July 23, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath”


* Hymn #98 ~ “Now Thank We All Our God”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Isaiah 43:11-13


* Hymn #604 ~ “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed (451 AD)

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made;


Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.


And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.


And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


* Hymn ~ “Before the Throne of God Above”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 100:1-5


New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:3-10


Sermon: “It is God’s Will for You” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


Hymn ~ “My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness”




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

“It is God’s Will for You”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I. Introduction


II. Our Attitude Toward God


A. Three commands


B. Hard, yes; but God’s will for you


III. Application


A. Some wisdom from saints before us


B. Nothing to debate. Simply do



Today: Nursery for children birth through three during 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: Men’s Singing Class (all July); 11:30am-Noon, 7th and up


Today: Summer Park Fellowship; Jefferson Park, 5pm-8pm


Today: Young Adult Study, 6pm, Pastor Henry leading


Abortion Ministry Outreach: TBA


Tuesday: Summer Youth Study, 5:30-8:30pm, 1 John 4


Thursday: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7-8:30pm;“The Holiness of God”


Friday: Men’s Fireside Theology, 7:30pm, “Christology”


Next Sunday: Church Picnic @ SCA; 1-4pm; A-L please bring side dish and salad, M-Z please bring side dish and salad; Men’s Pie Baking Contest


Summer Church Picnics: July 30 (Men’s Pie Baking Contest), August 20 (talent show)


Please: Food and drink limited to Fellowship Hall. Thank you!


Next Week’s Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-28


Pastoral Counseling? See Pastor Henry


Church Pantry: Food available in kitchen for ERC families