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Synod Legana 2009
Tuesday 23rd June 2009 - Evening Session


Article 73 - Reopening

The chairman invites all present to sing Psalm 16:1,2


Article 74 - Response to RCN Delegates

Rev. Veldman responds to the address of the RCN delegates (refer Appendix 1i; address). The chairman thanks him for his response.


Article 75 - Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Restored)

I. Material:

8s - FRC Darling Downs Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) report
8t - Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) letter 190509 declining invitation
8v - FRC Albany Overture re Deputies for Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) report
8y - FRC Byford Overture re Deputies reports RCNZ, RCN and RCNr
8cc - Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Restored) letter 290409 declining invitation
12b.vi - Majority Report of Deputies
12b.vii - Minority Report of Deputies
12b.viii - General Report on visit to RCN including RCNr

II. Proposal:
  1. Not to accept the RCNr request to acknowledge them as sister churches.
  2. To acknowledge the RCNr desire to remain reformed.
  3. To beseech the Lord by His grace and blessings to heal the ecclesiastical divisions between the RCN and RCNr.
  4. To thank the deputies for their work and mandate new deputies to:
    1. Remain informed about developments in the RCNr,
    2. Continue contact with the RCNr with a view to encouraging them to discuss the issues and struggles of concern with the RCN in humility and love.
Grounds:
  1. Synod 2009 has already decided to continue the FRCA's sister church relationship with the RCN.
  2. Synod 2009 maintains the position of Synod 2006: "not being able to recognise them as the continuing RCN means that we cannot enter sister relations with them" (Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.4).
  3. Synod 2009 maintains the position of Synod 2006: "We hear in the voice of the brothers of the RCNr a strong desire to remain reformed" (Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.5.a).
  4. It is a serious matter to separate and may never be done hastily nor without exhausting every effort to maintain the unity of the faith. The injunction to remain one in the Lord (e.g. John 17 and Eph 4), sometimes even when serious problems arose as in Corinth, can be read repetitively in the Bible. It is very difficult for the FRCA to determine whether all efforts to maintain the unity have been exhausted, realising that there are events at the synodical level as well as at the local church level that influence the decision to separate. Our judgment is therefore limited by these circumstances.
III. Amendment 1:

a) Amend decision 4b to read:

Continue contact and encourage the RCN(r) to discuss the issues and struggles of concern with the RCN in humility and love.

b) To amend ground 4 to read:
  1. It is a serious matter to separate and may never be done hastily nor without exhausting every effort to maintain the unity of the faith. The injunction to remain one in the Lord (e.g. John 17 and Eph 4), sometimes even when serious problems arose as in Corinth, can be read repetitively in the Bible. The encouragements to discuss the issues and struggles need to continue because it is very difficult for the FRCA to determine whether all efforts to maintain the unity have been exhausted.
Ground:

Ground 4b is not a ground under decision 4b.

ADOPTED

IV. Amendment 2:

to change ground 2 to read:

Synod 2009 maintains the position of Synod 2006: "not being able to recognise them (at that time [Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.3]) as the continuing RCN means that we cannot enter sister relations with them" (Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.4).

ADOPTED

The proposal as amended is put to the vote and adopted.

V. Final Text of the Decision:
  1. Not to accept the RCNr request to acknowledge them as sister churches.
  2. To acknowledge the RCNr desire to remain reformed.
  3. To beseech the Lord by His grace and blessings to heal the ecclesiastical divisions between the RCN and RCNr.
  4. To thank the deputies for their work and mandate new deputies to:
    1. Remain informed about developments in the RCNr,
    2. Continue contact and encourage the RCNr to discuss the issues and struggles of concern with the RCN in humility and love.
Grounds:
  1. Synod 2009 has already decided to continue the FRCA's sister church relationship with the RCN.
  2. Synod 2009 maintains the position of Synod 2006: "not being able to recognise them (at that time [Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.3]) as the continuing RCN means that we cannot enter sister relations with them" (Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.4).
  3. Synod 2009 maintains the position of Synod 2006: "We hear in the voice of the brothers of the RCNr a strong desire to remain reformed" (Synod 2006 Acts 92.III.5.a).
  4. It is a serious matter to separate and may never be done hastily nor without exhausting every effort to maintain the unity of the faith. The injunction to remain one in the Lord (e.g. John 17 and Eph 4), sometimes even when serious problems arose as in Corinth, can be read repetitively in the Bible. The encouragements to discuss the issues and struggles need to continue because it is very difficult for the FRCA to determine whether all efforts to maintain the unity have been exhausted.
ADOPTED


Article 76 - Synod Archives and Library

I. Material:

12k - Deputies Inspection Archives and Library from FRC Byford
12l - Deputies Synod Archives and Library

FRC Byford reports that the Synod archives and library have been inspected and are complete and in good order. The Archivist and Librarian of Synod, sr. A. Hordyk, reports that the Archives of Synod are being maintained in accordance with the 'Rules for the Archivist' as outlined in the Rules for Synod.

II. Proposal:

To accept the report on the Archives and Library of Synod and to thank sr. A Hordyk for diligently maintaining the records of Synod.

Grounds:

The Archivist and Librarian of Synod report that the Archives of Synod are being maintained in accordance with the 'Rules for the Archivist' as outlined in the Rules for Synod.

ADOPTED

III. Proposal:

To thank the deputies for completing the inspection of the Archives and Library of Synod and accept their report on the matter, and to discharge deputies.

Grounds:

The inspection reveals that the Synod archives and library are complete and in good order.

ADOPTED


Article 77 - Days of Prayer

I. Material:

12i - Deputies Report for 'Days of Prayer'

II. Proposal:

To thank the Church at Launceston for their work as deputies for 'Days of Prayer' and accept their report as the completion of the mandate, and to discharge deputies.

Grounds:

The deputies have carried out their duties in accordance with Article 66 of the Church Order. Their report notes that a national Day of Prayer was proclaimed for Sunday 15th February 2009, in view of the Victorian bushfire disaster of February 2009.

ADOPTED


Article 78 - Deputies Report for Church Order

I. Material:

12h - Deputies Report for Church Order

II. Proposal:
  1. To thank the deputies for Church Order and accept their recommendation to publish the collated decisions of Synod regarding the Church Order, online, on the official web page of the FRCA, rather than in a printed format, and to discharge deputies.
  2. To mandate the deputies for Church Order to:
    1. continue the work of the late Rev. G. VanRongen in collating the decisions of Synod as they relate to articles of the Church Order.
    2. publish these decisions on the official web page of the FRCA.
    3. notify the churches of any changes when these decisions are updated.
Grounds:
  1. Providing an online version of the decisions of Synod allows for easy excess to the information for the members of the FRCA, ease of updating the information by the Deputies and still allows for the document to be printed and made available to those without Internet accessibility.
  2. The recommendation of maintaining an on-line version of this document is consistent with the appointment of this deputyship to provide the churches "easy access to synodical decisions" (c.f. Acts of Synod West Kelmscott, Art 25 Ground a.). Additionally, discretion was provided to the deputies to determine 'the best format in which to publish' the decisions of Synod regarding the Church Order (c.f. Acts of Synod West Kelmscott, Article 25 Ground d.).
  3. Providing a new mandate for the Deputies for Church Order allows the work of the late Rev. G. VanRongen to continue for the benefit and edification of the churches.
ADOPTED


Article 79 - Deputies re: Marriage Act 1961

I. Material:

12g - Report of Deputies re: Marriage Act 1961

II. Recommendation of Deputies:

To appoint new deputies officially designated as the Nominating Authorities to discharge duties under the Marriage Act 1961.

III. Proposal:
  1. To thank the Deputies re: Marriage Act 1961 for having completed their mandate and for their report, and to discharge deputies.
  2. To appoint new Deputies officially designated as the Nominating Authorities to discharge Deputies under the Marriage Act 1961.
Grounds:
  1. It is evident from the report of Deputies re: Marriage Act 1961 that the deputies have carried out their task in accordance with the mandate of Synod West Kelmscott 2006.
  2. It is necessary to re-appoint duties to continue this work.
ADOPTED


Article 80 - Overture Regarding Publication of the Acts

I. Material:

8c - FRC Mt Nasura Overture re Synod Acts publication time delays

Mount Nasura requests Synod to take the necessary measures to ensure that for this and future Synods, the period for publication of the printed Synod Acts does not exceed six months.

II. Proposal:

To deny the overture of Mount Nasura.

Grounds:
  1. Mt Nasura does not specify what the "necessary measures" are.
  2. While Synod can set guidelines for the publication of the Acts, it cannot "ensure" that such guidelines are followed, since its authority only lasts for the duration of the session of Synod.
DEFEATED

III. Proposal to Amend Rules for Synod:

To insert the following words after the following sentence in Rule 3.2:

At the conclusion of Synod he shall be responsible for printing and distributing these Acts and have them published within six (6) months of the close of Synod.

Grounds:

Mt Nasura requests it.

ADOPTED


Article 81 - Farewell Delegates RCNr

P Drijfhout gives a farewell address on behalf of the RCNr. The chairman thanks him for his address.


Article 82 - Adjournment

P Posthuma invites all present to sing Psalm 33:1,3,6 and leads in prayer. The chairman adjourns the meeting.




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