Announcements for Sunday, August 30.

  • James Barnard has transferred his church membership to Bethany United Reformed Church. We commend James to the Lord and to your prayers.
  • The Lord’s Supper is scheduled for Sunday, September 20. An email will be sent early next week regarding the precautions we will take to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • This Wednesday, at the Lay Preaching Class, Walter Rozeboom will use the whole time period to for a topic entitled, Lessons for Pastors and Flock from Pilgrim’s Progress – Part 2. All are welcome.
  • The deacons inviteyou to to help with a church cleaning morning beginning at 9:00 am this Saturday
  • Save the date: The ladies of the church will host a wedding shower on Saturday, October 17 at 9:30 am, in the lower level for Susanna Boot (James Barnard) and Kim Roelofs (Neal Boerkoel).
  • The Sumba Fund Raiser at the Meeuwse farm is planned for Saturday, September 12. They are roasting a pig and plan to eat at 12:30 pm. Outdoor canopies and the garage will be used for seating for the meal. All activities will start at 1 pm and go until 3 pm. There will be a variety of activities for young and old.

Service Information for August 30

AM Worship – 9:15am

Reading of Holy Scripture 2 Cor. 4

Psalter 372
Psalter 392:1,4,5
Psalter 327:1,4
Psalter 87

PM Worship – 6pm

Reading of Holy Scripture Rev. 20

Psalter 16:1,4,8,9
Psalter 253:4-7,10-12
Psalter 206:2-4
Psalter 374:1,3,5

Announcements for Sunday, August 23.

  • Please remember in prayer Mrs. Stephanie West’s father. He had a successful triple by-pass heart surgery early last week and is recovering in the hospital.
  • Please pray for Hugo Van Woerden and Naomi Sweetman as they plan to be united in marriage this Friday, August 28.
  • The mission collection today is for Hudson Taylor Ministries. This ministry provides training and printed material for Chinese pastors. Please pray for this ministry as well since they have felt the need to temporarily close down their website due to the worrisome developments in China.
  • The Lord’s Supper is scheduled for Sunday, September 20. The consistory will send a letter that will explain what precautions we will take to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • The deacons inviteyou to to help with a church cleaning morning beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 5.
  • Youth group is resuming the Sunday evening singing schedule at the homes of host families. The published scheduled will be followed unless you contact one of the youth group leaders to remove your name.

Meditation for Sunday, August 23.

In thy presence is fullness of joy. Psalm 16:11.

In this life our joy is mixed with sorrow like a prick under the rose. Jacob had joy when his sons returned home from Egypt with the sacks full of corn, but much sorrow when he perceived the silver in the sack’s mouth. David had much joy in bringing up the ark of God, but at the same time great sorrow for the breach made upon Uzzah. This is the Lord’s great wisdom to temper and moderate our joy. As men of a weak constitution must have their wine qualified with water for fear of distemper, so must we in this life (such is our weakness), have our joy mixed with sorrow, lest we turn giddy and insolent. Here our joy is mixed with fear (Psalm 2), “Rejoice with trembling;” the women departed from the sepulchre of our Lord “with fear and great joy.” Matthew 28:8. In our regenerate estate, though we have joy from Christ that is “formed in us,” yet the impression of the terrors of God before the time of our new birth remains in us; as in a commotion of the sea by a great tempest after a stormy wind hath ceased, yet the impression of the storm remains and makes an agitation. The tender mother recovering her young child from danger of a fall hath joy from the recovery; but with much fear with the impression of the danger; so after we are recovered here from our dangerous falls by the rich and tender mercies of our God, sometime preventing us, sometime restoring us; though we rejoice in his mercy, and in our own recovery out of the snares of Satan, yet in the midst of our joy the remembrance of former guiltiness and danger do humble our hearts with much sorrow, and some trepidation of heart. As our joy here is mixed with fears, so with sorrow also. Sound believers do look up to Christ crucified, and do rejoice in his incomparable love, that such a person should have died such a death for such as were enemies to God by sinful inclinations and wicked works; they look down also upon their own sins that have wounded and crucified the Lord of glory, and this breaks the heart, as a widow should mourn, who by her froward and lewd behaviour hath burst the heart of a kind and loving husband.

The sound believers look to their small beginnings of grace, and they rejoice in the work of God’s hands; but when they compare it with that original and primitive righteousness, they mourn bitterly, as the elders of Israel did at the rebuilding of the temple, “They who had seen the first house wept.” But in heaven our joy will be full, without mixture of sorrow, “Your sorrow,” saith our Lord, “shall be turned into joy.” Then will there be no sorrow for a present trouble, nor present fear of future troubles. Then their eye will deeply affect their heart; the sight and knowledge of God the supreme and infinite good will ravish, and take up all their heart with joy and delight. Peter in the Mount, was so affected with that glorious sight, that he forgot both the delights and troubles that were below; “It is good to be here,” said he. How much more will all worldly troubles and delights be forgot at that soul-satisfying sight in heaven, which is as far above that of Peter in the Mount, as the third heaven is above that Mount, and as the uncreated is above the created glory! William Colvill’s “Refreshing Streams“.

Announcements for Sunday, August 16.

  • Please remember in prayer Mr. Albert Bouma, father of Mrs. Stephanie West. He is in the hospital awaiting open-heart surgery due to 3-4 blockages.
  • The mission collection this month is for Hudson Taylor Ministries. This ministry provides training and printed material for Chinese pastors. Please pray for this ministry as well since they have felt the need to temporarily close down their website due to the worrisome developments in China.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rozeboom thanks everyone who remembered her birthday at the afternoon tea as well as the fruit basket gift from the Titus 2 Women’s Group. “God be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea.” Psalter 140:1

Meditation for Sunday, August 16.

“Come from the four winds, O breath; and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’. Ezekiel 37:9.

The first use shall be of trial and examination. Oh try, sirs, whether or not these saving influences of the Spirit did ever breathe upon your souls, yea, or not. For your trial I shall only suggest these few things:
If these breathings have blown upon thy soul, man, woman, then he has blown away “the veil and face of the covering” that was naturally upon your mind and understanding. He has given you other views of spiritual and divine things, than you can have by any natural or acquired knowledge. The Spirit of the Lord is called “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,” Eph. 1:17: because he reveals these things to the soul which flesh and blood is not able to receive or understand. So then, has the Spirit testified of Christ unto you? Has he “who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shined into your heart, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ?” And as a fruit and consequence of this,
If the wind of the Holy Ghost has blown upon thy soul, he has blown away some of the filth of hell that did cleave to thy soul, and has transformed thee into his own image: 2 Cor. 3:18: “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, thou art changed into the same image. from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” If you have the Spirit, the “same mind will be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” for “he that is joined unto the Lord, is one spirit.” You will imitate and resemble him in his imitable perfections, in his holiness, meekness, self-denial, patience. He is a holy God; and wherever he comes, he works holiness, and makes the soul holy.
If this Wind has blown upon your souls, then it has driven you from your lying refuges, and made you take sanctuary in Christ. He has driven you from the law, and made you consent to the method of salvation through the righteousness of the Son of God: “I through the law,” (says the apostle,) “am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” This is the design of all the Spirit’s influences, to lead sinners off from sin, off from self, off from the law, that they may rest in Christ only.
If ever you felt any of the reviving gales of this wind of the Spirit, you will long for new gales and breathings of it: and when these breathings are suspended and withheld, your souls will be like to faint, as it were, like a man that wants breath. You will pant for the air of the Spirit’s influences, like David, Psal. 63:1: “My soul longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” and Psal. 84:2: “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” Oh for another gale of his Spirit in public ordinances!
If you have felt the breathings of this wind you will not snuff up the east wind of sin and vanity: John 4:14: “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst.” You will not thirst immoderately after things of time; no, no; you will see them to be but mere trash and vanity. You will “choose that good part which shall not be taken away from you.” You will “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
If this wind has blown upon thy soul, then you will follow the motion of this wind: you will not run cross to this wind, but will go along with it. I mean, you will yield yourselves to the conduct of the Spirit speaking in his word; for “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Ralph Erskine

Service Information for August 16

Service Information Sunday AM, 9:15am: student Ben Hicks

Sermon: The First Promise of Covenant Grace
Text: Genesis 3:15 (reading: Genesis 3)

Psalter 15:1-3
Psalter 136:1-3
Psalter 243:1-3
Psalter 48:1-4


Service Information Sunday PM, 6pm: student Ben Hicks

Sermon: How to Live in the End Times
Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11 (1 Peter 4)

Psalter 369
Psalter 375:1-3
Psalter 377:1-3
Psalter 377:4-7

Announcements for Sunday, August 9.

  • Neal Boerkoel hopes to celebrate his 89th birthday on Thursday. “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” Ps. 62:8.
  • The consistory is looking for volunteers to clean ‘zones’ of the church facility on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Please contact Will Heikoop or John Boerkoel if you can volunteer.
  • The Titus 2 Women’s Group invites all women and girls to an Afternoon Tea to celebrate Elizabeth Rozeboom’s birthday. The Tea is planned for Saturday, August 15, 2:00-3:30pm, outdoors at the Bazen’s.  (In case of rain or extreme heat we will use the “new” room in the church basement.)

Meditation for Sunday, August 9.

Come from the four winds, O breath; and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’. Ezekiel 37:9.

The third thing in the text and doctrine to be spoken to, is the sort of life that is effected and wrought in the souls of God’s elect by these influences and breathings of the Holy Spirit.

It is a life of faith. The apostle calls it so, Gal. 2:20, “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me; and gave himself for me.” And the just is said to live by faith. The man is ever embracing a Redeemer, and the fullness of the Godhead in him; always deriving fresh supplies out of that full treasury and store-house.

It is a life of justification. The law pronounces a curse against every one that “doth not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them.” The believer gets this sentence of death canceled: Rom. 8:1. “There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” And not only so, but he has the everlasting righteousness of Immanuel God-man imputed to him: so that with a holy boldness he may challenge justice, and challenge the law, what they have to say against him, as the apostle does, Rom. 8:33: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?”

It is a life of reconciliation with God; God and they are at friendship; which follows naturally on their justification: Rom. 5:1: “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.” God does not retain the least grudge in his heart against them; and he and they walk together, because they are agreed: that is, they have fellowship one with another, according to that, 1 John 1:3: “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

It is a life of holiness and sanctification: for the Spirit of the Lord is a cleansing, purifying, and renewing Spirit: he renews the soul after the image of God; makes the heart, that was a “cage of unclean birds,” a fit temple for the Holy Ghost to dwell in; he garnishes the soul, and makes it like the King’s daughter, all glorious within. They that had lain among the pots, become “like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”

It is a very lightsome and comfortable life: and no wonder; for his name is The Comforter. His consolations are so strong, that they furnish the soul with ground of joy in the blackest and cloudiest day: Hab. 3:17, 18: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” And the joy that he gives is deep: “Your heart shall rejoice.” And it is abiding: “Your joy shall no man take from you.” And it is such as cannot be made language of: “We rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.”

It is a life of liberty; for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” He brings us into “the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” Before the Spirit comes with his saving influences, the man is in bondage; in bondage to sin, to Satan, to the law, and to the curse and condemnation of God: but the Spirit of the Lord frees from all these. Christ, by his Spirit, sets the captives of the mighty at liberty, and “delivers the prey from the terrible.”

It is a heavenly life; they are made to live above the world: “Our conversation is in heaven,” says the apostle. They look on themselves as pilgrims and strangers on the earth, and, therefore, look not so much to the things that are seen, as to the things that are not seen. With Moses, they “have respect unto the recompense of the reward;” their eyes are set upon the land that is very far off, and the King in his beauty.

Announcements for Sunday, August 2.

  • Give thanks to the Lord for Mr. and Mrs. Donny Walma as they were blessed last Thursday with a well born son, Desmond Donald.
  • The consistory is looking for volunteers to clean ‘zones’ of the church facility on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. Please contact Will Heikoop or John Boerkoel if you can volunteer.
  • The Titus 2 Women’s Group invites all women and girls to an Afternoon Tea to celebrate Elizabeth Rozeboom’s birthday The Tea is planned for Saturday, August 15, 2:00-3:30pm, outdoors at the Bazen’s.  (In case of rain or extreme heat we will use the “new” room in the church basement.)
  • Collections for the month of July:

General $11,594.51

Building $  1,293.50

CEF $     553.00

Benevolent $     806.00

Faculte de Theologie Evangelique $ 5,618.02