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Feb 11, 2024

"The Risen Jesus Speaks Peace"

Passage: John 20:19-23

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: An Exposition of John

Category: John


Main Text - John 20:19-23, OT Reading - Genesis 2:4-9, NT Reading - John 20:19-23



for Sunday, February 11th, 2024 at 10:45 AM

Opening Song – Only a Holy God


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

Call to Worship Song – Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord

Call to Worship – Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!   Ps. 105:1-4

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 100 – Holy, Holy, Holy

Reading of the Law – Matthew 5:17-22

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate 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 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned; but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  John 3:16-18

Exhortation to Give – Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.    Heb. 13:16

Collection with Prayer (Offertory: His Mercy Is More)

Doxology – NTH 731

Pastoral Prayer

Medley – Psalm 23 / Jesus Strong and Kind

Scripture Readings – OT: Genesis 2:4-9 / NT: John 20:19-23

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 20:19-23: “The Risen Jesus Speaks Peace”

The risen Jesus appears to His weak and frightened disciples hiding in a locked room.

1. He speaks peace and brings joy. (John 20:19-20)

          a. Rejoice in the peace bestowed by the crucified and risen Jesus!

2. He speaks peace, imparts His Spirit, and grants Gospel authority. (John 20:21-23)

          a. Declare His peace and forgiveness for those who believe!

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 472 – Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched

Benediction – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13


Announcements – Week of 2/11/2024

1. Prayer for Revival – On Tuesday morning, February 13th, Pastor Phelps will be leading prayer here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45 AM. All are welcome!

2. A reminder to everyone who signed up, the fancy fellowship dinner is here at the church this Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 PM. If you have any questions, you can direct them to Hannah Batten!

3. Ladies Bible Study will be continuing their study from New Growth Press, Ecclesiastes: Living in Light of Eternity. This will take place at the church at 10 AM on Thursday, February 15th. The winter/spring dates include 2/15, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4 and 4/18. All women are welcome to join! Childcare is graciously provided!

4. Pastor Phelps is leading a lunch time Bible study of the Gospel of Mark on Thursdays at Wegmans from 12-1PM in the cafe area. This is low-key evangelistic effort - simply talking about Jesus and His Gospel in a public setting. There will be Gospel literature available for any inquirers. Feel free to join us if you are available and interested!

5. Men’s Breakfast will be here at the church Saturday, February 17th at 8:30 AM. All men are invited to attend as we continue the study of the book of Daniel.

6. Kid’s Club is starting back up on Wednesday evenings for children age 4 and older. The first one will be on February 21st. This will start at 7 PM in the nursery. If you have any questions, see Jonathan or Hannah Batten.

7. Bright Hope Pregnancy Center is offering Sidewalk Advocate Training sessions at their Allentown location for anyone who might be interested. The dates include: Monday, February 12th; Friday, March 15th; and Monday, March 25th from 9 AM to 3 PM with a lunch included. There is more information in the hallway and if you have any questions, please see Katie Batten.

8. Winterlight Youth Retreat for the churches of the Presbytery of Philadelphia - hosted by Covenant OPC in Sinking Springs, PA - will be held 2/23-2/24. Please see the poster on the bulletin board in the hallway.