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Mar 27, 2022

“The Problem of Unbelief Prophesied”

Passage: John 12:27

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 12:27-43, OT Reading - Isaiah 6:1-13, NT Reading - John 12:27-43, Reading of the Law – Ephesians 2:1-3


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Christ Our Hope in Life and Death


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

Call to Worship Song – NTH 1 – All People That on Earth Do Dwell

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

Hymn of Praise – NTH 457 – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Reading of the Law – Ephesians 2:1-3

(Silent Confession of Sin)

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 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph. 2:8-9

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 Collection & Pastoral Prayer


– NTH 469 – How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place

– Speak, O Lord

Scripture Readings – OT: Isaiah 6:1-13 / John 12:27-43

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 12:36-43: “The Problem of Unbelief Prophesied”

Jesus has proven that He is the Christ and the Son of God – and yet most disbelieve. Why?

  1. 1. Unbelief is prophesied. (John 12:36-38)
  2. 2. Unbelief is a judgment. (John 12:39-41)
  3. 3. Unbelief is idolatry. (John 12:42-43)

Prayer of Application

Song of Response – NTH 100 – Holy, Holy, Holy

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 03/27/2022

  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 11:33-36
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Easter Ham Fellowship Dinner – Sunday April 10, 2022 after church.
  7. 7. Please put Friday, April 15th on your schedule for our Good Friday Service at 7:00PM.
  8. 8. 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/
  9. 9. Dominic Silla is looking for an apartment here in the Allentown area. If you know of anyone who might have a place for him to rent, please touch base with him.
  10. 10. 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.  Please sign up by April 23rd for the following dates:
  • Saturday, May 21st
  • Saturday, October 1st