For The Lord’s Day 8.31.14

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Consider this prayer:

O Christ, all your ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight. You wept, sorrowed, and suffered that I might rejoice. For my joy you have sent the Comforter, muliplied your promises, shown me my future happiness, and given me a living fountain. You are preparing joy for me and me for joy; I pray for joy, wait for joy, long for joy; give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of. Measure out to me my times and degrees of joy, at my work, business, and duties. If I weep at night, give me joy in the morning. Let me rest in the thought of your love, pardon for sin, my title to heaven, my future unspotted state. I am an unworthy recipient of your grace. Bring me speedily to the land of joy. (from “The Valley of Vision: a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions”)

 Hymns for worship:

O Day of Rest and Gladness

#455 And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Psalm 26:1-7 (Tune #30 in hymnal)

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Sermon Outline:

“Love for the Lambs”

Matthew 18:10-14

Main Idea: The Love of God ensures that not one of His people will eternally perish.

1) Concern for the Weak (v10)

 2) Search for the Stray (v12)

 3) Joy for the Found (v13)

 4) Commitment of the Father (v14)

 

See you all for worship,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.17.14

Dear Church Family,

Some say they don’t need to go to church to worship God. Now, I don’t deny that we can give praise to God when we look at all of the wonderful things that He has made. And, I don’t deny that there are times in our daily private worship of God that He meets with us in very intimate ways. And, I don’t deny that there are some who are physically incapable of getting to the church building. At the same time, we will not hear God’s Word read, preached, prayed, and sung in the special called together worship if we are intentionally skipping out on the weekly worship service. It is right to gather to worship this God who loved us and saved us and joined us together as the body of Christ. Never forget that Jesus loved you and saved you, but that He also joined you together as members of His body, the Church. So, let’s gather and worship this Sunday!!!

Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hymns for worship:

#38-Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

#535-O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

Psalm 22:1-3, 23-24 (Tune is #469 in Trinity Hymnal)

#485-O Thou That Hear’st When Sinners Cry (from Psalm 51)

Sermon Outline:

“Is Sin This Serious?”

Matthew 18:7-9

Main Idea:  Jesus takes sin very seriously and so must we.

1)  Sinful Temptations Come

2)  Contending with Sin Is Serious Business

3)  God’s Righteous Judgment Against Sin

 

In Christ Jesus,

pastor scott