Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcome to church today! Here is something to consider as we gather for Christian worship in this place. “Strikingly absent from much of Christian worship today is an atmosphere of reverence that takes God seriously and seeks to glorify Him according to His Word. Much of this is due to the fact that we have downplayed the holiness of God and the lordship of Christ in the covenant community. As you attend worship, endeavor to remember who God is and to approach Him with reverent thanks for His goodness to you.”   May God bless us as we hear His call to worship Him in spirit and truth today!

Today after the morning service and a time of refreshments and fellowship our education season begins, with various Sunday School classes, Catechism class, and Adult Sunday School class. Everyone is invited to the various classes.  May God bless the coming season, helping the teachers and all who attend, prospering His Word to mind and heart in word and deed for all of us.  Will you too pray for this Holy Spirit blessing, in Jesus’ Name?


Some great quotes to ponder!

“If one inch of rain falls on one square mile of farmland during the night, that would be 27,878,400 cubic feet of water, which is 206,300,160 gallons, which is 1,650,501,280 pounds of water…..If [the cloudy sky] dumped a billion pounds of water on the farm, the wheat would be crushed. So the sky dribbles the billions pounds of water down in little drops. And they have to be big enough to fall for one mile or so without evaporating, and small enough to keep from crushing the wheat stalks.” [NO WONDER JOB SPEAKS OF RAIN AS AMONG THE GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS OF GOD! See Job 5:8-10!]  John Piper

 

“Two things are said to be rare sights in the world; one is a young man humble, and the other is an old man content.”   J. C. Ryle

 

A little sin, without a great deal of mercy, will damn a man.” Thomas Brooks

 

“Let us never forget that being nice, but not clearly honest on what gay ‘love’ is all about, how filthy it is, nor ever sharing how offended God actually is by it and how He will condemn for eternity, is a softly, softly approach that has achieved little. My contact with many homosexuals over the years inside and outside the church, shows that the [saving] results we have seen have been from lovingly telling them the blunt truth … all of it.”  John Mackay

 

“Christian living is not possible without the Holy Spirit, and He comes in answer to prayer. There is not a night in my memory that my family did not pray together when I was growing up.” John Piper

 

“The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant but to remember. We must remember the old, old story. We must remember the faith once delivered to the saints. We must remember the [everlasting] truths that spark reformation, revival, and regeneration.” K. DeYoung


“Multiplying the Sermon”?

“[A seminary professor greatly concerned about what happens to the Word of God after it was preached…came up with the expression and exhortation], ‘Multiply the sermon.’ We multiply the sermon in two ways [comments Rev. Rob Schouten, remembering this expression from his  seminary professor, Rev. G. VanDooren]. In the first place, we expand the influence of the Word of God upon our lives when we talk about it with each other. Perhaps we should all really work hard at resisting [only] the ‘small talk’ that [can easily] seem to prevail after the worship service. Why not intentionally open a discussion about the sermon with some well-formulated comment, [bringing yourself and the others you are with in conversation related to the preached word]? ….In the second place, we can multiply the sermon by communicating it to those who don’t yet know it. If we hear the Word with a view to passing on the good news to others, our listening will be transformed. When we hear the gospel in faith, it lights a flame in our hearts which can’t be extinguished. Throughout the week, we will be longing for a God-given opportunity to pass on what God has given to us. In short, we don’t hear the Word of God simply for ourselves, to strengthen our faith and so forth. Instead, we hear it for the sake of the world which is in need of salvation.”  Rev. Rob Schouten, minister of Canadian Reformed Church in Aldergrove, B.C.  


Welcome & Pre Service Singing:  Psalter 277:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 288

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 342
  3. Scripture Reading: Revelation 1

   Text: Revelation 1:3

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 152

  1. SERMON

     Theme: The first of seven beatitudes in Revelation! An

     earnest word so helpful, humbling, and hopeful!

  1. Singing:  Psalter 400:1,3,6,7
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 304:1,2,5,7

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

* Indicates Standing


Welcome and Pre Service Singing: Psalter 277:2

* Silent Prayer

PM Service

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 268

  1. Scripture Reading: Titus 2 and I Corinthians 6:9-20

   Sermon Text: I Corinthians 6:9-20  

   (See also Bible-based HCLD 32, page 66 in back of Psalter.)

  1. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)
  2. Singing: Psalter 24
  3. Prayer
  4. Offering
  5. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 69:1,2,3,4,7

  1. SERMON

     Theme: The gospel truth about good works being essential

      in the Christian faith and life!

  1. Singing: Psalter 125:1,2,4,5
  2. Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 325

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 287:1,2

* Indicates Standing