Sunday, August 6, 2017

Welcome to church today! What a privilege and blessing it is to be able still to meet freely and regularly from Sunday to Sunday for Christian worship. May God the Holy Spirit bless the Christian worship and fellowship under the ministry of the gospel. If you are a visitor with us, please know we are most glad to see you. We invite you to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service. If it is helpful to you for us to arrange hosting you between church for lunch or after the evening service for supper, be assured we would be delighted to do so.  
A very special welcome also to our guest pastor, Rev. Neil Pronk, a dear, highly esteemed emeritus minister in our federation of churches and beyond. We thank the Lord that he and his wife, Mrs. Ricky Pronk, may be here with us, and that you were willing and able to come to Calgary in the three weeks our own pastor is away

Some quotes to reflect on:

“The Word is more than adequate to shine light into a man’s chaos and confusion, replacing ignorance and lack of understanding with lucid direction, eternal perspective, and divine insight.” Steven Lawson

“Praying for others and loving others are inseparable graces….You cannot hate a person for whom you are truly praying.” Joel Beeke

“Till the [Holy] Spirit has become our instructor, all that we know is folly and ignorance.” John Calvin

“Every instance in which the mercy of God occurs to our remembrance ought to be embraced by us as an occasion of ascribing glory to God.” John Calvin

Something good to consider: WHY READ A BOOK ON SIN?

By David Murray
“Monstrous. Hideous. Mischievous. Odious. Pernicious. Poisonous. Vicious. Villainous. Heinous. Obnoxious. Venomous. Tedious. Treacherous. Impetuous. Ruinous. Murderous. Dangerous. Lascivious. Injurious. Infectious. Vexatious. Serious.

Bet you didn’t know so many words ended with “-ous” did you?

“So, what’s the point? Is this a blog or a thesaurus?”

OK, the point is that this is a sample – yes, just a sample – of words that the Puritan Ralph Venning used to describe “sin” in his book Sin, The Plague of Plagues. Although the Puritans didn’t win too many prizes for Book Title of the Year, they did speak to contemporary events, with this book being published shortly after The Great Plague of London that killed over 100,000 people.

“A book on sin? Why would anyone want to write that? And why would anyone want to read it?”

Anticipating such objections, Venning wrote in his introduction that “it cannot but be extremely useful to let men see what sin is: how prodigiously vile, how deadly mischievous, and therefore how monstrously ugly and odious a thing sin is. Thus a way may be made:

For admiring the free and rich grace of God.

For believing in our Lord Jesus Christ.

For vindicating the holy, just and good law of God, and his condemnation of sinners for breaking it.

For hating sin, and repenting for and from it, thereby taking a holy, just and good revenge on it and ourselves.

That we may love and serve God at a better rate than we ever did in the little and short time of innocence itself.

And, lastly, that this black spot may serve to set off the admirable, incomparable and transcendent beauty of holiness.

So, why not take some time to mediate on each of these ugly -ous words. And let them lead you to the beauty of three other -ous words: that God is gracious, that Christ’s blood is precious, and that we are righteous in Him.

Now that’s miraculous!”

Welcome & Pre Service Singing:  Psalter 282:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service – Pastor Pronk

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 304:1,2,3

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 391:1,3
  3. Scripture Reading: Hosea 11

   Text: Hosea 11:8-9

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 221


     Theme: The Troubled Heart of God

  1. Singing:  Psalter 280:1,3
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 291:1,2,9

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 291:12

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 282:4

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Pastor Pronk

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 386:1,2,3

  1. Scripture Reading: Mark 7

   Sermon Text: Mark 7:24-30

  1. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)
  2. Singing: Psalter 395:1,2
  3. Prayer
  4. Offering
  5. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 242



     Jesus’ Encounter with the Woman from Syro-Phoenicia.

  1. Singing: Psalter 238
  2. Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 262

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 326

* Indicates Standing