music & a visit from some friends

All Glory, Laud, and Honor
led by Cynthia


What’s your favorite bread recipe? Hey friends, right after church, so around 11:45 we’ll gather over a zoom call just to see each other and say hi. If there are enough people, we’ll split into smaller rooms. Here’s the link:

Breads of Ravenswood

Psalm 145:13b-21
read by Jonathan

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
    and gracious in all his deeds.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
    satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways,
    and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
    he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

Matthew 14:13-21
read by Jonathan

 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Leader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

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 with out end
Amen, Amen

Bread Making: Lesson 1
Make Some Bread
Pastor Phil,

One Bread, One Body

One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
One cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many
Throughout the earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew,
Servant or free,
Woman or man, no more

Many the gifts,
Many the works,
One in the Lord of all.

Grain for the fields,
Scattered and grown,
Gathered to one, for all.

Folks We Are Praying For:

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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Church family who work in and around hospitals & nursing homes:
Alex A, Kyra A, Hannah A, Sam A, Linda C, Carl G, Katie G, Eric H, Rachel H, Chona I, Abby H, Dana J, Bryan J, Kari J, Neal J, Eric S, Don T.

(If we missed any people’s names above please let us know.)

We continue to pray for: Nikolas Arden, Katie Collier, Dan Erickson, Art and Rosa Hamilton, Shirley Nicholas, the Morales/Randall family.

Ministries & Mission
RC4 staff & teachers as they open back up; Max McClure, serving in the Czech Republic; Carlos & Karen Feijoo, serving in Ecuador


Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Led by Cynthia

Praise God from whom all blessings flow 
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 


L: The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were sinners Christ died for us. Because we have faith in Christ, we dare to approach God with confidence. In humility and faith let us confess our sin to God.

L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.

L: Let us confess our sins against God and neighbor.

All:  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

L:  Since in Christ we are reconciled to God, so also we are reconciled to each other, the members of his body, the Church.  May God’s peace extend throughout this congregation.

L: Peace of Christ be with you
P: And also with you.
L:  Let us extend to each other signs of that peace.

(extend greetings to those you’re with ,
comments on Facebook are welcome.)

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into Hades; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead; I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian church; the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

Now hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ as they were delivered by the Apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 it says: “The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said: ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying: ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Prayer of Consecration
Receiving Communion Together

He’s Ever Over Me
led by Dana & Leah

I will lift my eyes
To the hills and their Creator
Who made all heaven and earth
For He watches me
Will not sleep no never slumber
He’s ever over me

As I come and I go
I am safe for I know
That His care is sufficient for me
Winter warmth and light
And a shady place in summer
He’s ever over me

CCLI Song # 1423537 CCLI License # 349090
Bob Stromberg © 1994 Stream Mountain Music

Help Us Accept Each Other

Help us accept each other
As Christ accepted us;
Teach us as sister, brother,
Each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us,
And bring us to believe
We are ourselves accepted
And meant to love and live.

Teach us, O Lord, your lessons,
As in our daily life
We struggle to be human
And search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people,
For all, not just for some,
To love them as we find them,
Or as as they may become.

Let your acceptance change us,
So that we may be moved
In living situations
To do the truth in love;
To pracitce your acceptance,
Until we know by heart
The table of forgiveness
And laughter’s healing art.

Lord, for today’s encounters
With all who are in need,
Who hunger for acceptance,
For righteousness and bread,
We need new eyes for seeing,
New hands for holding on;
Renew us with your Spirit;
Lord, free us, make us one!


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
P: Thanks be to God

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

We’ll be back here next Sunday
We hope you can join us. Information on

As we go out to love and serve the Lord:
After the Feast,
(thanks Max)

Friends what we have been
Friends what we have been about here
Friends what we have been
Is not separate

Friends what we have been
Friends what we have been about here
Friends what we have been

Let it be so so
Let it be so
Let it be so so

Let it be so so
Let it be so
Let it be so so

Rather these acts have been reminder
We belong always everywhere
Rather these acts have been reminder
We belong always everywhere

Let it be so so
Let it be so
Let it be so so

Zoom Call Right After Church
What’s your favorite bread recipe? Hey friends, right after church, so around 11:45 we’ll gather over a zoom call just to see each other and say hi. If there are enough people, we’ll split into smaller rooms. Here’s the link:

Music lessons
Cynthia Arden will offer piano and violin lessons to students of all ages on Wednesdays during farmers market hours. Thirty-minute lessons are available each week. Fees apply. Contact Cynthia at 847-912-0992 or email violincynthia@yahoo,com.

Book discussion
You are invited to join us for a book discussion on the book The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby. In his book, Tisby describes the history of the American Christian church in relation to race in the United States.  Please contact Pastor Denise for more information if you’d like to be part of the discussion or if you need help to get a copy of the book. 

Zoom Bible Study
Our Thursday night Bible study has resumed meeting. For the next few weeks we will be going through the book of James. The Bible study meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm via Zoom, and if you are not conversant with Zoom, don’t let that stop you! We can teach you how to activate Zoom so that you can take part. There are also a limited number of spaces available for those who wish to attend the Bible study in person in the lounge using social-distancing protocols. If you’re interested, please contact Gregory Sager in the church office at or at 773-784-7091.

Farmers market update
Our farmers market continues to meet every Wednesday afternoon in our church’s parking lot. Although the city’s social-distancing and food-handling restrictions during the pandemic are limiting what the market can offer in terms of crowd size, vendors, and programming, we nevertheless continue to welcome our community back into our space for what has become a tradition for many of our neighbors. Right now, our object is to continue re-establishing our presence as a farmers market and to welcome people back into the routine of frequenting our vendors every Wednesday afternoon and early evening. The turnout is improving from week to week, and we have re-introduced food trucks as part of our market for the first time this summer. It’s good to welcome our neighbors and vendors back for another summer, restrictions or not!

Thursday night dinners
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent us from hosting our weekly community dinners on Thursday night, we are now offering those Thursday night meals on a pre-order, takeout-only basis. Chef Bobby is back to making his delicious meals, which are offered for now on an every-other-Thursday schedule. Contact the church office for more details.

UNITE rescheduled
The Covenant has made the difficult decision to postpone UNITE 2021, the tri-annual gathering of Covenant youth from across the country and around the world that was formerly known as CHIC (Covenant High In Christ). The denomination’s current plan is to reschedule this gathering for July 2022, with a full, denomination-wide youth ministry event at that time. While the Covenant’s youth ministry leadership is grieved to make that decision, it is made in solidarity with the whole church community across the United States and Canada.

As Covenant churches recover both physically and financially, the denomination is hopeful that our youth will once again gather together in July 2022 to go deeper in faith and further in mission together. 

Prayer requests
A group of women in our church are meeting every night at 7 pm via phone calls and texts in order to keep our various needs before God in prayer. They are asking the congregation to bring their needs to them to be lifted up in prayer as part of this evening prayer time. If you have any needs that you would like to have added to their prayer list, please contact the church office.

Free masks available
The church is offering free masks to anyone in the congregation who is in need of one. If you would like, you may make a donation to our benevolence fund when you come to the church building to pick yours up. Please contact the church office at or 773-396-6175 for more information.

We need your (in worship) videos and pictures
As part of our ongoing efforts to stay connected with each other during this time of physical separation, we’re asking members and friends of the church to send us pictures of themselves as they take part in online worship. You can, if you choose, accompany the picture with a short (one or two sentences) greeting, or a brief video of no more than ten seconds, so that we can share them as a part of Sunday morning worship. Please be aware that they may have to be edited for space reasons. You can send them as downloadable files to

Our response to the current health crisis
As a community of faith we continue to pray for the health and welfare of our church and community as we resist the temptation to fall prey to fear. We do, however, want to continue to look out for the welfare of our friends and neighbors. We are doing our best to stay current with best practices for this unique time — please stay tuned as these may change. Our primary place for timely communication will be our website, We will also offer reminders and notes on our Facebook page and by email. We are livestreaming our Sunday morning worship on Facebook Live so that you may continue to be a part of our worship. Do not, however, become isolated. If you need any help there are folks in our church who can do so. Call the office (773-784-7091) or email the office (

General fund giving:
July 19: $2,693

General fund giving:
July 26: $2,216

Scripture for Sunday, August 9
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

Art Used in this Bulletin: Steve Erspamer, SM
Clip Art for Year A © 1992, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our church exists to love and worship God, and love and care for others. By God’s grace, we commit to help people find and follow Jesus Christ through the guidance of his Spirit and his word.


Pictures from this last week. You’ll have to ask him for the recipes 🙂

FROM our friend Joline:

Flat Bread
2 ¼ c white flour
2 ¼ c wheat flour
1 t salt
½ c sugar
¾ c shortening

Cut shortening into dry ingredients.  Add 1 ½ c Buttermilk with 1 t soda in it.  Mix well.  Roll thin.  Pat in 12×18 baking sheet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Burns quickly.

Altar Bread
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons (or more) honey
1 ½ cups milk
2 teaspoon sugar

Mix flours together. Then stir in salt, sugar and baking powder. Mix honey and milk completely; add butter to this mixture and mix well. (This works best when liquids are heated.) Add liquid mixture to the flour mixture and knead a few minutes; dough should still be sticky. Cut into four portions; roll out pieces so they are about 8 inches around, and score with a knife (Jon puts a cross on his). (Dough should have a cookie-dough consistency). Place bread on greased baking sheet, sprinkle lightly with flour, and coat thinly with oil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-20 minutes. It should get lightly browned, but it’s hard to tell. Make sure that the bottom doesn’t get overly brown.


FROM Joshua
You’ll have to ask Joshua for this Cardamom Bread recipe 🙂

FROM Carol

FROM Sandra
(An orange banana & a low carb ketogenic bread made for a bread machine–well for people actually.)

FROM Lorri

Yields 1 loaf
‘No Knead’ Einkorn Sourdough Bread

6 cups all-purpose einkorn flour (720 g)
1½ teaspoons sea salt (10 g)
¼ cup sourdough starter (60 g)
2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon baking soda * used after souring

Combine flour, sea salt, sourdough starter and water in a medium-size mixing bowl. Mix until it makes a shaggy dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let sour overnight, or for 5 to 8 hours.

When souring time is over, the dough will have firmed up but will still be sticky. Preheat oven to 450° F for at least a half-hour, with your Dutch oven or clay baker inside to pre-heat as well.

Meanwhile (while oven is preheating), flour your countertop well. Scrape the dough from the bowl onto the floured surface. Break up the baking soda, then sprinkle about 1 teaspoon over the dough. If any of the baking soda is still in chunks, pinch them with your finger.

Now begin to work in additional flour and the baking soda by folding and rotating the dough over and over — about 20 to 30 folds. The dough should now be pretty handleable. Keep it in a circular shape.

Line a colander with a linen tea towel — not in the center of the cloth but toward one end of it so that half of it is free to fold over the top when the dough is in it. (Do not fold it yet.) Sprinkle the cloth with flour. Transfer the dough into the tea towel with the folds of the dough on the top side. Sprinkle more flour on top. Fold the tea towel free end over the dough. Let the dough rise/rest for 30 minutes.  (I do this on top of the stove.)

When the rising and pre-heating time is over, get the Dutch oven (or clay baker) out of the oven. Take the lid off and sprinkle flour in the bottom.  Tip the loaf out of the tea towel into the Dutch oven so that the folded sides are now underneath. Cover the Dutch oven and put it back in the oven.

Turn the temperature down to 425° F.  Bake for about 45 minutes, until the loaf is dark golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Transfer the loaf to a baking rack that is lined with a tea towel. Fold the towel around the loaf. Let cool wrapped in the towel for 2 hours before slicing it. (Wrapping in the towel softens the crust; if you want it really crusty, don’t wrap it in the towel.)

Adapted from “No-Knead Artisan Sourdough Einkorn Bread”–Traditional Cooking School.

FROM Kelly

FROM Danielle
…who says, “I make this bread often. It’s amazing and not hard to make. If you have a thermometer make sure your water is between 110-115 degrees.”

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"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)