This Week at Covenant Family Church


Hello brothers and sisters,

This Sunday morning, the sermon will be on Genesis 47, “Israel Settles in Egypt.” The 10:00 am lesson will be on the virtue of wisdom. The Sunday evening worship service will be held at the Stahl home at 6:30 pm. This service is held in the lower level of their house, so if you come, enter through the back door. The sermon will be “Shall I Not Drink the Cup?” (John 18:1-14).

We are taking a break from the midweek meeting at least through the end of the year. During this break, we will take prayer requests before the start of the evening service instead. An exception to this break will be Wednesday, December 20th, on which we will gather at the Stahl home at 6:00 for Christmas caroling and dessert and cookie exchange.

Recordings from Last Sunday

Sunday Lesson: Piety

Morning Sermon: Israel Moves to Egypt (Genesis 45:16-46:34)

Evening Sermon: The High Priestly Prayer, Part 2 (John 17:12-26)

Blog Post

In this blog post, I write about the virtue of hope. This is adapted from the Sunday school lesson I gave on the same topic.

Speaking of virtues, I came across this quote from Augustine yesterday in a sermon of his that hits upon a point we have made in this series regarding faith, hope, and love: “The simple fact, therefore, that a man believes, hopes, and loves does not mean that he is saved forthwith. For it makes a difference what he believes, what he hopes, and what he loves.”


There are two upcoming conferences of interest in the local area, one in which a Baptist is speaking at a Presbyterian church, and one in which a Presbyterian (technically Dutch Reformed) is speaking at a Baptist church. I plan to go to the second one.

James White on Sola Scripture at Covenant of Grace Church (12/1-12/2)

Joel Beeke on “Learning from the Puritans Today” at the Founders Midwest Conference (2/27-2/28)

OPC Thank Offering

Here at the end of the year we are collecting the OPC Thank Offering, which goes to support the denomination’s outreach efforts: foreign and home missions and educational resources. 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. Here are the videos made for this year’s thank offering describing the work of these committees:

Foreign Missions Video (4 min.)

Home Missions Video (6 min.)

Christian Education Video (3 min.)

Morning Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #226 “As with Gladness Men of Old”
Psalm #34A “At All Times I Will Bless the Lord”
Hymn #198 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!”
Hymn #194 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Psalm #145C “The Eyes of All Upon Thee Wait”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 47
New Testament Reading: TBA
Sermon: “Israel Settles in Egypt” – Genesis 47

Evening Worship Details

Hymn #195 “Joy to the World”
Hymn #210 “Silent Night! Holy Night!”
Hymn #257 “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9
New Testament Reading: Hebrews 2:9-18
Sermon: “Shall I Not Drink the Cup?” – John 18:1-14


Pastor Peter Bringe