Service Information for October 21, 2018

Theme: The Centurion
1. What the Jews thought of him
2. What he thought of himself
3. What Christ thought of him

Psalter 64:1-3
Luke 7:1-10 (9)
Psalter 204:1-4
Psalter 235:1-3
Psalter 419:1-3

Holy Baptism
Theme: The LORD speaking to a child
1. In the LORD’s house
2. To know the LORD
3. To be a servant

Psalter 251:1-3
1 Samuel 3:1-21 (10)
Psalter 425:5
Psalter 436:3
Psalter 241:1-5
Psalter 112:1-4
Psalter 415:5-6

Announcements for Sunday, October 21.

  • Baptism will be administer during the evening service. The child that will be baptized is::

Levi Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Rozeboom.

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3.

  • Please remember in prayer Mr. Chris Engelsma and his family. He was received as a ministerial student under care of the Great Lakes Classis of the RCA last Friday.
  • The mission collection for the month of October is for TimotheosUSA. The USA branch of the Timothoes organization is seeking to fund a compound of orphan support buildings, as well as 250 orphans in the area of Nyamithuthu, Malawi. So far, we have funded the construction of a child care center with a community well and a matron’s house, and 65 children. The next construction project is a chicken barn, and the sponsorship of nearly 200 more children. www.TimotheosUSA.com.

Meditation for Sunday, October 21.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them”. Psalm 103:17, 18.

But the goodness of Jehovah, etc The Psalmist leaves nothing to men to rely upon but the mercy of God; for it would be egregious folly to seek a ground of confidence in themselves. After having shown the utter emptiness of men, he adds the seasonable consolation, that, although they have no intrinsic excellence, which does not vanish into smoke, yet God is an inexhaustible fountain of life, to supply their wants. This contrast is to be particularly observed; for whom does he thus divest of all excellence? The faithful who are regenerated by the Spirit of God, and who worship him with true devotion, these are the persons whom he leaves nothing on which their hope may rest but the mere goodness of God. As the Divine goodness is everlasting, the weakness and frailty of the faithful does not prevent them from boasting of eternal salvation to the close of life, and even in death itself. David does not confine their hope within the limits of time — he views it as commensurate in duration with the grace on which it is founded. To goodness is subjoined righteousness, a word, as we have had occasion frequently to observe before, denoting the protection by which God defends and preserves his own people. He is then called righteous, not because he rewards every man according to his desert, but because he deals faithfully with his saints, in spreading the hand of his protection over them. The Prophet has properly placed this righteousness after goodness, as being the effect of goodness. He also asserts that it extends to the children and children’s children, according to these words in Deuteronomy 7:9, “God keepeth mercy to a thousand generations.” It is a singular proof of his love that he not only receives each of us individually into his favor, but also herein associates with us our offspring, as it were by hereditary right, that they may be partakers of the same adoption. How shall He cast us off, who, in receiving our children and children’s children into his protection, shows to us in their persons how precious our salvation is in his sight?

Farther, as nothing is more easy than for hypocrites to flatter themselves under a false pretext, that they are in favor with God, or for degenerate children groundlessly to apply to themselves the promises made to their fathers, it is again stated, by way of exception, that God is merciful only to those who, on their part, keep his covenant, which the unbelieving make of none effect by their wickedness. The keeping, or observing of the covenant, which is here put instead of the fear of God, mentioned in the preceding verse, is worthy of notice; for thus David intimates that none are the true worshipers of God but those who reverently obey his Word.  John Calvin

Service Information for 10/14/18

9:15am – Communion Service

They did all eat and were filled
1. A hungry multitude
2. Helpless disciples
3. A blessing savior

Psalter 32:1-4
Matthew 14:13-21 (19)
Psalter 426:6-10
Psalter 97:1-4
Psalter 51:1-3
Psalter 283:1-2
Psalter 297:1-3


6pm – Evening Worship

Encouragement in fear
1. Being tossed with waves
2. The care of the Lord
3. Wherefore do we doubt?

Psalter 420:5-6
Matthew 14:22-36 (27)
Psalter 249:1-6
Psalter 152:1-5
Psalter 44:1-4

Announcements for Sunday, October 14.

  • There are no Christian education classes after the service this morning.
  • Please remember in prayer all who are traveling this week. Also, all who are not able to attend the worship services with us today due to illness or weakness. And all who are studying or working away from home, as well as those who serve our country in the military.
  • The Mattaniah Male Choir from Canada will present an evening of Christian music at First United Methodist Church on November 2.  Tickets are available through senior students and at the Plymouth High School office.

Meditation for Sunday, October 14.

”Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life.” —John 11:25  From this doctrine believers are led back to their first original, and have it discovered to them from whence they sprung. Why believers, you were among the generation of the dead, before He that is the resurrection and the life paid you a visit. It were much for the advantage of believers, to be recollecting, and looking back to the state from whence they sprung. I remember, God taught Israel to sing in the wilderness, when they came to offer up their first-fruits to Him: “A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous” (Deut. 26:5). And God by Ezekiel tells them what they were before He visited them: “As for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born, thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee: thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these things unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born” (Ezek. 16:4-5). Remember, believers, what you were, and what you are; and remember, it is only Him that is the resurrection and the life that brought you to any thing you are. 2. From this doctrine we may see what a blessing Christ is to a lost world, to a world of mankind sinners, “dead in trespasses and sins”; Christ is become the resurrection and the life to them; “I have laid help,” says the Lord, “upon one that is mighty.” “Men shall be blessed in him; and all nations shall call him blessed.” O what a wretched condition had we been in this day, if Christ had not come into the world to save us! we had continued among the generation of the dead, if He had not paid us a visit: “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in me is thine help.”

We may see the difference between the first and the second Adam. The first Adam is the spring of death to all his posterity; the second Adam is a spring of life to all His posterity; the first Adam sends the curse of the law to them, and the second Adam sends all spiritual blessings and mercies to His posterity. O what a difference is there between these two!

From this doctrine we may see the intimacy and closeness of the union between Christ and His members: why, this is implied in the expression, I am the resurrection and the life. One would think He is taking in only Himself, but He takes in all believers; it is a relative word, it has a relation to those that are dead in trespasses and sins: “You hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins”; that is, all that believe in Christ; “He that hath the Son, hath life.” That connection between Christ and His members is very close; there is a blessed oneness between Him and them; He and they have but one Father, He is the Son by eternal generation, and they are sons by regeneration; He and they under one decree; He as head of the election, and they elected in Him before the world began; He and they included in one bond; they have one and the same Spirit; the same Spirit that is in the head is in all the members. O what a blessed oneness is between Christ and them? “He that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified, are all of one”; they are one in nature, and they are one in law, and they are comprised in one marriage-covenant: “He that is joined to the Lord, is one spirit.”  Ralph Erskine

Midweek Service

Service time: 7pm

Salvation belongs unto the Lord
1. David in trouble
2. Crying to the Lord
3. Comforted by faith

Psalter 416:1-2
Scripture: Psalm 3:1-8 (8)
Psalter 363:1-5
Psalter 5:1-5

Service Information for October 7, 2018

Morning Worship – 9:15am

Preparatory service
Theme: The gift of the grace of God

  1. True humility
  2. For who is grace?
  3. Unsearchable riches

Psalter 374:1-5
Ephesians 3:1-13 (7-8)
Psalter 67:1-5
Psalter 384:1-5
Psalter 414:1-2


Evening Worship – 6pm

Theme: The first day of the week
Psalter 421:1-2
Acts 20:1-12 (7) HC LD38 qa103
Psalter 350:1-5
Psalter 357:1-4
Psalter 251:1-3

Meditation for Sunday, October 7.

“It is good for a man that he bears the yoke in his youth.” Lamentations 3:27.

I am going to finish with this last head. Practically, brothers and sisters WE ARE ALL OF US IN OUR YOUTH. I see some gray heads and bald heads here, and yet they belong to persons in their minority. My dear brother, though you are 70 and more, yet you have not come of age in the heavenly kingdom; for if you were of age you would have your estates. None of us will come of age till we enter heaven. We are still under tutors and governors, because we are even now as little children. We have not come to that period in which we are fit for all the joys of heaven, for if we were we should be taken home to our Father’s house to enjoy our inheritance at once. We are still in our youth. Well, it is good for us at this present time that we should bear the yoke, and continue to bear it. It is good, my dear brothers and sisters, that we who have gone some distance on the road to heaven should still have some-thing to bear, because it enables us to still honor Christ! If we do not suffer with Him, how can we have fellowship with Him? If we have no crosses to carry, how can we commune with our Lord, the chief cross-bearer? Let us be glad that we are not spared tribulations; that we are not screened from affliction; but are permitted to glorify God by patience, by resignation, and by unstaggering faith. Do not ask the Lord that you may have no trouble, but rather remember you have only a little while in which you can be patient—only a little while in which you can be a cross-bearer, and therefore it behooves you to use each moment well. A few more revolving suns and you will be where there is no more cross to carry, no sorrow to bear, and, therefore, where there is no room for patience, and no opportunity of being acquiescent in the divine will. Be content to bear the yoke now, for it is but a little while, and this honor will be no longer yours.

It is good for us all to bear the yoke, too, because thus old Adam is kept in check. A wonderfully vivacious thing is that old Adam. He has been reported dead a good many times, but to my certain knowledge he is still very brisk! When we are in trouble, proud old Adam often seems to be quiet, and does not so well succeed in keeping us from prayer, and, consequently, in time of trouble, we often enjoy our very sweetest seasons of devotion. By the Lord’s goodness we escape the trial, but, alas, old Ad-am soon lifts up his proud head again. He says, “Ah , you are a favorite of heaven, your mountain stands firm. Your affliction has been sanctified to you, and you have grown in grace very wonderfully. The fact is, you are a very fine fellow.” Yes, that is old Adam’s way, and whenever he sees an opportunity he will return to his old game of flattery. Whenever you are tempted to be vain, say to yourself, “I know you, old Adam. I know you, and will not yield to your crafty devices.”

C H Spurgeon

Announcements for Sunday, October 7.

  • With sincere thanks for the love expressed and the cards received on my birthday. “The Unfailing Mercy of God”  Psalter 378.

Gary Kwekel

  • Hakvoort will speak on behalf of the Trinitarian Bible Society on October 23 at 7:30 PM at the Covell NRC church.
  • The Mattaniah Male Choir from Canada will present an evening of Christian music at First United Methodist Church on November 2.  Tickets are available through senior students and at the Plymouth High School office.

 

  • Collections for September:

General $14,974.00

Benevolent $  1,572.00

CEF $  1,981.00

Building $  2,586.00

World Renew $  1,809.00