Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 27 September, 2015
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind ...” (Rom. 12:2)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Administration of the Lord’s Supper
Christ’s Offering Himself to God
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:1-15
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 29
I. The Meaning
II. The Manner
Psalms: 65:1-5; 112:6-10; 118:20-29; 40:6-10
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
The Result of Christ’s Offering Himself to God
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:6-28
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 30
I. A Purged Conscience
II. A Divine Service
Psalms: 84:1-6; 113:1-9; 116:1-8; 118:12-19
For CDs of the sermons and DVDs of the worship services,
If you desire a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Stewart
or the elders
CPRC Website: www.cprc.co.uk • Live Webcast:
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
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 who are members of other denominations must request
permission from the Council.
There is a new address, telephone and e-mail list on the
back table. It is printed on coloured card stock so that it
is more durable and harder to lose. Please take a copy.
A card from Rev. & Mary Haak is also on the back table,
along with the September issue of the
Beacon Lights subscriptions are due. To renew your
subscription or to subscribe for the first time, please pay
£10 to Susan.
Monday evening’s Catechism classes:
5:45 PM - Taylor, Josh, Corey, Bradley & Samuel (Beginners
OT, book 2)
6:30 PM - Alex & Nathan (Seniors OT)
7:15 PM - Jacob, Joseph & Chris (Heidelberg Catechism, book
The Tuesday Bible study will meet at 11 AM to study Hosea’s
use of Old Testament history in and around the conquest of
The Belgic Confession Class will meet this week Wednesday at
7:45 PM to study especially the content of Christ’s
intercession in connection with Article 26.
Ladies Bible Study meets this Friday at the church at 10:30
AM to discuss lesson 2 in the I Peter study guide.
The Reformed Witness Hour broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel
846MW at 8:30 AM) by Rev. Bruinsma is entitled “A Letter to
Those Preserved” (Jude 1-2).
The Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, 5
October at 8 PM.
Upcoming Reformation Lectures:
S. Wales - “Jan Hus: His Martyrdom and Ecclesiology,”
Thursday, 8 October.
Ballymena - “Jan Hus: His Martyrdom and Ecclesiology,”
Friday, 30 October.
Offerings: General Fund: £678.01.
Website Additions: 1 Indonesian (“The Life and Theology of
D. L. Moody” by Rev. McGeown) and 1 Hungarian translation
(“Was Cain a Recipient of Common Grace?”)
News: The new trio for missionary to the Philippines is
Revs. Eriks (Hudsonville, MI), Griess (Calvary, IA) and
Huizinga (Redlands, CA).
Have You Seen Leo?
Brian D. Dykstra
The Leo mentioned above is a pattern of stars now visible in
the night sky. If you can find the Big Dipper, you can find
Leo. If you are interested, here’s how to find Leo. The two
stars at the end of the Big Dipper’s bowl are known as the
pointers because they point the way to the North Star. To
find Leo, instead of starting at the pointers and going to
the north, go south. Do you see a bright star? That’s
Regulus, and it marks the heart of Leo, the lion. Above it
are several dimmer stars which resemble a backwards question
mark. This question mark is Leo’s head and mane. To the east
is a triangle of stars which indicates Leo’s hindquarters.
Leo has an interesting place in astronomical lore. In his
book Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Allen
writes that Leo was the sign of the tribe of Judah. This is
based on Jacob’s blessing upon Judah in Genesis 49:9, “Judah
is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion;
who shall rouse him up?” I don’t know Allen’s basis for the
next claim he makes in his book because there is no
footnote, but he states a lion was on Judah’s signet-ring
which he gave to Tamar.
Allen also mentions, “... the Egyptians worshipped the stars
of Leo because the rise of their great river was coincident
with the sun’s entrance among them. For the same reason the
great Androsphinx is said to have been sculptured with Leo’s
body ...” Egypt’s astronomers would watch the heavens, and
when Leo could no longer be seen because the sun moved to
that part of the sky, the Egyptians knew the Nile River
would soon be overflowing its banks, enriching their
farmland with silt.
The Egyptians’ use of the sun entering Leo reminds us of
what we read in Matthew 16. The Pharisees came to Christ
tempting Him for a sign from heaven. Christ rebuked them for
being able to discern the face of the sky but not being able
to discern the signs of the times. At home and school,
children need to hear of the signs of the times. Discussions
of current events is not mere interesting table or classroom
Some events reported in today’s news are mentioned for us in
Matthew 24. Matthew 24:9 says, “Then shall they deliver you
up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be
hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Fifth graders are
often surprised to hear how the world will treat true
Christians in the last days. Our nation stresses justice and
equal treatment under the law, so why should we be treated
so terribly? We haven’t done anything wrong! It is troubling
for them to be taught that they will be viewed as being very
evil indeed! They will, by God’s grace, have the audacity to
walk an antithetical life! That is something the world will
not tolerate! How dare you spoil our fun by testifying by
your godly walk that our ways are evil!
In fifth grade, we recently discussed this in our study of
Daniel 3. The idolaters of Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom had no
qualms about bowing to his image. How did those people
worship their idols? Their worship centred around adultery
and killing their children. Nebuchadnezzar cast none of them
into the fiery furnace. They were viewed as good people. The
king, however, was livid with Daniel’s three friends. They
were viewed as evil and worthy of a terrible death!
As a society, our nation watches for many signs of
destructive forces. The weather service keeps an eye on the
sky to warn of destructive storms. Volcanoes are monitored
and areas prone to earthquakes are carefully studied. There
are even some astronomers who scan the heavens looking for
asteroids which cross earth’s path and might cause a
cataclysmic collision. The world watches anxiously for what
would be a comparatively limited disaster. Meanwhile, they
don’t care at all to watch for the signs which signal the
total destruction of the earth. They certainly are not
interested in turning from their evil ways.
Let us watch with our children for the signs of the times.
Instruct them about what might lie ahead for us and them,
unless the Lord tarries. The victory belongs to our King as
we read in Article 37 of the Belgic Confession: “... the
faithful and elect shall be crowned with glory and honour;
and the Son of God will confess their names before God His
Father, and His elect angels; all tears shall be wiped from
their eyes; and their cause which is now condemned by many
judges and magistrates, as heretical and impious, will then
be known to be the cause of the Son of God. And for a
gracious reward, the Lord will cause them to possess such a
glory, as never entered into the heart of man to conceive.”