This Week at Covenant Family Church

5.21.24

Hello brothers and sisters,

This Sunday morning, I will preach on Acts 4:23-31, “The Prayer of the Saints.” At 6:30 pm is our evening service and I will preach then on Esther 8, “Relief and Deliverance Proclaimed” (another potential title that occurred to me was, “Esther, Mordecai, and the Ring of Power”). During our Christian education time (10:00-10:30 am), the lesson will conclude the series on American Presbyterian history.

Recordings from Last Sunday

Lesson: Leaders and Movements of the 20th Century

Morning Sermon: Christ the Cornerstone (Acts 4:1-22)

Evening Sermon: Esther’s Feast and Haman’s Fall (Esther 7)

Blog Post

Presbyterian Reunions and Divisions of the 20th Century
The 20th century saw multiple reunions and divisions among American Presbyterians. This blog post gives an overview of this history, a history that shapes the landscape of American Presbyterianism today.

OPC General Assembly

You can pray for God’s blessing upon the upcoming General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It will meet in Seattle, WA on June 19-25.

Calvin on “Thy Kingdom Come”

“Thy kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10a). Commenting on this petition of the Lord’s Prayer, John Calvin says the following:

We must first attend to the definition of the kingdom of God. He is said to reign among men, when they voluntarily devote and submit themselves to be governed by him, placing their flesh under the yoke, and renouncing their desires … This is done partly by the preaching of the word, and partly by the secret power of the Spirit. … We therefore pray that God would exert his power, both by the Word and by the Spirit, that the whole world may willingly submit to him. The kingdom of God is opposed to all disorder (ἀταξία) and confusion for good order is nowhere found in the world, except when he regulates by his hand the schemes and dispositions of men. Hence we conclude, that the commencement of the reign of God in us is the destruction of the old man, and the denial of ourselves, that we may be renewed to another life.

 

There is still another way in which God reigns; and that is, when he overthrows his enemies, and compels them, with Satan their head, to yield a reluctant subjection to his authority, ‘till they all be made his footstools’ (Hebrews 10:13). The substance of this prayer is, that God would enlighten the world by the light of his Word, — would form the hearts of men, by the influences of his Spirit, to obey his justice, and would restore to order, by the gracious exercise of his power, all the disorder that exists in the world. Now, he commences his reign by subduing the desires of our flesh. 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.

Morning Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Psalm #148 “From Heav’n O Praise the LORD”
Hymn #25 “O Light That Knew No Dawn”
Hymn #370 “Revive Thy Work, O Lord”
Hymn #348 “Jesus, with Thy Church Abide”
Psalm #2 Why Do Heathen Nations Rage?”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 2
New Testament Reading: Luke 11:1-13
Sermon: “The Prayer of the Saints” – Acts 4:23-31

Evening Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #179 “Hallelujah! Thine the Glory”
Hymn #43 “You Righteous, in the Lord Rejoice”
Hymn #614 “Now Israel May Say, and That in Truth”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament: Proverbs 11:1-11
New Testament: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Sermon: “Relief and Deliverance Proclaimed” – Esther 8

 

Pastor Peter Bringe