Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of April 21-27, 2014.
20Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. 21And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered (2 Chronicles 31:20-21).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, April 22, 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. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris my Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer gathering.
The Lord’s Day Morning (April 27, 2014)
Pastor Chris will continue his study of Colossians, focusing on Colossians 3:12-14, examining the benefits flowing from union with Christ, sanctification. We’ll call this one, The Perfect Church. In this six week segment, the lessons will serve as a foundation for officer training as it applies to the whole church. In this lesson, we’ll note a link between Colossians and officer training: the character of men qualified to be officers.
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
We return to our study in 1 Peter. The next passage is 4:1-11, but we will limit our study this week to 4:1-6. Ironically, Peter states in 2 Peter 3:15-16 that the Apostle Paul wrote things which were hard to understand. Peter no less has things hard to understand, like in 1 Peter 4:1-6. Once more, we’re confronted with the historical work of Christ applied to us – death to sin. Under the title “Living For the Will of God,” we’ll consider Christ’s death to sin and our ceasing from sin. The Old Testament lesson is Ezekiel 44:1-14.
Because we are following the order of salvation, faith and repentance follow effectual calling/regeneration. So we will skip to WSC questions 86-87, dealing with faith and repentance respectively. WSC 86: What is faith in Jesus Christ? A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel. WSC 87: What is repentance unto life? A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavour after, new obedience. The title is ‘What Must I Do To Be Saved?’ and the Scripture is Acts 2:37-38.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday. Please forward any requests so that we might include them in our prayers.
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.
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, May 17 at 8 am at the Panera Bread at Tri-County. Please note the change in venue. All men are invited and this is a good opportunity to bring a friend. We will continue our manly study with Richard Phillips’ The Masculine Mandate. If you have not paid me for a copy of the book, please do so at your convenience ($12.64). If you would like a copy of the book, even if you are not joining the study, I can order more; please let me know.
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. If you have not paid me for the book, please do so at your earliest convenience ($11.25). I can place another order if you would like a copy, even if you are not joining the study.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, May 4 immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
For anyone desiring to continue canvasing the neighborhoods surround the church, you may pick up cards and a map for your use.
We will have a spring work day on Saturday, April 26. Please come out to spring clean, inside and out. We will be here from 8 am until noon.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Vacation Bible School on June 9-13. Look for an upcoming planning meeting and consider how you might best be involved with this ministry.
On Saturday, May 3, we will have our first community outreach – a picnic. We will serve picnic food, play games, and get to know our neighbors.
The Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee invites you to apply to be part of a seven person team to serve alongside of our missionaries in Japan for disaster relief work near Sendai from July 25 – August 8th, 2014. This effort is in conjunction with the work of the Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto-cho, a cooperative center sponsored by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Japan Mission). The nature of the work will be to assist the largely agricultural community and neighborhood around Yamamoto with various outdoor manual labor projects, house cleaning and maintenance, and helping with children’s activities. You must be at least 18 years old by July 25, 2014 to apply to serve on this team. Interested in serving? Please see attached application.
Rev. Geoffrey Willour of Lake OPC in Cleveland announces that Lake Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the Cleveland, Ohio area will host a Reformation Theology Conference on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 on the topic, "The Protestant Reformation: What it was, and why it matters today." Our featured speaker will be Rev. Alan Strange, Professor of Church History and Theological Librarian at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and Associate Pastor at New Covenant Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in New Lenox, Illinois. The Saturday portion of the conference will run from 10:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., with a lunch break and several refreshment breaks. Brochures are available.