Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 18
"Happy is he
that hath the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is
in the Lord his God" (Ps. 146:5)
Morning Service -
The Only True God
Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
Day 34, Isaiah 45
I. His Works
II. His Worship
120:1-7; 81:5-10; 135:1-7
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Esteeming Others Better Than Ourselves
I. The Meaning
II. The Service
III. The Unity
121:1-8; 133:1-3; 131:1-3
For audio cassettes of the
worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean Courtney
Quotes to Consider:
Matthew Henry on Philippians 2:3: "Christ came to
humble us, and therefore let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We
must esteem others in lowliness of mind better than ourselves, be severe
upon our own faults and charitable in our judgments of others, be quick
in observing our own defects and infirmities, but ready to overlook and
make favourable allowances for the defects of others. We must esteem the
good which is in others above that which is in ourselves; for we best
know our own unworthiness and imperfections. We must interest ourselves
in the concerns of others, not in a way of curiosity and censoriousness,
or as busy-bodies in other men’s matters, but in Christian love and
sympathy ... A selfish spirit is destructive of Christian love. We must
be concerned not only for our own credit, and ease, and safety, but for
those of others also; and rejoice in the prosperity of others as truly
as in our own."
J. Miller: "True self-denial is the renouncing of
self and the yielding of the whole life to the will of Christ. It is
self coming down from the life’s throne, laying crown and sceptre at the
Master’s feet and thenceforth submitting the whole life to His sway. It
is living all the while, not to please ourselves, not to advance our own
personal interests—but to please our Lord and do His work. It is denying
to ourselves anything that is sinful in His sight. It is the glad making
of any sacrifice that loyalty to Him requires. It is the giving up of
any pleasure or comfort for the good of others, which Christ may demand.
The essential thing is that self gives way altogether to Christ, as the
motive of life."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
William & Alison Graham were blessed with the birth
of a baby boy, Samuel Ian William, on Friday. Both Alison and the
baby are doing well.
The new Protestant Reformed Theological Journals
are available on the back table.
The yearly family visitation begins tomorrow.
The schedule is on the back of this bulletin. Please contact Rev.
Stewart, if your scheduled date or time does not work for you.
Offering: General Fund - £530.18. Donations:
£5 (CR News).
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is "Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart"
Upcoming Lectures: Friday, 6 June, in
Ballymena, on "The Antichrist." Friday, 20 June, in Limerick,
on "Prayer & the Sovereignty of God" Friday, 4 July, in S. Wales,
on "Prayer & the Sovereignty of God"
Website Additions: 1 Portuguese and 4 Afrikaans
translations were added.
PRC News: With great joy, Classis East gave their approval for 26
families and 1 individual to organize a new congregation, which will be
called Providence PRC. The consistory of Faith PRC (Jenison, MI)
will serve as the committee of classis to organize this new
congregation, sometime in June the Lord willing.