Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of May 26-June 1, 2014.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load (Galatians 6:1-5).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, May 28, 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 (June 1, 2014)
Thank you to all who came to Sunday School last week to receive VBS training. Please remember to review your handbooks and materials for the program so that all of us are able to help, guide, and direct our guests that week.
This week we begin a new adult Sunday School class using a video curriculum. The class is called, “Faith of our Fathers: Why Creeds and Confessions?” taught by Ken Gentry. The video is about 25 minutes long and discussion will follow. A complementary book is Carl Trueman’s, The Creedal Imperative. Here is a blurb from the video:
In this series, Dr. Gentry explains the point of creeds for those not familiar with their rationale. He also defends their biblical warrant and practical usefulness. This study should prove valuable for both sides of the issue: It should help creedalists understand why the use creeds. It should better instruct anti-creedalists in the position so that they might properly evaluate the evidence.
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
We are nearing the end of our 1 Peter study. This week we’ll examine 1 Peter 5:5-11 under the title Exhortations For Christian Living. The passage is filled with brief commands for Christian living with the motivation of looking to Christ and eternal life. Peter continues to remind us that this world is not our final home, nor are the world’s ways our ways. We will introduce a new hymn this week, written by the late James Montgomery Boice, former pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church. He wrote and his music director arranged around fifteen hymns for a modern reformation. Some of you are familiar with these hymns, their deep theology, and their appropriate sacred arrangements.
This week we will deal with the issue of assurance and other accompanying benefits which flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification in Westminster Shorter Catechism question 36. WSC 36 What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification? A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of God's love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end. Our text is 1 John 5:13 and the title is ‘Knowing You Have Eternal Life.’
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.
Pastor Chris will be heading to Mansfield on Friday evening for a called presbytery meeting. We have several items of business, but primarily we will act on a call given to a minister from Rochester NY from Covenant OPC to be their new minister.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, June 1 immediately after morning worship. Our theme is favorite summer foods. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
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. Registering is easy. Go to www.goodshepherdopc.com and click the Vacation Bible School tab at the top. Follow the instructions.
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, June 14 at 8 am at the church. 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, chapters 2-3. 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 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.
Calling all youth ages 9-18! Please register for the Presbytery of Ohio Youth Camp which is July 14-19 at Camp Piedmont in Piedmont, OH. The cost is $200 per camper, but discounts and scholarships are available. The youth are divided into junior and senior youth with separate teaching and activities. Both groups will be taught on Christ building His Church. There are brochures available on the kiosk in the lobby.