight February 21sthere at the church at 6:00PM. Please touch base with Mark Maloney, Jr. for more information. Everyone is invited!
  2. Wednesday – The Wednesday evening Bible Study and kids Club will be held this week, 2/17/21. The Bible Study will also be a Zoom event – the invite will go out on Wednesday.
  3. The next Ladies' Bible study will be Thursday, 2/25 at Living Hope in the auditorium, at 10AM. Join us as we explore the riches of God's grace as shown to us in the book of Ephesians. Any questions, please ask Andie Batten. This Bible study will take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
  4. Until the weather stabilizes, Pastor Phelps office hours on Tuesday and Thursday will be determined on a week to week basis.
  5. NEW - There is a sign-up sheet on the church’s bulletin board for anyone interested in participating in Living Hope’s Salt Shaker dinners this year.  Details can be found in the email sent Feb 16 titled “INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?  Salt Shaker Dinners 2021 at Living Hope”.  More information can be gained by contacting Raymond Hayes – .
  6. There is Fellowship Committee anticipated schedule of events for the 2021 year now posted on the bulletin board. Please review it when you can.
  7. We are looking for volunteers to pick up flowers for the Communion Table each Sunday.  The church has a modest budget to buy them and there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to honor a loved one or special occasion.  Please refer to the full letter from Carol that was sent out on Saturday. For more information or to sign up for a specific date, contact Carol Nolan at 610-481-9271 or .