This Week at Covenant Family Church


Hello brothers and sisters,

This Friday and Saturday I will be in the Chicago area at our fall presbytery meeting. At this meeting we will be dividing into two smaller presbyteries (a result of the growth and current size of the presbytery). Our presbytery will still have the same name (“The Presbytery of the Midwest”), but will no longer include Wisconsin and Minnesota (those churches will become “The Presbytery of Wisconsin and Minnesota”).

This Sunday
This Sunday I will be teaching a lesson at 10am on the book of Hosea. The morning sermon will be “Suffered under Pontius Pilate” (Matthew 26:69-27:10). The evening sermon will be “A Letter to the Exiles” (Jeremiah 29).

Psalm Sing
The Hamann family invites everyone to come over to their house on Sunday, September 26th at 6:30pm for a psalm and hymn sing. That’s not this Sunday but the following Sunday.

Midweek Meeting
On Wednesday evenings we have our midweek meeting, with time for singing, discussion of the most recent sermon, and prayer. It is hosted at the Bringe home and begins at 7pm.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 47-48

Q. 47: What is forbidden in the first commandment?
Answer: The first commandment forbiddeth the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.

Q. 48: What are we specially taught by these words, ‘before me’, in the first commandment?
Answer: These words, before me, in the first commandment teach us, that God, who seeth all things, taketh notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other God.

As we saw in question 46 of the catechism, the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” implies a positive duty to know, acknowledge, and worship God as the only true God and our God. Question 47 explains what the commandment forbids.

The first commandment forbids the denying of the true God. Some deny that the God of the Bible is the true God. Others deny the existence of any god. Others deny the relevance of God – perhaps he exists, but he doesn’t interact with his creation. Some people openly confess this denial of his relevance, such as deists and agnostics. Others assume this in their heart and disregard God when it comes to living. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps. 14:1). All of these forms of denying God are forbidden, as they do not give God due recognition.

The first commandment forbids not worshipping and glorifying him as the true God, and our God. As Paul says in Romans 1:18-21, God is known to all through his creation, but many refuse to honor him as God or give thanks to him. This impiety provokes the wrath of God. All men everywhere are commanded to turn to him (Acts 17:30), and God’s covenant people in particular must not omit the worship and submission that is due him as their God (Ps. 81:10-11, Deut. 32:15, 18).

The first commandment also forbids giving the worship and glory which is due to God to any other. One must not give a creature the worship and service that is due the Creator (Rom. 1:25). His covenant people in particular are bound to worship him alone. For us to worship another god is treachery, spiritual adultery (Jer. 2-3, Hosea 1-3). The fifth commandment will deal with the honor and reverence due to other creatures (Rom. 13:7), but religious worship is to be given to God alone (Matt. 4:10). No one else should be treated as God.

The words “before me” remind us that we live in God’s presence and that he notices and is very displeased with spiritual treachery. He does not tolerate rivals. He is not like any other. He alone is God. He is the source of every blessing and our salvation. May we therefore worship and follow him as the only true God and our only God.

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #100 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Psalm #124 “Now Israel May Say and That in Truth”
Hymn #92 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Hymn #246 “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”
Psalm #67 “O God, to Us Show Mercy”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 23:1-8
New Testament Reading: Acts 3:11-26
Sermon: “Suffered under Pontius Pilate” – Matthew 27:11-26


Pastor Peter Bringe