December 01, 2019

 Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Campus: 101 Webb Ave West, Ingram, TX

Mail: P.O. Box 629, Ingram, TX  78025

Office: (830) 367-5672 


 The First Sunday of Advent                 December 01, 2019


Responsive Call to Worship    (Psalm 72:1,2,4-14)

   Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!

            May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!

   May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy,

   and crush the oppressor!

            May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!

   May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!

            In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

   May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!

            May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!

   May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!

            For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.

   He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

            From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.


*Hymn #245                         “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                         Veni Emmanuel                 


*Prayer of Adoration


*Affirmation of Faith - Children’s  Catechism                  

   What is the 6th Commandment? The 6th Commandment is "You shall not murder."

   What does the 6th Commandment teach you?

            Not to take anyone's life unjustly and not to sin when I am angry.


Gospel Lesson                            Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18(ESV)

   "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have

   no reward from your Father who is in heaven. "Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you,

   as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to

   you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your

   right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

   "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and

   at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But

   when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father

   who sees in secret will reward you. 16 "And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they dis

   figure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

   But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.                                                    


Affirmation of Holy Scripture - Psalm 119:75

            I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.





*Hymn #342                                      “Rock of Ages”                               Toplady




Offertory & Prayer of Thanksgiving - Doxology

   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.             




Sermon         “A Christian’s Religion: Not Hypocritical but Real”


Confessing Our Need of Christ Together and Individually

   Holy and Gracious Father, you have rescued a proud people:

   Though you possess real authority to assert Your rights,

   You lay them aside to humbly serve and die for us.

   We beseech Your forgiveness for our pride

   which has destroyed our ability to truly love and care for others.

   We confess that selfish ambition has caused discord among us.

   Pardon us for our status-seeking ways and fill us with the desire to find our status in You - to be

   the sons and daughters of God. 

   Forgive us for trying to build and control our own kingdoms

   rather than to be content as citizens of the Kingdom of God.

   This we pray in the Name of our King

   to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess — Jesus Christ our Lord.


Assurance of the Lord’s Pardon  (Romans 4:25-5:2)

   He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Therefore, since we have been

   justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also

   obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


The Bread & The Cup  


*Hymn                                   “Gloria Patri”                                               Greatorex

   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.




*Congregational Response                    Three-fold Amen                         




*You are invited to Stand when prompted by Pastor John.









New Guests - We are so glad to have the privilege of worshiping the Lord with you. Please fill out one of our “Guest Cards” found on the table in the Narthex. This will help us in responding to any of your questions or needs. You can place them in the offertory plate or hand it to our pastor.


The Lord’s Supper - We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at Grace Covenant. All who trust in Jesus and Him alone for their salvation are invited to partake. Our custom is to distribute the elements processing forward by rows. After all are served, we then take the elements together. If you have a non-communing child, please bring them forward with you so Pastor John may pray for them. If you believe your child is ready to take Communion, please ask our Pastor about the process. 


Cry Room - This special room is located in the back of the sanctuary should you have need. It is well appointed with the option to clearly hear the service.


Ingram Extra - Join us after service in the Fellowship Hall for refreshment. If you have interest or questions about the day’s sermon, join Pastor John at the couches for a short Q&A with others.


Church Staff - Mrs. Shirley Madary, Office Manager *

                           Rev. Dr. John W. Uhl, Pastor *


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Tuesday, the 3rd, is the ladies’ tea party at Shirley Madary’s home.  Please call and RSVP, and get directions, if you need them.  THANKS!   This promises to be SO Fun!




REMINDER:  There is a sign-up (by the water fountain)  for buying a poinsettia (in Memory/Honor) of someone special in your life.   This is a meaningful way to pay tribute, plus decorate the front of the sanctuary.  The flowers can be taken home right after the Sunday service on the 22nd.   The cost of the poinsettias are still 13.50, and are very high quality from Gloria’s Flower Barn, our church florist.




There will be a Communion/Candlelight service on Christmas Eve., at 6 pm.  Come out and participate in the worship and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the eve of His birthday.






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