Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: Jonathan Edwards

Our weekly mid-week meeting will again be spent in times of singing, prayer, and study of the Lord's rule over His church. This week we will look at the impact of  Jonathan Edwards and the role he played in the Great Awakening. Join us!

 

 By Engraved by R Babson & J Andrews; Print. by Wilson & Daniels [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Engraved by R Babson & J Andrews; Print. by Wilson & Daniels [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: The Great Awakening

You're welcome to join us for our continuing study of Church History! This week we'll be studying the Great Awakening and its impact in New England and the rest of the American colonies (with, of course, consideration of its impact on Canada and Canadian churches too!)

"The Great Awakening was a time of great religious interest that began in New England and spread throughout the American colonies. It was spearheaded by the great preacher George Whitefield, and aided by America’s most prominent pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will explain the history of this influential movement, focusing on its key figures. He will also look back to England and revisit the ministry and influence of John Wesley during this time period."

Excerpt from Jonathan Edwards sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loath-
some insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. 

Cf. Psalm 138:8

 

(For those just tuning in, we are continuing a video series on church history that has been put out by Ligonier Ministries. Each video lecture comes with a study guide that has discussion questions for us to reflect on together and portions of God's Word to meditate on. We've found it to be very uplifting and informative! It is truly amazing how the Lord has built up and preserved His church through the course of these quickly passing years!)

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday, April 8th -- Guest Preacher: Rev Fletcher Matandika

Join us on Sunday, April 8th for our regular worship services with a special guest preacher, our former pastor, Rev. Fletcher Matandika. He will be preaching for us while our current pastor preaches at the Coram Deo Reformed Presbyterian Church in Squamish, BC. 

Rev. Matandika will be preaching in both services. 

If you haven't yet heard of Coram Deo in Squamish, it is a mission church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA) which is being lead by Patrick McNeely. Mr. McNeely will be ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on April 11th at a special ordination service. For nearly the whole of last year, the core group of this church planting effort in Squamish would come into Vancouver on Sundays and worship with our congregation. We've been most thankful for their presence and encouragement to us and look forward to seeing how God leads this continuing work to establish a faithful, confessional, and Reformed church in Squamish!

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: John Wesley and George Whitefield

What do these two men mean in the history of the Christian church? Join us this week as we study the life and impact of John Wesley and George Whitefield as they served in England and North America. 

In this lecture, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey will introduce both of these men, the spiritual context within which they worked, and the results of their ministries. 

(For those just tuning in, we are continuing a video series on church history that has been put out by Ligonier Ministries. Each video lecture comes with a study guide that has discussion questions for us to reflect on together and portions of God's Word to meditate on. We've found it to be very uplifting and informative! It is truly amazing how the Lord has built up and preserved His church through the course of these quickly passing years!)

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Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services at 2pm and 4pm

With the start of a new month, we gather again for holy worship on the Lord's Day! Every Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as he shattered the bonds of death and brought us with him into the eternal inheritance he has secured for you and me through his blood and righteousness!

If you would like to know more about the Christian gospel, please visit us and talk with our members! There are almost always other visitors in our services and so you won't be the only one who needs to be oriented to what is taking place in our worship. 

May God bless you today and always and fill you with hope in the certainty of Christ's resurrection from the grave!

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: The Enlightenment

Join us Wednesday night at 7pm for our continued study of Dr. W. Robert Godfrey's lecture series on church history.

Our lesson this week will be on "The Enlightenment" and its profound impact on Western thought. What impact did this shift from a religious outlook on life to a 'humanist' outlook on life have in church and society? 

Please email pastor@vancouverapc.org  for directions to the private home where we have our regular midweek meeting. We'd love to see you there!

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Services & Start of a New Preaching Series!

"The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever." (Psalm 138)

As part of our new 'request-a-psalm' preaching series, we will be exploring a variety of psalms throughout the course of the next year. Once a month, Pastor Norm will preach from Psalms that have been requested by congregants.

First up... Psalm 138! May God bless our hearing and receiving of His Holy Word!

As always, this is our friendly encouragement to join us on Sunday at 2pm and 4pm for worship services. We'd love to see you join us!

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Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Ordination Service for Gerald Epp

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God has blessed our congregation with another deacon to serve in our midst and encourage us in our walk in Christ Jesus. We're excited that Gerald Epp is now ready to be ordained after a time of testing and training. 

I charge you, Gerald, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be diligent in receiving the gifts of God’s people, wise and cheerful in the distribution of the same, sympathetic and self-denying in the ministry of Christian mercy.
— The Charge to the Deacon

As part of the service, our dear brother will be given this charge to carry out his duty well and with great diligence:

The Reminder
The office of deacon is based upon the interest and love of Christ for his church. This interest is so great that he deems what is done unto the least of his brothers as done unto Him, thus appointing the needy to represent himself in our expression of sympathy and benevolent service on earth. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' (Mat 25:35-36 ESV)

The specialty of the Deacon's office is, that it embraces of itself no other function, and that it binds its possessor to do what he can to prevent the ministry of the Word, or the work of the Eldership, from being hindered by the burden of temporal matters.

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Carter in Performance!

One of our members will be a featured performer with the UBC Symphony Orchestra on March 9th! Carter Johnson won the 2018 UBC Concerto Competition and secured an opportunity to play on stage at the Chan Centre. We're all invited! 

To learn more, check out: https://music.ubc.ca/calendar-index/2018/3/9/ubc-symphony-orchestra-2018-concerto-competition-winner

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Congregational Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb 28 at 7pm at the Frasers’ home. We will review our finances, approve our 2018 budget, and take time for discussion together. Session also asks that you would prayerfully prepare to vote on calling Gerald Epp to the office of Deacon as we are proposing that he be elected to this office of service in our congregation. Info for the meeting will be distributed soon. 

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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Communion Service this Lord's Day at 2pm

Communion Service (Sun 2pm)

We will be commemorating our Lord’s death and receiving His life-giving gift in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday.  After our services, we are all invited to the Frasers’ house for a potluck dinner.

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.

Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8a).

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Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Services - 2pm and 4pm... "They Ought to Appreciate Me"

Our sermon this Sunday will be from Matthew 5:10-12 and what it means to be salt and light in the world. On this text a lot has been written but John Stott does an excellent job introducing us to the real tension in this text and the way it unfolds in our lives. 

He writes, 

“The values and standards of Jesus are in direct conflict with the commonly accepted values and standards of the world. The world judges the rich to be blessed, not the poor, whether in the material or in the spiritual sphere; the happy go-lucky and carefree, not those who take evil so seriously that they mourn over it; the strong and brash, not the meek and gentle; the full not the hungry; those who mind their own business, not those who meddle in other men’s matters and occupy their time in do-goodery like ‘showing mercy’ and ‘making peace’; those who attain their ends even if necessary by devious means, not the pure in heart who refuse to compromise their integrity; those who are secure and popular, and live at ease, not those who have to suffer persecution.” (John Stott, The Sermon on the Mount, p.54)

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Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Happiness within? Or blessedness from above?

Our regular worship services will be held at 2pm and 4pm and we'd love to have you join us. We will be contemplating the beatitudes found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). 

These remarkable teachings of our Lord Jesus  Christ serve as the groundwork for all that follows in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is teaching us what we need to know about ourselves and about the way in which we can live the blessed life. 

Allegedly, Michelangelo, the famous sculptor and painter, once said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” This is a very fitting impression of our natural human optimism about what we can produce in our own lives if we quest after happiness within. 

BUT

Isn't there always a nagging sense that there is something horribly wrong? An inescapable recognition of guilt and an offense which we have all committed against the Lord God? 

Jesus, our king, gives us a glorious and trustworthy declaration of what it means to be blessed from above - to receive His blessing to us! 

No longer do we search within ourselves for happiness but look to heaven to receive happiness, holiness, and blessedness from our Lord and King!

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Jan
21
2:00 PM14:00

Join us for worship! 2pm and 4pm

Our pastor is back from California and preaching for us on Mark 2:18-23! 

This passage was chosen to orient us to the Sermon on the Mount and the implications of Jesus' ministry for us. Jesus teaches us some amazing things concerning the newness of the kingdom of heaven for all who belong to this kingdom by faith!

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Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Guest Preacher Patrick McNeely at the APC

As a congregation, we invite you to join us in Holy Worship as we hear from God's Word and praise His name. 

While our pastor is away at a conference, we will be led in worship by Mr. Patrick McNeely who has been ably preaching for us for several months now whenever the need arises. We've been most grateful for his gifts and pray for a blessing on his proclamation of the Word. 

Sermon Text

 John 1:1-18

Sermon

“Who is Jesus Christ?”

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New Years Day Service
Jan
1
10:30 AM10:30

New Years Day Service

Join us for a special worship service as we commemorate the start of the New Year and pray for the Lord's wisdom, power and blessing to be with us in 2018. 

We will be meeting in our regular location and we would love to see you join us if you are able to make it! 

The start of a New Year is always an opportunity to give special attention to the Word of God and to meditate on the blessings we have received from His fatherly hand. It also is a great time to consider how we are to live in the year that is ahead. 

 

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Come to the Table! Communion Service
Dec
31
2:00 PM14:00

Come to the Table! Communion Service

As one of the many congregations that the LORD will be drawing together for worship and fellowship on the Lord's Day, we have the privilege of hearing from God's Word as we close out another year.

Just think of how many other congregations will be acting as we do and responding to the gracious Word of God  around the globe tomorrow - it's a glorious thought! 

We will be celebrating the Lord's Supper together as a congregation and we invite all who have made profession of their faith and who live in repentance and godliness to come to the Table!

If you're new to church, we encourage you to talk to Pastor Norm or Elder Fraser about the reasons why we ask you to refrain from partaking of the Lord's Supper until you know more about this sacred meal and its corresponding seriousness! The Lord nourishes the faith of believers in the sacrament but also brings judgment against those who partake in unbelief. 

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Lord's Day Worship Services (Guest Preacher!)
Dec
24
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services (Guest Preacher!)

While our pastor is away for a family trip, we will be welcoming Rev. Gary Zekveld of the New Westminster URC (http://www.newwesturc.ca/) to our pulpit to lead us in worship in our 2pm service. 

Elder Fraser will lead our second service and continue in our study of the book of 1st Kings.

Rev Zekveld has preached for us many times over the years and we are thankful for his ministry of the Word to us. 

As always, you are most welcome to join us in worship and to participate with us in holy worship!

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Lord's Day Worship Services
Dec
17
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services

As the Lord's Day draws near, we are again drawn together to the worship of our Holy God as an ecclesia (gathering) of believers. We do so with adoration of our Holy God and with wonder at His saving ways! 

To promote our understanding of the Kingship of Christ, I wanted to share a rich quote to meditate on from John Calvin's lectures Jeremiah 23:1-8, where he writes: 

The difference between the righteousness of Christ and the righteousness of kings ought to be here noticed. 
 
They who rule well can in no other way administer righteousness and judgment than by being careful to render to every one his own, and that by checking the audacity of the wicked, and by defending the good and the innocent; this only is what can be expected from earthly kings. 
 
But Christ is far different: for he is not only wise so as to know what is right and best, but he also endues his own people with wisdom and knowledge; he executes judgment and righteousness, not only because he defends the innocent, aids them who are oppressed, gives help to the miserable, and restrains the wicked; but He doeth righteousness, because he regenerates us by His Spirit, and He also doeth judgment, because he bridles, as it were, the devil. 
 
We now then understand the design of what I said, that we ought to mark the transcendency of Christ over earthly kings, and also the analogy [similarity]; for there is some likeness and some difference: the difference between Christ and other kings is very great and yet there is a likeness in some things; and earthly kings are set forth to us as figures and types of him.

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Sunday Services
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Services

As we await the return of our Saviour, let's reflect on the word of the LORD in Romans 12: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." 

Part of our sharing in life together is gathering for worship and we do so with the incredible gift of living in a country where free assembly as Christians is possible. May we continue to thank God for this privilege!

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Sunday Services at 2pm and 4pm
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Services at 2pm and 4pm

Do you worship God or know what it means to worship Him? 

We open our doors every Sunday for the express purpose of sharing the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and we warmly invite you to join us!

Whether you live nearby or must travel from some distance, you can expect a warm welcome when you join us and a great time of fellowship (ie. a great spread of food and decent church coffee/tea) in between our two services. 

Pastor Norm will be starting to preach on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1ff) and Elder Hugh Fraser will teach from the book of the Kings in our second service. 

 

 

Photo by Spencer Watson on Unsplash

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Worship Services - All Welcome!
Nov
26
2:00 PM14:00

Worship Services - All Welcome!

We invite you to join us on Sunday (truth be told, you're ALWAYS welcome :) but we want you to be assured that we are having services every Sunday and you're invited to join us)!

Pastor Norm is continuing to preach through the Gospel of Matthew and we've come to Matthew 4:18-25 and the account of Jesus' ministry in Galilee and the profound response of the people of the ancient land of Galilee to the message they heard. 

Here was the Son of God announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God! Join us as we see how the coming of the Kingdom of God has everything to do with our belief that God keeps His promises! 

 

Do you know and believe that Jesus Christ is your Saviour? Do you trust that you are saved from your sins and the judgement that is surely coming through the Mediation of Christ? 

Let us tell you about the gospel (the good news) of salvation!

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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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