Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of August 25-31, 2014.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, August 27, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a good 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 31, 2014)
We are at Lecture 8, “The Last Supper” in our video series, What Did Jesus Do? Understanding the Work of Christ. Here is a summary of this lesson from the Ligonier Ministries website: “In the Old Testament, the Passover lamb distinguished the people of God from the unbelieving Egyptians. The Passover also marked Israel’s redemption from Egypt. The Old Testament prophets described the future redemption of Israel in terms of a new exodus. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul looks at the Last Supper, showing how Christ is our Passover lamb in this meal that marks the arrival of the greater exodus, redemption from slavery to sin and death.”
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum. Next Sunday, September 7, begins the new semester.
WLC 171: How are they that receive the sacrament of the Lord's Supper to prepare themselves before they come unto it? A. They that receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper are, before they come, to prepare themselves thereunto, by examining themselves of their being in Christ, of their sins and wants; of the truth and measure of their knowledge, faith, repentance; love to God and the brethren, charity to all men, forgiving those that have done them wrong; of their desires after Christ, and of their new obedience, and by renewing the exercise of these graces, by serious meditation, and fervent prayer.
On Sunday, we will pick up with our study of False Teachers from 2 Peter 2:17-22. In colloquial terms, false teachers have lots of sizzle, but no steak. They are truly deceptive in their lives and their teaching and Christians must beware of it. As we have noted, false teachers lead to destruction and they should not be trifled with. The sermon is entitled “Deceptive Appearances” and the Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 13:29-59. We’ll sing Come to the Waters by James M. Boice again along with Psalm 130 from the new OPC/URCNA psalter.
We continue our study through the Ten Commandments. On Sunday, we will look at the fifth commandment from Exodus 20:12 under the title, “Duties Mutually Owed.” Remember that Redeemer OPC will join us at 5 pm for fellowship and the service at 6 pm.
WSC 63 Which is the fifth commandment? A. The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
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 send it to me for our hymn sing. Redeemer OPC will join us in worship. Please bring a finger food to share at 5 pm.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, September 7 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 will resume in September.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will have their next meeting on Saturday, September 13 at 8 am. Please mark your calendars.
The Presbytery of Ohio women’s retreat will be at Camp Akita (29746 Logan-Hornsmill Rd., Logan, OH) on October 24-25. It is for ages 16 and up. The speaker, Lorianne Merritt, will speak on Hospitality with a Heart for Jesus. For more information, contact: Harleen Dizer email@example.com. To register visit www.daytonopc.org.
All church members and attendees are invited to the Malamisuros, who are hosting a Labor Day picnic at their house. Meat and drink will be provided; please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. We look forward to having you join us beginning at 12:30 pm. Feel free to bring lawn games and chairs. Please RSVP to either Chris or Annie.
Session will meet on Thursday, September 18 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. At this point, we have given the potential policy a first reading. We are also having an attorney and our insurance company examine it. At the very least, we will soon move to implement background checks on all children’s workers.
Pastor Chris will teach an eight week Inquirer's Class beginning Sunday September 7 and running through October 26. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour. If you would like to learn more about the church, being Reformed, our doctrine and practices, please join us for the class. Although it is a precursor to membership, one need not be interested in membership to come.