Our tall white steeple and red doors call out to the community that all are welcome to come and feel the love of Christ and the love of our church family. Our worship services are on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. For our youth, we have #OAKZ. Our mission statements are Extending God’s Call – Empowering God’s People – Easing Human Need. We are located at 1576 Chantilly Lane, and our telephone number is 713-682-2556.
On Sunday, Sept. 7th, OPC participated in the Ice-bucket challenge. Moi Jimenez, the husband of our dear Oralia Jimenez, has been diagnosed with ALS. Due to everyone’s generosity, we were able to raise $1210 for such a good cause. Please check out our video and pictures of this event on this website and our Facebook page. I have to tell you that those buckets of water and ice were extremely cold!!!!!!!!
On Saturday, October 4th, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m., BAK-PAK and Critters for Christ will be participating at the Spring Creek Festival held at Cypress Creek Christian Church located at 6823 Cypresswood Drive in Spring, TX. There will also be a Blessing of the Animals. So, come on out and support Mary Kegarise. During the last week of September, we will be helping Mary put together goodie bags for all who visit her table.
Bell choir practice has begun. If you can count to 4, come and ring with us. Bell choir practice is held on Wednesdays from 5:45 – 6:45 pm.
Following the bell choir practice, we have our adult choir practice from 7 pm to 8 pm. Come ring and/or sing with us!!!
As I wrote in the January newsletter, Noelie’s Notion for 2014 is focusing on our spiritual health. Each month I will be using one of the questions posed by Donald S. Whitney in his book Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Our question for September deals with our attitude toward sin. For someone who is spiritually healthy there should be a struggle with sin and a sense of grief because of sin. As one theologian explained, “It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors of faith.” Mr. Whitney writes, “Unbelievers have no such struggle or griefs. They may disappoint themselves for not living up to their own standards or to the standard of someone they respect. But they do not agonize over being unholy before God – a God who is holy and who calls them to holiness.” First Peter 1:15, 16 says, “As God who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
Both Isaiah and Peter realized their own unholiness in the presence of the Holy God. After his vision in the temple, Isaiah saw himself as he actually was. As Isaiah 6:5 indicates, “’Woe to me!!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’” Isaiah knew instinctively that he was in deep trouble. He was broken, sinful, marred – all qualities that stood out starkly in the light of God’s holiness. When Jesus helped Peter and his companions to haul a miraculous catch of fish, Peter was horrified. He had caught a glimpse of who Jesus really was, and so “he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” This is how human sin, honestly perceived responds to the presence of holiness.
Have you ever wondered why we have a Prayer of Confession? Well, this explains it. When we come to church, we encounter the holiness of God; for God is in this place, and as a result, we are reminded of how far we are from that holiness. We are born with a built-in tendency to rebel against God, and until we have confessed our sin and accepted the forgiveness God so longs to give, we are cut off from God. Do you remember the second Beatitude – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”? Another way of saying this Beatitude is -- O how near to the heart of God are those who know they are in trouble and have enough sense to admit it, for God will come to them with a transfusion of strength.
David was a great sinner, but God called him “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22) because David was also a great repenter. We can be like David and cry out to God, “Against You, You alone, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain in me a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:4, 10-12). God can extricate us from our human entanglements, our webs of deceit, and make a completely fresh start in us. We are trapped and isolated, but God’s grace breaks through to us. Grace does not come without grief. As David’s example shows, godly sorrow is Godward sorrow. For our hearts to be cleansed, we must first be honest about their brokenness. With that brokenness is the beginning of cleanliness, holiness, forgiveness, and restoration.
God has called every Christian to a holy life, a life set apart to be used by God. This call to a holy life is based on the fact that God is holy. Because God is holy, God requires that we be holy. God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with God, but God does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over sin in our lives instead of justifying it, and that we earnestly pursue holiness as a way of life. This way of life for us requires an obedient and repentant heart, a persistent and fearless response, and a willingness to renounce everything to follow Jesus.
In the words of a nineteenth century Bible scholar, “Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God.”
Something to think about and pray about.
In God’s love and joy,