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WELCOME TO GRACE COVENANT!

Thank you for joining us today! We are an historic Presbyterian


congregation offering traditional worship and multiple ministries
for persons of all ages. Please join us following worship for fellowship
in the Social Room. Thank you for turning off your cell phones,
pagers, cameras, and other electronic devices for the duration
of morning worship.

Preparation for Worship


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
~Jesus,
Acts 1:8 NIV

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in
Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints–the faith
and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in
heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of
truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this
gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing
among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s
grace in all its truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear
fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
and who also told of your love in the Spirit.”

~Colossians 1:3-8 NIV


A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
November 15, 2009 11:00 a.m.

GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


PRELUDE Fugue in E Flat (“St. Anne”) Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

†CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 108:1-4

Pastor: Our hearts are ready, O Lord,


our hearts are ready!
People: We will sing and make melody!
We will awaken the dawn!
Pastor: We will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
we will sing praises to you among the nations.
People: For your steadfast love is great above the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

†Please stand for these parts of the service.

†HYMN 467 (blue) How Great Thou Art O Store Gud


†PRAYER OF CONFESSION Chris Thomas

Holy and almighty God,


you have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy,
but we have not loved you.
You constantly call us, but we do not listen.
You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in need,
wrapped in our own concerns.
We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, as you come to us in mercy,
we repent in spirit and in truth,
admit our sin, and gratefully receive your forgiveness
through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

†ASSURANCE OF PARDON

†ALLELUIA A. Gregory Murray, 1963

(Repeat the Alleluia refrain after the soloist)

GIVE THANKS TO GOD


WELCOME Chris Thomas

Please print name and information on the Friendship Register and pass it to your neighbor.

OFFERING
ANTHEM How Lovely Are the Messengers (St. Paul) Felix Mendelssohn
Chancel Choir (1809-1847)

How lovely are the messengers that preach us the gospel of peace.
To all the nations is gone forth the sound of their words,
throughout all the lands their glad tidings.
– Romans 5:15-16

†DOXOLOGY 592 (blue) Old Hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;


Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him, above, ye heavenly hosts;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

†PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING Chris Thomas

MINUTE FOR STEWARDSHIP David Martin


Administration Committee

JUNIOR CHOIR Follow Me Julia Simon

Follow me, follow me. Come and follow. You will see,
I will make you fishers, fishers of men.
Jesus came to Galilee one day bringing good news,
“Come repent, be saved.” He called to Simon
and his brother Andrew and he called to James and John.
– Mark 1:14-20

HEAR THE WORD OF GOD


CHILDREN’S SERMON Steve Cobb

CAROL CHOIR Medley Traditional


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SERMON “Loving God and Our Neighbors in the Heart of the City” Steve Cobb

NEW TESTAMENT READING Colossians 1:3-4 NIV

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of the love you have for all the saints.

†HYMN 437 (red) The Church’s One Foundation Aurelia

†AFFIRMATION OF FAITH “The Apostles’ Creed” Rachel Butler

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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day
he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth
on 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 Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion
of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the
life everlasting. Amen.

†GLORIA PATRI 579 (blue) Glory Be to the Father Greatorex

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.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION AND LORD’S PRAYER

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is
the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

GO FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

†HYMN 140 (red) Rejoice, the Lord is King Darwall’s 148th

†BENEDICTION Steve Cobb

†CHORAL RESPONSE Sevenfold Amen Peter Lutkin

†POSTLUDE Con moto maestoso (Organ Sonata No. 3) Felix Mendelssohn

Join us in the Social Room following worship for refreshments and fellowship.

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory
of brother, William Curtis, by Judy Curtis Waldron.
Alleluia, music by A. Gregory Murray © 1963 by Ladies of the Grail (England) and © 1990 Westminster/John Knox Press.
All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-715262.
SERMON NOTES
THIS WEEK AT GRACE COVENANT
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Room 312
November 15 9:10 a.m. Prayer Ministry Social Room
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Education Building
10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir Room 108
10:40 a.m. Session Meeting Chapel
11:00 a.m. Worship Service Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. Congregational Fellowship Social Room
4:00 p.m. Community Groups TBD
4:00 p.m. Grace Notes deadline for December edition Room 204
6:00 p.m. Youth Group Home of the Lunings

Monday 10:00 a.m. Child Development Center’s Worship Chapel


November 16 12:00 p.m. Presbyterian Men’s Lunch Room B-4
5:15 p.m. Serve Meals to the Hungry Conrad Center

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting Room 213


November 17

Wednesday 4:00 p.m. CDC Choir Room 108


November 18 4:30 p.m. Carol Choir Room 108
5:00 p.m. CDC Board Meeting Room B-4
5:00 p.m. Junior Choir Room 108
6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper Fellowship Hall
6:40 p.m. Wednesday Night Program: Operation Christmas Child Project
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Room 108

Thursday 9:30 a.m. Mothers Together Fellowship Hall


November 19 10:00 a.m. Mothers Together children’s choir Room 108
3:00 p.m. Westminster Canterbury Bible Study 1600 Westbrook Avenue
7:00 p.m. Session Meeting Room B-4

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Sanctuary


November 22 9:10 a.m. Prayer Ministry Social Room
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Education Building
10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir Room 108
10:40 a.m. Session Meeting Chapel
11:00 a.m. Worship Service: Dedication Sunday Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. Congregational Fellowship Social Room
4:00 p.m. Prayer & Praise Gathering Social Room
6:00 p.m. Youth Group GCPC
Events and News

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS STEWARDSHIP: Our Stewardship season


began last month and will conclude with
NEW PASTOR CALLED: We are very excited Dedication Sunday on November 22.
that on Sunday, September 20, Grace DISPLAY CASE: Noah’s Ark now occupies the
Covenant members voted unanimously to hall display case, thanks to Margaret
call our new pastor! TODAY the Reverend Cardwell and Lewis Rosebro.
Steve Cobb is preaching here at Grace
Covenant for the first time! For more MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS AND CHRISTMAS
information about our new minister, you GREENS FUNDS: If you would like to
may pick up an information sheet in the purchase a poinsettia or Christmas greens in
Glass Office. memory, or in honor of someone, then
please pick up a green form from the
SPECIAL RECEPTION! Please join the brochure racks in the Narthex, or the Glass
Presbyterian Women for a special reception Office. The deadline to make purchases is
in the Social Room following the Worship December 7; please put the form in the box
Service to meet and welcome Steve and (with payment) in the Glass Office.
Emily Cobb, and their two boys, Hollis and
Camden. DEACONS FUND: Grace Covenant has a
Deacons Fund to assist members who are in
GRACE NOTES: Submission deadline to our financial need. Please contact Steve Cobb,
monthly newsletter is the 15th of the month; our Pastor, or Chris Thomas, our Associate
that’s TODAY for December’s edition. Pastor, to make a request. All requests are
Volunteers, who are willing and able to confidential.
assist in the preparation for the bulk mailing
of November’s edition, will be needed on
Wednesday, November 24, from 9:00 a.m.
COMMUNITY NEWS
until 12 noon. Please come to the church’s
library, on the second floor of the Education
Building, to assist on that day. AS YOU PRAY...please pray for Rodney
Mullins, Katie Vought (daughter-in-law of
BULLETIN DEADLINE: Submissions for Susan Farrell), Elizabeth Gee (missionary,
Sunday’s bulletin must be submitted by noon who spoke at our recent Missions
on Wednesday, to our Administrative Conference). Please also pray for Steve
Assistant, Janice Caldwell, in her box in the Satterfield, whose mother recently passed
Glass Office, Room 204, or via e-mail at away. Pray for Lindley and Louise Hill, as
caldwell@grace-covenant.org. they are both at Henrico Doctors. Also pray
for Marge McFall, who now resides at Our
Lady of Hope. In addition, remember Nela
Bostian, who is recovering at Emeritus on interested in helping, contact Patrise Sears
Gaskins Road. at 338-6580.
SESSION MEETING: This Thursday, FELLOWSHIP HOUR: If you’d like to
November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in Room B-4. volunteer to make the coffee for the
Fellowship Hour one Sunday, then please
STATEMENTS (for the third quarter) are
sign up on the Calendar, located on the
available in the Narthex.
counter in the Glass Office.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
WORSHIP
CHURCH WORKERS FOR TODAY:
WE INVITE CHILDREN over the age of 5 to
Opener–Jake Savage; Greeters–Kent
Cardwell, Everett Reveley, and Leslie participate in the entire service. Special
Hartman; Nursery Workers–Stephanie Worship Kits for children are available in the
Thomas, Ann Hubbard, Katie McCullough Narthex. For children five years of age or
(and Susan Boze); Worship Kits–Kaete younger, we also have a crib nursery,
Unterzuber; Coffee Fellowship Time–Diane toddler room, and preschool care.
and Ray Davis; Guest Register HEARING AIDS AND LARGE PRINT HYMNALS
Attendant–Everett Reveley. are available from the ushers.
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY MUSIC NOTES: Today’s prelude stands at
NIGHT SUPPER THIS WEEK (November 18): the head of all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s
Julia Poppell. organ fugues. This five-voice fugue is
CHURCH WORKERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY composed in three distinct sections, symbolic
(November 22): Opener–Whit Whitley; of the Trinity (the key signature even contains
Greeters–Brian Baird, Kelly & David Lacy three flats). Each section is based on the first
and Stephanie Thomas; Nursery Workers– seven notes of the hymn tune St. Anne (O
Megan Rogers, Katherine Arthur, Julia God, Our Help in Ages Past). The fugue
Poppell (and Nikki Hazlegrove); Worship reaches its climax in the third section with a
Kits–Kaete Unterzuber; Coffee Fellowship rumble in the pedals quoting the hymn tune
Time–Cherry and Jack Corley; Guest one final time. Both our children’s choirs are
Register Attendant–Lisa and Cal Gray. participating in worship this morning: the
Carol Choir sings a medley of familiar
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY worship songs; and the Junior Choir sings a
NIGHT SUPPER NEXT WEEK (November 25):
new anthem based on passages of
Stephen Piepgrass.
discipleship from the Gospel of Mark. This
SERVE MEALS TO THE HUNGRY: Volunteers calendar year marks the 200th birth year of
are needed to serve the evening meal German Romantic composer Felix
TOMORROW (Monday, November 16), Mendelssohn. The composer knew his Bible
from 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Conrad extremely well and turned to it for inspiration
Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way. If you are when considering a new choral piece. His
oratorio St. Paul was completed in 1836 VANGUARD BIBLE CLASS: A Study of Esther
and from this work comes one of and Job – 9:30 a.m. in Room B-4.
Mendelssohn’s best-loved choruses, “How FORUM CLASS: Tom Miller will lead the class
Lovely Are the Messengers”, the choral in November.
anthem during today’s offering. The
postlude is one of Mendelssohn’s most RESOURCES TO GROW IN THE FAITH: Come
performed organ works. This eight-minute check out our new Resource Table in the
postlude is orchestral in nature both in form Narthex! We have a number of excellent
and feeling. Out of the triumphant opening resources available for purchase for a great
a fugato in a minor key develops two price. If you have questions, please contact
themes. The tempo steadily gains in vivacity Christian Education Committee members
and excitement as the volume increases, Jean Appich, Laura Leigh Savage, or Chris
leading to a heralding conclusion on full Thomas.
organ.
THE SERVICE IS BROADCAST LIVE on WLES FELLOWSHIP
590 AM.
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE: On WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS AND
Wednesday, November 25, at 6:00 p.m., PROGRAMS: This week, November 18, at
there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner in the Wednesday Night Supper we will have
Fellowship Hall, followed by a Worship “Operation Christmas Child” project. Dinner
Service in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. begins at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts
at 6:45 p.m. The cost of the meal is $5 per
adult, $2 per children and students, and
DISCIPLESHIP $12 maximum per family unit. This week’s
menu includes barbeque on buns, baked
CHILDREN’S Infants–Nursery,
CLASSES: beans, cole slaw and Eclair cake.
main level; Toddlers–Room 102; MOTHERS TOGETHER: meet every Thursday
Preschoolers–Room 101; Grades 1-6 at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For
–Rooms 207-210. more information, contact Patricia Clarke by
ADULT CLASSES: Commit to growing in new phone, 342-7481, or be e-mail,
ways this year. We have four excellent adult patriciaandsteve@comcast.net
classes getting started; make a decision COMMUNITY GROUPS: In Community
today about which one will help you grow in Groups we seek to live life together under
the faith the most! the gospel as we build relationships with
GRACE BIBLE CLASS: What God Wants From God, each other, and our neighbors. Join
Me – 9:45 a.m. in Room 212 us each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. as we gather
for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer,
CONNECTIONS CLASS: The Person of Jesus followed by a meal. There is also a group
– 9:30 a.m. in Room 303.
just for men that meets on the first, third,
and fifth Tuesdays at the home of Brian
Baird, 1704 Hanover Avenue. We usually from the tree to provide gifts to a less
listen to and talk about a sermon, catch up fortunate child.
on life, and pray for each other. This is an
MISSION EVANGELISM AWARENESS
open group. For more information call Matt
WEEKEND FEEDBACK: The Mission
Hartman at 212-1961.
Evangelism team is grateful for your
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLES: meet next participation in our first ever Global Mission
on Tuesday, December 8. For a complete Awareness Weekend event! We are
listing of the times and places of the various delighted with every aspect of our time
meetings, pick up a copy of December’s together with you and our wonderful
Grace Notes. speakers, and would like to receive your
feedback as we look forward to planning
future events. Please take the time to answer
MI S S I O NS the following questions and put them in
either Susan Farrell’s or Joy Nevin’s box in
FIVE CENTS PER MEAL: On the first Sunday of the Glass Office, or you are welcome to
the month, we receive the sacrament of the phone Joy at 784-2046 or Susan at 314-
Lord’s Supper, and, in gratitude for what 1937.
God has given us, we have a hunger
1. What did you like best about the
offering, Five Cents Per Meal. To contribute,
conference?
use a pew envelope and mark it “Five Cents
Per Meal” (or simply drop in loose change),
and put it in the offering.
2. Is there any aspect of it that you would
SHARE THANKSGIVING DAY WITH AN change?
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT: International
students are eager to learn more about our
culture, to experience the warmth of a
3. Did you feel you time was well spent?
home, and to make American friends.
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful opportunity
to reach out to students with hospitality and
friendship. If you would be interested in 4. Would you support another Mission
sharing this special American holiday with a Awareness Event?
VCU international student, please contact
Pam Haney at pohaney@vcu.edu or call
828-8309 no later than November 16. PRISON MINISTRY: Please gather your
Christmas cards to be donated to
THE SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS ANGEL
Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt,
TREE will be put up this Wednesday,
Virginia. A collection box is located in the
November 18. Members of the PW Circles,
Presbyterian Women’s closet, which is in the
Sunday school classes, PEOPLE, Bread
Social Room. We will deliver the cards to the
Breakers, Mothers Together, and individuals
center the first week of December. Thank
are invited to choose one or more angels
you, in advance, for your caring and
generous help!
HONDURAS 2010: The next mission trip to
Honduras is scheduled for January 10-16,
2010. Those who may be interested in
participating in the 2010 mission trip may
check out our website, www.KHISH.org
(That’s Kurtz Humanitarian Initiative for
Southern Honduras, named for the founder
of this effort, which began in 2005). Susan
Pillsbury David (clwturtle@aol.com) or
Cherry Corley (ccorley@fpcrichmond.org)
can answer your questions about how you
many find your place on our team.
WILLIAM BYRD COMMUNITY HOUSE: Food
donations may be left in the basket in the
Glass Office (the office on the main floor of
the Education Building, near the rear doors).
Please consider giving, as the need is great.
Pastor: Steve Cobb
Associate Pastor: Chris Thomas
Director of Music: Chris Martin

1627 Monument Avenue


Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.359.2463
Fax: 804.278.6298
www.grace-covenant.org
info@grace-covenant.org

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Radio: WLES 590 AM