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.

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.

 

The Synod of Dort 400th Anniversary Year

The Synod of Dort was a Synod held to decide the question of election and related theological issues.  The followers of Jacob Arminius had raised these objections during the previous decade and the Dutch church needed to have the question settled.

One of the fascinating things about Dort is that it was not just a synod for the church in the Netherlands.  Rather it was a Synod that included people from every major Reformed Church in Europe, except France who had been invited, but forbidden to come by King Louis XIII.  Brandenburg did not send delegates, but their church was just a few years old at that point, and some small locals did not go either, but this was truly an ecumenical Reformed synod.

As we go through this year and the next, we are going to remember and celebrate the Synod of Dort and its pronouncements, the Canons of Dort commonly called the Five Points of Calvinism.  We hope you can join us for some events or just take time to be in God’s word as we see how the Lord used this event in the life of his church.

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