Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 1 May, 2011
"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
Prayer of the Church in Babylon (7)
Rend the Heavens and Come Down! [download]
Scripture Reading: Exodus 19
Meaning of This Prayer
The Fulfilment of This Prayer
Psalms: 68:3-8; 97:1-7; 18:6-11; 144:3-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
God the Father and Our Creation [download]
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9
Father’s Creating Us
Father’s Comforting Us
Psalms: 136:1-12; 97:8-12; 33:6-11; 104:1-2, 28-31
Stephen Murray for
CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services.
Quote to Consider:
John Calvin on Isaiah 64:1: "God is
said to 'rend the heavens,' when he unexpectedly gives some uncommon and
striking proof of his power; and the reason of this mode of expression
is, not only that men, when they are hard pressed, commonly look up to
heaven, from which they expect assistance, but that miracles, by
interrupting the order of nature, open up for themselves an unusual
path. Now, when God renders no assistance, he appears to be shut up in
heaven, and to disregard what is taking place on earth. For this reason
he is said to open and 'rend the heavens,' when he holds out to us some
testimony of his presence; because otherwise we think that he is at a
great distance from us."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Copies of Rev. McGeown’s bimonthly
letter are on the back table today.
The Council will hold its monthly
meeting this Monday, 2 May, at 7 PM.
Tuesday Bible study: 11 AM, on II
Thessalonians 3:6f. on withdrawing from disorderly brethren.
Belgic Confession class: 7:45 PM. We’ll continue our study of
Article 10 on the eternal generation of the Son, including Psalm 2:7.
Thursday membership class: 7:30 PM
on eschatology, the last times.
The CPRC/LRF Overnighter at the
Newcastle Youth Hostel in Co. Down is this Friday, 6 May. Directions can
be found on the hostel website
(www.hini.org.uk/hostels/Newcastle-Hostel). Arrive as soon as you can on
Friday evening. Rev. Stewart will lead a discussion on Friday evening on
the communion of the saints. (A handout of quotes on this subject is on
the back table. There are also copies for those unable to come to
Newcastle.) Rev. McGeown will lead a discussion on the catholicity of
the church on Saturday morning.
The Reformed Witness Hour next
Lord’s Day (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "God’s Will for
Mothers" (Titus 2:4-5) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
Offerings: General Fund - £464.97.
£150 (CR News).
Rev. McGeown will be preaching for the
CPRC next week while Rev. Stewart preaches for the LRF.
Mens Fellowship: The next meeting will
be on Saturday, 14 May, at 8 PM at the Kennedys. We will study Daniel 2.
A handout is on the back table.
"For Whom Did Christ Die?" Thursday, 2 June, at 7:15 PM in S. Wales.
"For Whom Did Christ Die?" Friday, 24 June, at 7:30 PM in Lurgan Town
Rev. Stewart will preach in 6
Protestant Reformed churches in Canada and the US on 4 Lord’s Days this
summer (and give a Powerpoint presentation on the CPRC in 5 of them): 24
July, Edmonton (AM) & Lacombe (PM); 31 July, Lynden (AM & PM); 7 August,
Spokane (AM & PM); 14 August, Hudsonville (AM) & Providence (PM) in the
Grand Rapids area.
PRC News: Rev. Kuiper declined the call to Edgerton PRC. Trinity
PRC called Rev. Haak (Georgetown, MI). Cornerstone will call from a trio
of Revs. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh, PA), Eriks (Hudsonville, MI) and W.
Langerak (Southeast, MI).
"I appreciated the article entitled ‘Harold
Camping Refuted: The Necessity of Membership in the Church (Institute)’
by Martyn McGeown. A good part of my adult life was spent working on
Family Radio projects until Harold Camping pulled the rug out from under
us, and started this date setting nonsense, and the very serious error
of his profaning the Bride of Christ, the Church of the Lord Jesus
Christ ..." - New York, USA
"Thank you for [the
books] ... The publishing work of the CPRC is of quality and is
necessary. May the Lord enable today’s theologians to give serious
attention to all areas of theology ..." - England
"I have just finished listening to your
sermons on Romans 9:1-24. Thank
you for your sound and faithful preaching on the Word of God. We know
they are God’s blessing to us. We love to hear God’s Word expounded
faithfully, correctly and truthfully. We thank God greatly that He is in
our lives and is ever leading and teaching us Himself. Yet we cannot
hide our sadness that for the past 20+ years since the Lord has come
into our lives, we can almost say that we have not met one single person
who is sincerely and seriously desirous to know the truth according to
God’s Word ... As far as churches and Christians are concerned, they are
both very limited here." - Australia
"Having listened to your
lectures on the Belgic Confession, I was richly blessed ...
Thank you very much for all your teaching as I have learned much from
these studies." - Co. Antrim
"I recently watched the
Arminianism vs. Calvinism debate that you did on Revelation TV. I
was certainly more inclined to agree with your views on Scripture. I
immediately wanted to find out more about your ministry, especially to
read the articles about
Pentecostalism that you mentioned to some of the viewers. Having had
some experience of the Charismatic movement and the ‘fruit’ it bears, I
wanted to find out what your literature said. I was glad to see some
expert analysis of the movement, which I would agree with. The article
on ‘Freemasonry: May a
Christian be a Member?’ caught my eye ..." - Turkey
"I have enjoyed listening the preaching
CDs of Ezekiel and the
BRF conference CDs. I wonder whether you have also preached on
Zechariah before." -
"Thank you for sending the monthly
CR News to me. I have found it to be informative and I have been
encouraged in my beliefs by the articles. I have passed on a number of
copies to other Christian friends (Presbyterian and Baptist) and their
feedback has been positive. Also, I have received all the books and CDs
as ordered from the CPRC Bookstore
..." - Co. Antrim
He Cometh] is certainly a very good book and we have found it to
be of great benefit. We gave a lady at church your DVD debate on the
gifts this evening. She is looking forward to watching it and then
watching your debate on Calvinism
vs. Arminianism. Presently, I am reading
Unfolding Covenant History ..."
"Last night I watched your
YouTube debate and I am excited to learn more about the Calvinist
position. I am just beginning my studies on the subject and found that
you (and your church) must be ‘subject matter experts.’ I appreciate
your service to the Lord’s work and I am very thankful for the free
resources you are giving to me." - Washington, USA
"How gladly I received your message. My
desire is to increase my knowledge in the Word and Reformed heritage.
Please send me [the CR News]
"I still haven’t listened to all the tapes
you sent me recently. The one on ‘God’s
Magnifying His Word’ really convicted me about taking all of God’s
Word more seriously ... the Lord is so mightily blessing me through [the
sermons]. I continue to be amazed at how our Almighty Lord brings just
the message I need to me at just the right time!" - Yorkshire,
"I read some literature about baptism in
Dutch. But [Michael Kimmitt’s
Baptism: Meaning, Mode
and Subject] was the most clear, in line with the Bible and
presented in a nice way. I thought it would be good to give your message
more place. I thought of
translating it into Dutch." - Netherlands
"If I ever get any free time, I’d like to
translate a few of your articles
into Spanish ... By the way,
I’ve been downloading and listening to and getting ideas for our family
worship from you, Rev. McGeown and other PRC ministers’
Lord’s Day sermons ... I’m hoping to see your new church sometime
along with the brethren there." - Spain