Each week we webcast Lord's Day Sabbath School at 10a, morning public worship at 11a, and p.m. singing and sermon at 2:30p (sermon at 3:30)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Looking Forward with Joy to Our Redeemer's Fertilizing and Fruit-Provoking Work (2020.04.18 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)

Hopewell Herald – April 18, 2020
Dear Congregation,

What stock have you and your household taken of your repentance this week? 

What is being done that ought not to be? What ought to be done that isn’t? 

In your hour-to-hour living, what place belongs to the knowledge of Christ, trust in His goodness, obedience to His commands, and service unto His glory?

We heard last week from His Word that, by certain moments and seasons of His providence, He means to arrest our attention upon whether we are bearing the fruit of repentance.

Surely, He is making holy all those whom He has brought to faith in Christ, and whom He is bringing to glory (Phlp 1:6; Heb 12:14; 1Jn 3:2).

And He presses us now not only to ask the question whether we are they, but also to respond to His glorious patience and mercy with renewed love and zeal, in dependence upon His grace (1Jn 3:3; 2Pet 1:2–11).

It is especially by His Word read, and especially by His Word preached in the Lord’s Day assembly, that He works by His grace to bring us at last into His rest (Heb 3:7–4:13; 10:19–25; 12:18–29).

So, let us each take stock of where we need to be growing, and let us look forward with joy to our Redeemer’s fertilizing and fruit-provoking work in His worship tomorrow,

Pastor

LORD'S DAY – April 19, 2020 
Lord’s Day worship (and Wednesday prayer meeting) are live-streamed at http://bit.ly/harpclive
Please review the Session statements on the front and back of the Worship Booklet

11 a.m. Morning Worship
Children’s Catechism for April 19
Q25. What did God promise in the covenant of works? A. To reward Adam with life if he obeyed him.
Shorter Catechism for April 19
Q33. What is justification? A. Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.

Hymns and Psalms
+ SONG OF ADORATION — TPH341 "Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed"           
+ HOLY SCRIPTURE PUBLICLY SUNG — ARP119N "Your Word’s a Lamp"
+ SONG OF RESPONSE — ARP45B "Daughter, Incline Your Ear"

Scripture Text for first portion of worship service

Scripture Readings
Old Testament – 1Samuel 5:1–5
Epistle – Ephesians 1:13–14
Gospel – Luke 4:14–30

Sermon Scripture text and topic
We will be hearing from Genesis 24:59­–67 that the Lord God who is bringing about His great saving plan by infinite love, wisdom, and power also brings into our lives blessings like good marriages, or consolation in bereavement, through that same infinite love and wisdom and power. As we wait upon Him in prayer and serve Him in various labors, we are given opportunity to participate in His blessings, both eternally great and personally small.

No formal/organized gatherings other than public worship. Heads of households are encouraged to find other ways of helping their families keep the day.
WLC 118. Why is the charge of keeping the sabbath more specially directed to governors of families, and other superiors?
A. The charge of keeping the sabbath is more specially directed to governors of families, and other superiors, because they are bound not only to keep it themselves, but to see that it be observed by all those that are under their charge; and because they are prone ofttimes to hinder them by employments of their own.

Hopewell this Month

Hopewell’s Presbytery Prayer Focus for April:
Madison-Monrovia ARP in Madison, AL

April Psalm of the Month
ARP119N Your Word’s a Lamp

Upcoming Events
•May 4, Monthly Session meeting 6p.m.
•Men’s Breakfast, May 16, 6:30a.m. Boys and men of all ages encouraged to attend.
•October 2-4, HARPC 200th Anniversary Celebration


Congregational Prayer Requests (new/updates in bold)
▪ Lord’s Day worship/study, Daily worship/discipleship/evangelism in homes and community
▪ Pray with the Reformed sidewalk-counseling group @PP in Nashville for their Wednesday and Friday ministries
▪ Early Rain Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Christians in Nigeria, and other persecuted churches like them; Pastor Wang Yi in prison.
▪ R&C H ministering among Muslim refugees in France w/children H&D
▪ Alan McClelland and his ministry at Ft. Rucker
▪ Repentance of the Church and the Nations, as well as comfort and strength through the advancement of the gospel against the backdrop of SARS-CoV-2 and its accompanying panic, especially joining the rest of the ARP at 9a.m. central every day
▪ Valerie, newly born to Joe & Lauren from Heritage CPC in Centerville, with heart abnormalities and now seizure activity
▪ Comfort and provision for the LeeAnn Billings family as they grieve, especially for new work, as the university just eliminated her position from the department
▪ Rebecca Sterling’s new shunt and tube to properly drain brain fluid
▪ Pray for the Jeffers family, whose granddaughter Isabelle (14) and then her mother Norma both attempted suicide; there’s a long way to go medically, financially, and especially spiritually for all involved; please keep praying for them and for Sue’s ministry to them
▪ Pray with D&V F for rapid, full recovery
▪ Pray for Kacey and family, going through difficult trial
▪ Pray with D&L L for her 85yo mother and her heart issues
PRAISE with S&D B that Andrew’s medicine has helped his body to stop eliminating his protein; please pray for him and the process of weaning him off of it
▪ Pray with KC for her acquaintance Linda who doesn’t seem to know the Lord, and just lost 21 year old son; and, for sister Diane and her husband Frank, who need a living faith in Christ; and for friend Patty, a believer, that she will continue to do well after treatment for uterine cancer
▪ Pray with D&M G that her mother would continue healing well and not smoking; for Sean; for Jeremiah and Julianna; and for the adjustment and thriving of Jordan and Atlanta and family with new baby twins, Charlotte and Hew
▪ Pray with W&C G for her mother’s health and caregivers; and for spiritual (and total) well-being of son Greg
▪ Pray with J&H H for his father’s cancer and recovery from open-heart surgeries; and sweetness in his parents’ remaining time together; for his youngest brother; for sister-in-law’s recovery from cancer treatment
▪ Pray for James Heard to make good choices and to walk with an serve the Lord in this next phase of his life.
▪ Pray with H&K H for their health (especially Karen’s back, which keeps getting reinjured, and their schedule which it affects) and for many of their loved ones; needing Christian fellowship: her grandmother and father, widow Hope w/4 children, Brown family of 7 (wayward son Nicholas); needing health: her mom, sister Lisa, Martina, Donna, Joyce; needing spiritual life: Velvet and Reagan (lost their sister/daughter to a brutal murder), neighbors Shawn, Merlin, & children; other widows: Libby, Naomi (w/daughter Stacia), Stephanie (w/many children, were missionaries); friend Andrea’s New Age friends; Charles & Robert to be able to forgive; friends w/family problems: Dave, Lee, Melodie, Cole; spiritual growth and wife for friend Scott; their family’s evangelism, recently firefighter Dalton; Riggs to grow mighty in the Lord
▪ Pray with R&M J for Meredith, young daughter of M’s college friend Ashely (and husband Brad), who’s taking medicine to shrink her brain tumor
▪ Pray with O&A L for her unbelieving mother w/heart condition, and brother w/lung cancer.
▪ Pray with CM for his sister Ginger, diagnosed with an aggressive and advanced leukemia, and for Sheriff’s Reserve James Wilson, and his wife Andra’s cancer
▪ Pray with C&T P for wisdom for him about what to do with two good career choices, and for the conversion of her brother Todd; and for her trip to Kansas to help her dad who is not doing well and his wife Jolene, who is receiving radiation to treat a spot on her brain.
▪ Pray with D&K R for their family’s growth in godliness, especially dying to self, godly speech, and Lord’s Day keeping; for Micah, Rachel, and baby girl due in July; and pray for Hannah’s and Noah Martyn’s thriving and fast recovery; and for local pastor/constable Darryl Thrasher, who has an aggressive, malignant brain tumor
▪ Pray with GR for friend Abby to come to faith in Christ
▪ Pray with JeR for believing friend Jeanette Cary’s CHF, Fibromyalgia, & slow-healing wound
▪ Pray with J&S R for her nephew, who needs life in Christ; and for her and her family in the loss of her father, especially spiritual impact on her sisters and nephews; and for her sister Rebecca’s pregnancy; and for the whole family, and especially his mother, as they grieve the passing away of his father
Pray with S&V Y for his parents and siblings as they deal with his father’s declining health and his mothers dementia
▪ Please pray with Madison-Monrovia ARP in Madison, AL, throughout the month of April
▪ Please pray for the TN-AL Presbytery to be enabled to plant a faithful church with the resources available and earmarked for that purpose
▪ Please pray for all ARP presbyteries, churches, and agencies
▪ Please pray for our nation, state, community and all the officials thereof 

Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship, is by God required of all men: and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son, by the help of his Spirit, according to his will, with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and, if vocal, in a known tongue. (WCF 21.3)

Update on Joe, Lauren, and Baby Valerie from April 12:
He is risen! Alleluia!
Last night the neurology team did an EEG on Valerie, and detected some seizure activity in her brain. They took her for a CT scan right away which showed no bleeding in her brain so we are very thankful for that. Seizures are sometimes a side effect with patients on ECMO and blood thinners. They are giving medications for them but still seeing some seizure activity. She isn’t showing any external signs or movement from the seizures but the EEG is detecting it. Please pray that they would be able to control them, and that it would not be a long term complication.
Looking forward to joining you in the live steam as we worship our risen Lord and Savior!
Joe

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