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, June 13, 2020

When the Foundations Are Destroyed, What Can the Righteous Do? (2020.06.14 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)


Hopewell Herald – June 13, 2020

Dear Congregation,

When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3–4 asks and answers this timely question: the Lord is on His holy throne.

In a different way, our (much longer than usual) passage for tomorrow morning’s sermon does the same. It holds before us God’s unyielding determination to bless all who belong to Him through Christ. Whatever else occurs, God’s grace is unstoppable, unassistable, unimprovable, unlosable, and unfakeable.

Only those who have this confidence can be freed from fear of circumstances and failure to respond to God in thanksgiving and love by a life of zealous service unto Him, and a life of zealous love and service unto brother and neighbor.

So the first thing, as always, is to get a proper view of our God Himself in His worship!

Looking forward to doing so with you,

Pastor

LORD'S DAY – June 14, 2020

9:50 a.m. Breakfast Line Opens
10 a.m. Bible Class
We are studying the ARP’s confessed theology from Scripture. This week, we hope to finish up the doctrine of justification (how sinners are declared righteous by God) in considering how our right standing before God only in what Christ has done relates to the good works that we do.

11 a.m. Public Worship
Children’s Catechism for June 14
Q33. What befell our first parents when they had sinned? A. Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.

Shorter Catechism for June 14
Q41. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments.

Psalms and Hymns
TPH377 “Join All the Glorious Names”   
ARP104A “My Soul, Bless the Lord” 
TPH426 “How Vast the Benefits Divine”

Scripture Text for first portion of worship service

Scripture Readings
Old Testament – 1Samuel 9:25–10:16
Epistle – Ephesians 3:1–6
Gospel – Luke 6:6–11

Sermon Scripture text and topic
We will be hearing from Genesis 26:34–28:9 about God’s unstoppable, unassistable, unimprovable, unlosable, unfakeable grace.

12:45 p.m. Coffee Fellowship and Catechism Class

1 p.m. Fellowship Lunch & Open Mic Time
There will be plenty for everyone, but as with breakfast, those who are uncomfortable eating from the line are encouraged to bring their own food that they keep separate.

At open mic time, we’ll begin with birthdays and anniversaries and recitations of the memory verse:
(Genesis 28:3–4) May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham

2:30 p.m Psalm/hymn Sing
Carryover song requests from last week:
Red: 476, 459

3:30 p.m. P.M. exhortation from Ephesians 3:1–6

After Party at ???? (No open invitations to congregation yet at time of writing)

Hopewell this Month

Hopewell’s Presbytery Prayer Focus for June:
Prosperity ARP in Taft, TN

June Psalm of the Month
ARP104A My Soul, Bless the Lord

Upcoming Events
•June 17, Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
•June 20, Men’s Breakfast, 6:30 a.m.
•October 2-4, HARPC 200th Anniversary Celebration

Congregational Prayer Requests (new/updates in bold)
▪ Alan McClelland and his ministry at Ft. Rucker
▪ Repentance of the Church and the Nations for general rejection of the Kingship of Christ
▪ 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
▪ 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&L L for her 85yo mother and her heart issues
▪ Pray with KC for her acquaintance Linda who doesn’t seem to know the Lord, and just lost 21 year old son; and, for her dear friends who need to live a life of faith and devotion to the Lord; 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
▪ 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, whose son has hip surgery on the 17th
▪ 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; and for Meredeth and baby, due in January
▪ Pray with O&A L for her unbelieving mother w/heart condition, and her family’s grieving over her brother
▪ Pray with CM for friend Michael Duval and his recovery from knee surgery
▪ Pray with C&T P for the conversion of her brother Todd; and for her dad and family in the loss of his wife Jolene
▪ Pray with AR for friend Caleb Figura w/mysterious but debilitating gut illness
▪ 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 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&M R for baby Bentley, and their family’s adjustment and future with him
▪ 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 his whole family, and especially his mother, as they grieve the passing away of his father; and sister Kathy, who just lost her husband.
▪ Pray with S&V Y for his parents and siblings as they deal with his father’s declining health and his mother’s dementia
▪ Please pray with Prosperity ARP in Taft, TN, throughout the month of June
▪ 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)

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