This Week at Covenant Family Church


Brothers and sisters,

May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

This Sunday we come to the account in the Gospel of Matthew of how Jesus chose twelve of his disciples to be his apostles, sent out as his representatives to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom. This will actually coincide nicely with our Sunday lesson before worship on the necessity of Scripture and how God revealed his final word through Jesus and his message as declared by his apostles. The prophets and apostles radiate out from Christ the cornerstone, forming a foundation for us, the church. May we stand firmly on the faith delivered to the saints, finding in it our hope and confidence.

From the pastor’s blog:

Livestream Communion?
Here I explain why we didn’t practice communion when we were unable to gather together (and one reason we are thankful to be gathering for worship again).

The most recent videos on our YouTube Channel:

Sunday Lesson: Natural Revelation (35 min.)
I began our new series on Scripture by beginning with God’s revelation through the light of nature and his works of creation and providence. You can also listen to an audio recording of this lesson on Sermon Audio here.

CFC Lord’s Day Worship – 5.24.20
You can also listen to an audio recording of the sermon, “Have Mercy on Us, Son of David” on Sermon Audio here.

PCA Report on Human Sexuality
Our sister denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, has had some controversy in the past few years on matters of human sexuality, particularly on what repentance and sanctification looks like for a person with homosexual desire. They set up a temporary committee to study and report on the issues involved, and the report was released today. You can find it online at this link. I haven’t had a change to read it all, but from what I’ve read, it looks pretty solid and helpful. It consists of twelve statements on the relevant issues, as well as additional chapters viewing it from the perspectives of our confessional standards, pastoral care, and defending the biblical position in our culture.

Reviewing the Sixth Commandment
It seems a good time to review the sixth commandment. I initially thought this because of the news and videos of the recent killing of George Floyd in Minnasota, but indeed the commandment is relevant to many current events and discussions. On at least some of these issues there is room for honest debate on how to apply these principles, but may we at least agree on the principles. May we honor our fellow man, made in the image of God, in thought, word, and deed. Here is the summery of what the Bible says about the sixth commandment (“thou shalt not kill”) from the Westminster Larger Catechism (you can find the biblical proof-texts for these statements at this link):

Q. 135. What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?
The duties required in the sixth commandment are, all careful studies, and lawful endeavors, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting all thoughts and purposes, subduing all passions, and avoiding all occasions, temptations, and practices, which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any; by just defense thereof against violence, patient bearing of the hand of God, quietness of mind, cheerfulness of spirit; a sober use of meat, drink, physic, sleep, labor, and recreations; by charitable thoughts, love, compassion, meekness, gentleness, kindness; peaceable, mild and courteous speeches and behavior; forbearance, readiness to be reconciled, patient bearing and forgiving of injuries, and requiting good for evil; comforting and succoring the distressed, and protecting and defending the innocent.

Q. 136. What are the sins forbidden in the sixth commandment?
The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are, all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others, except in case of public justice, lawful war, or necessary defense; the neglecting or withdrawing the lawful and necessary means of preservation of life; sinful anger, hatred, envy, desire of revenge; all excessive passions, distracting cares; immoderate use of meat, drink, labor, and recreations; provoking words, oppression, quarreling, striking, wounding, and whatsoever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.

Plan for Sunday
This Sunday we will meet again at our normal location at Progress Park. We will not have a meal after church (see “plan to achieve social distancing” below) and will have our Sunday school lesson from 10:00-10:30am. Worship will begin as normal at 11am. If you are unable to make Sunday school, it will be recorded and uploaded to Sermon Audio in time to listen to Sunday afternoon or evening. I also plan to livestream it and the worship service on YouTube. 

Plan to Achieve Social Distancing
Due to concerns surrounding the spread and exposure of COVID-19, the city of Wentzville is requiring that all individuals and organizations renting the facility in May and June practice social distancing. Here is the plan we have decided on to achieve that end:
• If anyone is or feels sick, they should remain at home.
• As normal, our church services will not include handshaking and shared communion cups.
• The trays of communion cups and plates of bread pieces will not be passed from person to person. The trays and plates will be left on the table where people can come up to take the bread and cups for themselves.
• Everyone shall remain at least six feet apart from non-family members for the event’s duration.
• Chairs will be spaced out to limit close contact.
• Our shared meals which usually follow the worship service will be suspended.

Sunday Lesson
Continuing in our new series on the doctrine of Scripture, we come next to the necessity of Scripture. Why do we need Scripture? This will include a look at the limits of natural revelation and the absence today of new revelation.

Midweek Meeting – Wednesday
On Wednesday evenings, we are watching and discussing video lessons from Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God at the Bringe home. We also take time to take prayer requests and pray together.

Upcoming Church Events:
May 31 – Lesson at 10am, Worship at 11am
June 3 – Puritan video series/prayer at Bringe home, 7pm
June 7 – Lesson at 10am, Worship at 11am

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #53 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Psalm #138A “With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring”
Psalm #80B “Hear, O Hear Us, Israel’s Shepherd”
Hymn #197 “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”
Hymn #11 “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-10
New Testament Reading: Revelation 21:9-27
Sermon > “The Twelve Apostles” – Matthew 9:35-10:15


Pastor Peter Bringe