Announcements for Sunday, January 28.

  • Young people from Springford Reformed Church plan to join our young people for a time of topics and activities on Friday evening, February 16, and Saturday morning and afternoon on February 17. The topics will be held at the church on Friday evening at 7:30 pm and Saturday afternoon at 12:30 pm. Other meals, activities, snacks, and accommodations are being planned. Please stay tuned to see how you can help.
  • The January Mission Collection is for Hudson Taylor Ministries. Their mission is to entrust the rich inheritance from our Reformed forefathers to the growing Church in China. They focus on training, publishing, Christian education and relief to those within Chinese church community.
  • A summer youth mission trip is being planned in conjunction with young people from Springford Reformed Church for the week of July 16 – 21. Details will be available at the joint youth group meeting.
  • The next Lord’s Supper is scheduled for April 15.

 

Meditation for Sunday, January 28.

Some called from the womb

There are some called from the womb, as John the Baptist was (Luke 1); or in very early years, before they >an be actively engaged in Satan’s ways, as Timothy. (2 Tim. 3:15.) It cannot be supposed that these have such a preparatory work as we are to speak of. And because some persons may pretend to this way of effectual calling, we offer these marks of it whereby those who have been so called may be confirmed. 1. Such are usually from their childhood kept free from ordinary pollutions, as swearing, lying, mocking of religion and religious persons, etc., with which children are often defiled. Those whom God calleth effectually, He sanctifieth from the time of that effectual calling: ‘Sin cannot have dominion over them,’ as over others, ‘Because they are under grace.’ (Rom. 6:14.) 2. Religion is, as it were, natural to them; I mean, they need not to be much pressed to religious duties even when they are but children; they run willingly that way, because there is an inward principle of ‘love constraining them’ (2 Cor. 5:14), so that they yield themselves servants of righteousness, without outward constraint. (Rom. 6:16.) 3. Although such know not when they were first acquainted with God, yet they have afterwards such exercises of spirit befalling them as the saints in Scripture, of whose first conversion we are not told. They are, upon some occasions, shut out from God, and are again admitted, in their apprehension, to come near; their heart is also further broken up by the ordinances, as is said of Lydia. (Acts 16:14.) And ordinarily they remember when some special subject of religion and duty, or when some sin, of which they were not taking notice before, was discovered to them. They who can apply these things to themselves,  have much to say for their effectual calling from their youth.

from The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

Service information for 1/27/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: Why are you cast down, my soul
1. Thirsting for God
2. Speaking to your soul
3. Trusting in God

Psalter 114:1-5
Psalm 42:1-43:5 (Ps.42:5)
Psalter 417:1-3
Psalter 149:1-6
Psalter 111:1-4


6:00 p.m.
Title: Purge out the old leaven

Psalter 24:1-3
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (7) HC LD31 qa85
Psalter 415:4-6
Psalter 233:1-6
Psalter 32:1-4

Service information for 1/21/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: David distressed and encouraged
1. Ziklag burned
2. David in danger
3. God’s help

Pr. 71:1-5
1 Samuel 30:1-20 (6)
Psalter 149:1-6
Psalter 152:1-5
Psalter 420:5-6


6:00 p.m.
Title: The preaching of the gospel

Psalter 135:1-5
Acts 13:32-52 (38,39,46) HC LD31 qa84
Psalter 200:1-4
Psalter 124:1-5
Psalter 427:1-2

Meditation for January 21, 2018.

The second thing which darkens men about their interest in Christ is, There is one thing or other wherein their heart, in some respect, does condemn them, as dealing deceitfully and guilefully with God. It is not to be expected that those can come to clearness about their interest, whose heart does condemn them for keeping up some known transgressions against the Lord, which they will not let go, neither are using the means which they know to be appointed by God for delivering them from it: Neither can those come to clearness who know some positive duty commanded them in their stations, which they deceitfully shift and shun, not closing cheerfully with it, or not willing to be led into it. These are also, in some respects, condemned of their own heart, as the former sort are; and in that case it is difficult to come to a distinct knowledge of their state: ‘If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God.’ (1 John 3: 21.) It is supposed here, that a self-condemning heart makes void a man’s confidence proportionally before God. I do not deny but that men may on good grounds plead an interest in Christ in the case of prevailing iniquity: ‘Iniquities prevail against me; as for our transgressions, Thou shalt purge them away.’ (Ps. 65: 3.) ‘O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.’ (Rom. 7: 23, 24.) But it is hard to be attained, if at all attainable, when the heart is dealing deceitfully, and entertaining known guile in any particular: therefore, let people clear themselves of the particular, which they know too well. It is the thing which hinders them, marring their confidence and access in all their approaches unto God. ‘Yet ye have forsaken Me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.’ (Judges 10: 13.) The idolatries of the people are cast up to them by the Lord, and their suit rejected thereupon. That which draws away the heart first in the morning, and last at night, like ‘an oven heated at night, and it burns as a flaming fire in the morning’ (Hos. 7: 6), spoken of the wicked; and takes up their thoughts often on their bed: as it is said of some, ‘He deviseth mischief upon his bed’ (Ps. 36: 4):– That which does ordinarily lead away the heart in time of religious duty, and the remembrance of which has power to enliven and quicken the spirits more than the remembrance of God, so as ‘their heart is after the heart of some detestable thing’ (Ezek. 11: 21):–That which withstands men when they would lay hold on the promise, ‘What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, or that thou shouldst take My covenant in thy mouth?’ (Ps. 50: 16):–that is the thing which does prevent the knowledge of a gracious state. Let it go, and it will be more easy to reach the knowledge of an interest in Christ.    from The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

Announcements for January 21, 2018.

  • The consistory has scheduled a potluck supper to commemorate Pastor Van den Berg’s birthday. The supper will be held in the lower level of the church at 6 pm on Friday, February 9. Immediately after the supper, 7:30 pm., we will have a mission presentation by Elisa Vander Boon about her recent year long trip to Sumba, Indonesia.
  • The January Mission Collection is for Hudson Taylor Ministries. Their mission is to entrust the rich inheritance from our Reformed forefathers to the growing Church in China. They focus on training, publishing, Christian education and relief to those within Chinese church community.
  • There is a youth group event on Saturday January 27th at Patterson Ice Center. Open skate is from 8-10 pm and Patterson’s fee is $5 to skate and $3 to rent. Beforehand, the youth group is invited for games and dinner at the church. Please let Bobby, Christiana or Leah know if you will be coming to dinner.

Announcements for January 14, 2018.

  • Please pray for the Orie Vander Boon who was admitted to the hospital on Thursday with pneumonia.
  • The consistory has scheduled a potluck supper to commemorate Pastor Van den Berg’s birthday. The supper will be held in the lower level of the church at 6 pm on Friday, February 9. Immediately after the supper, 7:30 pm., we will have a mission presentation by Elisa Vander Boon about her recent year long trip to Sunba, Indonesia.
  • Collections for December:

General $34,150.16

Benevolence $  5,917.00

CEF $  3,755.00

Building $28,194.00

Mission – Sumba $  9,859.75

Christmas Program – Sumba $     389.00

Once again the Lord has provided above our expectations. “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.” II Cor 9:11.

 

Meditation for January 14, 2018.

Now when the captains saw the answer of the great ones, and that they could not get a hearing from the old natives of the town, and that Mansoul was resolved to give the King’s army battle, they prepared themselves to receive them, and to try it out by the power of the arm. And, first, they made their force more formidable against Ear-gate; for they knew that, unless they could penetrate that, no good could be done upon the town. This done, they put the rest of their men in their places; after which, they gave out the word, which was, ‘YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.’ Then they sounded. the trumpet; then they in the town made them answer, with shout against shout, charge against charge, and so the battle began. Now they in the town had planted upon the tower over Ear-gate two great guns, the one called High-mind, and the other Heady. Unto these two guns they trusted much: they were cast in the castle by Diabolus’ founder, whose name was Mr. Puff-up, and mischievous pieces they were. But so vigilant and watchful, when the captains saw them, were they, that though sometimes their shot would go by their ears with a whizz, yet they did them no harm. By these two guns the townsfolk made no question but greatly to annoy the camp of Shaddai, and well enough to secure the gate; but they had not much cause to boast of what execution they did, as by what follows will be gathered.

The famous Mansoul had also some other small pieces in it, of the which they made use against the camp of Shaddai.

They from the camp also did as stoutly, and with as much of that as may in truth be called valour, let fly as fast at the town and at Ear-gate; for they saw that, unless they could break open Ear-gate, it would be but in vain to batter the wall. Now the King’s captains had brought with them several slings, and two or three battering-rams; with their slings, therefore, they battered the houses and people of the town, and with their rams they sought to break Ear-gate open.

The camp and the town had several skirmishes and brisk encounters, while the captains with their engines made many brave attempts to break open or beat down the tower that was over Ear-gate, and at the said gate to make their entrance; but Mansoul stood it out so lustily, through the rage of Diabolus, the valour of the Lord Willbewill, and the conduct of old Incredulity, the Mayor, and Mr. Forget-Good, the Recorder, that the charge and expense of that summer’s wars, on the King’s side, seemed to be almost quite lost, and the advantage to return to Mansoul. But when the captains saw how it was, they made a fair retreat, and entrenched themselves in their winter quarters.

From The Holy War by John Bunyan

Service information for 1/14/18

9:15 a.m.
Title: Looking unto Jesus
1. Running the race
2. Striving against sin
3. Enduring chastisement

Psalter 188:1-4
Hebrews 12:1-17 (2)
Psalter 321:1-4
Psalter 221:1-3
Psalter 437:1-3


6:00 p.m.
Title: The kingdom of heaven opened and shut

Psalter 417:1-3
Acts 13:1-13 (10-11) HC LD31 qa83
Psalter 355:1-3
Psalter 238:1-3
Psalter 329:1-4