Pentecost

50 days after the resurrection we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  That days is Sunday May 20th, this year.  Take a moment today and praise God for the sending of the Spirit to work in our hearts.  For without Him, we would be lost, without comfort, and without any hope of Christ’s work being applied to our hearts.

“What do you believe concerning the Holy Spirit? First, that He is co-eternal God with the Father and the Son.  Second, that He is also given unto me: by true faith makes me a partaker of Christ and all His benefits, comforts me, and shall abide with me forever.”

– Heidelberg Catechism Q.53

Good Friday

“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.  They they crucified him, and with him two others, on on either side, and Jesus between them.”  – John 19:16-18

“but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and folly to the Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  – 1 Corinthians 1:23-25

March’s Final Friday

In keeping with what is the role of the Reformed Church today, specifically the role of worship, we will be celebrating the crucifixion of our Lord March 30th, Good Friday, with worship at 7pm in April.

The Reformed Church has kept Good Friday as a traditional Feast Day since the celebration.  Gathering together to remind ourselves of that event of Christ on the cross, dying in our place, for our sins, is not to be forgotten.  It should cause us to worship.

This service in in conjunction with Faith OPC, and will be held at St. John’s RCUS.

Dort 400th Anniversary Celebration

This year we are going to be celebrating and remembering the Synod of Dort and asking ourselves what is the role of the Reformed Church today?

To that end we are going to be covering the Reformed Church’s Theology, Worship, Worldview, and Discipleship in the led up to our big Dort Anniversary Conference in November.

In May Rev. Randy Klynsma is going to give a talk about the Reformed Church’s Theology from Dort to today.

Other speakers will come and discuss other aspects of worship, worldview, and discipleship.  We are looking forward to a great year, and we hope you can join us.

Good Friday Service

“So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.  So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.” – John 19:16

We do invite everyone to come and worship the Lord Jesus Christ in thanksgiving of his sacrifice for us upon the cross at our annual Good Friday Service.  This service will be on March 30, 7pm, at St. John’s RCUS in Lincoln, NE.

Happy Valentine’s Day – This Day in Reformed Church History

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Today on February 14, 1613, when we often today celebrate Valentine’s Day, Frederick V of the Palatinate married Princess Elizabeth of England.  They were married in England with King James in attendance.  It was the uniting of two major Protestant houses.  The Protestant church of England was now wed to the German Reformed church of the Palatinate.  Yet, this was not simply some arranged marriage that made political sense, this was a marriage of genuine love.  The two would go through major trials in the upcoming 30 Years War, but not once would Elizabeth waiver in her love for her embittered husband.  She would not turn her back on him, and stayed with him after they lost everything including his title Elector of the Palatinate.  Marriage has always been around since even before the Fall, and it is one of the great gifts God has given us.  In it is a picture of not only earthly love, but of Christ’s steadfast and never-ending love to His people.

400 Years of Dort Conference

November 2nd and 3rd, St. John’s RCUS is hosting a conference celebrating 400 Years of the Synod of Dort.  Rev. Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History at Westminster Seminary California, will be speaking on the Synod of Dort!  Stay tuned for more information about how to sign up and reserve a spot.

 

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