Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of June 23-29, 2014.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:3-12).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, June 25, 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. We have changed the format slightly to include more singing. 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 (June 29, 2014)
This week we begin a new twelve week video series by R. C. Sproul, “What Did Jesus Do?” (not to be confused with WWJD). From the Ligonier website regarding this series:
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John initially objected. But Jesus responded by saying that it was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matt. 3:15) Why was this act—and others like it—so important? Most Christians understand the importance of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and the significance of his resurrection. But how many comprehend the significance of the life Jesus led prior to the crowning weeks of the passion? In this teaching series, R.C. Sproul uncovers what it means for Christ to be the “second Adam”—and what this means for believers today.
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
For preparation to hear God’s Word: What is required of those that hear the word preached? A. It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives (WLC 160).
We move to the second part in the series “Identifying and Responding to False Teachers” based on 2 Peter and Jude. We will examine 2 Peter 1:3-11 under the title “Assurance of faith.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 8.
This week we move into the second section of the Westminster Shorter Catechism which begins with an exposition of the Ten Commandments. To prepare us for that part of the study, we will gather and study questions 39-42, which introduce the Ten Commandments. This week our passage is Matthew 22:34-40 under the title, Obeying God’s Revealed Will. The WSC questions and answers are as follows: WSC 39 What is the duty which God requireth of man? A. The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will. WSC 40 What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience? A. The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral law. WSC 41 Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments. WSC 42 What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? A. The sum of the Ten Commandments is, To love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday. Please forward any requests so that we might include them in our prayers.
The Session will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 pm.
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.
IMPORTANT: From Ananda – The Millers could use meals this week and next. Please contact Ananda to schedule a meal. Let’s continue to pray for Stephany in her recovery and help the Millers in this way. Thank you.
From the Hopsons: Independence Day Cookout (That’s July 4th). WHERE: The Hopson Estate WHEN: 12:30 till the food and fellowship run out; 1:00 pm, we eat. 2:00- ? GSOPC Inaugural Bocce tournament (house rules). MENU: Hamburgers & Brats, Pulled Pork, BBQ Beef Brisket!! WHAT TO BRING: Your friendship, your appetite, a side dish, dessert or drink to share, lawn chairs, yard games. Please RSVP so we can plan how much to put into the smoker!
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, July 6 immediately after morning worship. Our theme is American foods. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
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.
The church is now receiving nominations for elder and deacon for the class of 2017. Nominees must be members of the church, male, agreeable to be nominated, and meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9 (for elders). If you have talked with someone and that one is agreeable, please write their name in an email or on a piece of paper and send it to Pastor Chris. The session will review the list and present it in July. After the list has been determined, there will be a time of instruction and examination.
Upcoming this summer: This summer is shaping up to be a busy one; I hope that you’ll receive the ministry from our guests and help us to promote our events. On July 27, we will have Rev. Danny Olinger, General Secretary of Christian Education and member of the Presbytery of Ohio present the work of Christian Education in Sunday School and preach the morning service. In the evening, New Song from Geneva College will have a hymn and psalm sing. On August 24, we will host Rev. Benson Akello who will preach the morning service.