Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of September 29 – October 5, 2014.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for." (Isaiah 6:1-7)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, October 1, 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 (October 5, 2014)
Deacon Brian Hopson begins a study on a little studied book, Ecclesiastes.
On November 23, 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.
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.
For preparation to hear God’s Word:
WLC 160 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.
We will receive Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Melissa Jerrell (Paige and Sydney) into communicant membership by transfer from Grace Reformed Church in Walkerton, IN.
On Sunday, we begin a brief study of the short epistle of Jude. With only one chapter, you will see only verse number references. The brevity of the letter is not equaled by its impact. Reflecting and sometimes imitating 2 Peter – 2 Peter 2 and a portion of Jude are nearly exact in terminology – we will study the effects of false teachers on the church. Our viewpoint will be the contrast on the faith once delivered and the false teaching and living of these teachers. We begin with the believer’s position in Christ. On Sunday, we examine Jude 1-2, “Called, Loved, and Kept.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 19:1-18. We will sing Psalm 51A again this week.
We end our study of the Ten Commandments. On Sunday, we will look at the tenth commandment from Exodus 20:17 under the title, “The One with the Most Toys Doesn’t Win.”
WSC 79 Which is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
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 theme is Fall or Autumn foods. 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 continues on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course.
Mr. George Johnston is
Thank you again to all who worked very hard on the work day last Saturday. The inside and outside of the church look great.
The financial seminar scheduled for October 11 is postponed to the Spring because of our speaker’s mother ill-health. She had a stroke and Mr. Haney has had to remain near her to care for her.
The Presbytery of Ohio (POH) has a Called Meeting on Friday, October 3 at 7pm to install Rev. Matthew Judd as the new minister at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Mansfield. The POH has its regularly Stated Meeting on October 17-18 hosted by the Pittsburgh churches and held at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.
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.
On October 31 from 6:00-8:30 pm we will host a Harvest party for the community. We will have the party overlapping with the Trick-or-Treat time with the intention of drawing in community members. We will have some games, light food, and candy treats for all. If someone would like to coordinate this effort, it would be much appreciated.