….we mourn over their indifference to and disregard of many important and precious truths of God’s word, and the substituting of human inventions for divine institutions in the worship of God. Especially is the praise of God corrupted by human hymns, which in the matter of many of them, as well as in the want of divine appointment for all, are unfit for the worship of God…

RPCNA Committee on the Signs of the Times (1869): And while we cheerfully admit there are very many of the Lord’s people in all the evangelical churches, and rejoice in all they have done and are doing for the salvation of sinners, and the extension of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours, we mourn over their indifference to and disregard of many important and precious truths of God’s word, and the substituting of human inventions for divine institutions in the worship of God. Especially is the praise of God corrupted by human hymns, which in the matter of many of them, as well as in the want of divine appointment for all, are unfit for the worship of God—and also choirs and instrumental music in the place of congregational singing. The whole service of praise seems to be arranged as a mere theatrical performance, and intended to please man, not God. By ignoring scriptural and important doctrines, and by not exercising discipline for popular sins, and arranging the worship of God to gratify the carnal mind, the church has been brought down almost to the level with the world, or changed into a worldly sanctuary. And the popular way for the union of all the churches in one organic body, proceeding, as it does, upon the false assumption that the great principles which have heretofore divided, and still divide, the several churches, are of no value, and unworthy of any regard, is a lamentable evidence of the general decline of the life and power of true religion in these times.

Portion from the Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter Magazine of 1870, page 22.

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New EP congregation in West Bend, Wisconsin

Who We Are

We are a Reformed and Presbyterian Church in West Bend, Wisconsin, adhering to the original Westminster Confession of Faith and Standards with its uniformity in doctrine, worship and government. Although not yet an official congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, we are members of other Free Presbyterian congregations, and gather on the Lord’s Day for Public worship in the same way that other Free Presbyterian Congregations do.

The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is a mainline descendant of the historic Church of Scotland of the Reformation formed in 1893. Our church has congregations on 5 continents.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that we have a faithful translation in the Authorized (King James) Version. We believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith is an accurate statement of the main doctrines of the Bible.

Services and Location

Service Times: Lord’s Day 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Location:
1204 State Highway 33
West Bend, WI

Please Note: Some online map services​ are inaccurate. Our congregation is located directly across the street from the West Bend Golf Club on the NE side of West Bend, Wisconsin

Here is what you can expect when you come to one of our services:

We aim for reverence in our worship.
The preaching of God’s Word and prayer are central components of our worship.
We use the Scottish Metrical Psalter for our singing (without instrumental accompaniment).

Our standard order of service is as follows:

Opening Psalm
Prayer
Scripture Reading
Psalm
Sermon
Prayer
Closing Psalm

Contact us

To contact by phone: Joseph Smith, (281) 757-6160
To send a message, please use the form here to contact Wisconsin Free Presbyterian Meeting. You may alternatively contact us at info@fpchurchwisconsin.org

New Psalm singing church in Bangalore: Anugraha Reformed Presbyterian Church

WELCOME TO ANUGRAHA REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH!

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 9.26.19 PM‘Anugraha’ is the Sanskrit word for grace. Anugraha Reformed Presbyterian Church is, first of all, a community of people who have experienced God’s lavish grace of salvation in Jesus Christ. We are sinners turned saints through our faith in Christ. Even though we are now saints, we still struggle with our indwelling sin nature. We constantly plead with God for more grace so that we may overcome remaining sin and lead a victorious and a joyful Christian life. As a community of grace in Bangalore, we are eager to share this message of grace — the Gospel — with you. So, if you are broken, hurting, rejected, lonely, oppressed, and in need of God’s forgiveness, you are especially welcome to our church. Feel free to reach out to us to know more about us. We pray that God would use us to speak to you in a profound way.

Anugraha Reformed Presbyterian Church is a Reformed Church located in the north side of Bangalore in India. Our worship location and timings are listed below. You can learn more about what our church service looks here. Contact us if you have any further information. We look forward to seeing you!

LOCATION

St. Thomas Centre, #9, Mar Thoma Compound,
Balachandra Layout,
4th Cross, Babusapalaya,
Bangalore 560 043.
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Call: 9880599177
E-Mail: pastor@anugraharpc.org

LEADERSHIP: VENKATESH GOPALAKRISHNAN

Optimized-Venky_mugshot-300x277Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan currently serves as the interim-pastor of Anugraha Reformed Presbyterian Church. In 2002, Venkatesh came to saving faith in Jesus Christ through a student ministry at his college.

Sensing God’s call to pastoral ministry, he pursued his M.Div at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh PA. In 2016, he completed his studies and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel. Venkatesh is married to Sarmishta, who is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Together they own the digital design studio to help small businesses and institutions have an attractive web presence.

Pastor Venkatesh Gopalakrishnan is supported by three more elders in a temporary governing body.

 

Dallas Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) at a new meeting location…

As of last week, the Dallas RP Church (RPCNA) has a new meeting location. The group is meeting at the school facility at 2525 East Trinity Mills Road, Carrollton, TX. Morning Worship is at 10:30 am and afternoon worship is at 2:00 pm. Visit the church website for more details: www.dallasrpc.org

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More links from Reformed Books Online…

The History of Psalm Singing

Contra Musical Instruments in Worship

Commentaries on the Psalms, 90+

List of Psalters online

A fine list of online Psalters over at Reformed Books Online

60 online Psalters!

New website: King and Kirk

A new website defending the singing of Psalms. King and Kirk is the work of RPCNA pastor Daniel Kok. Here is a selection from the site:

“This project reflects the many months I studied the subject of psalmody in the church, particularly with respect to its application in worship. In the end I concluded that the songs that Jesus wants his church to sing in worship are the biblical Psalms and that no other songs are warranted.

I have compiled quotations from the major works I read with attribution given. The reader may consult the bibliography for a full list of the books, essays and articles that are cited, including the webpages of those resources found online.

Use the menu above to navigate to the main sections. Subsections are included as links on every page (where applicable).

My prayer is that through such projects as these the church will once again regain her voice in the prophetic songs that so intimately and reverently reflect the person and work of her King.

In Christ’s service,

Daniel Kok (2017)”