May 21, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”


* Hymn #101 ~ “Come, Thou Almighty King”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Romans 11:33-36


* Hymn ~ “Give Him Glory!”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: Romans 12:1-2


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 94-95


Q. 94. What is Baptism?

A. 94. Baptism is the sacrament of solemn admission into the church on earth in which the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, signifies and seals our being grafted into Christ, and having a share in the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our pledge to be the Lord’s.


Q. 95. To whom is baptism to be administered?

A. 95. Baptism is not to be administered to any outside membership of the church on earth, until they profess their faith in Christ and obedience to him; but infants descending from parents (one or both) professing faith in Christ and obedience to him, are, for that reason, within the covenant and are to be baptized.


* Hymn ~ “Not to Us” (Psalm 115)


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34


New Testament Reading: Luke 19:1-10


Sermon: “It Transforms” (1 Thessalonians 1:4-10)


Hymn #591 ~ “Jesus Calls 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


[* indicates to please stand]


Sermon Notes

“It Transforms” (1 Thessalonians 1:4-10)

I. Introduction


II. The Power of the Gospel


A. A mostly Gentile church


B. Evidence of saving faith


III. Application


A. The gospel must be proclaimed


B. The “extreme makeover” begins



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: Young Adult activity, “Escape Room”


Abortion Ministry Outreach: Monday @ TPP, 10am; Wednesday @ FWPP


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


Next Sunday: Last Sunday School class


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


June 7: “ERC Ladies Painting Night,” 6:30-8:30 pm in FH; dessert, too; HS age and above; limited capacity. advanced registration and $15 ticket purchase required


Summer Church Picnics: June 25, July 30, and August 20


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 2:1-9


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