Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of September 15-21, 2014.
6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, September 17, 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 (September 21, 2014)
We are at Lecture 11, “Ascension” in our video series, What Did Jesus Do? Understanding the Work of Christ. Here is a summary of this lesson from the Ligonier Ministries website: “Christians spend a great deal of time thinking about the birth, death, resurrection, and Second Coming of Jesus, but the ascension of Christ is often overlooked. Yet the ascension was the event that marked Christ’s enthronement, His return to glory. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains why the ascension of Christ is so significant.”
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
There is an Inquirer’s Class for anyone desiring to know more about Good Shepherd – who we are, what we believe, how we worship, etc. Covenant children interested in making a profession of faith are welcome.
WLC 172 May one who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation, come to the Lord's Supper?
A. One who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation to the sacrament of the Lord's supper, may have true interest in Christ, though he be not yet assured thereof; and in God's account hath it, if he be duly affected with the apprehension of the want of it, and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ, and to depart from iniquity: in which case (because promises are made, and this sacrament is appointed, for the relief even of weak and doubting Christians) he is to bewail his unbelief, and labour to have his doubts resolved; and, so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord's supper, that he may be further strengthened.
On Sunday, we will continue with our study of a Christian’s response to false teachers from 2 Peter 3:11-13. In verse of this chapter, Peter reminds the readers of the prophets’ predictions and the holy commandment of the Lord. We have arrived at the Lord’s holy command – to live a holy life in light of the coming judgment. Due to the sensitivity of some of Leviticus 15, we’ll move to Leviticus 16:1-34 for the Old Testament reading.
We continue our study through the Ten Commandments. On Sunday, we will look at the eighth commandment from Exodus 20:15 under the title, “Working with Your Hands.”
WSC 73 Which is the eighth commandment?
A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, October 5, immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Women's Bible Study is every Tuesday at 10 AM at the church. All women are welcome.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will have their next meeting on Saturday, October 4 at 8 am at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will cover chapters 9-10 regarding children from The Masculine Mandate. All men are invited.
Pastor Chris is teaching an eight week Inquirer's Class beginning Sunday September 7 and running through October 26. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour. If you would like to learn more about the church, being Reformed, our doctrine and practices, please join us for the class. Although it is a precursor to membership, one need not be interested in membership to come.
Officer Training begins on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course. We will alternate between the Crandall’s house and the Pienaar’s house each Tuesday at 7 pm, unless otherwise notified. If you would like to participate in the class, please purchase Called To Serve (edited by Rev. Michael Brown) at Reformation Heritage Books (www.heritagebooks.org) and let Pastor Chris know you are attending.
There will be a work day at the church on Saturday, September 27 at 8 am. All are invited to lend a hand in several inside and outside work projects.
The Presbytery of Ohio women’s retreat will be at Camp Akita (29746 Logan-Hornsmill Rd., Logan, OH) on October 24-25. It is for ages 16 and up. The speaker, Lorianne Merritt, will speak on Hospitality with a Heart for Jesus. For more information, contact: Harleen Dizer firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-912-5046. To register visit www.daytonopc.org.
Redeemer OPC has invited us to join them for their Reformation Day evening service on Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm. The evening service at Good Shepherd will be canceled that evening so that we may attend Redeemer.