Through these pages you will get to know us a little better and our vision to spread a passion for the glory of God in Christ Jesus from generation to generation. Whether you are new to Lynden, new to Christianity or just want to find out more about our church, we invite you to have a look around, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and visit us anytime. Our Sunday worship times are 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Childcare is provided at both services.
Just about everything that we do that’s important in this life includes a meal. Birthday celebrations, graduation parties, weddings, anniversary dinners, retirement celebrations, memorial banquets. The same is true at church, we recognize our missionaries with a mission’s dinner, we honor our seniors with a special dinner, we just had our annual church picnic, and soon we will have an ice cream social and a harvest dinner yet to come. God created us not just to eat and drink but to enjoy eating and drinking. Food is one of His gifts and being able to enjoy food is another one of His gifts. It is in keeping with the nature of God to establish a meal for us in which we commemorate something He never wants us to forget, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins. This supper reminds us that God’s righteous wrath against the world has been appeased, atoned for, paid in full. But just how big a deal is this sacrament to us today? There was a time in history when what people thought about the Lord’s Supper was a matter of life and death. In England from 1555 to 1558 during the reign of the bloody Queen Mary 288 Protestant Reformers were martyred by being burned at the stake. Why? In large part because of their views on the Lord’s Supper. There was a time in history when the meaning of the Lord’s Supper was so important and highly regarded that some thought it was worth dying for and others thought it was worth killing for. I hope we will not think of the Lord’s Supper as no big deal, something we can take or leave, something people shouldn’t fight over. We come this evening to the longest article of the Belgic Confession, a very carefully worded and extensive treatment of this very important sacrament. We do well to heed the warnings and take to heart this excellent instruction concerning this gift given to us by Jesus through which we participate and share in the body and blood of Jesus. But how can we do that if what article 35 says is true, that these things are beyond our understanding and incomprehensible to us?