Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 2
generation shall praise thy works to another,
declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)
- 11:00 AM
of the Lord’s Supper
The Feast of Fat Things [download]
Reading: Isaiah 24:13-25:12
III. For Whom?
84:7-12; 25:8-14; 92:10-15
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Plumbline [download]
Reading: Amos 7:1-8:3
Text: Amos 7:7-9
I. The Plumbline
and the Building of the Wall
Plumbline and the Testing of the Wall
Plumbline and the Destruction of the Wall
85:1-7; 76:1-9; 82:1-8
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
After a week of self-examination, confessing members
in good standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s
Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in part a witness
that you repent of your sins, believe that Jesus Christ is your
righteousness and desire to live a new and godly life. As this heavenly
food can be taken to one’s judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common
reception of this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament. Visitors from other
denominations must request permission from the Council.
CR News is on the back table. New daily Scripture reading
programmes, as well as January devotional booklets, are also
available. A new book,
Peace for the Troubled Heart by Herman Hoeksema, is available
for RFPA book club members.
Everyone is welcome to stay after the evening service
for tea and a presentation to Tommy Hamill for his work as our
church building project manager.
PM - Joseph, Jacob, Nathan & Alex
PM - Zoe, Amy & Lea
12:15 AM - Beginners NT Class
Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM. We’ll continue II
Thess. 2:3f. on "the son of perdition."
Ladies Discussion Group meets this Wednesday, 11
AM at the church. We will discuss "Women in the Church" (the article is
on the back table).
Wednesday Belgic Confession class: 7:45 PM.
We’ll begin Article 8 on the Trinity.
Thursday’s Membership class is changed to 6:30
PM due to the council meeting.
The Council will hold their monthly meeting
this Thursday, 7:30 PM.
The church visitors arrive this Friday. If you
would like to have them over for dinner, there is a sign-up sheet on the
Don’t forget to sign-up for the congregational
dinner. The dinner will be held at Leighinmohr Hotel in Ballymena on
Friday, 14 January, at 7:00 PM.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Building a Christian Home"
(Psalm 127:1) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Offerings: General Fund - £644.90. Donation:
Lectures: Wednesday, 12 Jan., 7:45 PM - "Sins Against the Holy
Spirit" (Rev. Kuiper)
Jan., 7:15 PM in S. Wales - "Scripture Alone" (Rev. Stewart)
Feb., 7:30 PM in Lurgan Town Hall - "Predestination" (Rev. Stewart)
Website Additions: 3 German translations were
PRC News: Rev. Overway declined the call to Wingham PRC;
Wingham’s new trio is Revs. Eriks, Marcus, and VanderWal. Hope PRC
called Rev. Spronk.
A Letter to My Son
Herman C. Hanko
vol. 49, issue 7, 1 January, 1973)
It seems as if the end of an old year and the
beginning of a new year have a way of putting me into a reflective frame
of mind. I suppose, when I stop to think about it, that this lies in the
nature of the event itself: the last day of an old year when one quite
naturally looks back on the days so quickly gone by; the beginning of a
new year when one cannot help but look ahead.
... Paul tells us that we have the solemn obligation
to "redeem the times." You may find this in more than one place in
Scripture. Look them up yourself. One such place is Col. 4:5. Another is
Eph. 5:16. But how is this possible for us? It has got to be because
Christ Himself has redeemed the times; i.e., He has redeemed time. He
entered into our time to live in our world’s history. And His cross and
resurrection were a mighty victory by which He redeemed all things, time
I do not intend to "preach" to you in this letter;
but surely it is important for you to understand that this has great
significance for us. Among many other things, it means that Christ, from
His exalted position high above all creatures, rules sovereignly over
all time. He controls time, makes it serve His purpose, uses it to gain
for Himself and His (and our) God the complete victory He won on the
cross. Now the point is then that all time will be used by Him in such a
way that His own everlasting kingdom will gain the victory. We need have
no doubt or fear about this; we may look confidently ahead on this new
year’s day to that victory which will certainly come about.
And, of course, the altogether wonderful thing is
that Christ has called us to be a part of that kingdom and He has given
to us to participate by grace in His victory. Time is redeemed for us!
The urgent calling to redeem the times comes to us breathing victory and
hope for the future.
We are to redeem the times, Paul says. And we are to
do this because the days are evil. It is especially this that I want to
talk about for a few moments with you. It is not a long look back
through the year so swiftly gone by that is needed to conclude that
Paul’s words are surely true. The newspapers and broadcasts throughout
the year kept drumming into our minds how evil these days really are.
All of these evils we need not speak of. But there are some of special
importance to you because they have a lot to do with our calling to
redeem the times in the year ahead.
I sometimes shudder when I think of how incessantly
you are bombarded with every form of immorality ... There is no longer
any conception of obedience to authority. I have talked with you often
about this. I need not repeat here what we have frequently discussed.
But there is one point that needs to be made—especially for our young
people. You and they are in that time of life when you must become
independent. You must stand on your own two feet. You must test your own
wings and presently fly the nest. You must leave the shelter of the
parental roof and build your own home. It seems that time comes
altogether too swiftly for us. Yet we have tried to make you
independent. But sometimes there is some misunderstanding about the
matter. Perhaps we have not made the point clear enough. It is true that
your obedience to your parents never ends; but the point that needs so
much to be made is that you always, in all your life, owe unquestioning
obedience to the Word of God as the rule of your faith and life. It is
this which lies at the basis of all the evil in our day. And, I must
warn you, the churches are, in many instances, taking the lead in
robbing people of the infallible rule of the Scriptures.
The days are evil. Last year was proof of how evil
But Christ rules over all. And, among other things,
this surely means that all these evils too are but so many signs of the
fact that Christ is returning. Jesus Himself told us that one of the
signs of His coming was to be that lawlessness would abound ...
While it is true that the world sinks deeper into the
darkness of sin, and while it is true that church after church goes the
long road of apostasy with increasing swiftness, nevertheless, there are
faithful people of God in many places throughout the earth. They are
never very many. But Scripture reminds us that the elect are only a very
small remnant, a hut in a garden of cucumbers; and—let us never forget
it—a besieged city.
But they are there. And more and more they are
protesting the ungodly evils in their own denominations and churches.
They are seeing how horrible it is when churches, once strong defenders
of the truth, compromise that truth at every turn and sell their
birthright for a mess of worldly pottage. And, in their concern, they
are seeking each other out, looking for those who still love and
maintain the truth, and eagerly desiring fellowship with them of like
This makes the times in which we live exciting. God
is taking care of His church. And there is, before our eyes, the
evidence that there are always 7,000 who do not bow the knee to the
Baals of our day.
We have a calling in this respect. And the calling is
urgent. We may not shrink back from it. But, surely, that calling, if it
means anything at all, means that we must, without compromise and
without equivocation, speak loudly of the truth of the Scriptures. Let
the sounds of the trumpet on the walls of Zion give a clear note. Let
the faith of our fathers be ours in all truth and purity.
And so the time comes when I must bring this letter
to its close.
A new year lies before us. We cannot tell what the
year will bring—either for ourselves or for the cause of Christ. We
cannot tell what personal burdens will have to be borne, what problems
will have to be solved, what joys or sorrows await us in this new year.
We cannot tell yet precisely and in every detail what our calling will
be in the coming year or what is the exact nature of that calling. The
Lord always has a way of surprising us, for His ways are not our ways.
But though we do not know, Christ is in heaven and the times are
inescapably in His hands. And we belong to our faithful Saviour Jesus
I must leave a personal word with you. Work your very
hardest in the place God gives you now. Pray often and make prayer a
regular part of your life, for the kingdom needs praying saints above
all else. Read the Scriptures. Read your church papers. Read good
literature. Read much. How does Paul put it to Timothy? "Give attendance
to reading." Devote yourself with all the strength of your youth and the
energies of your present strength to the work of the kingdom. Be ready
always to give an answer to those who ask of you a reason for the hope
that is in you. Let your light so shine before men that others may see
your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
The victory is ours.
May the year ahead be filled for you with the love of God, the grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Spirit.