Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 16 June, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God
full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM - Rev. M. McGeown
Bruised Reeds and Smoking
Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:1-23
Text: Matthew 12:20
I. Their Identity
II. Christ’s Care of Them
III. Their Future Blessedness
Psalms: 8:1-9; 37:22-25; 147:1-11; 103:13-19
Evening Service - 6:00 PM - Rev. M. McGeown
Pursued by the Shepherd’s Goodness
Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:1-6
Text: Psalm 23:6
I. The Meaning
II. The Assurance
III. The End
Psalms: 77:14-20; 37:26-34; 5:7-12; 23:1-6
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
Quote to Consider
John Calvin on Psalm 23:6:
"By this concluding sentence he manifestly shows that he
does not confine his thoughts to earthly pleasures and
comforts; but that the mark at which he aims is fixed in
heaven, and to reach this was his great object in all
things. It is as if he had said, I do not live for the mere
purpose of living, but rather to exercise myself in the fear
and service of God, and to make progress daily in all the
branches of true godliness."
Announcements (subject to God’s
We welcome Rev. McGeown
to our worship services today. He will be preaching for us
while Rev. Stewart takes the services in the LRF.
Copies of Prof. Engelsma’s new
book, Battle for Sovereign Grace in the Covenant: The
Declaration of Principles, are available on the table in
the narthex for RFPA Bookclub members. Bookclub members can
either pay the RFPA directly or give Rev. Stewart £13 for
him to pay it on your behalf. We have only received copies
for Bookclub members, but do not have any for the bookstore
The main entrance to the
church building will be locked during the singing of the
first psalm and for the remainder of the service starting
today. We realise that this may bring a certain
inconvenience, but it is standard policy in many churches
and is aimed at the personal security of all of us and our
William Mawhinney, Ivan
Mawhinney and Alan Hermon met with a committee from the
Council to request membership in the CPRC. The men showed
good understanding of and agreement with the doctrines
taught in our church and desire to live a new and godly
life. The men first attended one of our lectures in Lurgan
two years ago and have been coming to our services
especially since November. They passed on their membership
papers from Shankill Baptist and Ballygomartin Presbyterian
churches in Belfast. The Council has granted their request.
May the Lord bless them in their membership of the CPRC.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will give a lecture in Porthcawl this Wednesday, 19
June, on "Rest for the People of God."
The Men’s Bible Study
will meet this Saturday, 22 June, at 8 PM at the Kennedys.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "A Dress Code for Marriage" (Col. 3:12-13).
Next Lord’s Day evening will be
preparatory with a view to celebrating the Lord’s
Supper on Sunday, 30 June.
Offerings: General Fund -
£818.70. Donations: £25 (CR News), £50
Doon PRC will call from a trio of Revs. Haak, R. Kleyn and
W. Langerak. Faith PRC called Rev. Spronk (Peace, IL) and
Randolph PRC called Rev. R. Kleyn (Spokane, WA).
Report of Synod 2013 in
Monday, June 10, 2013:
The pre-synodical service was held at Hudsonville PRC. Rev.
Steve Key, the president of Synod 2012, preached on Psalm
133, reminding us to celebrate and give thanks to God for
the unity He has given to our churches, as is evident from
the items in the agenda of synod. There was also a time for
prayer to thank God and to ask His blessing upon the work of
synod and our denomination.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013:
After opening devotions led by Rev. Key, the president of
Synod 2012, synod elected new officers: President – Rev. Ron
Van Overloop; Vice-President – Rev. James Laning; First
Clerk – Rev. Doug Kuiper; Second Clerk – Rev. Garry Eriks.
Rev. Van Overloop welcomed, on behalf of synod, Mr. Wee Gim
Theng, a delegate from our sister-church in Singapore, and
Mr. Ivan Reid, a delegate from our sister-church in Northern
The synod and its visitors
assembled in the sanctuary of Hudsonville PRC to hear the
sermon of Mr. Erik Guichelaar. Synod unanimously approved
his sermon, stating that the sermon demonstrated that Mr.
Guichelaar has the gifts to preach a sermon for the
edification of God’s people. Synod took this opportunity to
thank God for the sermon and to thank the seminary faculty
for their faithful labours.
Wednesday June 12, 2013:
The truth of God’s Word that unifies our churches was
confessed as Mr. Erik Guichelaar was examined in the
sections of Reformed Dogmatics. From 8:00am until noon, Mr.
Guichelaar answered questions in Theology, Anthropology,
Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. He
gave a good account of his knowledge of the truth.
Synod treated the material of
eastern home missions. Rev. Bruinsma addressed synod,
expressing the greetings of the Pittsburgh Fellowship to
synod and reporting on recent developments in the work in
Pittsburgh and Cranberry. Synod took the opportunity to
thank Rev. Bruinsma for using the gifts God has given him in
the service of the church.
Synod granted to Prof. Cammenga
permanent tenure as Professor of Dogmatics and Old
Testament. It was reported that Prof. Cammenga successfully
completed his Masters degree. Synod took the opportunity to
thank God for the gifts He has given to Prof. Cammenga and
his use of them in the service of our churches. Synod
approved a partial sabbatical for Prof. Gritters during the
2013/2014 school year. A highlight of synod was admitting
nine men into our seminary beginning in the fall. Although
we can be thankful for a class of nine men, synod noted that
more men are still needed for future ministers in our
Thursday, June 13, 2013:
Mr. Erik Guichelaar successfully sustained his examination
before synod. He was examined in Church History, Church
Polity, OT History, NT History and Practica. With thanks to
God, synod approved his examination and declared Mr.
Guichelaar a candidate of the ministry of the Word and
Sacraments eligible for call on or after July 13, 2013. As
churches, we have many reasons to give thanks – for the
truth of God’s Word, the gifts God has given to this young
man who confessed the truth so beautifully and a seminary
which faithfully teaches these truths so the churches
receive the truth each Sunday.
In the afternoon, synod dealt
with two other significant matters concerning our seminary.
First, Prof. Cammenga notified synod that he accepted the
permanent tenure that synod approved Wednesday. Second,
synod expressed a special word of thanks to Don Doezema for
his many years of faithful service as registrar of the
Theological School and for the many other duties he has
diligently performed for our seminary for the past 25 plus
years. The occasion for this special thanks is Mr. Doezema’s
retirement this year from the position as Seminary
registrar. Mr. Chuck Terpstra will be taking this position.
For the rest of the afternoon,
synod discussed and took decisions regarding the the advice
of a study committee that Synod 2012 appointed. The synod
decided to approve parts of the recommendation, which make
changes to the Constitutions of the Foreign Mission
Committee and the Domestic Mission Committee.
Friday, June 14, 2013: When
synod made decisions regarding the work in the Philippines,
Rev. Smit, one of our missionaries in the Philippines,
addressed synod. He expressed the gratitude of the
missionaries to the churches for their interest in and
support of Christ’s work in the Philippines. Rev. Smit also
brought the greetings of the churches with whom they work in
the Philippines by reading a letter of greeting from the
combined consistories of the Berean PRC and the First
Reformed Church of Bulacan. Rev. Van Overloop expressed
words of thanks for the dedicated labours of Rev. Smit, Rev.
Kleyn and their families, on behalf of our churches.
When synod approved the work of
the Contact Committee, the delegates from our
sister-churches were given opportunity to address synod. Mr.
Wee Gim Theng, the elder representative from the Covenant
Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, read a letter of
greeting from the Session of the ERCS. Mr. Ivan Reid, an
elder representative of the Covenant PRC in Northern
Ireland, informed synod of the peace and prosperity in the
congregation, their ongoing work in Wales and Limerick, and
the busy labours of their pastors. He expressed the
gratitude of the CPRC for all the support the PRC has given
them. Synod also expressed thanks to both men for the
blessings of the sister-church relationship we enjoy with
Much of the work of synod on
the last day was the approval of different financial matters
of our denominational work. Synod approved budgets for the
denominational committees, subsidy requests for the smaller
churches of the denomination and emeritation requests for
our retired pastors.
Hope PRC will host Synod 2014, which will convene on
Tuesday, June 10, 2014.