led by Cynthia

Praise Him, Praise Him.
led by Dana


Leader: This is the day that You have made, Lord.
People: Help us to rejoice in it, and be glad!

L: Remind us of the privileges as Your people:
P: to come to You in these moments,
to confess our sins,
to receive forgiveness and give it,
to pray and sing and listen,
to renew our fainting spirits,
to rest in all Your promises.

L: Open our eyes to see You, Lord.
P: Open our ears to hear Your Word.

L: Visit us through Your Holy Spirit
P: And help us to celebrate our faith.

Earth and all stars!
Come, rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
O victory! Order from chaos!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
We too will praise Him with a new song!

Hail, wind, and rain!
Come, blowing snowstorms!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Flowers and trees!
Soft rustling dry leaves!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
We too will praise Him with a new song!

Trumpet and pipes!
Loud, clashing cymbals!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Harp, lute, and lyre!
Low humming cellos!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
We too will praise Him with a new song!

Engines and steel!
Loud, pounding hammers!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Limestone and beams!
Strong building workers!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
We too will praise Him with a new song!

Covenant Hymnal, #3

Psalm 113:1-9

1Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
    praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord
    from this time on and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations,
    and His glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God,
    who is seated on high,
who looks far down
    on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust,
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
    with the princes of His people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Lord, as a pilgrim through life I go;
Each day Your loving presence I know.
Travel beside me, strengthen and guide me,
Shepherd divine!

Friends have forsaken; You have stood fast;
You have been faithful, true to the last;
Much I offended, yet You extended
Friendship divine!

You are my refuge; grant me, I pray,
Strength for each burden, light for each day,
Comfort in sorrow, grace for tomorrow,
Savior divine!

Lord, let Your presence brighten the night
Till the last sunrise; then, in Your might,
Pardon and spare me, summon and bear me
Homeward at last.

Covenant Hymnal, #403

(Stand as you are able for the reading of the Gospel.)
Luke 15:8-10

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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 without end. Amen, Amen.

Children are dismissed to the gym at this time.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Don’t lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will direct your paths.
Al-le-lu-ia, Al-le-lu-ia, and
He will direct your paths.

Covenant Hymnal, #423

Psalms for Life:

Psalm 113

Psalm 69

Psalm 40

Praise the Lord
Pastor Phil

Who can tell the sun to rise
Who can show the dawn its place
I could spend a thousand years
And only start to know Your ways

Who can measure what You’re worth
Who can fathom what You’ve done
I could write a thousand songs
And never capture Heaven’s love

And O praise the Lord the Holy One
And O praise the King of Perfect Love
A thousand times my soul will sing hallelujah
Yet I will sing a thousand more

Who can heal the hardest heart
Who can hear the softest prayer
I could run a thousand miles
Still I know You’d find me there

Hallelu hallelu hallelu
Yet I will sing a thousand more

I could climb the highest heights
Or I could fall to lowly states
I could live a thousand lives
And never see the end of grace

A thousand more
Yet I will sing a thousand more

CCLI Song # 7127548 CCLI License # 349090
Charmaine Carrasco | Corbin Phillips | Taylor Gall © 2019 Corbin Phillips

led by Pastor Phil

We continue to pray for: Katie Gieseke, Kari Hutson, Ernesto Galaviz, Kristine Brandel’s friend Terrie, Nikolas Arden, Katie Collier, Shirley Nicholas.

Ministries & Mission
James & Nyaluak Gai Tang, serving in South Sudan; Covenant Mountain Mission Bible Camp

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.

giving opportunities:
Zelle® to:

“Lord Jesus, Fill My Days”, Richard K. Carlson
led by our worship leaders

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.  



Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand:
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more (want no more),
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield (strength and shield),
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me through the swelling current,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee (give to thee),
I will ever give to Thee.

Covenant Hymnal, #408

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

Fantasia in G, J.S.Bach
led by Cynthia

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

music as we go, by maxeltoft

Join Us in Sponsoring a Student in the NPTS SRA Program
North Park’s School of Restorative Arts offers a MA in Christian Ministry and Restorative Arts, allowing free and incarcerated students to study together. This unique degree program is designed to prepare individuals for ministries of restoration in contexts susceptible to violence and includes courses in trauma, race relations, nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, restorative practices, and transformative justice, in addition to Bible, theology, and history.  In partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections, this four-year degree is currently offered at Stateville Correctional Center with 80 incarcerated men and a first cohort of 20 women at Logan Correctional Center.

We, Ravenswood Covenant Church, have partnered with North Park Theological Seminary by committing to sponsor a student in this program. To help us support an SRA student please send a check to church or give online and in the memo line write: “SRA Sponsorship.”

Covid restrictions for in-person worship
Chicago is now requiring the use of masks for indoor public gatherings, so Ravenswood Covenant has reinstated safety protocols for Sunday morning worship. This means that within the building masks are required at all times, regardless of vaccination status; seating is socially distant; and handshakes and hugs are avoided.

We are still observing precautions regarding children, specifically with regard to the cry room. As was the case before, if you and your family would like to worship in the cry room, please reserve it in advance by contacting Gregory Sager at or 773-784-7091. One family may choose to use the cry room upon arrival if it hasn’t already been reserved. Ravenswood Covenant will continue to livestream worship each week on YouTube and Facebook; this is now a permanent feature of our ministry, so Sunday morning worship will remain accessible to anyone who has Internet access.

There will still be no nursery.

Summer worship hours in effect
Ravenswood Covenant is in its summer schedule. Worship will begin at 9:30 am, and there will be no Sunday School.

Children will be dismissed to play outside in the playground at the offertory time. We are looking for adults and teens to supervise outside. If you’d like to sign up for one of two Sundays this summer, contact Pastor Denise. Worship bags for children and worship in the lounge area will continue to be available each week.

Nelson Lounge open for remote worship
The Nelson Lounge, which is upstairs in the church’s C.E. wing, is open for families with young children during Sunday worship. The television will have the church service livestreamed so parents can watch as they supervise their own children.  There will be some toys and a kids’ table in there for coloring. Children are always welcome in the main sanctuary as well. 

Farmer’s market continues
Our farmers market had another successful session this past Wednesday. While it is still a smaller and more restricted market due to the public health situation, the market continues to be a blessing to the neighborhood.

The farmers market will again run through the middle of October each Wednesday from 4-7 pm. Many of our vendors from last year will be returning, and we will have some new ones as well. As usual, our main produce and flower vendor will be Patyk Farms.

Many of you are curious as to how the market will operate this year, as we pass from pandemic conditions back to normal life. As was the case last year, we will operate with a close eye as to state and local public-health guidelines, and we will adapt to looser restrictions as conditions allow.

If you are interested in volunteering to help staff this year’s market crew on whatever Wednesdays you are available, please contact the church office at 773-784-7091 or at

Thursday evening Zoom Bible study canceled for next week

The Thursday evening Bible study will not meet this comng Thursday. It will resume one week later, on Thursday, September 2. The Bible study meets each Thursday at 7 pm. We are currently studying the book of 2 Corinthians.

The Zoom link for the Bible study has a new meeting ID and passcode:

Meeting ID: 972 871 4458
Passcode: 1qa3CD

Join Zoom meeting

Worship bags for kids
Each week there will be worship bags for children ages 2 to 12 attending worship. The bag will have the child’s name on it and will only be used by that child.

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.

General fund giving:
August 8: $1,921

General fund giving:
August 15: $5,812

Scripture for next Sunday
Matthew 7:7-11
Psalm 69:1-16

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.

"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)