Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of September 1-7, 2014.
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah (Psalm 24)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, September 3, 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 (September 7, 2014)
We are at Lecture 9, “Crucifixion” 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: “The apex of Christ’s redemptive work occurred when He was nailed to the cross and bore the penalty due to us. His crucifixion was an act of propitiation, satisfying the justice of God. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains what happened on the cross, how Christ was both a propitiation for sin and our redeemer.”
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum. This Sunday they begin a 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 continue with our study of false teachers from 2 Peter 3:1-7. How often do you think about Christ’s Second Coming? In some circles, there is an inordinate amount of attention given to current events which are linked to alleged events at Christ’s Second Coming. In other circles, almost no attention is paid. Peter has some stiff words for all of us and the false teachers regarding Christ’s Second Coming. The sermon is entitled “There’s Coming A Day.” The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 14:1-32.
We continue our study through the Ten Commandments. On Sunday, we will look at the sixth commandment from Exodus 20:13 under the title, “You Shall Not Murder.”
WSC 67 Which is the sixth commandment? A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.
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.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday immediately after morning worship. The theme is “Back-To-School” foods. 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.
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.
Officer Training begins on Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm at the Crandall’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course. We will alternate between the Crandall’s house and the Pienaar’s house each Tuesday at 7 pm, unless otherwise notified. If you would like to participate in the class, please purchase Called To Serve (edited by Rev. Michael Brown) at Reformation Heritage Books (www.heritagebooks.org) and let Pastor Chris know you are attending.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-912-5046. To register visit www.daytonopc.org.
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.