Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 25
generation shall praise thy works to another,
declare thy mighty acts" (Ps. 145:4)
- 11:00 AM
Vision of the Future (5)
The Destruction of Gog and Magog [download]
Reading: Ezekiel 39
Text: Ezekiel 39
I. The Graphic
71:20-24; 76:1-9; 83:9-18
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Lamb Takes the Book [download]
Reading: Revelation 4-5
I. The Book
II. The Lamb
III. The Comfort
72:1-8; 110:1-6; 89:1-6
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quotes to Consider:
George Lubbers on Ezekiel 39: "It should also be
observed that the battle field becomes a ‘burying-place’ of these
nations, Gog and Magog! It will be called the ‘valley of Hamon-gog,’
that is, the multitude of Gog. And what a stench these bodies are
portrayed to be in the land. Hence, there will be a great cleansing of
the land. It will be a new heaven and a new earth where the former
things shall be remembered no more. The ‘signs’ of the great hordes in
the land will be utterly removed. It is true that prophets speak of the
cleansing as if it were to be done by human hands. However, the reality
is on higher ground" (Standard Bearer, vol. 41, p. 297).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
We welcome Marco Barone to our worship
services. He arrived on Friday and is staying with Francesco De Lucia
and will be attending the BRF Conference. He will be in the country
until 16 August.
Mr. Callender remains in the Royal Victoria
Hospital. Let us continue to remember our brother and his family in our
Rev. Stewart’s bi-monthly letter to the PRC
is available on the back table today.
Today we have our last services in the Protestant
Hall. Volunteers are needed to clean the church building on
Thursday or Friday. If you can help, please sign up on the sheet on the
back table and bring your own cleaning equipment and supplies. We also
need donated kitchen items and cleaning materials (see the sheet on the
On the back of the bulletin today are rules for
our new church building. These were drawn up in accordance with
Scripture and after consultation with members of the congregation and
other Protestant Reformed churches.
Stephen Rushton arrives on Friday morning. He
plans to be with us for Missionary McGeown’s ordination and next Lord’s
Call to Worship: The ordination of Missionary
McGeown is scheduled for this week Friday, 30 July, at 7:30 PM in
the new CPRC church building.
Alison, Beth and Sinead are organizing tea
after the ordination this week, dedication next week and farewell for
Francesco on 15 August.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "True Faith" (II Timothy
The Council will meet Monday, 2 August, at 7
PM in the new church building.
Our church dedication service is scheduled for
Thursday, 5 August, at 7:00 PM beginning with the tape-cutting ceremony.
Offerings: General Fund: £329.45. Donations:
£100 (CR News).
PRC News: Wingham PRC called Rev. W. Langerak.
Rev. A. Lanning is considering calls from Hope, Cornerstone and
Edgerton. Rev. Eriks is considering the call from Holland. Rev. J.
Laning will be installed as pastor of Hull PRC today.
Honouring the Lord in Our Church Building
I. General Principles
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Cor. 10:31),
including behaviour in the church building.
Our covenant God requires "decency," "order,"
"peace" and not "confusion," indecency, disorder or shouting at
church gatherings: "For God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints ... Let all things be done
decently and in order" (I Cor. 14:33, 40).
"Let all things be done unto edifying" (I Cor.
14:26) so that together we may be sanctified by God’s Word of truth
(John 17:17) and so "grow in grace" through "the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).
The eighth commandment calls us to love our
neighbour in his property, including caring for the church building
for it belongs to the whole congregation and was paid for by the
CPRC and friends of the church.
The fourth commandment applies to behaviour at
meetings on the Lord’s Day: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it
holy" (Ex. 20:8).
The fifth commandment requires (a) covenant
parents to bring up their children "in the nurture and admonition of
the Lord" (Eph. 6:4) and train them in the way they shall go for
when they are old they will not depart from it (Prov. 22:6); (b)
covenant children to "obey [their] parents in all things: for this
is well pleasing to the Lord" (Col. 3:20).
We and our children are to be good examples to
visitors and our neighbours (Matt. 5:16).
Let us think of others, deny ourselves and be
considerate especially of older and less able saints: "Charity
suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all
things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all
things" (I Cor. 13:4-7).
No food and drink in the sanctuary.
The back two rows on both sides are to be left
for parents with young children.
Treat the Psalm books and creeds books with care;
damaged books have to be replaced out of our offerings.
Please be quiet in the sanctuary before the start
of the service as we prepare for corporate, divine worship.
If you must enter or exit the sanctuary during
the services, do it quietly out of consideration for others and
reverence for the Lord (Ps. 89:7).
After the service, the minister will shake hands
with the elders at the front and they will exit the sanctuary first.
Then the minister will shake hands with the congregation as they
leave the sanctuary, after which the sanctuary doors will be closed.
III. Cry Room
The cry room is a place designed for the training
of small children so that they are enabled in due time to sit
quietly in the sanctuary and join the main body of the saints.
As much as possible, and in accordance with the
capacity of the children, those in the cry room should participate
in the service by sitting, facing the front, praying, standing and
singing the Psalms, and listening to God’s Word, at the appropriate
times (Matt. 21:16).
In the PRC, ordinarily, children are trained so
as to be able to sit quietly in the sanctuary by about 2½ years old.
No children in the kitchen or distributing food
or drinks (health and safety).
No unsupervised children on the stairs or
upstairs (health and safety, and electronic equipment upstairs).
No unsupervised children in the lift (e.g., the
call out fee is £120 and a replacement door costs about £2,000).
No running in the church building or on the
grounds (health and safety).
We are called to love the Lord our God with all
our heart, soul, strength and mind and our neighbour as ourselves
This includes showing consideration for our
brothers and sisters in Christ, avoiding giving or taking offence
and caring for our church building.
This is the way in which we will promote peace
and harmony, be good witnesses to others and honour the Triune God.