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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for November 28, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, November 28, the forty-eighth Lord's Day of this year 2021.Psalm 32 7

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps.118:24). On this new Lord's Day we bring our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving unto our sovereign Creator and Redeemer, who is worthy of all honor and glory.

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. ~ Psalm 32:1-2,7,11

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • Last Sunday Hudsonville PRC extended a call to Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC, Jenison, MI). He plans to answer by Dec.19.

  • Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA) has a new trio of Revs. J.Holstege (Zion PRC), J. Langerak (Heritage PRC), and D.Noorman (Southwest PRC); the congregation will vote from this trio tonight. *UPDATE: Rev. J. Langerak received this call.

  • The Council of Doon PRC has formed a new trio of Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA), Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC), and Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for tomorrow evening, Nov.29. *UPDATE: Rev. C. Spronk received this call.
     
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. J. Engelsma (1st week) in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. H.Bleyenberg (2nd week) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T.Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton; Rev. J.Holstege and Rev. D.Lee in Grace PRC; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. J.Holstege in Hudsonville PRC; Prof. C.Griess in Wingham PRC.  We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation and the privilege to be able to help one another in this need.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • Loveland PRC's Evangelism Committee sponsors a special Bible study at Colorado State University in Fort Collins? This note is in her bulletin today: The evangelism committee encourages our young adults and particularly those of college age to attend our last CSU Bible study of this year on December 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in room 308 in the Lori Study Center. Pizza will be served.
    • Immanuel PRC's elders (Lacombe, AB) are leading the services and using video sermons today and last Sunday while her pastor is in Doon PRC for a classical appointment? Not always easy to find pulpit supply in the West, and Canada in particular, but what great good modern technology can be for hearing the Word. Today that word came through Rev. C. Haak and Prof. B. Huizinga.

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

General items:

  • Rev. D. Holstege and his wife Leah plan to return to West Michigan from the Philippines this week after finishing up their labors and personal property there. He preached his farewells today in the Berean and Provident PRCs. May the Lord grant them grace as they part the saints there and prepare to take up their life and work in Wingham PRC.
  • Rev. J.Marcus is filling the pulpit of Crete PRC today while Rev. J. Engelsma is in Spokane, WA on classical appointment.
  • In contrast to last year when no annual sister-church visits could be made due to the pandemic, visits are being planned to N.Ireland and Singapore for December and January. May the Lord fulfill these plans and preparations. Details will be provided by the PRC Contact Committee in due time.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • This past week the seminary completed its thirteenth week of the first semester, with two weeks left before exams. Remember to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they move toward the end of the semester. You will find the semester schedule and calendar posted on the seminary's website.
  • The seminary's special conference on preaching was held on Oct.28-29 at Trinity PRC. If you were unable to attend and would like to listen to the speeches, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together. If you missed the Spring issue, it is currently available in its digital forms on the seminary's website as well as in print. If you wish to pick up a copy, stop in at the seminary. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs. The bookstore is a good place to find gifts for the Christmas season! The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From Today's bulletin: We now anticipate the next big event of our church, the Christmas Gospel Meeting, diligently organized by the Evangelism Committee. Before you mark your calendars and send our invitations to loved ones for this event, let us remember to pray specifically for the salvation of those who we are working to invite in these next few weeks leading up to the event. Let us pray boldly, knowing our Sovereign God has sovereignly saved us totally depraved sinners. There is no stopping of God’s irresistible grace. Let us also pray submissively and reverentially, knowing that God is please to both through the gospel, soften or hardened hearts, according to God’s good pleasure and eternal counsel.
    • A new issue of Salt Shakers magazine is out! The October issue (#66) is available online. Our young people and young adults are especially encouraged to read it.
    • The last issue of "Reformed News Asia" is October 2021 - #64. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena.
    • There's a new CPRC newsletter available this month! Visit this page to view it and read it (*cf. the newsletter column on the right side of the webpage).
    • Be sure to check out the last edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - October 2021. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.

  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. Holstege will lead us in our 1st worship service and Rev. Ibe in our 2nd worship service today, D.V. We welcome Rev. Holstege and Sis. Leah in our pulpit and into our fellowship today. Rev. Holstege will preach his farewell sermon to us this morning with a view to leaving the Philippines to take up the work God has called him to do in Wingham PRC.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. D. Holstege will preach for us today, the Lord willing. He will also be preaching his farewell sermon this afternoon with a view to leaving the Philippines and taking up the work to which the Lord has called him in the Wingham PRC. We welcome him and Sis. Leah to our pulpit and into our fellowship.

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Heb.11:13-16 and titled "Desiring a Better Country."
  • "The REFORMED WITNESS HOUR (RWH) COMMITTEE thanks you, PRC members, friends, and donors, for your prayers and financial support during 2021.  As you plan for your year-end giving, we ask that you prayerfully consider helping with one of these current RWH costs: continued broadcasts on WYLL in the Chicago area and extended Internet outreach through our website (reformedwitnesshour.org), social media, and SermonAudio.  Thank you for your continued support of this important PRC ministry."
  • Did you read the November RWH newsletter? Visit the link to do so today and keep up with what is happening on the program and website!
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Check out this new resource, added this week! The lectures from Prof. H. Hanko's summer seminar on "God's Federal and Organic Dealings with Men."

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • 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.

  • 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 is running their 25% off sale for the month of December again this year. This sale includes 25% off most books, Bibles, and Bible covers. Come visit us Tuesday - Friday from 10am-5pm, or Saturday from 10am - 1pm!

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

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"For the first time, the covenant name of God occurs in the psalm. “God” in the translation of the Authorized Version is in the Hebrew original the name Jehovah. This name of covenant faithfulness, fulfilled in the New Testament in the name Jesus, is added to the name of sovereign power, Adonai, that is, Lord. With regard to all the troubles of earthly life, the psalmist puts his trust in the God of the covenant. In his covenant with the psalmist as a member of Israel, God has promised to be good to the psalmist, not only regarding spiritual life and a future heaven, but also regarding earthly life with all its circumstances here and now. This God can be relied on. He is faithful. In addition, he is mighty to accomplish his promise. He governs health and sickness, prosperity and adversity, success and failure, physical life and physical death. He is Lord of earth, as of heaven.

"The word translated “trust” refers to making the Lord Jehovah one’s refuge. In all the storms of earthly life—the sorrows and disappointments, the loss and shame, the poverty and bereavement, the scorn and persecution—the psalmist makes God his refuge. There will be storms. If there are no storms in the life of the child of God, there is no need of a refuge. If these storms are not violent, there is no need of God as a refuge. To the very last verse, Psalm 73 utterly demolishes the notion that divine love and blessing mean earthly prosperity, ease, and success, whether for the true church (Israel) or for the individual child of God (the psalmist). The psalmist makes God his refuge by believing the covenant promise, “I will be your God, and I will do you good.” With God as his refuge, the psalmist weathers the storms. He bears the troubles patiently. With God as his refuge, the psalmist lets the storms do their profitable work upon him. The troubles work his glory. With God as his refuge, the psalmist will not again stumble and nearly fall, regardless of the severity of the storm in his own life and regardless of the seeming tranquility of the ungodly. God is the “rock of my heart” (v. 26).

~ Prof. David Engelsma in his book Prosperous Wicked and Plagued Saints: An Exposition of Psalm 73 (quoted in a recent RFPA blog post)

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for November 21, 2021 *(Updated)

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, November 21, the forty-seventh Lord's Day of this year 2021.Psalm 31 19

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps.118:24). On this new Lord's Day we bring our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving unto our sovereign Creator and Redeemer, who is worthy of all honor and glory.

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. ~ Psalm 31:19-21

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • This Thursday, November 25, the PRC congregations in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a special morning worship service (usually at 9:30 a.m., but check the website of the church near you). You are cordially invited to join one of these churches in this service of praise and thanks to our bounteous God of boundless grace and goodness.

  • Last Sunday Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) declined the call to Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA). COG has a new trio of Revs. J.Holstege (Zion PRC), J. Langerak (Heritage PRC), and D.Noorman (Southwest PRC); the congregation will vote next Sunday evening, Nov.28.

  • The Council of Hudsonville PRC has formed a new trio of Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC), Rev. D. Noorman (Southwest PRC), and Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting is scheduled for tonight after the service. *UPDATE: Rev. C. Spronk has received this call.

  • The Council of Doon PRC has formed a new trio of Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA), Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC), and Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC). The congregational meeting is planned for Nov.29.
     
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. R. Hanko in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. H.Bleyenberg (1st week) in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. T.Miersma in First PRC, Edmonton; Prof. B.Gritters and Sem. M.Koerner in Grace PRC; Prof. R.Cammenga and Prof. B.Gritters in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. W.Bruinsma in Wingham PRC.  We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation and the privilege to be able to help one another in this need.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • Lynden PRC had members who were affected by the recent floods in the NW part of her state (Washington)? This note is found in her bulletin today: Several church families were affected by the Nooksack River flooding this past week. We give thanks to our Father for His sovereign care so that no serious injury was incurred among members of our congregation. We lift up in prayer the needs of family and friends who did lose personal possessions, vehicles, and even homes to the flooding. "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge" Psalm 46:10-1
    • The PRC Seminary had a special CPR class this past Friday after our "Friday bratfest" lunch? An AED was recently purchased for the building and Mitch Van Overloop and Ted Van Solkema gave a special demonstration in how to use the medical device, as well as instruction in other basic CPR procedures. It was profitable time for all of them!

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

General items:

  • Rev. J.Marcus is in Pittsburgh PRC today while Rev. Bruinsma is in Wingham.
  • Rev. D. Holstege and his wife Leah are back in the Philippines for a few weeks to finish up their labors before returning to the States on Dec.1 and preparing to move to Wingham.
  • In contrast to last year when no annual sister-church visits could be made due to the pandemic, visits are being planned to N.Ireland and Singapore for December and January (see, for example, Covenant ERC's bulletin today). May the Lord fulfill these plans and preparations. Details will be provided by the PRC Contact Committee.
  • What about sister-church visitation for the churches in the Philippines? According to the Berean PRC (Manila) bulletin today, that is being taken care of this week: In accordance with Art. 44 of the Church Order, and the appointment of Revs. Kleyn and Smit by the Classis of PRCP as Church visitors for this year is scheduled to meet with the Council on Saturday (Nov. 27, 2021) at 9 A.M., D.V.

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PRC Seminary Notices:

  • This past week the seminary completed its twelfth week of the first semester. Remember to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they move toward the end of the semester. You will find the semester schedule and calendar posted on the seminary's website.
  • This week Thursday and Friday the seminary will enjoy its Thanksgiving break. The seminary expresses its gratitude to the churches for all the support they give and the kind expressions of appreciation. The Lord is good, and reveals His goodness also through His people. "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits..."  (Psalm 103:2).
  • The seminary's special conference on preaching was held on Oct.28-29 at Trinity PRC. If you were unable to attend and would like to listen to the speeches, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together. If you missed the Spring issue, it is currently available in its digital forms on the seminary's website as well as in print. If you wish to pick up a copy, stop in at the seminary. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
  • The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From Today's bulletin: CERC Church Article 44 mandates that we do not isolate ourselves as a congregation, but seek to be actively accountable to our sister churches. The family of our Lord Jesus Christ goes beyond our shores even to the other side of the globe. Positively, CERC Church order Article mandates that we seek experienced and competent ministers or elders to visit our church and to hold us accountable to our faithfulness to God’s word. ...By the gracious providence of God, our government has recently relaxed travel restrictions. And it seems very likely that we still can receive church visitations from the U.S. at the end of this year.
    • The last issue of "Reformed News Asia" is October 2021 - #64. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to the saints in Ballymena.
    • There's a new CPRC newsletter available this month! Visit this page to view it and read it (*cf. the newsletter column on the right side of the webpage).
    • Be sure to check out the last edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - October 2021. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.

  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led the services today. Rev. Holstege and Sis. Leah arrived safely in Manila on Thursday (Nov. 18, 2021). We thank the Lord for His traveling mercies provided for them. They will go back to the USA on Dec. 1, D.V. Rev. Holstege is scheduled to preach for us next Sunday (Nov. 28) in our first worship service. This would be his farewell sermon to us, the Lord willing. And this: In accordance with Art. 44 of the Church Order, and the appointment of Revs. Kleyn and Smit by the Classis of PRCP as Church visitors for this year is scheduled to meet with the Council on Saturday (Nov. 27, 2021) at 9AM, D.V.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. D.Kleyn led her worship services today. Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. Holstege will preach both times for us, and this will include his farewell sermon.

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is a special Thanksgiving Day one - "Satisfied with Marrow and Fatness" - based on Psalm 63:3-5.
  • "The REFORMED WITNESS HOUR (RWH) COMMITTEE thanks you, PRC members, friends, and donors, for your prayers and financial support during 2021.  As you plan for your year-end giving, we ask that you prayerfully consider helping with one of these current RWH costs: continued broadcasts on WYLL in the Chicago area and extended Internet outreach through our website (reformedwitnesshour.org), social media, and SermonAudio.  Thank you for your continued support of this important PRC ministry."
  • Did you read the November RWH newsletter? Visit the link to do so today and keep up with what is happening on the program and website!
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Another special price on a valuable book this month from the RFPA!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • 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.

  • 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 is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (10-5), and Saturday (10-1).

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

"...It is God’s purpose to bring glory to His name by means of the salvation of a church, elect in Jesus Christ.  For that reason the church has always existed and has always been in the process of building.  But often times in the process of this building of the church, it dwindled in numbers.  This was evident already at the time of the Flood.  The true church of Christ that existed in the world at that time was only eight souls.  That is all—only eight people!  When Elijah was prophet in Israel God had preserved unto Himself out of the hundreds of thousands in Israel only 7,000 who were faithful to Him.  When these few captives returned from Babylon, the church consisted of only 50,000 people—so very few, especially compared to the millions of people in the world who lived in unbelief.  But God always has His church.  He preserves and gathers and builds that church throughout the ages.

And He does that today too.  We have much to be thankful for—much to praise God for as the members of the church today.  You know, friends, it is so easy for us to become discouraged in this way.  The true church always seems so small.  It is easy for us to take the attitude of Elijah—“I and I only am left who is faithful to the cause of Christ.”  Christ asks the question too:  Will there be faith left in the earth when I return?

Pagan religions have millions of members.  The cults today have millions of members.  The Christian false church today is also mammoth in size.  The true church of Christ has always been small!  This can be discouraging to those who seek to remain faithful to the cause of Jesus Christ in this world.  At one time the church strove to be true and distinctive in its doctrine and holy in the life of her members.  We do not see much of that anymore today.  It can be so discouraging!  But we must be reminded today of God’s enduring faithfulness to His church.  He has always and will always preserve, and build, His church.  In this time of the year that we give God thanks for our provision let us remember to give Him thanks for that too.  Jerusalem is being built!  Small?  Oh yes!  But the church is being built.  We as believers have been given a place to worship.  We have grown spiritually again this past year.  And when God calls in the harvest at the end of time we will be numbered together with a throng so large it cannot be numbered!

But the main reason we praise God today is because of this truth:  Jehovah doth build up Jerusalem!  The Lord God builds up His church!  We are not held in the hands of man.  We are not built up by men.  It is God who gives the increase—always!  If we were to look only upon the feeble efforts of man to build the church, we would be doomed to disappointment.  We would not be able to praise God much today.  Men falter and fail.  Even the strongest man is at his best weak and frail.  God uses men, no doubt, but God does not depend on man to build up His church.  If He did, as we said, His cause would fail!  It would fail because of our enemies who are far too strong for us to resist!  Just as they were when the captives returned from captivity."

~ Rev. W.Bruinsma in a Thanksgiving Day message on the Reformed Witness Hour, Nov.22, 2015

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for November 14, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, November 14, the forty-sixth Lord's Day of this year 2021.Psalm 30 4

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps.118:24). On this new Lord's Day we bring our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving unto our sovereign Creator and Redeemer, who is worthy of all honor and glory.

[A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David.] I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. ...Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ...Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. ~ Psalm 30:1,4,5,11,12

If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • Today Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) declined the call to Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA).

  • Last Sunday Rev. D. Holstege (missionary to the Philippines) accepted the call to Wingham PRC (Ontario, Can.). The Holstege's will be returning to the Philippines this week as planned. They will stay a few weeks to finish up their life and labors there, and then return to the States Dec.1. According to Wingham's bulletin today, the Consistory is working with Canadian authorities to process the necessary paper work for the Holstege's immigration. It is hoped that they can move to Wingham around Christmas. Our prayers go with them during this time.

  • The Council of Doon PRC has formed a new trio of Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA), Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC), and Rev. N. Decker (Grandville PRC).

  • The Council of Hudsonville PRC has formed a new trio of Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC), Rev. D. Noorman (Southwest PRC), and Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC). The congregational meeting is scheduled for the evening of Nov.21.

  • This past Wednesday, Nov.10, the congregation of First PRC, Edmonton, AB, was reorganized and the consistory reconstituted with two elders and one deacon. Rev. A. Brummel is supplying her pulpit again today. Rev. T. Miersma (her emeritus pastor and member there) was a tremendous help to the saints after the schism in her midst. At present, they are meeting at Braeside Presbyterian Church, 6 Bernard Drive, St. Albert, at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM, for an indefinite period of time. We give thanks to God for preserving this flock and pray for the Lord's blessing on them as they continue anew as a congregation.
     
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. J.Langerak (2nd week) in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. J. Slopsema in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. A. Brummel (2nd week) in First PRC, Edmonton; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev.  in Grace PRC; Prof. R.Cammenga and Rev. J.Maatman in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. M.DeVries in Wingham PRC.  We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation and the privilege to be able to help one another in this need.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • Pittsburgh PRC holds a monthly fellowship dinner together as a congregation? Her bulletin today indicated that they were gathering for it after the morning service today. One of the many benefits of a smaller congregation.
    • the 2021 Hope Heralds CD is now available? Here's the details: The 2021 Hope Heralds CD, “Declare Your Praise” is now available. The CD can be ordered by emailing Karen Daling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or calling or texting her at 616-662-0784. When your order is shipped an invoice will be included, with a charge of $12 per CD for US shipments, and $14 per CD for shipments to Canada. We give thanks to God for the ability to praise His name in song once again this past summer. To God be the glory!

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

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This weekend saw the first measurable snow in West Michigan - adding a new dimension to the beauty of this fall season.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • This past week the seminary completed its eleventh week of the first semester. Remember to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they move toward the end of the semester. You will find the semester schedule and calendar posted on the seminary's website.
  • The second round of practice preaching is taking place this month on the Mondays of Nov.8 and 15. Sems. M.Koerner, I. Peters, and A.Haveman are delivering their second sermons of this semester.
  • Sem. Marcus Wee (senior) is in the final weeks of his six-month internship at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk. Besides regular preaching, he is also leading Bible studies, teaching catechism classes, making pastoral visits, and attending meetings.
  • The seminary's special conference on preaching was held on Oct.28-29 at Trinity PRC. If you were unable to attend and would like to listen to the speeches, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
  • The Spring PRT Journal is currently available in its digital forms on the seminary's website as well as in print. The printed copies have been mailed out. If you wish to pick up a copy, stop in at the seminary. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary. Work has begun on the fall 2021 issue as well.
  • The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • From Today's bulletin: We thank God for RDC Committee in organizing the events this past week where we could come to hear two edifying speeches by Pastor Josiah Tan. The recorded speeches on “The Word and Creeds in Me” and “The Reformation Living in Me” are now available for download/listen on the following link: www.cerc.org.sg and go to 2021 (3&4 Nov) “Always Reforming in Me” for the recorded messages.
    • The latest issue of "Reformed News Asia" is October 2021 - #64. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. V. Ibe led the services today. Today, we are celebrating 15 years of God’s goodness and mercy as an instituted Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines. Jehovah God be praised for all the spiritual blessings we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord!
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. R.Smit led her worship services today. Rev. Kleyn is scheduled to visit the Bearers of Light Community Church in Guiguinto today, the Lord willing, in order to preach and teach there.
    • Also from Provident PRC bulletin today - Rev. D. Holstege has been led by the Lord our God to accept the call to be the pastor of Wingham PRC in Ontario, Canada. The Lord willing, Rev. Holstege and Sis. Leah will be traveling to the Philippines this week (arriving on Wednesday) in order to finalize things here and to bid their farewells. They plan to return to the USA on December 1. May the Lord give them safe travels and bless them and their family as they soon take up their call and work in Wingham.

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Hebrews 11:11,12 and titled "By Faith Sarah Conceives." Next week he will deliver a special Thanksgiving Day message.
  • Did you read the November RWH newsletter? Visit the link to do so today and keep up with what is happening on the program and website!
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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The PRCA publishes a full curriculum of catechism materials - from all levels of Bible history to varying levels of Reformed doctrine. To review and download these materials, visit this page.

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • 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.

  • 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 is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (10-5), and Saturday (10-1).

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

Why does Paul say ‘faith in Jesus Christ’? Remember that in the third chapter of Second Corinthians Jesus Christ is called the soul of the law, so that, when separated from him, the law is likened to a corpse without vitality or strength (cf. 2 Cor. 3:6). What then must we do? To make the most of holy Scripture we must learn to go straight to Jesus Christ. And just as Paul here calls him the soul or spirit of the law, so elsewhere he says that he is its end (Rom. 10:4). Would we then spare ourselves the trouble of reading Scripture to no avail, and thus wasting time and effort? Let us go straight to Jesus Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3). What else is holy Scripture if not a mirror to help us behold our God? We know that our highest good, our happiness and glory is that God should reveal himself to us. Now Jesus Christ is the living image in whom God shows himself, as Paul writes in the fourth chapter of Second Corinthians (2 Cor. 4:4)

~ John Calvin, from sermon 23 on 2 Timothy, transl. Robert White, publ. Banner of Truth, 2019 (quoted in SE-GR PRC's bulletin today)

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PRC and Sister-Church News Highlights for November 7, 2021

The following are special highlights of PRC and sister-church news for this Sunday, November 7, the forty-fifth Lord's Day of this year 2021.Ps29 2

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps.118:24). On this new Lord's Day we bring our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving unto our sovereign Creator and Redeemer, who is worthy of all honor and glory.

Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. ...The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:1,2; 10,11

  • If you are new to this website and are interested in the PRC, we invite you to join us at any of our services (morning and afternoon/evening). For congregations, locations and times, visit this page.

  • Rev. D. Lee was installed as pastor of Kalamazoo PRC this morning. Rev. C. Griess led the service and Rev. Lee preached his inaugural sermon this evening. Her bullletin today contained this special note: "Following this morning's worship service, there will be a potluck dinner to welcome Rev. and Ling Lee to our fellowship. All are welcome to attend."

  • Today Rev. D. Holstege (missionary to the Philippines) accepted the call to Wingham PRC (Ontario, Can.). We share in the joy of this decision and leading of the Lord, and pray for the Holsteges and the saints in Wingham as they prepare for their new pastor.

  • Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) is considering the call to Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA). He plans to answer this call by Nov.14.

  • This Wednesday, Nov.10, under the auspices of Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB), the congregation of First PRC, Edmonton, AB, will be reorganized and the consistory reconstituted. Rev. A. Brummel (church visitor of Classis West) will lead the worship service and Rev. H.Bleyenberg will chair the congregational meeting afterward. We rejoice in this news and pray for the Lord's blessing on these plans and preparations.
     
  • Classical appointments and pulpit supply for today in the vacant PRCs: Rev. J.Langerak in Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA); Rev. J.Marcus in Doon (IA) PRC; Rev. A. Brummel in First PRC, Edmonton; Prof. B.Gritters and Rev. J.Slopsema in Grace PRC; Prof. R.Cammenga and Prof. R.Dykstra in Hudsonville PRC; Rev. M.DeVries in Wingham PRC.  We thank the Lord for this blessing of our church federation and the privilege to be able to help one another in this need.

  • For those who may still be limited to house worship, whether completely or partially, we invite you to visit the PR churches page and follow the links to the websites where the churches' livestream may be found. Or you may visit the selected audio sermon page and listen to one of your choice there.

  • Did you know that...
    • the Doon Young People's Society plans to host their annual Reformation Day singspiration tonight in Calvary PRC (Hull, IA), beginning at 7:45 P.M.? Why in Calvary PRC? Because Doon PRC's building is under construction. We hope there is a great turnout and the singing is a blessing.
    • Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD) had to have some "special" services today due to difficulty in getting pulpit supply? This morning they had a video sermon of Prof. B.Huizinga and this afternoon they had a 2 p.m. service so that Rev. M. DeBoer from Edgerton could come and lead her in worship. May these types of situations drive home the need there is for ministers of the gospel - and for us to pray for such!

PRC DENOMINATIONAL NEWS:

  • This week (Nov.9,10) Revs. W.Bruinsma and K.Koole will attend the 46th meeting of NAPARC at Shiloh OPC in Raleigh, NC. May the Lord bless their travels and labors on behalf of the denomination.

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The 6th graders from Hope PRCS in Grand Rapids, MI visited seminary this past week for a special class on the temple, taught by Prof. R. Cammenga.

PRC Seminary Notices:

  • This past week the seminary completed its tenth week of the first semester. Remember to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they carry out their day-to-day work. You will find the semester schedule and calendar posted on the seminary's website.
  • The second round of practice preaching takes place on the Mondays of Nov.8 and 15. Sems. M.Koerner, I. Peters, and A.Haveman will deliver their second sermons of this semester.
  • The seminary's special conference on preaching was held on Oct.28-29 at Trinity PRC. If you wre unable to attend and would like to listen to the speeches, they are available here and here.
  • The Spring PRT Journal is currently available in its digital forms on the seminary's website as well as in print. The printed copies have been mailed out. If you wish to pick up a copy, stop in at the seminary. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary. Work has begun on the fall 2021 issue as well.
  • The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
  • For the latest seminary news and information, visit the seminary's website.

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SISTER-CHURCH/MISSION NEWS:

  • Covenant ERC, Singapore and her Kolkata, India mission work:
    • Today's bulletin ("Pastoral Voice"): We continue our discussion on Evangelism in light of the covenant. Particularly now, we treat the question
      of how one is to do evangelism. With a neighbor that God has placed in my life, it is crucial that I start with prayer. Pray for the salvation of that particular unbeliever. Prayer prepares us spiritually for evangelism. Without God’s blessing, everything is vain. Next, I would make it a point to, in word and deed show that I care and love him or her. In this dark and self-centered world, it does not take long for someone to figure that out that you care and love them. When you ask him or her how are they, how is their family and sincerely give to them a listening ear. If you tell them if there is anything you can do to help them and assure them you love them by acts of Christian love, they will very soon know you care for them.
    • The latest issue of "Reformed News Asia" is October 2021 - #64. Be sure to check it out for the latest news from our sister!
  • Covenant PRC, N. Ireland:
    • Rev. A.Stewart continues to minister the Word faithfully to his flock in Ballymena.
    • There's a new CPRC newsletter available this month! Visit this page to view it and read it (*cf. the newsletter column on the right side of the webpage). It contains this note about the book in the photo above: Near the end of 2020, Bálint Vásárhelyi, with the help of several friends, sent to the press his Hungarian translation of Doctrine According to Godliness by Rev. Ron Hanko, our former pastor. The CPRC paid for the publication of these 500 hardback books to edify and strengthen Reformed believers in central Europe.
    • Pastor Stewart gave his annual Reformation Day Lecture on October 29. If you missed it, you may watch it here: “Fulgentius of Ruspe, the Sixth-Century N. African Church and God’s Saving Will.”
    • Be sure to check out the newest edition of "Covenant Reformed News" - October 2021. Follow the link to read the latest profitable articles.

  • PRC in the Philippines and her mission work:
    • Berean PRC bulletin: Rev. R.Smit led the services today.Rev. Ibe and elder Oriarte are scheduled to visit the saints in All of Grace Protestant Reformed Fellowship (AGPRF), Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija today. Rev. Ibe will lead them in their worship service and Bible study on Ephesians 4.
    • Provident PRC bulletin: Rev. D.Kleyn led her worship services today.
    • The Classis of the PRCP met this past Monday. Most of the work of the Classis was routine – treating the reports of the Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Standing
      Committees, and approving a budget for 2022. The Classis finished at about 4:30 p.m. May the Lord bless the work and decisions of the Classis.

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  • Currently, Rev. W.Bruinsma (Pittsburgh PRC, Pennsylvania) is the featured speaker, with focus on a series on Hebrews 11. Today's message is based on Hebrews 11:8-10 and titled "By Faith Abraham Obeys God’s Call."
  • Did you read the November RWH newsletter? Visit the link to do so today and keep up with what is happening on the program and website!
  • The Reformed Witness Hour publishes each month's messages in an attractive booklet. These printed sermons are a great blessing to many and are distributed all over the world, including to many prisoners in the U.S. If you or your Evangelism Committee would like to receive these, let the RWHC know and they will add you to the mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Need a good commentary on Galatians, or simply some good reading in important gospel teaching? Pick up this book this month from the RFPA!

  • Are you interested in learning more about the doctrines and practices of the PRC? Or, are you in need of some pamphlets and/or articles published by the PRC for use in evangelism and/or witnessing? Or are you simply interested in growing in your faith and walk with the Lord? Visit the Resources pages of this website and the PRCA Evangelism page for a complete list of materials available in digital format or by order from the publishing church.

  • 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.

  • 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 is open and you are welcome to shop the store in downtown Hudsonville (MI). Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (10-5), and Saturday (10-1).

This Week's Thought for Contemplation

The Word of God before us teaches that Noah’s actions were motivated by faith.  Faith is the evidence of things not seen, that is, it is the conviction that the promises God makes, though not seen, are nevertheless true and will happen.  But let us back up a bit in order that the full truth of this faith of Noah might be revealed in all its beauty.  In Genesis 6:8 we read of this important truth regarding Noah:  “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  Noah was the object of God’s grace.  God’s grace is His favorable disposition toward one who is undeserving of that favor.  God viewed Noah in His favor and love.  Noah did not earn this favor.  God did not look upon Noah and say: “now there is a just and perfect man.  I think he deserves My favor.”  Just the opposite was true.  Because Noah was the object of God’s grace he became a just and perfect man.  Before the work of God’s grace in the heart of this man, he was no different than the rest of the fallen human race.  God’s grace is not simply God’s undeserved favor, but in His grace God powerfully works in the hearts of those whom He has chosen in Christ, delivering them from the power and dominion of sin and making them partakers of the blessings found in the cross of Christ.

        God’s grace is that attitude of His favor according to which He grants to His elect people in Christ deliverance from the hold sin has on us.  That is true of us today.  It was true of Noah then, though the Messiah was not yet born.  Already Noah was viewed by God through the promise that Christ would come.  But what specifically did God in His grace perform in Noah’s heart that would eventually lead him to prepare the ark?  God regenerated Noah.  He took this fallen man who was born dead in sin and infused into his heart the life of Christ.  Because of that work of regeneration, man believes and repents, and that, by virtue of the grace received!  This was the grace Noah found in the eyes of the Lord.

        By virtue of the work of God’s grace in Noah’s heart he was regenerated, and as a result he was given to believe in God.  By that faith Noah, being warned of God, prepared an ark.  By means of faith God grafted Noah into Jesus Christ so that as a result of that life of Christ, Noah was convicted in his heart that what God told him would indeed come to pass.  He did not see it with his eyes.  It seemed so preposterous that with the natural eye a man could not see the vaguest possibility of it happening.  But Noah set to work building a large ark with a view to saving his family from a flood of water that would cover the whole earth and destroy every living thing.  The thought of that was so fantastic that the wicked world around Noah laughed and scoffed at him.  They were willingly ignorant of the truth that, even as God created all things by His power, so also God controlled His creation and could do with it what He chose.  But Noah believed God.  God had by His grace worked such faith in the heart of Noah, and Noah proceeded by faith.  Such faith was also sustained by God, or Noah would have given up many years before completing that ark.  It was only by the work of God’s grace in him that he was able to perform such an amazing feat! 

Taken from Rev. W. Bruinsma's October 2021 radio sermon, "By Faith Noah Prepares an Ark"

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