Preaching Christ from the Scriptures

2011

 

December 25:

Sermon: "Jesus, the Light of the World," John 1:1-5. Homes across America are decked out in Christmas lights, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the prologue of John's gospel how Jesus is the Word of God who brings the light of life to our dark world. Part 1: http://youtu.be/yHO743n7F5E; Part 2: http://youtu.be/8rH-036HWCc.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! Part 1: http://youtu.be/0_hkXQhscb8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/GMGsxJGoYao.

Hymn: "Who Is This, So Weak and Helpless?" Trinity Hymnal # . One of the amazing things about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is the thought that the eternal God entered this world as a helpless baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Jesus identified himself with the weak and helpless, coming to make them new. The author of this hymn, William Walsham How, was himself an English Bishop who had a significant ministry to the poor in London's East End. http://youtu.be/_XTLFqQ2PKU

 

Catechism: "Business Blue Laws," Larger Catechism Question #118. We have a social responsibility in keeping the Lord's Day holy. It is not sufficient for us to observe the Lord's day for ourselves, but put others to work for us. We should be sure that all who are under our influence also have the opportunity to observe a day of rest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezm3Aki310Q

 

December 24:

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: Join us for our special Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at First Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, Pennsylvania (USA; www.firstchurchopc.org). In this video we celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, through Scripture readings, special music, and traditonal Christmas carols. Rev. MacLaren will include a special meditation on "The Star of Bethlehem" (see part 4). Part 1: http://youtu.be/y0LCTmG90E4; Part 2: http://youtu.be/5xpz2kV9PvU; Parts 3&5: http://youtu.be/-6dKOuTpERQ.

 

Homily: "The Star of Bethlehem," Matthew 2:1-12. An unusual star led the magi across the near east until they finally came to a little town called Bethlehem, where Jesus, the King of the Jews, would be born. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God may use many unusual things to lead us to Jesus. http://youtu.be/lyGbtRI54VA

 

December 18:

Sermon: "No Turning Back!" Galatians 4:8-11. "I have a recurring nightmare of returning to the little church I served in many years ago in Lubbock, Texas. The problem was not with the congregation itself, or with the community, it is just the thought of returning to that little building with everyone gone and trying to start a church again from scratch. It is as though I am returning to a prison with no hope of escape." Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how many make this nightmare into a present experience by turning away from the grace of the gospel to a religion of works righteousness. Whether that "religion" is a branch of the Christian faith or another religion like Judaism or Islam, they all end in enslavement to spiritual forces of darkness and empty rituals that destroy the soul. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBD_UuHxpag; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zin-VD6KHjA

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit!  Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqodIKA-zX4; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfuttUbnPN8.

 

Special Music: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," Trinity Hymnal #168, Waggoner and MacLaren. This great Christmas hymn by Charles Wesley celebrates the message of the angelic choir as they announce the birth of the Christ to Mary and Joseph. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with accompaniment from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGKlPLsmH0k

 

Catechism: "Keeping the Sabbath," Larger Catechism Question #117. As the Christian faith recognizes the Lord's Day (Sunday) as the Christian sabbath, the question becomes, how shall we observe the Sabbath in our modern world with all of its pressures and temptations? Is it permissible to work on Sundays or take part in sports, watch movies, or shovel the walk in a snow storm? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church what our responsibility is in this commandment to obey the Lord. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGQt6rGpANg

 

December 11:

Sermon: "The Heirs of God," Galatians 4:1-7. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains how God brings us through "elementary school" to help us grow up to be mature sons in his family, even heirs of God's amazing promises. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZV9Iad_Bn0; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC9ZYVNbCUw.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TefOPCUrFO8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/vWYVzH0am5w.

 

Catechism: "The Christian Sabbath," Larger Catechism Questions #115-116. Should the Christian observe the Sabbath, or is the Lord's Day observed differently than the Sabbath? Why do Christians meet on the first day of the week for worship? http://youtu.be/0E1kLig_afw

 

December 4:

Sermon: "The Sons of God," Galatians 3:26-29. During the American Civil War, a Presbyterian minister from Virginia by the name of Isaac William Ker Handy made some disparaging remarks about the Union flag, and found himself locked up in the Union's Fort Delaware prison. Conditions in the prison were awful, and Dr. Handy wrote of his experiences in a vivid and compelling diary. As awful as those conditions were, the Apostle Paul describes the human condition as far more desperate. We are shut up in prison by the law of God, and our only hope of release was by the mercies of God. Yet, many of those once so imprisoned have been released and set free, and more, made the very sons of God. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from Galatians 3:26-29 what Paul meant when he said we are all sons of God through faith in Jesus. Part 1: http://youtu.be/qovCOo6k9y8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/nX1f5vT2-q4.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyerian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International and King James Versions of the Bible. The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture readings), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (piano). Part 1: http://youtu.be/p-s3Jpw3Xfg; Part 2: http://youtu.be/MkSEC3-t4gI.

 

Special Music: As the Advent season approaches, Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this great hymn which reflects on the promises of Isaiah of the coming Savior (Isaiah 7:14). "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" may have its origins in the 12th Century, but it is sung throughout Christendom throughout the Advent season. http://youtu.be/s5nQ-__5RWA

 

Catechism: "The Lord Our God," Larger Catechism Question #114. Rev. R. Scott MacLaren leads a meditation on Question #114 of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/Nr_-w9J9r7M

 

December 2:

Installation Service: Please see our special service of recognition and installation on the page beneath our 100th Anniversary Celebration....

 

November 27:

Sermon: "Thanksgiving and Forgiveness," Matthew 18:21-34. Our special guest speaker, Mr. John Strickland, shows from Matthew 18:21-34 how the forgiveness of sins is the foundation for a life of true thanksgiving. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44k-34CyZZc; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuEmGlxL4Qo.

 

Sunday Worship Service: Join us as we worship the liviing Lord who has blessed us with all good things to enjoy! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith, and enjoy a wonderful fellowship in Jesus Christ. Our hymns are from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture readings are from the New International and King James versions of the Bible. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQQHGDlJXe4; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvqnfz2b5VA.

 

Special Music: "Come, Ye Thankful People Come," Trinity Hymnal #615. Mr. John Strickland joins Pastor MacLaren in singing this great hymn of thanksgiving from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnQRQ279NNY.

 

Catechism: "Name, Word, and Work," Larger Catechism Question #113b, Rev. R. Scott MacLaren. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGNqKOR4QLM

 

November 20:

Sermon: "The Seed Promise," Galatians 3:15-22. The "super committee" composed of the two major political parties in the United States are charged with the responsibility of reducing our federal deficit. Will they break faith with previous commitments made to the elderly by reducing their social security and medicare payments? Even the apostle Paul understood that you don't break your promises, and he used that to show us something of how God relates to us as well. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows that the promises of God to Abraham continue to us today through our faith in Jesus. This sermon was preached at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (USA; www.firstchurchopc.org) on November 20, 2011. The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/b0KP6IvCWWc; Part 2: http://youtu.be/9ev_XR2fjoQ.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyerian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International and King James Versions of the Bible. The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture readings), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (piano). Part 1: http://youtu.be/pJGi9W4lxTo; Part 2: http://youtu.be/_AUiLvZPbT0.

 

Special Music: "All Good Gifts Around Us..." Trinity Hymnal # This great hymn of thanksgiving is sung by many Christians at the time of harvest to celebrate the Lord's many gifts to us. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R Scott MacLaren join together to sing this hearty hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/62VoDxhbwWw

 

Catechism: "Left Undone," Larger Catechism Question #113. What does it mean to take God's name in vain? For many, the name of God is of little use except in a profanity or an empty pious sentiment. Even the more solemn forms of the use of God's name in oaths and vows become occasions for abuse of God's name. But what we might not always think about is that our failure to use God's name appropriately is also a sin. The absence of an action on our part may be sinful. Watch as Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the third of the Ten Commandments from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/c55zK-CaE1s

 

November 13:

Sermon: "Blessed With Abraham," Galatians 3:10-14. Prince William and Kate have chosen Kensington Palace as their marital home, but many Brits are concerned that this home has been under a curse for generations. Do you sometimes feel like you are living under a curse as well? Nothing goes right, you always seem to be living under a cloud. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how you may be under a curse, but this curse is far more severe than anything Kensington Palace can offer. Part 1: http://youtu.be/cfzdV64R0sM; Part 2: http://youtu.be/GnHsMuC5JHg.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. Pastor MacLaren is assisted in this worship service by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/XG0xRe9iEAE; Part 2: http://youtu.be/VAXAaByBlkE.

 

Special Music: "Just As I Am," Trinity Hymnal # This great hymn is best known for its use in Billy Graham crusades as an invitation to many to believe in Jesus. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/90eqgYIGQzw

 

Catechism: "The Name of God," Larger Catechism Questions #111-112. http://youtu.be/UcyleM24lvk

 

November 6:

Sermon: "Abraham: Man of Faith!" Galatians 3:6-9. Abraham is a pivotal figure in three major world religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The ancient father was revered in Judaism as "faithful," "perfect in all his deeds with the Lord, and well-pleasing in righteousness all the days of his life." While Abraham is similarly revered in the Christian faith, the lesson of his life is quite different for the Christian. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Abraham is an example of one who is justified before God, not by his good works, but by his faith in the promise of God. Part 1: http://youtu.be/Vw2RKD94Qx4; Part 2: http://youtu.be/YhoXhOGYeqo.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. Pastor MacLaren is assisted in this worship service by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/zG40nMkZCag; Part 2: http://youtu.be/HQegPBUFFsk.

 

Special Music: "Amazing Grace," Trinity Hymnal #402. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this classic hymn originally written by the former slave trader John Newton. "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see." http://youtu.be/kcSEgwCTNkU

 

Catechism: "A Thousand Generations!" Larger Catechism Question #110. God is jealous for his worship, and in a pluralistic religious environment, we need to be reminded of our duty to worship God in the way that he approved. The second of the Ten Commandments comes with both a warning and a promise; the decisions we make, the worship we offer, has an impact on us and on our children for generations to come. Choose wisely! http://youtu.be/FHy9qNK1E-g

 

October 30:

Sermon: "Bewitched!" Galatians 3:1-5. One of the most endearing characters in Shakespeare's history plays is that of Falstaff, the rotund friend of Prince Hal, whose comic adventures leave him wondering if he wasn't bewitched. The apostle Paul wondered the same about members of his congregations in the region of Galatia. How else could you explain why they were leaving a gospel of full and complete salvation for a a failed system of works righteousness? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how many Christians today seem bewitched by the same foolish choice. Part 1: http://youtu.be/0fqnDgonWy4; Part 2: http://youtu.be/X87Ia20WlRo.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. This service took place at First Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA on October 30, 2011. The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor, and he was assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns) and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/uNz41NmpE-U; Part 2: http://youtu.be/xKg7GIbk3Ls

 

Special Music: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," Trinity Hymnal #186. In this great hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal, Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R Scott MacLaren sing of the wonder of the cross of Christ. http://youtu.be/0OU1bhHvvpo

 

Larger Catechism: "Images of God," Larger Catechism Question #109. http://youtu.be/G1NeI8CbPnk

 

October 23:

100th Anniversary Celebration Service: "From Bethel to First--A Journey of Faith." Join us as we celebrate the Lord's faithfulness to his people in sustaining the ministry of First Presbyterian Church through 100 years of ministry. Having its origins as Bethel Mennonite Church, this congregation has taken a stand for the truth of the Gospel and held true to that gospel through the changes within our culture over 100 years. The congregation left the Mennonite Church in 1960 to form the Pennridge Community Church, and independent church which later was named the Good News Chapel. In 1995 it entered the care of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for fear that as an independent church it could be taken over by unscrupulous people joining the church and forcing a change. Pastor MacLaren was installed as its organizing pastor in 1996, and in 2001 the name of the church changed to First Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA. Watch as Pastor MacLaren narrates the journey of faith taken by this congregation, and listen to the special music selections featuring solos by Rev. MacLaren ("Great Is Thy Faithfulness"), Mr. Joseph Waggoner ("The Lord Is My Light"), and a duet by Waggoner and MacLaren ("Jesus Paid It All"). Congregational singing will be from songbooks and hymnals used during the course of the congregation's recent experience. This service took place on October 23, 2011. Mr. John MacLaren plays the piano on the opening set of songs, and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (church pianist) plays the remaining hymns. Part 1: http://youtu.be/VnDEjLxAw7U; Part 2: http://youtu.be/t_vsGsme1qM; Part 3: http://youtu.be/lsEejtsp5vk; Part 4: http://youtu.be/YVXhchIS-Zw; Part 5:

 

Sermon: "Jesus: The Master Builder," Matthew 16:13-20. When a small gathering of Mennonites decided to plant a new church at the turn of the century, they couldn't have known what the future would hold for that little church. In fact, it almost never got off the ground. But a man of faith persuaded the group that they should continue, and the following year they built their first building. Now one hundred years later, we celebrate their faith as we remember their struggles and the many ways in which the Lord delivered them. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Matthew 16:18 how Christ builds his church through the faith of his people. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo6AMJ-FQbE; Part 2: http://youtu.be/owmWzHV33mQ

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith, including "All People That on Earth Do Dwell," (#1); "The Church's One Foundation" (#270), and "Onward, Christian Soldiers" (#490). Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Mr. Scott Roltsch in the service. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner is the pianist. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H34f-mO6OM; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrydZ2svekw.

 

Special Music: "Crown Him with Many Crowns," Trinity Hymnal #216. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. Richard Scott MacLaren are joined by Mr. John MacLaren in singing this great hymn that worships the Lord Jesus Christ. The hymn was sung from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and accompanied by Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://youtu.be/DVh4BnHuwpY

 

Catechism: "Private Worship," Larger Catechism Question #108b. After considering the nature of public worship, the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church speaks of the private duties that we have in worshipping the true God. http://youtu.be/ynRJMQ_FeOw

 

October 16:

Sermon: "The Blind Man's Cry," Luke 18:31-43. Our guest speaker, Mr. John Strickland, shows the mercies of our Lord toward those who know their weakness and sin. Speaking from the story of Jesus' healing of the blind man on the road by Jericho (Luke 18:31-43), Mr. Strickland brings the story alive and shows how Jesus continues to visit the needy today with mercy and forgiveness. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OMTIUul1k4; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr7YDmWoBB4; Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWB2x7jcwsQ; Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVXHXgJFLQo.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God who rules over all and calls us to worship him through faith in his Son Jesus. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our hymns for this service were acapello and included, "Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim," #136; "Come Unto Me, Ye Weary," #405; and "Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing," #319. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version and the King James Version of the Bible. Mr. Joseph Waggoner assisted Rev. R. Scott MacLaren during the service. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CTpnQh30Tg; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0clJf_JBvTs.

 

Special Music: "The Lord's My Shepherd," Trinity Hymnal #77 (third tune). Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren are joined by Mr. John Strickland in this a capella rendition of "The Lord's My Shepherd," from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (#77, First Tune). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3zP3nhChNc

 

Catechism: "True Worship," Larger Catechism Questions #107-108. Having distinguished the true God from idols in the first commandment, the second of the Ten Commandments shows how we are to worship him aright. Rev. MacLaren develops our understanding of this second commandment during this meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awozo__J67o

 

October 9:

Sermon: "Sin and Justification," Galatians 2:17-21. Does the Reformed understanding of justification by grace through faith alone remove the motivation for a moral life? This criticism of the Reformed faith is as old as the apostle Paul, who continually had to defend the grace of the gospel from those who wanted to re-introduce a principle of works righteousness. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Galatians 2:17-21 that our justification from sin produces a changed life through our union with Christ, and this alone provides the proper motivation for godly living. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmIG3uTPUe0; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCNJsybcAuk

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Great Shepherd of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by his death and resurrection has delivered us from sin and death, and brought us into the very presence of God. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible. This service includes the hymns, "At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing," (#365), "Jesus, I Live to Thee," (#438), and "A Few More Years Shall Roll," (#609). The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor, and he is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns) and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Pianist). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-4SEsmp71c; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWr9ewWEEtY.

 

Special Music: "My Sure Redeemer," Trinity Hymnal #135. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvLEnVuVpU

 

Catechism: "Before Me?" Larger Catechism Question #106. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRJtuWauryc

 

October 2:

Sermon: "A Noble Task," 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Does the governor of New Jersey, Mr. Chris Christie, want to be president? He has made many emphatic denials, but political pressure is mounting on him to consider a run for the White House. Should a man who has no desire to serve in a particular office be compelled to serve? In the church, we look for men who have a desire to serve in the church, men who understand the nature of the work and the kinds of sacrifices required of them. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 what the church ought to look for in those who would serve as elders, bishops, presbyters, and pastors within the church. Part 1: http://youtu.be/11rmox-ZStc; Part 2: http://youtu.be/O7Cd-RzL8Kw.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Great Shepherd of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by his death and resurrection has delivered us from sin and death, and brought us into the very presence of God. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). This service includes the hymns, "Exalt the Lord, His Praise Proclaim," (#12), "The Church's One Foundation Is Jesus Christ Her Lord," (#270), and "Blest Be the Tie That Binds Our Hearts in Christian Love," (#285, First Tune). The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor, and he is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/0HoaENcGyTM; Part 2: http://youtu.be/GnIOH2jLqgU.

 

Special Music: "How Sweet and Awful Is the Place...." Waggoner and MacLaren, Trinity Hymnal #271. One of the great hymns by Isaac Watts, sung to an Old Irish hymn melody, is "How Sweet and Awful Is the Place With Christ Within the Doors." Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this great hymn of the church with accompaniment from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://youtu.be/OLquzJSc2zM.

 

Catechism: "The Occult," Larger Catechism Question #105c. The first of the ten commandments prohibits any effort to abandon the Lord and his Word by consulting the dead, angels, the devil, etc., to find guidance or blessing in life. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church what it means to say, "You shall have no other gods beside Me. http://youtu.be/HCv8tKx1_pI

 

September 25:

Sermon: "Gospel Morality," Galatians 2:11-16. Your actions reveal your true beliefs, and your beliefs manifest themselves in how you behave. This is especially true with regard to the gospel. The gospel of justification by grace through faith in Christ alone imposes a morality on Christian people. Their actions cannot contradict the truth of this message. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from a major confrontation between the apostle's Peter and Paul how salvation by grace transforms everything, from who we sit with at the dinner table to where we go to church. Part 1: http://youtu.be/590VhOtu7h8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/TFSBqcb3OrI.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Part 1: http://youtu.be/T-VL2v06hl4; Part 2: http://youtu.be/NtooQmmz3nY.

 

Special Music: "Hark! The Voice of Love and Mercy," Trinity Hymnal #187. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this powerful hymn in testimony to the finished work of Jesus on behalf of his elect people from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied the hymn on the piano. ttp://youtu.be/rb1sHLNXe68

 

Catechism: "The Sin of Humanism," Larger Catechism Question #105b. Sin comes in many forms, and some sins are more foundational than others. While Atheism and Idolatry both violate the First of the Ten Commandments, Humanism also breaks the commandment, and perhaps is the more foundational of the three. http://youtu.be/VmWKi4cgI3c

 

September 18:

Sermon: "Stubborn Theologians," Galatians 2:1-10. Orthodox Christian pastors may be maligned for holding to an "antiquated" theology, a theology of the first century rather than the twenty-first. Why are they so stubborn? Why not adopt a more progressive message, one in tune with the times and with what modern audiences want? Perhaps they are taking their cue from the apostle Paul, who understood the consequences of any departure from the truth of the original gospel for Christian liberty. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the church is blessed with "stubborn theologians" who refuse to flinch before contemporary criticism. Part 1: http://youtu.be/IJOk8izQWsg; Part 2: http://youtu.be/Hz5_8GnfVtk.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/th0HqW8qjpw; Part 2: http://youtu.be/gPImyQ74WqI.

 

Special Music: "Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ," Trinity Hymnal #441. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this hymn meditating on the benefits of Christ's death and resurrection for those who belive in him. http://youtu.be/HAHRXhFPmCo.

 

Catechism: "Atheists and Idolators," Larger Catechism Question #105a. http://youtu.be/W_p3VPhTaEs

 

September 11:

Sermon: "The Revealed Gospel," Galatians 1:11-24. What is the origin of Paul's religion? It's a question asked many years ago by the renowned Princeton scholar J. Gresham Machen in his battle against Liberalism in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Machen argued with Paul that his gospel could not be explained on naturalistic terms as the product of his heritage or environment. Rather, his gospel clearly had supernatural origins. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Galatians 1:11-24 how Paul argued for the divine origin of his gospel message. Part 1: http://youtu.be/Az9FgWGQjyY; Part 2: http://youtu.be/hSxd46kL3Ww.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/do-rfh1xAIg; Part 2: http://youtu.be/QaAi2Itl55k.

 

Special Music: "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," Trinity Hymnal #81. This is one of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith, penned by Martin Luther at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. http://youtu.be/TXl6QgksoWw

 

September 4:

Sermon: "The Original Gospel," Galatians 1:6-10. What do Coca Cola and the Apostle Paul have in common? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Paul argued for the value of the original gospel received from the Lord Jesus Christ, and how any attempts at "improving" or changing that gospel should be condemned in the strongest of terms. Part 1: http://youtu.be/unTXl5SuGww; Part 2: http://youtu.be/z1GoMgUNQ2o.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/QqmnNjHaIaw; Part 2: http://youtu.be/8k-Bzp1lCWk.

 

Special Music: "My Jesus I Love Thee," Trinity Hymnal #547. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R Scott MacLaren sing this beautiful hymn from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Written by the 16 year old William Ralph Featherston in 1864, it leads Christ's church in the worship of her glorious Lord and Savior. Mr. Featherston wrote no other hymns, and he passed away before his 27th birthday. http://youtu.be/0U6OaKfLbDU

 

Catechism: "Loving God," Question #102. How would you summarize the first four of the Ten Commandments? Would you define them as so many boundaries that we must not transgress? Do you think of the law as authoritarian, inflexible, unbending, cold, and negative? Perhaps you should look at it again. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church how the law of God can be summarized in a rather unexpected way. http://youtu.be/fDV7R4erlGo

 

August 28: Services Cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

 

August 21:

Sermon: "The Gathering Storm," Galatians 1:1-5. Kill the messenger! It's an age-old strategy when you don't like the message. The apostle Paul had to respond to those who challenged his credentials as an apostle in an effort to undermine faith in the gospel of grace alone. Watch as Pastor MacLaren begins his new series of messages on "The Freedom of the Gospel" as found in Paul's letter to the Galatians. Part 1: http://youtu.be/sdjoRjT36Vs; Part 2: http://youtu.be/KEG9JR9qfGs.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/3fN0O7JzruU; Part 2: http://youtu.be/3yCpNGnzvcI

 

Special Music: "Come to the Savior Now," Trinity Hymnal #395. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing a hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal that invites you to respond to the gospel by calling on the Lord. Accompaniment for the hymn is from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://youtu.be/dGhlfB7n5iw

 

Catechism: Many of us pay no attention to the preface of a book, and go straight to the first chapter. The preface is boring, personal, and irrelevant to why we bought the book, right? To do that with the preface to the Ten Commandments would be a mistake, for it has much to tell us about how we are to approach the moral law. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the answer of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to questions #100-101. http://youtu.be/Mcl47rrYV9Yz

 

August 14:

Sermon: "Christian Action," James 1:19-27. The conclusion of Rev. MacLaren's series, "Thy Word Is Truth," reflects on the obligation that the Christian has to take what he learns from Scripture and apply it to life. Christian faith produces a life of godly action. Part 1: http://youtu.be/9kvSf-cPCOw; Part 2: http://youtu.be/Dvf-hPIYNaM.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/LQkqL6sXVpw; Part 2: http://youtu.be/AyKRqACe6Rg.

 

Special Music: "Let Thy Blood in Mercy Poured," Trinity Hymnal #392. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing a hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal (#362) that reflects on the Lord's Supper. The accompaniment for the hymn is from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://youtu.be/mN0pv4gZcjo

 

Catechism: "Social Conscience," Larger Catechism Question #99. http://youtu.be/tUnrDN1ER58.

 

August 7:

Sermon: "Christian Meditation," 1 Peter 1:13-2:3. A band of Hari Krishna worshipers led a winding procession through the Soho section of London, chanting 'Hari Krishna" and dancing excitedly. Inviting others to join in, spectators stepped in to their dance and added to the spectacle. Like the pied piper of long ago, eastern mysticism and transcendental meditation has lured many into its dance only to find that it only leads to great spiritual and eternal loss. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Christian meditation is qualitatively different from eastern mysticism or its secular counterparts. Part 1: http://youtu.be/lHxaauhHrps; Part 2: http://youtu.be/5ia98zysVV4

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service are Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/TXcu-eGKngg; Part 2: http://youtu.be/7v0DMGeaZUw.

 

Special Music: Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this beautiful prayer from the English Non-conformist minister and hymnwriter Philip Doddridge, composed in 1737. Doddridge composed over 400 hymns and wrote the influential work, "The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul" (1745). http://youtu.be/KmheafDI4XE.

 

Catechism: What rules should govern the way we interpret the Ten Commandments? In this meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Rev. R. Scott MacLaren explains how we should learn to look at the commandments for our spiritual good. http://youtu.be/ACporVpwN_o.

 

July 31:

Sermon: "Sacred Tradition?" Mark 7:1-23. The Anglican priest John Henry Newman created quite a stir in 19th Century England when he left that church to join the Roman Catholic Church. Over a hundred other Anglican clergymen joined him in a massive defection that stunned the nation. Concerned for the erosion of clerical power in England's state controlled church, Newman sought refuge in the Sacred Tradition of the Roman Church. Many today still feel the allure of that Sacred Tradition and are drawn into its embrace. What is it, and does it pose a danger to the Christian gospel? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Mark 7 how Jesus confronted the Jewish leaders of his day for their reliance on human traditions instead of the word of God. Part 1: http://youtu.be/osTA171rzpA; Part 2: http://youtu.be/wu01bh1MrFc.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Rev. R Scott MacLaren is assisted in the service by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture readings), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Part 1: http://youtu.be/KOCHXyUAyQE; Part 2: http://youtu.be/96g0T9M7oho.

 

Special Music: "Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies," Trinity Hymnal #330. http://youtu.be/jND4cnYtOHo

 

Catechism: "Perfect and Spiritual," Larger Catechism Question #99. http://youtu.be/HE9QfAvzPCY

 

July 24:

Sermon: "Illumined by the Spirit," 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. Can the deaf appreciate the music of Mozart? Can the blind enjoy the play of colors in a Rembrandt painting? Obviously not. The Scriptures use these physical disabilities to illustrate how the "natural man" is unable to understand and accept the spiritual truth of the gospel. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 how God assures us of the truth of the gospel by the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Part 1: http://youtu.be/rJjL4zPwRXQ; Part 2: http://youtu.be/Oc0M8GkD1pw.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Rev. R Scott MacLaren is assisted in the service by Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture readings), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Piano). Part 1: http://youtu.be/veRLwNG6HLU; Part 2: http://youtu.be/B7Qe7k-7yA4.

 

Special Music: "Wondrous King All-Glorious," Trinity Hymnal #132. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R Scott MacLaren sing this majestic Reformed hymn in praise of the Lord Jesus Christ. The hymn was composed by Joachim Neander (1650-1680), a German Reformed theologian and hymn writer who is best known as the author of "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation." Many consider the latter one of the greatest hymns of the Christian church. He wrote about 60 hymns before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 30. http://youtu.be/_szpjgFf308.

 

Catechism: "The Ten Commandments," Larger Catechism Question #98. Where do we learn about God's moral law? Do we discover it through philosophical arguments, by political votes, or by comparative religions? The Westminster divines answered that we find that law in the Scriptures, and especially in the Ten Commandments. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church that the Ten Commandments continue to reveal God's moral law to us today. http://youtu.be/fM2h5vYuuYg

 

July 17:

Sermon: "New Revelations of the Spirit?" Revelation 22:7-21. Pentecostalism has come a long way from its early beginnings at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles. With its emphasis on the Baptism of the Spirit and speaking in tongues, believers have taken its message around the world, and over the past century their numbers have risen to as many as half a billion. Are we to expect new revelations from the Spirit of God? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Revelation 22:7-21 how God has closed the canon of Scripture following the apostolic age. Part 1: http://youtu.be/g8XkT6MI7y8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/Y55SQKECcNs.

 

Sunday Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service is Mr. Joseph Waggoner (Hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (Pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/EYKUr5WK-XY; Part 2: http://youtu.be/o0l6xA-mhBM.

 

Special Music: "Break Thou the Bread of Life," Trinity Hymnal #. This beautiful hymn is a prayer for the Spirit's work in illumining our minds to understand the Scriptures. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this great hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/WBJwDofOFR4.

 

Catechism: "Christian Morality," Larger Catechism Question #97. Is the Christian obligated to observe the moral law? Is he not free from the law and lives by grace? http://youtu.be/aXhOs0_A8EQ

 

July 10:

Sermon: "Reading Paul," 2 Peter 3:1-18. The letters of the apostle Paul are not the easiest reading material. If you wanted to begin reading from the Bible, you might consider starting elsewhere. But as difficult as Paul can sometimes be, the problem is not with Paul or with what he wrote, but with us. The Scriptures have come to us through a variety of human authors, and though their humanity has an influence on what they wrote, their writings were in the final analysis the very word of God. That message is both true and clear. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 2 Peter 3:1-18 how the Scriptures may at times be complex and even profound, yet their basic message is simple enough that all of God's people can read and understand it. Part 1: http://youtu.be/gwcxPoO7x_c; Part 2: http://youtu.be/kF1BME4fluk.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://youtu.be/yATb4qsWXZo; Part 2: http://youtu.be/_YFmqhwAYJ0.

 

Special Music: "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," Trinity Hymnal #256. This patriotic hymn is a prayer for the Lord's protection of "those in peril on the sea." http://youtu.be/qKBh2hoGG6M

 

Catechism: "The Unregenerate," Larger Catechism Question #96. http://youtu.be/T-oVHEhKy1U

 

July 3:

Sermon: "Thy Word Is Truth," John 17:17. The "Wicked Bible" became notorious in 1631 when the royal printer of London accidently left out one pretty significant little word. The Bible erroneously read: "Thou shalt commit adultery!" That created quite a stir, but today it might go over pretty well among those who find the Bible's morality a little too confining. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows that the Bible in its original manuscripts is true in all that it affirms, not only in matters of religion and morality, but also in those of science and history too. What is more, we can trust the translations we have in our possession as faithful records of God's inerrant word. Part 1: http://youtu.be/wRDeiTrShcE; Part 2: http://youtu.be/LgysC8Gw3WI.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://youtu.be/F8PaMtymwiY; Part 2 http://youtu.be/lsB73w_tpUs.

 

Catechism: "Relevant Law," Larger Catechism Questions 94-95. If man has fallen into sin and is entirely incapable of doing any good thing (Romans 3:10-12), what is the purpose of God's moral law? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church how God has given his law to us to show us our sin and to drive us to the only remedy for sin, the Lord Jesus Christ. http://youtu.be/gyJOeWZnhoU.

 

June 26:

Sermon: "The Word Made Flesh," Jeremiah 1:1-19. Dan Harris, an ABC News correspondant, spoke on "The Power of Touch" to help everyone from NBA athletes to restaurant waitresses to be successful. A simple touch on the arm or shoulder expresses one's personal care and interest, and people respond favorably to it. You might be surprised to learn that God does something like that in the way he teaches us his word. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the Word of God is incarnated in Jesus Christ and in the Scriptures. Part 1: http://youtu.be/U_bpKGyIXWM; Part 2: http://youtu.be/3VpNMKTBOLk.

 

Worship: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian church from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Assisting in the service is Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/1II-Aserqik Part 2: http://youtu.be/jbj80ae6aWY

 

Special Music: The hymns of Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778) are rich in Reformed Theology, reflecting the strong convictions of one who spent much of his rather short life advancing and defending the doctrine of predestination against the Arminianism of John Wesley. He is perhaps better known for his great hymn, "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me," but in this hymn he rejoices in God's gracious provision of righteousness for our justification. http://youtu.be/SjHCeAg-UbE

 

Catechism: What is the source of our morality? The only possible source that fully satisfies is God's revelation of his law to his creatures. We are all accountable to obey God's moral law perfectly throughout the course of our lives. http://youtu.be/YdIFza7AlQk

 

June 19:

Sermon: "The God-Breathed Word," 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8. The great Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth argued for a "theology of the Word," emphasizing that a revelation from God must come from outside our experience. Unfortunately for Barth, his understanding of revelation put such a distance between God and us that his "Word" was all but lost to us. While the apostles similarly spoke of God's revelation as coming from outside us, they also affirmed that his Word is written for our benefit. Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains what the apostle Paul means when he describes the Scriptures as "God-breathed" and profitable for us. Part 1: http://youtu.be/LlMJRxqV6Tc; Part 2: http://youtu.be/fnOLjzPvNA4.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). This service took place at First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org) on June 19, 2011, the Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Assisting Pastor MacLaren in the service is Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), and Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist). Part 1: http://youtu.be/a-a57WKTwss; Part 2: http://youtu.be/K6AcPgS3Af4

 

Special Music: "Blessed Jesus at Thy Word," Trinity Hymnal #220. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing this prayerful hymn to the Lord Jesus, originally written in the seventeenth century by Tobias Clausnitzer. Do you come to the ministry of God's word with the same prayer of faith, "Blessed Jesus, at thy word, we are gathered all to hear thee." http://youtu.be/-hrN0cqvmQ8

 

Catechism: "Natural Law," Larger Catechism Question #92. How is it that most everyone recognizes that it is wrong to murder your neighbor, steal his property, or lie to his face? If we have arisen through an evolutionary process, shouldn't we all have different morality systems, if in fact we had any morality at all? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows that our basic moral nature is rooted in God's creation of us in His image. http://youtu.be/RTWRevzSwnA

 

June 12:

Sermon: "The Revelation of God," Matthew 11:20-30. The French existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre was troubled by the relationship between Being and Nothingness. More specifically, he felt the great question facing philosophers is whether anything exists. In reply, the Christian philosopher/evangelist Francis A. Schaeffer wrote a book with the resounding declaration, "He Is There and He Is Not Silent." The Christian faith begins with the firm foundation of God's sovereign revelation of himself through Jesus Christ. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows that God's revelation of himself is Trinitarian in character, Covenantal in scope, and Christological in its focus. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zq5DoAqP20; Part 2: http://youtu.be/i1HG9qfBWHE.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is the pastor, and he is assisted by Mr. Joseph Waggoner in the hymns and Mr. Scott Roltsch in the Scripture readings. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner is the pianist. Part 1: http://youtu.be/e7dZGmOmUK8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/kIepLUaWZlc.

 

Special Music: This wonderful hymn reviews the beauty of nature and all that God has made, then declares, "Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing!" Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing with accompaniment from Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner on the piano. http://youtu.be/wHXdqSKdzIY

 

Catechism: "Man's Moral Duty," Larger Catechism Question #91. In this meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org), Rev. R. Scott MacLaren shows how man's moral duty is properly grounded on God's revelation of himself in creation and in redemption. Any effort to build a moral society apart from God's revelation in Christ will surely disappoint, as our daily newspapers and our personal lives attest. http://youtu.be/_eIuMWCMjzM

 

June 5:

Sermon: "Foundations for Life," Ephesians 2:11-22. What are the foundations of your life? What basic commitments and assumptions have you made with regard to the nature of the world, the existence of God, or the good life? Have you examined them recently for their reliability and truthfulness? Jesus warned against building your life on the sands of human traditions rather than the rock of his word. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God has provided a sure foundation for his church in the Holy Scriptures. Part 1: http://youtu.be/QF4RJ23GpK8; Part 2: http://youtu.be/PMtfNwJt43s.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Lord in the fullness of joy and in the light of God's revealed truth! Our service intends to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in his exalted nature and redeeming work. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Participating in the service was Mr. Joseph Waggoner (hymns), Mr. Scott Roltsch (Scripture reading), Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner (pianist), and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren, Pastor. Part 1: http://youtu.be/zZpr-LDyiqo; Part 2: http://youtu.be/qNoUE03xtnI.

 

Special Music: 'That Man Is Blest," Trinity Hymnal #446. One of the great traditions of the Presbyterian Church is singing the psalms of David. Known as the sweet psalmist of Israel, David wrote hymns of worship, praise, and wisdom for the temple worship in Jerusalem. His first psalm introduces the rest of the psalms while pointing us to the Scriptures. Pastor MacLaren and Joseph Waggoner sing this beautiful psalm with the rich harmonies found in an Irish tune from "Hymns and Sacred Poems," published in Dublin, 1749. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanies the hymn on the piano. http://youtu.be/xfwdLGOXyj0.

 

Catechism: "Heaven Opened!" Larger Catechism Question #90. What will heaven be like? Is there truly a benefit to being a Christian, to confessing Christ as Savior and Lord before a skeptical and hostile world? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the answer of the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church during the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church. http://youtu.be/zhMDv7GGTFI

 

May 29:

Sermon: "God's House," Isaiah 66:1-16. Where does God live? The landscape of Western cultures is punctuated by large and stately cathedrals whose spires pierce the heavens and call their communities to worship. Majestic as many of they are, it would be a mistake to think that God lives in them or is confined to them. The Prophet Isaiah reminded his congregation that God dwells in the heavens, but amazingly enough, he also dwells with the humble of his people. Watch as Pastor MacLaren concludes his sermon series, "Isaiah, Prophet of Salvation," by showing how God lives in his people. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5znWo0uMEw; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wg3rc2w478.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Lord by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian Church from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Our guest violinist for this video is Mr. Timothy Carroll. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTTNzpKhT5U; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brTTj9vT28o.

 

Catechism: "Flee God's Wrath," Larger Catechism Question #89. What will happen to many of those who appear before Jesus at the last day for judgment? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains God's final judment of the wicked at the last day from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YASYVpyqUc

 

May 22:

Sermon: "God's New Creation," Isaiah 65:17-25. How do you describe a new heavens and a new earth? You might be challenged to find the words and concepts that adequately convey its mystery and beauty, but even if you could, would you believe that such a thing was possible? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the Christian can live in the sure hope of a new life through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of David and Servant of the Lord. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHEmSjuMSxA; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrO2ru_o1xo.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living Lord by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUNG4Ct7RbQ; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9ACU_Fq3cU

 

Special Music: "The Sands of Time Are Sinking," Trinity Hymnal #599. This powerful hymn by the Scotch presbyterian poet Anne Ross Cousin is based on the last words of the great Scotch theologian Samuel Rutherford. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQbiRIiR4OM

 

Catechism: "Predicting the Rapture," Larger Catechism Question #88. A Christian radio broadcaster predicted that Jesus would return and rapture his church on May 21, 2011, ushering the final five months of world history before the final judgment. On May 22, 2011, Rev. R. Scott MacLaren continued his meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org), which affirmed in its 88th question that the day of the Lord's return was unknown and unpredictable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jJnGkWl4yg

 

May 15:

Sermon: "The Lord's Kindness," Isaiah 63:7-29. "Where is he?" Where is the Lord when you need him most? In the days of the prophet Isaiah, Israel wondered where God was when their country was invaded by foreigners, devastating their land and depopulating their cities. The memory of the Lord's former kindnesses gave hope however to believers that the Lord would once more look with favor on them. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows that their hope would not be disappointed, but the Lord would once more, in an amazing way, show his kindness to Israel. Part 1: http://youtu.be/TEjay4X_W1M; Part 2: http://youtu.be/l2H-_FywlRI

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://youtu.be/DeceJ_kFxcA; Part 2: http://youtu.be/OcZakXHuQ4k

 

Special Music: "Now Israel May Say," Trinity Hymnal #514. In this traditional hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing of the Christian's faith in the Lord's protection from a hostile world. The hymn is taken from the Psalter of 1912 and is based on Psalm 124. http://youtu.be/c6o-v9RyP6c

 

May 8:

Sermon: "The Grapes of Wrath," Isaiah 63:1-6. Isaiah's dramatic description of the Lord's Servant returning from battle assures the church that her sufferings will not go unavenged. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the wrath of God for sinners is not to be taken lightly. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQHJZbuW-FU; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3HEpsB16k

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living Lord by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaMsoCULMZc; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQUPiqJpfHU

 

Special Music: Medley, "Peace, Perfect Peace" and "Like a River Glorious," Trinity Hymnal #590 & 580. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this medley of hymns on the peace that God gives his children in a conflicted world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlUResGmOYc

 

Catechism: What will happen on the last day of human history? Will there be a resurrection of the dead? Will everyone rise and go to the same place? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church how there will be one final resurrection of all men, leading them to their separate destinations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uNNsDQiUxg

 

May 1:

Sermon: "Your New Name," Isaiah 62. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey before an estimated audience of 2 billion people across the world. In this romantic, almost magical union, they underwent a change in their relationship to each other, becoming husband and wife, but they also received a new name and a new crown. The apostle Paul tells us that marriage shows us something of the relationship between Christ and his Church, and with that the prophet Isaiah would agree. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 62 how God unites us to himself and ceasely endeavors to bring us to glory. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sc6896s9MY; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGfM0xoYDM

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living Lord by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCqAdwdvgRI; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO19X5aAMfY.

 

Special Music: "The Strife Is O'er, The Battle Won," Trinity Hymnal #201. The church rejoices over the resurrection of Jesus in this hymn of worship and praise. Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren sing from the Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMbE1IAYtDk

 

Catechism: "The After-Life," Larger Catechism Question #86. What happens to your soul when you die? Does it simply sleep? Is it re-incarnated? Does it go to Purgatory or have a second chance to make a final decision? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church what happens when we die. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1-unlyME8k

 

April 24:

Sermon: "This Changes Everything!" Acts 17:1-15. During a conversation among former Secretaries of State on how American values affect American diplomacy, Mr. Colin Powell noted the immense significance of two words in a treaty agreement signed by former President Ford with the old Soviet Union. Those two words would significantly affect the course of Russian history, and now are making their impact on what Powell described as the Arab Spring. The apostle Paul understood the significance of words, and in his mission speeches before the Jewish synagogues of Asia Minor, he spoke of their messianic expectations regarding the Christ in ways that were unexpected and dramatic. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how Paul demonstrated that Jesus was the Christ promised long ago in the Scriptures of Moses and the Prophets, and that his death and resurrection were just what those Scriptures foretold. If this is so, then this changes everything, from religious commitments to politics to one's personal life. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_pVVqAOwas; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIJiCNGSe-Q.

 

Worship: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW6NNyYREZg; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7sBzNDbw2c.

 

Special Music: "Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed," Trinity Hymnal #195. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMB5lS8xW9Q.

 

Catechism: "Why Do Christians Die?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clhaqijlKlw

 

Special Music: "Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem," Trinity Hymnal (rev.) #271. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Q3VAYqb3Q

 

April 17:

Sermon: "The Message of the Cross," 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The sign of the cross is a distinctive mark of the Christian church. While for many in our culture it is little more than a fashion statement, for those who believe in the Lord, it is a reminder of what the Lord suffered on their behalf. Watch as Pastor MacLaren reminds the church of the central place the cross of Christ should hold in the preaching of the church. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enEQWEx3-q8; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhHctvhKsC4.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Lord by his Word and Spirit! We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). This service took place on Palm Sunday. Mr. Joseph Waggoner assisted in the hymn singing, Mrs. Rebekah assisted on the piano, and Mr. Scott Roltsch read the Scriptures. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSkpKiL3TR8; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MAzrFQqZ50.

 

Palm Sunday Anthem: "The Palms," by Mr. Joseph Waggoner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvbPFc5K-5w

 

Special Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pa01je6OQI

 

Catechism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFYtdlMsdDM

 

April 10:

Sermon: "Spirit-Empowered Service," Isaiah 61:1-11. Have you received the Holy Spirit when you were baptized? The apostle Paul asked this question of those he met long ago in Ephesus, and it continues to be an important question to ask today. Have YOU received the Holy Spirit? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how God has provided his Spirit to bless his people through faith in Jesus. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8V5ORgo_A0; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2yI0T764P0

 

Worship Service: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uvlH2RCjO8; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAm3KiJsBxs.

 

Special Music: This beautiful arrangement of a great old hymn is sung by Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyn3Gzzu078

 

Catechism: "Glory Now!" Larger Catechism Question #83. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4RZTsQsGI8

 

April 3:

Sermon: "A New Day Dawning," Isaiah 60:1-22. American debt continues to escallate to unimaginable proportions, so much so that some wonder whether a collapse of our economy under the weight of such debt will soon be before us. How could this happen to a nation that once was the wealthiest nation on earth? Was this foretold in prophecy? Isaiah the prophet foretold a day of unimaginable wealth and prosperity that was to come. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the Lord encourages his church in her darkest hour with his promise of a future golden age. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fboWolSVgl4; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9osTuik9HU&feature=related.

 

Worship: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible, 1984 ed. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKpileWOqTo; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=queJO73syJM.

 

Hymn: "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts," original Trinity Hymnal #549 (First Tune). This beautiful hymn sings in worship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mr. Joseph Waggoner sings with Pastor MacLaren from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (www.opc.org). This hymn was sung during the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania (www.firstchurchopc.org) on April 3, 2011. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT3KQx6NBg8

 

Catechism: "Glory Now and Ever," Larger Catechism Question #82. Pastor MacLaren leads a meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-smTXSbyKI4

 

March 27:

Sermon: "The Spider's Web," Isaiah 59:1-21. How do 'flying spiders' fly? That question puzzled a young Jonathan Edwards, who discovered the secret to the flying spider and wrote of it in a scientific paper. Spiders so fascinated Edwards that many years later they would form a dramatic image in his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." While Edwards saw in spiders evidence of the glory of their Creator, the prophet Isaiah saw a more sinister image. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the spider's web spins a lesson in human duplicity and depravity that even astounded God himself. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tbm5xcL92Y; Pat 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Q4Sw9jXE0

 

Woship: Join us as we worship the Lord by His Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible, 1984 ed. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4tYQhHHiII; Pat 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR-o_HLdK5o.

 

Hymn: Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this encouraging hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Waggoner accompanies on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-RN3us0k8

 

Catechism: Pastor MacLaren explains how the Christian, whose assurance has already been described as "infallible" by the catechism can nonetheless 'lose' their assurance for a period of time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esKaz6LBGY

 

March 20:

Sermon: "True Compassion," Isaiah 58:1-14. During the Lenten season, many Christian traditions will fast for forty days leading up to the celebration of Easter. On Ash Wednesday, you will see the mark of the cross on their forehead, and often they will do without meat on Fridays or eat but one meal a day. Do such traditions find favor with the Lord? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 58 how the Lord spoke to the people of Isaiah's day about the nature of true fasting, fasting that produces a genuine compassion for those who suffer. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VDqGtdDWFo; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Audy3MnICwQ.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship our living Lord and only Savior from sin, Jesus Christ. "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" We sing his praises and encourage each other through the hymns of the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. We read the Word of God from the New International Version of the Bible, 1984 edition. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnLQtDp1blo Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nocswLx5qs

 

Special Music: "Sweet Hour of Prayer," Trinity Hymnal #534. One of the Christian's great privileges is to enter the very presence of God and ask for his blessings through prayer. We do so only through the mediation of our Savior Jesus Christ, for in ourselves we cannot stand in God's presence. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Baritone Vocalist for First Presbyterian Church, and Pastor MacLaren sing this great favorite of God's people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kCWsTsFMz0

 

Catechism: "Infallible Assurance," Larger Catechism Question #80. Can a Christian know for sure that he is saved and going to heaven? Many do not think so. But how then can the apostle Paul say, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day?" Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church how you can be sure that you are saved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyMZUHacJQM

 

March 13:

Sermon: "Israel's Shepherds," Isaiah 56:9-57:21. What does God think of religious and civil leaders who neglect their responsibilities and look out only for themselves? The prophet Isaiah spoke out very forcefully against the ignorance and faithlessness of Israel's "shepherds," those entrusted with the care of God's people. Watch as Pastor MacLaren points us to the great Shepherd of the sheep, Jesus Christ, who shows his faithfulness and wisdom in caring for his flock. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAtVL0B3C5o; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQaiqpY7L80

 

Worship Service: Join us as we sing of the glory of our great Lord and King Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Great Shepherd of the Sheep. Worship him and see heaven opened and sinners saved. Our hymns are sung from the Reformed tradition of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, focusing on the glory of God and the edification of God's people. Join in and sing, using the original Trinity Hymnal (see www.opc.org to download the lyrics). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJZO3FQ6W_I; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2WDNOSh6ag

 

Special Music: "Rock of Ages," Trinity Hymnal #421 (second tune). During our worship of the Lord Jesus, Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing this great hymn of faith to encourage the saints to rest in Jesus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri6goHo15zA

 

Catechism: "Can We Lose Our Salvation?" Larger Catechism Question #79. Can those who come to faith in Jesus lose their salvation by falling away into sin? Many suggest that it is possible to lose our salvation, and therefore we need to be very careful, and in the end, no one can really be sure if they will finally be saved or not. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows what the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church says about this important question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja29aE9Oqh0

 

March 6

Sermon: "The Divine Decree," Psalm 2. The upheaval in the Middle East has many governments uneasy. Despots and tyrants are falling, while others are holding on for dear life. These political demands for democracy and representation may not necessarily mean a change for the better. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Psalm 2 how God advises the nations and their rulers in view of his own eternal decree. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z622EOdbumo; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BVYZIBO2A8

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkG3q-hv-Bs; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM3NYQXjPi8.

 

Hymn: "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates of Brass," Trinity Hymnal #384. Rev. MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner join to sing this great hymn of Christian missions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo0Zr1EbQuA

 

Catechism: "An Imperfect Life," Larger Catechism Question #78. There are some who say that they can live a perfect life entirely free from sin! If only that were so! Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church that our sanctification in this life is progressive and never arrives at perfection. Rather, perfection awaits us when we pass from this life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbCPQk6nGqU

 

February 27

Sermon: "A Fruitful Life," Psalm 1. What will they write about you in your obituary? Will they speak of the businesses you ran, the wealth you accumulated, and the charitable foundations you formed? Would any of that really matter? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows the secret to a fruitful and substantive life. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHIEI_MnI4Q; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDfWld2xg9w.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.) Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA6ZtzR8I6A; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raUr_kR0fIw.

 

Catechism: "Justification and Sanctification," Larger Catechism Question #77. Churches get into trouble when they confuse justification with sanctification. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows the difference between the two in this meditation on the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scyWSlhi_ts

 

February 20

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). The Rev. R. Scott MacLaren is assisted in the worship service by Mr. Joseph Waggoner. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/rsmac12#p/u/1/5RWHujGI4io; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/rsmac12#p/u/0/3z33-SNlPxs

 

Special Music: "God Be Merciful to Me," Trinity Hymnal #415. This hymn has its origins in the book of Psalms, where King David of ancient Israel shows his repentance for his sins against the Lord. After being confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, David goes directly to the Lord and seeks his forgiveness. This hymn was originally included in The Psalter of 1912, and is sung by Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren. Please accept our apologies for the camera angle... http://www.youtube.com/user/rsmac12#p/u/2/jVX2GCoFNik

 

Catechism: "True Repentance," Larger Catechism Question #76. Do you have any skeletons in your closet? Most people know that they do, and would be embarrassed if some of them came to light. We all have things in our lives that we are not proud of, things which we wish could be forgotten. What do we do with them? Most people will just try to keep them hidden and put on a show of being a good person, but God sees everything, even the deepest recesses of our heart, and nothing is hid from him. The remedy that Scripture provides for our sins is repentance, but few people understand that or truly embrace it. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church what is the meaning of true repentance. http://www.youtube.com/user/rsmac12#p/u/3/LYLwdretBoI

 

February 13

Sermon: "God's Provision for Marriage," 1 Timothy 4:1-5. Has marriage become obsolete? A recent Pew Survey of Americans found that as many as 40% agreed with that notion. Marriage is no longer needed for sex, companionship, children, social acceptance, etc. Many consider that marriage as an institution is open to change, that we can restructure the relationship to meet modern demands. Governments, and churches, are under increasing pressure to allow civil unions and even authorize marriages for gay couples. The apostle Paul warned against a day when some within the church would forbid marriage. Have we come to that point? Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Bible that the institution of marriage is good and created for our enjoyment, but it must be structured according to the Spirit's word. The congregation celebrated its annual Valentines Day Banquet following the service. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1zd4m5MezY; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_A_6ZJUHi8

 

Worship Service: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E0jniZAhrI; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmWiGu_Gc5Q

 

Special Music: "I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art," Trinity Hymnal #135. In this wonderful hymn from the Strasbourg Psalter of 1545, Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner sing of the One who is the King of mercy and of grace. The words to this hymn are thought by some to have originated with John Calvin himself, who wrote them while in exile from the city of Geneva. The tune of the hymn was taken from the Geneva Psalter in 1551. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkRMZZQ1Gww.

 

Catechism: "Sanctified by the Spirit," Larger Catechism Question #75. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Bk-3BvS3k

 

February 6

Sermon: "Sundays at Church," Isaiah 56:1-8. What are you doing on Sunday mornings? In our increasingly humanistic culture, many are more interested in work and recreation than in rest and worship. They busy themselves in the pursuit of satisfaction, but never seem to arrive. By contrast, the Judeo-Christian tradition is unique in setting aside a day for rest and worship. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how the Lord's day is a special day when God welcomes the lonely and outcast into his church and meets their deepest needs. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsgZn-5ZBf8; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pazDfjf_X3A.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji0yeHMDfjY; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqBmcWC-7O4.

 

Special Music: "Come, Let Us Join with One Accord," Trinity Hymnal #323. Charles Wesley is one of the foremost hymnwriters of the Christian faith, with well over 6,000 published hymns during the course of his lifetime. Unlike his famous brother John Wesley, who began the Methodist Church, Charles held true to the teachings of Calvinism and remained within the Anglican Church. Some of his more famous hymns include "And Can It Be," "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The hymn in this video sings of the blessings of the Lord's Day, particularly its anticipation of the glories of heaven. Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Baritone Vocalist for First Presbyterian Church, and Rev. R Scott MacLaren sing with accompaniment on the piano by Mrs. Rebekah Winder Waggoner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut170oh4khM

 

Catechism: "God's Adopted Children," Larger Catechism Question #74. If we are "all God's children," why are some of us "adopted?" Does it really matter? Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the great priviledges of those who have been adopted into God's family through faith in Jesus Christ. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdAJuawo_fM

 

January 30

Sermon: "A Seeker-Sensitive Church?" Isaiah 55:1-13. In recent years there has been considerable interest in "seeker-sensitive" churches. Large ministries have developed by dressing down the clergy to a polo shirt and blue jeans, using contemporary rock music, technology, and a variety of social programs to attract the "unchurched" and help them feel comfortable. The focus is on "you," and we are told that "people matter to God." With all of this focus on the seeker, have we forgotten the One men are called to seek? Are we ministering to those who are truly seeking God, or simply attracting a crowd by providing inspiring stories and family social services? Watch as Pastor MacLaren speaks on the free offer of abundant grace given in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAWe_ReXCQo; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOasaeNUq4Y&feature=related.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the living God who satisfies our thirsty souls with the living waters of salvation in Jesus Christ. We sing the great hymns of the Christian Church from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Baritone Vocalist for First Presbyterian Church, assists in the hymns. The Rev. R.Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8pJbAiWpMs; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkUneu3a9w4&feature=related.

 

Special Music: "Come, O Come Thou Quick'ning Spirit," Trinity Hymnal #247. We are ever dependent on the Holy Spirit for truth, light, and life. In the upper room, the Lord Jesus told his disciples that he would pray that the Father would give them "another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth..." John14;16-17. Does the Holy Spirit dwell within you? Do you experience his gracious influences, leading you to rest in Jesus for everything? In this hymn we pray for the Spirit's constant presence, producing godly graces within us and "working error's overthrow." Watch as Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner sing this wonderful hymn with its gorgeous harmonies from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rebekah Winder Waggoner accompanied on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bb-e70O70A

 

Catechism: "Justification Through Faith," Larger Catechism Question #73. Were you justified because you have faith? Did the fact that you chose to exercise your faith by believing in God save you? Or, does God look and see that you had faith and some good works, then decide whether it is enough for you to enter heaven? Here is a careful but important point: faith in itself does not save us, it is merely the instrument or means by which we receive the salvation provided by Jesus Christ. It is only Christ's work that saves us, not our exercise of faith or any good works that we might perform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is02dxX6ZYs

 

January 23

Sermon: "The Compassionate Lord," Isaiah 54:1-17. While over 40% of all pregnancies in New York City end in an abortion, there are many families that would love to adopt a child and provide it with a loving home. An empty home without the sound of a child's laughter is very sad. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 54 how God shows mercy on his people who similarly felt empty. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3gxBVYaFr8; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6uUDsIKw0I&feature=related.

 

Worship Service: Join us as we worship the Lord by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfToveOFOb4; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhoaVt_DrEY.

 

Special Music: Pastor MacLaren and Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Baritone Vocalist for First Presbyterian Church, sing this wonderful hymn by Isaac Watts, celebrating the beauty of the church of Jesus Christ. The hymn is sung to an Irish melody with accompaniment by Mrs. Rebekah Winder Waggoner on January 23, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA (www.firstchurchopc.org). Rev. R Scott MacLaren is the pastor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN-X9NpTVRY.

 

Catechism: Faith is a part of everyday life. We have faith in the safety of the cars we drive, faith in our marriage partners, faith in the good will of our government. What distinguishes these experiences of faith with "justifying faith?" Watch as Pastor MacLaren explains the nature of saving faith from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhFDFlINncw.

 

January 16

Sermon: "The Man of Sorrows," Isaiah 53. One of the most hotly contested texts of the Old Testament is Isaiah 53, Isaiah's prophecy of the coming Servant of the Lord who would suffer death for the sins of his people. Judaism rejects the thought that Isaiah was speaking of Jesus, while Mainline Christianity rejects the idea of a substitutionary atonement. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows how plain and unmistakable Isaiah's message really is, and how it is the only true source of comfort for God's people. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGVuZuoFjQE; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUk0TqzmBFs&feature=related.

 

Worship: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvb8_TCjJBA; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMyJpRdemJc.

 

Special Music: "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted," Trinity Hymnal #192. This mournful hymn meditates on the sufferings of Jesus on the cross for our sin. Watch as Mr. Joseph Waggoner, Baritone Vocalist and Rev. R. Scott MacLaren, Pastor, sing this profound hymn from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church during the Sunday Worship Service of First Presbyterian Church in Perkasie, Pa. Mrs. Rebekah Winder Waggoner accompanies them on the piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MR34E_c9BQ

 

Catechism: "Justified by 'Free Grace.'" Larger Catechism Question #71. Two beautiful words complement each other in the description of how God makes a sinner righteous in his sight: it is by "free grace." Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from the Larger Catechism of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church how justification does not depend on any work of our own, but instead eliminates all reason for boasting and puts us entirely at the mercies of God. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyn1wpmRbTA.

 

January 9

Sermon: "Good News for Zion," Isaiah 52:1-12. Today you can watch the same show on your flat screen TV, iPad, Laptop Computer, and iPhone. We've come a long way from the days of Alexander Graham Bell and the rotary telephone. What a wonderful opportunity to proclaim the good news of salvation today! Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from Isaiah 52 how God's mighty work of salvation should be announced from the mountaintops of the modern world. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/f/4/D1cIydp1T4o; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/f/3/eQf206gJZOE

 

Worship: Join us as we worship the living God by His Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of salvation from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/f/2/26G-MuB0JnI; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/f/1/80mXi--6Y3w.

 

Special Music: "My Heart Doth Overflow," Trinity Hymnal #125. The Presbyterian Church has a long history of singing the psalms in worship. In this hymn, Mr. Joseph Waggoner and Pastor MacLaren sing a hymn based on Psalm 45, singing of the glory of our Messianic King Jesus. The tune has some gorgeous harmonies arranged by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/f/0/mXrsCNqi4EU

 

Catechism: "What Is Justification?" Larger Catechism Question #70. How does God make us right in his sight? There have been many answers, beginning with those who deny that there is any problem at all in our relationship to God, to those who recognize that there is a problem, but don't see how severe the problem is. The Reformed faith has been faithful in explaining the desperate nature of our sin and its consequences before a holy God, but with such universal and uncompromising claims, how can anyone be acceptable before God? The answer is in the doctrine of justification, a doctrine that is at the heart of the gospel message. http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstChurchOPC?feature=mhum#p/a/f/0/NZ146ih7wQU

 

January 2

Sermon: "God's 'Yes!' and Our 'Amen!'" 2 Corinthians 1:12-24. How familiar are you with the promises of God? What are they, and how can they help you? Christians have found tremendous help in meditating on God's promises down through the ages. Watch as Pastor MacLaren shows from 2 Corinthians 1:12-24 how these wonderful promises may help you in the coming year. Pt. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k61xgXeiI4M; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG11g89I5hw&feature=related.

 

Worship: Join us as we worship the living God by his Word and Spirit. We sing the great hymns of the Christian faith from the original Trinity Hymnal of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Our Scripture readings are from the New International Version of the Bible (1984 ed.). Mr. Joseph Waggoner assists in the service by leading the hymns and Scripture readings. Rev. R Scott MacLaren is the pastor. Pt. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgalgXRm_G0; Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj1IiFmXSXY

 

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