Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 13
"But I will
hope continually, and will yet praise thee
more and more"
- 11:00 AM
Ezekiel's Vision of the Future (1)
The Valley of Dry Bones [download]
Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-28
I. The Content
of the Vision
Fulfilment of the Vision
Application of the Vision
68:19-24; 137:1-9; 79:8-13
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Eighth Commandment [download]
Reading: Leviticus 19:9-37
Catechism, Lord’s Day 42
I. What It
II. What It
68:25-30; 50:18-23; 15:1-5
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quotes to Consider:
William Greenhill: "How low, deplorable, or
desperate soever the creature be, God can alter it, and that easily.
These dry bones were almost dust, and come to nothing, their condition
was very deplorable and desperate, the prophet himself could not tell
what to think of them; and did not God alter their condition quickly and
with ease? He bids the prophet prophesy and say, ‘Hear the word of the
Lord, ye dry bones;’ and that being done, presently the bones shake,
come together, are clothed with sinews, flesh, and skin, receive breath,
live, and stand up. Here was a wonderful sudden change wrought with
great facility. God can make the dry tree to flourish (Eze. 17:24),
Aaron’s rod to bud and blossom, Sarah’s dead womb to conceive, rivers in
high places, and springs of water in dry lands (Isa. 41:18). If God
speak but the word, these things are done; Rom. 4:17, He quickens the
dead, and calls those things which be not, as though they were: let God
only give a call, and things without life have life, and things without
being have a being (Jer. 31:15-17). Are we in bondage? He can easily set
us at liberty, as He did Peter; are we sick unto death? He can easily
cure us, as He did Hezekiah; are we poor and despicable? He can easily
enrich us, and make us honourable, as He did Job when stripped of all;
are we dead in sins and trespasses, that we cannot stir at all towards
God? or, are we dead-hearted, that we stir poorly towards Him? He can
quicken us in a moment, as He did these dry bones, so that we shall
live, move, and act vigorously" (Ezekiel, p. 741).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Family visitation finishes today with Janet
Napier after this evening’s service.
Martyn McGeown passed his synodical exam this
past week. His graduation from the PRC Seminary will be held tomorrow
evening. A full report on the PRC Synod is available on the back table.
Elder Brian Crossett participated in Mission
Awareness Day in Grand Rapids, yesterday, will attend Martyn’s
graduation tomorrow evening and plans to return home Wednesday morning.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "More Than Conquerors
Through Him That Loved Us" (Rom. 8:35-37).
The Council will hold their monthly meeting
Monday, 28 June, at 7 PM at the manse.
Upcoming Meeting: S. Wales, Friday, 2 July -
"What About Israel?"
Offerings: General Fund: £400.99. Building Fund:
£405.80. Donations: £25 (CR News), £10 (books).
Website Additions: 2 German, 1 Spanish (Prof.
Gritters’ pamphlet on "The Antichrist") and 7 Chinese (catechism books)
translations were added.
PRC News: Kalamazoo PRC called Rev. DeVries (Wingham, Ontario).
Report of Italy Trip (31 May - 4
Our trip to Avellino, Southern Italy, was interesting
and profitable. We met my parents in Avellino, the three saints (my mum,
Marco and Gaetano) of the Italian Reformed Fellowship (IRF) who
regularly meet every Lord’s Day since January to read a sermon by a
Protestant Reformed minister or John Calvin or Rev. Stewart that I
translate into Italian, and some friends from around the Naples area. We
saw world-famous tourist attractions. We were able to give a couple of
theological lectures and have informal theological discussions with
several interested people whom we met at the lectures or went to visit
at their homes. All in just four days!
Rev. Stewart, Mary and I were hosted at my parents’
house. It was good that Rev. and Mary encouraged my parents regarding my
move to the US to attend seminary in August (DV) and that they got to
know each other a little. Rev. and Mary soon learned that saying you
really like what you are offered to eat at the table is one of the
quickest ways to make enduring friends in Southern Italy! It was good
for me to see my parents again. Now I’ll see them again in one year time
Rev. and Mary found Southern Italy to be a beautiful
place! They soon found the culture to have "character," like for example
the heavy food, the reckless driving and the general friendliness of the
people. We saw the grand scenery of the Amalfi Coast, we
walked through the ancient, fascinating ruins of the Roman city of
Pompeii (covered by volcanic lava in 79AD!) and we were impressed by the
grandeur of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s
Basilica. All of them are World Heritage sites. We thought what we saw
in Rome peculiarly suits the label "World" site!
During our stay we had the pleasure of meeting and
discussing with Giovanni, a policeman from Naples, and Gaetano, a member
of the IRF. We had a nice walk and we managed to get a real pizza in
Naples (the place where pizza was invented!). The day after we visited
Marco’s mum and had a good chat with his brothers too. We were touched
by their warm welcome and hospitality. The same afternoon we met Malita,
an older lady who attends an evangelical church in Salerno, who, after
our visit, also came with us to one of the lectures we held.
The two lectures (on "Predestination"
held at my parents’ house, were attended by a few whom my Mum and Marco,
both part of the IRF, had invited. One of them was my aunt, Anna, a
Roman Catholic. My dad was there too. The others were Roman Catholics, a
Greek Orthodox, an atheist and one evangelical—10 in all. The lectures
were attended with
interest. There were questions and some debate after the lectures,
especially on the issue of predestination as it relates to the
significance of good works. It was a hard job for me doing all the
translating: with several people at one time and both ways! But it was
We believe we might see some of these visitors back
in the future. We left Avellino with some real hope for the IRF. What
now is happening in Southern Italy is definitely a start, and it is very
similar to what was happening a few years ago in Limerick! There a few
saints met on the Lord’s Day for years, and for those first 4 years they
were only three! The Lord then started to add some, and now they are
ready to receive a missionary! So there is some real hope for us too, we
believe! As much as is in our ability, we will continue to work for the
IRF. We do need and covet the prayers of you all for these saints and
for the others! In all things, we depend on and look to God, who only
gives the increase!
Francesco De Lucia