First Reformed Church

Order of Worship

October 4, 2020

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



We offer 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.




 Call to Worship

 Gloria Patri & Invocation                                                                          

 Confession of Faith     The Law of God

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      Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates of Brass                                          384



Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass,
Ye bars of iron, yield,
And let the King of Glory pass;
The cross is in the field:
That banner, brighter than the star
That leads the train of night,
Shines on their march, and guides from far
His servants to the fight.

A holy war those servants wage;
Mysteriously at strife,
The pow'rs of heav'n and hell engage
For more than death of life.
Ye armies of the living God,
His sacramental host,
Where hallowed footsteps never trod
Take your appointed post:

Though few and small and weak your bands,
Strong in your Captain's strength
Go to the conquest of all lands;
All must be his at length.
Those spoils at his victorious feet
You shall rejoice to lay,
And lay yourselves, as trophies meet,
In his great judgment day.

O fear not, faint nor, halt not now;
In Jesus' Name be strong;
To him shall all the nations bow,
And sing with you this song:
"Uplifted are the gates of brass,
The bars of iron yield;
Behold the King of Glory pass;
The cross has won the field."

Heidelberg Catechism   Lord’s Day 40                                                      pg. 683

Question 105. What does God require in the sixth Commandment?


That I do not revile, hate, insult or kill my neighbor either in thought, word, or gesture, much less in deed, whether by myself or by another, but lay aside all desire of revenge; moreover, that I do not harm myself, nor willfully run into any danger. Wherefore also to restrain murder the magistrate is armed with the sword.

Question 106. Does this Commandment speak only of killing?


No, but in forbidding murder, God teaches us that He abhors its very root, namely: envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge; and that in His sight all these are hidden murder.

Question 107. But is this all that is required, that we do not kill our neighbor?


No, for in condemning envy, hatred, and anger, God requires us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to show patience, peace, meekness, mercy, and kindness toward him, and to prevent his hurt as much as possible; also to do good even unto our enemies.

​​Congregational Prayer

Hymn    All Lands, to God in Joyful Sounds                                                     381

All lands, to God in joyful sounds
Aloft your voices raise;
Sing forth the honor of his Name,
And glorious make his praise.

Say ye to God, how terrible
In all thy works art thou!
To thee thy foes by thy great pow'r
Shall be constrained to bow.

Yea, all the earth shall worship thee,
And unto thee shall sing;
To thy great Name shall songs of joy
With loud hosannas ring.

O come, behold the works of God,
His mighty doings see;
In dealing with the sons of men
Most wonderful is he.

He led in safety through the flood
The people of his choice,
He turned he sea to solid ground;
In him let us rejoice.

He rules for ever by his might,
His eyes the nations try;
Let not the proud, rebellious ones
Exalt themselves on high.


 Scripture:    Psalm 126                           

 Sermon       Radiating Joy in This World of Tears


Prayer of Application                                                  


 Closing Hymn     Zion Founded on the Mountains                                          369

Zion, founded on the mountains,
God, thy Maker, loves thee well;
He has chosen thee, most precious,
He delights in thee to dwell;
God's own city, God's own city, God's own city,
Who can all thy glory tell?

Heathen lands and hostile peoples
Soon shall come the Lord to know;
Nations born again in Zion
Shall the Lord's salvation show;
God Almighty, God Almighty, God Almighty,
Shall on Zion strength bestow.

When the Lord shall count the nations,
Sons and daughters he shall see,
Born to endless life in Zion,
And their joyful song shall be:
"Blessed Zion, Blessed Zion, Blessed Zion,
All our fountains are in thee."

 Benediction and Doxology

We will glorify the King of kings, we will glorify the Lamb;

We will glorify the Lord of lords, who is the great I AM.

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty, we will bow before his throne;

We will worship him in righteousness, we will worship him alone.

He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth, he is Lord of all who live;

He is Lord above the universe, all praise to him we give.

Hallelujah to the King of kings, hallelujah to the Lamb;

Hallelujah to the Lord of lords, who is the great I AM.




Today is our Missionfest Celebration. We welcome this morning the Rev. Chuck Muether from Immanuel Reformed Fellowship, our mission work in Pella, IA.

Following our Worship Service this morning we invite you to join us for a fellowship lunch. At 12:30 there will be a time to meet Rev. Muether followed by our 1:00 Worship Service.

The Men’s Early Risers will meet on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 am to study ch. 6 in The Whole Christ.

Our Reformation Service and Lord’s Supper will be celebrated October 25th.

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 . . .

FOR THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD amidst all of the health and cultural upheavals.


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.


ROUX FAMILY – at this point their green cards have been extended but they have had to reapply for their VISAs to be renewed.