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Covenant Presbyterian Church of Simsbury - The Barn

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 9:00am Service

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 9:00am Service

In-Person Sunday Service 9:00am, Hayloft Sanctuary

Locations & Times

Covenant Presbyterian Church

124 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070, USA

Sunday 9:00 AM

Service of Worship
April 14, 2024
Hayloft Sanctuary - 9:00am

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 my God, you alone are God
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

All: covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

Leader: May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works,

All: who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!

Leader: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

All: I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Adapted from Psalm 104
Praises of the People

Hymns and Choruses of Praise

#63 “All Creatures of Our God and King”
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 proof of God’s amazing love is this:
“While we were sinners, Christ died for us. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Trusting in God’s faithfulness and compassion, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
—based on Romans 5:8; Hebrews 4:16

Unison Confession
God of Compassion, look upon us in mercy, for we have not walked in the way of Jesus, your Son. We have not laid down our lives for the Gospel, but have sought to advance and defend ourselves. Our faith in you has wavered; we have trusted more in our own strength and understanding.
In loving kindness, forgive us. Strengthen our faith by
your Spirit, that we would be courageous enough to embrace the way of the cross. Enable us to trust that this way of life, proclaimed and lived by Jesus, displays your glory most faithfully and profits us best both now, and in ages to come.

Declaration of Forgiveness
The grace, mercy, forgiveness and peace of Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has preceded us in this moment. We are a forgiven and strengthened people because of the Father Heart of God, the work of Jesus Christ, and the indwelling, unfailing love of the 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.

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
#305 “Jesus Paid It All”

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 - Mark 10:13-16
Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

ALL: Praise be to the Christ.
The Sermon –
Faith Is Received Like A Child - Mark 10:13-16 Matt Blazer
1. The kingdom

2. Is received

3. Like a child

4. Or not at all

Closing Hymn

#375 “Jesus Shall Reign”
God Sends Us
God the Father loves us, Jesus has reconciled us to Him, and we have the Holy Spirit.


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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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.

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