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?



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