First Reformed Church

Order of Worship

July 4, 2020

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!"  -  Psalm 106:1


We offer to you a warm welcome today. If you have joined us for the first time we desire that the good news of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ will stir your soul. During this time of Coronavirus when the church of God has had our ability to fellowship challenged, we are thankful for the ability to still open God's Word together, sing praises to His name, and lift up our petitions before our God through live-streaming. Members may attend the service if they are not in an at-risk group. We encourage all of our members to use wisdom and practice the precautions being encouraged.




 Call to Worship

 Gloria Patri & Invocation                                                                          

 Confession of Faith     The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father, almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


 Hymn      How Firm A Foundation                                                                    80


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

"Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

"When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

"E'en down to old age all my people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.

"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake."

Heidelberg Catechism   Lord’s Day 27                                                               pg. 677

Question 72. Is then the outward washing with water itself the washing away of sins?


No, for only the blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sin.


Question 73. Why then does the Holy Ghost call Baptism the washing of regeneration and the washing away of sins?


God speaks thus with great cause, namely, not only to teach us thereby that just as the filthiness of the body is taken away by water, so our sins are taken away by the blood and Spirit of Christ; but much more, that by this divine pledge and token He may assure us, that we are as really washed from our sins spiritually as our bodies are washed with water.


Question 74. Are infants also to be baptized?


Yes, for since they, as well as their parents,  belong to the covenant and people of God, and through the blood of Christ both redemption from sin and the Holy Ghost, who works faith, are promised to them no less than to their parents, they are also by Baptism, as a sign of the Covenant, to be ingrafted into the Christian Church, and distinguished from the children of unbelievers, as was done in the Old Testament by circumcision, in place of which in the New Testament Baptism is appointed.

​​Congregational Prayer

Hymn      God of Our Fathers                                                                           616

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
Our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past;
In this free land by thee our lot is cast;
Be thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide, and Stay;
Thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

From war's alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be thy strong arm our ever sure defence;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

This is all my hope and peace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I'll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I'll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

 Scripture:      Matthew 7:24-29                                    

 Sermon         The Firm Foundation

1.   The Hearing

2.  The Doing

3.  The Foundation

 Prayer of Application                                                  


 Closing Hymn     My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less                                        582

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest upon unchanging grace;
In ev'ry rough and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When I shall launch in worlds unseen,
O may I then be found in him;
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

 Benediction and Doxology

Father we love you, we worship and adore you.

Glorify your name in all the earth, glorify your name,

glorify your name, glorify your name in all the earth.

Jesus we love you, we worship and adore you.

Glorify your name in all the earth, glorify your name,

glorify your name, glorify your name in all the earth.

Spirit we love you, we worship and adore you.

Glorify your name in all the earth, glorify your name,

glorify your name, glorify your name in all the earth.



Heidelberg Camp – The Special Offering bucket has been set up in the foyer for contributions to help defer the costs of the Camp. The camp committee is asking that the registrations be sent in as soon as possible. If you have someone going please fill out and submit them to Doug.

Our Sunday School and Coffee Chat resume today after worship for both our covenant youth and our adult group.

Coffee Chat is held every weekday morning at 10:00 on our Aberdeen Facebook live chat to cover that day’s reading. ​​Worksheets are available in the fellowship hall and on the website @

Early Risers will meet this Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30. We will begin our study of the book The Whole Gospel, by Sinclair Ferguson considering the Introduction sections. The book is available in the kitchen. The cost is $10.00.


Listen to Pause for Thought on AM 1420 at 8:30 AM every Sunday. Currently, the series is from Ephesians 4 on The Worthy Walk of the Christian. The Sunday morning sermons can be heard through the First Reformed website at under Sermon Audio, or by hitting the link from our Facebook page.

Offerings can now be made through direct deposit. Contact Bruce Kappes for more information on how to sign up for this service.

Prayer for . . .

THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD in the midst of all of the health and cultural upheavals.

HEIDELBERG CAMP: Pray for all of the counselors and teachers in their preparation for camp, as well as the safety of all the campers. The camp is to be held July 20th-24th at Camp Bob Marshall.

OUR RESIDENTIAL HOME MEMBERS: Mrs. Emma Martel, and Mrs. Orma Vetch at Bethesda; Mrs. Donna Kappes, and Mr. Raymond Graff at Primrose.

PASTOR PHILIP CRUZ - our student in the Philippines.

For the Gys and Lieselle Roux family that their work visas would be renewed in a timely fashion and prevent a return to South Africa.