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Worship Guide

The Lord's Day| March 29

Call to Worship  Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

Prayer of Invocation

Lord you are our Shepherd.
Guide our steps.
Direct us.
Protect us.
Lead us to green pastures,
and quiet waters.
Grant us restoration.
Keep us from want.
Provide for our needs.
As the world around us changes,
grant to our hearts contentment;
and peace.
Fill us with the hope that though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, you are with us.
And goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives.
We pray this in the name of the Good Shepherd,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.
One God eternal.
Hymn 693 Blessed Assurance

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.  We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.  We have not loved you with a pure heart.  We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.  We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God.  Have mercy on us, O God, according to your lovingkindness.  In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin.  Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.  Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us.  Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.  Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness  Mark 10:45

Jesus gave his life as a ransom. His death upon the cross was the price paid to purchase your freedom. For you were a slave to sin and death. Through Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and freed!

Responding in Praise  735 Gloria Patri

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.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Collection of Tithes and Gifts Acts 20:35

Click here to give online by credit card or directly from your bank account; or text to 601-202-4203; or mail a check to Covenant Presbyterian Church 4000 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

Children’s Catechism Question 94

Q. How should you keep the Lord's Day?

A. I should rest from my daily work and faithfully worship God.

Old Testament Reading  Exodus 4:29-31

New Testament Reading Acts 20:13-38

Sing the Doxology 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heaven'y host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Word Preached  “Calling the Elders”

Discussion Questions

  1. Where was Paul headed and when did he want to arrive?
  2. What is the significance of Pentecost?
  3. Why did Paul call the elders rather than travel to Ephesus from Miletus?
  4. Describe the history of the office of elder.
  5. How is Paul's message to the elders distinct from his other messages in Acts?
  6. What is humility and how is it lived out?
  7. How are faith and repentance two acts of the same movement?
  8. What have you discovered about your schedule in the past week?
  9. Why does Paul call elders overseers?

Prayer of Intercession and the Lord’s Prayer

Pray for the Church around the world.
Pray that the witness of God’s people shine bright in the midst of fear and suffering.
Pray for Covenant.
Pray for the staff adjusting to a different environment to minister.
Pray for elders as they shepherd.

Pray that the Lord would stop the spread of the virus.

Pray for our political leaders:
President Trump
Vice President Pence
Our Congress
Governor Reeves
Mayor Lumumba

Pray for our city.

Pray for medical workers — doctors, nurses, technicians
Pray for first responders
Pray for police
Pray for sanitation workers
Pray for those who are suffering,
are not working,
have lost jobs.

Pray through our high priest and mediator, Jesus Christ.

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn 642  Be Thou My Vision

Read God’s Blessing  Numbers 6:24-26


Children's Worship Resources


Children's Worship Bulletin - Ages 3+
Children's Worship Bulletin - Ages 7+

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