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!"
In him should all fullness dwell
"It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell." Colossians 1:19
All wisdom to guide, all power to uphold, all love to soothe, all grace to succor, all tenderness to sympathize, dwells in Christ. Let us, then, gird ourselves for a fresh taking hold of Christ. We must walk not by sight, but by faith, and that faith must deal simply and directly with Jesus. "Without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). But with His strength made perfect in our weakness, we can do all things. Oh, let this be our course and our posture – coming up "from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved" (Song of Sol. 8:5). Living in a world of imperfection and change, we must expect nothing perfect, nothing stable, in what we are, in what we do, or in what we enjoy.
Amid the dissolving views of the world that "passeth away," let us take firm hold of the unchangeableness of God. The wheels may revolve, but the axle on which they turn is immoveable. Such is our covenant God. Events may vary, providences may change, friends may die, feelings may fluctuate, but God in Christ will know "no variableness, neither the shadow of turning" (James 1:17). "Having loved his own that were in the world, he loved them unto the end" (John 13:1).
– Octavius Winslow
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.