Saturday, December 09, 2023

The Law of the Lord (Jesus!) [2023.12.09 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald]

Hopewell Herald – December 9, 2023

Dear Congregation,

In Philemon v5, we see the difference that Christ has made for us in regard to the two great commandments.

To love YHWH our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is to love the Lord Jesus. It is in Jesus that the triune, living God has made Himself known to us and given Himself to us. We love Father, Son, and Spirit especially in loving Jesus. To see and love Him is to see and love the Father (Jn 1:18, Jn 14:8–9).

And we now have neighbors who are united to Christ through faith. We love the rest of our neighbors as ourselves. But our brethren, the saints, we love as parts of Christ, members of Christ. We love them with a reciprocal love, as He has loved us (Jn 13:34).

There is one day that is the great feast of this love for Christ and for those who are in Christ—the Lord’s Day, with its assembly of the saints, is our great love feast.

Looking forward to delighting in Him together, as members of Him and of one another (Rom 12:5),


Audio lessons to help you prepare for the Lord’s Day:

▪Theology Simply Explained — WSC9, Creation, the Gospel, and God Himself 
▪Psalm 106, “Praising Him Whose Praise Is Our Hope
▪Isaiah 31–32, “Hope and Joy, Now and Forever
▪Philemon vv1–7, “An Elder, Sharing the Faith
▪Matthew 5:7–9, “Blessed to Obtain the Greatest Mercy
▪Leviticus 19, “Holy People of a Holy Savior

LORD'S DAY – December 10, 2023 

9:50 a.m. Breakfast Line Opens

10 a.m. Sabbath School
Elder Patterson will lead us in considering the first half of chapter 6 of the book Battleplan for the Mind—considering the actual practice of biblical meditation.

11 a.m. Public Worship
Children’s Catechism for December 10
Q70. Why do you need Christ as a priest? Because I am guilty.

Shorter Catechism for December 10
Q9. What is the work of creation? The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the Word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good.
[WSC 9 Simply Explained: “
Creation, the Gospel, and God Himself”]

Songs for December 10 morning service: 
ARP106A “O Praise the Lord! O Thank the Lord” [mp3]
ARP40A “I Waited for the Lord” [mp3]
TPH464 “The Beatitudes” [mp3]

Scripture Text for first portion of worship service
Psalm 106

Scripture Readings and basis for confession of sin and petition for help
Isaiah 31–32
Philemon vv1–7

Sermon Scripture text and topic
We will be hearing the sermon from Matthew 5:7–9 on “Ultimate Blessedness

Lord’s Supper! (Please see the section at the end of the Worship Booklet on how rightly to prepare for and take it).

1 p.m. Coffee Fellowship and Catechism Class

1:30 p.m. Fellowship Lunch
Memory Verse for December 10, Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

3:00 p.m Evening Praise and Preaching
We will be singing at least ten Psalm selections and hearing the sermon from Leviticus 19 on “Holy People of a Holy Savior

Hopewell this Month

Hopewell’s Presbytery Prayer Focus for December
Lincoln Memorial ARP in Fayetteville, TN

December Psalm of the Month
ARP40A I Waited for the Lord

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 13, Midweek Prayer Meeting. 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. We will hear a sermon from Romans 9:30–33 then pray until just before 8 p.m.
• Saturday, December 23, Men’s (and future men) breakfast, 7a in the Fellowship Hall
• Thursday, January 11, Session Meeting, 6p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This is also the deadline for deacon candidate recommendations.

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