Protestant Reformed Church
Lord’s Day, 7
"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 - 11:00 AM
Uncursable Church (8)
Balaam’s Last Attempt to Curse Israel
I. What Was
II. What Were
III. Did It
Psalms: 29:1-6; 139:17-24; 106:28-35; 1:1-6
Service - 6:00 PM
Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother
Catechism, Lord’s Day 39; Ephesians 5:22-6:3
Psalms: 99:1-7; 140:1-6; 78:4-8; 73:23-28
Quote to Consider:
A.W. Pink: "Failure to honour father and mother,
wherever it is found, is in large measure due to parental departure from
the scriptural pattern. Nowadays the father considers that he has
fulfilled his obligations by providing food and clothing for his
children, and by acting occasionally as a species of moral policeman.
Too often the mother is content to be a domestic drudge, making herself
the slave of her children instead of training them to be useful,
performing many a task which her daughters should do, in order to allow
them freedom for the frivolous. The consequence has been that the home,
which ought to be—for its orderliness, its sanctity, and its reigns of
love—a miniature heaven and earth, has degenerated into ‘a filling
station for the day and a parking place for the night’ as someone has
tersely expressed it."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
Copies of the PRC Acts of Synod are available
on the back table.
The second offering this morning is for the
building fund. Recently, the CPRC received back over £9,000 for a
year’s offerings through Gift Aid. Gift Aid is available for all
tax payers. You can begin at any time and you do not have to estimate a
figure for your giving. Just notify our treasurer, Mr. Ivan Reid, and
start putting your offerings in the envelopes he will give you.
Those interested in attending this year’s ladies’
Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount, please meet in the cry room
after this evening’s service. If you cannot attend the study but would
like the study sheets, contact Mary Stewart.
Catechism season begins tomorrow, 8 September. The schedule is
5:30PM - Jamie & Debbie Murray, 7PM - Campbells at the manse
- Jacob Buchanan, 7PM - Mark and Lauren Hamill
Midweek Bible Study starts this Wednesday, 10
September, 7:45 PM at the manse. We will be studying I Peter on living
as pilgrims and strangers.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day
(8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW), is "The Folly of Worrying" (Matt.
6:25-26) by Rev. Bruinsma.
Offerings: General Fund - £610.15.
Wales, Fri., 10 Oct., on "Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the
Fri. 17 Oct., on "Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church"
Fri. 31 Oct., 8 PM, on "The Reformation’s Teaching on the Church"
Website Additions: 1 Korean, 1 Portuguese and 4
Italian (including "A
Defense of Calvinism as the Gospel" and "The
Children of the Promise") pieces were added this week. An article
entitled "Why Psalms Only?"
was also added.
PRC News: Doon PRC’s trio for the Philippines is
Revs. Bruinsma (Pittsburgh, PA), R. Kleyn (Trinity, MI), and VanderWal
(Redlands, CA). Rev. Slopsema declined the call to Grace PRC. Calvary
PRC (Hull, IA) called Rev. Hanko.
Thursday, 4 September, 2008
Dear saints in the CPRC,
First of all I want to thank you for how you kindly
received me and the words of edification which I brought to you in the
summer months. It was a joy and privilege to occupy the Ballymena
pulpit. Thanks to the CPRC Council for permitting it. It was a great
help to me in my training for the ministry and, I trust, an
encouragement to you as well.
It seems that there is a bug somewhere in the system
because US Immigration delayed me again this year. I was told that there
is an entry in their computer which reads "STUDENT VIOLATION," whatever
that may mean. I am now used to being delayed and it was not too
My former housemate / landlord, (Candidate) Heath
Bleyenberg has received a call from Providence PRC and I pray that God
will guide him as he considers that call. Now that Heath has graduated
from seminary I have had to find new accommodation. My new address is
3915 Butterworth Drive SW, Grand Rapids 49534 MI and the telephone
number is 616-453-2056. I am not living alone. My fellow resident is
Erik Guichelaar who comes from Canada and is a member of the Wingham,
Ontario congregation of the PRC. He will be taking several courses in
Calvin College as well as pre-seminary Greek with Prof. Dykstra. The day
he arrived we had our annual Seminary picnic where it was good to meet
all the seminarians, professors and their families and enjoy food,
fellowship and volleyball.
Work has recommenced in earnest in the Protestant
Reformed Seminary. We are now in our second full week of classes and the
usual load of work has been applied. I am taking six courses this
semester: History of Dogma with Prof. Dykstra; OT Exegesis, NT History
and Dogmatics with Prof. Cammenga; and Church Polity and OT History with
Prof. Gritters. On top of that I have practice preaching (which begins,
DV, 29th September) and I will be teaching catechism (NT History for
Juniors and Seniors) at SE PRC every Monday afternoon beginning 15th
As one licensed I also have the privilege of giving
words of edification in local congregations. On 24th August I used my
Zechariah 4 sermon in First Grand Rapids. Pete and Marilyn Adams (Susan
Hall’s parents) invited me for Sunday dinner, and most—if not all—of
Julie Rainey’s close relatives came to hear me, some coming from
Georgetown and Holland PRC! I used my John 6:44 sermon in Georgetown and
Kalamazoo on 31st August. For September I am scheduled to speak in
Grandville (this coming Sunday, PM service), Byron Center and First PRC
again. The schedule for October has not been published yet but I expect
that Dan Holstege and I will be speaking most Lord’s Days. I am enjoying
my time in the pulpit (nerves notwithstanding) and the people have
encouraged me by the way in which they have received the word. One
drawback: I am beginning to wonder if I will see Hudsonville PRC much
this school year!
There are some noticeable changes in Seminary. Most
obvious is the absence of our much loved and highly esteemed Prof.
Engelsma whose retirement dinner was last Friday evening and to which
all the seminarians were invited. The new rector (by rotation) is Prof.
Gritters who gave us a challenging orientation speech on "The Making of
a Minister" (Eph. 3:7-8). We also have two new students, making a
student body of ten. The seminarians are as follows and I ask that you
keep them and their families in your prayers: Stefan Griess and David
Mahtani (first year), Brian Huizenga, Nathan Decker, Jonathan Mahtani
and Vernon Ibe (second year), Dan Holstege, David Torlach and I (third
year) and Cory Griess (fourth year, on his internship in Hull, Iowa).
With so many seminarians the practice-preaching schedule is full
Fourteen sermons will be delivered and critiqued in all this semester.
Eight Mondays are devoted to it!
On Wednesday we had Seminary convocation and Prof.
Dykstra gave an excellent speech on the reciprocal relationship between
the Seminary and the churches. His title was "Seminary and Saints: A
Reciprocal Sine Qua Non."
May the Lord be with you all.
Love and prayers,