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Covenant Presbyterian Church

Rooted in Tradition... Reaching To Tomorrow!

Our Mission

To be an instrument for
God’s transformation of individuals
and society by
Welcoming
all who come our way;
Seeking
those who have not come;
Teaching
the message of  Christ’s Love
in word and deed;
Expressing gratitude
to God through stewardship and worship; and
Caring and Praying
for those in need of
emotional and spiritual support, direct service or
partners in their struggle
for justice both locally and
throughout the world.

From The Pastor

Ever wish you could travel half-way around the globe to visit Bethlehem?  Do you wonder about the  tranquility of the shepherd’s fields overlooking the “little town of Bethlehem?”  Do you long for the peace of that baby ‘away in a manger’ in Bethlehem?

Well, this year for Covenant’s Advent celebration leading up to  God’s great Joy to the World commemorating the birth of Jesus, we will worship in the presence of an actual candle flame which has traveled to us from the place of his birth.

The Peace Light – a flame taken from the grotto in Bethlehem where tradition places Jesus' birth and then shared around the world – will be available to us:  in Sunday morning worship as we light our Advent candles; and in Wednesday Chapel services each week in December.    Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna  Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City.

We know of it’s arrival in a worship ceremony at a friends church in Bensalem, PA.  

The Rev. Ken Wonderland (Rev. Sue Wonderland’s husband) regularly receives the flame for his church and community each year.  This year Covenant will receive the flame, and keep it burning continuously through Advent, until we light our Christ Candle on Christmas Eve from it’s flame.

One observer last year noted that:  "To me, "the way we used the Peace Light symbolized the spreading of the light of peace around the world one candle at a time, one person at a time, one act of peace at a time.  Look forward to the Peace (light) of Christ illuminating our worship at Covenant – and hopefully more of our lives, as we celebrate Christ’s birth this season.

Blessings,