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Amazing in its relevance at this time.

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. Collect O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us…

Biblical formality and festivity

Pastor Cathey quotes Pastor Sumpter who quotes  a scholar in the field of reformed worship: “Since for Americans there is often an in-built negative reaction to any mention of formality in worship, let us turn briefly to Hebrews 12 and Revelation 4-5. Hebrews 12:22-24 describes a New Covenant (contrasted with the Old Covenant worship of vss. 18-21)…

Scoring Points for Traditional Hymnody

  Scoring Points for Traditional   Hymnody Written by G. Mark Sumpter Monday, 02 January 2012 00:00 What’s great at Christmastime can   be great 48 other Sundays. At the Christmas season, traditional hymnody—it’s   words and musical genre—scores big. For about 30 calendar days, traditional,   even some really old, hymnody rebounds in worship-life…

Why Baptize Babies?

Why Baptize Babies, Does it Matter? Rev. G. Mark Sumpter, Pastor of Faith OPC, Grants Pass, WA In the discussion of the administration of the water of the rite of Christian baptism, the question about the subjects of baptism gets most of the attention. To whom should the sacrament of baptism be administered? Does the…

Predestination/Election Quiz

Reformed Christians are accused of many false and foolish things regarding the doctrine of predestination. Here is a short list. Do you hold to any of these errors? Take a close look. 1. The doctrine of predestination and related subjects, by its very character and tendency, turns the hearts of men away from all godliness…

Collect for Christmas Eve

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now…

Christmas Message

Dear Congregation: The importance of the mystery of the Incarnation of God is impossible to underestimate! It is a “mystery” not because it has not been revealed, but because it is unfathomable. I sincerely hope and pray that everyone who reads the words below will meditate upon this mystery during Christmastide and beyond. Great indeed,…

Thomas Watson on the Incarnation

He was poor, that he might make us rich. He was born of a virgin that we might be born of God. He took our flesh, that he might give us His Spirit. He lay in the manger, that we may lie in paradise. He came down from heaven, that he might bring us to…

Liturgical Way of Worshipping God?

Appendix A Why A Liturgical Way of Worshipping God? by Michael S. Horton (© 1996 Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – Used with permission.) From the Greek word for public service, the English word “liturgy” is frightening to many of us who were raised in evangelical churches that had left traditional Protestant or Roman Catholic churches.…