Bulletin for Sunday 12/09/2012

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SYMPATHY
1926          Nadine Magee          2012

We extend our loving sympathy to Joe Magee and all the family of Nadine Magee.  Nadine passed away on Thursday, November 29, after a long illness.  Funeral services were conducted by Robert Prater and Dwyane Dennis on the following Saturday afternoon.  The daughter of Ira and Effie Ramsey, Nadine grew up at Central from the time she was eight months old.  She married Joe Magee and was a devoted Christian and preacher’s wife.  They were married for 69 years.  We all miss Nadine but rejoice with her reward in heaven.

 

AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

The state of worship in far too many modern churches today is on entertainment.  Entertainment is often defined as something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement. Whether we attend a sporting event, musical concert, or movie, we go to be entertained. We are spectators of a performance. In some churches, a visitor could easily confuse a worship service with a rock concert or theatrical performance.

Sadly, entertainment is often sold in the name of evangelism. We are told that in order to attract unbelievers, our worship must be entertaining and exciting. Unfortunately, even our attempts to be relevant often fall short. In his book, Whatever Happened to Worship, A.W. Tozer writes: “God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theaters.……most of the people we say we are trying to reach will never come to a church to see a lot of amateur actors putting on a home talent show.”

Now while our worship should be filled with vibrant uplifting praise that should engage our congregations, we have to be careful not to teach people that a worship service exists for their entertainment rather than for God’s glory.  David wrote, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”  (Psalm 29:2)  The psalmist said, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.” (Psalm 96:8)

When our worship services exist to simply please the ears of the worshippers rather than the heart of God, can we still honestly call them worship services?  Clearly, who we are trying to please in our worship services is of utmost importance.  (cf. Gal. 1:10; 1 Cor. 10:31)

Greg Tidwell recently wrote an article in the Gospel Advocate, “The Church of What’s Happening Now”, in which he warned of five indications that a church is drifting away from the purpose and design for which God authorized in Christian worship. 

1. Beware of any change in worship designed to gratify an audience rather than glorify God.

2. Beware of any shift of congregational focus away from the first century pattern of worship, edification, and outreach.

3. Beware of any shift in teaching away from the text of Scripture.

4. Beware of outside influence diluting God’s truth. Such influence may come from the world, from other congregations or from religious institutions.

5. Beware of complacency. Any church not longing for excellence stands in danger of evil’s assault.

May we never seek to entertain the ears of man, but rather engage their hearts and always strive to bring glory to our God.  My prayer is that the church would produce passionate worshippers of the Lord.       

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   The Priority of Prayer in Worship

PM    Larry Sullivan preaching


COMING HOLIDAY EVENTS

The 20’s Class will have a holiday party on Saturday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michael and Jennifer Michener, Bring snacks, desserts and Dirty Santa.  Drinks will be provided.

All children and teens will have a holiday party after this coming Sunday morning worship service.  Bring finger foods and desserts.

The Sonshine Sisters will have an end of the year party on December 10 at Linda Carpenter’s home.  Bring favorite snacks, desserts, and Dirty Santa.

Dwyane’s Sunday morning Bible class will have a holiday party at the home of Craig and Michelle McKnight on Friday evening, December 14, at 6:30.  Bring snacks, desserts and Dirty Santa gifts.

Robert Prater’s Sunday morning Bible class will have a holiday party on Saturday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Scott & Tamie Perry.  Bring finger foods, desserts and Dirty Santa gifts.

The Second Annual Carols & Cocoa will be at the Michener home on Friday evening, December 21, at 6:30 p.m.  Bring finger foods or desserts and a list of your favorite Christmas carols.  A toasty fire and plenty of hot cocoa and cider will be provided.  Everyone is invited.


PRAYER CONCERNS

To the best of our knowledge, we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time.

Brianna Perry, daughter of Scott & Tamie Perry, broke her collar bone while doing gymnastics last week. 

Cathy Harmon is progressing well following surgery on her hand .last week. 

Chad Beard and Joe Magee request and appreciate your prayers.


Hope to see you Sunday!


THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone for the cards, calls and expressions of sympathy in the loss of Carl’s brother, Jack.                             Carl & Ruby Holt

Dear Central Family, Mere words cannot express the appreciation, the gratitude, the love that we have for this congregation for all the acts of kindness, the visits, the calls, the food and the prayers given on behalf of Chad and our family.  We’ve been with this congregation for almost 30 years and cannot imagine how we would have survived without you.  Chad has a long road to recovery with another very serious surgery awaiting him.  Please pray for Chad’s health, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.  The same goes for his parents and family as we struggle through another difficult chapter of life.  We love you all.
Dale, Denise, Chad & The Beard Family


WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST?

A little smile, a word of cheer,

A bit of love from some near,

A little gift from one held dear,

Best wishes for the coming year…

These make a Merry Christmas!

--John Greenleaf Whittier


LOOKING AHEAD

December 8, 20’s Class holiday party, 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michael & Jennifer Michener.

December 9, Search: “What Grace Teaches”

December 9, Children’s Holiday Party after AM worship.

December 9, Larry Sullivan speaking in evening

December 14, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class holiday party, 6:30 p.m. home of Craig & Michelle McKnight

December 16, Search: “Jesus The Messiah”

December 21, Friday, 6:30; 2nd annual Carrols & Cocoa @ the Michener home

January 6, Shawnee Area-Wide Service, “Praise Him 2013”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday, 5 p.m.  Kent Allen, guest speaker

December 23, Search: “The Word Became Flesh”


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              126

Worship Service                                       193

Sunday Evening                                       105

Wednesday Evening                                  95

Contribution                                     5,404.50

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 9, 2012

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                 Dennis Brodersen

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Cary Leonard                            Jim Pettyjohn

Geoff Root                             Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                     Richard Yahola

USHERS

Paul Harris                                    Carl Weeks

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                 Carl & Yuavonda Weeks

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Hillary Whittington

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Mark Autrey

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:              Michael Michener

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Robert Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                                  Bob Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                         Clavin Norwood

Devotional:                                     Paul Harris

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297