Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of February 23 – March 1, 2015.
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 (March 1)
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.”
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum, Show Me Jesus.
We come to the end of 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 4:5-11, “A Good Reason to Be Angry.” The New Testament lesson is Romans 4:13-25. After we finish with Jonah, we will begin in Amos.
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 100, “Drawing Near to God.” Our text is Ephesians 3:12.
Q. 100 What doth the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A. The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, ‘Our Father which art in heaven,’ teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.
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 2 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 Men will try again! We’ll meet for breakfast, study, and fellowship on Saturday, March 7 at 8 am. Please read Ordinary, chapters 2-3, 4 if you’re ambitious!
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.
The Session will meet on Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 pm.
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.