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May 28, 2023

"Trinitarian Love & Everlasting Abiding"

Passage: 1 John 4:12-21

Preacher: Dominic Silla

Series: Visiting Preacher

Category: 1 John


Main Text: 1 John 4:12-21, OT Text: Psalm 91, NT Text: 1 John 4:12-21



for Sunday, 28 May 2023 at 10:45 AM


Opening Song – My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness


Gospel Greeting – Ephesians 1:1b-2

         “To the saints . . . faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."                              

Call to Worship Song – NTH 734, The Gloria Patri

Call to Worship – Psalm 34:1-3

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 6 - O Come, My Soul, Bless Thou the Lord

Reading of the Law – Exodus 20:1-17

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Corporate Confession of Sin

      “Almighty God, You have raised Jesus from death to life, and crowned Him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed down before Him, or acknowledged His rule in our lives. We have gone along with the ways of the world, and failed to give Him glory. Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be Your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the Church, His body. In His name we pray. Amen.” [1]

Assurance of Pardon – Isaiah 55:7 “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.”

Exhortation to Give – Exodus 36:4-7 “So . . . all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.”  So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.”

Doxology NTH 731

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Praise NTH 261 - What Wondrous Love is This?

Scripture Readings – OT Text: Psalm 91 / NT Text: 1 John 4:12-21

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon: Trinitarian Love & Everlasting Abiding

Homiletical Point: Because of God’s Spirit abiding in His people, we can be assured of both our salvation and of God’s infinite love for us. Thus let us love one another.

1. Overlap (Vs. 12)

2. How we Know that we Remain in Him (Vss. 23-26)

3. Love Perfected (Vss. 17-19)

4. Love Applied (Vss. 20-21)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – Tis not I Did Choose Thee

Closing Prayer – Romans 15:5-6: “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Announcements – Week of 5/28/2023

1. The Philadelphia Presbytery requests that the churches in the Presbytery pray for our seminaries in general, and for Westminster Theological Seminary in particular today, Sunday May 28th.

2. The Living Hope church family is invited to a picnic hosted by Park Church on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th), at the home of Jimmy and Laura Mack – 4050 Diane Way, Doylestown, PA 18902 at 12pm. Please bring a side to share. If you have any questions, contact Laura at 267-629-9029.

3. Marc and Laura Miner will be leading a financial course called Crown Financial Ministries. It is a 10 week program which discusses several topics such as God's part and our part, debt, getting wise counsel, honesty, giving and work. If anyone in the church would like to join in the study, the cost for books is $44.95. (Couples can share materials.). For more information, contact Laura Miner at

4. There will be NO Bible Study on Wednesday, June 7th.

5. Rev. David Holmlund, our Regional Home Missionary will be leading Sunday School and Church on Sunday June 11.

6. The year end Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday, June 14th. Everyone is invited.

7. We are asking families that have any students that are graduating from High School or College this spring to let Pastor Phelps know so they can be recognized by the congregation during the Father’s Day service on June 18th.

8. The Baby Bottle Giving Campaign to support the Bright Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center ends on June 18th (Father’s Day). Funds go directly to Bright Hope’s Allentown and Easton centers to provide no-cost pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, pregnancy options coaching, parenting classes, and baby supplies to the Lehigh Valley community. Please pick up your baby bottles from the table in the hallway! Please see Katie Batten with any questions.

9. The next Women's Fellowship will be Wednesday, June 21, at 6:30 pm at the church. Carol Nolan is the host and the devotion will be Bright Hope ministries: Mobile Medical Unit and the Door of Hope home. Please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board.

10. There will be a training session to be a sidewalk advocate for the Bright Hope Mobile Medical Unit on Thursday, June 22nd from 9 to 1pm at the Bright Hope offices. Lunch is provided. Men and women are needed to volunteer!  No experience necessary. See Carol Nolan for more details (610-481-9271).


[1] Traditional Reformed Confession, Confessions of Sin & Assurance of Pardon. Pg. 54