Presbyterian Church of the Covenant



February 5, 2023




PRELUDE:        I Sing A Song of The Saints of God         Ken Angotti and Danny Zirpoli                                             


THE GATHERING                                                                                               Dana Trimble

 One:  Hallelujah!  Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear GOD, who cherish and relish his commandments.

Many:  Their children robust on the earth, and the homes of the upright – how blessed!

One: Their houses brim with wealth and a generosity that never runs dry.  Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—God’s grace and mercy and justice!

Many:  The good person is generous and lends lavishly; no shuffling or stumbling around for this one, but a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.

One:  Unfazed by rumor and gossip, heart ready, trusting in GOD, Spirit firm, unperturbed, ever blessed, relaxed among enemies, they lavish gifts on the poor--

ALL: A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.  An honored life!  A beautiful life!  Someone wicked takes one look and rages, blusters away but ends up speechless.  There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked.  Nothing.

                                                                                 Eugene Peterson  The Message  Psalm 112


* HYMN:  #   306                                 Fairest Lord Jesus



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, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.  We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God.


Have mercy on us, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you.  Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior and the world he died to save.   


                                        (A MOMENT FOR SILENT CONFESSION)




OLD TESTAMENT LESSON:                  Isaiah 58:1-9a         


59 See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. 4No one brings suit justly, no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, conceiving mischief and begetting iniquity. 5They hatch adders’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web; whoever eats their eggs dies, and the crushed egg hatches out a viper. 6Their webs cannot serve as clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands. 7Their feet run to evil, and they rush to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, desolation and destruction are in their highways. 8The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths. Their roads they have made crooked; no one who walks in them knows peace.

9Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us; we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness; and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.




GOSPEL LESSON:                                Matthew 5:13-20                                 Rev. Mansperger

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.15 If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand.16 Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

17"Don't suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures - either God's Law or the Prophets. I'm not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama.18 God's Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God's Law will be alive and working.19 "Trivialize even the smallest item in God's Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom.20 Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won't know the first thing about entering the kingdom.                                                                                       Eugene Peterson The Message



SERMON:             Salt, Light and The Kingdom for this World                      Rev. Mansperger


Words of Invitation

Words of Institution

Sharing the Bread and Sharing the Cup

Prayer of Gratitude and The Lord’s Prayer


OFFERTORY:               Amazing Grace                                   Ken Angotti and Danny Zirpoli

*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.          



*HYMN  # 521                         You Satisfy the Hungry Heart




POSTLUDE:         Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ                        Jamaican Folk Melody


FLOWERS: The Glory of God


BIRTHDAYS February birthdays-  Tom Miner 11th, Marilou Cannici 27th  


COFFEE HOUR:   Onie Morse is providing the Birthday Cake!




The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 in Sarasota County Administration Center, Commission Chamber, 1660 Ringling Blvd. to hear comment about 31.58 acres north and west of Covenant for 325 apartments; 57 townhomes in a request to amend stipulations to the Commercial General and Residential Multi-Family RMF-3 zoning.


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