Welcome to the website of Wellandport United Reformed Church. Please feel free to explore it, make use of its resources, and get more acquainted with us.
You are welcome to join us for worship. Sunday school is available for three year olds during the morning service and for children age four to eight afterward. Nursery is available in rooms 107 and 108 during both services.
Our minister is Rev. Joel Dykstra, who was ordained in our church in 1999. He and his family continue to serve us faithfully to this day.
The opening line of Psalm 100 extends this summons: "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth." Thereafter follow two stanzas, paralleling one another, that explain this call to worship. Psalm 100 is certainly not lengthy, but its scope is worldwide, calling on all the earth to joyful praise of God; and its purview spans across history, reaching back to our creation at the beginning and stretching forward to eternity.
Verses two and four describe the joyful praise to which we are invited: "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs" and "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name." This is the reason God made us, to glorify Him. Though not only to glorify Him as we gather together on Sunday for worship, but throughout our lives and in everything we do we are called to acknowledge that "the Lord is God. It is He who made, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture."
Sin, however, ruined the purpose for our existence. Through the Fall of Adam and Eve the whole human race was plunged into sin. Mankind now seeks to serve itself, living in rebellion against the One who made all things. And God is just. Everyone will have to give an account to Him on the Last Day.
Nevertheless, the tone of Psalm 100 is one of joy. This is because "the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." The Lord determined from all eternity to redeem for Himself a covenant people who would once again take up their God-glorifying purpose. He sent His Son into the world to pay the penalty for our sin, and everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. It is because of Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone of the Church (1 Pet. 2:6), that we are able and have reason to "enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise" (Ps. 100:4a).