Sunday, May 22, 2015

Welcome to church on this first day of another new week. How blessed that each week begins with the LORD’s Day reminding us of Jesus’ resurrection and God Triune’s saving and renewing power in and through Christ the Saviour and His Gospel Word. Do you say of God’s precepts too like the psalmist of Psalm 119:162, “My soul has kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.” O, may God by His Spirit so prosper us in Christian worship here today.

Today is the beginning of our “summer season” Sundays without Sunday School and Catechism classes. Let us enjoy and profit from the time of extra Christian fellowship with each other following the services. If you are needing a good book to read during the summer break you will find some on the book rack in the front hall. We do have some books upstairs too as part of a church library from earlier years. You might also consider joining up with the reading group reading presently through wonderful backbone theology. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there by any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8.

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Some quotes to reflect on: “If the Lord’s bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach.” C.H. Spurgeon

J.C. Ryle, was a very faithful 19th century (1816-1900) preacher and teacher of God’s word writing commentaries on the four gospels and a number of other very good books still treasured by godly Christians today.

This J.C. Ryle’s son, Herbert, turned away from God and His Word and accepted the liberal thinking and theology of the late 19th century. Iain Murray wrote a new biography on J.C. Ryle (much recommended!) in which he stated so perceptively the following: “To follow the thinking of Herbert Ryle is to be led not only into the extent of the difference between father and son but right into the great change then taking place among leaders of the churches.” Tim Challies then comments on this stating in a book review on Iain Murray’s biography on J.C. Ryle: “It is for good reason that the father’s legacy has survived while his son’s has been forgotten.” “Evangelical [faithful Christian doctrine] is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless: it does positive harm. It is despised by keen-sighted and shrewd men of the world, as an unreal and hollow thing, and brings religion into contempt. It is my firm impression that we want [need and desire] a through revival of Scriptural holiness.” J.C. Ryle “[Satan] wriggles along like a serpent, but he cannot rule like a sovereign.”

C.H. Spurgeon

“The weight of glory makes persecution light.” Thomas Watson

“The seven ages of man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, wills.” R. J.

Needham

“The Lord Jesus does not cast off his believing people because of failures and imperfections.” J.C. Ryle

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Welcome & Pre Service Singing: Psalter 413:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing: Psalter 268

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing: Psalter 325

5. Scripture Reading: Psalm 122 and Acts 2:41-47

Text: Acts 2:42 and 46-47

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

* 9. Singing: Psalter 369 10. SERMON

Theme: A blessed Spirit-filled congregation of the Lord!

11. Singing: Psalter 350

12. Thanksgiving Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 368

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Dox. #8 in the back of the Psalter (right after Psalter 450)—May the Grace of Christ the Saviour…. * Indicates Standing

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Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 413:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing: Psalter 266

3. Scripture Reading: Daniel 8

Sermon Text: same

4. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)

5. Singing: Psalter 216 (to the tune of Psalter 336)

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

*9. Singing: Psalter 224:1,2,3,4,6

10. SERMON

Theme: Learning with Daniel from End-Time Close-Up

Views given by God

11. Singing: Psalter 198:1,3,4

12. Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 317:1,3

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 345

* Indicates Standing