For the Lord’s Day 12.27.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

The Lord’s Day is upon us once again.  May our hearts long to gather together as the Church!  May we then give to our God the glory that He alone deserves.  As sinners saved by His glorious grace, let’s get ready and be prepared to gather and worship again tomorrow.  See you then!

Hymns for Worship:

#92 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (based on Psalm 46)

#498 Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!

#642 Be Thou My Vision

Sermon Outline:

“With My Whole Heart”

Matthew 6:19-24

 Main Idea:  Jesus exhorts his followers to a wholehearted devotion toward things heavenly.

1)  A Heart that Treasures God (vv 19-21)

2)  A Heart that Looks to God (vv 22-23)

3)  A Heart that Serves God (v 24)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 12.20.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Schedules can get full this time of year with all of the seasonal festivities.  So, just as a reminder, here is what we have coming up for the next week…

Saturday: Men’s breakfast and book study from 8:00-9:30 AM.

Saturday: Christmas open house at the Hunt’s from 9:00 – Noon.

Sunday: Sunday School from 9:30 – 10:25 AM.

Sunday:  Worship Service from 10:45 – Noon.

Sunday:  Caroling in neighborhoods begins at 5:30 PM.

Christmas Eve:  Annual Tamalada begins at 5:30 PM.

Christmas Eve:  Scripture and Hymns from 6:45ish – 7:30ish PM.

We hope you can make some or all of these events… especially the Lord’s Day worship service.  See below for the hymns and sermon information.

Hymns for Worship:

#208 O Come, All Ye Faithful

Psalm 6 (Nathan Clark George)

#457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

#286 Worship Christ, the Risen King!

Sermon Outline:

There’s a New King in Town

Matthew 2:1-12

 Main IdeaGod faithfully draws His people to Jesus that they come and worship Him as King.

1)  God’s People are Drawn to King Jesus (vv 1-2)

2)  God’s Enemies are Troubled by King Jesus (vv 3-8) 

3)  God’s People Worship King Jesus (vv 9-12)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 12.13.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Jesus said to his disciples, “you are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14). Do you find it absolutely amazing that Jesus called them friends? Don’t forget that apart from God’s grace we are not his friends, but his enemies! “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10). Apart from the justifying grace of God we remain enemies of God and we remain under the curse of the Law. But, when God sets his love upon us, regenerating our hearts and giving us faith to trust in the person and the work of Jesus Christ, we are declared righteous in God’s sight and we are adopted into the family of God. No longer are we his enemies going our own way and doing our own thing, but by his grace He has drawn us near. He has given us eyes to see and ears to hear so that we no longer walk in ignorance of His plan and His work of redemption in this world. We are now part of the family of God, “partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6).

Pastor Gama will be preaching this week from Luke 1:46-56. This is Mary’s hymn of praise to God for His mercy in fulfilling His covenant promise to His people. The Service of Worship begins at 10:45 AM. See you then!!

Hymns for Worship:
#218 Angels, from the Realms of Glory
#261 What Wondrous Love Is This
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (McCraken & Webb)

May God bless you,
pastor scott

Curt Rolf Memorial Service

December 5, 2015

Pastor Scott Floyd – Officiating

*A link to the recording of the service is at the bottom of this page. 

SERVICE OF WORSHIP:

The Prelude

The Holy Scriptures (SEATED)

John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Romans 14:8 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

 The Opening Prayer

 Hymn #44 – How Great Thou Art (STANDING)

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee: how great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee: how great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in, that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee: how great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee: how great Thou art, how great Thou art!

The Holy Scriptures (SEATED)

Isaiah 53:5  5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 52:7  7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

 Hymn – Our God Reigns (STANDING)

(Leonard E. Smith Jr. © 1974 New Jerusalem Music; CCLI #1367612)

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him

Who brings good news, good news;
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness:
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
Our God reigns! Our God reigns!

He had no stately form, He had no majesty
That we should be drawn to Him.
He was despised and we took no account of Him.
Our God reigns, our God reigns!

Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
Our God reigns! Our God reigns!

Out from the tomb He came with grace and majesty;
He is alive, He is alive.
God loves us so, see here His hands, His feet, His side
Yes we know, He is alive.

Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
Our God reigns! Our God reigns!
The Eulogy (SEATED)

Hymn #691 – It Is Well with My Soul (STANDING)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.” It is well (echo) with my soul (echo); it is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed his own blood for my soul. It is well (echo) with my soul (echo); it is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin — O the bliss of this glorious thought! — my sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more; praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! It is well (echo) with my soul (echo); it is well, it is well with my soul.

O Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll, the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, “Even so” — it is well with my soul. It is well (echo) with my soul (echo); it is well, it is well with my soul.

The Sermon

Hymn #189 – Jesus Loves Me, This I Know   (STANDING)

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so; little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, He who died, heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, loves me still, though I’m very weak and ill; from his shining throne on high comes to watch me where I lie. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, He will stay close beside me all the way; if I love him, when I die he will take me home on high. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

The Closing Prayer

 The Benediction

 Numbers 6:24-26  24 The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 The Postlude

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For the Lord’s Day 12.6.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

As a reminder, the memorial service for Mr. Curt Rolf will begin tomorrow, Sat. Dec 5, at 11:00 AM.  There will be a light luncheon following the service.

I also want to encourage you to prepare yourself for the Lord’s Day worship service which will include the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  I have paraphrased a portion of a prayer that I found in relation to the Lord’s Supper.

Our Father in heaven, grant us of your goodness, that we may receive this sacrament with true sincerity of heart and an earnest desire.  By faith, may we rejoice in Jesus Christ who is both true God and Man.  He alone is the Bread of heaven that gives us life so that we may no longer live for ourselves and after our own will, which is altogether depraved.  But, now may He live in us and lead us to a holy, happy, and everlasting life, thus making us truly partakers of the new and eternal covenant, even the covenant of grace…  AMEN.

John Calvin, Treatises On The Sacraments, Christian Focus Publications, Ross-shire, Great Britian, 2002, pp. 105.

Hymns for Worship:

#195 Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come (based on Psalm 98)

#500 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Behold the Lamb (Getty, Townend)

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Sermon Outline:

“Hope in the Midst of Death”

John 11:17-27

 Main IdeaIt is wise to stop and learn from Jesus what to think about death.

1)  The Reality of Death (vv 17-19)

2)  How to Respond to Death (vv 20-22)

3)  What to Believe about Death (vv 23-27)

May God bless you,

pastor scott