This Week at Covenant Family Church

Hello brothers and sisters,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Below you can read updates about our outreach this weekend, our Lord’s Day afternoon study, the Pilgrim Heritage Celebration, and our worship this coming Lord’s Day. I also have a link to my most recent post on my blog, as well as a link to an article by Rev. Morecraft on church and home.

Blog
Here is my latest post from the blog (forchristskingdom.com):

Gratitude and Gluttony
“God gave us food for our good. He made it delightful and profitable, giving joy and strength (Ps. 104:14-15, Acts 14:17) … But as with all the gifts of God, man in his rebellion is able to use it in a sinful manner – to reject it, to idolize it, to abuse it. A proper use of food is governed by gratitude, but when gratitude is gone, one sinful abuse of food is that of gluttony, i.e. eating too much or with immoderate desire.” To read more on this topic, follow the link above to read the full post.

Videos
I hope to record at least one video this week, but I haven’t added anything new yet since last week. You can view the videos I have recorded thus far at this link; they are also available on our Facebook page.

Outreach this Weekend
The website for the Wentzville Fall Festival can be found at this link. Currently, I plan to pass out tracts on Saturday afternoon, meeting up near the intersection of Pearce and Linn. Come out and join us! It can be rather intimidating to talk to strangers, or even to give them a tract, but it is less intimidating when there are more of us doing it.

Sunday School Series
This Sunday, Jeff Hamann will be concluding his series on a biblical view of emotions. The following Sunday, I plan to begin teaching a three-part series on the Christian religion: what Christians believe, how Christians live, and how Christians pray (or to put it another way: faith, love, and hope). I will use the Nicene Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer for the basic structure of the class. The classes will be interactive, limited to 30 minutes each, and practical. The first lesson (on Sep. 29th) will be on God (“We believe in one God”), so if you have any questions about God that you want me to address, let me know by email or in-person between now and then.

A book that I just started reading is Taking God Seriously by J.I. Packer. In that book, this elderly leader of the evangelical movement laments that Christians do not take God and His truth seriously. You can watch him make this point in this 2 minute video at this link. He writes in the book,

“As the years go by, I am increasingly burdened by the sense that the more conservative church people in the West, Protestant and Roman Catholic alike, are, if not starving, at least grievously undernourished for lack of a particular pastoral ministry that was a staple item in the church life of the first Christian centuries and also of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation era in Western Europe, but has largely fallen out of use in recent days. That ministry is called catechesis. It consists of intentional, orderly instruction in the truths that Christians are called to live by, linked with equally intentional and orderly instruction on how they are to do this” (p. 10).

This is what I hope to do in our Sunday afternoon time of Christian instruction.

Pilgrim Heritage Celebration
I plan to set up a Facebook event page and a page on our website about this event once we get a few more detailed pinned down, but here is an initial announcement, and feel free to share it with others so people can begin to save the date:

Come celebrate our Pilgrim heritage and the God whose providential hand was so evident in their lives! Covenant Family Church will host the Pilgrim Heritage Celebration on Saturday, November 23rd at the Family Vision Library in St. Peters. This year’s speakers will be Dan Ford, Jeff Hamann, and our pastor, Peter Bringe. They will speak on the history of the Pilgrims, the Pilgrims’ legacy in American history, and applying the Pilgrim’s vision to the future. Dan Ford is the author of The Legacy Of Liberty and Property and In the Name of God, Amen: Rediscovering Biblical and Historical Covenants. The main program will begin at 3:30pm and will be followed by dinner. Some details are still coming together, but save the date, stay tuned for more details, and get ready to join us for this celebration!

Rev. Morecraft on Church and Family
I found this article by Joe Morecraft to be quite good on the balance between, and importance of, church and home. You can read it at this link. (And by the way, the verse he alludes to, but does not cite, which refers to the “dwelling places of Jacob,” is Psalm 87:1-3.)

Upcoming Church Events
Sep. 20-21 – Outreach opportunity at Fall Festival in Wentzville
Nov. 23 – Pilgrim Heritage Celebration, with Dan Ford

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #92 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Hymn #308 “Jesus Paid It All”
Psalm #71A “In Thee, O LORD, I Refuge Take”
Hymn #176 “Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus!”
Psalm #121B “I to the Hills Will Lift My Eyes”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-20
New Testament Reading: Revelation 12:1-17
Sermon > “Egypt, Bethlehem, and Nazareth” – Matthew 2:13-23

 

Pastor Peter Bringe
303-656-5577