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August 28, 2011

August 28, 2011

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LonG& OuNeghonthHeothCty
  August 28, 2011
We are an historic Presbyterian congregation offering traditional worship and multiple ministries for persons of all ages.
Please join us after worship for fellowship in the Social Room.
 Thank you for turning off your cell phones, pagers, cameras, and other electronicdevices during worship, and for leaving food and beverages outside the sanctuary.
Interim Pastor: 
Brint Keyes
Director of Music: 
Christopher Martin
 Administrative Assistant: 
Vanessa Strait
Martha Rubin
Willie Alford
Child Development Center
Frances Mathews
 Acting Director 
 1627 Monument Avenue Office Hours:Richmond, VA 23220 Monday-Friday Phone: 804.359.2463 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Fax: 804.278.6298 Radio: WLES 590 AM www.grace-covenant.org www.wlesradio.cominfo@grace-covenant.org 
Hearing Aids, Large Print Hymnals, and Bulletinsare available each week from the ushers.
 Then the Lord said, ―I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard
their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come downto deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broadland, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amo-rites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me: Ihave also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharoah to bring my 
people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.‖
- Exodus 3:7-10Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual af-
fection; outdo one another in showing honor…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil
 with good. - Romans 12
9 and 21
 Then Jesus told his disciples, ―If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and
take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who
lose their life for my sake will find it.‖
- Matthew 16:24-25
 The disciple is Christ‘s disciple to the degree to which he or she takes part in Jesus‘ suffering, his
denial and his death. He reminds the reader Jesus never forced anyone to follow him; in fact he
did not expect many to come along. ‗He says rather
If any man 
is prepared to spurn all other offers
 which come his way in order to follow him‘ then he may be a disciple. Denying oneself means a
consciousness focused on Christ devoid of self. Denying oneself means seeing only the One whogoes ahead and no longer the way which seems impossible. Self-denial then expresses itself by say-
ing, ‗He leads the way, keep close to him.‘ Bonhoeffer‘s interest is to communicate the call is not tosuffer just to suffer. The call is rejection not even for some idea of one‘s own but for the sake of  Jesus. The call is not only to deny oneself but also to take up one‘s cross. ‗The cross is laid on
every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon
the attachments of this world.‘ Next, it includes temptation and bearing the sins of fellow Chris-tians. The Christian does this by forgiving his sister‘s and brother‘s sin. Refusing to pick up this
cross and avoiding suffering, so-called Christians give up their fellowship with their Lord andcease to follow after him. The way Jesus conquered the cup of crucifixion which he faced was by drinking it down, that is, by accepting it. This was his victory as it can be the victory of those whofollow him. (96-103, Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
―Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s View of the Church for Others: Foundation, Message, Structure and Call,‖
Fred Rose, p. 18.

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