Bulletin for Sunday 02/03/2013
With Robert Prater
This coming Sunday morning I will be finishing our nearly three months of study on “Worship Matters.” Worship is at the heart of congregational life. But at times it’s healthy for a congregation to pause and think about worship. My prayer is that through sermons, our worship will have more fervency, reverence and be more meaningful. In my preparations for these lessons, I had run across an article that appeared in the Christian Chronicle a few years ago. The article is written by Dan Dozier, who is the Preaching Minister for the Rural Hill Church of Christ in Antioch, TN. Dan is also the author of excellent the book, “Come Let us Adore Him.” Below is a portion of that article where I believe he makes some great points about worship.
"True worship must be more than simply an intellectual or ceremonial exercise. Much of what passes for worship is little more than the practice of ritual obligations. Without thinking, worship can be reduced to little more than "five acts" that must be satisfied in order to appease a God who is checking off his list of rules to make sure we followed the prescription correctly. With this approach to worship, the main concern becomes, "Did we do it right?" rather than "Were our hearts in tune with the Father?" Obviously, we need a strong theology based on truth. We must engage our minds to the fullest. Worship based primarily on emotion is both dangerous and shallow. But theologically correct worship lacking emotion is cold, lifeless, and powerless. Such worship employs the head, but cuts the heart out of it. A genuine encounter with God in worship requires both our mind and our emotions.”
I'm afraid that too often our worship is merely designed to go through the same ritual week after week to fulfill our "requirement." Worship, as taught in the New Testament, is to be an encounter with God, where we fall down before Him in praise. Worship involves mind, heart and soul. It should involve all of our minds and all of our hearts (John 4:24). May God truly help us all to be authentic worshipers, who offer in truth the genuine expressions from our hearts as we come into the presence of the Lord. (cf. 1 Cor. 14:25)
SERMONS FOR SUNDAY
AM Following God’s Order in the Assembly (1 Tim. 2:9-15)
PM The Faith of Abraham (Heb. 11:8)
We wish to send our loving sympathy to Robert and Maggie Prater in the loss of Maggie’s uncle, Judge Morris, who passed away last Friday morning following a long battle with cancer. Judge Morris was a long time minister of the gospel and was known by many in this congregation. Funeral services were held this past Monday in Broken Arrow.
We also wish to extend our sympathy to the family of Mazella Patterson, former member of Central, who passed away this past Saturday. Mazella was a sweet Christian lady. Services were held in our building on Thursday morning with Dwyane Dennis officiating.
Joe Magee spent some time in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital last week and was moved to Golden Rule Home under hospice care. He is in room 23.
Virginia Herrera has been undergoing a lot of tests the past couple of weeks.
Chad Beard continues to recuperate at home. Progressing a little. Prayers are always appreciated.
SEA OF CIRCUMSTANCES
Amid the ebb and flow of challenges and changes, it can be difficult to keep our footing. We can get so caught up in daily concerns that we lose our balance. When anxiety replaces peace, we may realize something isn’t right with us spiritually but not know how to fix it.
According to Samuel Rutherford, the problem is our perspective. “Trust God’s Word and his power more than you trust your own feelings and experiences,” he said. “Remember, your Rock is Christ, and it is the sea that ebbs and flows with the tides, not him.”
I hope everyone is enjoying the practices. Reminder about the OU vs OSU Women’s Basketball game and Area-Wide in Norman on February 10th. We only have 12 tickets total so let me know if you want to go. Also, on February 9th we will be having a Valentine’s party at the youth house. It will probably start around 4.
LTC Practice Sunday (Feb. 3, 2013)
Lettie Kay Curtis
Keith & Jennifer Lawrence – 20th
Ken & Hillary Whittington – 4th
We want to send best wishes and congratulations to all who are having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Num. 9,10,11, 12
Num. 13,14, 15, 16
Num. 17, 18, 19
Num. 20, 21, 22
February 3, Search: “The Answer Is God”
February 10, Search: “God’s Love for Us”
February 17, Search: “Our Love for God”
February 22-23, Affirming the Faith seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur
February 24, Search: “Loving Others”
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 115
Worship Service 187
Sunday Evening 105
Wednesday Evening 103
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
February 3, 2013
Announcements: Bob Perry
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Clavin Norwood
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Bob Stephens
Keith Lawrence Kevin Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Frank Burton Burl Vanlandingham
Robert Perry Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Ken Whittington
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Steve Kelly
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Clavin Norwood
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297