This Week at Covenant Family Church


Hello brothers and sisters,

I hope you all have the time to enjoy this wonderful spring weather (at least when it is dry like today). I continue to pray for you all, knowing that this virus and the stay-at-home orders have impacted some of you more than others, and that it has had different effects – some of you having more work and others less work because of it. I hope that you are still able to maintain God’s worship in your homes daily, as well as participate in Sunday’s livestream, and if unable to stream the video, to at least benefit from the recorded sermon and other resources below. God certainly seems to be reshuffling the deck and shaking the nations – and we can be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

I will take two more Sundays before coming back to my regular series on the Gospel of Matthew. As this coming Sunday is traditionally observed as Palm Sunday, I will be preaching on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem from John 12. The next Sunday is Easter and I currently plan to preach on the death and resurrection of Christ from Romans 4:20-5:5.

Plan for Sunday
The current plan is to livestream our worship like last week on our YouTube channel (click here). The livestream video will appear on the channel between 10:30-10:45, and we will go live around 10:50, worship beginning at 11:00. I have attached the bulletin at the bottom of this email for you to use on Sunday [contact me if you would like me to email you the bulletin].

I will also teach our Sunday school lesson at 2pm through YouTube, and it will be available there to view at any time. I am teaching a five-part study of what have been called the “doctrines of grace” or the “five points of Calvinism.” This Sunday I will teach on the doctrine of unconditional election.

Here are the latest posts on the blog (

Resources on the Westminster Confession and Catechisms
“These documents are rich statements of biblical truth and time-tested summaries of the Christian faith … Since they have been used to teach people the faith for hundreds of years, there are many resources to help explain them and to flesh out and apply their theology. Here are some that I have found most helpful…”

The most recent videos on our YouTube Channel:

Singing Hymns in Quarantine
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them…” (Acts 16:25) Would you sing hymns in prison like Paul and Silas? Are you singing hymns at home now?

Sunday Lesson – Total Depravity
In this lesson, we begin a five-week study of what have been called the “doctrines of grace” or the “five points of Calvinism,” beginning with the doctrine of total depravity.

Our Lord’s Day Worship – 3.29.20
The audio of the sermon, “Speaking and Listening with Wisdom,” was also posted on Sermon Audio as normal, and is available here.

Quote from an Early Church Father

“Just take a look at the sacred scriptures; they are the authentic voice of the Holy Spirit, and you know that they contain nothing that is contrary to justice, nor is anything in them falsified.” -Clement of Rome

This quote is from the letter known as 1 Clement, one of the earliest documents outside the Bible from the New Testament church. It was written by Clement of Rome to the church in Corinth around A.D. 95. Throughout the ages, the church has persevered by receiving and confessing Scripture as the inerrant word of God, our rule of faith and life. The church (as a whole and each individual in it) stands firm on this foundation, and it crumbles when it leaves it. May we look to the sacred scriptures and remember what we see, making use of them in our pursuit of Christian maturity. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Other Articles

Reflections on a Pandemic – and Worship
by John W. Mahaffy, OPC pastor in Oregon

The Lion Roars: Thoughts on COVID-19
by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

While we are meeting virtually, you can still send your tithes and offerings by mail to:

Covenant Family Church,
315 Woodlawn Ave., Apt 4,
O’Fallon MO, 63366

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Psalm #47A “All Peoples, Clap Your Hands for Joy!”
Hymn #235 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
Psalm #80B “Hear, O Hear Us, Israel’s Shepherd”
Hymn #369 “Shout for the Blessed Jesus Reigns”

Announcements, Bible Texts, Sermon:
New Testament Reading: John 12:12-33
Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9:9-13
Sermon > “The Triumphal Entry of the King” – John 12:12-33


Pastor Peter Bringe