December 3, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”


* Hymn #195 ~ “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Isaiah 9:1-7


* Hymn #196 ~ “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”


Adult Choir Anthem ~ “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;


He descended into Hades; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the quick 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


* Hymn #201 ~ “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 22:1-5


New Testament Reading: Matthew 4:1-11


Sermon: “Cave Time” (Psalm 142:1-7)


Hymn #194 ~ “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”




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


Sermon Notes

“Cave Time” (Psalm 142)

I. Introduction


II. You Are My Refuge


A. “No one cares for my soul”


B. “God makes nothing of you before he makes something of you”


III. Application


A. Every believer gets “the cave”


B. Don’t waste your cave time



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: Advent Family Devotionals available


Wednesday: BENYO, 6th-12th graders; 6-7:30pm, dinner, games, discussion


Friday: Church Christmas Party (HS/Adults), $15 gift exchange, 6-8pm, please bring hors d’oeuvres and dessert, festive attire


December Dates: 12/15 Swing Dance, HS/Adults, 6:30-9:30pm; 12/17 Children’s Pageant; 12/20 Youth Gingerbread House Party (6th-12th) 12/25 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 143:1-12