Bulletin for Sunday 10/03/2010
With Robert Prater
This week I will begin my seventh year at Central. I am so thankful for the honor of serving with you here at Central. Thank you for being near and dear. Your words of encouragement and kindnesses over the years have meant so much to our family. You have become not just the congregation where we serve but a family with whom we serve. You truly are a part of us. I look forward to seeing the Lord continue to bless our labor among you.
Well in our “Route 66” – a road trip through the Bible we have come to the Book of Malachi. As the last of the Old Testament writing prophets and the last book of Old Testament Scripture, Malachi provides an important point of transition between the end of the Old Testament era and the New Testament era.
Malachi the prophet and Nehemiah the builder were contemporaries, and the problems Nehemiah faced became the basis for the sermons Malachi preached. Corrupt priests, mixed marriages, calloused consciences – these were the conditions under which Malachi wrote. Using a question-and-answer style, Malachi highlights the arrogance and insensitivity of God’s people.
His convicting words of judgment usher in 400 years of silence during which God’s prophetic voice is no longer heard. (Although we’ll study this Sunday the 400 “silent” years between the Testaments to see how God steered the course of humanity toward the coming Messiah) But the last book of the Old Testament anticipates the first book of the New, where John the Baptist breaks the silence by declaring, “Prepare the way for the Lord.” (Matthew 3:3)
This week you’ll read the last of the 929 chapters, 23,214 verses, 592,439 words, and approximately 2,728,100 letters in the Old Testament (if you are using a King James Version of the Bible). Congratulations! You’ve reached a significant milestone in your goal of growing in the grace and knowledge of God’s Word.
Malachi concludes the Old Testament with a final reminder that sin must be dealt with. Of the 55 verses in Malachi, 47 are spoken by God – the highest portion of any prophetical book. Malachi is the only prophet who ends his book on a note of judgment rather than hope. “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6) Jesus Himself identified John as the one Malachi wrote about. (Matthew 11:10-15)
Great and dreadful. Turn or else. Promise and threat. The Messiah is coming. That’s a good thing. Right? It’s a fitting conclusion to the Old Testament because it underscores mankinds’ sinful condition and sets the stage for God’s solution in the person of Jesus the Christ. That’s the Good News! -- Robert -- firstname.lastname@example.org (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)
Our congratulations to Tim & Janice McGalliard on becoming grandparents for the first time! Emilia Lynn was born Sunday, September 25, 2010 in Duncan to Tad & Jennifer McGalliard. Emilia weighed 9 pounds 3.6 ounces and was 21 inches long. Kenton is the new uncle and Mariella Jacobs is the great grandmother.
TIPTON HOME TRUCK COMING
The truck from Tipton Home is scheduled to be in our area October 27 – 29. The list of needed supplies is: canned carrots, canola oil, sliced peaches, soups, cherry pie filling, brown sugar, shaving gel, Pine-Sol, bleach, air freshener, liquid laundry detergent.
Charles Wright remains in Integris Baptist Hospital, room 1071.
Leona Smith was scheduled to have a stint implant on Wednesday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
Sarah Smith has had several falls in her home and has a broken wrist and arm.
Rita Luye, aunt of Jennifer Michener, remains in the hospital following surgery on Wednesday of last week. Her surgery did go well.
It was a pleasant surprise to have a visit from Margaret & Fredith Hanifan last Sunday morning.
Earl and Judy Finch will be moving to Oklahoma City on Saturday. Their new address will be 9532 S.W. 26th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73128. We wish them well in their new home.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
1 Thess. 1
1 Thess. 2
1 Thess. 3
1 Thess. 4
1 Thess. 5
2 Thess. 1
2 Thess. 2
2 Thess. 3
1 Tim. 1
1 Tim. 2
1 Tim. 3
1 Tim. 4
1 Tim. 5
1 Tim. 6
2 Tim. 1
2 Tim. 2
2 Tim. 3
2 Tim. 4
Coats – Caps – Scarves – Gloves needed for Warmth from the Heart
(If they need it, please wash your items)
Thank you so much for the plant and for providing lunch for our family. The Darrell Jones Family
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in
the armed forces.
Address for Kendall Whittington:
(stationed in Afghanistan)
145th OK ADT
APO AE 09354
(check him out on his Facebook account)
Sgt. Burchette, Brandon
A Co 1-3 BSTB 1HBCT 3ID
FOB Falcon, Iraq APOAE 09361
(Jim & Vivian’s grandson)
Sgt. David Weeks
HSC 96 ASB/101 CAB
APO, AE 09355
(Carl Weeks’ son)
They would appreciate receiving your prayers and cards
October 3, Search, “Prepare for Worship”
October 3 – 5, OC Quest; Oklahoma Christian’s Annual Lectureship
October 8 & 9; Central Ladies Retreat @ Fin & Feather near Lake Tenkiller, Theme:Eat Pray Love. Cost $30 each, sign-up sheet in foyer.
October 10, Search, “The Nature of Worship”
October 17, Search, “Problems in Worship”
October 24, Search, “Problems in Song”
October 27, 29, The Tipton Home truck will be here. Needed supplies: canned carrots, canola oil, sliced peaches, soups, cherry pie filling, brown sugar, shaving gel, Pine-Sol, bleach, air freshener, liquid laundry detergent.
October 31, Search, “Worship in Prayer”
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 137
Worship Service 219
Sunday Evening 126
Wednesday Evening 133
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Wade Baskin
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Brian Nipper
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Matt Stephens
Bob Bivins Jim Carpenter
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Tracy Gettle
Paul Harris Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Clavin Norwood
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Dale Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Gene Norton George Mastick
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297