Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of February 16-22.
A Call to Prayer (Wednesdays at 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 (February 15)
Pastor Chris is teaching through the Westminster Confession of Faith. This week we’ll really finish chapter one, Of Holy Scripture. Please read the Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 1 and its proof texts in preparation for class. Our study is called “Knowing What You Believe.” We will also finish our discussion of translations.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum, Show Me Jesus.
We pick up the life and times of Jonah. This week Jonah has departed Nineveh for the outskirts to see what will happen to the city. He reveals an anger toward God for God’s mercy to Nineveh. The sermon text is Jonah 4:1-4, “Mean-Spirited Praying.” The New Testament lesson is Romans 4:1-12.
Our evening worship study is through the ordinary means of grace – the Word of God preached, the sacraments, and prayer. Having completed the first and second means of grace, we’ll slowly work through prayer. This week we’ll examine WSC 99, “Forms For Prayer.” Our text is 1 John 5:14.
WSC 99 What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?
A. The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer, but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord's prayer.
If you would like a copy of Dr. Alan Strange’s address entitled, “The Spirituality of the Church” please let Pastor Chris know. This topic is vital for understanding how the northern Presbyterian church, of which the OPC is descended, has worked through the issues of Christianity and living in this world. Dr. Strange’s paper is not the definitive answer, but an historical perspective to guide us in our conversations today. This paper was used as part of his lecture, “Politics in the Pulpit.” We will soon have available all audio and video of the conference.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday.
Sunday Evening worship is at 6 p.m. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please send it to me for our hymn sing.
The Women's Bible Study is meets each Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Miller’s house.
The Session will meet on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 pm.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, March 1, immediately after morning worship. Let’s try Irish style foods for our theme in honor of St. Patrick. A quick internet search revealed well-known foods, mostly comfort style; e.g., Shepherd’s Pie.
Life Line Screening will be conducting health screenings for stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis at the church on March 17. Registration is required. Pick up a flier from the lobby.
A big "Thank you" to all who participated in the Reformed in America conference. The speakers enjoyed meeting and ministering to us.