First Reformed Church

Order of Worship

April 5, 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 our desire is that the good news of the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ will stir your soul. During this time of pandemic when the church of God has had the 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. When, in God's divine providence, the church can once again gather together, we hope you will join us.





Opening Prayer   

Opening Hymn  God Himself is With Us                                                                      315

God himself is with us:
Let us now adore him,
And with awe appear before him.
God is in his temple—
All within keep silence,
Prostrate lie with deepest rev'rence.
Him alone
God we own,
Him, our God and Savior;
Praise his Name for ever.

God himself is with us:
Hear the harps resounding!
See the crowds the throne surrounding!
"Holy, Holy, Holy"—
Hear the hymn ascending,
Angels, saints, their voices blending!
Bow thine ear
To us here:
Hear, O Christ, the praises
That thy church now raises.



Confession of Faith     The Ten Commandments


Exodus 20:1–17
  And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I   Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

II  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

III Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
V   Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

VI  Thou shalt not kill.

VII Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII Thou shalt not steal.

IX   Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

X    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.

Hear also the words of our Lord Jesus, how he saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Hymn      Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart                                                                      671

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet,
A light to my path alway,
To guide and to save me from sin,
And show me the heav'nly way.

Thy Word have I hid in my heart
That I might not sin against thee;
That I might not sin, that I might not sin,
Thy word have I hid in my heart.

Forever, O Lord, is thy Word
Established and fixed on high;
Thy faithfulness unto all men
Abideth for ever nigh.

At morning, at noon, and at night
I ever will give thee praise;
For thou art my portion, O Lord,
And shall be through all my days!

Through him whom thy Word hath foretold,
The Saviour and Morning Star,
Salvation and peace have been brought
To those who have strayed afar.

Heidelberg Catechism   Lord’s Day 14                                                               pg. 672

Question - 35.  What is the meaning of "conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary"?

That the eternal Son of God, who is and continues true and eternal God, took upon Himself the very nature of man, of the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, by the operation of the Holy Ghost; so that He might also be the true seed of David, like unto His brethren in all things,  except for sin.


Question -36.  What benefit do you receive from the holy conception and birth of Christ? That He is our Mediator, and with His innocence and perfect holiness covers, in the sight of God, my sin, wherein I was conceived.


Congregational Prayer

Hymn      'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus                                                                   699

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take him at his word;
Just to rest upon his promise;
Just to know, thus saith the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I've proved him o'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more.

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust his cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
'Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I'm so glad I learned to trust thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

 Scripture:      2Timothy 1:7                                           

 Sermon         Fear Not but Trust in God

1.   Fear

2.  Faith

3.  Future


Closing Prayer                                                  


Closing Hymn      Leaning on the Everlasting Arms                                                      718

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.



The Worship Service is being live streamed through Facebook. You can access this directly through our Facebook page or by going to the website and hitting the Facebook icon on the homepage. The sermons will continue to be uploaded on the website on Sunday afternoons. We encourage all of our members to use wisdom and practice all of the precautions being encouraged by the State.

Coffee Chat: Given the current social distancing requirements we are suspending the coffee chat for the time being. Worksheets will be available at church and on the website. I will print out the answers for you as well. Sunday School lessons will be emailed to the catechism class.


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.

Prayer for . . .

THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD as everyone seeks to deal with the effects of the coronavirus.

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.

Arlys Grismer had a foot surgery on March 16th but the wound on her right leg is not healing properly. She will begin hyperbolic pressure treatments on Monday.

We extend our sympathies to Bob King and his family upon the death of his brother in Mitchell this past week.