May 14, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “Come, Thou Everlasting Spirit”


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


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: 2 Samuel 22:17-20


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


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: Matthew 5:3-10


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Nicene Creed (451 A.D.)

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.




* Hymn ~ “Turn Your Eyes”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6


New Testament Reading: Acts 17:1-15


Sermon: “Addressing Believers” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-3)


Hymn #719 ~ “A Christian Home”




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

“Addressing Believers” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-3)

I. Introduction


II. Introduction to 1 Thessalonians


III. The Letter’s Beginning


A. A letter to a young church


B. Acknowledging their faith, hope, and love


IV. Application


A. The marks of believers


B. At the foundation level



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: Happy Mother’s Day! A carnation for all ladies in the FH


Wednesday: Council Meeting, 5pm


Thursday: Abortion Outreach Ministry; at TPP


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


Saturday: Church Yard Sale (money for Sacred Road Mission Trip); drop off “stuff” Friday 4-7pm or Saturday 7:30am. Sale 9-3pm; Come on by!


Next Sunday: Young Adult Outing, “Escape Room”, RSVP today


May 28: Last Sunday School class


June 4: Sunday School Recognition, 9-9:45am


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


Food Pantry: Food in kitchen for ERC families


Pastoral Counseling? See Pastor Henry


Next Week’s Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10


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