Here are your Good Shepherd OPC announcements and worship helps for the week of March 18-30, 2014.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
A Call to Prayer (Wednesday, March 26, 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 (March 30, 2014)
Pastor Chris will continue his study of Colossians, focusing on Colossians 2:6-15, the antidote to the false spirituality afoot in Colossae. In this six week segment, the lessons will serve as a foundation for officer training as it applies to the whole church.
There are also two children’s classes; both use the Great Commission Publications curriculum.
In the large section of 1 Peter (2:11-3:22), Peter is focusing on the Household Rules, particularly common relationships that we have and how a Christian properly lives them out. The whole context has the backdrop of submission to one another and suffering for doing good. The second and third relationships – slaves and masters and wives and husbands – principally see a hostile relationship in which there is suffering. This Sunday, our text is 1 Peter 3:1-7 and the title is ‘Submission As Wives to Husbands.’ Peter’s epistle takes suffering for granted and is written towards the goal of learning to live in the midst of suffering and maintaining a faithful witness while awaiting the final day of judgment.
In our study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, we are in the midst of the Christological portion – the Person and work of Christ. After we conclude that, we’ll examine the work of the Holy Spirit before moving into the extended portion of Christ’s redemption applied. This week, we will focus on Christ’s humiliation, question and answer 27. Q. 27. Wherein did Christ's humiliation consist? A. Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time. The text is Philippians 2:5-8 and the title is ‘Christ Humbled Himself.’
We have been 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 29 at 8 am at Cracker Barrel in Sharonville. All men are invited and this is a good opportunity to bring a friend. Please read chapters 8-10 of Crazy Busy.
There is a women’s Bible study each Tuesday at 1 PM. Please contact Ananda, Annie, Sarah or Stephany for details. Currently, they are studying Ephesians.
The next fellowship lunch is Sunday, April 6 immediately after morning worship. Our theme is brunch foods. The first Sunday is a good time to invite a friend and have him or her remain for lunch.
We are hosting a Lifeline Health Screening on Monday, April 21, 2014. There are three discount coupons available for the screenings. Please contact Pastor Chris if you would like one.
We will have a spring work day on Saturday, April 26. Please come out to spring clean, inside and out.
On Saturday, May 3, we will have a community outreach – a picnic. All are invited to eat, drink, and play games as well as get to know us.
The Presbytery of Ohio Foreign Missions Committee invites you to apply to be part of a seven person team to serve alongside of our missionaries in Japan for disaster relief work near Sendai from July 25 – August 8th, 2014. This effort is in conjunction with the work of the Nozomi (Hope) Center in Yamamoto-cho, a cooperative center sponsored by the Reformed Church in Japan and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Japan Mission). The nature of the work will be to assist the largely agricultural community and neighborhood around Yamamoto with various outdoor manual labor projects, house cleaning and maintenance, and helping with children’s activities. You must be at least 18 years old by July 25, 2014 to apply to serve on this team. Interested in serving? Please see Pastor Chris.