This Week at Covenant Family Church

Hello brothers and sisters,

I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday, even more after missing you all last Sunday due to being sick. As I planned last week, I will be preaching on the Lord’s Prayer. Here is a quote from John Calvin on its phrase, “thy kingdom come,” to whet your appetite:

“Again, as the kingdom of God is continually growing and advancing to the end of the world, we must pray every day that it may come: for to whatever extent iniquity abounds in the world, to such an extent the kingdom of God, which brings along with it perfect righteousness, is not yet come.”

We will hold our elders meeting tonight, so I might send another email tomorrow if there are updates that result from the meeting. We had a good men’s meeting last night, although I will be encouraging more men to come as we get closer to next month’s men’s meeting on February 19th.

I haven’t posted anything on the blog ( since last week, but I will bring paper copies of some of my articles to church on Sunday for those who prefer that format.

I did post a new video on the CFC YouTube Channel:

Why Discussing Infant Baptism Is Important
Why is infant baptism an important issue? Part of the reason is that it is connected to other important issues.

Men’s Advance
The Men’s Advance page on our website is up with a little introduction to this year’s theme: Begin passing it on to others who might be interested in the event.

Elder Visits
As we did at the beginning of last year, the elders (myself and Bruce Stahl) are going to make pastoral visits to the households of our church. This is for the general pastoral care of the church, engaging in a more personal, focused manner with each family. We will have a sign up sheet on the back table at church where you can sign up for a time that works for your family.

Sunday Afternoon and Evening
On Sunday afternoons I lead a study of the Ten Commandments, and this Sunday I come to the 7th commandment. On Sunday evenings, I am leading devotions on book four of the Psalms (Psalms 90-106) at my house at 7pm, open to all. This Sunday I come to Psalm 93.

Congregational Meeting
We will hold our annual congregational meeting on February 2nd, following the worship service. We will vote on ratifying the budget. We will also have reports (such as reports from the treasurer and pastor). We will need a quorum (50% of communicant members). If worship is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will hold it on Feb. 9th.

Exhortation from J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
“We shall all do well to remember the charge: ‘Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is’ (Heb. 10:25). Never to be absent from God’s house on Sundays, without good reason – never to miss the Lord’s Supper when administered in our own congregation – never to let our place be empty when means of grace are going on, this is one way to be a growing and prosperous Christian.

The very sermon that we needlessly miss, may contain a precious word in season for our souls. The very assembly for prayer and praise from which we stay away, may be the very gathering that would have cheered, established, and revived our hearts. We know very little how dependent our spiritual health is on little, regular, habitual helps, and how much we suffer if we miss our medicine.”

Upcoming Church Events
Jan. 15 – Monthly Men’s Meeting
Jan. 22 – Puritan video lesson/study at the Bringe home, 7pm
Jan. 29 – Puritan video lesson/study at the Bringe home, 7pm
Feb. 2 – Annual congregational meeting after worship
May 2 – 2020 Men’s Advance: Keep the Faith, with Christian McShaffrey and Peter Bringe

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #635 “How Good It Is to Thank the Lord”
Hymn #121B “I to the Hills Will Lift My Eyes”
Psalm #83C “Do Not Be Silent, God”
Hymn #92 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Hymn #11 “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God” (the same tune as Psalm 128A)

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 29:15-24
New Testament Reading: Matthew 18:15-35
Sermon > “The Lord’s Prayer” – Matthew 6:9-15


Pastor Peter Bringe