September 3, 2023 Bulletin

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

Order of Worship

Preparation for Worship

Prelude and Silent Prayer


Introit ~ “When Morning Gilds the Skies”


* Hymn #30 ~ “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”


Welcome and Announcements


Adoration of God

Call to Worship: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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


Adult Choir Anthem ~ “Out of the Depths”


Confession of Sin

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


Assurance of Pardon


Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 11-13


Q. 11. What are God’s works of providence?

A. 11. God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preservation and control of all his creatures, and all their actions.


Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the state in which he was created?

A. 12. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, on condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil on penalty of death.


Q. 13. Did our first parents continue in the state in which they were created?

A. 13. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the state in which they were created by sinning against God.


* Hymn ~ “Lord, From The Depths I Call To You” (Psalm 130)


Means of Grace

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 103:6-14


New Testament Reading: Acts 13:36-43


Sermon: “Fear the Forgiver” (Psalm 130:1-8)


Hymn #308 ~ “Jesus Paid It All”




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

“Fear the Forgiver” (Psalm 130:1-8)

I. Introduction


II. Aware of Sin


A. Real guilt


B. Sure of forgiveness


III. Application


A. The process of forgiveness


B. Experiencing forgiveness leads to awe



Today: Nursery for children birth through three during 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)


Abortion Ministry Outreach: TBA


Thursday and Saturday: Evangelism Training and Outreach: Training Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30pm in conversational evangelism and apologetics; Outreach Sept. 9, 1-4pm at Fair


Friday: Men’s Fireside Theology, 7:30pm


Next Sunday: “Sunday School Kick-off”, 9am; introductions, balloons, and donuts


September 13: Bible Education Night (BEN): 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s; 6pm dinner, 6:30 singing, 6:45-7:30pm classes and Small Groups for all


September 17: Sunday School begins; 9-9:45am, classes for all; adult classes: “1, 2, and 3 John” and “Family, Church, and Culture”


Fall Conferences: “Building Culture in Hostile Territory,” Sept. 15-16; “Fierce Families: Faithful, Fruitful, and Fierce,” Oct. 20-21; must pre-register online


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


Next Week’s Sermon Text: Psalm 131:1-3