A Smorgasbord of Heidelberg Catechism Items! – 450th Anniversary Series(9)

HeidCatPic1As we continue our year-long series commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism (1563-2013), our post today is going to be a smorgasbord of items. In the last week some other things connected to the “HC” and its 450th anniversary have come to mind and to my attention, and I want to get the notice of these things out there (before they leave my mind or I lose my mind!).

First, I call your attention to a new website that has been created to advertise the Protestant Reformed Seminary’s upcoming conference on the 450th anniversary of the “HC” – “Our Only Comfort”. This conference is scheduled for Oct.17-19 this Fall, and Hudsonville PRC was asked to host and to help organize and promote this event. Plans are well under way, and this website will be the “go to” place for information on this important conference. Be sure to check it out, bookmark it, and return to it often, as new material will be added frequently (It includes a blog as well!).

Secondly, I want to note that prior to the meeting of the PRC Classis West next Tuesday in Lynden, WA there will be an Officebearer’s Conference on the Heidelberg Catechism. If you are in that area, you will want to attend this significant conference as well. More information on that may be found on this page of the PRC website. I trust that the speeches will be recorded, so I will be sure to link to those when they become available.

Thirdly, were you aware that daily meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism may be found on the website of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, our sister church in Singapore? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know – now you do! Written by PRC pastors, these meditations are another great way to grow in the Reformed faith and in your love of the “HC”. Be sure to visit this page and make use of these in your personal devotions this year!

The fourth item on our smorgasbord table today is another reference to the URC Psalmody site (blog) of Michael Kearney, who is doing a year-long series connecting the Heidelberg Catechism, the Psalms, and Psalm-singing on Wednesdays this year. Yesterday he posted on the beautiful 9th Lord’s Day of the catechism (on the Fatherhood of God), and included a link to a YouTube video of Covenant Christian High (Grand Rapids, MI) singing a medley of two psalms related to the truths in this Lord’s Day. You will want to follow this blog as well and appreciate the beautiful harmony between the personal character of the “HC” and the personal character of the Psalms.

And, finally, in the last month I found another Thrift store treasure (but a brand new book!) – a collection of poems written by a local woman named Nancy Moelker and published under the title In God’s Arms: Inspirational Poems for the Christian Soul (Golden Apple Greetings, 2012). In her collection is a poem on Lord’s Day 1 of the “HC” – “My Only Comfort”. Today I also post this for our spiritual profit:

My only comfort in life and in death,
Through all of my days and at my final breath,
Is that I belong, both in body and soul,
To my faithful Savior – this I know!

With His precious blood He has cleansed me from sin
And freed me from Satan’s power within.
He preserves and keeps me in all of my ways,
Leading and guiding through all of my days.

Not a hair can fall from my head, I know,
Without my Father willing it so.
God works everything, whether good or ill,
For my salvation by His sovereign will.

And the Spirit assures me that beyond this world’s strife,
Belonging to Jesus, I have eternal life.
And henceforth, wholeheartedly, by His power within,
I’m ready and willing to live unto Him.

(Nancy then also quotes three Bible passages: Romans 14:8, 1 Peter 1:18,19, and Romans 8:16. If you are interested in obtaining this fine book of poetry, you may get in touch with Nancy at ncyezmoelker@gmail.com.) *P.S. I corrected this email address recently after discovering that I missed the important letter “z”! My apologies!

That’s it for today! Enjoy exploring these items on the “HC”!

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  1. Thanks again for the link! Keep an eye on URC Psalmody, because I think I’ll be featuring another PRC high school choir recording tomorrow, this one of Psalm 139. By the way, thanks for these Heidelberg Catechism resources too–I may look into some of them myself. 🙂

    Blessings,

    Michael Kearney
    West Sayville URC (member/musician)
    Long Island, New York

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  2. Reblogged this on Young Calvinists and commented:
    Our friend over at the 3 R’s blog is doing a year-long series on the Heidelberg Catechism. In this post he points out resources concerning the 450th Anniversary of the HC, that we though we would share with you.
    Enjoy.

    AT

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  3. […] Her poems breathe biblical and Reformed themes: sovereignty of God, salvation in Christ alone, sovereign grace, the comfort and hope of the gospel, and more. I referenced one of her special poems before – on Q&A 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism – titled “My Only Comfort.” […]

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