Bulletin for Sunday 02/03/2013

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AMONG FRIENDS
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)

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


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM   Following God’s Order in the Assembly (1 Tim. 2:9-15)

PM   The Faith of Abraham (Heb. 11:8)


SYMPATHY

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.


PRAYER CONCERNS

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.”


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

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)

1:30     Chorus

2:30     Drama

3:45     Puppets


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

01

Thelma Divine

01

Billie Horton

01

Michelle McKnight

04

Boyd Cheney

04

Lettie Kay Curtis

04

Naomi Rutledge

06

Steve Kelly

06

Carolyn Mastick

07

Dalton Lyons

07

Cathy Pettyjohn

07

Robyn Yahola

09

Kaitlyn Shadaram

10

Keith Lawrence

10

Abigail Sharpley

19

Lynn Harmon

20

Ken Whittington

23

Austin Beard

23

Bob Seikel

25

Josh Lyons

25

Dorothy Norton

28

Sarah Whitmus

 

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES

27

Keith & Jennifer Lawrence – 20th

28

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.


FEBRUARY
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Ex. 27,28

1

Matt. 21:1-22

2

Ex. 29,30

2

Matt. 21-23-46

3

Ex. 31,32,33

3

Matt. 22:1-22

4

Ex. 34,35

4

Matt. 22:23-46

5

Ex. 36,37,38

5

Matt. 23:1-22

6

Ex. 39,40

6

Matt. 23:23-39

7

Lev. 1,2,3

7

Matt. 24:1-28

8

Lev. 4,5

8

Matt. 24:29-51

9

Lev. 6,7

9

Matt. 25:1-30

10

Lev. 8,9,10

10

Matt. 25:31-46

11

Lev. 11,12

11

Matt. 26:1-25

12

Lev. 13

12

Matt. 26:26-75

13

Lev. 14

13

Matt. 27:1-26

14

Lev. 15,16

14

Matt. 27:27-50

15

Lev. 17,18

15

Matt. 27:51-66

16

Lev. 19,20

16

Matt. 28

17

Lev. 21,22

17

Mark 1:1-22

18

Lev. 23,24

18

Mark 1:23-45

19

Lev. 25

19

Mark 2

20

Lev. 26,27

20

Mark 3:1-19

21

Num. 1,2

21

Mark 3:20-35

22

Num. 3,4

22

Mark 4:1-20

23

Num. 5,6

23

Mark 4:21-41

24

Num. 7,8

24

Mark 5:1-20

25

Num. 9,10,11, 12

 25

Mark 5:21-43

26

Num. 13,14, 15, 16

26

Mark 6:1-29

27

Num. 17, 18, 19

27

Mark 6:30-56

28

Num. 20, 21, 22

28

Mark 7:1-13


LOOKING AHEAD

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

Contribution                                     4,644.70

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                Bob Stephens

Keith Lawrence                          Kevin Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                   Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Robert Perry                           Tim McGalliard

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Maggie Prater

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jon Merritt

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                     Craig McKnight

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                  Ken Whittington

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                                Steve Kelly

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                    Clavin Norwood

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297