Sunday 9:30 AM - March 18, 2018

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Rev. Holtvluwer

Singing: Ps. 87:1,4 (Kindergarten Memory Work)
*Confession and Greeting
*Singing: Hy. 29:1,2,3
Law of the Covenant
Singing: Ps. 22:1,2
Reading of Holy Scripture: John 13:1-30
*Singing: Ps. 40:5,6,7
Text: Psalm 41

Theme: Look with wisdom upon the afflicted believer

1. Promises for the afflicted
2. Prayers of the afflicted

Singing: Ps. 41:1,2,3,4
Congregational Prayer
Offering for the Work of Mercy
*Closing Song of Praise: Ps. 147:1,2

Sunday 2:30 PM - March 18, 2018

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Rev. Holtvluwer

Singing: Ps. 100:2,4 (Gr. 1 Memory Work)
*Confession and Greeting
*Singing: Ps. 96:1,2
Reading of Holy Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9;
2 Peter 1:1-11
*Singing: Ps. 1:1,2,3
Text: Lord’s Day 32

Theme: Salvation by grace leads to works done by grace

1. Origin of the works
2. Nature of the works
3. Purpose of the works

Singing: Hy. 28:5,6,7
*Profession of Faith: Hy. 1
Congregational Prayer
Offering for the Work of Mercy
*Closing Song of Praise: Hy. 50:1,2,3,4
*Please stand if able

What We Believe

We believe and confess the truth of the Bible as the church of all ages has summarized it in the three ecumenical (worldwide) creeds, namely, the Twelve Articles of Faith (or Apostles' Creed), the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.  These creeds date from the first centuries A.D.

    After the Reformation of the sixteenth century, it became necessary to clarify further what the Bible teaches concerning the way of salvation in Jesus Christ.  What we confess as a Reformed church is summarized in the Belgic Confession (written in 1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (written 1563) and the Canons of Dort (written in 1618/1619).

    Since these confessions particularly teach the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, we not only seek to defend these truths but also to promote them, and we extend the hand of fellowship to all persons and churches who desire to serve God on this foundation.

    We are known as a Reformed church because we hold to the truth of the gospel as it was recovered in the Reformation.  We are called a Canadian Reformed Church because we want to live, work, worship and witness within the context of our Canadian society.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God in which God reveals the good news that He gives salvation from sin as a free gift to everyone who believes in His Son, Jesus Christ.  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins . . .  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions . . . . it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God not by works. (Ephesians 2:1,4,8,9).

The purpose of the Bible is to tell us about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Saviour from sin.  The Bible says, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)  In the Old Testament, the saving work of Jesus Christ is promised, and prophesied; in the New Testament, God reveals the fulfilment of those promises and prophecies in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

By His life and death, Christ provided salvation for all who believe in Him.  The apostle John, one of Jesus’ disciples, and an eyewitness of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, wrote a record of the words and actions of Christ, so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his Name (John 20:31).

God requires that we put our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation.  The Bible says, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. (John 3:36)  The promise of salvation in Jesus Christ is for everyone who believes the gospel, regardless of who you are or what you may have done.  Jesus said, I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)  Jesus Christ is the Saviour from sin who came to make it possible for us to serve God again and to save us from condemnation.  He did this by fulfilling all righteousness for us and paying the price for our sins.

Because it is God’s Word, we believe that only the Bible can be trusted to teach us what we ought to believe, and how we should live, for His glory and our salvationAll Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17).


The Timothy Project

In 2013 the churches in Classis Niagara were made aware of the work of the Reformational Study Centre in Pretoria, South Africa ( >Reformational Study Centre).  While not a seminary, the institution is supported by the Free Reformed Churches in South Africa for the furthering of the gospel and in preparing men for service in the churches.  This federation has a sister-church relationship with the Canadian Reformed Churches.  Monetary resources in South Africa are scarce; you’ll recall that Synod Smithers urged the churches to support this federation financially, and appointed the Church in Coaldale to solicit funds for this purpose.

One of the endeavours of the Reformational Study Centre is The Timothy Project (see 2 Timothy 2:2).  A few years ago one of the local ministers was forced into retirement at a young age because of health concerns.  From his home library, he is able to share English-language resources with ministers all over the African Continent, to help them prepare their sermons for the coming Lord’s Day, and to provide pastoral support.  These men do not have access to Reformed study material, and several of them travel significant distances to find internet access every week.   Contact occurs mostly via email; at the moment well over 30 such connections are made weekly, yet the requests for help far exceed this number, up to 1500 per month.  Needless to say this is a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ with those who otherwise would not hear it.

Recently, this ministry has expanded as a second qualified man has been hired, in order to provide Reformed theological materials to supplement the training of men already serving in the ministry, and also to assist theological students.  Together, these two brothers provide much-needed support to equip men for the ministry of the gospel throughout Africa, and beyond.  This has significantly increased the Centre’s annual budget; however the resources cannot be provided by those who use this service or from the supporting church community in South Africa, as was noted earlier.   

Every week we receive more than 30 requests for this kind of material from all the different users of the Preaching Library. In other words, users just started asking for more than merely the material for sermon preparation that we provide, without us asking or making such a service available! As you can see, this project is not the result of a dream, but has been born out of actual requests from individuals and organizations. We are presented with requests for help from which we simply cannot walk away. To give some other examples:

-We have been requested to assist with study material for students in China that are not in a position to study at an institution.
-We help students of Mukhanyo Theological Seminary with material for their studies. We are also helping in their Distance program.
-The same applies for a Theological Seminary that has asked us to provide material for their students. They have 2000 to 3000 students, all from Africa.

We feel very strongly that we cannot ignore these cries for help. At the moment, a lack of finances and manpower is the reason why this project has not grown to the size it should be to cater for all the requests.”

The Vineyard Church in Lincoln has taken on this project in response to our mission mandate; we have decided to raise the funds to cover the financial responsibility for supporting a second theologian to the Timothy Project on an annual basis. Supervision for his role will remain with the local South African churches, as appropriate.  To facilitate this we have chosen to work with Reformed Faith and Life Canada (, an organization committed to supporting mainly French radio broadcasts and reformed literature around the world, notably in Armenia, Brazil, West Timor, Quebec and South Africa among others, and more recently in France (see article elsewhere).  RFL-Canada is accountable to Zion United Reformed Church in Sheffield ON, and has significant experience writing international contracts and in directing appropriate funds to overseas outreach efforts in a reliable manner.

While there is some fluctuation between the Canadian Dollar and the South African Rand the agreed-upon cost of supporting a second minister in South Africa is $75000 per annum.  We are writing with the express intent that you prayerfully consider our request for donations to support this worthwhile project.  Cheques may be addressed to Vineyard Can Ref Church with Timothy Project in the memo line, and sent to Vineyard Canadian Reformed church of Lincoln attn. Sr Elsa DeVries, 4628 John Street, Box 831, Beamsville, ON, L0R 1B1. Receipts will be issued as requested. Please forward questions to us at or

In Christ,
Sibrand Stulp, chair fundraising committee


Why Worship?

Twice every Sunday, at 9:30 AM and again at 2:30 PM, the Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church of Lincoln gathers together for worship services.  Why do we worship together?  Simply put, because we are the congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is our duty, and our privilege, to worship God.  The Bible teaches us that the reason God saves us is “that we might be for the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12)  This is our purpose as God’s people, and it happens in a special way in the worship service.  We praise God by listening to the proclamation of His Word, by singing psalms and hymns to His glory, by offering our gifts as tokens of our thankfulness for our salvation in Jesus Christ.

What is a Worship Service?

The Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church of Lincoln follows a Reformed style of worship.  Reformed worship is structured according to God's covenant, that is, His relationship with His people.  Worship is a special time of meeting and fellowship between the LORD as our God and us as His people, in which He speaks and we listen, and, in which we speak, and He listens.  He is the focus of the service.  Since we are sinful people and He is a holy God, we come before him with due humility and only through the one Mediator and eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ.  While we know that in Christ, we may “draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22), we seek to “worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:29), conscious of the fact that we are worshipping the great Lord of lords and King of kings.

We are not free to worship God as we see fit.  We need to discern from God’s Word how He wants us to worship Him.  We believe that in the Second Commandment, God is telling us that we should not worship Him in any other manner than He has commanded in His word.  This is why in the worship services at Vineyard, the preaching of the Word of God, congregational singing, and prayer are central to the order of worship.

In worship, as in all aspects of the life and ministry of His church, the Word of God is the rule and guide for all our decisions and actions.  We gather in order to honour, praise, and glorify Him.  At the same time, we receive from the LORD wonderful gifts - the forgiveness of sins and His providential care over our lives.

Receiving God's Gifts

How do we receive these gifts?  God gives them to us especially through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we receive them by believing the gospel.  As we listen, we hear from the Bible all about God's gifts, how He sacrificed His own Son to save us from our sins, how He sent His Holy Spirit to give us faith and to live in our hearts.  Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”  (John 14:23)  In the gospel, God also teaches us how to live the new life He gives us in Christ, so that “our light may shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)


How did we get here?

The church is God's work: He not only saves sinners, but also brings them together in His church. In the Old Testament God chose Abraham and his descendants as His people. Since the coming of Jesus Christ, God has opened the doors of His church as wide as the world: all nations must hear the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection and believe in Him. 

The Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church of Lincoln is part of this worldwide work of Jesus Christ. The Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church is a member of the federation of Canadian Reformed Churches. We are a catholic church – catholic with a small “c”, meaning, universal. That means that we confess and maintain the Christian faith as revealed in Scripture, and taught by the apostles, together with the faithful believers who have confessed it throughout the centuries, and who are found all over the world.

As a Protestant church, we have roots in the Great Reformation that took place in Europe almost 500 years ago. God raised up men such as Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in France and Switzerland, and John Knox in Britain to return the Church to the teaching of the Word of God. That Reformation spread throughout Europe, including the Netherlands, where the Reformed faith thrived, resulting in many Reformed churches.

Many Reformed believers were among the thousands who emigrated to Canada and the U.S.A. from the Netherlands after World War II. The Canadian Reformed Churches came into being with these immigrants. The first Canadian Reformed congregation was instituted in Coaldale, Alberta, on April 16, 1950. Today, our federation includes over 50 congregations and some 15,000 members.

The Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church was instituted on Aug. 16, 1970. From our history, and from a survey of our membership, many have labelled us a "Dutch" church. It’s true that a majority of the members of the congregation are descended from Dutch immigrants, but as a church of Jesus Christ, our identity is not determined by our ethnic background. We are first and foremost followers of Christ, and all who want to follow Him and serve Him have a place in our congregation.