Covenant Renewal Worship
Friday, April 3, 2009 at 10:37AM
Administrator in jeff meyers, jeff meyers pca, jeffrey meyers, jeffrey meyers pca, pca, presbyterian church in america, providence pca, providence reformed presbyterian church

Every week on the Lord's Day the Triune God graciously calls us together in order to serve us. Yes, we gather to be served by God. This is fundamental for community. The Father draws us near in his Son by the Spirit in order to serve us.  We then gather at his call to receive his good gifts and respond with thanksgiving and praise.

This is a simple explanation for what we mean by "covenant renewal worship."  In the Bible the word "covenant" refers to a formal, structured personal bond between people.  God has entered into such a personal bond with us.  Every week he renews that bond so that we might be assured of his faithfulness and love.  His serving us and repeatedly gifting us with life, forgiveness, knowledge of his will, and nourishment at his Table is his way of renewing his covenant with us.

For this reason, Sunday must be central in the life of our congregation. On this day, we are cleansed from sin, renewed in our faith and trust in Jesus, instructed by his Word, and strengthened as a community at the Table for sacrificial living in his kingdom.

Every Sunday the congregation assembles to take full advantage of every good gift the Lord himself desires to give us. We receive the gifts of the ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Morning Service. Afterwards we sit under Bible teaching in Sunday School as children and adults. In the afternoon we rest from our normal six-day work. Finally, we conclude the day by returning in the evening for a more intimate meeting of praise, prayer, Bible teaching, and fellowship.

If you would like to study this question a bit more, you can download a pdf of a condensed version of Pastor Meyers's book The Lord's Service here.  The full version of the book can be purchased here or from our book table in the foyer at church.

You can also download our weekly bulletins here.

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