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.
A cordial informative edifying discussion/debate on the Question: Should we sing psalms exclusively in worship?
Dr. T. David Gordon, Grove City College Prof, takes the negative.
Dr. Dennis Prutow, RPTS Emeritus Prof, takes the affirmative.
Opening Presentations (20 Minutes Each)
Rebuttals (10 Minutes Each)
Debaters Examine Each Other (10 Minutes Each)
Rebuttals/Closings (15 Minutes Each)
Audience Q&A Not Recorded
Jonathan Leach was elected as the Moderator for the meeting
Daniel Hemken is examined by the Presbytery
Bob McFarland introduces the Dallas Fellowship as a new church plant
Joe Allyn is examined by the Presbytery
Joe Allyn takes his ministerial vows before the Presbytery
Kyle Borg pronounces his first benediction after his ordination service.
Daniel Hemken preaching
Daniel Hemken taking his ministerial vows before the Presbytery
Sunset descending into Dallas on Thursday evening
The Book of Psalms for Worship
Psalters! from the Heidelblog.
Here are some selections:
“The Reformed and Presbyterian churches were Psalm singing churches from the beginning. We translated the Psalms into the language of the people and set them to tunes for use in public worship. For at least 150 years Psalms were virtually the only thing sung in public worship by the Reformed and Presbyterian churches.” here
“The bottom two Psalters are two of my favorites. Both are published by the RPCNA (Crown and Covenant). The red Psalter (The Book of Psalms for Singing) is the older and the blue (The Book of Psalms for Worship) is newer. We have the red Psalter in the chapel at WSC and I’ve used the blue Psalter worshipping with my RPCNA brothers and sisters with much joy and profit. Both are skillfully and carefully done. I commend them for your use.” here
“That we have this abundance of Psalters is a wonderful thing. My students were thrilled to see that they exist—that they aren’t just history or theory—and that they can be put to use in the corporate worship of God. I am encouraged and I hope you are also.” here
1471 West Corporate Drive, Lewisville, TX
The Dallas Reformed Presbyterian Fellowship (RPCNA) has a new meeting location. They are meeting in the Lewisville Seventh Day Adventist School at 1471 West Corporate Drive.
The morning class time begins at 9:30 am and worship begins at 10:45 am. The group is currently in the planning stages of a 2:00 pm afternoon service or a 5:30 pm service. Please visit their website www.dallasrpf.org for the most up do date schedule.
Men of the Pacific Coast Presbytery of the RPCNA
Here is the new website of the Pacific Coast Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA)