Today, August 27, is the thirty-fifth Lord's Day of this year of our Lord 2023. Below you will find special highlights of PRC and sister-church news. It is our hope that these reports not only inform you but also give you opportunity to pray for the needs of these churches and mission fields throughout the world.
If you are new to this website and the PRCA, we invite you to join us in worship today or on any of the Sunday's of this year at one of our local congregations near you, or listen online.
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. ~ Psalm 112:1-4
- Last Sunday Cand. M. Koerner received the call from Hosanna PRC (Edmonton, AB). He is also considering calls to Randolph (WI) PRC (received July 23) and Zion PRC (Jenison, MI - received July 16), which he plans to answer on or before Sept.3.
- Rev. J. Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, MI) is considering the call from Hudsonville PRC (received Aug.13).
- Rev. A. Spriensma (Cornerstone PRC-Dyer, IN) is considering the call to Georgetown PRC (received August 6). He plans to answer by Sept.3.
Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. A. Brummel and Prof. R. Smit in Doon (IA) PRC; Prof. C. Griess and Rev. J. Maatman in Georgetown PRC; Rev. H. Bleyenberg in Hosanna PRC, Edmonton, AB; Prof. R. Cammenga and Rev. B. Langerak in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. J. Laning in Loveland PRC; Rev. C. Haak (3rd of 3 weeks) in Lynden PRC; Rev. K. Koole in Randolph PRC; Prof. B. Gritters and Rev. M. DeVries in Zion PRC. May we count it a blessing of our church federation that we can help one another in these needs. Let us remember to pray for the men who supply these pulpits and for the vacant congregations. And may we continue to pray for men to hear the call to serve as pastors and missionaries!
Special Upcoming Congregational Activities: The Deacons at Hudsonville PRC are planning a conference for Saturday morning, September 16 at 8:30 AM. Rev. Mahtani will begin with a short speech followed by breakout sessions. The topic of the conference is “Ministry of Mercy in Christ’s Church”. Potential, current, and former deacons are welcome! Please register for this event at bit.ly/Deacon2023.
PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS
Hope PRC (Walker, MI) re labors in Myanmar (from her bulletin today): "The Myanmar Committee reported that it held a video conference with Rev. Titus, Elder Naw Taung, and Deacon Joseph. Although the fighting is getting closer to Yangon, the saints in Myanmar are still able to worship regularly and they testify of God’s faithfulness to them...."
PRC 100th Anniversary: With gratitude to our faithful God, the PRCA look forward to our 100th anniversary. The celebration is planned for June 23-27, 2025, at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. The various committees of the 100th anniversary steering commitee are busy preparing for this historic event, including a special commemorative book. Watch for further notices and updates!
PRC Seminary Notices:
- The PR Theological Seminary begins its first semester of the 2023-24 term this week Monday, August 28, with classes beginning on Tuesday, August 29. The schedule and calendar have been posted here. The faculty, students and staff covet your prayers as we begin this new school year.
- *The annual Convocation of the PRTS will be hosted by Hope PRC (GR) on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 PM. All are invited and encouraged to join with faculty, students, and the Theological School Committee as we call on the Lord and seek His blessing on the upcoming school year. Prof. B. Huizinga will be speaking on "The Protestant Reformed Minister Today", and the PR String Orchestra will perform a special number.
- Recent seminary graduate M. Koerner (now a candidate for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC) is considering three calls (Hosanna PRC-Edmonton, AB, Zion PRC-Jenison, MI and Randolph-WI PRC), which he plans to answer by Sept.3.
- Senior Sem. Arend Haveman is doing his senior-year internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. He is busy with all aspects of the ministry.The junior student this year is Aaron Van Dyke (Faith PRC).; the sophomore is Bruce Feenstra (Hope-Redlands, CA); and the freshman are Joseph Ophoff (Loveland PRC) and Isaac Van Baren (Hope PRC-Redlands). Sem. Ophoff moved into west Michigan this past week with his wife and five children, and is enrolled in the new special seminary entrance program (SSEP), which initially involves finishing some pre-seminary requirements and beginning some seminary-level courses. Pray for the students as they make the adjustment from their summer labors and activities to those of full time students again, and especially these new men and their families.
- The seminary-sponsored summer course on church disciple taught by Prof. B. Gritters is now completed but the videos and outlines are available (see the notes from each class below). For a detailed general outline of the subjects taught, click on this link.
- First class on Church Discipline (July 12): Here is the link for the July 12 class on The Church Order on Discipline (and the reasons why discipline is the work of the whole church). And here is a link to the outline for this class.
- Second class on Church Discipline (July 19): Wednesday, July 19 at Hudsonville PRC. The subject this week is the objects of church discipline. The class addressed such questions as: 1) May the church discipline non-confessing members? 2) May discipline continue when someone 'asks for their papers'? 3) May discipline be imposed on a member mentally ill? Here is the link for the outline for this class. And here is the link for the July 19 class: The Proper Objects of Discipline, and the outline.
- Third Class on Church Discipline (July 26): Wednesday, July 26 was the third class on church discipline at Hudsonville PRC, sponsored by the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Prof. B. Gritters gave instruction on the method and steps of discipline, beginning with the fundamental teaching of Jesus in Matthew 18. What is "the way of Matthew 18" and is it required for all sins? Here are the links for this class: The Act of Discipline According to Matthew 18 and the Outline.
- Fourth Class on Church Discipline (August 2): Prof. Gritters' fourth class on church discipline was held on August 2 at 7PM at Hudsonville PRC. Included was instruction on how elders are to receive, investigate, and make charges of sin. How is a motion formulated to put someone under discipline? What do visits to impenitent sinners look like? What is required before classis may approve announcing a name? Here are the links for this class: Outline for this class; Video of this class
- Fifth (and final) Class on Church Discipline (August 9): Prof. B. Gritters' fifth class on church discipline was held Wednesday August 9 at Hudsonville PRC. When a sinner is to be forgiven and restored, how does the Christian or the consistory judge true repentance? What is "sufficient evidence of repentance"? How can we avoid the error of being naive, or the other error of being too rigorous and uncharitable? Here are the links for this class: Outline for class #5; Video of this class
- After his final class, Prof. Gritters' drew up Answers to untreated questions, which may be found here and on the seminary's website. Recordings of all the classes can be found there, as well as outlines and some of the handouts. And all the videos and outlines may also conveniently be found on Hudsonville PRC's website.
- During the school sessions the seminary is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (holidays excepted), including the library and bookstore. PRC members and friends are welcome to visit and make use of these resources.
- For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website - and don't forget the blog!
- Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
- Pastors J. Tan and M. Wee are faithfully serving the CERC. “Come, let us build!” We labour in our respective God-given callings, serving God, His church, and one another, in confidence and dependent upon Jehovah of hosts, who promises to build His church, and to do so by means of His Spirit. Zechariah 4:6b: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”. Today..., we consider Zechariah’s vision of the golden candlestick, used to encourage God’s people in their labour of church building." (Part of today's 'pastoral voice" note in her bulletin)
- The last issue of Salt Shakers was Issue 69 is on the theme "GST: The Christian's Response." Especially for young people, the magazine contains a variety of articles and is edifying for ALL readers! Visit the link provided here to read and learn.
- Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
- Rev. A. Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully in the CPRC.
- The latest issues of Covenant Reformed News are out - June 2023 has been published and now July 2023 also. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles by Revs. A. Stewart (clothed with Christ) and R. Hanko (the days of Noah #2). Look for the August issue soon!
- The CPRC YouTube channel may be found here.
- PRC in the Philippines and her mission work in various places:
- Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. D. Kleyn led her worship services today. And, "The saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, NE. will join us in our worship services today via Livestream at our official Facebook account."
- Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led her worship services today. And, "Rev. D. Kleyn (missionary to the Philippines) accepted the call to Doon PRC as her new pastor. The Kleyns are scheduled to leave the Philippines on Monday (Sept. 18, 2023), D.V."
- The Classis of PRCP will convene on Monday, August 28, at 9 AM at Provident PRC, Provident Village, Marikina City, God willing.
REFORMED RESOURCES for EDUCATION, EDIFICATION, and EVANGELISM
- This month the RWH continues the series on the signs of Christ's coming by Rev. W. Bruinsma. Today's message is titled"The Rise of Counterfeit Christianity" based on Mark 13:21-23. For the August RWH Newsletter, visit this page.
What is the grace of God as revealed in Scripture? Is there a grace of God for all humans - a 'common' grace that improves people and society? Or is grace only saving and always particular, that is, only for those chosen to believe by God? Read this resource for answers to these and other questions.
- For sound, distinctively Reformed literature on a variety of subjects and for all ages - including church history and Bible study materials - visit the Reformed Free Publishing Association website or stop in at their Jenison (Michigan) location.
- The Reformed Book Outlet (downtown Hudsonville, MI) is now operating in its new store in downtown Hudsonville! The new location is at 3472 Harvey St. in Hudsonville. Visit the store and browse the variety of resources for your Reformed-Christian faith and walk, including many children's titles. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday 10-1.
- Special RBO Notice! The Reformed Book Outlet is having a back to school sale! Bibles, Bible covers, and most books will all be 25% off, and we have plenty of Psalters in stock as well. Come visit us in store August 22 - September 16 or use code BACKTOSCHOOL on our website at checkout for 25% off the participating items.
- Do you need some catechism materials for use in your church or family? The PRC publishes catechism materials on Bible history and Reformed doctrine, for children of all ages. Visit this page for more information.
This Week's Thought for Contemplation
Three quotes from Martin Luther regarding the Word of God:
"I'll trust in God's unchanging Word, till soul and body sever. For though all things pass away, His Word shall stand forever."
"We must make a great difference between God's Word and the word of man. A man's word is a little sound, that flies into the air, and soon vanishes; but the Word of God is greater than heaven and earth, yea, greater than death and hell, for it forms part of the power of God, and endures everlastingly."
"The Bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst."
(found in Byron Center PRC's bulletin today)