Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of May 5-11, 2014.
2We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (1Thessalonians 1:2-5a).
Taking a moment of personal privilege, I would like to thank all of you who participated in our outreaches, both the postcard pass out and the picnic. Thank you for meeting and spending time with all of our guests that we met. I appreciate your time, organization, clean up and participation with our guests. Please pray for them as we follow up and register the children for Vacation Bible School.
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a terrific chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris my Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer gathering.
The Lord’s Day Morning (May 11, 2014)
For Sunday School, we will turn our attention to Colossians 3:15-17 and talk a little bit about worship. This is an important passage as it lends itself to describing the content and center of our worship. We’ll call this lesson ‘Christ the Center of Worship.’
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
Although Christians are to live their whole lives in order to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, Pater quickly reminds us that while living on this earth, we live and suffer. Certainly we need to come to grips with our pilgrim status, our life in exile. But how? Why? In the next to last major section of 1 Peter (4:12-5:11), Peter answers those and other questions regarding suffering. The portion we will examine is 4:12-19 under the title ‘Suffering and the Christian.’ Leviticus 2 is our Old Testament reading this week.
Continuing with the order of salvation in our study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will consider WSC 34 Q. 32. What adoption? A. Adoption is an act of God's free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of, the sons of God. The title is ‘All God’s Children’ and our Scripture text is Romans 8:9-17.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday. Please forward any requests so that we might include them in our prayers.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please advance it to me for our hymn sing.
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, May 17 at 8 am at the Panera Bread at Tri-County. Please note the change in venue. All men are invited and this is a good opportunity to bring a friend. We will continue our manly study with Richard Phillips’ The Masculine Mandate. If you have not paid me for a copy of the book, please do so at your convenience ($12.64). If you would like a copy of the book, even if you are not joining the study, I can order more; please let me know.
There is a women’s Bible study each Tuesday at 1 PM. Please contact Ananda, Annie, Sarah or Stephany for details. Currently, they are studying A Woman’s Wisdom, a study in Proverbs. If you have not paid me for the book, please do so at your earliest convenience ($11.25). I can place another order if you would like a copy, even if you are not joining the study.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, June 1 immediately after morning worship. Our theme will be announced. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
Thank you to all who came out for the spring work day.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Vacation Bible School on June 9-13. We need help in various areas; please consider how you may help this vital ministry.
The 2014 OPC Young Adult Conference will be held at the Machen Retreat and Conference Center from June 12-15. The conference is aimed towards those who are 17 years old through college age (i.e., around 22 or 23). Please see the announcement on the kiosk in the lobby or contact Tappey Jones at 540-337-2785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all youth ages 9-18! Please register for the Presbytery of Ohio Youth Camp which is July 14-19 at Camp Piedmont in Piedmont, OH. The cost is $200 per camper, but discounts and scholarships are available. The youth are divided into junior and senior youth with separate teaching and activities. Both groups will be taught on Christ building His Church. There are brochures available on the kiosk in the lobby.