Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 5
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 5

We are continuing our ongoing Bible study in the book of Exodus on Wednesday night at the Frasers’ home. Please join us for this time of prayer, song, and the study of scripture.

In preparation for Lesson 5, please read Exodus 3:1-4:17 as we will explore the Lord’s summons for Moses to confront Pharaoh. The Gospel takes on a new dynamic in the events of the Exodus of God’s people from their place of bondage and grief.

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The Message of the Exodus Event

“The exodus motif is the Bible’s grand narrative, and it is one of the best stories because it encompasses all the major aspects of God’s work of salvation through Christ: redemption from sin, suffering, and the tyranny of the devil (the exodus from Egypt and Pharaoh); bringing us into the very presence of God (represented at Sinai); wilderness wanderings (pilgrimage toward a special place); and possession of the land of Canaan (ultimately symbolizing entitlement to the world-to-come; cf. Heb 4) in order to be a unified, holy people in a place where they might worship God perpetually.”

Bryan Estelle, Echoes of Exodus, pg 5

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 4

We are continuing our new study of the book of Exodus on Wednesday night at the Frasers’ home. Please join us for this time of prayer, song, and the study of scripture.

In preparation for Lesson 4, please read Exodus 2:23-25 and review Psalm 105 as we will explore the overarching story that takes on a new dynamic in the events of the Exodus of God’s people from their place of bondage and grief.

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The Message of the Exodus Event

“The exodus motif is the Bible’s grand narrative, and it is one of the best stories because it encompasses all the major aspects of God’s work of salvation through Christ: redemption from sin, suffering, and the tyranny of the devil (the exodus from Egypt and Pharaoh); bringing us into the very presence of God (represented at Sinai); wilderness wanderings (pilgrimage toward a special place); and possession of the land of Canaan (ultimately symbolizing entitlement to the world-to-come; cf. Heb 4) in order to be a unified, holy people in a place where they might worship God perpetually.”

Bryan Estelle, Echoes of Exodus, pg 5

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Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 3

We are continuing our new study of the book of Exodus on Wednesday night at the Frasers’ home. Please join us for this time of prayer, song, and the study of scripture.

In preparation for Lesson 3, please read Exodus 2:11-25 and review Acts 6:8-7:60 as we will explore the overarching story that takes on a new dynamic in the events of the Exodus of God’s people from their place of bondage and grief.

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The Message of the Exodus Event

“The exodus motif is the Bible’s grand narrative, and it is one of the best stories because it encompasses all the major aspects of God’s work of salvation through Christ: redemption from sin, suffering, and the tyranny of the devil (the exodus from Egypt and Pharaoh); bringing us into the very presence of God (represented at Sinai); wilderness wanderings (pilgrimage toward a special place); and possession of the land of Canaan (ultimately symbolizing entitlement to the world-to-come; cf. Heb 4) in order to be a unified, holy people in a place where they might worship God perpetually.”

Bryan Estelle, Echoes of Exodus, pg 5

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Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Psalm 22 and Our Righteousness in Christ

The glory of the gospel we proclaim is central here: The LORD shows mercy to the undeserving who believe in Him – in fact, He has long ago promised and sworn an oath and covenant to redeem a precious multitude of weak, weary, distressed, and despairing sinners!

This was demonstrated in David’s own life – when the Lord did, in the words of Psalm 22 vs 20, deliver David’s soul from the sword, and redeem his precious life from the power of the dog – saved him from the mouth of the lion – and rescued him from the horns of the wild oxen

But you and I know there is so much more to this story than the opening scenes in David’s life.

For however much we might join with men in evaluating other people’s fortunes and concluding that they were nothing much, the LORD retunes our minds and captures our believing hearts by describing His holiness, justice and righteous love for His people through the actions of One MAN.

For just as much as we confront the sting of sin and death in our assessment of our own actions – we rejoice that God judged ANOTHER MAN in our place!

This was no case of mistaken identity – this was a work of the Son to deliberately substitute HIMSELF FOR US – and undergo the judgment of God against us IN OUR PLACE!

Ordinarily, sinners meet God’s righteous judgment with one clear statement: guilty and deserving of everlasting punishment in hell, where the worm does not die and the fire of God’s wrath is never quenched.

Yet this is the truth: God has judged ONE MAN’s action in a way that runs so counter to the estimation and ideas of fallen mankind.

Our Heavenly Father, loving all who believe in the Son so much that He would not condemn them, has instead given His Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

How can we not perish?

When we are declared forgive and fully obedient.

How can this happen when we are afflicted, weak, despised by the world and sinners ourselves?

What must happen?

We must be justified – and so we are through the ministry of life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man

How are we justified?

When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour!

That’s it!

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Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Services and a Guest Preacher: Rev Tom Aicken

In Isaiah’s vision, he describes how one seraphim (angelic messenger and guardian of the holy sanctuary) called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for." (Isaiah 6:3-7 ESV)

With this wondrous vision of the LORD’s majesty before us, we are invited to worship Him in Spirit and in truth on this coming Lord’s Day!

Pastor Norm will be attending a conference and taking a course at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, CA from Jan 18-25. Rev. Tom Aicken will lead our 2pm worship service on Sunday.

Come and Worship!

About Our Guest Preacher (from KARI 550, a local Christian radio station)

Rev. Tom Aicken, grew up in Maple Ridge and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. Later that year he married his wife, Marion. He completed a Master of Divinity in 1973 at Knox College (affiliated with the University of Toronto) and that same year was licensed to preach and ordained to the pastoral ministry.

Mr. Aicken served four churches before coming to the Langley Free Reformed Church in July 2008: St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in Canada) in Bathurst, NB, 1973-1976; Grace Presbyterian Church (Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod) in Halifax, NS, 1976-1983; Covenant Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) in Langley, BC, 1983-1990; and the Orthodox Reformed Church of New Westminster (Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches) in New Westminster, BC, 1990-2008.

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 2

We are continuing our new study of the book of Exodus on Wednesday night at the Frasers’ home. Please join us for this time of prayer, song, and the study of scripture.

In preparation for Lesson 2, please read Exodus 1:15-2:10 & Psalm 3.

List the key characters and paraphrase the Exodus passage in your own words.

And then, as a way to remember how incredible this story is, I want you to think about how you would respond if your sister was Moses’ mother and she said that her plan to deliver her son was to bring him to the place where the Hebrew boys were being drowned and she would place him in an ‘ark-basket’ as a way to save his life. What follow up questions would you naturally want to ask her?

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The Backdrop to the Exodus Event

In Genesis 15:12-21, “God promised Abraham an offspring and a land, and he fulfilled these promises in two stages. The first stage of fulfillment is in the old covenant, with the nation Israel and the land of Canaan. Israel was the promised offspring, and Canaan was the Promised Land. These promises, however, were not an end in themselves, for God also promised Abraham that through him he would bless the nations. The second, and greater, stage of fulfillment is in the new covenant. God’s promise of an offspring is fulfilled in believers and their children, and his promise of a land looks forward to the greater fulfillment of the new heavens and new earth. The nation of Israel and the land of Canaan were only temporary, first-level fulfillments of God’s promise to Abraham. With the coming of Christ, a greater fulfillment has occurred.”

Zach Keele & Michael Brown, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored, pg 86

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Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

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

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!” (Psalm 105)

If you’re visiting with us for the first time, we’re especially glad that you’ve come! Our prayer is that you would be blessed in our service of worship together. Our desire is that you would grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ!

If you or someone you know has questions about the worship service or needs pastoral counsel, please reach out to Pastor Norm or Hugh Fraser for help.

God Addresses Us in the Preaching of His Word

The sermon addresses us in such a manner as to bring us under conviction of our sin; and it deals with us in such a way that we feel our whole life is involved, and we go out saying, “I can never go back and live just as I did before. This has done something to me, it has made a difference to me. I am a different person as the result of listening to this.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

Sermon Text: Matthew 9:35-38

“Jesus’ Compassionate Commission of More Labourers for His Harvest”

  1. Our Saviour Sees a Great Need

  2. Our Savior Shows Great Compassion

  3. Our Saviour Commissions His Disciples for a Great Harvest


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Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Exodus Bible Study - Lesson 1

We are beginning our new study of the book of Exodus on Wednesday night at the Frasers’ home. Please join us for this time of prayer, song, and the study of scripture.

In preparation for Lesson 1, please read Exodus 1:1-14 and Revelation 12 as we will explore the overarching story that takes on a new dynamic in the events of the Exodus of God’s people from their place of bondage and grief.

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The Backdrop to the Exodus Event

In Genesis 15:12-21, “God promised Abraham an offspring and a land, and he fulfilled these promises in two stages. The first stage of fulfillment is in the old covenant, with the nation Israel and the land of Canaan. Israel was the promised offspring, and Canaan was the Promised Land. These promises, however, were not an end in themselves, for God also promised Abraham that through him he would bless the nations. The second, and greater, stage of fulfillment is in the new covenant. God’s promise of an offspring is fulfilled in believers and their children, and his promise of a land looks forward to the greater fulfillment of the new heavens and new earth. The nation of Israel and the land of Canaan were only temporary, first-level fulfillments of God’s promise to Abraham. With the coming of Christ, a greater fulfillment has occurred.”

Zach Keele & Michael Brown, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored, pg 86

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Jan
6
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services - January 6

We come, in humble faith, to worship the Lord our God each week for a time of renewal and blessing from our God.

We invite you to join us at 2pm and 4pm for our worship services. We will be reading from a host of passages in the Scriptures and particularly focusing on Jesus’ exhortations for us not to worry in Matthew 6.

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Jan
1
10:30 AM10:30

New Years Day Service

New Years Day Service (Jan 1, 10:30am)

We will hold a special service of worship on January 1st as we begin another year together in a time of prayer, praise, and reflection upon God’s Holy Word. All are invited to attend!

Our readings in the Scriptures will focus on the Lord’s exhortations to us as children of the Living God in the opening chapters of 1st John and then we will be addressed in the preaching of Hebrews 13 with a look at the glorious benediction which belongs to all who belong to the Great Shepherd of the Sheep!

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Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Communion Service

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Sunday during our 2pm worship service.

While united in our celebration of this gracious gift of God to us, we will join together to pray:

“Almighty God, you are the creator and Lord of all things. You are the Sovereign Majesty whom we have offended. You are our most loving and merciful Father, who has given us your son to reconcile us to Yourself: who has ratified the New Covenant with his most precious blood; and has instituted this holy sacrament to be celebrated in remembrance of him till His coming.

We do not presume to come to this your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your abundant and great mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ and to drink His blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, so that we may forever dwell in him, and he in us. Sanctify these your creatures of bread and wine, which, according to your institution and command, we set apart for this holy use, that they may be sacramentally the body and blood of the Son Jesus Christ. In whose name we pray, Amen.”

Come, for the table of the Lord has been laid out for you!

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Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

Thanksgiving Day Service

We will be holding a special Thanksgiving Service on Monday, October 8th so that we might gather as a congregation for prayer and praise of the Lord our Holy God.

He has given us so much to be thankful for! Salvation in Christ, fellowship together in the Holy Spirit, and everlasting security in the arms of our Holy Father!

We also praise Him for the various temporal blessings that we enjoy from our Heavenly Father. We give thanks for food and shelter, for employment and energy to carry out our various callings, for financial resources and assistance, and for a fine country blessed by many strong institutions to call home!

As we remember our blessings, we give thanks to God!

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Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home
Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home

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Team Vancouver APC invites you to join us at the Ride for Refuge in Richmond!

We’re teaming up to provide support to Journey Home Community. This organization exists to serve newly arriving refugee claimant families in the Metro Vancouver area. Money raised from our fundraising bike ride will be allocated to providing housing, resettlement assistance, and relational support for refugee families seeking asylum in our city.

Speak with Gerald or Amanda about sponsorships or participation!

The LATEST:

Goal: $1,000
Raised: $895
Donors: 10

90% of goal achieved

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Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Study of Church History: Join us for Part 6 (AD 1900-2000)

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday night as we continue our study of church history! 

We are launching into the 6th and final part of Dr. W. Robert Godfrey's fantastic video series put out by Ligonier. 

If you'd like to watch the first lesson in Part 6, check it out here

It's called "A Remarkable Century" and we're excited to have visitors join us in learning about the changes that have occurred in the Lord's church through the centuries!

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Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Church Picnic: Williams Park in Langley

Our church picnic will be held in Langley this year at the beautiful Williams Park. If you're a regular visitor or interested in joining us, please come! 

We'll have a bbq together and spend time in Christian fellowship. Chat with Gerald or Amanda about bringing a dish to share!

 

Picture source - Tourism Langley: https://goo.gl/images/fwZqfW

Picture source - Tourism Langley: https://goo.gl/images/fwZqfW

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Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Communion Preparatory Service

Our congregation continues to hold regular services of preparation in the days leading up to our celebration of the Lord's Supper. 

We do this for a host of reasons which we'd love to explain to you in person. Among our reasons for continuing in this time-honoured practice is our appreciation for a time of personal reflection and biblical exhortation to reflect on Christ's death for our sins and the consequence this has in our lives. We also read in 1 Corinthians 11 about the Lord's instructions for us to examine ourselves and to discern well the meaning of the Lord's Supper. 

So we set aside time on the Wednesday night before Communion in order to hold a special preparatory service. We encourage you to join us and prepare your hearts to behold Christ and commune with Him by His Spirit in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

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Photo by Dylan McLeod on Unsplash

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Church Hike: Squamish
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Church Hike: Squamish

Come one, come all! We're planning a summer hike in Squamish with our friends at the Coram Deo Reformed Presbyterian Mission Church. We're still working out the exact starting time and Rev. Patrick McNeely, our capable guide and host, will be sure to pick a route that works well for all involved. 

Bring friends, water, sunscreen, and questions for good trail discussions!

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: Abraham Kuyper

What does a Dutch polymath, publisher, preacher & prime minister who died 98 years ago have to do with our current context? A lot!

Dr. Godfrey's lesson on Abraham Kuyper is a gem as he examines Kuyper's "vision of a pluralistic society that would not hinder our freedom to be Christians". 

Join us for a time of teaching, prayer, and praise!

 

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Amsterdam: Photo by B. Boer on Unsplash

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Youth and Young Adult Camp Weekend
Aug
9
to Aug 13

Youth and Young Adult Camp Weekend

The Mid August Long is happening again this summer and we are very excited to join you for an incredible weekend together. Come join other senior high youth and young adults as we come together around God's Word, around each other, and around some awesome interaction and activity together. Consider being a part of a weekend that will be a highlight for you during the summer of 2018!

Youth ages 16-30 have been invited from Reformed churches throughout the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington. The camp will take place at the beautiful Dogwood Camp outside of Hope, BC. 

Our Pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be the conference speaker on the theme of "The Gospel in our Hurt". He will be leading several sessions and there will also be a series of mini-talks on Saturday morning dedicated to the topics raised by our theme. 

There will be worship services on Sunday as well with Rev. Van Eeden Petersman preaching. 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mid-august-long-2018-tickets-34773899670?aff=eac2

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: The Church in Europe

With Dr. Robert Godfrey's instruction, we will be exploring developments in the church in Europe that have a continuing impact on our own circumstances in Canada in the 21st century. 

In this lesson, #11 in Part 5 of the series, Dr. Godfrey will look at some of the revivals which spread throughout Europe as the Gospel of Christ was preached by faithful messengers in the midst of a turbulent century and turbulent continent. 

You're invited to come out for this time of teaching, praise, and prayer!

 

 

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Photo by Vishwas Katti on Unsplash

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Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: A Look at Roman Catholicism in the 19th Century

Our weekly study of Reformed Church History will continue with a look at developments which brought change to the Roman Catholic church during the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. 

Dr. Godfrey will explain the way in which the First Vatican Council, called by Pope Pius IX, served to entrench many of the problematic doctrines that led to the Protestant Reformation. 

All are welcome - contact us if you'd like to join!

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Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

Communion Service and Mealtime Fellowship

With joy in Christ's finished work upon the cross of Calvary, we celebrate the forgiveness of our sins and remember His death for our redemption in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

We welcome you to commune with us and receive from the hand of our Gracious God the life-giving body and blood of our Saviour through the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts!

Following our 2 PM and 4 PM services, we will hold a fellowship meal together at the house of the Frasers. All are welcome!

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Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Pulpit Exchange with Reformed Churches

As part of an effort to build wider ties and greater familiarity within the Reformed churches of the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington, an exchange of preachers has been set up. 

Our pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be proclaiming God's Word in Lynden, WA and Burlington, WA. 

Rev. Gary Zekveld of the New Westminster URC will be preaching in our worship services at 2PM and 4PM. 

 May the LORD be praised as we continue to grow in unity and fellowship together!

 

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches

Our Pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be attending the Assembly of the APC in Inverness, Scotland. This annual gathering of all the member churches in our denomination serves as an opportunity for sharing how the Lord is building up His church, reviewing the challenging circumstances that we face, and renewing our passion for service in Christ's kingdom. 

As part of the Assembly's business, a 'Loyal Address to Queen Elizabeth' has been prepared and it reads as follows:

 

To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty

The Loyal and Dutiful Address Of the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada

We, the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada, which met in Inverness this 22nd day of May 2018, desire to express the warmth of our humble devotion and loyalty to Your Majesty, Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and
in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (1 Tim 1:5)

We give praise and thanks to God our Heavenly Father for His grace and favour extended towards your Majesty during your long and faithful reign over us. Your tireless service and selfless devotion to the Country and Commonwealth from the time Your Majesty took your coronation vows and throughout your reign, till the present day have been a wonderful example of dedicated Christian service to God and man. As Christians we constantly look to the Lord Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8) So too, in our service of Christ, as we bear the cross, may we do so looking forward in certain
hope to that day where we shall wear the eternal crown.

The anniversary of Your Majesty’s 70 years of marriage to your beloved Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh, have also served our nation as a testimony to God’s divinely appointed institution of and intention for marriage as between one man and one woman for life. The love and commitment shown to one another through all the pressures and challenges of relentless public service and exhausting royal schedules over the years have also been a tribute to your Majesty’s dedication to God and commitment to uphold his Holy word. Therefore our prayer for Your Majesty, in both public and family life is that God would continue to give you daily grace and strength to clearly, faithfully and fearlessly bear witness to the gospel as a servant and disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even King David - described as a man after God’s own heart – prayed, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my
hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4,5)

The country recently rejoiced over the birth of your latest great grand-son Louis, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the marriage of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We pray that God would bless their homes and marriages and that all within the extended royal household would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and increasingly come to love and serve Him - Whom to know is Life eternal. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) And so, may the Gospel of salvation by “grace alone” through “faith alone” in “Christ alone” shine forth as the hallmark of Your Majesty’s household and be a light to our nation as we actively await the coming of the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Now may the God of peace … through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21).

On behalf of the Assembly,
Donald Ross McFarlane
Moderator

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History: The Impact of 2 Major Revolutions on the Church

Political Revolutions

As empires rise and fall, the Kingdom of Christ continues to advance on its journey towards the Last Day of Judgment and the revelation of the new heavens and the new earth. In our Wednesday night Study, we'll be looking at two major revolutions and their impact on church history. 

"Coming at the close of the eighteenth century, the American and French Revolutions had an enormous impact on subsequent history. While both movements were revolutionary in nature, you will see how different their aim and character were. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will highlight some of the key points of these events, showing especially how the American Revolution affected American church history." (From the Ligonier Church History Video Series description)

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