Sunday, May 29, 2016

Welcome to all for another day of Christian worship, rest, fellowship, and, service. May the Sunday again persuade us of the inexpressible value of honoring the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as expressed also by William Still in the following quotation:

“Today the supreme importance of the fourth commandment is often missed. Yet it is the spiritually natural desire of anyone who has learned to fear and love God to devote a special season to his worship and to refrain from worldly concerns while doing so. One only needs to hear the prayers of the Lord’s people on the eve of the Lord’s Day as they lay down the burdens of the week and look forward to the coming Lord’s Day with such a sense of relief and anticipation. It is beautiful to hear.

And for the day itself, to change one’s daily routine entirely, to have time for rest and thought and sweet, godly fellowship and to savour the choicest pleasure of the Lord’s presence in the sanctuary: what worldly consideration should keep us from such delights? None.”

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This afternoon we have a Preparatory service for the Lord’s Supper celebration, God willing, next Sunday, June 5. With the Lord’s Supper we practice as Free Reformed churches “close communion”. This means the table is opened to confessing members in good standing here from our church and to those guests who have made prior request to attend at the Lord’s Table, testifying to the elders also their confession of faith and membership and good testimony in a Bible-faithful Christian church. Please speak with elders if you have questions regarding this practice based also on a passage such as I Cor. 11:17-33. Please note too that the top inner row of cups in each tray are filled with grape juice while all the others are filled with wine.

Quotes to ponder:

“Thank God that He doesn’t wait until we take an interest in Him before He takes a profound interest in us by His grace.” Eric Alexander

“By instinct, we humans walk at a distance from God. And God says, Turn around, face me, and walk towards me.” J. Packer

“Mere human joy will die under persecution [as in Mark 4:16-19]; the joy of the Holy Spirit [I Thessalonians 1:6] will transcend it and grow.” John

MacArthur

[Something so false!] “Heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark”— Stephen Hawking.[Something so true!] Atheism is a fairy story for those afraid of the light.” John Lennox

“An acrostic to consider my words. Are they True?

Helpful?

Inspiring?

Necessary?

Kind?” Ann Benton

“Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire, Let me not sink to be a clod, Make me Thy fuel, flame of God.” A.

Carmichael

“The best way to avoid the future consequences of sin is to resist the temptation to sin now.” RHSB note on II Kings 8.

“The price of diluting God’s wrath is diminishing God’s holiness.” D.A. Carson

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Just to help with keeping challenges in perspective, let us not only remember the Fort McMurray fire devastation, but consider too a little part of the following “earthquake consequences” in Ecuador: –from Fred & Arlene Jonkman, the missionary couple there.

We parked the truck in front of a street barrier and began to walk along the ocean front, where just a month ago tourists walked, fishermen sold their fish and children played. The playground was deserted. The road had buckled like waves on the sea. There was a nauseating smell of fish, sewage and death. All the businesses were closed except for one restaurant. As we walked we noticed three people sitting quietly on the side of the street, watching intently as the backhoe dumped another scoop of rubble onto a waiting dump truck. Their conversation was sobering. They were anxiously waiting for the machines to find the bodies of their three family members who were still missing somewhere beneath the rubble of this building. How many people have done this very same thing during this past month? And how many still wait in front of the piles of rubble yet to be moved when the cleanup crew arrives at their site? The actual numbers of dead and injured still remain a huge mystery. The folks of this city tell us that there have been more than 1500 deaths in this city alone, and probably more than 2,000. The cemetery is full; many family members were buried together in one grave. And we are told that since the rescue was called off the bodies being found are now being dumped with all the rest of the debris outside the city in the rubble graveyard A few policemen stand guard at the entrance of this dumping site, prohibiting desperate family members from entering to look for their loved ones.

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Welcome & Pre Service Singing: Psalter 290:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing: Psalter 51

3. Reading of the Law

4. Singing: Psalter 65

5. Scripture Reading: Daniel 9:1-19

Text: Daniel 9:1-19

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

* 9. Singing: Psalter 217

10. SERMON

Theme: A Blessed Prayer of True Repentance

11. Singing: Psalter 140

12. Thanksgiving Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 170

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 315

* Indicates Standing

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Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 290:4

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Preparatory Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing: Psalter 251

3. Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1-21

Sermon Text: Especially Proverbs 8:14

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

5. Singing: Psalter 322

6. Prayer

7. Offering

8. Prayer

*9. Singing: Psalter 306 10. SERMON

Theme: Why Jesus the Saviour is so precious!

11. Singing: Psalter 400:1,3,4,7

12. Prayer

13. Singing: Psalter 202

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 196

* Indicates Standing