Special Service, May 19th in Ponca City

We are joining with the Ponca City First Presbyterian Congregation (14th and Grand) this week to celebrate their 125th anniversary at 10:00am on May 19th. Their will be NO Sunday School or Worship at First Presbyterian, Newkirk for this week only. We encourage folks to carpool and offer rides for this special service with our Ponca brothers and sisters.

Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter

First Reading Acts 9:36-43

Psalm Response Psalm 23

Second Reading: Revelation 7:9-17

Gospel Reading: John 10:22-30

Sermon: “I Baaah-dly Need the Good Shepherd”

First of all, regarding the title of this sermon – Forgive me please – I just cant resist a baaaad pun! Perhaps that’s why I like the little lectionary comic strip that I have linked on our web site. I notice that few of you ever look at it. But it matches my odd sense of humor most times. Its called Agnus Day. The title itself is a pun. You see “Agnus” is the Latin word for lamb or sheep. For any who know it – a famous response in the Latin mass refers to “Agnus Dei” which means lamb of God. THe name of the comic strip is Agnus day, in other words, lamb day and it always features two sheep trading quips about one of the lectionary readings for the week – check it out.

Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 9:1-20

Second Reading:Psalm 30

Epistle Reading: Revelation 5:11-14

Gospel Reading:John 21:1-19

Sermon: “Vocation”

Acts 9:10-16 NRSV

[10] Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” [11] The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, [12] and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” [13] But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; [14] and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” [15] But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; [16] I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.”

Soren Kierkegaard

“It has come to be a dreadfully common belief in the Christian Church, that the only man who has a “call” is the man who devotes all his time to what is called “the ministry”. Whereas Scripture teaches that all Christian service is ministry, and every Christian has a call to some kind of ministry or another.”

Charles Spurgeon

“Great sinners make great Saints”

Charles Spurgeon

Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32

Second Reading: Revelation 1:4-8

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

Sermon: “The Power to Forgive”

John 20:21-23 NRSV

[21] Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” [22] When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”