We warmly welcome you to the web site of the Heritage Reformed Congregation of Burgessville, Ontario.
Out of the Protestant Reformation came the Latin phrase ecclesia semper reformans, semper reformanda, meaning "the church is always reformed and always reforming." We strive, by God's grace, to be such a church.
We bear a clear and distinctive witness to the biblical and Reformed faith as summarized in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt—our official creeds. We hold two worship services each Sunday, various catechism classes as well as mid-week services and mens, ladies and family Bible Studies.
We wholeheartedly invite you to worship and study God's Word with us and that you would be blessed by God in your life and bring glory to His great name. "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!"
Take Heed to Thyself
"Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things that thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life." Deuteronomy 4:9
God requires of us watchfulness and care. Be advised to consider what others say of you, and improve it to this end, to know whether you do not live in some way of sin. Although men are blind to their own faults, yet they easily discover the faults of others, and are apt enough to speak of them. Sometimes persons live in ways which do not at all become them, yet are blind to it themselves, not seeing the deformity of their own ways, while it is most plain and evident to others.
For instance, some persons are of a very proud behavior and are not sensible of it, but it appears notorious to others. Some are of a worldly spirit: they are set after the world so as to be noted for it, so as to have a name for it; yet they seem not to be sensible of it themselves. Some are of a malicious and envious spirit; and others see it, and to them it appears hateful, yet they themselves to not reflect upon it.
If others charge us with being proud, worldly, close and niggardly, spiteful and malicious, or any other ill temper or practice, we should improve it in self-reflection, to inquire whether it is not so. And though the imputation may to us be very groundless, and we think that they, in charging us so and so, are influenced by no good spirit, yet if we act prudently we shall take so much notice of it as to make it an occasion of examining ourselves.
What We Believe
Holding to the Reformed tradition, our faith is centered in Christ. Every need of ours finds its answer in Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, the final authority in the Reformed faith is Holy Scripture, the living Word of God, spoken to everyone through the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit takes this Word and makes it real and actual in our lives. This has always been and will always be the authentic wellspring of Reformed faith.
The following confessions and creeds are statements of our beliefs:
Three historic confessions - the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Confession, and the Canons of Dort.
Three historic creeds - the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
The Westminster Standards of the 1640s: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism.