October 1, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”


* Hymn #15 ~ “Stand Up and Bless the Lord”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Isaiah 6:1-7


* Hymn ~ “Holy, Mighty, Worthy!”


Confession of Sin

* Reading of the Law: Matthew 6:25-34


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 14-16


Q. 14. What is sin?

A. 14. Sin is any failure to measure up to what God requires, or any disobedience to his commands.


Q. 15. What was the sin by which our first parents fell from the state in which they were created?

A. 15. The sin by which our first parents fell from the state in which they were created, was their eating the fruit that God had forbidden.


Q. 16. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first disobedience?

A. 16. Since the covenant of life was made with Adam for his descendants as well as for himself, all mankind descending from him in the ordinary manner, sinned in him, and fell with him in his first transgression.


* Hymn #400 ~ “O Bless Our God with One Accord”


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 115:12-18


New Testament Reading: Philippians 4:4-9


Sermon: “Bless and Be Blessed” (Psalm 134:1-3)


Hymn ~ “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”




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

“Bless and Be Blessed” (Psalm 134)

I. Introduction


II. The Blessing of God


A. A conversation before heading home


B. God’s pledged blessing


III. Application


A. We join the heavenly worship service


B. God blesses us when we worship Him



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: Children’s Choir; K-6th; 11:30am-Noon; upstairs in choir room


Abortion Ministry Outreach: TBA


Wednesday: ERC Youth (6th-12th) and Parents dinner/fellowship, 6-7:30pm


Friday: “Men’s Fireside Theology”, this last session of year cancelled


Saturday: Men’s Breakfast, 8-9:30am


October Conference: “Fierce Families: Faithful, Fruitful, and Fierce,” Oct. 20-21; post conference “Date Night”: concert (“Out of the Dust”) and dessert


Next Membership Classes: Rescheduled for Spring


October 22: New Officer Vote


Reformation Sunday: Oct. 29, after worship; signup sheets in Fellowship Hall


ERC “Christmas Market”: Nov. 11am, 10am-4pm


Christmas Pageant: Children PreK-6th, sign up by Oct. 8 for Dec. 17 showing


Next Week’s Sermon Text: Psalm 135:1-21


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