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, July 11, 2020

Lord's Day Public Worship as Antidote for Woke-ianity (2020.07.11 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)


Hopewell Herald – July 11, 2020
Dear Congregation,

What happens when privilege isn’t a blessing for which to be thankful to God and responsibility to be fulfilled in love, but instead is seen as a guilty condition into which we are born?

We end up with a new form of original sin, for which there can be no full or final atonement. And the definers of this new ethic invent continual acts of penance which are often themselves actually wicked.

There have been many such counterfeit moral ethics with counterfeit gospels, and the most recent example is one that even many believers are falling into participating in.

So, how do we protect ourselves against falling for a counterfeit? By constant consideration of the genuine article.

Every Lord’s Day, God gathers those who had begun in the original sin of Adam—not that they might atone for their guilt by repudiation and reparations, but that they might rejoice in Christ, the last Adam who has fully atoned for them, and to thank and love Him with worship that He has commanded.

Then, He sends them out to live lives of thankfulness and love, obeying His commands as a response to complete atonement in anticipation of His completing the application of His redemption unto His glory in the last day.

Yes, reconciliation is something that already exists in Christ. And, we are to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called. And God’s primary way of informing and forming us is His public worship on the Lord’s Day.

Do you want to participate in and see the application of the reconciliation of Christ? Well, it all begins with public worship!

Looking forward to doing so together,

Pastor 
LORD'S DAY – July 12, 2020

9:50 a.m. Breakfast Line Opens
10 a.m. Sabbath School
This week, we’re beginning a series on topics related to important issues that people around us are talking much about right now, continuing this week to study what Holy Scripture teaches us about “Racial Reconciliation.”

11 a.m. Public Worship
Children’s Catechism for July 12
Q37. What does every sin deserve? A. The wrath and curse of God.

Shorter Catechism for July 12
Q45. Which is the first commandment? A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Psalms and Hymns
TPH389 “Great God, What Do I See and Hear”   
ARP72A “God, Give Your Judgments to the King” 
TPH508 “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”

Scripture Text for first portion of worship service

Scripture Readings
Old Testament – 1Samuel 13
Epistle – Ephesians 3:20–21
Gospel – Luke 6:39–45

Sermon Scripture text and topic
We will be hearing from Genesis 29:31–35 about the Lord Jesus, Who always sees, Who always hears, Who always cares, Who has attached His people to Himself, and Who is able to do according to all His holy and loving will for us.

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 29:35) And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the LORD.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.

2:30 p.m Psalm/hymn Sing
Carryover song requests from last week:
Blue: 46, 1, 99A, 127
Red: 253, 277, 476
(if you wish to make this week’s requests in advance, please feel free to reply to this email, and let me know!)

3:30 p.m. P.M. exhortation from Ephesians 3:20–21

Hopewell this Month

Hopewell’s Presbytery Prayer Focus for July:
Riverside ARP in Prattville, AL

July Psalm of the Month
ARP72A God, Give Your Judgments to the King

Upcoming Events
•July 15, Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
•July 18, Men’s Breakfast, 6:30 a.m.
•July 20, Monthly Session Meeting, 6 p.m.
•August 30, Sermon to “launch” class series on delighted consecration of the Lord’s holy day
•September 13, Lord’s Day series begins in the Sabbath School
•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; PRAISE for increased work, and prayer that one of her jobs will increase to full time and carry benefits
▪ 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 for Rebecca Sterling, whose condition seems to be deteriorating again, and who would like to not end up back in the nursing home

▪ Pray with D&L L for her 85yo mother and her heart issues
▪ Pray with P&D W for his mom who fell, and for their return trip back out there to situate her more safely and with proper care
▪ PRAISE with S&D B for Andrew’s relief, and pray that he would be able to wean off the medicine well
▪ Pray with S&D B and D&D R for Doug and Dianne’s oldest son Dave. He is not a believer, homeless and in despair.
▪ 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; for sweetness in his parents’ remaining time together; for his youngest brother, and the same brother’s son (with CP, and recovering from hip surgery) and daughter
▪ 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 the situation with his work furlough; 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; 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; and for Celeste and her ministry to her professing friend who has decided that homosexuality isn’t wrong
▪ Pray with S&V Y for his parents and siblings as they deal with his father’s declining health and his mother’s dementia; and for her niece Carina and her husband Luke and their newborn daughter Callaway who was born with an acidemia and is recovering from an extended period of high ammonia in her blood
▪ Please pray with Riverside ARP in Prattville, AL, throughout the month of July
▪ 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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