Last evening the pre-synodical service was held in the sanctuary of Zion PRC, the host of this year's PRC Synod. Rev. Rodney Kleyn (president of the 2021 Synod and pastor of First PRC-Grand Rapids) led the service and preached on "The Priority of Love," based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
Part of his application to synod and its work included these words: "With regard to synod and its work, the application is this, that God will answer our prayer for His presence and the work of His Spirit in our deliberations, first, by giving to us as delegates the attitudes and behaviors of love, here described in 1 Corinthians 13. Let us remember, this week, the words of verses 4-7 which describe the behavior of love, not only as we work with each other, but also as all of the work of synod comes before us: missions, seminary, contact committee, appeals, and the rest."
Today synod will begin its official sessions. The delegates will elect her officers and appoint a "Committee on Committees" to organize the work for the week.
And then its attention will be turned to the examination of one of the senior PRC seminary students - Sem. Marcus Wee from Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore (see photo above). This sister church of the PRC has asked the synod to examine Sem. Wee. The exam will begin Tuesday morning with the delivery of his specimen sermon. Starting Wednesday morning (and again Thursday morning), Sem. Wee will be examined in the main branches of his studies - dogmatics, knowledge of Scripture, knowledge of the confessions, church history, church polity, and practica. These parts of the exam are open to the public and will also be livestreamed through Zion PRC's website - in part for the benefit of his family, friends, and fellow saints in Singapore.
Look for the full report of Tuesday later today. Updates will be given as provided by the clerks of synod. Photos are compliments of elder John Van Baren.
Synod has appointed its officers and committees (cf. photos above). Rev. S. Key will serve as president; Prof. R. Dykstra as vice-president; Rev. J. Engelsma as 1st clerk; and Rev. N. Decker as 2nd clerk.
Synod 2nd clerk, Rev. N. Decker with the PRC stated clerk, Doug Mingerink, Sr.
Sem. Matt Koerner and elder Wee Gim Theng (CERCS)
Some of the support Sem. M. Wee has - his wife and some of his family from Singapore is here
Delegates and friends in Zion PRC's sanctuary for Sem. M. Wee's sermon this morning.
A unique panoramic view of the delegates seated in the basement of Zion PRC
Pastor Vernon Ibe, delegate from the PRC of the Philippines (sister church to the PRC)
The second clerk has drawn up his report of the first day:
Summary of 2022 PRCA Synod - Day 1 (June 14, 2022)
On Monday evening the pre-synodical service was held at Zion Protestant Reformed Church. Rev. Rodney Kleyn, the president of synod 2021, led the worship service. In the congregational prayer He beseeched our heavenly Father for His blessing upon all of the work that synod will take up in the coming days. He preached an appropriate and convicting sermon on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 under the theme “The Priority of Love.”
The 2022 Synod of the PRC officially convened at Zion Protestant Reformed Church at 8:00 AM Tuesday morning. The meeting began with devotions, the delegates of Synod singing Psalter 134 and Rev. Kleyn reading Psalm 48 and opening with prayer. It is appropriate to note what Article 32 of our Church Order says: “The proceedings of all assemblies shall begin by calling upon the name of God and be closed with thanksgiving.” The sessions of synod today and throughout the week will be filled with the delegates consciously seeking God for His wisdom and strength to carry out the work faithfully, with thanksgiving, to the glory of His name.
The first order of business was to accept the credentials of Classis East and Classis West. The delegates from Classis West are Keith Bruinsma (Peace PRC), Loren Gritters (Hull PRC), Chester Hunter (Edgerton PRC), Peter Smit (Hope PRC, Redlands), Phil VanBaren (Crete PRC), Rev. Ryan Barnhill (Heritage PRC), Rev. Allen Brummel (Calvary PRC), Rev. Josh Engelsma (Crete PRC), Rev. Steve Key (Loveland PRC) and Rev. Jim Laning (Hull PRC). The delegates from Classis East are Mike Gritters (Zion PRC), Jim Lanting (Cornerstone PRC), Sid Miedema (Unity PRC), John VanBaren (Hudsonville PRC), Dan VanUffelen (Hope PRC, GR), Rev. Nathan Decker (Grandville PRC), Prof. Russ Dykstra (Byron Center PRC), Rev. Garry Eriks (Unity PRC), Rev. Rodney Kleyn (First PRC, GR) and Rev. Bill Langerak (Trinity PRC).
With Synod officially constituted, the election of offices took place with the following results: President, Rev. Key; Vice-President, Prof. Dykstra; First Clerk, Rev. Engelsma; Second Clerk, Rev. Decker.
According to the rules of synod the faculty of the seminary (Prof. Cammenga, Prof. Griess, Prof. Gritters, Prof. Huizinga, and Prof. Kuiper) were seated and given advisory vote. Synod took the decision also to seat and give advisory vote to both Rev. Vernon Ibe from the Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines and Elder Wee Gim Theng from the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.
As they do at the beginning of every meeting of synod, the delegate stood and gave assent to the Public Declaration of Agreement with the Forms of Unity, which was read by Rev. Key. If any are interested, this declaration can be found in the little green Church Order book.
The president appointed the Committee on Committees tasked with dividing the work of synod into five committees. A picture of their report (along with other pictures) as adopted can be found under the news tab of our denominational website.
The highlight of the morning was listening to the specimen sermon of Mr. Marcus Wee. Mr. Wee preached on Jeremiah 33:15,16 under the theme “The Branch of Righteousness,” an edifying sermon delivered with conviction. Synod adopted the report of the sermon critics to approve Mr. Wee’s sermon and proceed to his oral examination, which will begin Wednesday morning. Mr. Wee will be examined in the six loci of dogmatics, knowledge of Scripture, knowledge of the confessions, church history, church polity, and practica. These parts of the exam are open to the public and will also be live-streamed through Zion PRC's website, in part for the benefit of his family, friends, and fellow saints in Singapore.
Synod recessed for the day around 11:00 AM to allow the pre-advice committees to do their work, and will begin again Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM.
Psalm 48:18, “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”
In Christ’s service Rev. N. Decker Second Clerk of Synod 202