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GRACE COVENANT

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Awakening a Love for Christ in the Heart of Richmond
April 21, 2013 The Fourth Sunday of Easter 10:55 a.m.

WE GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


Please fill out the communication card and place it in the offering plate during the offertory. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS PRELUDE Sheep May Safely Graze CALL TO WORSHIP

Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Virgil Fox from Psalm 16

One: I say to the LORD, You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You. Many: The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot. One: I bless the LORD Who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. Many: I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. One: Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; Many: You will not abandon my soul to Sheol You make known to me the path of life. All: In Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

HYMN 205 (Red Hymnal) Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

St. Kevin

PRAYER OF CONFESSION Almighty and heavenly Father, In Christ Jesus You bore the burden of our sin, suffering the pain of death, and rising from the dead to new life. But we confess that we have taken Your grace for granted. We rejoice in Your Resurrection, But divert our eyes from the Cross. We proclaim the mercy of Your forgiveness, But disregard its cost to You. We celebrate the blessing of new life in Christ, But continue old habits that keep our Selves on the throne. Lord, have mercy upon us, and forgive us our sins, we pray. Melt our hard hearts with the brilliance of Your glory; Open our eyes to the sins we ignore; And spark in us a longing for holiness; That we may truly repent of self-serving ways, And seek to serve You in newness of life; Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, And in the name of Jesus, Your risen Son, we pray. ASSURANCE OF PARDON EASTERTIDE ALLELUIA
(All sing the Alleluia after the organ introduction.)

Victory

Alleluia, music by William Monk, 1823-1889, 1986 by G.I.A. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-715262.

WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD


PRESENTATION OF TITHES, OFFERINGS, AND GIFTS ANTHEM The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare Mack Wilberg, b. 1955

The Lord my pasture will prepare, and feed me with a shepherds care. His presence will my wants supply, and guard me with a watchful eye. My noonday walks he will attend, and all my silent midnight hours defend. When in the sultry glebe I faint, or on the thirsty mountain pant, to fertile vales and dewy meads my weary, wandering steps he leads, where peaceful rivers, soft and slow, amid the cooling verdant landscape flow. Amen.- words Joseph Addison, 1672-1719

DOXOLOGY 592 (Blue Hymnal) PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Old Hundredth Virginia Hudson

WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION FIRST READING Revelation 7:9-17 Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. CHILDRENS SERMON JUNIOR CHOIR The Fruits of the Spirit Terry Kirkland Virginia Hudson Holy Bible, p. 240 NT

There is love, peace, patience, and joy; there is gentleness and kindness. And there is goodness, faithfulness, self-control: These are the fruits of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit of God. - Galatians 5:22-23

EPISTLE READING Acts 9:36-43 Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. GOSPEL READING John 10:22-30 Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God. SERMON The Power of the Shepherd

Holy Bible, p. 122 NT

Holy Bible, p. 100 NT

Brint Pratt Keyes

WE RESPOND TO GODS WORD


HYMN 477 (Blue Hymnal) Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim AFFIRMATION OF FAITH GLORIA PATRI 579 (Blue Hymnal) PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORDS PRAYER The Apostles Creed Hanover Red Hymnal, p. 12 Greatorex Red Hymnal, p. 12

WE GO FORTH TO LOVE AND SERVE


HYMN 360 (Blue Hymnal) Hope of the World BENEDICTION AND CHORAL RESPONSE God Be with You Until We Meet Again POSTLUDE Postlude on a Theme by Orlando Gibbons Donne Secours

William Tomer

Christopher Tambling, b. 1964

Please 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 R. McLean Whittet, Jr.; our parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. McLean, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Wirth; and in honor of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who are so special in our lives by Mrs. R. McLean Whittet, Jr.
1627 Monument Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23220 804-359-2463 Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Email: info@grace-covenant.org Website: www.grace-covenant.org Radio: WLES 590 AM Interim Pastor: The Reverend Mr. Brinton Keyes Director of Music: Christopher Martin Administrative Assistant: Vanessa Strait Bookkeeper: Martha Rubin Custodian: James Greene Child Development Center Director: Nicole Williams Seminary Intern: Christopher Tweel