Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 26
"Teach me thy
way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart
to fear thy name" (Ps. 86:11)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Fatherly Care and the Heavenly Bodies
Catechism, Lord’s Day 9, Genesis 1:14-19
Creation by God
Purposes for Us
Message to Us
Psalms: 148:1-10; 98:1-9; 136:1-12; 104:19-24, 34-35
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Unbreakable Covenant and the Heavenly Bodies
Covenant King and Priest
Innumerable Covenant Seed
Psalms: 19:1-8; 99:1-9; 8:1-9; 74:16-21
cassettes of the worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean
Quotes to Consider:
Robert C. Harbach: "... perhaps more than any
other science, astronomy enables us to realize the omnipotence and glory
of God!" (Studies in
the Book of Genesis, p. 29).
Herman Hoeksema: "Everything strives for the
light. Even the bosom of the ocean lifts itself up in the tides to the
light of the sun and moon. The lights rule in every way the life of
plants, animals, and man. On the evening of the fourth day a rich part
of the work of creation was finished. Everything then awaited the
creation of the living creature, the living soul, especially man, to
view all the riches of this glory, to rejoice in it, and to glorify and
praise God the creator" (Reformed
vol. 1, pp. 274-275).
Belgic Confession, Article 2: "By what means
God is made known unto us. We know him by two means: first, by the
creation, preservation and government of the universe; which is before
our eyes as a most elegant book, wherein all creatures, great and small,
are as so many characters leading us to contemplate the invisible things
of God, namely, his power and divinity, as the apostle Paul saith,
Romans 1:20. All which things are sufficient to convince men, and leave
them without excuse. Secondly, he makes himself more clearly and fully
known to us by his holy and divine Word, that is to say, as far as is
necessary for us to know in this life, to his glory and our salvation."
Stuart Burgess: "One of the reasons why God has
made the stars beautiful is that He takes joy in His creation (Rev.
4:11). Another reason is that God wants mankind to enjoy the beauty of
the stars. The Lord Jesus spoke of beauty in creation when He taught
that the lilies of the field were more beautiful than Solomon in all of
his glory (Matt. 6:28-29). Nothing that man has made can match God’s
creation for beauty. This is true not only for the Earth but also for
the stars. Job says this about the stars: ‘[God] doeth great things past
finding out; yea, and wonders without number’ (Job 9:10). Powerful
telescopes have demonstrated the profound truth of this verse. In an age
when we are surrounded by man-made entertainment, it is important to
take time to look up at the stars at night to see how God has ‘adorned
the heavens.’ How we need to follow the advice of Elihu who said: ‘...
Hearken unto this ... stand still, and consider the wondrous works of
God’ (Job 37:14)" (He Made the Stars Also, p. 104).
Homer C. Hoeksema: "As to the alleged geocentric
viewpoint of the creation narrative, let us note that there is
absolutely nothing in the entire narrative or anywhere in the scriptures
that makes the earth locally and physically the center of the universe
... Still, we must indeed remember that the Bible presents the earth as
the center of creation from the viewpoint of its significance and its
history. The earth was destined to be the home of the highest creature.
This is true not merely in view of the fact that the earth is created as
the home of man, but also because it is to be in history the home of the
Son of God in the flesh, the King of all, in whom ultimately all things
in heaven and on earth are to be united" (Unfolding
Covenant History, volume 1, p. 55).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Michael Kimmit and Lindsay Williams
to our worship services today. We welcome back Mr. & Mrs. Philip Hall
into our midst. Philip & Susan’s address is 33 Craig Court, Ballymena.
Everyone is welcome to stay for tea and
sandwiches after this evening’s service.
Offerings: General Fund £603.18. Donations:
£50 (C. R. News), £200 (Limerick).
Next Lord’s Day morning, the second offering will be
for the building fund.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 2
Sept (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is entitled "Christian Education
is Covenant Education" (Isa. 38:19).
Notices: S. Wales Lecture, 14 Sept., on "The Perseverance of the
Day Lectures: "Lessons from the Reformation for Today" Fri., 26 Oct. in
Portadown Minor Town Hall and Fri., 2 Nov., in Ballymena Protestant Hall
Website Additions: 2 Russian, 21 Portuguese
(mostly pieces by Herman Hoeksema on the covenant), and 5 German
(bringing our German section to 65, mostly translated by Martyn)
translations. We have also added a link to the Heidelberg Catechism
PRC News: (1) Byron Center PRC has sermon videos,
not just audio, on-line (www.byronprc.org/27.html). (2) Rev. DeVries
declined the call to be missionary to the Philippines. (3) South Holland
PRC sold its building and will hold their last worship services in South
Holland on September 2. Beginning September 9 the worship services will
be held at the St. Archangel Michael Serbian Social Center in Lansing,
Illinois. The times of worship will remain at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.