Bulletin for Sunday 06/14/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Recently I went on a school field trip with my oldest daughter Megan’s class.  We visited a museum in downtown OKC about the history of Oklahoma.  One section of the museum had some very fascinating “oddities” by Oklahoma artists.  One I saw was some intricate drawings of landscapes on paper the size of postage stamps.  One man had actually painted a detailed picture of a ship on the head of a pin!  I marveled as I thought about how much information could be contained on such a small medium.

Psalm 117 is a thumbnail sketch of the Bible.  It is the shortest chapter (two verses) in Scripture, and in part because of that distinction, it is often overlooked as nothing more than a Biblical curiosity.  The Psalmist is inspired to burst forth in praise: “Praise the Lord, all you nations!  Praise Him, all you peoples!  For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 117).  Let’s look closely at this thumbnail sketch and see that God intended us to have more than just a curiosity in Psalm 117:

A thumbnail sketch of the Gospel – The words, “nations” and “peoples” in verse 1 are very significant.  At a time when most Jews believed that salvation was their exclusive privilege, God inspired one of their own to pen this Psalm.  The fact that “all” nations and peoples are exhorted to praise God rebukes an attitude of exclusivism on the part of the Jews. Indeed, Jesus preached and brought salvation not just to Jews, but Gentiles as well (Matt. 4:25), Eph. 2:14-16). Psalm 117 reminded the Jews that salvation was intended for all: “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues were standing before the throne and before the Lamb…saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Rev. 7:9-10). Psalm 117 is the gospel in miniature.  It pointed Jews to the Christian era, when God’s grace and love would be made available to all men in His kingdom (cf. Titus 2:11-14).  Because of this, Paul quotes Psalm 117:1 in Romans 15:11 as he explains the gospel system of justification.  There’s more to Psalm 117 than often meets the eye! 

A thumbnail sketch of God’s love – God’s grace is shown in both His mercy and His kindness (Psalm 117:2).  The Psalmist tells us that God’s love in this regard is GREAT toward us.  Ancient Jews loved to recite Exodus 34:6, “The Lord God is merciful. And gracious, longsuffering and abounding in truth…”  In this world, people may or may not love us.  Friends may betray us, and loved ones may be unkind.  God will never waver in the greatness of His love for us, however!  We serve a God who would go to the cross before He would sell us out (cf. Matt. 4:8-10).  His merciful kindness is indeed great toward us!

A thumbnail sketch of our responsibility – The overarching theme of Psalm 117 is our obligation to praise God.  We were created and redeemed, “to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:3-14).  Therefore Scripture says, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).  When Psalm 117 tells us to, “Praise the Lord,” it is declaring His sovereign will in our lives, for, “His truth endures forever.”  God created man, and because we are His creation, we are obligated to worship Him.  More than that, however, Psalm 117 declares that our motive in praising God is more than just obligation; we are also motivated by His love.  No wonder Paul would say, “the love of Christ constrains us!” (2 Cor. 5:14).  How could someone who understands the lengths to which God has gone in His love for us say anything other than, “Praise ye the Lord!”  Thank God for the shortest chapter in the Bible!

-- Robert -- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)

(www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


PRAYER CONCERNS

The Masticks recently received the following email from the wife of the Christian physician in Nicaragua concerning Jennifer Vasquez: “She is in ICU at Children’s Hospital in Managua on a ventilator.  She had a shunt placed in her head for brain swelling and also has pneumonia.  Very poor prognosis.  Hopefully she will be in heaven soon with Jesus in her beautiful mansion. 

It was wonderful having Harvey & Carletta Moore in services Sunday.


MINI CAMP AT BURNT CABIN

The Tahlequah Church of Christ is hosting a mini-camp session at Burnt Cabin Christian Camp for ages 7-9, beginning Sunday, June 28 and ending Wednesday morning, July 1.  All Central children ages 7-9 are welcome to attend.  Maggie Prater and possibly some others from Central will be staying for the whole session as a staff member.  If your child would like to attend, please contact Maggie for details and an application form.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT DEVOS

All during the summer months and possibly in the fall, several of Central’s men and young men will be bringing the Wednesday evening devo.  All the men participating should please check the serving list found on the backside of The Gospel Guide for those men scheduled each week.  We are very thankful that Craig McKnight and Michael Michener have stepped up in such a huge way to help organize this.  If any men in the congregation would like to give a devo talk, please see Craig or Michael.


SCRAPBOOKING PARTY

Ladies do you enjoy scrapbooking?  You are invited for a Crop ‘Til U Drop Day of scrapbooking in the Fellowship Hall this coming Saturday morning, June 13, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Bring your favorite dish, snack or dessert to share.  Come and go all day at your leisure.  Bring your scrapbook, ideas, pictures and tools.  For more information contact Pamela Blackshire or Jennifer Lawrence.


Youth News
Bob Stephens
COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 15, Mon – AWTG Fittstown, Leave at 5 p.m. 

June 29, Mon. – AWTG Pauls Valley


LOOKING AHEAD

June 14, Search: “God’s Message in the Cross

June 17, Wednesday evening, Kevin Laffoon will be giving a report on his China mission trip.

June 20, 50th Wedding Anniversary reception honoring Marcia and Dwyane Dennis, 2 to 5 p.m. fellowship room

June 21, Search:  “The Battle for the Soul”

June 26, Jessica Marie Dame/Cole Fort Bryant wedding, Choctaw Church of Christ, 7 p.m.

June 28, Search: “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be”

July 5, Sunday 2 – 4, Wedding shower in honor of Leslie Gettle & Andy Stephens. 

July 13 – 17, Central’s Vacation Bible School

July 18-28, Nicaragua Mission supplies: small sample sizes of soap, deodorant, shampoo (No Conditioners), lotions, safety razors, wash cloths, combs, Band-aids, barrettes and ribbons for the girl’s hair.


JUNE
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

2 Ch. 15,16

1

John 12:27-50

2

2 Ch. 17,18

2

John 13:1-20

3

2 Ch. 19,20

3

John 13:21-38

4

2 Ch. 21,22

4

John 14

5

2 Ch. 23,24

5

John 15

6

2 Ch.25,26,27

6

John 16

7

2 Ch. 28,29

7

John 17

8

2 Ch. 30,31

8

John 18:1-18

9

2 Ch. 32,33

9

John 18:19-40

10

2 Ch. 34,35,36

10

John 19:1-22

11

Ezra 1,2

11

John 19:23-42

12

Ezra 3,4,5

12

John 20

13

Ezra 6,7,8

13

John 21

14

Ezra 9,10

14

Acts 1

15

Neh. 1,2,3

15

Acts 2:1-21

16

Neh. 4,5,6

16

Acts 2:22-47

17

Neh. 7,8,9

17

Acts 3

18

Neh. 10,11

18

Acts 4:1-22

19

Neh. 12,13

19

Acts 4:23-37

20

Esther 1,2

20

Acts 5:1-21

21

Esther 3,4,5

21

Acts 5:22-42

22

Esther 6,7,8

22

Acts 6

23

Esther 9,10

23

Acts 7:1-21

24

Job 1,2

24

Acts 7:22-43

25

Job 3,4

25

Acts 7:44-60

26

Job 5,6,7

26

Acts 8:1-25

27

Job 8,9,10

27

Acts 8:26-40

28

Job 11,12,13

28

Acts 9:2-21

29

Job 14,15,16

29

Acts 9:22-43

30

Job 17,18,19

30

Acts 10:1-23


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              133

Worship Service                                       213

Sunday Evening                                       115

Wednesday Evening                                136

Contribution                                     5,036.32

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Brian Nipper

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Michael Michener              Dennis Brodersen

Tim McGalliard                            Jon Merritt

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jeff Todd                       Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Bob Perry                                 James Reeves

GREETERS

Foyer:                            Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                     James & Joan Reeves

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly & Cathy Pettyjohn

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Carl Weeks

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                   Craig McKnight

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                     Craig McKnight

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297