The goal of our Sunday worship service is to give praise and honor to God. As the greatest means to this end, the preaching of the Word has the central place in our service of worship. We believe in the value of expository preaching (the preaching which St. Chrysostom describes as that in which “God speaks much and man little”). In expository preaching the minister seeks to draw out of the text the meaning and application that the Lord has inspired, ordinarily doing so by way of working through books of the Bible, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. When it comes to preaching, we agree with David Thomas: “It is only as [God's ideas] are brought out of the text and flashed into souls that men are spiritually and really helped… The sentences of God’s Book should not be used as pegs on which to exhibit man’s thoughts, but rather as seminal substances out of which, by culturing effort, he may bring out trees of life whose fruit shall be for the healing of the nations.” (from the introduction to his A Homiletic Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, 1870).
We also unite together to offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord in both song and prayer as well as to confess our sins and offer tangible gifts of gratitude. The gospel of Jesus Christ is also communicated through the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, normally observed on the first Sunday of the month. The covenant sign and seal of Baptism is administered when occasion requires.
In response to God’s command to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18), we offer Sunday School classes for ages three to sixth grade at 9:30am. The students are using Catherine Vos’ Children’s Story Bible as an introduction to Bible History.
Parents are welcome to have children younger than three accompany them to the 9:30 worship service.
Bible Study: In an effort to encourage one another during the week we meet at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays for a time of singing, Bible study, prayer and fellowship. We generally meet from house to house so please inquire where the next meeting will be held.
Televised Sermon Broadcast: Tune in on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, channel 61 (Comcast) for weekly sermons preached at Covenant Reformed Church.
Discipleship Breakfasts (Ordinarily on the third Saturday of each month): Ladies of all ages are encouraged to participate in a discipleship group that meets at 9:00 A.M. (contact for location; e. email@example.com, p. 570.282.6400). Men of the congregation and visitors meet once a month at 9:00 A.M. at the church for and a time of Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
Food Pantry: Those in need are welcome to call our deacons (570.282.6400) and ask for assistance.
Nursing Home Visitation: Our deacons lead a singing, devotional and visitation monthly at the Carbondale Nursing Home and Osprey Ridge Nursing Home.
Open Closet: Held twice a year in the lower level of our church. A great selection of men’s women’s and children’s clothing is available as well as a smaller selection of household goods. Clothing donations are welcome (please drop off any time at the side door of the church) and all items are free. Contact the church for information on the next Open Closet. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please share this information with your friends.
Youth Fellowship: The first Sunday of each month all young people are invited to gather for a time of fellowship, study, prayer, and games. Contact for location.