Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 15
"God is my
King of old, working salvation in the midst of
Service - 11:00 AM
Paul’s Damascus Road Experience (2)
Call to Be an Apostle
I. His Call
121:1-8; 81:10-16; 36:5-11; 22:26-31
Service - 6:00 PM
Catechism, Lord’s Day 51; Psalm 32
Meaning of It
Necessity of It
Blessedness of It
118:1-9; 82:1-8; 130:1-8; 32:1-5
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Quotes to Consider:
Herman Hoeksema on the fifth petition: "We desire to
have the forgiveness of sins. We desire to possess it, to be assured of
it in our deepest heart ... That is the amazing wonder and boldness of
this petition. We do not say: ‘Father, last week we sinned,’ or,
‘Yesterday we sinned,’ or, ‘This morning we sinned; please forgive.’ But
we say: ‘Father, we are sinning all the time. We are sinning at this
very moment, while we are praying. Please dismiss our debts from Thy
book, and clothe us with righteousness in Thy judgment. And Father, we
must have an answer. Please give us the unspeakably blessed assurance
and peace of forgiveness in our hearts’" (Triple
Knowledge, vol. 1, p. 594).
John Owen: "Our forgiving of others will not procure
forgiveness for ourselves; but our not forgiving others proves that we
ourselves are not forgiven."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
A new Beacon Lights is on the back table.
Membership Class: Tuesday, 7:30 PM at the Hallidays.
Our Mid-Week Bible Study will be held Wednesday, at
7:45 PM at the manse. We will study I Thessalonians 3:11ff. on God’s
will regarding our sanctification.
Catechism: Thursday, 7:00 PM at the Hamills.
On Friday, Rev. & Mary Stewart travel to South Wales,
where Rev. Stewart will give a lecture entitled "A Plea for Creeds."
Please remember the lecture and the saints in S. Wales in your prayers.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 22 April
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "The Return of the King"
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £404.80.
Donations: £100 (building fund), £75 (building fund).
Reserve May Day for a congregational outing. Details
to be finalised.
CPRC Website: 8 new Portuguese translations and 5 new
Italian translations were added this week. Creeds in languages of
Alaska, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, the
Philippines, and Tonga, etc., were added. On our "Languages"
page, we have almost 500 items in 87 languages (including at least 1
language beginning with every letter of the alphabet, except "o").
Advanced Notices: (1) Lecture on "Homosexuality: What
Does the Bible Teach?" Friday, 11 May, 8 PM, Ballymena Protestant Hall
(2) The CPRC plans to have a stall at the agricultural shows in
Ballymena on Sat. 26 May, and in Antrim on Sat. 28 July
PRC News: Rev. R. Kleyn (Trinity, MI) declined the
call to the Philippines.
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