Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of November 10-16, 2014.
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, November 12, 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 (November 16, 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.
The Epistle of Jude has two more sections, verses 17-23 and verses 24-25. In verses 17-23, which are before on the next Lord’s Day, Jude reminds the church who causes the real divisions and how they, as believers, may persevere in the faith. We have adequately covered the false teachers and their destruction, now we read how we may grow, mature, and help those who are being persuaded by the false teachers. The title is “A Call to Perseverance” from Jude 17-23. The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 22:1-16.
Because no one is capable of keeping God’s commands perfectly in thought, word, and deed, all humanity receives God’s wrath and curse. But how may anyone escape? This week we’ll explore how we may escape God’s wrath and curse: faith in Jesus, repentance, and the use of God’s ordinary means of grace. We’ll begin with Proverbs 8:33-36 as our text.
WSC 85 What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse due to us for sin?
A. To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requireth of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Sunday Evening worship is at 6 p.m. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The Women's Bible Study is every Tuesday at 10 a. m. at the church. All women are welcome.
Officer Training continues on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p. m. at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course.
The Session will meet with the Deacons on Thursday, November 20.
We will receive a Thanksgiving Offering for Worldwide Outreach on Sunday, November 23 in the morning service. Worldwide Outreach is the umbrella name for the OPC’s discipleship and outreach ministries: Home Missions, Foreign Missions, and Christian Education. Each OPC congregation is asked to support Worldwide Outreach through the church budget. The Thanksgiving Offering is usually a time to make up for any shortfall in donations throughout the year. You may read more about this offering and Worldwide Outreach in the denominational magazine, New Horizons. Please plan to give to our denomination’s work of discipleship and missions on November 23.
The Pienaars invite all church members to their Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 27 at the church, beginning at 5 p.m. Please speak with either Marius or Ananda about what to bring and other pertinent details.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, December 7, immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will meet on Saturday, December 13, at 8 a. m. at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will end our study from The Masculine Mandate by discussing chapters 12-13. All men are invited.
We will be sponsoring Angel Tree children this year. More information and names will follow. Since Robert is out of town, if anyone would like to help Sarah T. with this, please let her know. It takes some minimal coordination, including phone calls, making a list of names and gift ideas, and inviting the parent or guardian and child to the Christmas party.