Sunday, May 8, 2022 9:00am :: YouVersion Event
Covenant Presbyterian Church of Simsbury - The Barn
Sunday, May 8, 2022 9:00am
In-Person Sunday Service 9:00am
Locations & Times
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
    124 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070, USA
    zondag 9:00 AM

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Service of Worship
May 8, 2022
Hayloft Sanctuary - 9:00am
This is a new, though also very old, kind of service of worship.

It is contemplative, that is, it invites its participants to reflect upon their Lord, His power, righteousness and mercies, the church universal, and their own lives as members of His body. We use periods of silence for reflection and inner prayer—and also for extemporaneous, short, spoken praises, prayers or songs.

It is traditional. It includes forms of worship, praise and prayer from the whole history of the Christian church, some from the earliest days, others that date from the Reformation, and still others that are more modern.

Such a service depends a great deal on the active participation of those attending. No liturgy guarantees a spirit-filled experience of worship (nor does the absence of liturgy do so). This service asks for worshipers who are intentional and concentrated in their opening of themselves to the presence of Christ, in their sensitivity to what the Holy Spirit is saying, and in fervent sharing of responses, prayers and song. It also calls us to remember that above all, we come together to please God. God has the first and last word this morning because He has the first and last word in all of the universe.

Such a service reminds us, too, of a mystery: that we inhabit not only a physical universe but a spiritual one, that all around us are angels and archangels and all the company of heaven with whom we join in our praises, and who are witnesses that what we do physically has eternal and supernatural consequences. We enter a sacred space and live a holy time as we draw near to God, and especially so when we share His feast, the Eucharist.

We begin our prayers with praise because Jesus instructed that prayer begins with who God is, where He is, and with an active longing that our kingdoms become more like His.
God Summons Us

Leader: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: You have set your glory above the heavens.

Leader: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

All: the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

Leader: what is man that you are mindful of him? You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

All: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Therefore we praise you in song, in deed, and in prayer.

Adapted from Psalm 8
Praises of the People

Hymns and Choruses of Praise

#225 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
Spoken and Silent Praises

Our praise is to the God who is faithful in His lovingkindness.
The Gloria Patri - #813
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen, Amen.
God Sanctifies Us

Silent Personal Confession
The psalmist models a transparent faith with these words: "23Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Unison Confession
God of everlasting love, we confess that we have been unfaithful to our covenant with you and with one another. We have worshipped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience.
We have served our own self-interest instead of serving only you and your people.
We have not loved our neighbor as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves.
Forgive us, gracious God, and bring us back into the fullness of our covenant with you and with one another.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness
Thanks be to God the Father that He loves us, to Jesus Christ His only Son who forgives us and renews us in our worship and service to Him, and thanks be to the Holy Spirit whose love will never let us go.

Passing of the Peace
The peace of the LORD be with you.
And also with you.
God Strengthens Us

The Prayers of the People
We ask for help boldly because Jesus taught us to do so.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Hymn of Reflection
#87 “Fairest Lord Jesus”

The Doxology: #815
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
God Speaks to Us

The Reading - Luke 7:36-8:21
Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

ALL: Praise be to Christ.
The Sermon –
Happy Mother's Day
Luke 7:36-8:21
James Shivers

Sermon Notes:
1. Larger Picture of Male and Female (Bach's Magnificat IX)

2. A Closer Look at Luke (Luke 7:36-8:21)
a. A meal
b. The workforce
c. The teaching
d. The invitation

3. How much does this matter to God?
Closing Hymn

#104 “O Worship the King”
God Sends Us
God the Father loves us, Jesus has reconciled us to Him, and we have the Holy Spirit.



Give Here

Thank you for giving to the work of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Simsbury, CT.
Barn News

Youth Ministry
Radiate (grades 9-12) will meet Sundays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the youth room (Room 9).

H2O (grades 6-8) will meet Thursdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm also in the youth room (Room 9).

There is also a Sunday morning youth bible study for students grades 6-12 that meets Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 10:00am that also meets in the youth room (Room 9).

Men’s Ministry
Build and Repair Network, teams of men who work to take care of ordinary household tasks for those who need the help. Teams meet second Saturdays each month 7am to 10am. No special skills needed and all are welcome.

Men’s Large Group Meeting, will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the fire pit. All men(aged 16 and up) are welcome.

Women’s Ministry
Fall Evening of Encouragement - Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm in Celebration Hall. Our Stories God's Faithfulness, will feature stories of God's faithfulness in the lives of our panelists and then we will share stories of our own. Register here
Church and Ministry Information

Are you a guest with us this morning?
Welcome and thank you for joining us today. Please introduce yourself and/or complete the “Welcome to The Barn!” form at the back of your bulletin and place it in the offering box.

Hearing Assist Receivers Available
Hearing assist receivers can be picked up from the sound crew before the service.

Prayer Opportunity
At the conclusion of the service, our prayer team is available to pray for you.

The Apostle Paul assumes that local gatherings of Christ followers support the work of the Gospel. He describes giving monetarily in almost every letter he writes in the New Testament. Christ followers give what they can for the work of the local church and for mission churches. Similarly here, we hope you are planning and then giving joyfully because you believe in the mission and vision of this local gathering. There is a box by the door to receive your offering.