Study of Reformation Church History
Nov
1
to Nov 29

Study of Reformation Church History

In lieu of our regular Wednesday night Bible Study, we will be taking time to watch a series of lectures by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey of Westminster Seminary California on the Reformation and its impact upon the Church. 

As a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries, Dr. Godfrey produced an extensive survey course of Church History and we will be watching these video lectures over the course of the month of November. Please join us if you are able to! We'd love to have you participate with us in learning together and discussing the impact of these major changes that swept through the Western Church from 1500-1620. 

More information on the video series with Dr. Godfrey can be found here:  http://www.ligonier.org/store/a-survey-of-church-history-part-3-dvd/

The course description is as follows:

Summary

We live in a world that has been profoundly shaped by events that occurred in the sixteenth century. In addition to landmark developments in economics, government, and culture, this crucial century witnessed a powerful renewal of biblical Christianity. Amid opposition and uncertainty, faithful Christian leaders expressed a passion for the gospel and a commitment to the authority of Scripture that have influenced generations of believers. In this third installment of his journey through church history, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey brings to life the stories of those who dedicated their lives to proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in the Protestant Reformation. 

Photo by Phil Goodwin on Unsplash

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Lord's Day Worship Services (Nov 19)
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services (Nov 19)

When we set aside time on the Lord's Day to worship God and hear from His Word, we demonstrate in a very vivid and tangible way that we are devoted to the worship of the One True God! It's become common to say, "oh, I believe in God' but to accord no time in ones' life to the worship of God. 

This must not be. 

Rather, the Word of God calls us to gather regularly together to worship and feed on God's Word. 

We'll be continuing in our sermon series in the Gospel of Matthew and looking at Matthew 4:13-17 which details the start of Jesus' ministry. 

Daniel Doriani helpfully writes on this passage: "Every believer has new life through his union with Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The old self is crucified with Christ, 'so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin -- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin' (Romans 6:6-7). This does not mean that the believer will never sin again. In this life, we cannot escape sin's reach. Our experience of God's reign is partial. Yet, since we are 'alive to God in Christ Jesus', we do not let sin reign (6:11-12). The Christian has died to sin in the sense that we are no longer its slaves or prisoners, under its dominion, so that there is at least the hope of living faithfully. Still, we must consider why we experience the gap between our essence - belonging to Christ - and our practice of falling into sin." (Reformed Expositor's Commentary, p. 87)

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Lord's Day Worship - Sunday, November 12
Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship - Sunday, November 12

As Sunday approaches, we pray that you will enjoy the days ahead and wake up on the Lord's Day with the knowledge that Christ is Risen, We are Redeemed, and He shall Return soon! What a glorious truth we confess together as believers in the Lord!

In our worship services together (to which all are invited and welcome!), we will hear from God's Word in the Psalms, in our Old Testament reading, and in our New Testament reading from the Gospel of Matthew. 

Our second service will be devoted to a time of instruction in the teachings of our church as found in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, in the singing of a psalm and the lifting up of prayers to our God, and a continuation of our survey of the Bible as we look at the message of 1st Kings.
 

Photo by Rob Bye on Unsplash

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Squamish Hiking Day
Nov
11
12:00 PM12:00

Squamish Hiking Day

Together with some delightful visitors from the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA), several of us from the congregation had a great hike in Squamish, BC! It was a rainy (of course) but delightful time of seeing God's good creation and spending time with fellow believers!

With our proximity to so many incredible scenes of spectacular creation, we are keen to get out and explore it together! Perhaps soon we can arrange a wintry snow-hike!

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Worship Services - November 5
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

Worship Services - November 5

You're invited to worship with us at 2pm and 4pm. We will be continuing our sermon series through the gospel of Matthew in our first service and Elder Fraser will teach us from the book of 1st Kings in our second service. 

Our services are back to back but we have about 45 minutes of refreshments and fellowship together so that we all get a break to stretch and prepare for further instruction from God's Word!

As always, if you'd like to catch up on our sermon series through Matthew, you can check out our sermons leading up to this point at www.sermonaudio.com/vancouverapc

We'd love to see you join us and we pray that you will be blessed in worshipping with us!

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Nov
3
to Nov 4

Reformation Conference in Lynden, WA

The Lynden United Reformed Church will be hosting Dr. Robert Godfrey and Dr. Scott Clark for a series of speeches on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. 

I (Pastor Norm) had the great privilege of studying church history under both these men at Westminster Seminary California and I would highly recommend that you make plans to attend. It promises to be an informative (and frequently humourous) conference that will give you further reason for thanksgiving in the way in which the LORD God brought about a Reformation in the Western church some 500 years ago. 

Check out all the details at http://www.lyndenurc.org/conference/

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Guest Preacher and Holy Communion
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Guest Preacher and Holy Communion

We welcome Patrick McNeely to our pulpit again as we hear from the Word of God and feast together in our service of communion! 

For all who live in rebellion against God and unbelief, this holy food and drink will bring you only further condemnation. If you do not yet confess Jesus Christ and seek to live under his gracious reign, we admonish you to be reconciled to Him as the most important thing you can do in this time!

But all who repent and believe are invited to this sacred meal not because you are worthy in yourself, but because you are clothed in Christ’s perfect righteousness. Do not allow the weakness of your faith or your failures in the Christian life to keep you from this table.

For it is given to us because of our weakness and because of our failures, in order to increase our faith by feeding us with the body and blood of Jesus Christ. As the Word has promised us God’s favor, so also our Heavenly Father has added this confirmation of his unchangeable promise. So come, believing sinners, for the table is ready.

 

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Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

A (Scottish) Canadian Thanksgiving Feast

A (Scottish) Canadian Thanksgiving Feast

In July of this year, Norman Van Eeden Petersman got a call from a police officer asking, "are you the pastor of the Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church?" Fearing that something was wrong with one of our congregants, he responded that yes he was. Well, this call was of a very different nature! 

The officer explained that he was arranging a visit of 40 Scottish high school students and chaperones from the village of Kinlochbervie who would be coming to Vancouver in October. They were coming to Vancouver to learn more about the life and legacy of Lance Corporal Roberth MacBeath, a Victoria Cross recipient in WWI who had subsequently been killed in the line of duty as a Vancouver Police officer. As their visit would occur over Thanksgiving weekend, he asked if our congregation would be interested in hosting a proper Canadian Thanksgiving dinner for these visitors. We were delighted to be asked and began making plans for a feast! 

The dinner was held on October 7th at the downtown hotel where the students were staying and our congregation brought all the fixings for a turkey dinner. We had turkey, ham, yams, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salads, and, of course, pumpkin pie. We noticed that the Scottish students didn't seem very smitten with pumpkin pie... so perhaps the Scots need further introduction to this fixture of a Canadian thanksgiving meal. We spent several hours with the students and chaperones and had a wonderful time visiting with them and learning more about our respective communities. We had the privilege of opening and closing our meal in prayer and singing Psalm 100 together. Hugh Fraser explained the history of Thanksgiving Day in Canada and we also heard a great presentation from one of the teachers about the life of Robert MacBeath. All in all, it was a blessed opportunity to display the love of Christ and the hospitality of Christians to these students and chaperones from Kinlochbervie. Our prayer is that the Lord would continue to bring about His good purposes through this simple action!

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Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Bible Study

We will be meeting for our regular Bible Study at the Frasers' home for further study of God's Word through the Apostle Peter. 

There's so much there for us to discover and learn about God's Word and the way that we are to live in light of God's promises to us!

All are welcome!

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Worship services for July 16
Jul
16
2:00 PM14:00

Worship services for July 16

You're invited to worship with us at 2pm and 4pm. We will be continuing our sermon series through the Apostle Paul's letters to the Thessalonian church. 

We're now in 2 Thessalonians and you can check out our sermons leading up to this point at www.sermonaudio.com/vancouverapc

We'd love to see you join us and we pray that you will be blessed in worshipping with us!

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Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Induction Service of Rev. Van Eeden Petersman

INDUCTION (NOUN): THE INSTALLATION OF A PASTOR IN A NEW WORK OF MINISTRY IN A CONGREGATION

On February 17th, we had the joy of witnessing the induction of our new pastor, Rev. Norm Van Eeden Petersman, into his new call! We had a wonderful time of worship and thanksgiving together followed by a rich array of food for all who came out.

It was great to see old faces and new faces joining together in this event marking the beginning of Pastor Norm's ministry to our congregation. 

Rev. Calum MacInnes, of Inverness, Scotland, lead the Induction Service and preached a powerful sermon on 1 Corinthians 3, entitled "God's Workers and God's Workmanship." It was a blessing to be reminded of the Lord's plans for His church and the truth that He uses humble (and unimpressive) servants to do His will. After the sermon, Rev. Tom Aicken of the Langley Free Reformed Church gave the charge to Pastor Norm and to the congregation. 

Rev. MacInnes addressing the charge to Rev. Van Eeden Petersman

Rev. MacInnes addressing the charge to Rev. Van Eeden Petersman

Pausing for a Photo Together

Pausing for a Photo Together

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