Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of July 28-August 3, 2014.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, July 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 by Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer meeting.
The Lord’s Day (August 3, 2014)
This week we continue our twelve week video series by R. C. Sproul, “What Did Jesus Do?” From the Ligonier website regarding this series:
When Jesus approached John the Baptist to be baptized, John initially objected. But Jesus responded by saying that it was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matt. 3:15) Why was this act—and others like it—so important? Most Christians understand the importance of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and the significance of his resurrection. But how many comprehend the significance of the life Jesus led prior to the crowning weeks of the passion? In this teaching series, R.C. Sproul uncovers what it means for Christ to be the “second Adam”—and what this means for believers today.
Don’t forget to complete your homework!
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
For preparation to hear God’s Word: What is required of those that hear the word preached? A. It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives (WLC 160).
Having completed an overview of 2 Peter 2, we will return to the beginning of chapter 2 and move through the chapter more slowly. This coming Sunday, we’ll consider 2 Peter 2:1-3 under the title False Teachers and Destructive Divisions. The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 11:1-28. We will be adding to our worship psalms from the proposed Psalter-Hymnal that the OPC is publishing jointly with the United Reformed Churches of North America. Some of the tunes will be the same, while others will be different. This week, we’ll sing Psalm 29.
We return to our study of the Ten Commandments in our evening worship. Commandment # 2, encompassing WSC questions 49-52 deal with the manner of worship both positively and negatively. The text is Psalm 115 and the title is Becoming What You Worship.
Q. 49. Which is the second commandment? A. The second commandment is, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
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 fellowship lunch is Sunday, August 3 immediately after morning worship. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
The Women's Bible Study and the Men’s Study and Breakfast have been suspended for the summer. Both will resume in September.
Thank you very much for hosting and dining with New Song. We had a good turn out last Sunday evening.
Thank you for helping us [the Malamisuros] move last Saturday. You all have been a blessing to me and my family. We are settling into our new home.
Session meets tonight (July 29, 2014) at 6:30 pm.
The Session met with the Deacons to formulate a Child and Child Care Worker Protection Policy. The two man committee (one elder and one deacon) tasked with formulating the policy have one month to complete their work. The Session and Deacons will give it a first reading to determine if there is lack or other problems. I will keep you up to date on the policy’s formulation.
On August 24, we will host Rev. Benson Akello who will preach the morning service.