August 30 Worship Resources – “The Bigger Picture”

David Kling

August 27, 2020

Today we continue our Sermon Series: “(How to) Keep Calm and Carry On” with a sermon that offers some inspiring stories about a family who faced a very deep crisis during World War 2, but nevertheless persevered through adversity by relying on their faith in Christ. It’s the idea that “no matter how big our problems, there’s always a bigger picture.”

Hey Parents! Just a head’s up that today’s sermon has some stories that may be too scary for elementary-age children, so please consider watching as adults first to make a decision about what is appropriate viewing for your child. Meanwhile – Ms. Alison is excited to be doing Zoom bingo with your children this afternoon. You can get in touch with her at 917-716-3681 if you have questions about how your child can participate.

If you’re looking for a great online group to be a part of this Fall, we highly recommend you check out the next Alpha class this Thursday at 7pm. Each week we’ve had a few more participants and it’s a fun way to connect with other Covenant members. It’s easy to check this class out any time so don’t worry if you missed the first session, just email our associate pastor, David Hunsicker, at david.hunsicker@covhsv.org for more information.

Today Pam Holmes tells Ms. Alison about how to continue supporting Huntsville Assistance Program even as our food drive draws to a conclusion. If you’d like to contact Pam about the bread ministry you can email her at pamelaholmes713@gmail.com

Order of Worship:

Family & Small Group Discussion Questions

  1. Lightning round – go around the circle and take turns reciting as much of Psalm 4:8 as you can remember. This was the homework from last week’s sermon “Last Things First.” If you’ve mastered it – move on to memorizing Psalm 4:7.
  2. What’s your “bigger picture” Hope? What are the pathways you can see towards a better future than your present? What power do you have to make that journey?
  3. Read Revelation 4 – taking turns by reading one verse at a time.
  4. What details about this passage give you hope? Do you see any pathways or power that are available to you here?
  5. If you’d like to read another hopeful passage that shows us the “bigger picture” – read the whole chapter of Isaiah 40 together. If you only have time for a short passage, focus on Isaiah 40:27-31. What pathways and power do you see in this passage?
  6. Your additional homework for this week is to set aside two hours to read or listen to a Gospel start to finish. Reading or listening to an entire Gospel in one sitting like this will help strengthen the “bigger picture” in your soul that Jesus is in charge.
    1. Click here to listen to the Gospel of Matthew online
    2. Click here to listen to the Gospel of Mark online
    3. Click here to listen to the Gospel of Luke online
    4. Click here to listen to the Gospel of John online
  7. Close by praying for the person on your right by placing their name into the blank: “I pray that you would grant ___________ the courage to see the bigger picture no matter how big their problems, and that [she / he] would sleep in peace at night, for you alone, O LORD, make [her / him] dwell in safety.”

Worship Relaunch Information

We offer a small worship service at 10AM. Based on a congregational survey, we anticipate most folks to continue worshipping online – so we will continue to provide excellent worship resources and videos each Sunday for those at home. Together we are united in our commitment to one another and our commitment to Christ, whether worshipping in-person or online!

No reservation or permission is required to attend worship in the sanctuary. However, all participants must wear a mask (we will have some available for you!) and we request that you take your temperature and use the restroom before leaving your home.

The elders request that you make a careful and informed decision about the best way for you to worship in June. For those who intend to attend worship in person, please read the following guidelines carefully when making your decision.

Key Links

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