Bulletin for Sunday 09/11/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

This September 11th our nation will observe the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It is right, much like we do with Pearl Harbor, that we on September 11, remember and honor those who died on that day.  We continue to ask God for His blessings upon our nation and for those who help keep our nation safe at home and abroad.

Now it just so happens that the 10th anniversary falls on a Sunday. And as meaningful and important as the day is being the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the day is far more meaningful as the Lord’s Day. As much as the honoring of those who died is, the honoring of the Savior who died for us is more important.

You remember the night Jesus was betrayed that during the Passover feast in an upper room, He instituted a memorial meal, the “Lord’s Supper”, for His followers to observe..  “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”  (Luke 22:19-20)

The Lord’s Supper is a weekly memorial to be taken on the first day of the week when the church assembles for worship.  Early Christians gathered together on the first day of “every” week to worship (1 Cor. 16:1-2). This day (that we call Sunday) became known as the “Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10). Christians worshipped on the very day Jesus rose from the dead—the first day of the week (Mark 16:2, 9). When “the church comes together” to worship (on this day), we are to take the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20, 26). Early Christians did gather together for the purpose of “breaking bread” on the first day of the week (cf. Acts 2:42; 20:7).

Today some Christians take this observance of the Lord’s Supper much too lightly as they do not place importance on regular attendance. When we think about the persecution and difficulty the early church had to overcome just to come together, we should be ashamed at the weak reasons we may sometimes give to explain our absence. The command we have been given in the book of Hebrews substantiates the importance of one’s attendance. “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  (Hebrews 10:25)

The Lord’s Supper is observed as a memorial of Christ.  (1 Cor. 11:24-25).  When we partake of the broken bread and the cup of blessing, a believer’s oneness is again confirmed in the Supper by sharing in the effects of the body and blood of Christ.  (cf. 1 Cor. 10:14-22; 11:23-25) 

The Lord’s Supper is also observed with the anticipation and hope of His return, when the faithful will joyfully be with the Lord. “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  (1 Cor. 11:26)  This observance helps to keep the Lord in the forefront of one’s mind. The consistency of congregating with the people of God strengthens the Christian’s attitude towards the daily battles and temptations we all must overcome. Coming together in fellowship with one another and with Christ, keeps the spiritual zeal and drive necessary to overcome the world (cf. 1 Cor. 10:17;11:29-32; John6:53).
Overlooked by some is the necessity of having the correct frame of mind when observing the Lord’s Supper.  No one is “worthy” of the sacrifice of Jesus nor to partake of the Supper. To partake of the Supper in a “worthy manner” means that you think about the sacrifice of Jesus for your sins while you partake of it (1 Cor. 11:27-32).  We cannot allow our minds to wander.  It is also crucial that you think about the “body of Christ” (the church) and how we are united together in Him (1 Cor. 11:29; 10:17). You must “examine yourself” to make sure you have the correct frame of mind while observing the supper (1 Cor. 11:28). 

Let us fulfill this commandment this coming Lord’s Day with commitment, joy and patience, as we remember our Lord until He comes again. 

                          --Robert—(robprater@sbcglobal.net)    (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


Sermons for Sunday

AM    Belief and Unbelief (Mark 9:14-32)

PM     The Power to Overcome


FOR PRAYERS

This past Sunday morning our brother Jon Merritt came forward humbly asking for forgiveness.  In his own words, Jon explained. “I haven’t been the Christian that I should have been.  I have said and done things that I shouldn’t have done.  I am asking that God will forgive my sins.  I am asking for guidance and strength that I will be a better Christian.”  Let’s all be an encouragement to Jon and keep him in our prayers.


GOSPEL MEETING

All are invited to attend a gospel meeting at Farrall Church of Christ on September 11 – 14 with Bro. Clarence A. Hall of Okmulgee.  The theme is “What We Believe And Why We Believe It.”  Evening services will be a 7 p.m. 


LADIES OLD TESTAMENT CLASS

The Ladies Old Testament class will begin on Tuesday, September 13, meeting in the fellowship room at 10:30 a.m.  This class is taught by Anita Jacques.  All ladies are welcome. In this session we will be studying the periods of post exile and the period between the testaments.  If you would like to be a part of this class, let Anita or Betty [Emery] know so that your book can be ordered.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Carl Wills remains in Baptist Integris Hospital. He is in room 830.


THANK YOU

Dear Church family: You are indeed a ‘Light that shines forth and salt that flavors lives’.  Your prayers, visits and cards are much appreciated.  It is such a profound blessing to be part of His glorious body.  Especially thoughtful were the notes of encouragement penned by the teen class!  Love all of you,    Richard [Albright]


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Teresa Gardner, (daughter-in-law of Janice Gardner), Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Rita Luye (aunt of Jennifer Michener), Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Carl & Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers


LOOKING AHEAD

September 11, Search: “Not Too Hard”

September 11, Children’s Bible Hour Resumes

September 11, Sunday 2 – 4: Alex Corn & Austin Beard wedding shower, They are registered at Dillard’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Group gift see Janet Stephens, Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg.

September 11-14, Gospel Meeting at Farrall Church of Christ with Bro. Clarence A. Hall of Okmulgee.  Evening services at 7 p.m.

September 14, Ladies Bible Class resumes at 10:30 a.m. with the monthly luncheon to follow

September 18, Search:  “Christian Baptism 1”

September 23, Ladies’ Night at Little, Sandy Day of MWC; see bulletin board in foyer for times.

September 25, Search: “Christian Baptism 11”

October 2-4, OC Lectureship, Quest, this year’s theme “I Believe”.

November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway


!!!ONLY 9 WEEKS !!!

COATS – HATS – GLOVES – COATS

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Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 122

Worship Service                                          171

Sunday Evening                                          100

Wednesday Evening                                     83

Contribution                                       29,484.40

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, September 11, 2011

 

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                   Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                 Michael Michener

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                  Dale Beard

Clavin Norwood                             Jon Merritt

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                   Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Paul Harris                            Craig McKnight

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:            Craig & Michelle McKnight

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Leah Lyons

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Carl Weeks

Song Director:                        Austin Beard

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Steve Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Ron Taffe                          Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Devotional:                                Chuck Carter

Song Leader:                                Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297