Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 17 June, 2012
"Those that be planted in the
house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of
our God" (Ps. 92:13)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
The Pilgrim Psalms (1)
Saint Setting Out
Scripture Reading: Psalm 120
Text: Psalm 120
I. Praying in Distress
II. Suffering From Slander
III. Dwelling in Mesech
Psalms: 5:1-8; 140:7-13; 52:1-7;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Scripture Reading: Romans
Text: Lord’s Day 40
I. What This Does Not
II. What This Does Include
Psalms: 63:1-8; 141:1-5; 34:11-18;
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Quotes to Consider
Eugene Peterson: "The
fifteen Psalms of Ascents describe elements common to all
those who apprentice themselves to the Lord Christ and who
travel in the Christian way. This first of them is the prod
which gets them going. It is not a beautiful song—there is
nothing either hauntingly melancholy nor lyrically happy in
it. It is harsh. It is discordant. But it gets things
started" (A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p.
Albert Barnes on Psalm 120:1:
"It is one of those things which a man cannot guard
against; which he cannot repel by force; whose origin he
cannot always trace; which will go where a vindication will
not follow; whose effects will live long after the slander
is refuted; which will adhere to a man, or leave a trait of
suspicion, even after the most successful vindication, for
the effect will be to make a second slander more easily
credited than the first was."
Herman Hoeksema: "... you
can murder your neighbour with mere gestures. You do not
even have to speak to kill your neighbour. There are many
gestures of contempt and scorn and utter disdain, such as a
contemptuous smile, the pulling up of your nose, the raising
of your eyebrows, not to speak of other gestures by which
you may literally kill the neighbour. All this, according to
the Heidelberg Catechism, is murder before God, rises
from a heart that is filled with hatred against the
neighbour, and therefore is motivated in its deepest root in
enmity against the Most High" (The Triple Knowledge,
vol. 3, p. 311).
Announcements (subject to God’s
On the back table today is a
missionary letter from the Philippines.
This evening will be a
preparatory service for the Lord’s Supper on 24 June.
Gareth & Leona Halliday
requested baptism for their daughter, Emilia Rose.
The council approved this request and baptism is scheduled
for the morning of 22 July.
Family Visitation: Jennifer
Hanko - Mon., 18 June, 7:30 PM (Reid/Rev. Stewart).
Our Tuesday morning Bible
study meets at 11 AM on "Eschatology and Time." We will
discuss the "last days" in the Old Testament prophets.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) will be
"O God, Strengthen My Hands" (Neh. 6) by Rev. Haak.
S. Wales Lecture:
Wednesday, 18 July, at 7:15 PM, Rev. Stewart on "The New
Testament Teaching on the Last Days."
Have you booked your place at
the BRF Conference yet? Booking forms are on the back
table. We would like to have bookings in by 1 July. For
those who would like to camp, don’t forget to reserve your
site through Lorne House.
Offerings: General Fund:
£661.10. Donations: £250, £10 (CR News), £5
Website Additions: Five
Frisian and two Spanish translations were added
Randolph PRC called Rev. A. Lanning (Faith, MI).
from Synod 2012
Synod was hosted by
the PRC of Crete, IL. The pre-synodical service on Monday
evening was led by Rev. J. Slopsema, who preached from I
Corinthians 15:58. Synod began its work Tuesday morning at
8:30 AM. Officers elected for synod were, Rev. Key -
President, Rev. Koole - Vice President, Rev. Doug Kuiper -
1st Clerk and Rev. R. Kleyn - 2nd Clerk.
Tuesday morning, the
examination of Brother Vernon Ibe from the Philippines, who
has completed a special five year program of study in our
seminary, began. He first preached a sermon which was
approved, and then began his oral exam Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday morning and into the afternoon the oral exam was
completed. Brother Ibe gave a good account of himself, his
exam was unanimously approved, and he was recommended to the
Berean PRC for a call to the gospel ministry. What a
wonderful blessing, for which we can praise the Lord.
Present at Synod was one of our
foreign missionaries from the Philippines, Rev. Daniel Kleyn.
He had opportunity to address Synod and expressed thanks for
the support of the churches, gratitude that we have two
missionaries labouring together, anticipation for the return
of Brother Ibe to help with the great volume of work. Synod
approved and expressed thanks to Doon, the FMC and the
Kleyns and Smits for their work. Synod also approved the
reappointment of Rev. Smit to another three years service as
Also present at Synod was
Deacon Felix Chan, his wife, and a group of eight young
people from Singapore. Deacon Chan addressed Synod with
greetings and gratitude from the saints in Singapore. Synod
approved the implementation of a sister church relationship
with the Covenant ERC of Singapore. Synod also approved
sending a Minister on Loan to labour in Singapore to meet
their present need of being without a pastor. Grandville PRC
was appointed as the calling church.
Philip Hall from the Covenant
PRC of Northern Ireland also addressed synod with greetings
from the Stewarts and the saints in Northern Ireland. Our
churches give continuing support to the CPRC (NI),
particularly for their labour in Limerick where Rev. McGeown
The mission labours of our
churches in Pittsburgh continue and the Bruinsmas and
Southwest church were thanked for their faithful work. The
Domestic Mission Committee brought advice to synod regarding
"terms of service" for domestic missionaries. The synod
appointed a study committee made up of men from the DMC and
FMC with Prof. Gritters as advisor to study and clarify this
issue and bring advice to Synod next year.
Treatment of the material from
the Theological School included approval of the student’s
grades, building construction expenses, and thanks to the
faculty and staff of the seminary. Synod approved a partial
sabbatical for Prof. Dykstra this fall to give him time to
work on material and a course related to Christian
education. Synod also approved hiring Chuck Terpstra full
time as Librarian, Archivist and registrar-in-training to
replace Mr. Don Doezema.
One protest against a decision
of 2011 was treated and not upheld. Synod was informed that
the Board of Trustees is negotiating sales of its properties
in Sioux Falls and Kells, Northern Ireland, to Heritage PRC
and the CPRC (NI) respectively.
The budget adopted for the year
2013 for denominational work is $1,655,000, which is
$840/family. This is down $31 from last year. Subsidies for
nine needy churches were approved. Twelve emeritus requests
Synod finished its work about 2:00 PM on Friday. Pray
with thanksgiving for the blessings of God evident at Synod:
Vernon Ibe, the missionaries and work in the Philippines,
the seminary professors and students, the Bruinsmas in
Pittsburgh, our sister churches in Northern Ireland and
Singapore, and the peaceful deliberations of Synod, evidence
of a blessed peace and unity in our churches.