This Week at Covenant Family Church


Hello brothers and sisters,

This Sunday we will still have our education time at 10am, studying the book of Nahum, but we will not have our evening sermon, as we will have the Pilgrim Heritage Celebration in the afternoon. The schedule will thus be the lesson at 10:00 am, worship at 11:00 am, meal at 1:00 am, special program at 2pm, with dessert following. More details are available below.

Recordings from Last Sunday
Here are the audio recordings from last Sunday:

The Book of Micah (27 min.)

The Trinity (1 Peter 1:1-2) (38 min.)

Our King and Priest (Jeremiah 33) (29 min.)

You can also watch the video recordings at this link.

Pilgrim Heritage Celebration, November 21st
This year’s Pilgrim Heritage Celebration will be held this Sunday, November 21st. This year in particular holds special significance as the 400th anniversary of the first thanksgiving. We will remember the Pilgrims and give thanks to God with a program which will begin at 2:00 pm. This year’s speakers will be myself, Jeff Hamann, Dan Ford. Dan Ford is the author of The Legacy Of Liberty and Property and In the Name of God, Amen: Rediscovering Biblical and Historical Covenants. We will give the following talks: “The Errand in the Wilderness” (Peter Bringe), “1621 and the First Thanksgiving” (Jeff Hamann), and “Our 400 Year Legacy of Giving Thanks” (Dan Ford).

Barbara is working on coordinating the meal, so it would be good if you could contact her with what you plan to bring if you haven’t already. If you have not signed up yet to bring a particular food, I believe the sign up sheet could use more people bringing turkey or stuffing or green salad.

OPC Thank Offering
During November we are collecting the OPC Thank Offering, which goes to support the denomination’s outreach efforts: foreign missions, home missions, and Christian education. You can watch several short videos on these efforts at this link. 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.

Blog Post
Christianity has had an impact upon Western Civilization. The Law of Adamnan is a good example of the reforms that took place through the work of Christians in the past. May we not take this heritage for granted. Our country is currently seeking to reverse this reform by proposing to require women to register for the draft. Read more in my most recent blog post: The Law of Adamnan.

Christmas Caroling
We plan on organizing Christmas caroling again this year, and we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to host caroling in their neighborhood. So if you want us to carol to your neighbors this December, let me know.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 61-62

Q 61: What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?
Answer: The fourth commandment forbiddeth the omission or careless performance of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.

Q 62: What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?
Answer: The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments, his challenging a special propriety in the seventh, his own example, and his blessing the sabbath day.

The fourth commandment tells us to observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy. We do this by resting from our normal activities and by using the time for the worship of God, as well as for deeds of mercy and necessity. Likewise, the commandment forbids us from omitting these duties or carelessly performing them. To show contempt for God’s worship is to show contempt for him (Mal. 1:6-7, 13-14). Even though the day is a day of rest, yet this rest should not be taken to the excess of idleness, such that we neglect what should be done on the day. The day is also profaned by sin, which should be avoided every day, as well as by unnecessary and distracting thoughts, words, or works. Examine your thoughts, words, and works on the sabbath day and consider whether they are fitting for the day – do they aid piety, show mercy, or meet necessities that cannot be delayed? Isaiah 58:13 tells us that the sabbath day is honored when you do not go your own way, or seek your own pleasure, or talk idly. Pleasure itself is not being forbidden, for it also tells us to “call the Sabbath a delight,” but rather it forbids attending to our own matters rather than God’s and his people’s.

God gives several arguments to support this duty. It is reasonable, for he gives us six days for our own callings, for our “worldly employments and recreations.” It is just, for the day is his day, “the sabbath of the Lord thy God.” To put it to common use robs God. This duty also has God’s own example, for he rested one day in seven when he made the world. Furthermore, the duty is for our own good, for God blessed the sabbath day, so that we are blessed in the observance of it. Not only is God glorified, but we are refreshed and edified by this holy rest and by the means of grace in the fellowship of the saints.

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #1 “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
Psalm #126A “The LORD Brought Zion’s Exiles Back”
Hymn #119 “I Sing the Almighty Power of God”
Hymn #166 “Wondrous King, All-Glorious”
Psalm #98A “O Sing a New Song to the Lord”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 30
New Testament Reading: Acts 16:16-34
Sermon: “Sing to the Lord!” – Ephesians 5:18-21

Sermon Outline:

I. An Overview of Ephesians 5:18-21
1. The Trinity
2. Do not get drunk with wine.
3. Be filled with the Spirit
4. Sing together to the Lord.
5. Submit to one another

II. Singing
1. Sing
2. Sing together
3. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
4. Sing and make melody to the Lord
5. Make melody
6. Sing and make melody with your heart.
7. Give thanks at all times and for all things to the Father

Pilgrim Heritage Celebration

Hymns & Psalms > 
Hymn #363 “We Gather Together”
Psalm #65B
Hymn #98 “Now Thank We All Our God”


Pastor Peter Bringe