December 17, 2023 Bulletin

By grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone

Order of Worship

  • Preparation for Worship

    Prelude and Silent Prayer


    Introit ~ “All Hail to Thee, O Blessed Morn!”


    * Hymn #218 ~ “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”


    Welcome and Announcements


    Adoration of God

    Call to Worship: Luke 2:8-14


    * Hymn ~ “Joy Has Dawned”


    Confession of Sin

    * Reading of the Law: 1 Peter 4:1-6


    Assurance of Pardon


    Sacrament of Baptism


    * Hymn ~ “O Holy Night!”


    Means of Grace

    Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


    Old Testament Reading: 2 Samuel 22:47-51


    New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-8


    Sermon: “My Rock” (Psalm 144:1-15)


    * Hymn #211 ~ “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”




    Response and Blessing

    * Doxology to the tune of “For All the Saints” #358


    Praise ye the Lord, His mighty works acclaim:

    His years are endless, yet is He the same

    O sing His praise, give glory to His holy name:

    Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen


    * Blessing/Benediction


    [* indicates to please stand]


Sermon Notes

  • “My Rock” (Psalm 144)

    I. Introduction


    II. My Rock and My Fortress


    A. God is big; we are small


    B. Repeating our prayers


    III. Application


    A. Rock, Fortress, Stronghold, Deliverer, and Shield for you?


    B. Is Jesus your problem?


  • Announcements

    Today: Nursery for children birth through three during Sunday School and Worship.


    Today: The “Worship Training Room” (across from kitchen) is available for young families (livestream available)


    Communication from us? Please fill out a Communication Card (on back table)


    Today: Once a month Prayer Meeting, 11:45am (4th/5th grade room)


    Today: Children’s Christmas Pageant, 3pm; please bring Christmas cookies to share


    Wednesday: Council Meeting, 5pm


    Wednesday: “Gingerbread House” Party; (6th-12th grade), 6-8:30pm


    December 24 and 31: No Sunday School; resumes January 7


    December 25: Christmas Day Worship, 10am


    Reminder: No food or drink in sanctuary


    Pastoral Counseling? See Pastor Henry


    Food Pantry: Food available for ERC families in kitchen


    Next Week’s Sermon Text: Psalm 145:1-21