Sunday, June 3, 2018

Welcome to church today, the first Sunday of another new month. May God Triune be praised today as we worship Him, the one only true God. A warm welcome to all visitors. May God bless His gospel word in a way that all in attendance today experience what is stated in Psalter song on the basis of Psalm 125, “Like Zion’s steadfast mount are they, Who in the Lord confide; Secure, immovable they stand, Forever to abide.”  

Today our pastor is leading the services in Chatham FRC, Ontario. We are very thankful to have student Benjamin Hicks with us this morning service. As congregation we rejoice to see you back in Calgary, having formerly lived here a few years and worshipped with us. We pray God’s blessing on you as you lead us in the ministry of the word this morning service.  Often we pray for our seminary students including you and your wife, Rebekah and family. God bless you in your ongoing studies and preparation for full time gospel ministry, God willing! In the afternoon Benjamin Hicks will be serving in Lacombe FRC, meaning one of our elders will lead in the p.m. service here. On Sunday, June 10, following the week of Synod and with the wedding of Thomas and Emily on Saturday, June 9, our pastor is having an exchange with Pastor Scott Dibbet from Lacombe FRC.

Quotes to reflect on:

“Without justification, sanctification is fruitless, but without sanctification, justification is pointless.” Justin Dillehay

“Precise terminology has always been needed to expose false teachers in the church, who often hide themselves behind ambiguous language.” A. Leung in Reading Group notes and discussion.

“The early church had no building, no money, and no political influence, and they turned the world upside down.” J.D. Greear

Something to digest: “Baptism’s Personal Significance” by Rev. P. VanderMeyden  — from Vineland FRC bulletin

No matter what persuasion you have on the question of infant versus believer’s baptism (or “paedo-baptism” v. “credo-baptism”), you will admit that your baptism should be something that you take seriously, something that ought to be of great personal significance to you.  The timing of your Baptism should not be as significant to you as the fact that it is an institution of GOD. It is not your sign but God’s. It is His instituted ordinance. He says, “This is My Covenant, which you shall keep.” (Gen.17:10) It is not first of all that you are showing something to God or others; but that God is showing something to you. That is what is of primary significance. Definitely, God calls us to respond in faith, repentance and obedience, but God is the initiator of the Covenant and of the sign. He is the “Sovereign” – the royal covenant Maker. How thankful we may be that this is a Covenant of sovereign grace!

Where would we be if God did not initiate the Covenant, apply the Covenant to our hearts, and keep us under the care of His Covenant? It is His Covenant of Grace. What a privilege that His promise of grace is extended to us personally, and is also directed toward our children! What a blessing that God shows His personal interest in our little ones even before they realize it! What a joy when they begin to realize the personal significance of their Baptism! Young members: you have a sign from God that He takes a personal interest in you. Have you thought about that? What does your Baptism mean to you?

 Welcome & Pre-Service Singing:  Psalter 413:1

* Silent Prayer

AM Service – Student Benjamin Hicks

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 190

  1. Reading of the Law
  2. Singing:  Psalter 140
  3. Scripture Reading: Mark 10:1-31

   Text: Mark 10:17-22

  1. Prayer
  2. Offering
  3. Prayer

* 9. Singing:  Psalter 100


     Theme: The rich young ruler hears the gospel

  1. Singing:  Psalter 138
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer
  3. Singing: Psalter 390

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology:  Psalter 196

* Indicates Standing

Welcome and Pre-Service Singing: Psalter 426:1

* Silent Prayer

PM Service – Elder Mike Harbour

* 1. Votum and Salutation

* 2. Singing:  Psalter 124:1-5

  1. Scripture Reading: Luke 23:1-49

   Sermon Text:

  1. Confession of Faith (Front Inside Cover of Psalter)
  2. Singing: Psalter 364
  3. Prayer
  4. Offering
  5. Prayer

*9. Singing:  Psalter 255

  1. SERMON – by Rev. H. Bergsma

     Theme: Jesus promises a malefactor that he would be with

     Him in paradise

  1.      a) How He could promise this? 
  2.      b) In what way this promise would be fulfilled
  3.      c) Where this promise would take him
  4. Singing: Psalter 79
  5. Prayer
  6. Singing: Psalter 320

* 14. Benediction

* 15. Doxology: Psalter 413

* Indicates Standing