For the Lord’s Day 9.20.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“We are bought with a price that we may be new creatures in Jesus Christ. We are forgiven, that we may be like him who forgives us. We are set at liberty and brought out of prison that we may be holy. The free, boundless love of God pouring itself into us, expands and elevates our whole being; and we serve him, not in order to win his favor, but because we have already won it in simply believing his record concerning his Son. If the root is holy, so are the  branches. We have become connected with the holy root and by the necessity of this connection are made holy too.”

Horaius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness, The Trinity Foundation, Hobbs, New Mexico, 1994, pp. 98.

Hymns for Worship:

#295 Crown Him with Many Crowns

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Stuart Townend)

#30 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (from Psalm 90)

Sermon Outline:

“A Realistic Look at Life”

Psalm 90

Main Idea:  Life is short!  Live for God and make it count for eternity.

 1)  Our Only Hope Is God (vv 1-2)

2)  Our Life Here Is Very Short (vv 3-6)

3)  Our Sin Angers God (vv 7-12)

4)  Our Great Need for God’s Great Grace (vv 13-17)

May God Bless you,

pastor scott

Order of Worship for 9.20.15

Welcome and Announcements

The Prelude

The Prayer of Invocation and The Lord’s Prayer (SEATED)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The Call to worship:  From Revelation 19              (STANDING)

Leader:  Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.

All:  Hallelujah!

Leader:  Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.

All:  Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

Leader:  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory

 Hymn #295 – Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne; hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns all music but its own:  Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side, rich wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified:  No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight, but downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of peace; whose pow’r a scepter sways from pole to pole, that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise:  His reign shall know no end; and round his pierced feet fair flow’rs of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time; Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime:  All hail, Redeemer, hail! for thou hast died for me: thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity.

The Prayer of Adoration

Confessing Our Faith:  Colossians 1:15-20      

Leader:  Who is Jesus and why did He come?

All:  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  AMEN!

Gloria Patri: (Hymnal #735)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen. Amen.

The Confession of Sin:  (SEATED)

 Most gracious and most merciful God, we confess to you and to one another that time after time we have entered your presence with countless prayers, but with hearts that have been closed to your grace.  We have lifted our voices to you in praise, but we have used those same voices to speak ill of others.  We have rehearsed your commandments, but have refused to see your call in the needs of our neighbor.  We pray, Lord, that you forgive our lack of faith and pardon our acts of injustice.  Grant us the healing that comes from your presence and the cleansing of your all-powerful Word, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon:  Isaiah 43:25  

 I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

Hymn – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (CCLI #1367612)   (STANDING)

Stuart Townend © 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure,

That He should give His only Son, To make a wretch His treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss; The Father turns His face away,

As wounds which mar the Chosen One, Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross, My sin upon His shoulders;

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice, Call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held Him there, Until it was accomplished;

His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything, No gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom;

But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from His reward?  I cannot give an answer.

But this I know with all my heart:  His wounds have paid my ransom.

The Prayer of Praise

The New Testament Reading:  2 Peter 3:1-15a      (SEATED)

1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,  2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,  3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.  4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”  5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,  6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.  7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,  12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!  13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.  15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation,

 The Presentation of His Tithes and Our Offerings

 The Doxology (hymnal #731)    (STANDING)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Intercessory Prayer (SEATED)

The Sermon:  Pastor Scott Floyd

“A Realistic Look at Life”

Psalm 90

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”  4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.  5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:  6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.  7 For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.  8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.  9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.  10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.  11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?  12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.  13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!  14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.  16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.  17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Main IdeaLife is short!  Live for God and make it count for eternity.

 1)  Our Only Hope Is God (vv 1-2)

2)  Our Life Here Is Very Short (vv 3-6)

3)  Our Sin Angers God (vv 7-12)

4)  Our Great Need for God’s Great Grace (vv 13-17)

Hymn #30 – Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (from Psalm 90)    (STANDING)

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:

Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting you are God, to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone; short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood, with all their lives and cares, are carried downward by your flood, and lost in foll’wing years.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the op’ning day.

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come: O be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.

The Benediction

The Three-Fold Amen (hymnal #740)

Amen, Amen, Amen.

The Church Officer (1 Timothy 3:1-13)

September 13, 2015

Pastor Scott Floyd

Main Idea: Biblical qualifications for church officers are of utmost importance for the health and well-being of the local church. 

1) The Noble Task of Serving as an Officer (vv 1, 13)

2) The Officer’s Character (vv 2-3, 8-9)

3) The Officer’s Family Life (vv 4-5, 11-12)

4) The Officer’s Track Record (vv 6-7, 10)

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For the Lord’s Day 9.13.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Beginning this Lord’s Day, September 13, the communicant members of Covenant PCA will have the opportunity to submit the names of candidates to serve as ruling elder or deacon.  This nomination period will last for one month.  Please note below that the sermon this week will give us instruction from God’s Word on the biblical qualifications for these officers.  There will also be available a brochure which details the election procedure and includes the nomination form.

“What makes a good leader after all? Paradoxical as it may sound, a good leader is one who is a good follower, a follower of Christ. When Christ came to earth he said, ‘I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me’ (John 6:38). He said of the Father, ‘I always do what is pleasing to him’ (John 8:29). To be a leader is to be a close follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, who follows the Father.”

James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1986, pp. 641.

Hymns for Worship:

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (McCracken)

#507 Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

#179 Hallelujah! Thine the Glory

Sermon Outline:

“The Church Officer”

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Main Idea:  Biblical qualifications for church officers are of utmost importance for the health and well being of the local church.

1)  The Noble Task of Serving as an Officer (vv 1, 13)

2)  The Officer’s Character (vv 2-3, 8-9)

3)  The Officer’s Family Life (vv 4-5, 11-12)

4)  The Officer’s Track Record (vv 6-7, 10)

May God bless you all,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 9.6.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We will continue one more week in our short sermon series on prayer.  Theologian J.I. Packer in his book Praying the Lord’s Prayer points out the following (7) distinct activities as we pray according to the Lord’s prayer.

(1) Approaching God in adoration and trust; (2) Acknowledging his work and his worth, in praise and worship; (3) Admitting sin, and seeking pardon; (4) Asking that needs be met, for ourselves and others; (5) Arguing with God for blessing, as wrestling Jacob did in Genesis 32 (God loves to be argued with); (6) Accepting from God one’s own situation as he has shaped it; and (7) Adhering to God in faithfulness through thick and thin.

Hymns for Worship:

#111 This Is My Father’s World

#498 Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!

Behold the Lamb! (Getty and Townend)

The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Sermon Outline:

“How To Pray:  Part III”

Matthew 6:9-15

 Main Idea:  Jesus gives us this model prayer which reminds us of the important things in life.

1)  Praying Because We are Dependent (v 11)

2)  Praying Because We are Sinners (vv, 12, 14-15)

3)  Praying Because We are Weak (v 13)

May God Bless you all,

pastor scott