Dear visitors to our site,
My wife and I were looking for a church to attend during vacation and were dismayed at how many websites told us so little about what to expect. Let me tell you what you will find if you visit us. I have served at this church for over twenty-three years, but only in the last year became Senior Pastor after the distinguished and faithful service of our previous pastor with whom I served. Our church’s history stretches back to 1781, when thirty Reformed believers gathered as a church and committed to each other in the church covenant we still use in receiving new members today.
For those unfamiliar with the “congregational way” of John Owen (my favorite theologian) and Jonathan Edwards (I’ve read every page of the Banner of Truth “tiny type” set of his works), you might find us similar to many PCA churches. We’re light on liturgy but serious about our worship. We almost always sing three hymns (from our Trinity Hymnal). From time to time, adding to the organ or piano, instrumentalists accompany our singing or the choir’s. However, we also use a “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Book” that contains a variety of scripture songs, many of which I have written to go along with sermons preached, so that the Word of Christ might “dwell in us richly” as we sing a “new song” unto the Lord, accompanied by our mostly acoustic praise band. Sermons are about thirty-five minutes in length and both searchingly scriptural and passionate (you might listen to one here on the site). We have a clean, attractive nursery staffed with church members and offer a unique “junior church” program to which K-5th graders may go for an age appropriate and worshipful sermon of their own.
We are located in a unique suburban community that still maintains its rural beauty with only one business in town (Fern’s is GREAT for lunches and lots else beside) and a wonderful weekly newspaper called “The Mosquito.” Though God has placed us in this town, our church has members from New Hampshire, south to Hanscom Air Force Base and Maynard, west to Groton and east to Billerica, Massachusetts. We are an interesting blend of teachers, techies, engineers, retirees, real-estate, sales, HR people and accountants, with a variety of views on the end-times and some diversity in disputable matters. We are home, public, and Christian schoolers. We believe that God calls us as a people who have different passions, different traditions, and different musical tastes to demonstrate the remarkable work He is about in uniting the world under the headship of Jesus Christ. We reference documents like the Savoy Declaration (the 1758 rewriting of the Westminster Confession under Owen’s leadership) and the Cambridge Platform. We have associated ourselves with the Conservative Christian Congregational Conference (with which historic Park Street Church in Boston is also associated) and the National Association of Evangelicals.
My MDiv is from Gordon-Conwell where I served as a Byington Fellow. I finished all but the dissertation in course work for a DMin from Reformed Theological Seminary, studying personally under Ed Clowney, R.C. Sproul, Ligon Duncan, and Tim Keller. I currently serve as a (very) part time teacher of music for 5th through 8th grades at the Imago School and as a member of the executive committee of the New England Reformed Fellowship. You may find one of the more scholarly papers I have delivered at the Reformed Congregational Fellowship Conference here.
Probably the best way to hear more about us is simply to pick up the phone and give me a call at the church most days but Friday. As long as I’ve been in the area, I know most of the local churches and may be able to help you find a fit if you’re visiting or new in the area.
We’d love to have you join us for worship. Above all, we want on our church’s stone of remembrance the one-sentence epitaph recorded of David in Acts 13: “served God’s purpose in his generation.” We are committed to our town, to our communities and to each other, but most of all, to whatever the Lord may call us. And we’d invite you whole-heartedly to join us.
His and yours,
Steve(n James Weibley)
Page updated Mon 01/25/10 by aaron