Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 19 June, 2016
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind ...” (Rom. 12:2)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Complete in Christ (6)
Scripture Reading: Colossians 2
Text: Colossians 2:11-12
I. Greater Than Physical Circumcision
II. Equivalent to Spiritual Baptism
III. Vital for Christian Completeness
Psalms: 138:1-6; 146:7-10; 62:1-2, 5-8; 36:5-9
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Praying for the Forgiveness of Sins
Scripture Reading: I John 1:1-2:2
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 51
I. The Nature of Our Sins
II. The Basis of Their Forgiveness
III. The Evidence of God’s Grace
Psalms: 95:1-6; 147:1-5; 32:1-5; 51:1-7
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
CPRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CovenantPRC
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Rev. Stewart’s bi-monthly letter to the PRC is available on
the back table.
With Rev. McGeown at the PR Synod this past week and
returning to Limerick on Tuesday, the Limerick Reformed
Fellowship will be watching the CPRC services live.
This evening will be a preparatory service with the view to
partaking of the Lord’s Supper next Sunday morning.
Philip Hall’s term as deacon ends in August. Church Order 22
advises that members be given “an opportunity to direct
attention to suitable persons,” so if you have anyone you
believe should be nominated for this office, please speak
with Rev. Stewart or an elder.
The Tuesday Bible study meets at 11 AM to discuss the eating
of blood in connection with the OT food laws.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. R. Kleyn is entitled “Watching and
Ready for the Return of Christ” (Matt. 25:1-13).
Offerings: General Fund: £653.80.
New translations: 2 Hungarian and 2 Indonesian.
PRC news: Rev. Eriks declined the call to Holland.
Report of the PRC Synod 2016
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the PRC Synod convened officially
and began its work. Last year’s president, Rev. S. Key,
opened the initial session. Voting for new officers took
place with Rev. G. Eriks elected as president, Rev. R. Van
Overloop as vice-president, Rev. D. Kuiper as first clerk,
and Rev. A. Brummel as second clerk. Committee assignments
were then determined and Synod adjourned for the day so that
the committees of pre-advice could begin their work.
Synod convened on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and
immediately took up the matter of the legality of the appeal
of Mr. Neal Meyer. Synod declared the appeal in its entirety
to be legally before synod. A motion passed to treat the
appeal in open session. Synod decided to take up the appeal
around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, Lord willing.
Synod treated the Domestic Mission Committee (DMC) material
expressing thanks to Rev. Bruinsma and his wife Mary and
Southwest PRC for their work and joy in the Lord’s work of
bringing the Pittsburgh Fellowship to the point of being
organized as an instituted congregation.
All of the matters brought by the DMC passed Synod’s
approval, most significant of which was the proposal for
calling another home missionary. Expressing a desire to
remain faithful to the Lord of the Church by being busy in
the work of missions in our land, approval was given to call
another home missionary who will develop a field of labour
and then preach and teach on that field which the Spirit
provides. Byron Center PRC was approved as the calling
The Theological School material was treated and approved
with the exception of the matter of the examination of next
year’s students. Synod recommitted that matter to Committee
1. Synod approved the admission of Mr. Josiah Tan, a student
from our sister-church in Singapore to the seminary next
Synod took up the matters of the Contact Committee (CC)
treating the material relating to the CERC of Singapore.
Synod expressed agreement with the changes they are
proposing in their church order which brings it closer in
agreement with our church order. Approval was given for Rev.
D Kleyn and another PR pastor to travel to Singapore in
October to assist the CERC in the examination of Emmanuel
Singh with a view to his being called as their missionary to
India. Rev. Andy Lanning, pastor of the CERC, read a letter
to the synod expressing the appreciation of the CERCS for
the sister-church relationship we enjoy and outlining some
of the highlights of their labours. The chair of synod
expressed mutual appreciation for the relationship and gave
words of encouragement to the brother.
Synod approved the work of the CC with the Covenant
Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland and their
mission work in Limerick. Opportunity was given to Rev.
McGeown to address synod and he spoke of the work being
performed in Northern Ireland and Limerick and expressed
similar appreciation for the relationship they enjoy with
the PRCA and the CERCS. The chair of synod also addressed
gratitude to God for our relationship and the witness of the
gospel in that land.
Synod approved the labours of the CC in their work with the
BERG in Germany. Dr. Klautke addressed synod using the
parting works of the president of the synod of Dordt as
words of encouragement as now those of Dutch heritage reach
out to assist those who find themselves alone in Germany.
Dr. Klautke gave a brief summary of the history of the
congregation and the seminary and expressed appreciation for
the contact that we enjoy. Once again the chair of synod
expressed mutual appreciation for our contact with this
small congregation and our desire to grow together by
getting to know them better.
Synod approved careful guidelines submitted by the CC
regarding participation in Ecumenical Councils and approved
a lengthy addition in the CC constitution under the heading
of their Task. Synod ended its work around 3:45 on Wednesday
afternoon in order to allow for Committee 4 to continue
their pre-advice work on the appeals. Dr. Klautke
gave a lecture at Calvary PRC expanding on the work of the
BERG in Germany at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 16, 2016. Synod turned this morning to the
material of the Contact Committee regarding NAPARC Approval
was given to the CC to accept NAPARC’s invitation and send
two observers to the 2016 meeting and a mandate was
The work of the CC with Namibia and South Africa was
approved and an encouraging update was heard regarding the
Approval was given to the CC regarding continuing
discussions with the PRC of the Philippines with a view to
establishing sister church relations.
Next year synod anticipates the joyful prospect of many
examinations. Synod approved the TSC’s proposed concept for
the student examination of 2017 of dividing the synodical
delegates and students into two groups and shortening the
length of the examinations according to a specific schedule.
Synod approved the work of the Foreign Mission Committee
(FMC) in the Philippines and expressed gratitude to Rev. and
Mrs. Daniel Kleyn for their faithful service. Rev. Kleyn
addressed the synod briefly. The chair of synod had
opportunity to thank him and encourage him in the labors.
The proposal to call a third missionary in the Philippines
was approved with the view to one of the missionaries
devoting time to investigate the possibility of setting up a
theological school in the Philippines.
Synod treated the Neil Meyer appeal. Synod did not sustain
the appeal of Mr. Meyer in his contention that the sermon on
John 14:6 taught a conditional covenant. Synod declared that
Hope’s consistory erred in their wholesale defence of the
sermon in light of statements that were confusing and
apparently contradictory. Synod sustained the appeal of Mr.
Meyer against the charge of Hope’s consistory and the
decision of Classis East that he “maintains and teaches
antinomianism.” Synod concluded its business at 10 p.m. with
the prayer that God would bless the decisions and continue
to guide the delegates and all involved with wisdom.
Friday, June 17, 2016. Synod began the day finishing the
work of the FMC by approving the work with Hope PRC-Walker
in Myanmar and with Georgetown PRC in India. The work of the
Catechism Book Committee was approved in its work of
publishing and distributing the Confessions and Church Order
of the PRC in E-pub and Mobi formats. The committee was
instructed to poll the consistories of our churches for
suggested improvements to the catechism curriculum and bring
a recommendation regarding possible revisions to Synod 2017.
Taking up the matter of Psalter revision, synod declared the
CC having fulfilled the mandate of Synod 2015 regarding a
detailed and grounded proposal about whether to proceed with
the work. Synod instructed the CC to continue its
participation in the interdenominational project with the
Free Reformed Churches and the Heritage Netherlands Reformed
Churches and adopted the principles that are guiding the
revision, central to which is the accuracy of the text to
the Psalms. Synod expressed the desire to have a song book
that is more faithful to the Psalms and will assist us and
our children with a greater love and appreciation for the
Psalms. Toward that end the songs will be numbered according
to the respective Psalms to encourage learning the Psalms
better, and the lyrics revised to be more faithful to the
Psalms. Concern was expressed that the scope of the revision
not become too broad in terms of changing tunes and lyrics
without compelling reasons.
Synod declared Mr. Wes Koops’ appeal as not legally before
synod seeing as it missed the deadline of April 15. He was
thanked for the spirit with which he brought the appeal as
well as for its brevity. His main concerns had been already
addressed by synod on Thursday.
Mr. Don Offringa was appointed as Synodical Treasurer. Mr.
Tom Holstege was appointed as Assistant Treasurer. Mr. Kevin
Van Overloop was thanked for his 19 years of service to the
churches, and especially his willingness this past year to
step up to fill the position of synodical treasurer. 13
Emeritation requests totalling $346,887, a reduction of
$3,200 from 2016, were approved for 2017. 8 subsidy requests
totalling $273,910US and $56,000CN were approved.
Total expenses of synod totalled $5,437.59. The total budget
of synod for 2017 is $2,018,999. Assessments were increased
$25 over 2016 to $815 per family per year making use of the
projected family count of 2110.
Synod approved Hudsonville PRC as host to the meeting of
synod in 2017 to convene on Tuesday, June 13 at 8:00 a.m.