Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 25
"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 Nazarite (I)
I. Three Obligations
II. Three Individuals
122:1-9; 65:1-5; 119:1-8
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Nazarite (II)
I. The Idea of a Nazarite in
II. The Vow of a Nazarite in
123:1-4; 116:9-19; 99:4-9
For audio cassettes of the
worship services or CDs of the sermons, contact Sean Courtney
Quotes to Consider:
C. F. Kiel on Numbers 6:1-21: "... the Nazarite
brought to light the priestly character of the covenant nation in a
peculiar form, which had necessarily to be incorporated into the
spiritual organization of the community, so that it might become a means
of furthering the sanctification of the people in covenant with the
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Standard Bearers and the May edition of
the Covenant Reformed News are
available on the back table. Letter from Spokane and Pittsburgh missions
are also available.
Gareth & Leona Halliday have been received as
members in the CPRC. Gareth has been a member of Brooklands Gospel Hall
and Leona was a former member of the CPRC. With joy and gratitude to
God, we welcome them officially into our midst and pray that the Lord
will make them a blessing to us and we to them.
The plans for our church building have been
passed. Thus we are now able to get quotes from contractors. The plans
now go to the Ballymena council and building control for final
ratification. Next Lord’s Day morning, the second offering will be for
the building fund.
The faculty of the Protestant Reformed Seminary has
licensed seminarians Daniel Holstege and Martyn McGeown to speak
a word of edification in the churches. Thus Martyn will be able to lead
CPRC services this summer (DV).
Have you booked your place at the
BRF Conference? Booking forms and full payment should be turned
Offering: General Fund - £417.90.
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 Afrikaans, 1 Portuguese, and
5 Italian (articles from the new CR News and the Reformed Forms)
translations were added, as well as the Apostles’ Creed in
Guarani (a native S. American language). An article by Martyn McGeown
Gangrene: It’s Diagnosis, Prognosis and Cure" was also put on our
PRC News: Rev. D. Kuiper (Randolph, WI) declined the call to
Calvary PRC in Hull, Iowa. Tonight Martyn McGeown will introduce several
Psalms from the Scottish Metrical Version at Hudsonville PRC before
their evening service.
Others Better Than Ourselves
Text: Philippians 2:1-16
Sunday, 25 May
after PM service Janet Napier
Monday, 26 May
7 PM Raineys (Crossett/Rev.
8 PM Grahams (Crossett/Rev.
Tuesday, 27 May
7 PM Jennifer Hanko
8 PM Francesco De Lucia
Thursday, 29 May
7 PM Buchanans (Crossett/Rev.
8 PM Reids (Crossett/Rev.
Friday, 30 May
7 PM Crossetts (Rainey/Rev.
Monday, 2 June
7 PM Douglas Stewart
8 PM Stewarts
Tuesday, 3 June
7 PM Sinead Hanna
8 PM Hamills (Crossett/Rev.
VanDellen and Monsma: "What is the specific
purpose of home [i.e., family] visitation according to Article 23 [of
the Church Order]? In the first place ‘the edification of the Churches’
is mentioned. The Churches must be edified, that is builded,
strengthened, increased. To edify simply means to build up. The cause of
God represented by our Churches must grow and increase. His Kingdom must
come. This end may be accomplished, under God’s blessing, through the
preaching of the Word, the teaching of the youth, but also through
periodic visits on the part of the office-bearers with the Church
members in their homes.
Secondly Article 23 stipulates under this point ‘in
order particularly to comfort and instruct the members.’ Comfort and
instruction were greatly needed during the youth period of the Reformed
Churches. But we still need comfort and instruction. But this comfort
and instruction which God’s Word offers so abundantly for every need and
circumstance of life must be individualized through personal contact and
The present reading of this article is the redaction
of 1586 and constitutes an abbreviation or summary of what the Wezelian
Convention had formulated on this score, and which in part reads as
follows: ‘They (the Elders) shall faithfully investigate whether they
(the Church members) manifest themselves uprightly in walk and conduct,
in the duties of godliness, in the faithful instruction of their
households in the matter of family prayers, (morning and evening
prayers) and such like matters; they shall admonish them to these duties
with consideration, but also in all seriousness and according to
conditions and circumstances; they shall admonish them to steadfastness,
or strengthen them to patience, or spur them on to a serious minded fear
of God; such as need comfort and admonition they shall comfort and
admonish, and if need be they shall report a matter to their fellow
Elders, who together with them are appointed to exercise discipline; and
besides these matters they shall correct that which can be corrected
according to the gravity of the sin committed; nor shall they neglect,
each one in his own district, to encourage them to send their children
to catechism’" (The Church Order Commentary, pp. 109-110).