December 31, 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 the Power of Jesus’ Name”


* Hymn #207 ~ “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Psalm 105:1-3


* Hymn ~ “Sing We the Song of Emmanuel”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: 1 Peter 4:7-11


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 33-36


Q. 33. What is justification?

A. 33. Justification is an act of God’s free grace in which he pardons all our sins and accepts us as righteous in his sight for the sake of the righteousness of Christ alone, which is credited to us and received by faith alone.


Q. 34. What is adoption?

A. 34. Adoption is an act of God’s free grace by which we are received into the number and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.


Q. 35. What is sanctification?

A. 35. Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace by which we are renewed throughout in the image of God and are enabled more and more to die to sin and live to righteousness.


Q. 36. What benefits in this life accompany or flow from justification, adoption and sanctification?

A. 36. The benefits in this life which accompany or flow from justification, adoption and sanctification are: assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, progress in holiness, and perseverance in it to this life’s end.


* Hymn #220 ~ “From Heaven High I Come to You”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2:1-10


New Testament Reading: Luke 1:26-45


Sermon: “The Magnificat” (Associate Pastor Henry Flowers) (Luke 1:46-55)


* Hymn #649 ~ “More Love to Thee, O Christ”




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

“The Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55)

I. Introduction


II. Mary’s Hymn


A. She magnifies God for what He’s done


B. She magnifies God for who He is


C. She magnifies God for His salvation


III. Application


A. Help brings joy


B. The Gospel Brings the Most Joy



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)


Wednesday: Looking for help to take down Christmas decorations, 10am


Wednesday: BENYO (6th-12th), dinner, singing, games, discussion; 6-7:30pm


Next Sunday: Sunday School Resumes, 9am


Second Semester Adult Sunday School Classes: “Prayer” by Elder Eric Cooper; “The Westminster Confession” by Elder Harvey Wieczorkiewicz; begin Jan. 28


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 146:1-10