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April 8, 2012

Loving God & Our Neighbors in the Heart of the City

278.m.grace-covenant. and other electronic devices during worship.WELCOME TO GRACE COVENANT! We are an historic Presbyterian congregation offering traditional worship and multiple ministries for persons of all ages. Interim Pastor: Director of Music: Administrative Assistant: Bookkeeper: Sexton: Child Development Center Director: Student Assistant for Christian Ed: Brint Keyes Christopher Martin Vanessa Strait Martha Rubin Willie Alford Nicole Williams Christopher Tweel 1627 Monument Avenue Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a. cameras. Thank you for turning off your cell phones.-5:00 p.6298 www. Radio: WLES 590 AM www. Large Print Hearing Aids.m. and Bulletins are available each week from the ushers. .wlesradio.2463 Fax: info@grace-covenant. and for leaving food and beverages outside the sanctuary. VA 23220 Phone: 804.359. Please join us after worship for fellowship in the Social Room. pagers.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. Going around saying he’d been raised from the dead wasn’t an option. . beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. including Jesus’ followers. The stories of the resurrection are certainly not ‘wish-fulfillments’ of that kind. Some Jews (not all) believed that God would do this for all people in the end. April and I will take him away. “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew.N. for God was with him. Unless he really had been. That’s a different matter. why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener. tell me where you have laid him. 2009 (http://www. was expecting one person to be bodily raised from the dead in the middle of history. “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). First-century Jews who followed would-be prophets and Messiahs knew perfectly well that if your leader got killed by the authorities it meant you’d backed the wrong man. No pagans we know of believed this. or the result of what a somewhat dodgy social science calls "cognitive dissonance". T. for instance. wasn’t about "going to heaven". .PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP That message spread throughout Judea. Language about a postmortem life in Egyptian religions. or get yourself a new leader. “The Easter Explosion” (London: The Times).” Jesus said to her. not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses. “Woman. . how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil." to first-century Jews and pagans alike. .Acts 10:37-41 Jesus said to [Mary]. but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear. Wright. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. You then had a choice: either give up the revolution. isn’t the same kind of thing. The word "Resurrection" always referred to people who were physically dead being physically alive again.ece).John 20:15-16 "Resurrection.timesonline. if you have carried him away. “Sir. she said to him. and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

3 in A Major) Felix Mendelssohn †Please stand for these parts of the service. WE GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Please fill out the communication card and place it in the offering plate during the offertory. (1809-1847) †CALL TO WORSHIP from Psalm 118 Leader: O give thanks to the LORD. for He is good. He has become my salvation. PRELUDE Con moto maestoso (Organ Sonata No. People: This is the day that the LORD has made. All: O give thanks to the LORD. let us rejoice and be glad in it. for He is good.m. it is marvelous in our eyes. People: His steadfast love endures forever! Leader: The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.A SERVICE OF WORSHIP April 8. 2012 Resurrection of the Lord 10:55 a. Leader: The LORD is my strength and my might. People: This is the LORD's doing. His steadfast love endures forever! Praise the LORD! †HYMN 204 (Red Hymnal) Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Easter Hymn .

In Christ Jesus You bore the burden of our sin. And seek to serve You in newness of life.A. Used by permission. But we confess that we have taken Your grace for granted. Open our eyes to the sins we ignore. All rights reserved. We rejoice in Your Resurrection. But disregard its cost to You. †ASSURANCE OF PARDON †EASTERTIDE ALLELUIA Alleluia. Your risen Son. have mercy upon us. © 1986 by G. 1823-1889.I. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit. We celebrate the blessing of new life in Christ. we pray. music by William Monk. and forgive us our sins. . Lord. Melt our hard hearts with the brilliance of Your glory. But divert our eyes from the #A-715262. We proclaim the mercy of Your forgiveness. Publications. And in the name of Jesus. we pray.†PRAYER OF CONFESSION Almighty and heavenly Father. Reprinted under OneLicense. and rising from the dead to new life. Inc. suffering the pain of death. But continue old habits that keep our Selves on the throne. And spark in us a longing for holiness. That we may truly repent of self-serving ways.

all creatures here below.WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD PRESENTATION OF TITHES. and Holy Ghost. †PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING Old Hundredth Joy Nevin WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION EPISTLE READING Acts 10:34-43 Joy Nevin Holy Bible. 1942) Our hearts rejoice this day. OFFERINGS. To God be highest praise! His mercy and his grace will fail us never. Praise Him. Amen. p. AND GIFTS ANTHEM Our Hearts Rejoice This Day Jack Schrader (b.text by Jack Schrader †DOXOLOGY 592 (Blue Hymnal) Praise God. Son. 123 NT Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. to live with Christ forever and forever. The victory has been won! The powers of death and hell cannot defeat us. ye heavenly host. Lord Jesus. for now has Christ the Lord arisen! Alleluia. Our bodies shall be raised. from whom all blessings flow. Praise Father. . The sting of death is gone! We trust the One who has the power to free us. and fills our lives with gladness. People: Thanks be to God. Praise Him above. for Christ the Lord has conquered death and sadness! His victory o’er the grave renews our hope. who was slain has burst his three-day prison! Our faith is not in vain. alleluia! .

Amen. and to the Son. dead. was crucified. I believe in the Holy Ghost. Brinton P. suffered under Pontius Pilate. People: Thanks be to God. and buried. Greatorex . as it was in the beginning. Michael Ryan Holy Bible. 110 NT Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.CHILDREN’S SERMON HANDBELL CHOIR GOSPEL READING Risen This Day John 20:1-18 arr. Maker of heaven and earth. the communion of saints. he descended into hell. he ascended into heaven. and ever shall be. the forgiveness of sins. and the life everlasting. Amen. †GLORIA PATRI 579 (Blue Hymnal) Glory be to the Father. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord. is now. Keyes Lancashire “The Apostles’ Creed” I believe in God the Father Almighty. the resurrection of the body. Amen. from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. p. who was conceived by the Holy Ghost. the holy catholic church. world without end. and to the Holy Ghost. SERMON †HYMN 118 (Blue Hymnal) †AFFIRMATION OF FAITH “Raised from the Dead” The Day of Resurrection! B. born of the Virgin Mary. the third day he rose again from the dead.

Through Thy deathless love. as we forgive our debtors.” Copies of the music are available up front. Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won. F. Kept the folded grave-clothes Where Thy body lay. You are invited to come forward during the hymn to join the choir in the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus. Make us more than conquerors. Aid us in our strife. and forgive us our debts. Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won. Risen. hallowed be thy name. but deliver us from evil. . Handel Toccata (Organ Symphony No. The Easter lilies are given to the glory of God by members and friends of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. conquering Son. Glorious Prince of life! Life is nought without Thee. Bring us safe through Jordan To Thy home above. and lead us not into temptation. forever. Give us this day our daily bread. Angels in bright raiment Rolled the stone away. No more we doubt Thee. conquering Son. Thine is the glory. Risen. WE GO FORTH IN GOD’S NAME †HYMN Thine Is the Glory Judas Maccabeus The Chancel Choir will move to the steps on the first stanza of the hymn. Thine is the glory. on earth as it is in heaven. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. thy will be done. Thine is the glory. conquering Son. Thy kingdom come. Risen. Amen. 5 in F Major Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) Please join us in the Social Room following worship for refreshments and fellowship. †BENEDICTION †RESPONSE †POSTLUDE Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah) G. Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father who art in heaven.

the governments of Iran and Israel. Jack. undergoing chemo. Turkey and the Midwest US. Chris Pais. and nephew Paul. and of commitment to the redeeming power of God who brings new life out of death to people and communities. Cheryl Jacobs’ mother. Charles Sutton. recovering from a foot injury. David Russell. and his mother Alice. Jim. that they may pursue peaceful coexistence rather than mutual aggression. and Mike Child. and Sherrill Todd. serving in our nation’s Armed Forces… The people of Egypt. Juliette Harriman White. and Leslie Hartman’s community garden ministry… Our Session. Rolland. facing employment uncertainty. William Bridenstine. following the death last Sunday of her husband. with cancer. Our Christianity Explored outreach beginning April 18. Libya and Syria. Estera. that they may faithfully lead us by humbly following God’s Word. Rosie and George Turner.. of eternal life. as they seek peaceful ways forward for their countries. Liz Ramsey and Willie Alford. for health. recovering from knee surgery. Nela Bostian. facing vocational challenges. New Zealand. with ALS. Ann Pais’ daughter-in-law Jane. Susan Farrell’s grandmother. Beth Baleke in Uganda… For the Spirit of Resurrection in Metropolitan Richmond: For a spirit of hope. of possibility. Stuart Chapman. Valentin and Svetlana Chicu in Moldova. Beth Lloyd… Daniel Reas. The Zobule family in the Solomon Islands. Japan. both at home recuperating from surgery. and her dad. Peter Albertis. and the people of Haiti. Svetlana Chicu’s mother. . Ben Gordon.Give thanks for: John Lootens’ and June Horner’s safe return home from travels. Continue to pray for: Ginny Chandler and her family.. Mary Lou (“Uh – Oh”) and father. Evelyn Turner. that God would use it to reach our neighbors with the news of His love… Erika Tabor and Carlos Juara. Lucinda. recently admitted to hospice care. as they continue to recover from natural disasters… Missionaries we support: Elizabeth Gee back in US from Indonesia (fighting cancer). with lymphoma.

The piece begins with a joyful acclamation of praise. into which he packed more compositions than most would write in a long and distinguished life. The worship service concludes with Widor’s famous Toccata in F Major from his fifth organ symphony. Risen This Day for handbells is a medley of three Easter hymns (LLANFAIR. Out of this introduction a fugue in a minor key develops two themes. it has every reason to be regarded as the head of all French organ toccatas ever composed. reminds us of the Easter message “good always triumphs over evil!” Today’s choral anthem is a setting on a seventeenth-century Dutch folk melody. Mendelssohn’s organ works result from his preoccupation with Bach and with Protestant church music. The tempo steadily grows in vivacity and excitement as the volume increases until. Sulpice in Paris where he remained for nearly sixty-four years. dating from 1844-1845. AND EASTER HYMN). As such. Charles-Marie Widor was the organist at St. Today’s prelude is the symphonic first movement of his third organ sonata. GELOBT SEI GOTT. after the fury of the fugue. . The handbell voluntary is a new work by handbell composer Michael Ryan. the framework music of the opening returns to complete the picture. It is a superbly virtuosic and rhythmic work with a strong tonal development. Our Hearts Rejoice This Day is a powerful hymn tune for Easter morning coupled with a stirring new Easter text by Jack Schrader. His six organ sonatas were composed toward the end of his life. The triumphant return of the opening theme.Felix Mendelssohn lived thirty-eight brief years. after a soaring pedal solo.

Items can be placed in the grocery cart outside of the Social Room.YOU C N HELP! Grace Covenant has been giving non-perishable foods items to the William Byrd Community House for several years to assist in filling their food pantry. YOU CAN HELP! CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: At its March 16 stated meeting. April 22. When available. now ineligible to serve on this committee because of his election to serve as Ruling Elder) Cal Gray As always. to replace Maurice Bell) Jack Corley Trustee (Class of 2014) Caroline Leith Congregational Nominating Committee (Class of 2012. In the past Grace Covenant has collected food one Sunday a month. The purpose of the meeting will be to elect members to the following positions: Pastor Nominating Committee Brian Baird Pat Ball Kent Cardwell Leslie Hartman Will Madden Marcia Manning Everett Reveley Ruling Elder (Class of 2013. We have partnered with this ministry by giving non-perishable food items. . but this is a collection we can support every week. the floor will be opened for any additional nominations. the GCPC Session called a congregational meeting for Sunday. provided that all persons nominated from the floor have already agreed to serve if elected. to replace Wayne Casey. in the sanctuary immediately following worship. These are everyday items that Food Stamp dollars will not cover and may be very costly to a low-income family. their food pantry also provides individuals with the basic household items and toiletries to maintain themselves and their families. The William Byrd Community House maintains a food closet that serves Richmond City and the adjacent counties. Please plan to attend. 2012.

in Room B-4. Bill Jacobs.June 28 (Thursday). Jane Londrey. This is the week after the week of Father's Day. Judy Waldron. carry the banner and especially provide the DELICIOUS food. with Matt Johnson. Carol Wood. Katherine Betty Appich. we ate and ate and after the parade ate some more. Debbie Pritchett. Cameron Baird. Tom Miller continues his series on “Did Jesus Really Have to Die”? CONNECTIONS CLASS: The topic on April 15 will be on Gloria. Erika Tabor. Save the Date!! Vacation Bible School this year will be taking place June 24 (Sunday) . Yes. Pat Aldridge. make palm crosses. Eva and Nina Chenoweth. Megan Meyer. Pat Ball. Sudie Wood.FORUM CLASS: April 15. Dottie-Ray Koch. Kent Cardwell. Dana McKnight. GRACE BIBLE CLASS: Bill Stuart will be speaking on the Gospel of John. Lord's Prayer. Mary Gray. Evelyn Tower. more information will follow on this exciting ministry program for our whole church. in Room 212 VANGUARD CLASS: The Gospel of Matthew. Lisa Cardwell. Leslie Hartman. Laura Leigh Savage. Jessie Griffin. clean-up. please let the Christopher know! (christopher. . Marianne Vermeer will discuss her mission work and on April 22. Margaret Cardwell. Please thanks the following: Christopher Tweel (who welcomed us with prayer). Jean Appich. Suzanne and Pete Sizemore.tweel@upsem. Brian Baird. Virginia Hudson. and a double thank you to those not listed. Caroline Leith. Mark the date now on your calendars. and Benediction led by Christof Meyer and Virginia Hudson. If you are interested in helping out with the VBS committee this year. or call 304-488-1610) STUART CIRCLE PARISH PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP & PARADE The Christian Education Committee appreciates all the participation by the many members and visitors who helped set-up.

m. Nursery Worker — Susan Boze. If you would like to participate in the work day or learn more about the garden. This Wednesday’s program will be two stories of how folks from GCPC are serving Christ locally and internationally.m. rolls. Shields. Worship Kits — Judy Waldron Neighborhood Work Day at the Byrd Park Community Garden. Some of the activities we will be doing on the work day include: hauling in materials. April 11 at 6:00 p. Greeters —Bob Copeland. and planting bushes. edging beds. We also need folks to bring tools to use that day. The first of these work days will take place on April 14 at 9:00 a. Christopher Tweel will recount his recent mission trip to Haiti serving with the development organization. Worship Kits — Judy Waldron WORSHIP SUPPORT FOR NEXT SUNDAY (April 15): Opener — Rob Rosebro. The goal of these work days is to serve Christ by serving our neighbors and neighborhood in hands-on ways. tilling ground. peas. Bring your friends and neighbors for at the new Byrd Park Community Garden that Leslie Hartman and others have been working hard to develop. and éclair cake. CODEP. Leslie Hartman will share with us her ongoing ministry of initiating a community garden in the Byrd Park neighborhood.Join us this Wednesday. Menu includes: Chicken tetrazzini. fellowship and an inspiring evening! WORSHIP SUPPORT FOR TODAY (April 8): Opener — Charlie Appich. salad. Havard beets. Brian Baird. and S. The missions committee will be coordinating several neighborhood work days in the coming months. The location of the garden is on the corner of Idlewood Ave. Elementary Sunday School — NO SUNDAY SCHOOL . Elementary Sunday School — Katherine Baird. . Nursery Worker — Nikki Hazlegrove. or ltomandlhartman@yahoo. constructing raised beds. Greeters —Carol Wood. Debbie Pritchett. please contact Matt and Leslie Hartman (212-1961.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE COVENANT Sunday.m.m.m. 9:30 a. PW Circle # 3 Social Room Staff Meeting Room 213 PW Circle # 4 Forum Room PW Circle # 2 Covenant Room Administration Committee Meeting Library PW Circle # 1 329 Albemarle Avenue Christian Education Meeting Fellowship Committee Meeting Carol Choir (ages 3–K) rehearsal Junior Choir (grades 1-6) rehearsal Wednesday Night Live Chancel Choir rehearsal Choir Room Choir Room Fellowship Hall Choir Room Sunday. Prayer Social Room Sunday School Various Rooms Worship Service Sanctuary Fellowship Hour Social Room Lunch for Disciple & Community Group Fellowship Hall Disciple Bible Study Room 303 Community Group Discussion Fellowship Hall .m. April 8 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.m.m.m.m. 10:00 a. 10:55 a. Wednesday.m. 7:00 p. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.m.m. 6:00 p. 7:15 p.m. 5:00 p.m.m. 12:00 noon 12:30 p.m.m. April 9 CHURCH OFFICE AND CDC CLOSED Tuesday.m. 7:00 p. 10:30 a.m. 9:30 a. April 11 4:30 p. April 10 9:30 a. 10:55 a. 6:00 p. April 15 9:15 a. 9:15 a. 12:00 noon EASTER SUNDAY Handbell Choir Rehearsal Prayer Sunday School Worship Service Fellowship Hour Sanctuary Social Room Various Rooms Sanctuary Social Room Monday. 1:00 p.

Fellowship (M) Matt Hartman (’13) . Fellowship Katie McCullough (’13) .Christian Ed (M).Cards Dawson Watkins (’13) .Care Team Jim McCullough (’13) . CDC (M) Tom Miller (’12) . Communication Cards Sid Yates (’12) . Our Deacons lead the church in service.Ushering MISSION STUDY TEAM: John Nevin (M) Matt Johnson (Co-M) Brian Baird Matt Hartman Christof Meyer Everett Reveley Brint Keyes (ex officio) (M=Moderator) SERMON NOTES “Raised from the Dead” B. Please feel free to approach them with any questions or feedback about Grace Covenant’s ministries.Worship (M).2012 Officers Our Elders serve the church as leaders. Worship Christof Meyer (’12) .Deacons’ Fund. BRINTON P.Care Team Carol Wood (’13) . CLERK OF SESSION: Everett Reveley ELDERS: Jordan Ball (’14) .Care Team Erika Tabor (’14) .Nominating (M).Flowers Cherry Corley (’12) .Finance. Finance Kent Cardwell (’12) . Nominating DEACONS: Pat Ball (’12) .Property (M) Rob Turner (’14) .Finance (M) Robert Rosebro (’13) .Meals Jan Kessel (’14) . KEYES . Nominating Ann Pais (’14) .Prayer.Vice-Moderator .Mission (M) Virginia Hudson (’14) .Secretary .Transportation.Communication Cards Judy Waldron (’14) .Moderator .Administration Everett Reveley (’12) .Worship. Care Team Nikki Hazlegrove (’13) .Evangelism (M) Cheryl Jacobs (’12) .Administration (M) Dana McKnight (’14) .Christian Education Joy Nevin (’14) .Communication Cards Susan Farrell (’12) .

and Mrs. Yerger Loved Ones The Ones we miss the most Gregory Crim My Grandparents Virginia Hasbrouck Dr. Yates Given by: Marjorie and Ed Adams Pat Aldridge Betty Appich Jean Appich and family The Baird Family Pat and Jordan Ball Pat Bell The E. John B. Appich Charles W. Nevin C. D. Robert and Margaret Marshall Lena and Sloke Ball Jim Goshorn Maurice Bell Don (Dad) and Charlie (Uncle Charlie) Appich Blair Boze Beth Coltrain Taylor Dickenson O. G. F. Watkins Withers Our Parents Evelyn R. S. McKnight Gay and Langdon Moss Joy and John Nevin Ann Pais John Roberts Rob and Lewis Rosebro The Rubins Evelyn Tower Judy Waldron Dawson Watkins Mary and Whit Whitley Sidney E. Leith Sallie Leys Christopher Martin Dana E. Yates In Honor of: All my love ones: past and present Our children and grandchildren Our Families Grace Covenant’s WWII veterans Nell Dickenson Given by: Dottie-Ray Koch Janet and Tom Miller The Rubins Elizabeth Russell Suzanne and Pete Sizemore . Dickenson Lillian Farrar Grace Covenant Handbell Choir Jan Kessel Caroline H. Pearson Jr. Langdon Moss Mr. and Mrs. Our Loved Ones Dr. and Mrs. Watkins Evelyn S. Jane Roberts Nancy Roberts Pope Mr. and Mrs. E.MEMORIAL LILIES We wish to thank the members and friends of the congregation who have provided Easter lilies for the Sanctuary. In Memory of: Our parents and Christian Kevin Aldridge Donald L. Aubrey Kessel Don Kessel Nancy Allen Leith Anne Amonette Leys Anna J. J. Farrar Beth Coltrain Mr. M. B. Paul K. Martin Mr. Jr. McKnight Dr. and Mrs. Martin Mr. Lynford Londrey Our Beloved Parents Dr. James E. Scott Boze Family Phil and Hannah Coltrain Nell H. Appich. and Mrs. and Mrs. L. Roberts Mr.