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


  • 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: 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