Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 27
"But I will
hope continually, and will yet praise thee
more and more"
- 11:00 AM
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
Ezekiel's Vision of the Future (3)
The Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom [download]
Reading: Ezekiel 34:20-31; 36:21-38
I. The Coming
69:7-15; 144:10-15; 72:15-19
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Beware of Covetousness! [download]
Reading: I Timothy 6
Catechism, Lord’s Day 44
I. Its Discovery
III. Its Defeat
69:16-22; 73:1-9; 37:1-7
Stephen Murray for CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship
Quotes to Consider:
David J. Engelsma: "The New Testament
instructs us to interpret Old Testament prophecy spiritually. In the
earthly figures familiar to the prophets and their hearers, the Holy
Spirit of Christ foretold the spiritual glories of Jesus Christ, His
church, and His new creation. Those earthly features of the
prophecy—houses, fruitful vineyards, successful labor, trouble-free
days, no crying, long earthly life, Jerusalem—are not the reality of the
prophecy. They never were the reality of the prophecy. They were not the
reality of the prophecy for the spiritual Israelite at that time. He or
she saw through them and beyond them to better and higher prospects ..."
Spiritual Kingdom, pp. 105-106).
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The June issue of the
CR News is on the back table.
After a week of self-examination, confessing members
in good standing are called to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s
Supper. Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in part a witness
that you repent of your sins, believe that Jesus Christ is your
righteousness and desire to live a new and godly life. As this heavenly
food can be taken to one’s judgment (I Cor. 11:28-30) and as the common
reception of this food is a confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42),
the elders supervise the partaking of the sacrament. Visitors from other
denominations must request permission from the Council.
The Council will meet tomorrow night, 28 June,
at 7 PM at the manse.
Candidate McGeown arrives into Belfast
International Airport from the U.S. this Wednesday at 9 AM.
Have you booked for the
BRF Conference yet? Bookings are due by this Thursday, 1 July.
Payments can be given to Ivan Reid and the booking information e-mailed
or posted to Stephen Rushton.
Rev. & Mary Stewart and Candidate McGeown plan to
travel to S. Wales this Friday where Rev. Stewart will give a
lecture on "What About Israel?"
Since Martyn McGeown has passed his synodical
examination and graduated from the PR Seminary, the Council presents his
name to the congregation to call him to be our missionary based in
Limerick working with the Limerick Reformed Fellowship. A brief
congregational meeting will be held after the evening service on 4 July
to vote on this.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "Freedom" (Rom. 8:2).
Offerings: General Fund: £479.52. Donations:
£100 (CR News), £200 (DVDs).
Website Additions: A Dutch translation of
Michael Kimmitt’s booklet on baptism was added to the website, as
well as a (modern) Hebrew translation of the Heidelberg Catechism.
A new resource page on Scripture
was also added.
The congregations and individuals of the
PRC have been interested and very supportive of the work of the Council
of Hope PRC in Myanmar. What follows is an update concerning our
continuing efforts to promote the Reformed faith in that far-away land.
Each month Hope’s Myanmar Committee reports
to the Council about the catechetical instruction and Heidelberg
Catechism preaching that Rev. Titus is conducting in his
congregation in Yangon. Our pastor, Rev. Laning, plays a pivotal role in
this work. He does this by providing outline materials and suggestions
about how to present these materials in his regular contact with Rev.
Titus. The May Myanmar Committee report indicated that they are up to
Lesson 13 in Book II of Old Testament History and Lord’s Day 32 in the
Heidelberg Catechism. Think about that for a moment: half-a-world
away fellow members of the body of Christ in a third world country are
receiving the same instruction from the Word of God that we and our
children receive in the preaching and catechism. By the way, if the
opportunity arises you might want to ask Rev. Laning if the people in
Rev. Titus’ church take a summer break from catechism.
While most of our work has been with the
Yangon Protestant Reformed Church in Myanmar, we also desire to assist
in providing for the spiritual needs of the PRCM congregations in other
areas of the country. Recently we have approved the purchase of CD
players for some of these congregations. The plan is to use these CD
players as a means to have Rev. Titus convey to the members and office
bearers of those congregations what he is learning from Rev. Laning. A
number of those congregations have expressed an interest in receiving
this instruction during mid-week meetings. This sounds easy enough, but
it’s not. Concerning the distribution of CDs containing the precious
teachings they desire to hear, Rev. Titus explains: "About CDs, except
raining season, May to September, easier to find travellers, according
to each tribes, somehow they gather in one particular place. I need to
go such kind of place and ask, then find one who happy to carry CDs.
Only raining season, the roads are block by landslide, not much people
travel. That is the best way we do for Chin Hill. But for Kyangin, very
easy, every night three buses come and go, we send CDs with those
The CD program explained in the preceding
paragraph is a direct benefit of the trip to Myanmar of Mr. John
VanBaren and Rev. Laning last December. The laptop computer that was
purchased for Rev. Titus has the capability of "burning" CDs. Thus that
computer (and the instruction given to Rev. Titus concerning its use)
serves to expand the witness of the Reformed faith in that far-away
land. Incidentally, about the laptop Rev. Titus writes: "Laptop works
very well, and I am loving to use it than desktop, and now I find small
component attach to laptop through USB so that I no more need to use the
extra keyboard for various Burmese words… So I like laptop very much and
the Bible programme, I always read and study there. Thanks for equipping
me with these very useful tools."
As for equipping Rev. Titus with these
"very useful tools," money from "The Pastor Training Fund-Foreign Lands"
has helped with that. This fund of our synod is specifically designated
for the training of ministers and office bearers in foreign countries,
and has been very helpful in a number of areas of our work in Myanmar.
In a recent Council inquiry to the Contact Committee (assigned by synod
to provide oversight of this fund) concerning our use of these funds,
they wrote: "It is our understanding that you can use these funds for
expenses involved in training Pastor Titus and other men. We believe
that the uses you mention such as computer, internet hook up, etc. fit
Until next time, keep the Council of Hope,
Rev. Titus, and the saints in Myanmar in your prayers.