Here are your announcements and worship helps for the week of January 13–19, 2014.
22"Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. 28You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. 33"Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities,
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, January 15, 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 (January 19, 2014)
This week only, the women in the church will meet to form a women’s group to serve under the elders and to be a help to the deacons. The women’s group will function similarly to the PCA’s WIC ministry: an umbrella for Bible studies and as a service to the church. The children’s Sunday school, which uses the Great Commission Publications curriculum, will meet.
The Old Testament Lesson will be Ezekiel 36:22-32 and the New Testament Lesson, which is the sermon text, is 1 Peter 1:3-9. The sermon is entitled, Born Again to a Living Hope. Although it has not happened before, the Ezekiel passage is the best and clearest annunciation of regeneration or as the Westminster Confession calls it, effectual calling, the subject of the sermon.
This Lord’s Day, we will continue our study of sin in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, examining questions 16-17: Q 16: Did all mankind fall in Adam's first transgression? The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in him, and fell with him, in his first transgression. Q 17 Into what estate did the fall bring mankind? The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery. The Sermon is An Awful Inheritance from Romans 5:12-21.
The arrangements for Margie Stoll’s funeral are a viewing here at Good Shepherd OPC on Friday from 9-11 am followed by the funeral, presided over by Rev. Chuck Hickey, at 11 am.
The Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, January 18 at 8 am at the Cracker Barrel in Sharonville. All men are invited and this is a good opportunity to bring a friend. Please read chapters 2-3 of Crazy Busy.
During the January 19 Sunday School hour, the women will meet to form a “Women in the Church” group for Good Shepherd. All women are encouraged to attend.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, February 2.
I received the following prayer updates from the denomination’s Stated Clerk’s office:
I have gotten some response to the following notice, but more help is always good for sharing the load. If you are able to greet or provide nursery care on Sunday mornings or Sunday evenings, or would like to perform some light clerical office duties, please let me know. All of these are integral to the establishment, strength, and health of Good Shepherd OPC. Each provides an opportunity to use your gift(s) and is a service to Christ’s body. As we saw in Nehemiah, part of God’s grace and the success of their wall building was that all came together and worked toward the common good for the people of Israel – building the wall. Thank you for your consideration, prayer, and participation in this matter.