Meditation for Sunday, October 15.

Thou art now seeing meet in Thine adorable providence, to read aloud to us, as a nation, solemn lessons of rebuke and judgment. We acknowledge anew that are sins are the fruitful cause of national calamities. Instead of wondering at these vials of Thy wrath, we have rather reason to wonder and be amazed that Thou hast forborne so long – that Thou hast been so slow to deal out merited retribution. LORD, listen to our fervent supplications for Thy returning favor; avert further calamity. Let us fall into the hands of God, for great are His mercies. Do Thou say to the destroying angel, as He is even hovering around us, “It is enough, stay now Thy hand.” May this national chastisement lead us to national repentance.

J.R. Mc Duff DD

 

Here they are some of the 95 theses that Martin Luther posted on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517

Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

  1. The right and true treasure of the Church is the most Holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.
  2. Therefore, the treasures of the Gospel are nets, with which, in times of yore, one fished for the men of Mammon.
  3. But the treasures of indulgence are nets, with which now-a-days one fishes for the Mammon of men.
  4. We assert on the contrary that the Popish pardon cannot take away the least of daily sins, as regards the guilt of it.
  5. He who says that the cross with the Pope’s arms, solemnly set on high, has as much power as the Cross of Christ, blasphemes God.
  6. Again: – Why does not the Pope build St. Peter’s Minster with his own money – since his riches are now more ample than those of Crassus, – rather than with the money of poor Christians?
  7. Again: – Why does not the Pope build St. Peter’s Minster with his own money – since his riches are now more ample than those of Crassus, – rather than with the money of poor Christians?

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

Announcements for Sunday, October 15.

  • There is a sheet on the book rack with a meditation from Pastor Vanden Berg regarding the recent shooting in Las Vegas, NV.
  • As we commemorate the 500thanniversary of the Reformation this month, the mission collection next week is for the Trinitarian Bible Society. The goal of the Society is to publish and distribute the Holy Scriptures throughout the world in many languages. The Society promotes Bible translations that are accurate and trustworthy, conforming to the Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Greek Textus Receptus of the New Testament, upon which the English Authorized Version is based.
  • The Mattaniah Christian Male Choir accompanied by Andre Knevel will be singing at Heritage NRC on Crescent St November 3 at 7:30PM.  A free will offering will be taken for Plymouth Christian Schools.  We encourage families to come and join in as no tickets will be sold this year.  This is the 22nd time these Canadian men have come to Grand Rapids to help support our schools.

Service information for 10/15/17

9:15 a.m .
Theme: The kingdom of God
1. A thousand years
2. The binding of satan
3. The reign of the saints

Psalter 276:1-4
Revelation 20:1-10 (6)
Psalter 415:6-8
Psalter 74:1-4
Psalter 152:1-5


6:00 p.m .
Theme: The testimony of Paul
1. The occasion
2. The message
3. The baptism

Psalter 166:1-4
Acts 22:1-22 (16) HC LD27 qa73
Psalter 444:7-9
Psalter 235:1-3
Psalter 64:1-3

Meditation for Sunday, October 8.

Here they are some of the 95 theses that Martin Luther posted on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517

Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

  1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, in saying, “Repent ye, etc.,” intended that the whole life of his believers on earth should be a constant penance.
  2. And the word “penance” neither can, nor may, be understood as referring to the Sacrament of Penance, that is, to confession and atonement as exercised under the priest’s ministry.
  3. Nevertheless He does not think of inward penance only: rather is inward penance worthless unless it produces various outward mortifications of the flesh.
  4. Therefore mortification continues as long as hatred of oneself continues, that is to say, true inward penance lasts until entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.
  5. Christians should be taught, he who sees his neighbor in distress, and, nevertheless, buys indulgence, is not partaking in the Pope’s pardons, but in the anger of God.
  6. Christians should be taught, unless they are rich enough, it is their duty to keep what is necessary for the use of their households, and by no means to throw it away on indulgences.
  7. Christians should be taught, the buying of indulgences is optional and not commanded.
  8. Christians should be taught, the Pope, in selling pardons, has more want and more desire of a devout prayer for himself than of the money.
  9. Christians should be taught, the Pope’s pardons are useful as far as one does not put confidence in them, but on the contrary most dangerous, if through them one loses the fear of God.
  10. It is a vain and false thing to hope to be saved through indulgences, though the commissary – nay, the Pope himself – was to pledge his own soul therefore. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

Announcements for Sunday, October 8.

  • The consistory would like to extend a special thanks for the donation of new chairs for the lower level, and the catechism rooms. Give thanks to the Lord for the financial abundance he has provided us lately, and that we have been able to improve our facility.
  • The annual meeting of the Trinitarian Bible Society will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM in the Covell Netherlands Reformed Church.The two speakers are: Pastor Gerald Buss, the Chairman of TBS, and Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi, who was born in Iran and is now a pastor in Cheltenham, England.

Service information for 10/8/17

9:15 a.m.
Theme: The Lord, He is the God
1. Elijah praying
2. God answering
3. Israel witnessing

Pr. 1:1-5
1 Kings 18:31-40 (38-39)
Pr. 140:1-4
Pr. 38:1-5
Pr. 428:5-6


6:00 p.m.
Theme: More than external baptism

Pr. 87:1-3
1 Peter 3:8-22 (21) HC LD27 qa72
Pr. 425:1-3
Pr. 82:1-3
Pr. 52:1-4

Service Information for 10/1/17

9:15 a.m. Holy Baptism
Theme: Children brought to Christ
1. Children received by Christ
2. Children blessed by Christ
3. Receive the kingdom as a little child

Pr. 284:1-3
Mark 10:13-27 (16)
Pr. 425:5
Pr. 436:3
Pr. 64:1-3
Pr. 227:1-3
Pr. 314:1-2


6:00 p.m.
Theme: The institution of Baptism

Pr. 261:1-3
Mark 16:9-20 (16) HC LD26 qa71
Pr. 140:1-4
Pr. 297:1-3
Pr. 419:1-2

Announcements for Sunday, October 1.

  • Baptism will be administered this morning to:

Riley Kate, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Klaasen.

And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.1 John 1:7

 

  • Collections for September:

General                                $23,082.80

Benevolent                           $  2,364.00

CEF                                      $  1,344.00

Building                               $11,352.00

Hurricane Relief                  $  9,442.00

  • The annual meeting of the Trinitarian Bible Society will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM in the Covell Netherlands Reformed Church.The two speakers are: Pastor Gerald Buss, the Chairman of TBS, and Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi, who was born in Iran and is now a pastor in Cheltenham, England.

Meditation for Sunday, October 1.

“All things that the Father hath are mine.”—John 16:15.

Remember where all things are to be had; and that therefore, if you would believe, you must remember, that faith to believe in the Son of God is to be had where all other things are. Faith is the gift of God; and Christ is the Author of faith; therefore, seek not to bring faith out of your own bowels; for, as faith comes by hearing, so nothing but the power of God can produce it effectually; that is, by the gospel’s coming, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost. This power works secretly and silently upon the heart in hearing, when, perhaps, the person little knows that it is the power of God that is dealing with his heart; when yet, while the Spirit is in the word, shewing the things of Christ, there may be a heart-beating towards him: a heart-bleeding, a heart-bursting, a heart-burning towards him: and possibly, the heart that was hard like a rock, now melting like water before the Lord; yea, under this drawing power of the Spirit, there may be heart-panting after the Lord, and yet the poor soul, perhaps, doth not know that the power of God is present. This faith comes not by working or doing, or forcing yourselves up to some strong actings: but it comes by hearing: the actings of faith come by hearing of the object of faith presented in the word, and by hearing what the Spirit says of his glory.

Why then do you stand poring over your lack of power to act faith, as if you were to pull it out of your own breast? You will be nearer to your purpose, if you pore over the object of faith, wherein all things are. The soul, in believing, considers not, What can I do, but What can Christ do? Not, What have I in me, but, what hath Christ in him? It is taken up with nothing but Christ; and it is the best act of faith that loses itself, and is swallowed up in his fullness.

Rev. Ralph Erskine