Covenant Presbyterian Church of Simsbury - The Barn
Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 9:00am Service
In-Person Sunday Service 9:00am, Hayloft Sanctuary
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  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
    124 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM

Children's Bulletin (younger children)

A downloadable children's bulletin can be found using the following link:

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Children's Bulletin (older children)

A downloadable children's bulletin for older children can be found at this link:

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Service of Worship
January 22, 2023
Hayloft Sanctuary - 9:00am
Welcome

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

Call to Worship

Leader: We trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

All: We will thank you forever, because you have rescued us and your steadfast love endures all the day.

Leader: You make us like green olive trees in the house of God.

All: We trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

Leader: We will thank you forever, because you have done it. We will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.

All: Because you have rescued us and your steadfast love endures all the day.

Adapted from Psalm 52
Praises of the People

Hymns and Choruses of Praise

#97 “Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above”
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 ways of Christ are the ways of life, real life. These ways help us avoid pain, harm to others and to ourself, and the disintegration of self that always accompanies sin. He commands us to confess because this is one of the ways we drink in the flourishing life He has for us. The most spiritual activity or practice available to us is obedience to Him.

Unison Confession
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

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
#643 “O Lord, You’re Beautiful”

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 Prayer of Illumination

The Reading - Matthew 14:13-23 pg. 974-5
Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

ALL: Praise be to the Christ.
The Sermon –
Where and How To Pray - Matthew 14:13-23
Matt Blazer

Sermon Notes:
Jesus left the noise

And the crowds

To grieve

And converse with our father.
Closing Hymn

#737 “Like A River Glorious”
God Sends Us
God the Father loves us, Jesus has reconciled us to Him, and we have the Holy Spirit.

Benediction

Postlude
Welcome
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.

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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.

Offering
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.