July 23, 2023

Closer Than You Think

Speaker: Scott Edburg Series: Luke Topic: Expository Scripture: Luke 2:1–21

But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20


Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship*                                                         

Psalm 100:1-4

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Hymn of Praise*                                                    

#80 “Lord, with Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee”


Confession of Faith                            

Westminster Shorter Catechism #11-12

Trinity Hymnal p. 870

Preparation for Confession of Sin                 

Psalm 139:1-4

O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon                                        

Psalm 65:2-4a

O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!         

Hymn of Assurance*                                                 

#218 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”

Giving of Tithes and Offerings                                      

Prayer of Response 

Scripture Reading*                      

2 Kings 2:1-14

Hebrews 6:13-20 



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. 

Prayer of Intercession

Preaching of God’s Word                        

Pastor Scott Edburg

“Closer Than You Think”

Luke 2:1-21 

Hymn of Affirmation                                              

#214 “Angels We Have Heard On High”


1 Thessalonians 5:23

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.              



(Verse 4 only)

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!

Praise him, all ye heav’nly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!



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Pray with Confidence

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Apr 14


The Priorities of the Heart

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Apr 7


Can Any Good Come From Auburn?

Speaker: Scott Edburg Scripture: Luke 10:25–37 Series: Luke