Saturday, November 29, 2014

Test the Spirits

Having God's Spirit of love does not mean that we just accept every person and every teaching that comes along. The Scripture will not allow us such naivety. This Lord's Day we will learn to test the spirits in order to discern the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (90). We begin by confessing that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. 
My Soul Be on Thy Guard (595). We remind one another to watch out for any who would draw us away from Christ.
Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord (627). We rejoice in the victory God gives us.
He Who Would Valiant Be (507). We close with Bunyan's reminder to be valiant in this present world.

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 3:18-29; Psalm 143
New Testament: John 19:1-22

Test the Spirits - 1 John 4:1-6

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Oh Give Thanks to the Lord

Dear HCBC Family and Friends,

Giving thanks to the Lord is the best way to make known that he is God, and we have a special opportunity to do just that tomorrow. I hope you have been thinking on the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness this week in order to stir up your hearts to praise him.

When we meet, we will base our response to the Lord on Psalm 107 (see below). I would encourage you to read through that psalm this evening, either personally or with your family.

We will follow our service of thanksgiving with a thanksgiving feast! During that time, we would like to hear testimonies from you of what the Lord has done for your soul this year.

The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised. May the Spirit give us the grace to do that together tomorrow.

Service of Thanksgiving
Call to Worship (Reading Psalm 107:1-3 in unison)
Choir: I Will Give Thanks
Psalm 107:4-9 - The Lord satisfies the longing soul.
Hymn: Psalm 23b
Psalm 107:10-16 - The Lord cuts in two the bars of iron.
Hymn: From Depths of Woe (337)
Psalm 107:17-22 - The Lord sends out his word and heals our sins.
Amazing Grace (setting by Richard Barber)
Psalm 107:23-32 - The Lord brings us safely to the desired haven.
Hymn: We Gather Together (709)
Psalm 107:33-42 - Gladness for the Lord's great works
Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God (5)
Psalm 107:43 (Reading in unison)

Sermon: Giving Thanks for Fellowship with God - 1 John

The Lord's Supper
Hymn: Psalm 117b

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Life of Prayer

The Christian life is a life of joyful dependence upon God demonstrated in prayer. Join us tomorrow to enjoy that communion with God.

Psalm 95
Behold the Throne of Grace (670)
Lord Jesus Christ, We Seek Thy Face (667)
Our Great Savior (434)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 3:1-17; Psalm 135
New Testament: John 18:28-40

Confident Communion: Whatever We Ask We Receive - 1 John 3:21-22

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Assuring Our Hearts

There is no deeper torture than a tormented conscience, and there is no greater peace than confidence before God. Real confidence before God is exactly what the Scripture intends to give us tomorrow. Join us.

Arise, My Soul, Arise! (174)
Psalm 42
It Is Well with My Soul (371)
The Name High Over All (31)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 2:16-37; Psalm 41
New Testament: John 18:15-27

Assuring Our Hearts - 1 John 3:19-24

Saturday, November 01, 2014

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Manners


Yes, manners. Manners matter. God cares about our manners, for through them we demonstrate love to God and others or we demonstrate indifference and desecration. Decorum always has moral implications.

Join us tomorrow as we continue our quest to love God and others with real love that shapes our entire lives.

O for a Heart to Praise My God (70)
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (193)
Holy Spirit, Lead Us Now (198)
Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (191)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 2:1-15; Psalm 40
New Testament: John 18:1-14

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Manners - 1 John 3:11-18