Here are your announcements and worship helps for the week of February 17-23, 2014.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11).
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, February 19, 2014; 7 pm)
Join us for an hour of prayer this and every Wednesday evening from 7-8 pm. This is a terrific chance to minister to one another in love through prayer. If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris my Wednesday afternoon to be included in the prayer gathering.
The Lord’s Day Morning (February 23, 2014)
In our study of Colossians this week, we’ll study 1:24-2:5 with a focus on the proclamation of the gospel: its grandeur and effects. It will be a good time to reflect on public worship and personal evangelism, including leading our covenant children to the faith. The center of the proclamation is Christ and we’ll spend some time considering Paul’s phrase, “Him we proclaim!”
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
This week, we’ll return to our regular confession of the Apostles’ Creed, but we will include a corporate praying of the Lord’s Prayer as part of our congregational prayer. As for the sermon, we’ll finish 1 Peter 1 with a concentration in 1 Peter 1:24-25, with the title, The Good News Preached. My aim this week is to finish chapter one by tying together all of the strands that have been connected in Peter’s conclusion, “And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” The Old Testament lesson is Isaiah 55. As can be seen, there will be an emphasis on the gospel as it is proclaimed to both believers and unbelievers.
This Lord’s Day, we will continue our study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, examining questions 23-24: Q. 23. What offices doth Christ execute as our redeemer? A. Christ, as our redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation. Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation. The sermon text is Deuteronomy 18:15-22 and the title is ‘The Offices of the Messiah: A Prophet.’
We have begun doing some promotional advertising of Good Shepherd OPC on social media, particularly Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, please go to the Good Shepherd page and “Like” us; that helps others see our page. Also, if you would, please share our updates, which are mostly announcements of services. Again, this freely promotes our church to your friends and family. By extending our reach, others in the Cincinnati area will learn of our church. Thank you for helping us in this way.
Wednesday Prayer at 7 PM, each Wednesday. Please forward any requests so that we might include them in our prayers.
Evening Lord’s Day worship each Sunday evening at 6 PM. If you have a hymn or psalm request, please advance it to me for our hymn sing.
The next Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, March 8 at 8 am at the church. All men are invited and this is a good opportunity to bring a friend. Please read chapters 6-7 of Crazy Busy.
The next Deacon Meeting is Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 PM.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, March 2 immediately after morning worship.
We are hosting a Lifeline Health Screening on Monday, April 21, 2014.