Dec 5, 2014

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SERVICES

SERVICES

WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE

Traditional Services | 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM in Sanctuary

These services are done in a traditional manner with traditional music and rituals.

“943” Service | 9:43 in the Covenant Center

This service is more relaxed modern version. This service has more contemporary music and is, in general, more child friendly.

For more information on who is preaching and sermon /scripture

click here for  November and December 2014 Preaching and Worship Schedule

December 21 is Festival Sunday ~ one worship service at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary and a live nativity immediately following worship.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SCHEDULE 

6:00 p.m  Family Worship Service in the Sanctuary – especially designed with children in mind.  Hear the message of the Season for children of all ages!

11:00 p.m  Traditional Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary.  Special music will include Bill Van Patten and his harp, “Honey”.

The service broadcast will be at 11:00 PM on WJPA 95.3 FM or 1450 AM.

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Dec 5, 2014

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ADVENT INVITATION FROM PASTOR STU

ADVENT INVITATION FROM PASTOR STU

KNEELING IN BETHLEHEM

Dearly beloved:

Kneeling in Bethlehem is a poem by Christian poet, Ann Weems.  In it she notes the way wise men and shepherds and angels all came to Bethlehem and knelt at the foot of the manger, worshipping and standing in awe of what God had wrought through the birth of His only Son, Jesus, in infant form.  In Advent we will explore the many names of Jesus, revealing parts of His nature and why God sent Him into the world, and also we will see the ways in which there is POWER in the name of Jesus.  When we invoke the name, we invoke the Savior and we invoke His holy power and love.

His name is Jesus, meaning “salvation”.  His name is Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.”  His name is “Christ”, meaning anointed One, Messiah.  His name is the “Great I Am”.  He is prophesied as being “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.”  His nature and His being are revealed in the names given to Him.  He is revealed as His name is spoken.  When we pray we say at the end of the prayer, “In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”  We ask and pray in the name and power of the One whom we love and adore.  “Whatever is asked in my name…” says Jesus.

So the wise men and shepherds and angels were all amazed that the Mighty God came in infant form, that all the power of God was wrapped in the swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

So they bowed before Him and worshipped Him.  The word in Hebrew we translate as worship means “to bow down”.

And another day is coming when wise men and shepherds and angels, indeed the whole of the world and all of creation, will bow down before Jesus.  We have opportunities to bow down

before Jesus this Advent and Christmastide.  Come to the special Christmas Concert and reception on Wednesday, December 17th (reception at 6:00 p.m. and concert at 7:00 p.m.).  Come participate with the youth groups in “Pack the Pickup” on Sunday, December 14th, bringing non-perishable food items to church to help those in need at the holidays.  Come to Festival Sunday and experience theLive Nativity Scene (one service in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. followed by a manger scene and petting zoo)  Come to Christmas Eve Services at 6:00 p.m. (Children’s Service) and 11:00 p.m. (Traditional Candlelight Service with harp and string quartet).

As Philippians 2: 10 notes:  “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…”  A day is coming when every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth, at the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father.  This is a day of power and of might by the Son of God.  It is the perfect “Bookend”, if you will, to kneeling in Bethlehem.  We kneel in the presence of Jesus at His birth; we kneel in the presence of Jesus at the consummation of all things.  Come, let us adore Him.  Let us kneel.  Let every knee bow before this glorious thing which the Lord God has made known unto us.

A COVENANT CHRISTMAS  CELEBRATION

On Wednesday, December 17, the church staff and the Covenant Choir will be hosting an evening of elegant “heavy” hors d’oeuvres from 6:00-6:45 and a delightful concert of Christmas music beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.  The choir will sing, The Jubilate Ringers will ring and the children will ring The Kristal Bells.  There will be solos and duets and a special piano duet by two very talented young ladies.  Please save this date for a very special evening of Christmas music!!

FESTIVAL SUNDAY, is DECEMBER 21st ~ ONE SERVICE @ 10:00 in the Sanctuary! 

There is one service on this Sunday at 10 am. There is no Sunday school on Festival Sunday, so families may attend this special service together. There will be some wonderful children’s music during worship, followed by a live nativity complete with animals!  Hot chocolate and cookies in the commons complete the festivities.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES

6:00 p.m  Family Worship Service in the Sanctuary – especially designed with children in mind.  Hear the message of the Season for children of all ages!

11:00 p.m  Traditional Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary.  Special music will include Bill Van Patten and his harp, “Honey”, and a string quartet led by Andrew Adams

Please join us as we celebrate His birth!

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Nov 12, 2014

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LEARNING TO LOVE GOD

LEARNING TO LOVE GOD

THE CASE FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
“…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind…”   Luke 10: 27

This year our Stewardship emphasis is on Christian Education. The Church of the Covenant has historically placed a premium on the value of C.E. There have been high caliber Sunday School teachers, assistants and other competent people that have generously given of themselves to educate the current and the next generation of our congregation. (click to read more)The Case for Christian Education

Mr. John Williamson, Sr., recent member of The Church of the Covenant, shares his Thoughts on Stewardship

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