Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of April 28-May 4, 2014.
3 Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the LORD your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the LORD has promised you. 4 "Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, 'It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,' whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you. 5 Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deuteronomy 9:3-5)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, April 30, 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 (May 4, 2014)
I continue our 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.
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
This week we will examine the second half of 1 Peter 4:1-11, verses 7-11. Under the title, ‘Glorifying God in Everything,’ we’ll see how we live to glorify God in our lives by exemplifying virtues and using our gifts. This week, we will begin reading through an Old Testament book consecutively week by week rather than haphazardly. Leviticus 1 is our Old Testament reading this week.
Continuing with the order of salvation in our study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we will consider WSC 32-33. Q. 32. What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life? A. They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them. Q. 33. What is justification? A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone. The title is ‘Declared Not Guilty’ and our Scripture text is Romans 3:24.
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. Our theme is Mexican food. 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.
Thank you to all who came out for the spring work day last Saturday.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Vacation Bible School on June 9-13. We need help in various areas; please consider how you may help this vital ministry.
On Saturday, May 3, we will have our first community outreach – a picnic. Our goal is to gather people from Forest Park, serve them picnic food, play games, and get to know them. We will invite them to the upcoming Vacation Bible School in June.
The 2014 OPC Young Adult Conference will be held at the Machen Retreat and Conference Center from June 12-15. The conference is aimed towards those who are 17 years old through college age (i.e., around 22 or 23). Please see the announcement on the kiosk in the lobby or contact Tappey Jones at 540-337-2785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?