We welcome Rev. Reaves of the Kelowna Orthodox Christian Reformed Church to our pulpit.
The OCRC shares a very similar history with the URC, having left the CRC over issues of biblical authority and confessional integrity. As of now they have five congregations: 1 in Washington State, 1 in British Columbia and 3 in Ontario.
At the last URCNA Synod (2007), the body decided to re-invite the OCRC to federative unity without following the usual 3 step process. This decision was ratified by a majority of churches in January 2008. In response to our invitation the OCRC Synod of 2007 passed an overture which reads:
The OCRC churches we have once again been graciously invited by the URC to federate with them. Although the invitation still requires ratification by a majority of URC churches, it is moved that we assume that ratification will occur, and become prepared to respond. It is moved that each of the OCRC churches conduct investigation and develop relationships (beyond the work of the OCRC Ecumenical Relations committee) with the URC as necessary to be able to respond to the expected invitation at the OCRC Synod 2008. Further, the OCRC churches shall aim to give one consolidated answer to the URC following the OCRC Synod 2008. It is further moved that each consistory actively seek to share the information gathered with the other churches of the federation through written correspondence (as amended from the minutes of that Synod)
Psalm 133:1-3 “A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing — Life forevermore.”