Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of October 13-19, 2014.
To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. 2 The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? 5 There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. 6 You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. 7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. (Psalm 14:1-7)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, October 15, 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 19, 2014)
Deacon Brian Hopson continues a study on the Book of 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.
As we continue our study of the short epistle of Jude, we will be reminded of the cost of believing false teachers. Jude takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of several Old Testament judgment narratives. Our aim is to demonstrate how false teachers still creep into the church today but not necessarily in person. The title is “A Sober Reminder” from Jude 5-10. The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 20:1-9.
Having completed a brief study of the Ten Commandments, the Shorter Catechism recognizes man’s problem by asking the obvious question, “Can any man keep these commands?” Although no one can keep God’s commandments, is everyone as sinful as possible? Put another way, are some sins worse than others? We’ll explore the Bible’s answer to this question under the title, “Aggravated Sin” from Matthew 11:20-24.
WSC 83 Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
A. Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.
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, November 2, 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, November 8, at 8 am at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will cover chapters 11 “Men in Friendship” 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 14 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 seeking a replacement as Financial Secretary for the church. If you would like to volunteer, please see George.
The Presbytery of Ohio (POH) will hold 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 6:00-8:00 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. Please sign up on the sheet posted in the lobby. Each family is asked to bring in two bags of candy for the children’s treat bags.