Our Philosophy of Worship
how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see."
Join Us for Great Fellowship and Joyful Worship
Our morning worship service is a traditional, reformed worship service. We worship the one God who eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This one God knows us fully and completely, and has sovereignly called us into his presence for worship each Lord's day. Our focus is on the transcendent glory of our infinitely personal Creator and Redeemer, whom we approach through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit.
Our worship is a revelation of the God of grace, who does not treat us as our sins deserve, but freely receives all who repent of their sins and trust in his word. His amazing grace is seen in the gift of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who in humility took on our humanity, and in that humanity he bled and died for the sins of his people. His sacrificial death fully atoned for all of their sin, eliminating the need for any further sacrifices or offerings for sin. What is more, his perfect righteousness has been credited to all who believe on him, so that they may enter the presence of the Father boldly in worship, knowing that in Christ they are now made perfect, even as their Father in heaven is perfect. We now live in hope of the glory of God, and await eagerly the revelation of his Son from heaven.
Our worship is spiritual and true, as we worship in the simplicity and purity of God's word and Spirit. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament reveal the mind and will of God for us, showing us how to be saved from the wrath of God and restored to his good favor. These Scriptures always focus on Jesus Christ in his work as our Prophet, Priest, and King. They provide the foundation for renewing us in Christ's image, making us mature and complete in him. They will transform our families, our church, and our world, until the earth is full of the knowledge of the Lord "as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9).
We value a traditional Reformed Liturgy that reminds us of our connections with the saints of the past, and points to our fellowship in heavenly places. We recite the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed to show our union with the historic Christian church and the faith that has been passed down for generations. We include the Lord's Prayer in our prayers as a part of worship so that we may learn how to pray more fully in private. We sing of God's glory and his work of redemption using psalms and hymns approved by our session and enjoyed by our congregation. They express a mature faith in Jesus Christ, and provide rich vocal and instrumental harmonies for our worship. We bring our offerings before the Lord for his blessing, so that his kingdom would advance in our community and throughout the earth.
Sunday Worship Service
DECEMBER 29, 2019
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY
*Call to Worship: Psalm 36:7-9
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”
*Salutation Ephesians 1:2
"Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
*First Hymn: “All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,” #219
*Our Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Pastor: Church of the Lord Jesus, what do you believe?
Congregation: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
Pastor: What promise does Scripture give to those who confess the name of Jesus?
Congregation: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Pastor: Thanks be to God!
Congregation: “Amen and Amen!”
*Gloria Patri: p. xv
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.”
Special Music: “O Holy Night,” RH #183
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18;
*Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” #201
Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-15, p. 1026
Sermon: “The Star of Bethlehem”
Tithes and Offerings
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise him above ye heavn’ly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”
Confession of Sin (Prayer)
Promise of Forgiveness: Psalm 103:8-12
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Traditional)
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
*Final Hymn: “What Child Is This,” #213
*Benediction: Psalm 20:1-2, 4; p. 579
“May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion…. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Amen.
*Closing Anthem: “All creation, join in praising,” #218 (v. 5, modified)
“All creation, join in praising God the Father, Spirit, Son; Evermore your voices raising to th'eternal Three in One: Ye who know and love the Savior, Praise his name where ‘er you go!”
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you this morning and look forward to getting acquainted. Please take a moment to record your visit today by filling out a Visitor Card and adding that to the offering plate this morning. You can learn more about First Church by visiting our website, www.firstchurchopc.org.
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Refreshments
11:00 AM Worship Service
The Men’s Reformed Fellowship will meet at the A&N Diner in Sellersville at 8:00 AM. Pastor MacLaren will lead a discussion from R. C. Sproul’s book, ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.