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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

“The human heart is a factory of idols...Everyone of us is, from his


mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols.”
~John Calvin

“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go
to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying,
‘Far be it from you, Lord!” This shall never happen to you.’
But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are
a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the
things of God, but on the things of man.’ Then Jesus told his
disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself
and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his
life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’ ”

~Matthew 16:21-24
A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
November 8, 2009 11:00 a.m.

GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


PRELUDE Elegy George Thalben-Ball
(1896-1987)

†CALL TO WORSHIP 2 Cor. 13:13, Ps. 124:8, Ps. 118:24

Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,


the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
People: who made heaven and earth.
Pastor: This is the day that the Lord has made;
People: let us rejoice and be glad in it.

†Please stand for these parts of the service.

†HYMN 11 (red) Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Nicaea

†PRAYER OF CONFESSION Rachel Butler

Holy and merciful God,


in your presence we confess
our sinfulness, our shortcomings,
and our offenses against you.
You alone know how often we have sinned
in wandering from your ways,
in wasting your gifts,
in forgetting your love.
Have mercy on us, O Lord,
for we are ashamed and sorry
for all we have done to displease you.
Forgive our sins,
and help us to live in your light,
and walk in your ways,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

†ASSURANCE OF PARDON

†ALLELUIA Traditional
Carribean

GIVE THANKS TO GOD


WELCOME

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

OFFERING
ANTHEM All Creatures of our God and King arr. Julian Wachner
Chancel Choir (b. 1969)

All creatures of our God and King Lift up your voice and with us sing.
O praise ye! Alleluia!
O brother sun with golden beam, O sister moon with silver gleam,
O praise ye! O praise ye! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O sister water flowing clear, Make music for thy Lord to hear.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
O brother fire who lights the night, Providing warmth enhancing sight.
O praise ye! O praise ye! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly hosts, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen!

– vv. 1-2, Francis of Assisi, 1225

†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 Joel 2:12-13 Holy Bible, OT p. 802

NEW TESTAMENT READING Matthew 16:21-28 Holy Bible, NT p. 22


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SERMON “Substitution” Chris Thomas

†HYMN 135 (red) Fairest Lord Jesus Crusader’s Hymn


(First Tune)

†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.

MINUTE FOR STEWARDSHIP Mary Gray,


Presbyterian Women
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 332 (red) Lead On, O King Eternal Lancashire

†BENEDICTION

†CHORAL RESPONSE Lead Me, Lord Samuel Sebastian Wesley

†POSTLUDE Esquisses Liturgiques: Allegro vivo e maestoso Dom Paul Benoit


(1893-1979)

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 C.B. Pearson, Jr. by the family.
Alleluia, music traditional Carribean, arr. by John Bell © 1990, Iona Community, G.I.A. publications.
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 8 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
6:00 p.m. Youth Group–Mission (Contact Chris Thomas for more information)

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


November 9 12:00 p.m. Presbyterian Men’s Lunch Room B-4
5:30 p.m. Deacons Meeting Room B-4
7:00 p.m. Christian Education Committee Meeting Room 213
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Committee Meeting Library

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women Circle 3 Social Room


November 10 10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting Room 213
10:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women Circle 2 Lydian Room
10:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women Circle 4 Home of Jo Garber
11:30 a.m. Presbyterian Women Circle 5 Covenant Room (Room B-4)
7:30 p.m. Presbyterian Women Circle 1 1704 Hanover Avenue

Wednesday Veteran’s Day


November 11 4:00 p.m. Child Development Center Choir Room 108
4:30 p.m. Carol Choir Room 108
5:00 p.m. Junior Choir Room 108
5:30 p.m. PVA Meeting of the Child Development Center Room B-4
6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper Fellowship Hall
6:40 p.m. Wednesday Night Program: Veterans Day Panel Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Room 108

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


November 12 10:00 a.m. Mothers Together children’s choir Room 108

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
Events and News

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW PASTOR CALLED: We are very excited AS YOU PRAY... please pray for Lindley and
that on Sunday, September 20, Grace Louise Hill, as they are both at Henrico
Covenant members voted unanimously to Doctors (Louise was to have surgery this past
call our new pastor! The Reverend Steve week). Pray for the families of Helen Gray
Cobb will begin his ministry here on and Adeline (Lina) Sanders, as they recently
November 1 and will preach for the first time passed away; and John Looten’s family, as
on November 15. For more information John’s father passed away. Pray for Charles
about our new minister, you may pick up an Sutton, as he recovers from his surgery, as
information sheet in the Glass Office. well as Dottie-Ray Koch, Marge McFall, and
Elizabeth (Betty) Phillips. In addition,
BULLETIN DEADLINE: Submissions for
remember Nela Bostian, who is recovering
Sunday’s bulletin must be submitted by noon
at Emeritus on Gaskins Road. Finally,
on Wednesday, to our Administrative
remember to keep our next lead pastor,
Assistant, Janice Caldwell, in her box in the
Steve Cobb (and his family), in prayer as he
Glass Office, Room 204, or via e-mail at
makes the transition to join us here at Grace
caldwell@grace-covenant.org.
Covenant in November.
GRACE NOTES: Submission deadline to our
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Meets tomorrow
monthly newsletter is the 15th of the month.
night, Monday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Volunteers, who are willing and able to
at the church.
assist in the preparation for the bulk mailing
of November’s edition, will be needed on SESSION MEETING: Next one will be on
Wednesday, November 24, from 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, at the church.
until 12 noon. Please come to the church’s
STATEMENTS (for the third quarter) are
library, on the second floor of the Education
available in the Narthex.
Building, to assist on that day.
STEWARDSHIP: Our Stewardship season
began last month and will conclude with OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Dedication Sunday on November 22.
CHURCH WORKERS FOR TODAY:
DEACONS FUND: Grace Covenant has a
Opener–Hank Downing; Greeters–Lewis
Deacons Fund to assist members who are in
Rosebro and David Martin; Nursery
financial need. Please contact Chris
Workers–Leslie Hartman, Rebecca Horner,
Thomas, our Associate Pastor, to make a
Jo Garber (and Beth Coltrain); Worship
request. All requests are confidential.
Kits–Kaete Unterzuber; Coffee Fellowship
Time–Diane and Ray Davis; Guest Register younger, we also have a crib nursery,
Attendant–Dawson Watkins. toddler room, and preschool care.
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY HEARING AIDS AND LARGE PRINT HYMNALS
NIGHT SUPPER THIS WEEK (November 11): are available from the ushers.
David Martin.
THE SERVICE IS BROADCAST LIVE on WLES
CHURCH WORKERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY 590 AM.
(November 15): Opener–Jake Savage;
Greeters–Kent Cardwell, Everett Reveley,
and Leslie Hartman; Nursery Workers– DISCIPLESHIP
Stephanie Thomas, Ann Hubbard, Katie
McCullough (and Susan Boze); Worship CHILDREN’S Infants–Nursery,
CLASSES:
Kits–Kaete Unterzuber; Coffee Fellowship main level; Toddlers–Room 102;
Time–Ray and Diane Davis; Guest Register Preschoolers–Room 101; Grades 1-6
Attendant–Everett Reveley. –Rooms 207-210.
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY ADULT CLASSES: Commit to growing in new
NIGHT SUPPER NEXT WEEK (November 18):
ways this year. We have four excellent adult
Julia Poppell. classes getting started; make a decision
SERVE MEALS TO THE HUNGRY: Volunteers today about which one will help you grow in
are needed to serve the evening meal on the faith the most!
Monday, November 16, from 5:15 p.m. GRACE BIBLE CLASS: What God Wants From
until 6:30 p.m. at Conrad Center, 1400 Me – 9:45 a.m. in Room 212
Oliver Hill Way. If you are interested in
helping, contact Patrise Sears at 737-1837. CONNECTIONS CLASS: The Person of Jesus
– 9:30 a.m. in Room 303.
FELLOWSHIP HOUR: If you’d like to
VANGUARD BIBLE CLASS: A Study of Esther
volunteer to make the coffee for the
and Job – 9:30 a.m. in Room B-4.
Fellowship Hour one Sunday, then please
sign up on the Calendar, located on the FORUM CLASS: Tom Miller will lead the class
counter in the Glass Office. in November.

FLOWERS: If you are interested in donating RESOURCES TO GROW IN THE FAITH: Come
flowers, then contact Lisa Gray, 673-0587. check out our new Resource Table in the
Narthex! We have a number of excellent
resources available for purchase for a great
WORSHIP price. If you have questions, please contact
Christian Education Committee members
WE INVITE CHILDREN over the age of 5 to
Jean Appich, Laura Leigh Savage, or Chris
participate in the entire service. Special Thomas.
Worship Kits for children are available in the
Narthex. For children five years of age or
FELLOWSHIP and fifth Tuesdays at the home of Brian
Baird, 1704 Hanover Avenue. We usually
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLES: meet this listen to and talk about a sermon, catch up
Tuesday, November 10. For a complete on life, and pray for each other. This is an
listing of the times and places of the various open group. For more information call Matt
meetings, pick up a copy of November’s Hartman at 212-1961.
Grace Notes.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS AND
MI S S I O NS
PROGRAMS: This week, November 11, at
Wednesday Night Supper we will honor our
Armed Forces members in our WILLIAM BYRD COMMUNITY HOUSE: Food
congregation. If you are a veteran, please donations may be left in the basket in the
notify the church office, so we will have this Glass Office (the office on the main floor of
information in our church records. Dinner the Education Building, near the rear doors).
begins at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts Please consider giving, as the need is great.
at 6:45 p.m. The cost of the meal is $5 per FIVE CENTS PER MEAL: On the first Sunday of
adult, $2 per children and students, and the month, we receive the sacrament of the
$12 maximum per family unit. This week’s Lord’s Supper, and, in gratitude for what
menu includes meat loaf, squash casserole, God has given us, we have a hunger
collard greens, tomato aspic, rolls and sheet offering, Five Cents Per Meal. To contribute,
cake. Children’s menu: chicken nuggets. use a pew envelope and mark it “Five Cents
MEET PASTOR STEVE: This Wednesday night, Per Meal” (or simply drop in loose change),
or new Pastor Steve, and his boys, Hollis and put it in the offering.
and Camden, will be joining us at SHARE THANKSGIVING DAY WITH AN
Wednesday Night Supper! Come meet him INTERNATIONAL STUDENT: International
over a meal and think of some questions to students are eager to learn more about our
ask him at a Q &A following the program. culture, to experience the warmth of a
MOTHERS TOGETHER: meet every Thursday home, and to make American friends.
at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful opportunity
more information, contact Patricia Clarke by to reach out to students with hospitality and
phone, 342-7481, or be e-mail, friendship. If you would be interested in
patriciaandsteve@comcast.net sharing this special American holiday with a
VCU international student, please contact
COMMUNITY GROUPS: In Community Pam Haney at pohaney@vcu.edu or call
Groups we seek to live life together under 828-8309 no later than November 16.
the gospel as we build relationships with
God, each other, and our neighbors. Join
us each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. as we gather
for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer,
followed by a meal. There is also a group
just for men that meets on the first, third,
MISSION EVANGELISM AWARENESS HONDURAS 2010: The next mission trip to
WEEKEND FEEDBACK: The Mission Honduras is scheduled for January 10-16,
Evangelism team is grateful for your 2010. Those who may be interested in
participation in our first ever Global Mission participating in the 2010 mission trip may
Awareness Weekend event! We are check out our website, www.KHISH.org
delighted with every aspect of our time (That’s Kurtz Humanitarian Initiative for
together with you and our wonderful Southern Honduras, named for the founder
speakers, and would like to receive your of this effort, which began in 2005). Susan
feedback as we look forward to planning Pillsbury David (clwturtle@aol.com) or
future events. Please take the time to answer Cherry Corley (ccorley@fpcrichmond.org)
the following questions and put them in can answer your questions about how you
either Susan Farrell’s or Joy Nevin’s box in many find your place on our team.
the Glass Office, or you are welcome to
phone Joy at 784-2046 or Susan at 314-
1937.
1. What did you like best about the
conference?

2. Is there any aspect of it that you would


change?

3. Did you feel you time was well spent?

4. Would you support another Mission


Awareness Event?

PRISON MINISTRY: Please gather your


Christmas cards to be donated to
Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt,
Virginia. A collection box is located in the
Presbyterian Women’s closet, which is in the
Social Room. We will deliver the cards to the
center the first week of December. Thank
you, in advance, for your caring and
generous help!
Pastor: Stephen 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