Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of November 17-23, 2014.
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. 17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. 18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. 19 Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, November 19, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a good chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris by Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer meeting.
The Lord’s Day (November 23, 2014)
One of our two elder nominees, Mr. Chris Crandall, will give his testimony and sense of call and teach on praying in faith.
The following week, November 30, Mr. Marius Pienaar will give his testimony and sense of call and teach on Covenant Theology. Both of these men have been nominated for elder and are currently in a training class.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
We bring our study of Jude to a close on a high note. The last two verses, 24-25 are a doxology acknowledging the Father’s ability to keep you and the Son’s ability to save you. Our worship will lift high the Name of the Lord who is worthy of praise. This last sermon in Jude is called “Praise the Lord.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 22:17-33.
The means of God’s grace – His Word preached, prayer, and the sacraments – fill the rest of the Shorter Catechism. Before we get to them in earnest, we’ll examine True Conversion from Ephesians 2:8-9 and Acts 11:18. We often tend to think of conversion as instantaneous, but the Westminster divines understood it as more of an ongoing life process of faith and repentance. To that end, we’ll study Westminster Shorter Catechism questions 86-87 this week.
WSC 86 What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
WSC 87 What is repentance unto life?
A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavour after, new obedience.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Sunday Evening worship is at 6 p.m. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The Women's Bible Study is every Tuesday at 10 a. m. at the church. All women are welcome.
Officer Training continues on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p. m. at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course.
The Session will meet with the Deacons on Thursday, November 20.
We will receive a Thanksgiving Offering for Worldwide Outreach on Sunday, November 23 in the morning service. Worldwide Outreach is the umbrella name for the OPC’s discipleship and outreach ministries: Home Missions, Foreign Missions, and Christian Education. Each OPC congregation is asked to support Worldwide Outreach through the church budget. The Thanksgiving Offering is usually a time to make up for any shortfall in donations throughout the year. You may read more about this offering and Worldwide Outreach in the denominational magazine, New Horizons. Please plan to give to our denomination’s work of discipleship and missions on November 23.
The Pienaars invite all church members to their Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 27 at the church, beginning at 5 p.m. Please speak with either Marius or Ananda about what to bring and other pertinent details.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, December 7, immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Session notifies you that all members of Good Shepherd OPC are called to the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, December 7, to be held after the fellowship meal. The deacons will present the budget and the elders will make an update on the church. Lord willing, we will be considering two men for the office of elder. Please plan to attend that day.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will meet on Saturday, December 13, at 8 a. m. at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will end our study from The Masculine Mandate by discussing chapters 12-13. All men are invited.
We will be sponsoring Angel Tree children this year. More information and names will follow. Since Robert is out of town, if anyone would like to help Sarah T. with this, please let her know. It takes some minimal coordination, including phone calls, making a list of names and gift ideas, and inviting the parent or guardian and child to the Christmas party.