Always Reforming (even in Ottawa)

In Ottawa, Canada, a group of believers from various churches began meeting in the spirit of the post reformation White Horse Inn and the Berean spirit of Acts 17:11. We came together with great excitement and conviction, to learn, praise and bring glory to our sovereign Lord. We gathered to the study of Scripture, various forms of Reformed theology and to encouraging one another as in Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God”.

The original group began as a small number of Christian friends who felt called to increase their depth of conviction and understanding of Scripture and its doctrine. They gathered to study Systematic Theology over an extended period (which continues).

Growing in praise of His glory

As word spread to various acquaintances of the original group’s ongoing work, a larger study group expressed an interest in participating. A study the Canons of Dordt in a devotional framework began, and continues.

Both groups decided to start each session by singing a hymn or psalm. This resulted in great joy and developed into a love of singing the Psalms from the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1850.

Subsequently there arose a desire to gather separately to simply praise the Lord in hymns, psalms, prayer and testimony. This would also allow a more open invitational framework than the ongoing studies, which take a class or seminar format. This yielded the Colossians 3:16 Gathering, meeting weekly and informally to simply sing, pray and exalt our Lord.

Lastly, there has been increasing interesting in a Basic Systematics Group, to study Reformed theology at a somewhat more beginner level, but still with a devotional intent. This is still in the discussion phase, as facility space becomes more at a premium.

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