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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

“Jesus had no feeling of enmity toward Gentiles though he was a


member of the Jewish faith and adhered to a certain degree to
Jewish social customs. A sudden departure from the established
traditions would not only have roused the hatred of the Pharisees
and priests but would also have weakened the faith of his
followers. His motives would not have been understood even by
his disciples and the public would have repudiated his as a traitor.
This is the reason why Jesus sent his disciples first to the people of
Israel. They were to be converted first so barriers could be broken
and the principles of a universal brotherhood established.“

~George Lamsa,
Gospel Light
A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
August 23, 2009 11:00 a.m.

GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


PRELUDE Matins (Morning Prayer) Healey Willan
(1880-1968)

†CALL TO WORSHIP Richard Haney

Pastor: We gather here in the presence of Christ,


our friend and our healer.
People: We come to praise and glorify God,
aware of our weakness, our smallness, and our pain,
but yearning for hope and comfort.
Pastor: We long to encounter the living Christ,
the one who seeks to make us whole.
People: We celebrate that we are welcomed,
loved, and cherished in this place
where Christ is alive and dwells among us.
Let us rejoice and sing God’s praises!

†Please stand for these parts of the service.

†HYMN 108 (blue) Christ Is Alive! Truro

†PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal and merciful God,


you have loved us with a love beyond our understanding,
and you have set us on paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
Yet we have strayed from your way;
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
through what we have done and what we have left undone.
As we remember the lavish gift of your grace
symbolized in baptism, O God,
we praise you and give you thanks that you forgive us yet again.
Grant us now, we pray, the grace to die daily to sin,
and to rise daily to new life in Christ,
who lives and reigns with you,
and in whose strong name we pray. Amen.

†ASSURANCE OF PARDON

†ALLELUIA Gelobt Sei Gott

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Colin William Gibson

GIVE THANKS TO GOD


WELCOME

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

OFFERING

VOLUNTARY My Shepherd Will Supply My Need arr. Nancy Tipton


Handbell Trio
†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

HEAR THE WORD OF GOD


CHILDREN’S SERMON

OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 22:25-31 Holy Bible, p.68

NEW TESTAMENT READING Luke 7:24-30 Holy Bible, p.65

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SERMON “The Syrophoenician Woman” Richard Haney

†HYMN 275 (red, second tune) Amazing Grace Amazing Grace


†AFFIRMATION OF FAITH “The Apostles’ Creed”

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.

VOLUNTARY Lift Thine Eyes (Trio from Elijah) Felix Mendelssohn


Handbell Trio arr. Janice Yarbrough

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 111 (red) O God, Our Help in Ages Past St. Anne

†BENEDICTION

†POSTLUDE Postlude in D Major Healey Willan

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

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory


of Russellene Moore Garrett by Willard L. Garrett.

Alleluia, music by Melchoir Vulpius (c. 1560-1615) © 1986 by G.I.A. pubications.


All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under OneLicense.net #A-715262.

SERMON NOTES
THIS WEEK AT GRACE COVENANT
Sunday 9:10 a.m. Prayer Ministry Social Room
August 23 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Education Building
10:40 a.m. Session Meeting Chapel
11:00 a.m. Worship Service Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. Congregational Fellowship Social Room

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


August 24 12:00 p.m. Presbyterian Men’s Lunch Room B-4

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


August 25

Thursday 9:00 a.m. Grace Notes Volunteers Library


August 27 3:00 p.m. Westminster Canterbury Bible Study 1600 Westbrook Avenue
6:00 p.m. Food Committee Meeting 1112 Hollins Road

Friday 7:00 p.m. Richmond Christian Study Center Conference


August 28 -9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ken Myers Third Presbyterian Church

Saturday 9:00 a.m. Richmond Christian Study Center Conference


August 29 -11:45 a.m. Guest Speaker: Amy Sherman Third Presbyterian Church
6:30 p.m. Bread Breakers 1406 Greycourt Avenue, Richmond

Sunday 9:10 a.m. Prayer Ministry Social Room


August 30 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Education Building
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 GCPC
Events and News

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS therapy; and Nela Bostian, who is


recovering at Emeritus on Gaskins Road. In
BULLETIN DEADLINE: submissions for addition, continue to remember to pray for
Sunday’s bulletin must be submitted by noon those in our church who have lost their jobs.
on Wednesday, to the Administrative
Assistant, Janice Caldwell, in Room 204 (or
by e-mail: caldwell@grace-covenant.org). OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
GRACE NOTES: submission deadline to the
CHURCH WORKERS TODAY: Opener–Jake
monthly newsletter is the 15th of the month.
Savage; Greeters–Brian Baird, Kelly and
Volunteers for preparation of the mailing of
David Lacy; Nursery Volunteers–Samara
September’s edition will be needed this
Grinnan, Carson Price, Patricia Clarke (and
Thursday, August 27, from 9:00 a.m. until
Nikki Hazlegrove); Worship Kits–Caroline
approximately noon. Please meet in the
Leith; Coffee Fellowship Time–Kerns; Guest
church’s library, on the second floor of the
Register Attendant–Lisa and Cal Gray.
Education Building, if you’d like to assist!
CHURCH WORKERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY (on
DEACONS FUND: Grace Covenant has a
August 30): Opener–Pete Sizemore;
Deacons Fund to assist members who are in
Greeters–Bob Copeland and Brian Baird;
financial need. Please contact Richard
Nursery Volunteers–Lewis Rosebro, Margaret
Haney, our Interim Pastor, or Chris Thomas,
Cardwell, Lisa Cardwell (and Susan Farrell);
our Associate Pastor, to make a request. All
Worship Kits–Caroline Leith; Coffee
requests are confidential.
Fellowship Time–Reveleys; Guest Register
Attendant–Jo Garber.

COMMUNITY NEWS FELLOWSHIP HOUR: If you’d like to


volunteer to make the coffee for the
Fellowship Hour one Sunday, then please
AS YOU PRAY...remember Ann Norris,
sign up on the Calendar in the Glass Office.
whose sister, Mary, passed away this week;
Sam Lowe, who had hernia surgery last FOOD COMMITTEE MEETING: this Thursday,
week; Lee Tart, who recently had a heart August 27, 6:00 p.m., 1112 Hollins Road.
attack and is currently in Rockingham
FLOWERS: If you are interested in donating
Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg; Katey
flowers, then contact Lisa Gray, 673-0587.
Winston and Bill Kerns and their families as
The next date open is September 20.
they recover from recent surgery. Also
remember, Kaete Unterzuber’s mother, Mary
Jane Unterzuber, who has recently come
home and will be receiving in-home physical
WORSHIP CLASSES FOR CHILDREN: Children’s classes
will continue to meet in their respective
BAPTISM: Today Colin William Gibson, son rooms at the usual times. We offer creative
of Lee and Blair Gibson, is being baptized classes designed to help all our children
as a covenant child during our Worship know and follow Christ in all of life.
Service. Interested in knowing more? Ask Chris
Thomas to tell you about how we help your
WE INVITE CHILDREN over the age of 5 to children grow as disciples.
participate in the entire service. Special
Worship Kits for children are available in the
Narthex. For children five years of age or MUSIC MINISTRY
younger, we also have a crib nursery,
toddler room, and preschool care.
Soon our choirs will resume their weekly
MUSIC NOTES: This morning’s special music rehearsals for the busy fall 2009 season.
is led by a handbell trio. Dana McKnight, Below are the first rehearsal dates and times
Chris Martin, and Ben Williams are today’s for each choir:
ringers. Next week’s guest musician will be
Chancel Choir
Anastasia Jellison, harpist.
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.
HEARING AIDS AND LARGE PRINT HYMNALS
are available from the ushers. Handbell Choir
Sunday, September 13, 8:30 a.m.
THE SERVICE IS BROADCAST LIVE on WLES
590 AM. Child Development Center Choir
Wednesday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.
Carol Choir (ages 3-K)
DISCIPLESHIP Wednesday, September 16, 4:30 p.m.
Junior Choir (grades 1-6)
ADULT SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: Join us Wednesday, September 16, 5:00 p.m.
each week, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship
Hall. Next week, August 30, Brian Baird will Mother’s Together Choir
lead the class, and Kaete Unterzuber will be Thursday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.
leading the class on September 6.
CONNECTIONS CLASS: is open to all ages;
it is a discussion-based class, which
encourages participation from attendees. FELLOWSHIP
This year’s main topic is that of prayer: how
we pray, how we can pray, and, of course, COMMUNITY GROUPS: In Community
praying. Class is fun and engaging. We Groups we seek to live life together under
welcome you to visit or join! the gospel as we build relationships with
God, each other, and our neighbors. Join
us each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in the Social PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S SALAD SUPPER:
Room as we gather for fellowship, Bible Tuesday, September 15, at 6:15 p.m.
study, and prayer, followed by a meal. There WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS AND
is also a group just for men that meets on PROGRAMS: starts up on September 16, so
the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays at the mark your calendars for the kickoff night!
home of Brian Baird, 1704 Hanover
Avenue. We usually listen to and talk about BREAD BREAKERS: will meet at 6:30 p.m. on
a sermon, catch up on life, and pray for Saturday, September 19, at the home of
each other. This is an open group. For more Dana McKnight, 211 Queen Charlotte
information call Matt Hartman at 212-1961. Road, Richmond. Please come and bring a
friend. RSVP to 358-8944.
RICHMOND CHRISTIAN STUDY CENTER:
Conference coming up beginning this Friday SERVE MEALS TO THE HUNGRY: Volunteers
evening (August 28) at 7:00 p.m. at Third are needed to serve the evening meal on
Presbyterian Church, with guest speaker Ken Monday, September 21, from 5:15 p.m.
Myers of Mars Hill, Charlottesville. The until 6:30 p.m., at Conrad Center, 1400
conference will continue of Saturday Oliver Hill Way. If you are interested in
morning, from 9:00-11:45 a.m., with guest helping, please contact Patrise Sears, 737-
speaker Dr. Amy Sherman of Charlottesville. 1837.
Childcare for children under 5 years is PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE MEETINGS:
provided, but space is limited, so RSVP by will start up on Tuesday, September 22.
August 26 to reserve your spot, 282-4645
extension 110. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 MOTHERS TOGETHER: will be starting on
at the door for singles; for couples its $15 in Thursday, September 24, in the Fellowship
advance, and $20 at the door. For more Hall.
information or to register on-line, go to
www.richmondstudycenter.org (events). To
preregister by mail, send your check by MISSIONS
August 24 to Richmond Center for Christian
Study, 3000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA FOOD NEEDED FOR WILLIAM BYRD
23221. COMMUNITY HOUSE: Food donations may
BREAD BREAKERS: will meet THIS SATURDAY, be left in the basket in the Glass Office (the
on August 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of office on the main floor of the Education
Sam Lowe, 1406 Greycourt Avenue, Building, near the rear doors). Please
Richmond. There will be guests in consider giving, as recent donations have
attendance, who are medical professionals been sparse.
who are knowledgeable in the area of MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: CALL FOR
marathon training, so come with any VOLUNTEERS! October 18-24, 2009, are
questions you may have! the dates of the next mission trip led by
RALLY DAY! Sunday, September 13. Brown Pearson. For information, please call
Jordan Ball at 484-6011.
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.

Interim Pastor: Richard Haney


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

Radio: WLES 590 AM