Once upon a time, when Earth was young, there was but a single single Watershed, with its Pools and Streams flowing into the Sea. In those Waters were many fish, Little and Big, all gathered into one School.
As Earth grew older Little Fish in Big Pools strove to become Big Fish in Little Pools, and Noxious Fish began to pollute the Streams. (“. . . . a net was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.”)
The dragnet, drawn by Invisible’s Hand, cause separation in the Watershed so that new Streams were made to flow into newly formed Seas, each at its own level, wherein were spawned new Schools.
And it came to pass, in the beginning of Earth’s latter days, that Seining activities involving Little, Big and Noxious Fish caused another School to be spawned, which attempted to seek a new level between two existing Seas. Barely surviving Eight Waterfalls, the new School learned that there was not enough room for its own Watershed, and was irresistibly drawn into the neighboring Sea.
Truly, Invisible’s law for Earth is sure: Water seeks its own level.
Report of the Eastern Ladies’ League Meeting
The meeting was held Thursday evening, October 26h, at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church.
The organ Prelude was played by Miss Sybel Engelsma, after which the meeting was opened with prayer by our president Mrs. D. Jonker.
Singing of the theme song from our Psalters, No. 374, verses 1, 2, and 5, and also sang the customary Holland Psalm 89, verse 1.
Our president, Mrs. D. Jonker, gave our scripture reading from Psalm 119 verses 97 through 112.
The Hope Society gave a vocal number “In Heavenly Love Abiding,” Mrs. H. Hanko as accompanist. Mrs. A. Langerak, Mrs. J. Boomers, Mrs. J. Kuipers, Miss Sybel Engelsma, P. Zandstra and Mrs. R. Bloem.
Rev. R. Veldman was our speaker for the evening, the topic being “The Basic Significance of the Reformation.” The summary of the speech is as follows:
Next Tuesday we celebrate what is really a great Holy Day for the church: “Reformation Day.”
There was other reformation in the past. But never one like this. How we should thank God today and every day for that work of His Grace. It is well that we celebrate it as we do.
The main significance of the Reformation has to do with the Word of God itself.
Of that Word of God, the Bible, the Roman Catholic Church had robbed its people during the ages preceding the Reformation. Doctrines and institutions of the people were declared to be of equal value with the Word of God. The result was that gradually all those things were placed above the Word of God and the latter fell into oblivion. There was no real need of the Bible; it was only one of many infallible writings. Besides, the church declared that she only had the right and the light to interpret the Word of God, and every member of the church should abide and live by that interpretation.
All this was changed by the Grace of God through the Reformation.
The reformation again affirmed the authority of the Bible only. All the works of men are of value only in as far as they are based squarely on the Word of God. The Reformation again affirmed the office of all believers. We all are prophets and may and must work with the Word of God.
The reaffirmation of these principles produced many other fruits.
Through the Word of God the full Truth again became known. Many Creeds were born at that time. The blackout had come to an end and the light went on again all over the world.
To bring to pass this wonderful work of God, God used many men, especially the brilliant and God-fearing Martin Luther.
We know how the seeds of the Reformation were gradually sown in his heart through his providential contact with the Word of God, first while studying at the University of Erfurth and later in the monastery. It was especially, however, as professor at the university of Wittenburg that he drew nearer and nearer to the full light. There he studied and lectured and preached a great deal. All was exposition of the Holy Scriptures. Thus the Grace of God gradually prepared him for the mighty work of the Reformation, wherein he became a mighty God-ordained means to bring the church of Christ back to the full and blessed Word of God. Conclusion—
Let us appreciate anew what we have in the Bible. Let us give that Word its proper place in our lives—Doing so we shall experience in ever richer measure the wonderful power of that Word unto eternal life and salvation. Thus and thus only it will be well with our souls, now and forever.
The speech was very timely and was enjoyed by all. The program was continued with singing of Psalter No. 128, all three verses. The minutes of our Spring League meeting of April 20, 1961 were read by our secretary, Mrs. J. Kuiper, and approved.
The roll call revealed a very good attendance with most churches represented.
The collection was taken for the Beacon Lights and the Standard Bearer. The Collection amounted to $105.00.
Our Financial Report was given by the treasurer, Miss Audrey Rietsma.
Mrs. John Lanning honored us with two organ numbers—”Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “Beside the Still Waters.”
The Holland Ladies’ Society honored us with a round table discussion on the topic “Psalms versus Hymns,” by Mrs. J. Van Kampen, Mrs. L. Elzinga and Mrs. Lavern Casmier.
Installation of the new officers: Mrs. John Kalsbeek replacing Mrs. C. Hanko as Vice President; Miss Elsie Kuiper replacing Mrs. J. Kuiper as secretary; and Mrs. B. Meyering replacing Mrs. George DeVries as Vice Treasurer.
The new and retiring officers sang from Psalter No. 247, verses 1, 2, and 6.
A word of thanks was given to all taking part in the program, and the host church for having the meeting which was Hope Church and Crescent for helping.
The meeting was closed with the singing of Psalter No. 50 verses 1 and 3. Mrs. J. Kalsbeek, our new Vice-President, closed the meeting with prayer.
Refreshments were served after the meeting by the Hope and Crescent Ladies’ Societies.
Submitted by Mrs. E. Kooienga