March 5, 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 #30 ~ “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Isaiah 66:1-2


* Hymn #38 ~ “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”


Anthem ~ “O Worship the Lord”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: Deuteronomy 6:1-9


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 87-88


Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?

A. 87. Repentance leading to life is a saving grace, by which a sinner having truly realized his sin and grasped the mercy of God in Christ, turns from his sin with grief and hatred and turns to God with full resolve and effort after new obedience.


Q. 88. What are the outward and ordinary means by which Christ gives to us the benefits of redemption?

A. 88. The outward and ordinary means by which Christ gives to us the benefits of redemption are his ordinances, especially the word, sacraments, and prayer, and all these are made effective in the salvation of the elect.


* Hymn #131 ~ “Children of the Heavenly Father”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: 2 Kings 14:23-29


New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-10


Sermon: “God’s Strange Request” (Hosea 1:1 – 2:1)


Hymn ~ “Behold the Lamb”




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

“God’s Strange Request” (Hosea 1:1 – 2:1)

I. Introduction


II. More Introduction to Hosea


III. Marry an Adulterous Wife


A. What idolatry looks like


B. God must deal with sin


IV. Application and Conclusion


A. The book is about God


B. The book is about us



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 Information Table, after worship in FH


Today: “Ladies’ Spring Tea” Planning Meeting, 11:30-11:45 WTR


Wednesday: Bible Education Night; 6pm dinner, 6:30 singing, 6:45-7:30pm classes and Small Groups for all


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 2:2 – 3:5


“Amending the Soil” Christian Education Conference

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