Thursday, June 13, 2013: Today was a day of continued gratitude to God. Mr. Erik Guichelaar successfully sustained his examination before synod. He was examined in Church History, Church Polity, OT History, NT History, and Practica. With thanks to God, synod approved his examination and declared Mr. Guichelaar a candidate of the ministry of the Word and Sacraments eligible for call on or after July 13, 2013. As churches we have many reasons to give thanks – for the truth of God’s Word, the gifts God has given to this young man who confessed the truth so beautifully, and a seminary which faithfully teaches these truths so the church receives the truth each Sunday. (Picture is of Sem.E.Guichelaar with his wife Cherith and daughter Kennedy, and his parents, Gerry and Alice Guichelaar, from Wingham, ON.)
The PRC Synod is the broadest church assembly or gathering, made up of 20 delegates, 5 ministers and 5 elders from each Classis (of which there are two in the PRC). It meets annually during the second week of June to treat the ecclesiastical matters of the denomination (Missions, Seminary, etc.) and whatever matters have been brought from the narrower assemblies, viz., the Consistories and the Classes. The decisions of this body are published in the annual "Acts of Synod".
Tuesday, June 11, 2013: One of Synod's first actions every year is the appointment of committees. The work of Synod is usually didvided among five (5) committees. Attached is a pdf of these committee assignments.
Wednesday June 12, 2013: The truth of God’s Word that unifies our churches was confessed today as Mr. Erik Guichelaar was examined in the sections of Reformed Dogmatics. From 8:00am until noon, Mr. Guichelaar was asked questions in Theology, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. He gave a good account of his knowledge of this truth. As churches we have many reasons to give thanks – for the truth of God’s Word, the gifts God has given to this young men who confessed the truth so beautifully, and a seminary which faithfully teaches these truths so the church receives the truth each Sunday. The rest of his examination will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00am and should finish by noon. Again the examination will be live-streamed on Hudsonville’s website.
Monday, June 10, 2013: The pre-synodical service was held at Hudsonville PRC. Rev. Steve Key, the president of Synod 2012, preached a sermon on Psalm 133, reminding us to celebrate and give thanks to God for the unity He has given to our churches, as is evident from the items in the agenda of synod. There was also a time for prayer to thank God for our denomination and to ask God’s blessing upon the work of synod and our denomination. The sermon will be available on Hudsonville PRC's website soon.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013: After opening devotions led by Rev. Key, the president of Synod 2012, synod elected new officers with the following results: President – Rev. Ron Van Overloop; Vice-President – Rev. James Laning; First Clerk – Rev. Doug Kuiper; Second Clerk – Rev. Garry Eriks. Rev. Van Overloop welcomed, on behalf of synod, Mr. Wee Gim Theng, a delegate from our sister-church in Singapore, and Mr. Ivan Reid, a delegate from our sister-church in Northern Ireland.
On Tuesday morning, June 11, 2013 the synod and its visitors assembled in the sanctuary of Hudsonville PRC to hear the sermon of Mr. Erik Guichelaar. Synod unanimously approved his sermon, stating that the sermon demonstrated that Mr. Guichelaar has the gifts to preach a sermon for the edification of God’s people. Synod took this opportunity to thank God for the sermon and to thank the seminary faculty for their faithful labors.
Synod is to convene on Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM. Following a specimen sermon by Seminarian Erik Guichelaar Tuesday morning, the various committees of pre-advice will spend the rest of Tuesday drawing-up their advice. Sem.Guichelaar's exam is to take place Wednesday and Thursday mornings. His graduation is scheduled for Thursday evening. The various sessions of Synod are open to the public, and you are invited to attend. Synod covets your prayers for the guidance of the Spirit in their deliberations.