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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


“Our life-long nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with
something in the universe from which we feel cut off, to be on the
inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside,
is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real
situation.”
~C. S. Lewis

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.


Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us
to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in
Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has
committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore
Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal
through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to
God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God. ”

~2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NIV


A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
November 22, 2009 11:00 a.m.

GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


PRELUDE Toccata in E Major Johann Ludwig Krebs
(1713-1780)

†CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 95:1-7

Pastor: O come, let us sing to the Lord;


let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
People: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
Pastor: In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
People: O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

†Please stand for these parts of the service.

†HYMN 485 (blue) To God Be the Glory To God Be the Glory


†PRAYER OF CONFESSION Rachel Butler

Righteous God,
you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all.
We confess that we have not bowed before him
and are slow to acknowledge his rule.
We give allegiance to the powers of this world
and fail to be governed by justice and love.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Raise us to acclaim him as ruler of all,
that we may be loyal ambassadors,
obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 I Will Extol Thee Jane Marshall
Chancel Choir (b. 1924)

I will extol thee, my God and King, and bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless thee and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
Of the glorious splendor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works, I will meditate.
Everyone shall proclaim the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of thy abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all: and his compassion is over all that he has made.
Alleluia! Amen!
– from Psalm 145 (alt.)

†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

HEAR THE WORD OF GOD


CHILDREN’S SERMON Steve Cobb

HANDBELL CHOIR For the Beauty of the Earth arr. J. D. Frizzel

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

NEW TESTAMENT READING 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NIV


SERMON “Reconciled!” Steve Cobb

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone,


the new has come!”
~2 Corinthians 5:17

†HYMN 391 (blue) Take My Life Hendon

†AFFIRMATION OF FAITH “The Apostles’ Creed” Chris Thomas

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 371 (blue) Lift High The Cross Crucifer

†BENEDICTION Steve Cobb

†CHORAL RESPONSE Alleluia G. P. Palestrina

†POSTLUDE Te Es Petra (Byzantine Sketches) Henri Mulet


(1878-1967)
“Thou art the rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against thee.”

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 H. Taylor Dickenson by Nell Dickenson.
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 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

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


November 23 12:00 p.m. Presbyterian Men’s Lunch Room B-4

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Volunteers for Grace Notes needed! Library


November 24 10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting Room 213

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner Fellowship Hall


November 25 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Service Chapel
8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Room 108

Thursday Offices Closed: Thanksgiving GCPC


November 26

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Room 312


November 29 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: Advent begins Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. Congregational Fellowship Social Room
4:00 p.m. Community Groups TBD
Events and News

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS BULLETIN DEADLINE: Submissions for


Sunday’s bulletin must be submitted by noon
PLEDGE DEDICATION SUNDAY: Today is on Wednesday, to our Administrative
Pledge Dedication Sunday. Over the past Assistant, Janice Caldwell, in her box in the
few weeks we have focused on various Glass Office, to her office in Room 204, or
aspects of our Christian life together at via e-mail at caldwell@grace-covenant.org.
Grace Covenant. As you make your pledge MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS AND CHRISTMAS
today for the support of Grace Covenant in GREENS FUNDS: If you would like to
2010, please consider what is most purchase a poinsettia or Christmas greens in
important to you as we respond in gratitude memory, or in honor of someone, then
to God’s grace in our lives. (Extra pledge please pick up a green form from the
cards are available in the Narthex.) brochure racks in the Narthex, or the Glass
NEW PASTOR CALLED: We are very excited Office. The deadline to make purchases is
that our new Pastor, Steve Cobb, is here and December 7. Please put the form, and
was able to preach for the first time at payment, in the box in the Glass Office.
Grace Covenant last Sunday! Please join us DEACONS FUND: Grace Covenant has a
for coffee in the Social Room after this Deacons Fund to assist members who are in
morning’s Worship Service for the extra financial need. Please contact Steve Cobb,
opportunity to meet Steve. our Pastor, or Chris Thomas, our Associate
GRACE NOTES: Volunteers, who are willing Pastor, to make a request. All requests are
and able to assist in the preparation for the confidential.
bulk mailing of November’s edition, will be
needed this TUESDAY (November 24) from
9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Please come to the COMMUNITY NEWS
church’s library, on the second floor of the
Education Building, to assist on that day. AS YOU PRAY...please pray for Rodney
Submission deadline to our monthly Mullins, Katie Vought (daughter-in-law of
newsletter is the 15th of the month. If you Susan Farrell), Elizabeth Gee (missionary,
would like to be added to the mailing list, who spoke at our recent Missions
please let the Administrative Assistant, Janice Conference, and has a reoccurrence of
Caldwell, know: caldwell@grace- cancer). Pray for Lindley Hill, who is now
covenant.org or 359-2465. residing at Morning Side on Skipwith, and
DISPLAY CASE: Noah’s Ark now occupies the
for his wife, Louise Hill, who is now at
hall display case, thanks to Margaret Health South. Pray also for Marge McFall,
Cardwell and Lewis Rosebro. who now resides at Our Lady of Hope. In
addition, remember Nela Bostian, who is WORSHIP
recovering at Emeritus on Gaskins Road.
WE INVITE CHILDREN over the age of 5 to
participate in the entire service. Special
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE Worship Kits for children are available in the
Narthex. For children five years of age or
CHURCH WORKERS FOR TODAY: younger, we also have a crib nursery,
Opener–Whit Whitley; Greeters–Brian Baird, toddler room, and preschool care.
Kelly & David Lacy and Stephanie Thomas;
MUSIC NOTES: Johann Krebs was an
Nursery Workers– Megan Rogers, Katherine
outstanding pupil of J. S. Bach, and Krebs’
Arthur, Julia Poppell (and Nikki Hazlegrove);
organ works owe much to his famous
Worship Kits–Kaete Unterzuber; Coffee
teacher. Krebs’ Toccata in E is believed to
Fellowship Time–Cherry and Jack Corley;
be inspired by a familiar toccata by Bach. It
Guest Register Attendant–Lisa and Cal Gray.
begins with a demanding pedal solo and
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY immediately launches into a joyful toccata.
NIGHT SUPPER THIS WEEK (November 25): In 1989 American choral composer Jane
Stephen Piepgrass. Marshall wrote the anthem I Will Extol Thee.
CHURCH WORKERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY This energetic work was commissioned by
(November 29): Opener–Lloyd Bostian; the Chancel Choirs of Peachtree
Greeters–Bob Copeland and Brian Baird; Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The choir
Nursery Workers–Lewis Rosebro, Margaret sings rhythmic and syncopated passages
Cardwell, Lisa Cardwell (and Susan Farrell); while being accompanied by a constant
Worship Kits–Kaete Unterzuber; Coffee toccata in the organ. A choral a capella
Fellowship Time–Suzanne and Pete interlude interrupts the dramatic energy
Sizemore; Guest Register Attendant–Jo before concluding with joyful alleluias and
Garber. amens. Today’s Handbell voluntary is a
clever arrangement of two familiar hymns
CHURCH WORKER FOR WEDNESDAY (For the Beauty of the Earth and This Is My
NIGHT SUPPER NEXT WEEK (December 2):
Father’s World). The postlude is from a
Dottie-Ray Koch.
collection entitled Byzantine Sketches. This
FELLOWSHIP HOUR: If you’d like to collection of programmatic sketches
volunteer to make the coffee for the describes different parts of the Sacré-Coeur
Fellowship Hour one Sunday, then please Cathedral in Paris. Tu es Petra is based on
sign up on the Calendar, located on the the church being built on Peter, the rock.
counter in the Glass Office. The toccata depicts the battle between good
(God) and evil, and of course, God is
SERVE MEALS TO THE HUNGRY: Volunteers
always victorious over evil. It is a typical
are needed to serve the evening meal on
French toccata with rapid chordal passages
Monday, January 18, 2010, from 5:15 p.m.
in the hands accompaniment by a dominant
until 6:30 p.m. at Conrad Center, 1400
pedal line. The two come together at the
Oliver Hill Way. If you are interested in
glorious conclusion on full organ.
helping, contact Patrise Sears at 338-6580.
CHANCEL CHOIR PHOTOS: Today the price. If you have questions, please contact
Chancel Choir will have their picture taken Christian Education Committee members
on the chancel steps immediately following Jean Appich, Laura Leigh Savage, or Chris
worship this morning. Thomas.
HEARING AIDS AND LARGE PRINT HYMNALS
are available from the ushers.
FELLOWSHIP
THE SERVICE IS BROADCAST LIVE on WLES
590 AM. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS AND
THANKSGIVING EVE DINNER AND SERVICE: PROGRAMS: This week, November 25, is
This Wednesday, November 25, at 6:00 our Thanksgiving Dinner! Dinner begins at
p.m., there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner in 6:00 p.m. followed by a service in the
the Fellowship Hall, followed by a Worship Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the meal is
Service in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. $5 per adult, $2 per children and students,
and $12 maximum per family unit. This
week’s menu includes turkey, dressing and
DISCIPLESHIP gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans,
cranberry salad, rolls and Nell’s homemade
CHILDREN’S Infants–Nursery,
CLASSES:
pumpkin pie!
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 The final
classes getting started; make a decision meeting for 2009 will be on Thursday,
today about which one will help you grow in December 10.
the faith the most! COMMUNITY GROUPS: In Community
GRACE BIBLE CLASS: What God Wants From Groups we seek to live life together under
Me – 9:45 a.m. in Room 212 the gospel as we build relationships with
God, each other, and our neighbors. Join
CONNECTIONS CLASS: The Person of Jesus us each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. as we gather
– 9:30 a.m. in Room 303.
for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer,
VANGUARD BIBLE CLASS: A Study of Esther followed by a meal. There is also a group
and Job – 9:30 a.m. in Room B-4. just for men that meets on the first, third,
FORUM CLASS: Tom Miller will lead the class and fifth Tuesdays at the home of Brian
in November. Baird, 1704 Hanover Avenue. We usually
listen to and talk about a sermon, catch up
RESOURCES TO GROW IN THE FAITH: Come on life, and pray for each other. This is an
check out our new Resource Table in the open group. For more information call Matt
Narthex! We have a number of excellent Hartman at 212-1961.
resources available for purchase for a great
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S COORDINATING MI S S I O NS
TEAM MEETING AND LUNCHEON: On
Tuesday, December 1, the Presbyterian MISSION EVANGELISM COMMITTEE: Will
Women Coordinating Team will meet at meet on Sunday, December 6, after the
10:30 a.m. in Room B-4. Presbyterian Worship Service, in Room B-4 (Covenant
Women Luncheon and program will follow Room).
at 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall. This
year’s program will be the Douglas Freeman PRISON MINISTRY: Please gather your
High School Festival Choir, a capella choirs, Christmas cards to be donated to
the “Downbeats” and the “Syncopations” Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt,
directed by Amy Hruska. All members and Virginia. A collection box is located in the
friends are invited to attend! Presbyterian Women’s closet, which is in the
Social Room. We will deliver the cards to the
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLES: meet on center the first week of December. Thank
Tuesday, December 8. For a complete you, in advance, for your caring and
listing of the times and places of the various generous help!
meetings, pick up a copy of December’s
Grace Notes. THE SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS ANGEL
TREE has been put up. Members of the
PEOPLE GROUP–EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Presbyterian Women Circles, Sunday school
Come be part of a group of members and classes, PEOPLE, Bread Breakers, Mothers
guests when we gather for fun, fellowship Together, and individuals are invited to
and very good food! Everyone brings a choose one or more angels from the tree to
covered dish. The food is always delicious provide gifts to a less fortunate child.
and fellowship is delightful. The next PEOPLE
Group will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, WILLIAM BYRD COMMUNITY HOUSE: Food
December 12. We will be getting together at donations may be left in the basket in the
the beautifully decorated home of Beth and Glass Office (the office on the main floor of
Phil Coltrain. Beth and Phil live in the Education Building, near the rear doors).
Richmond’s historic Ginter Park area. Ginter Please consider giving, as the need is great.
Park is a beautiful neighborhood with tree-
lined streets and beautiful grand residences. FIVE CENTS PER MEAL: On the first Sunday of
Mark your calendars now to be part of this the month, we receive the sacrament of the
delightful evening. For additional Lord’s Supper, and, in gratitude for what
information, call Suzanne and Pete Sizemore God has given us, we have a hunger
at 288-7757. offering, Five Cents Per Meal. To contribute,
use a pew envelope and mark it “Five Cents
Per Meal” and put it in the offering.
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
may find your place on our team.
Pastor: Steve Cobb
Associate Pastor: Chris Thomas
Director of Music: Chris Martin
Seminary Intern Pastor: Rachel Butler

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