Friday, July 25, 2014

When evil seems to triumph…After the bombing of MH17.

Opening words to a sermon on Psalm 11 by Rev. George van Popta to be preached this coming Sunday, July 27th, 2014.

Once again we have seen a monstrous evil: a passenger airplane flying 10 km in the air shot out of the sky killing 282 people. We hear about man’s evil every day, but then there are those moments which stop you dead in your tracks and you ask, “How can that be?”

One middle-aged couple, Arjen and Yvonne Ryder, were members of our sister church in Albany, Australia. Three young adults lost their parents, five little children lost their grandparents, others lost a brother and a sister, a congregation lost members, friendships broken.

And that is only one story that we know a little bit about of the devastation this senseless missile strike caused. Similar stories can be told 282 times because of this murderous event. A dozen different nations were represented on flight MH17—Canada as well—all with a unique story

This Summer I am preaching through some of the Psalms. I was drawn to Psalm 11 which speaks about the horrific and grisly evil committed by man, about the despair the people of God feel in the face of such evil, and about our God who will set everything right.

1. Reasons for despair
2. Cause     for     trust

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2014, Book of Praise

A thirteen-year journey comes to a close with the soon-to-be published 2014 edition of the Book of Praise. Please see this blog post over here. I have been chairman of the Book of Praise committee since General Synod 2001. I have loved the work and am happy to see the committee's work soon to bear the fruit of the third complete edition of our songbook. I pray it may serve the churches well for many years!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sing Glory to our Creator

Last week we (Ambassadors Christian School of Ottawa and Jubilee Church, the Canadian Reformed Church of Ottawa) put on a huge concert at Hamilton Place in Hamilton. We were helped by a dozen or so other choirs from Toronto to London to Fergus to Smithville. The mass choir was 300 voices strong and was accompanied by piano, organ, and a small orchestra. It was a benefit concert for Ambassadors and for the Anchor homes, residents of which were the featured guests and performers of the evening. Here is a link to the concert online.

Friday, May 09, 2014

March for Life Prayer Service

Annie Kate gives some good reflections on the issue and the prayer service here.

George van Popta--A few words on Micah 6:8--"Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly." 

Mike Schouten from WeNeedaLaw

Andre Schutten from ARPA Canada
The crowd (SRO, again!)

Tim Challies, the main speaker