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April 10, 2011

GRACE COVENANT
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Loving God & Our Neighbors in the Heart of the City


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 after worship for fellowship in the Social Room.
Thank you for turning off your cell phones, pagers, cameras, and other
electronic devices during worship, and for leaving food and beverages
outside the sanctuary.

Temporary Supply Pastor: Brint Keyes


Director of Music: Chris Martin
Christian Educator: Kelley Lane
Administrative Assistant: Vanessa Strait
Bookkeeper: Martha Rubin
Sexton: Willie Alford
Child Development Center Director: Brenda Van Pelt

1627 Monument Avenue Office Hours:


Richmond, VA 23220 Monday-Friday
Phone: 804.359.2463 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fax: 804.278.6298 Radio: WLES 590 AM
www.grace-covenant.org www.wlesradio.com
info@grace-covenant.org

Hearing Aids, Large Print Hymnals, and Bulletins


are available each week from the ushers.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of
death.

Romans 8:1-2

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister
Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet
with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus,
“Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does
not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified
through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after
having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

John 11:1-6

And life is not easy; on the contrary, it becomes deadly earnest and difficult wherever
this word "resurrection" resounds. Resurrection proclaims true freedom to us and
lets us painfully discover our prison chains. It tells us that the one and only refuge is
God. But it tells us that only because it shows us that all our positions on life's battle-
field are lost and that we must vacate them. Against this fact we try to defend our-
selves. We do not tolerate this pronouncement upon our lives, inherent in the resur-
rection proclamation. For that reason we deny the resurrection, or we at least mini-
mize it. We alter it into something human.

Karl Barth
A SERVICE FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD
April 10, 2011 The Fifth Sunday in Lent 11:00 a.m.

GATHER TO GLORIFY GOD


PRELUDE In Paradisum Théodore Dubois
(1837-1924)

†Please stand for these parts of the service.

†CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 23

Leader: O LORD, our LORD,


how majestic is your name in all the earth!
People: When I look at your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
Leader: the moon and the stars that you have established;
People: what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
Leader: what are mortals that you care for them?
People: Yet you have made us a little lower than God,
and crowned us with glory and honor.
All: O LORD, our LORD,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

†HYMN 84 (Blue Hymnal) In the Cross of Christ I Glory Rathbun


†PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of mercy,
In Jesus Christ You emptied Yourself and took the form of a servant,
coming to our world to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have wandered away from Your voice
and turned aside from Your costly love.
We are misled by pride,
for we see ourselves pure when we are stained,
and great when we are small.
We have failed in love, neglected justice, ignored Your truth,
and shown ourselves unworthy of Your concern,
and wholly undeserving of Your grace.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and forgive us our sins, we pray.

Remove from us the weight of sin that clings so closely.


Accept our repentance, and nurture in us Your humble Spirit.
Deliver us from wayward detours,
and return us to paths of righteousness,
that our lives may be an offering to You,
and we may be fit to serve Your will;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we pray. Amen.

†KYRIE John Merbecke, 1550

Lord, Have Mercy Upon Us, music by John Merbecke © 1990 Westminster/John Knox Press.
All rights reserved. Used by permission. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-715262.

†ASSURANCE OF PARDON
GIVE THANKS TO GOD
WELCOME Dawson Watkins

Please fill out the communication card and place it in the offering plate.

OFFERING

ANTHEM He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions Carl Heinrich Graun


Chancel Choir (1701-1759)

He was wounded for our transgressions, and for our iniquities.


He was bruised for our iniquities.
The chastisement that brought us peace was on Him;
And with His stripes we are healed.

– Isaiah 53:5

†DOXOLOGY 592 (Blue Hymnal) Old Hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;


Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

†PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING Dawson Watkins

HEAR THE WORD OF GOD


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION Dawson Watkins

OLD TESTAMENT READING Ezekiel 37:1-14 Holy Bible, p. 763 OT

CHILDREN’S SERMON Kelley Lane


RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 130:1-8 J. Robert Caroll

With the Lord There Is Mercy, music by J. Robert Caroll © 1987 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved. Used by permission. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-715262.

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
Lord, hear my voice; in his word is my hope.
let your ears consider well the voice My soul waits for the Lord,
of my supplication. more than watchmen for the morning,
If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, more than watchmen for the morning.
O Lord, who could stand? (refrain)
For there is forgiveness with you; O Israel, wait for the Lord,
therefore you shall be feared. (refrain) for with the Lord there is mercy;
With him there is plenteous redemption,
and he shall redeem Israel
from all their sins. (refrain)

GOSPEL READING John 11:1-45 Holy Bible, p. 100 NT

SERMON “How Can God „Destroy‟ Death?” B. Brinton P. Keyes

†HYMN 143 (Red Hymnal) At the Name of Jesus King’s Weston

†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 Hymnal) Greatorex

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE 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 320 (Red Hymnal) I Am Thine, O Lord I Am Thine

†BENEDICTION

†CHORAL RESPONSE God So Loved the World Sir John Stainer

†POSTLUDE Vexilla Regis (The Royal Banners Forward Go) Everett Titcomb
(1884-1968)

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 my parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Claiborne E. Brogden, and my brother, Claiborne E. Brogden, Jr.
by Mrs. Nancy Booker.
Théodore Dubois was a French composer who served notable churches in Paris including The
Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde and The Church of the Madeleine. Dubois composed numerous reli-
gious works, his best known work being his oratorio, The Seven Last Words of Christ. He composed
numerous organ works during his appointment at The Madeleine. Today’s prelude is a trio (2
manuals and pedal) entitled In Paradisum, featuring a lyrical melody performed on a solo reed.

German composer and tenor Carl Heinrich Graun was considered to be the most important Ger-
man composer of Italian opera during the Baroque era. The words of Isaiah 53:5 are brought
forth in today’s anthem by Graun, edited and arranged by American composer Tom Fettke.

Everett Titcomb served fifty years as organist-choirmaster at The Church of St. John the Evan-
gelist in Boston. Titcomb’s inclinations were strongly toward the music of high-church ritualism.
Today’s postlude is a voluntary on the hymn Vexilla Regis, written by Venantius Fortunatus (530-
609). For several years this ancient hymn was part of the Roman Church’s Good Friday liturgy.

Give thanks to God for guarding Beverly Proffitt in her recent


auto accident; for Ray Inscoe’s recovery from heart surgery; for
Dave Martin’s recovery from illness.

Offer prayers of intercession for Beverly Proffitt (hand/wrist


surgery); Tom Miller’s father; Peter and Loretta Albertis (receiving cancer treatment);
Bill Stuart, recovering from knee replacement surgery; Erika Tabor, attending memorial
services for her grandfather; Mary Chenoweth; Dan & Linda Adams (Mary Beth
Woolfolk’s father- and mother-in-law); the people of Japan; people of North African and
Middle Eastern nations seeking democracy; Ashby Price, John Lootens, Jennifer
Schooley, Wayne Casey, and Matt Hartman, all facing challenges in employment; Leslie
Hartman’s community garden ministry; Stewart Chapman and William Bridenstine,
serving in our nation’s Armed Forces; and for the Spirit of the Resurrection in Metropoli-
tan Richmond - a spirit of justice, righteousness, equality, and mutual benefit, and for
Metro Richmond’s spiritual renewal, leading to prayer and care for all regardless of race, na-
tional origin, religion, income, or neighborhood.
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your re-
quests be made known to God." - Phil 4:6
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE! With Easter approach-
ing we often think of Jesus dying on the cross, and how
central this is to our faith. Our program this Wednesday,
April 13, is THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS
CHRIST: A SURGEON‟S PERSPECTIVE led by
Tom Miller. You will not want to miss this!
Dinner is “It’s Italian”: lasagna, garlic bread, green salad bar and cheesecake for dessert.
Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and children are dismissed to Kid’s Club at 6:30 pm.

WORSHIP SUPPORT FOR TODAY: Opener-Jake Savage; Greeters-Lewis Rosebro,


David Martin; Nursery Workers-Carson Price, Jo Garber; Worship Kits-Judy Waldron;
Fellowship Hour-The Millers and Doris Farquhar

WORSHIP SUPPORT FOR NEXT SUNDAY (April 17): Opener-Pete Sizemore;


Greeters-Kent Cardwell, Carol Wood, Megan Meyer, Everett Reveley, Leslie Hartman;
Nursery Worker-Beth Coltrain; Worship Kits-Judy Waldron; Fellowship Hour-Sallie Leys

Help Wanted: Computer Tech/Consultant Do you have experience in website manage-


ment or design? Server maintenance (Windows Server 2000) or LAN management? The
church's tech needs are not large, and certainly not sufficient to hire a full-time techni-
cian. Nevertheless, what we have does require occasional support, and we would be much
happier working with a qualified church member than with an outside technician. If you
have skills that might be useful in this area, please contact the church office at 359-2463
or info@grace-covenant.org.

Request from the Administration Committee: Volunteers are needed in the glass
office to answer phones and buzz people into the building during the staff lunch
hours. We still need volunteers from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and
Thursdays. To sign up the calendar is located in the Glass Office. Thanks for helping our
church to be accessible during the lunch hours and giving our hard-working office staff
the chance to get out for lunch.
Sermons are online every week!
You can access the Sunday services on grace-
covenant.org; click on WE GATHER then on SER-
MONS. You have a choice of CHILDREN‟S
SERMON, SUNDAY SERMON or FULL SER-
VICE by clicking on the MP3 icon of your choice.

Palm Sunday Breakfast!


This year we will again be serving our traditional Palm Sunday
Breakfast on Sunday, April 17, at 9:00 a.m. The church will
provide juice, coffee and tea, and we invite members to bring
other breakfast dishes. You are also quite welcome to help with setup beforehand and/or
cleanup afterward.
Please indicate what you would like to bring on the sign-up sheet in the narthex, and if
you’d like to help in other ways, contact Jean Appich at 355-4624 or jrappich@verizon.net.

People Group
Primarily comprised of members and
friends, but very hospitable to any
who show up!
And the food is outstanding!

PEOPLE Group meets every other


month at various locations, always on
Saturdays.

For more information please contact


Suzanne and Pete Sizemore at
(804) 288-7757
MONDAY MEN‟S LUNCH: A group of men meet every Monday at 12
noon in room B-4 for fellowship. Come join us! Bring your lunch and en-
joy discussions, videos, recorded sermons, and timely reviews of articles or
books.

The Presbyterian Women’s Circle Groups meet this Tuesday, April 12.
Please check calendar on next page for times and locations.

Sunday morning classes are a great way to deepen your faith and also to fellowship with oth-
ers. There are several Sunday School Classes to choose from. All Sunday School Classes
begin at 9:30 a.m.

Connections Class “Westminster Confession of Faith” Room 303


Vanguard Class “The Book of Romans” Room B-4
Grace Class “Bible Study” Room 212
Forum Class “Revelation” with Tom Miller Room B-7

Good Friday Prayer Vigil


On Good Friday (April 22), the Worship Ministry invites you
to take part in a twelve-hour-long (from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.)
Prayer Vigil in the sanctuary. The day has been divided into
1/2-hour blocks of time, so you may sign up for a time that
suits your schedule best. You may sign up as individuals, fami-
lies, or small groups to come into the church and simply pray.

We will have materials in the pews to help those who would like some guides in focusing
their prayer. God's will for us as His church is to pray with thanksgiving and ask for His
help in all things. Our precious Lord Jesus even took the time to teach us how to pray.
Please find the poster for sign-ups inside the back door throughout the week; on Sundays
we will move it to the narthex for your convenience. Our goal is to have someone at
Grace Covenant praying in our sanctuary for twelve continuous hours. Come, pray, and
prepare your heart to celebrate the Risen Christ.
Summary Notes from Session Report
The Session has provided a summary report to help ensure that the congregation remains
informed of its decisions and actions. Copies are available in the Narthex, in the Social
Room, in the Glass Office, and outside the Choir Room. Please take one and read about
the decisions and actions our elders are taking to lead our congregation.

CHILDREN & WORSHIP: Our Kindergarten, First and Second


Graders, have now completed their six-week study of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy
Communion. They are invited to remain with their parents during worship. You will find
age-appropriate Children’s Worship Bulletins in the Worship Bags.
All children are encouraged to attend worship with their parents. Following the children’s
sermon, children who are not yet in Kindergarten may choose to go to the nursery for a
snack and play time.
The infant and toddler nurseries are available throughout the worship service for those
children who are not ready to attend worship at this point.
CHILDREN‟S SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES:
Infants, 0-16 months old Nursery main level
Toddlers, 17 months - 2 years old Room 102
Preschoolers, 3 and 4 year olds Room 101
Grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade Rooms 207-210
Grades 3rd-6th Rooms 207-210

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: It’s time to join in a good old-


fashioned Easter Egg Hunt at Margaret and Dick Cardwell’s home
on Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. This is a great event to which you
are asked to invite family, friends and neighbors. Please bring an
Easter egg basket and come join the fun! For further information,
contact Kelley Lane at the church office at (804) 359-2463, ext. 203,
or at lane@grace-covenant.org
THIS WEEK AT GRACE COVENANT
Sunday, April 10
8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Handbell Room
9:15 a.m. Prayer Social Room
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Various Classrooms
10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir Choir Room
11:00 a.m. Worship Service Sanctuary
12:30 p.m. Missions Committee Meeting Vanguard Room
12:30 p.m. New Members’ Class #2 Grace Room

Monday, April 11
12:00 noon Men’s Luncheon Vanguard Room
7:00 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting Vanguard Room

Tuesday, April 12
9:30 a.m. PW Circle # 3 Social Room
10:00 a.m. Staff Meeting Room 213
10:30 a.m. PW Circle # 4 (Jane Londrey’s home) 208 Oxford Circle West
11:00 a.m. PW Circle # 2 Room B-4
7:00 p.m. Christian Education Meeting Room 213
7:00 p.m. Property Committee Meeting Vanguard Room

Wednesday, April 13
4:30 p.m. Carol Choir (ages 3-K) Choir Room
5:00 p.m. Junior Choir (grades 1-6) Choir Room
6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper & Program Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Choir Room

Thursday, April 14
9:30 a.m. Mothers Together
10:00 a.m. MT Children’s Choir Choir Room
10:30 a.m. Children’s Chapel Chapel

Friday, April 15
5:45 p.m. Community Group 2107 Maplewood Avenue

Sunday, April 17 PALM SUNDAY


8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Handbell Room
9:00 a.m. Covered Dish Breakfast Fellowship Hall
9:30 a.m. Gather at First English Evangelical Lutheran
9:45 a.m. Worship and Procession First English Evangelical Lutheran
10:30 a.m. Chancel Choir Choir Room
11:00 a.m. Worship Service Sanctuary
12:30 p.m. Missions Committee Meeting
12:30 p.m. New Members’ Class #3 Grace Room
2011 Officers
Our Elders serve the church as leaders.
Our Deacons lead the church in service.
Please feel free to approach them with any
questions or feedback
about GCPC's ministries.

CLERK OF SESSION: Everett Reveley

ELDERS:
Jean Appich („11) - Christian Education
Brian Baird („11) - Evangelism (M)
Maurice Bell („13) - Finance/Stewardship “Consider the Lilies…” If you would like to
Kent Cardwell („12) - Missions (M) place an Easter Lily in the sanctuary for use
Cal Gray („11) - Property (M) on Easter Sunday, please pick up a form in
Matt Hartman („13) - Worship; Evangelism
various newsletter locations. The lilies may
be given in memory of or to honor family and
Cheryl Jacobs („12) - Worship (M); Administration
friends for $11.00. The deadline is Monday,
Catherine Kerns („13) - Christian Education; Evangelism April 11, 2011 for all orders. Donations may be
Caroline Leith („11) - Worship dropped off in the Glass Office (Lucite box)
David Martin („13) - Administration (Co-M); Property or in the church office.
Katie McCullough („13) - Administration (Co-M); Mission
Dana McKnight („11) - Finance/Stewardship (M)
Tom Miller („12) - Christian Education (M)
Everett Reveley („12) - Finance/Stewardship

DEACONS:
Pat Aldridge („11) - Cards and Prayer Ministry
Betty Appich („11) - Deacon Support Easter Lily orders are
Pat Ball („12) - Flower Deliveries
Cherry Corley („12) - (Moderator) due tomorrow!!!!
Susan Farrell („12) - Visitation, Transportation
Nikki Hazlegrove („13) - Meal Deliveries
Jim McCullough („13) - Deacons’ Fund
Julia Poppell („11) - (Secretary) Visitation
Carrie Rose („13) - Visitation and Card Ministry
Dawson Watkins („11) - (Vice-Moderator) Visitor follow-up
Carol Wood („13) - Visitation and Prayer Ministry
Sid Yates („12) - Ushers
SERMON NOTES
“How Can God „Destroy‟ Death?”
B. BRINTON P. KEYES