This Week at Covenant Family Church

Hello brothers and sisters,

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1–2)

Last Sunday I preached on our duty to love, pray for, and be generous towards our enemies, imitating the generous character of our heavenly Father (the sermon is available here). How much more should we love one another, brothers and sisters who have this Father in common! The apostle Paul, in the passage above from Philippians, says that it completes his joy to see the members of the church being united in heart and mind. And as a pastor, I can say the same, that it brings me joy when I see love and unity among you all, a union which is rooted in the grace of Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Here is the plan for the next five sermons. You will notice that on the 22nd I will take a break from the current series to give a sermon on the birth of Jesus. As people are generally more open to coming to church around Christmas, the 22nd would be a good opportunity to invite someone who doesn’t usually attend church to come and join us that Sunday.

12/15 – Practicing Righteousness for God (Matt. 6:1-18)
12/22 – Christmas Sermon: The Prophecy of Zechariah (Luke 1:67-79)
12/29 – The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-15)
1/5 – Priorities (Matt. 6:19-24)
1/12 – Anxiety, Faith, and Seeking the Kingdom (Matt. 6:25-34)

Recently on the blog (, I have been posting a series of short posts on the Beatitudes:

The Beatitudes: The Poor in Spirit
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

The Beatitudes: Those Who Mourn
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

The Beatitudes: The Meek
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

You can view the videos I have recorded thus far on our YouTube channel; they are also available on our Facebook page and our Instagram account. Here is the latest one:

Reflections on Christmas Carols: “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” (4.5 min.)
As Christmas approaches and we pull out the songs of the season, it is a good time to reflect on the message of these familiar songs. In this video, I take a few minutes to talk about the traditional English carol, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.”

Midweek Study 
Join us tonight at my house on Wednesday the 11th at 7pm as we watch and discuss a video lesson from the Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God series. Each video is 15-20 minutes long, on Puritan teaching and history. Tonight’s video will be on what the Puritans taught about what the Bible says about the conscience.

Christmas Caroling on Dec. 18th
The Christmas season offers us opportunities to spread the gospel that are unique to this time of year. One of these opportunities is that of caroling. We will gather at the Stahl’s home in the evening of Wednesday the 18th and go from house to house in their neighborhood. The plan is to eat a light dinner at 6:30, go caroling from 7:00 to 8:00 or 8:30, and return to the Stahl’s house for dessert. 

Sunday School Series – the Ten Commandments
On Sunday afternoons, I am leading a three-part study on the Christian religion: what Christians believe, how Christians live, and how Christians pray. I seek to make these classes interactive, practical, and limited to 30 minutes each. This Sunday I will lead a study on the fourth commandment.

Sunday Evening – Psalms 90-106
I am leading Sunday evening devotions at my house at 7pm which are open to all. We are going through book four of the Psalms (Psalms 90-106), and this Sunday we will study Psalm 93.

OPC Thank Offering – this month
The thank offering is taken near the end of the year to support the outreach efforts of the denomination through foreign missions, home missions, and educational resources. It is meant to be distinct from your regular giving, as you wish and are able to contribute. Designate it by simply noting in the memo line of the check that it is for the OPC Thank Offering. You can watch some of the videos the OPC has prepared on these areas of outreach at this link.

Upcoming Church Events
Dec. 11 – Video and discussion at the Bringe home, 7pm
Dec. 18 – Christmas Caroling at the Stahl Home

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #195 “Joy to the World!”
Hymn #203 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
Psalm #48B “In Our God’s City We Have Seen”
Hymn #642 “Be Thou My Vision”
Psalm #125 “Like Zion’s Mountain Shall They Be”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
 Old Testament Reading: Psalm 112
New Testament Reading: Acts 4:32-5:11
Sermon > “Practicing Righteousness for God” – Matthew 6:1-18


Pastor Peter Bringe