Protestant Reformed Church
20 January, 2008
and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving,
and power, and might,
be unto our
God for ever and ever" (Rev. 7:12)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM Rev. D. Kleyn
Desiring the Pure Word
Sincere Milk of the Word
Command to Desire It
103:1-5; 112:1-6; 119:105-112; 19:7-11
Evening Service - 6:00 PM Rev. D. Kleyn
Victory in Christ
Victory in Christ
Thanks for It
Psalms: 124:1-8 (AOS); 112:5-10; 73:23-28; 23:1-6
cassettes of the worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean
Quote to Consider:
Martin Luther: "It should be settled as
fundamental, and most firmly fixed in the minds of Christians, that
the Holy Scriptures are a spiritual light far brighter even than the
sun, especially in what relates to salvation and all essential matters
... Bible-reading is something to which Christ and the Apostles
urgently exhort us" (The Bondage of the Will, pp. 99, 125).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Rev. Kleyn will be preaching for us again today.
Rev. & Sharon Kleyn return to the U.S. tomorrow. Everyone is invited
to stay for tea after the evening service to bid farewell to
The Standard Bearers are available on the
back table today.
As part of our sister-church relationship, the PRCA
conducts annual church visitation with the CPRC Council. This past
Monday, Rev. Kleyn and Elder Jim Holstege met with the Council to do
this. On the back of the bulletin are the set questions that
are asked during this visitation.
Catechism Classes: Monday, 5:30 PM at the
Murrays Monday, 7:00 PM with the Campbells at the manse. Thursday,
7:00 PM at the Hamills
Women’s Bible Study meets this Tuesday, 22
January, 10:30 AM at the Murrays.
Membership Class: Tuesday, 8:30 PM at the
Midweek Bible Study will be held on Wednesday,
7:45 PM, at the manse. We will continue our study of II Timothy
Offerings: General Fund - £691.90.
£70 (building fund), £100 (Limerick).
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is entitled "Fearfully and
Wonderfully Made" (Psalm 139:14).
Upcoming Lectures: 1 Feb., Rev. Stewart,
"Lessons from the Reformation for Today," in S. Wales. 14
March, Rev. Stewart, "God’s Magnifying His Word," in Limerick.
Website Additions: 1 Chinese and another 25
Italian translations were added. Rev. Kleyn’s lecture in Limerick on
"Living Antithetically in a Technological Age," is also on-line (www.cprf.co.uk/audio.htm#special).
PRC News: Rev. Haak (Georgetown, MI) is
considering a call from the Calvary PRC in Hull, Iowa. Rev. Laning
(Hope, MI) is considering a call to be missionary to the Philippines.
Questions for Church Visitation
Questions to the Full Consistory
Is the Word administered at least twice on the
Is the Heidelberg Catechism regularly explained
in the services for divine worship, so that no doctrine is left
In the reading services, are sermons used as
much as possible which are produced in our own circle?
Is the Lord’s Supper celebrated at least four
times a year, preceded by a preparatory sermon, and followed by an
Does the consistory see to it that catechism
classes are regularly conducted? Does the consistory determine the
material for instruction? And does it see to it that the classes
are regularly attended?
Are consistory member chosen in agreement with
the rules of the Church Order?
Does the consistory meet regularly in accord
with the needs of the congregation, at least once a month?
Are all matters coming before the consistory
treated according to our Church Order, and are the minutes
properly recorded and kept?
Is censura morum conducted among the
members of the consistory before each Lord’s Supper?
Is family visitation conducted faithfully, so
that each family receives an official visit once a year?
Is church discipline faithfully exercised
according to God’s Word and the Church Order?
Is the consistory aware whether there are
members of secret organisations in the congregation, and if so, is
church discipline applied to them?
What is the spiritual condition of the
congregation? Is there unity, peace, and love?
Do the children of the congregation, when they
come to years of discretion, seek admission to the Lord’s Supper?
And if they are remiss, are they pointed to their obligation and
treated as the need requires?
Is the congregation busy in the extension of
God’s kingdom, especially in the promotion of missions, to the
best of its ability?
Are the synodical assessments faithfully paid,
in agreement with the stipulated regulations?
Are the funds of the church and the poor fund
and all proofs of possessions kept in a safe place so that no
occasion is given for mistrust nor difficulties can arise on leave
of office or death, and is the congregation properly incorporated
with the State? Are the archives in order?
Does the consistory see to it that the parents
send their children to the Christian school?
Are the Forms of Unity signed by all the
members of the consistory, the ministers, elders, and deacons?
Questions to the Elders and Deacons in the
Absence of the Minister
Does the minister in the preaching and in the
administration of the sacraments do his work faithfully according
to the Word of God, the Forms of Unity, and the Church Order?
Does the minister faithfully explain God’s Word
so that the congregation is built up through his preaching?
Does he regularly conduct the catechism
classes, visit the sick faithfully, and take part in family
Does the minister reveal himself as a worthy
Is he devoted as much as possible to the
exercise of his office?
Does he receive sufficient income to take care
of the needs of his family, taking in consideration the character
of his work?
Questions to the Minister and the Deacons in the
Absence of the Elders
Do the elders regularly attend the services for
divine worship as well as the consistory meetings?
Do they at set times attend the catechism
classes to see how they are conducted and attended; and do they
assist the minister when the need requires it in catechising?
Do they see to it that Christian discipline is
exercised, and that everything is done honourably and in good
Do the elders visit the sick and others in
agreement with the calling of their office?
Do they try to prevent and remove all offence
in the congregation, and try to comfort and instruct the members?
Do they conduct themselves as examples to the
congregation in their family and outward walk of life?
Questions to the Minister and Elders in the
Absence of the Deacons
Do the deacons attend regularly the services
for divine worship as well as the consistory meetings; and in case
such meetings are held, do they also attend deacons’ meetings?
Are they diligent in the collecting of the
alms, and do they faithfully realise their calling in the care and
comfort of the poor and oppressed?
Are the collections counted in the presence of
the minister or one or more of the elders?
Do they administer the finances wisely, in
consultation with the minister and the consistory?
Do they, in their family and outward life and
walk, reveal themselves as exemplary Christians?