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
Sunday's First Cyber
Please join us for our first online worship service to be held Sunday, March 29, at 11:00 AM. We will meet on a site created by Google Meetings; all you need to do to join the meeting is to click on the following link, and that will direct you to the meeting site: meet.google.com/sss-aczp-nvc. You can also join by phone at 225-424-7270.Use PIN 197429318#
A couple of things to keep in mind: to avoid unnecessary sound feedback (an echo), please turn your volume down or even mute your volume setting on your computer. As an alternative, you can put on earphones and that should prevent any feedback into the system. Also, remember that if you have your camera on, everyone will be able to see you and what's behind you! So you want to be sure that you are "ready for prime time!!" ;)
The service will likely be abbreviated in view of our medium. Singing just will not work very well here, so we will forego our hymns. Obviously we won't be taking an offering either. The meeting will be a public meeting, so we may have a visitor or two as we do at church.
I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.
Pastor Rich MacLaren
First OPC Perkasie, PA
REGARDING COVID 19:
In view of the health risks related to the Coronavirus particularly to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, the Session of First Church has decided to cancel its public worship services this weekend (03/15). We plan to resume all services when the risk to the health of our church and its families is reasonably reduced. We are not aware of anyone in our church community that is infected with the disease, and believe that presently the risk of infection is relatively low. However, as Montgomery County has become a hot spot for the Coronavirus in Pennsylvania, the risk to our community is real and we want to be sure that all of our members are safe. Please keep this situation in your prayers and be mindful of the elderly who are shut-in and would appreciate some companionship and support at this time.
Yours in our Faithful Savior,
March 8, 2020
*Call to Worship: Isaiah 58:13-14, p. 786
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
*Salutation: Ephesians 1:2
*First Hymn: “We Gather Together,” #363
*Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Elder: 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.”
Elder: 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.”
Elder: 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.”
Homily: “God in Three Persons” SC #6
Q. 6. How many persons are there in the godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
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.”
*Hymn: “Blest the Man That Fears Jehovah,” #717
Sermon Text: Genesis 17
Sermon: “The Covenant Family”
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: Romans 8:1-2
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
*Final Hymn: “A Christian Home,” #719
*Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”
*Closing Anthem: “By All Let God Be Praised,” #112 (verse 5)
“By all let God be praised, for he alone is great; Above the earth and heav'n he reigns in glorious state; Praise him, ye saints, who know his grace and ever dwell before his face.”
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.