Protestant Reformed Fellowship
Lord’s Day, 28
"Let all the
earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants
of the world
stand in awe of him" (Ps. 33:8)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Thy Will Be
Catechism, Lord’s Day 49; Philippians 2
I. What We
II. How This
Fits with Other Biblical Teaching
148:1-10; 13:1-6; 119:129-136; 103:17-22
Service - 6:00 PM
The Ark of
the Covenant (1)
The Idea of
I. A Place
for the Ten Commandments
II. A Place
for the Mercy Seat
III. A Place
for Divine Revelation
111:1-4, 7-9; 14:1-7; 119:137-144; 99:1-9
cassettes of the worship services, contact the bookstore.
Quotes to Consider:
Herman Hoeksema: "How inclined we are to divide
life into separate spheres, a sphere of our religious life, in which we
serve the Lord and clearly think to discern a calling and office, and
another sphere of our every day life, which we may probably mix with
some religious exercises, but in which we fail to consider ourselves
servants of God, that must ask and do His will! In that case we look
upon our daily work, whatever that may be, as something rather profane.
We conduct our business in order to make a living, or to accumulate
wealth ... We distinguish between a calling and a job. A minister of the
gospel has a calling, but outside of that, most people simply have a
job. That to work in the shop, or to dig sewers, to make tools, or to
build a house, to bear children and to bring them up, to darn stockings
and to wash dishes, whatever may be the work that is awaiting us every
day, also belongs to our calling from the Lord, and also is an
office,—how many of us think of it and live accordingly?"
John Owen on Hebrews 9:4: "This [the ark], with
the mercy-seat wherewith it was covered, was the most glorious and
mysterious utensil of the tabernacle, and afterwards of the temple; the
most eminent pledge of the divine presence, the most mysterious
representation of the holy properties of his nature in Christ. This, as
the heart of all divine service, was first formed; all other things had
a relation unto it (Ex. 25:10-11)."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2, is available for RFPA Book Club
members who haven’t yet received their copy. A new British Reformed
is also available for members and subscribers.
Congratulations to Philip & Julie Rainey
who were joined in marriage yesterday at First PRC in Grand Rapids. We
wish them the Lord’s blessing as they begin their life together. They
arrive back on Thursday, 1 September.
Everyone is invited to the manse for a barbecue
this Friday, 2 September, to welcome Philip & Julie. Please come at 6:30
PM or as soon as you can thereafter.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day, 4
September (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Teach as an
Eyewitness" (Deut. 4:9-10).
Offerings: 24 July - £762.30, 31 July - £756.59,
7 August - £526.25, 14 August - £554.72, 21 August - £530.50.
PRC News: Rev. Bruinsma (Kalamazoo, MI) is
considering calls from Loveland (CO) and from Covenant (NJ). Rev. D.
Kleyn (Edgerton, MN) is considering the call from Holland and
Pittsburgh. Edmonton’s trio consists of Cand. Marcus, Rev. Laning (Hope,
MI), and Rev. R. Miersma. Faith has a trio of Revs. Bruinsma, Key (Hull,
IA), and R. Kleyn (Trinity, MI). Rev. Cammenga will be installed as
theological professor in the seminary this week Wednesday.
"It was a joy and pleasure to be amongst you all on
the Lord’s Day during my stay with Sean and Roni Courtney earlier this
month. I wish to express my gratitude for the hospitality and fellowship
in the Lord known among you. The Lord continue to bless the CPRF and
bring you, in His time, to be once more restored as an instituted
church, and guard you all from every assault of the enemy ... Praying
for the blessing of the Lord on you all, Pastor and congregation." -
Martin Greasley, England
"Many thanks for sending me the two books [We
& Our Children and
Believers & Their Seed] so promptly. When I saw [a friend] on
holiday last week, I read the beginning of We & Our Children with
great interest ... I look forward to reading them both." - Wales
"Thank you very much for sending your C. R. News
... I pray our covenant God to continue to uphold you and prosper your
ministry for His own glory." - Australia
"... thank you for all the back issues of the C.
R. News that you sent me. I read all of those some time ago and
appreciated them tremendously. I think they complement the Standard
Bearer and RFPA books very well and I look forward very much to
their coming. (I’m reading Reformed Dogmatics at the moment)."
"Thank you very much for the lovely message on ‘will
worship’ which followed the debate on psalmody ..." - S. Wales
"With my wife and family I spent two weeks in St.
Ives in Cornwall for our vacation, During that time I read
Unfolding Covenant History,
vol. 1. It made the holiday for me. Do you have volume 2 in stock?
If you have would you please send it to me? ... I look forward to
hearing the tapes of the coming Lord’s Day ..." - England
"Many thanks for the series of Prof. Hanko tapes that
you have sent me and the Tsunami tape that Rev. Stewart preached. It’s
good to be fed with solid material." - Brighton
"Many thanks for the books and extra pamphlets. I
look forward to studying them. Thank you too for the monthly C. R.
News. They are much appreciated." - Merseyside
"I have been, and still am, listening to your sermons
on ‘The Pre-eminence of Christ.’ Excellent sermons." - N. Ireland
"Thank you for being so loyal in sending the C. R.
News by e-mail. I do so much appreciate the articles contained
within the C. R. News and have come to learn more over time how
important it is to retain a covenant perspective when studying the Bible
in order to avoid falling into any form of dispensationalism and driving
a wedge between the Old and New Testaments. I do feel there needs to be
more attention paid to the reasons for retaining this God-given covenant
perspective, especially in today’s church, plus the pitfalls that may
arise by not holding to such a view. May the Word of the Lord continue
to reveal His truth to us in our generation." - Surrey
"Just a note to thank you for sending me your C.
R. News, which I find very helpful indeed ... I have recently
received copies of my "Book Club" issues,
Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2 and
Unfolding Covenant History,
vol. 5. My initial delving into their content is most enlightening,
as was Ron Hanko’s
Doctrine According to Godliness. To continue my studies, would
you please post to me ..." - Cardiff
"God bless you and your family. May your ministry
grow under His guiding and loving hands." - London
"Is it possible for you to send me another copy of a
tape from last year’s BRF Conference ... Our daughter and son-in-law
have asked for the whole set, so they can listen to them at home, and
perhaps share them with Christian friends of theirs. We hope this will
be a great blessing to them and to others who may hear these tapes ...
This coming week will see the notice [for our tape library] in our local
paper, of the sermon by Rev. Stewart, entitled ‘God & the Tsunami.’ We
wait to see what, if any, response this will bring forth, and also to
pray that the Lord will bring about the result which he has already in
eternity ordained." - New Zealand
"The literature you sent to me was much appreciated
... I am reading The
Voice of Our Fathers
at present and that takes time (but well spent). I did read your
press cuttings [on limited atonement] and was encouraged by your stand
for the reformed truth, some of which I have only come to appreciate
fully myself comparatively recently ... please enrol me on your
Covenant Reformed News list... I would also like to purchase an
unabridged copy of A. W. Pink’s
The Sovereignty of God." - England
"Thanks for the C. R. News ... very
stimulating reading." - Merseyside
"I’d just like to take this opportunity to say how
much I enjoy your magazine [The Standard Bearer] and what a
blessing it is to my soul." - Yorkshire