Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of September 22-28.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Rev 21:1-5)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, September 24, 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 22, 2014)
We are at Lecture 12, “The Return” 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: “At the ascension of Christ, the disciples were promised that Jesus would come again, and the second coming of Christ has remained the church’s blessed hope ever since. The second coming has also been the source of great controversy. In this lecture, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains some of the basic facts concerning the second coming, while at the same time dispelling some common misconceptions.”
Next week, Deacon Brian Hopson begins a study in Ecclesiastes. Late in November, our two elder candidates will each have a Sunday School session to give their Christian testimony and experience, a sense of call, and have a time for instruction.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
There is an Inquirer’s Class for anyone desiring to know more about Good Shepherd – who we are, what we believe, how we worship, etc. Covenant children interested in making a profession of faith are welcome.
WLC 172 May one who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation, come to the Lord's Supper?
A. One who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation to the sacrament of the Lord's supper, may have true interest in Christ, though he be not yet assured thereof; and in God's account hath it, if he be duly affected with the apprehension of the want of it, and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ, and to depart from iniquity: in which case (because promises are made, and this sacrament is appointed, for the relief even of weak and doubting Christians) he is to bewail his unbelief, and labour to have his doubts resolved; and, so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord's supper, that he may be further strengthened.
On Sunday, we conclude our study of a Christian’s response to false teachers from 2 Peter 3:14-18, “Make Every Effort.” In the final verses of this letter, Peter exhorts the readers to grow in God’s grace and knowledge and he shows consistency of doctrine with the Apostle Paul. The Old Testament lesson is Leviticus 17:1-16.
We continue our study through the Ten Commandments. On Sunday, we will look at the ninth commandment from Exodus 20:16 under the title, “Promoting Truth and a Good Name.”
WSC 76 Which is the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
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, October 5, 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 is every Tuesday at 10 AM at the church. All women are welcome.
The Men’s Study and Breakfast will have their next meeting on Saturday, October 4 at 8 am at the Tri-County Panera Bread. We will cover chapters 9-10 regarding children from The Masculine Mandate. All men are invited.
Pastor Chris is teaching 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 continues on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 pm at the Pienaar’s house. All of the men of the church are invited to attend the ten week course. 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.
There will be a work day at the church on Saturday, September 27 at 8 am. All are invited to lend a hand in several inside and outside work projects.
On Saturday October 11, Mr. David Haney, Director of Finance and Planned Giving for the OPC will be in town to host a 3 hour financial seminar (9 am –noon). Although he specializes in planned giving, he will give other more basic financial planning information. Please alert friends and family members of our event. We will have information cards to send and pass out.
The Presbytery of Ohio (POH) has a Called Meeting on Friday, October 3 at 7pm to install Rev. Matthew Judd as the new minister at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Mansfield. The POH has its regularly Stated Meeting on October 17-18 hosted by the Pittsburgh churches and held at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.
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.
Redeemer OPC has invited us to join them for their Reformation Day evening service on Sunday, October 26 at 6 pm. The evening service at Good Shepherd will be canceled that evening so that we may attend Redeemer.
On October 31 from 6:00-8:30 pm we will host a Harvest party for the community. We will have the party overlapping with the Trick-or-Treat time with the intention of drawing in community members. We will have some games, light food, and candy treats for all. If someone would like to coordinate this effort, it would be much appreciated.