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This I command you, that you love one another

August 1, 2021 Speaker: Jim Claycomb Series: John

Topic: Expository Passage: John 15:12–27


August 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm


How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah.

Psalm 84:1-4



Welcome and Announcements

Introit                                                                                               Choir



Here my eyes on Calv’ry, Calv’ry is my bright world now;

There a deathless grace, amazing, Falls like dew upon its brow:

Hill of Calv’ry, Hill of Calv’ry, There, my soul, make Thou thy nest.


There I hear the breeze deliver Psalms of heav’n to earth below;

Which were taught by Babel’ river In the land of wail and woe:

Hill of Calv’ry, Hill of Calv’ry, Makes the earth aglow with heav’n.


Here behold a sinner pleading, Wither’d in a flame of wrong;

From his captive chains now speeding, And to heav’n he leaps along:

Hill of Calv’ry, Hill of Calv’ry, Ever now his song shall be!  Amen.

Taken from Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted) © 1995 The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Inc., 662 Melwood Drive N.E., Warren, OH 44483.


Call to Worship*                                                  Deuteronomy7:9-11

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them: He will not be slack to him that hateth Him, he will repay Him to his face. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

Hymn of Praise*                                                                            #700

“Come We That Love the Lord”


Confession of Faith                                    The Apostle’s Creed

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

         *that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

Preparation for Confession of Sin                                     John 8:1-9

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Silent Confession of Sin

Corporate Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon                                                John 8:10-11

Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”


Romans 8:31-33

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.                                             

Hymn of Assurance*                                                                #727

“Lead Me Lord, Lead Me in Thy Righteousness”

Giving of Tithes and Offerings                               

Prayer of Response

Scripture Reading*             

Leviticus 19:16-18; 1 John 4:7-21

Doxology*                                                                                #731

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

Preaching of God’s Word                                    Pastor Jim Claycomb

“This I command you, that you love one another”

John 15:12-27

Hymn of Affirmation                                                                #343

“Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”


“Gloria Patri”

Henry W. Greatorex, 1851


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen, amen.

Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission

Blessing*                                            2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ And the love of God the Father And the communion of the Holy Spirit Be with you all, Amen.



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