Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of December 21-27, 2015.
If you have a prayer request, please forward it to Pastor Chris to be included in the congregational prayer on Sunday morning or evening.
The Lord’s Day (December 27)
Our class is a twelve week video featuring Dr. Guy Prentiss Waters, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson MS and teaching elder in the Mississippi Valley Presbytery (PCA). He’s written several books, including several on justification. The twelve week course is entitled, “The Life and Theology of Paul.”
Class # 5: Sin (Part 2). In the last lesson we began to look at the gospel Paul preached by considering the sin that makes the good news necessary. In Romans, Paul shows us how widespread and deep-rooted this plague of sin is. For hearts in rebellion against God, His gift of righteousness only makes sense if we lay hold of our unrighteousness and incapability of becoming righteous on our own (Rom. 3:20). In this lesson, we find Paul continuing to open up for us the seriousness of sin. Specifically, Dr. Waters, through Paul, shows us the landscape of humanity and traces the problem of sin to Adam as our representative.
There are two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum, Show Me Jesus.
The Rev. Dr. Marc Clauson will preach. Pastor Chris is away.
Evening worship is canceled this week. On January 3, evening worship will be at 2 pm, following our fellowship lunch.
The prayer meetings for December 23 and 30 are canceled. Join us again for prayer on January 6, 2016 at 7 pm.
Join us for our annual candlelight, Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols at 6 pm on December 24. Please invite someone to hear the gospel presented in word and song.
Lobby beautification: The Deacons request volunteers to form a “decorating committee” for the lobby. The committee will have a modest budget to purchase some materials or supplies. The goal is to foster fellowship and make the area welcoming.
The women meet for Bible study each week to study the Gospel of Matthew. Contact Ananda Pienaar for time and place.
For all members who missed the Congregational Meeting, you may see Deacon Luke Denny for a copy of the proposed budget; there were no questions about it during our review. The session is set to approve it at their January meeting. One item of importance is that Elder Robert Taylor will have mandatory one year sabbatical as per our By-Laws. Although he remains ordained as an elder, he will be relieved of his duties for a year.
Our next monthly fellowship lunch is Sunday, January 3 immediately after the service. The theme is comfort foods.
The next Men's breakfast and study is Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8 am.
Pastor Chris will be on vacation from December 25 through January 1 with the Reverend Dr. Marc Clauson filling the pulpit in the morning service on December 27. There will be no evening service that day.