March 12, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “Safely Through Another Week”


* Hymn #347 ~ “The Church’s One Foundation”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Psalm 40:1-3


* Hymn #100 ~ “Holy, Holy, Holy!”


Children’s Anthem ~ “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: 1 John 2:2-6


Assurance of Pardon


* Hymn #455 ~ “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”


Means of Grace

Sacrament of Baptism


Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:1-2


New Testament Reading: Luke 15:11-24


Sermon: “What a Love!” (Hosea 2:2 – 3:5)


Hymn ~ “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”




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

“What a Love!” (Hosea 2:2 – 3:5)

I. Introduction


II. Some Brief Context


III. Sin, Consequence, Restoration, and Reconciliation


A. “I will go after my lovers…”


B. The loving faithfulness of God


IV. Application and Conclusion


A. A picture of our justification


B. God’s love for an unfaithful bride



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: Pick up ERC Christian Ed Scholarship Form


Today: Church Directory Mobile App, see handout


Today: Abortion Ministry Meeting, 11:45am-1pm, in 4th/5th grade room


Wednesday: Council Meeting, 5pm


Saturday: Ladies’ Bible Study; “Overcoming Bitterness”; 8:30-10am


Save the Date: Ladies’ Spring Tea; May 6, 9:30-11am


Save the Date: ERC Camping Trip @ Alder Lake, Aug. 2-5, registration now available on Church Center App;


Pastoral Counseling? See Associate Pastor Henry Flowers


Food Pantry: Food available for church families in kitchen


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


Next Week’s Sermon Text: Hosea 4:1-19


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