February 16, 2020 Worship Service Bulletin

 Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Campus: 101 Webb Ave West, Ingram, TX

Mail: P.O. Box 629, Ingram, TX  78025

Office: (830) 367-5672 


 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany                  February 16, 2020


Responsive Call to Worship    (Psalm 106:40-47)

   The anger of the LORD was kindled against His people, and He abhorred his heritage;

            He gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.

   Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.

            Many times He delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes

            and were brought low through their iniquity.

   Nevertheless, He looked upon their distress, when He heard their cry.

            For their sake He remembered his covenant,

            and relented according to the abundance of His steadfast love.

   He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.

            Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations,

            that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in Your praise.


*Hymn #710             “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”                       Wesley, Marsh


*Prayer of Adoration


*Affirmation of Faith - The Children’s Catechism       

   What did Christ give us to teach us about prayer? The Lord's Prayer.

   How many petitions are there in the Lord's Prayer? Six.

   What is the first petition? The first petition is "Hallowed be thy name."

   What does it mean to pray, "Hallowed be thy name"?

            We are asking God to help us and others to respect and honor him.


Prophetic Lesson                     Daniel 1:1-21

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. 8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king." 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 "Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see."14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food.

 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus.                                 


Affirmation of Holy Scripture - Psalm 119:94

   I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. 


*Hymn                       “Abide with Me”                        Lyte, Smith


Offertory & Prayer of Thanksgiving


Sermon                     “There is a God in Babylon”                               Pastor John Uhl


Confessing Our Need of Christ Together and Individually


Assurance of the Lord’s Pardon   (Isaiah 53:5)

   But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;

   upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.


The Bread & The Cup  


*Hymn #408             “How firm a Foundation”                              Foundation




*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. 


Ingram Extra - Join us after service in the Fellowship Hall for refreshment. If you would like, Pastor John will lead a small discussion at the couches in the FH. Our theme topic this Spring is Personal Eschatology.


Staff - Shirley Madary, Office Manager * office@gcpcingram.org; John W. Uhl, Pastor * pastor@gcpcingram.org


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