Worship

October 18 Worship Resources – “Praying the Dream”

David Kling

October 17, 2020

To make a pledge for your 2021 contribution, email Susan Pendergrass at susan.pendergrass@covhsv.org or call 256-759-9492

Our lives are full of challenge right now. How do we keep moving? “Plan like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God.” 

That’s what we see in today’s sermon from Pastor Kling. This sermon series, “The Impossible Dream” focuses on the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis as a way to consider our own financial future as a congregation. This 3-week series will prepare you to make your pledge for Covenant’s 2021 Budget.

Don’t forget that TODAY begins our new children’s church and nursery programming during our in-person worship at 10AM at 301 Drake Ave, SE. If you haven’t checked out our in-person. This is a wonderful opportunity for young families to return to worship. To read the reopening plans for kids check out this guide. 

In today’s sermon Pastor Kling challenges each of us to pray every day for our church family that God would provide for us financially in 2021 and that he would reveal to each of us how much money we should pledge to Covenant to support our church family in the coming year. Pastor Kling has written a prayer that we can each use to pray together wherever we are. You can pray this prayer each day this week by yourself as a part of your devotional time, or you can join a member of Covenant’s staff at 3PM each day this week to on a Zoom conference call to pray this prayer with other church members.

To join the 3PM daily call, you can use the button below, click here, or simply use your phone and dial in using the following info:

Dial: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 849-0111-0264, 

Passcode: 342197 

Covenant’s 2021 Pledge Campaign Prayer

Lord Jesus, all that we have belongs to you.

Thank you so much for your generosity to me

By buying my freedom with your sacrifice.

I dedicate my whole life and my whole budget to your kingdom.

Teach me more and more.

To use my money as you would use it.

I pray for my church family at Covenant Presbyterian.

I ask that you would provide for us financially by your almighty hand.

I pray that you would guide us through these challenging times.

I pray that you would show us how to support one another.

Reveal to each member the portion of their income

That you are calling them to pledge in 2021.

And now,

In this quiet moment, send your Holy Spirit to speak to me.

Even as you spoke to your servant Joseph.

Show me what portion of my income I should pledge to Covenant in 2021.

[listen for 60 seconds]

Thank you, for speaking to me, Lord.

Grant me the courage to follow you wherever you lead.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

This month’s outreach connection focuses on the work of our denomination the PC(USA). This Sunday, October 11, Covenant will be taking up the Peace and Global Witness Offering. A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Presbyteries retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness. Covenant will use the portion we retain to support the work of the Interfaith Mission Agency and to support a Peacemaker visit. You can click the button below to give on our website or you can write a check with the word “peacemaking” in the subject.

Many neighborhood prayer groups are continuing to meet in a front lawn near you. Check out the map below to see the neighborhood shepherds we currently have available. These shepherds are hosting the prayer groups in their front lawns one day a week. Even when you’re not able to meet in person, it is nice to know there is someone near you who cares. Now, more than ever, it’s good to know that when we can’t carry on, God’s family carries us.

If you look at the map below and you’re not sure which group you might fit in or you see that your neighborhood is currently marked as TBD please contact our Associate Pastor, Dave Hunsicker at david.hunsicker@covhsv.org. We are finalizing these groups and he would be delighted to assist you.

Neighborhood Group Discussion Guide

Invite everyone to stand (or sit) in a circle in your front lawn with 6-ft distance between each family grouping. Families do not need to social distance but should remain socially distant from other family units. These meetings are intentionally designed to be brief—so you do not need to provide chairs or refreshments for the group.

Instructions (by now you should have a routine. Feel free to get away from our script as you are comfortable):

  1. “Welcome to the __________ neighborhood group. We are so excited to have you here with us. If you are joining us for the first time, let me describe the format to you:
    1. “We will ask some questions each we to get to know each other better and to talk about the sermon series at church.”
    1. “Then we will close by praying for each other and for our neighborhood”.
  2. “Let’s start with an ice breaker question. Let’s go around the circle and each say:
    1. our name,
    1. our favorite thing about Fall.
  3. 15 seconds of silence
    1. Pastor Kling talked about some of the “impossible” challenges in front of churches like ours all over the country. Can you think about a time in your life when you felt like you were up against something that was impossible?
    1. After 15 seconds, go around the circle and listen to examples from participants.
  4. The biblical story that Pastor Kling’s sermon centers around is the story of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams and preparing for the future. Have you ever had a dream where you felt like God was speaking to you? How do you know when a dream is significant and how do you seek to make sense of it? Did it result in any decisions or actions on your part?
    1. Allow free conversation at this point.
  5. Closing Prayer:
    1. “Let’s take another 15 seconds to listen to God. Ask God what you need to request prayer from the group for this week”
    1. “Then, we’ll go around the circle and share our prayer requests.”
    1. “Each of us will pray for the person/group on our left, so pay attention to their requests as they are shared.”
  6. Close
    1. “Thanks for being here. Please feel free to bring your friends and neighbors next time.”
    1. Offer for folks to stick around a few minutes and chit-chat in accordance with what you are able/comfortable accommodating.

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

For your convenience, here are all the links you need to participate in today’s service!

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