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Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Installation of Rev. K.S. Gangar As Pastor of the Free Reformed Church of Bellevue

Written by Gerrit deJong
November 8, 1996, was another special day for the Bellevue congregation. On September 6, 1996, it was instituted as a new congregation of our denomination and now they were privileged to receive Rev. Gangar as their new pastor. Together with friends and members of our Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Langley congregations, this event was celebrated in a special service held in the Bellewood Presbyterian Church in Bellevue with Rev. C. Pronk officiating at the installation service.

Rev. Pronk took as his text 2 Corinthians 2:17 - ÒFor we are not as many who corrupt the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.Ó In addressing the congregation of Bellevue, he said "you have received a man sent by God. What a miracle of grace He gives you!" To pastor Gangar he said, "preach as John the Baptist did, pointing to Christ. A preacher must not peddle the gospel for self-profit nor to gain recognition or honour, but must be a true and faithful ambassador of Christ, speaking with authority in His Name. A preacher must be able to speak from the experience of himself being in Christ. Be also a follower of the example set by the apostle Paul, giving yourself for the ministry of the Word and for the body of Christ here in Bellevue.

After reading the Form of Ordination of the Ministers of God's Word, Rev. Pronk put the questions of that form to Rev. K. Gangar. It was an impressive moment when, in a clear and certain tone, the response was given "yes, truly, with all my heart". With these words Rev. Gangar bound himself to the congregation of Bellevue as their pastor and teacher in the Name of the Lord, following what he clearly understands to be the will of his Master. Rev. Pronk then spoke some personal words of friendship, welcome, and encouragement to Rev. Gangar and the congregation of Bellevue.

Subsequent to the installation service was the inaugural service led by Rev. K. Gangar, now no longer as Home Missionary, but as pastor of the Bellevue Free Reformed Church.(For a report on the institution and history of this new congregation, see The Messenger of November 1996, Vol.XLIII, No.10, p.6.)

Rev. Gangar chose Romans 1:16 and 17 as text: ÒFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.Ó In his sermon he noted that the preaching of the Gospel must be central because only the Gospel addresses the basic need of every man--the problem of sin and the grace of God to deal with this in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, reconciling sinners to God and giving them peace and eternal life. It is a universal Gospel. There is power in the Word to change hearts and lives from spiritual death to life in Christ. In addressing the congregation of Bellevue he said, "I come to you not with philosophy, nor to defend the Gospel, but to proclaim it. As you have known me among you for almost six years, there shall be no difference in the preaching, and I bring no other Gospel than the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to His Word."

He then quoted:

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love;
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true,
It satisfies my longings like nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story! 'Twill be my theme in glory--
To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems,
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story; it did so much for me
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.
I love to tell the story! 'Twill be my theme in glory--
To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story--'tis pleasant to repeat;
What seems each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet,
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard;
The message of salvation, from God's own Holy Word.
I love to tell the story! 'Twill be my theme in glory--
To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best,
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest,
And when in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
'Twill be the old, old story, that I have loved so long.
I love to tell the story! 'Twill be my theme in glory--
To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love. "

After the inauguration sermon, several short addresses were given. First, by elder B. Taverne for the consistory of Bellevue, expressing gratitude to the Lord and to Rev. Gangar for heeding their call. Secondly, was an address given by elder J. VanderZwan of the Langley Free Reformed Church which had the oversight of Bellevue for these past years. "The Lord has done marvellous things both in the life of Rev. Gangar and for the people of Bellevue." Thirdly, was an address given by Rev. H. Overduin on behalf of all our Free Reformed Churches, sharing this joy with thanksgiving to the Lord. "A pastor must have a throbbing heart for the Lord and have bended knees."

Elder J. Zering of Bellevue then read four congratulatory letters on behalf of the congregations of Vineland, Ontario, by Rev. C.A. Schouls; Clifton, New Jersey, by Rev. L. Roth; the Orthodox Reformed Church of New Westminster, Rev. T. Aicken; and the Canadian Reformed Church of Surrey, B.C. by Rev. C. Van Spronsen. After this an address was given by Rev. D. Neff of the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Lynden, WA who laboured among the people of Bellevue for nearly two years before the coming of Rev. Gangar as Home Missionary. Next, an address was given by Rev. Lindblad of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church of Bellevue as a friend in Christ and colleague in the ministry. Lastly, an address was given by Mr. White of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America in Bellevue who spoke as a personal friend having attended some of the Free Reformed worship services there.

After all the addresses were given, Rev. Gangar responded with words of thankfulness, first to Rev. Pronk for the installation, to the consistory of Bellevue, to all those who were a part of the program, and to all members and friends who showed their interest and support by being present. Then, for the first time, Rev. Gangar pronounced the benediction of the Lord on the Free Reformed Church of Bellevue as their own pastor and shepherd, to which the congregation responded in doxology with the words of Psalter 400:1 and 7.

Truly, the Lord preserves and builds His church, using sinful men to draw like sinful men to Christ in order to make them holy, to make them a witness on the earth, and to bring glory to His worthy Name. May His richest blessing be upon this church in Bellevue and cause it to prosper and be His witness in that big city.

Concluding this evening was a time to enjoy refreshments and fellowship in rejoicing with these members of Bellevue in the wonders of our gracious Lord, Saviour, and King.

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