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Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Asheville, North Carolina www.gcpcusa.org September 25, 2016 – 10:30 am Called to Christ – Called to Imagine “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” From “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver Bell Peal Prelude Prelude on Ellacombe Michael Burkhardt * Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 146) Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! We will sing praises to our God all our lives long. Happy are those whose help is in God whose hope is in the LORD their God, The LORD sets the prisoners free; The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; The LORD watches over the strangers; God upholds the orphan and the widow, Praise the LORD! * Hymn 32 I Sing the Mighty Power of God ELLACOMBE * Call to Reconciliation
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  • GraceCovenantPresbyterianChurchAsheville,NorthCarolina

    www.gcpcusa.org

    September25,2016–10:30amCalledtoChrist–CalledtoImagine

    “Whoeveryouare,nomatterhowlonely,theworldoffersitselftoyourimagination,

    callstoyoulikethewildgeese,harshandexciting--overandoverannouncingyourplace

    inthefamilyofthings.”From“WildGeese,”byMaryOliver

    BellPeal Prelude PreludeonEllacombe MichaelBurkhardt * CalltoWorship(adaptedfromPsalm146) PraisetheLORD!PraisetheLORD,Omysoul!

    WewillsingpraisestoourGodallourliveslong.HappyarethosewhosehelpisinGodwhosehopeisintheLORDtheirGod,TheLORDsetstheprisonersfree;TheLORDopenstheeyesoftheblind.TheLORDliftsupthosewhoareboweddown;TheLORDwatchesoverthestrangers;Godupholdstheorphanandthewidow,PraisetheLORD!

    *Hymn32 ISingtheMightyPowerofGod ELLACOMBE*CalltoReconciliation

  • *PrayerofConfession MercifulGod,We struggle to trust in yourmysteriousways. Life feels at oncepredictableandrandom.We tellourselveswe’re incontrol. Andinalmostthesamebreathwetellourselveswearehelpless.Giveus the wisdom to accept both our limitations and our promise.Grant us the courage to trust Your unique power and Yourprovidentialcare.FilluswithYourholyimagination.Amen.

    *AssuranceofForgiveness

    * ResponseHymn48 RainDown RAINDOWN * PassingofthePeace ThePeaceofChristbewithyou. Andalsowithyou.

    FaithSharingwithChildren OurLifeTogether(Pleasesignthepadlocatedinyourpew) Anthem OGodBeyondAllPraising arr.RichardProulx PrayerforIllumination OldTestament Amos6:1a,4-7 TheWordoftheLord ThanksbetoGod!

    NewTestament Luke16:19-31 TheWordoftheLord ThanksbetoGod!

    Sermon “DangerousImaginationandOtherKeystoHealthyLiving”

    MarciaMountShoop

    SilentMeditation

    * Hymn79 LightDawnsonaWearyWorld TEMPLEOFPEACE*AffirmationofFaith (fromtheBookofOrder)

    Godwas incarnate in Jesus Christ,who announced goodnews tothe poor, proclaimed release for prisoners and recovery of sightfor the blind, let the broken victims go free, and proclaimed theyearoftheLord’sfavor.Jesuscametoseekandtosavethelost;inhis life and death for othersGod’s redeeming love for all peoplewasmadevisible;and in theresurrectionof JesusChrist there istheassuranceofGod’svictoryoversinanddeathandthepromiseofGod’scontinuingpresenceintheworld.Amen.

    CalledtoImagine FloriPate

  • Offering(PleaseplaceprayercardsintheofferingplateforthePrayersofthePeople) Offertory BeThouMyVision arr.HowardHelvey * Doxology

    PrayerofDedication

    GraciousGod,receivethesegiftsasanexpressionofourgratitudeforyourabidinglove.Inyourwisdomandholyimagination,helpthesegiftsfindtheplaces,people,andsituationswheretheyareneededthemost.InChrist'sName,AMEN.

    PrayersofthePeople Eachsectionoftheprayerwillconclude:“God,inyourgrace” Pleaserespond:“Hearourprayer” TheLord’sPrayer

    OurFather,whoartinheaven,Hallowedbethyname,Thykingdomcome, thywillbedone,Onearthas it is inheaven.Giveus thisdayourdailybread;and forgiveusourdebts, asweforgiveourdebtors;andleadusnotintotemptation,butdeliverusfromevil.Forthineisthekingdom,andthepower,andtheglory,forever.Amen.

    *Hymn772 LiveintoHope TRURO * ChargeandBenediction

    Postlude Voluntary FlorPeeters -------------------------------------------------(Forsome,theVoluntaryservesasfestivemusictoaccompanytheirgoingbackoutintotheworld.Othersprefertoremainseatedandlisten.Pleasebemindfulofthesedifferentneedsasyoudepart.Thankyou!

  • *PleaseStandinBodyorSpirit.

    WegathertoworshipGodwhoislargerthanallourimaginations!WeencourageallpersonstosingthegendernounsandpronounstheypreferinreferringtoGod.

    WORSHIPNOTES:

    CopyrightIssues:WeworktomakeourSundaymorningbulletinsas"userfriendly"aspossible.Printingsungresponsesanddoxologiesinthebulletinallowsworshiperstofullyengagewithouthavingtoconsultthehymnal.Thisispossiblewithmostofourresponseswherecopyrightlawsallowustoreprintthemusic.Thereareoccasionsliketodaywiththesingingof"RainDown"whereitisnecessarytousethehymnalbecausethecopyrightrestrictsadditionalprinting.Weapologizefortheinconveniencewhilerejoicingthatweareabletoaddthisnewsongtoourcongregations’repertoire!

    OurLifeTogether…

    ThankYou!HeadUsher:PaulTescione|Liturgist:JaneLeeVondette

    ThankyoutoJeannetteWilliamsfortheflowersthatdecorateoursanctuarythismorning,giventothegloryofGodandwiththoughtsandprayersforfriends’andfamilybirthdays.

    DeaconoftheWeek:JanBrunk,email:[email protected]thingfromprayingwithyoutogivingyouatourofthebuilding.Thisdeaconwillbewearingapurplesashandstationedinthenarthexbefore10:30worshipandinthefrontofthesanctuaryafterworship.Heorsheisalsoavailableduringtheweekifyouorsomeoneyouloveneedsassistancefromourboardofdeacons.FromtheNominatingCommitteeThisisanexcitingtimeatGraceCovenantasweapproachbeingfullystaffed.WestillhaveonemoreimportantsteptotakeonourPastoralStaff.Weneedtofillthefull-timeAssociatePastorposition,previouslyheldbyKristyFarber.ThenominatingcommitteeislookingforsuggestionsfornamesofpeopletoserveonanAssociatePastorNominatingCommittee.Weneedpeoplewhoknowthechurchand,particularly,butnotexclusively,peoplewhohavecloseconnectionstopastoralcareandadulteducationinthiscongregation.PleasesendsuggestionswithinthenextweektoTiffanyKinnaird,[email protected],chairoftheNominatingCommittee;orplacethenominationcardintheofferingplate.StaffNewsTheSessionvotedthisweektoextendthetermsofcallforRebeccaGurneyasapart-timeAssociatePastorthroughtheendofMay2017.WeareblessedtohaveRebeccaservingamongusandwearegratefulforhergiftsandherwillingnesstoextendhertimewithus.

  • SocialMediaGraceCovenanthasseveralsocialmediaaccountsinwhichtoengage.Facebook(Grace-Covenant-Presbyterian-Church),Twitter(@GraceCovPC),Instagram(gcpc_avl),andourwebsite(www.gcpcusa.org).Wewelcomeyourimagesandnewsabo[email protected]gcpcusa.org.GraceCovenantiscommittedtobeingatrustworthyplaceforeveryone,especiallychildren.Ifyouwouldpreferthatimagesthatincludeyourchild(ren)notbepostedonsocialmedia,pleaseletMarcia([email protected])knowandwewillputyouonoursocialmediaopt-outlist.

    GrowLiveProductionsofKristaTippet’sRadioShowOnBeingOctober21and22|7PM|UNCAsheville,HumanitiesLectureHallAsapartofUNCA’sFestivalofFaithinLiterature,KristaTippettwillbeinterviewingMarilynNelson(Fridaynight)andIsabelWilkerson(Saturdaynight)forherPeabodyAward-winningradioshow,OnBeing.GraceCovenanthaspurchasedticketsforbothnightsandwillsellthemtomembersfor15dollars(scholarshipsavailable!!)[email protected]vailability.

    WednesdayBibleStudy|11AM|ConferenceRoom|StartingSeptember28thJointhepastoralstafftoreadandstudyoursermontextsforSunday.Nopreparationneeded,justcomereadytoopenscriptureanddiscuss.

    WednesdaySanctuaryOpenforPrayerEachWednesdayfrom11:45AM–5:30PM,thesanctuarywillbeopenforsilentprayer.Someeveningswillclosewithabrieftimeofcenteringprayer.

    ServeGuatemalaScholarships|Signupinthenarthextoday!WearehonoredtoparticipateintheTimothyScholarshipProgramwithoursisterchurch,IglesiaJerusalem,inCoatepeque,Guatemala.ThelivesoftherecipientsofGCPCscholarshipshavebeengreatlychangedbytheeducationthatGraceCovenanthashelpedprovide.w Over40scholarshipstudentsattendprimary,middle,andsecondaryschoolsintheCoatepequearea.Mostofthemarechildrenoffamiliesthataremembersofoursisterchurch.Thescholarshipshelpthemwithtuition,purchaseofuniforms,books,shoes,schoolsupplies,andmanyotheritemsthattheirfamiliescouldnotafford.Withoutthisaid,thesechildrenwouldnotbeabletoattendschool.w YoucanmakeyourcheckouttoGCPC.Pleasewrite“GuatemalaScholarship”onthememoline.Anyamountiswelcomed;$180providesforafullscholarship.

    GlobalMissionsPrayerPartners|Sunday,October2|11:30AM|NarthexSeptemberprayerpartnerswerematchedwithMarkandJennyBent/HareandthefolkstheyworkwithintheDominicanRepublicandHaiti.(MarkworksinHaitiwiththeFarmerCooperativesandJennyworksintheDominicanRepublicwithacommunityhealthprogram.)ManythankstoallourGCPCprayerpartners!OurGlobalMissionsPrayerPartnerswillresumeinJanuary.

  • BackyardBBQattheVeteransRestorationQuarters|Tuesday,October4Forthepast7yearsateamfromGCPChascooked&servedahamburgersupperforveteransthefirstTuesdayofeachmonth.Comearound4:30andyouwillhaveajob.CreationCareAlliance|“HarvestCelebrationPotluckDinner”|Thursday,October6|5:30–7:30PM|GCPCFellowshipHallGetinvolvedwithCreationCareAlliancethisfall!ThespeakerisSusanSides,founderanddirectoroftheLord’sAcreGardeninFairview.TourGCPCgardenwithBuzzDurham.Bringacovereddishtoshareandplates/utensilsforeveryoneinyourparty.Drinkswillbeprovided.

    [email protected]|Tuesday,September27|7:00PM|ThirstyMonkNorthComejoinusforournextmen’[email protected]thisgrouporbeaddedtothecontactlist.

    SOS~SaveOurSanity|7:00PM|MeetsfirstMondayofthemonthAsocial,prayer,supportgroupformothersofyoungchildren!Comewithanappetizerandchoiceofdrink;leavethekidsathome.Together,we’llcreatethefunandsupportweneedasweworktoraiseourlittleones.Tobeaddedtolist,[email protected]:Monday,October3–GillilandHome

    PNO~Parents’NightOut|5:00–8:15PM|MeetsoneSaturdayamonthLeaveyourchildrenatthechurchforchildcare,andlet’sallgooutonthetowntogether!ContactthechurchtoreserveaspaceforchildcaretheMondaypriortoouroutingSaturday.Dropyourchildand$10atthechurchonthenighto[email protected]gcpcusa.orgtobeaddedtothelist.(Schedulewillbepostedonthewebsite,underCAREtab.)

    ChildcarevolunteersubsneededThankyou!Wehavefilledallourregularnurseryvolunteerslotsbutwouldlovetoaddtooursubstitutelist.Ifyouwouldbeinterestedinbeingcalledupontofillinasnecessary,[email protected],andshewilladdyoutothelist.

    PrayerList[Wearehappytoprayforanyonewhoisinneed.Concernswillstayonthislistforamonthunlesswehearotherwise.Pleasekeepusupdated.]JerusalemChurchcongregation;LindaAlbin(Les&SusanStradley'sfriend);JoDellHawthorne(DonnaRobertson'scousin);NatalieDeVito(KarenRohls'daughter);MirandaRoop(CindyRoop’ssister);JosePalacios(MariePalacios’husband);BetsyNeedle(RobinGaiser’sfriend);DebbieBartlet(LauraRoss’friend);AprilAlexander(RobbyHassall’sfriend);BillRoss(JonathanRoss’dad);IanNash(Dave&MaryLouNash’sgrandson);BonniePeterson(LouiseRoot’sfriend);SusanLogan(BobandEleanorWalther’sfriend);MilfordandSwaneeCox(MatthewCox’sgrandparents);JuneGlenn(ElizabethMullen’smother);BobKemper(DavidKemper’sdad);LyndaEmashowski(MatthewCox’sfriend);BobKeever(CynthiaKeever’sdad);MarkHassall(BobandSueHassall’ssonandRobbyHassall’sfather);KarenArrowood(TeresaStern’scousin);ErikandDinaJacobs(KathyJacobs’son&daughter-in-law);BarbaraMcLean(ModeratorofWNCPresbytery);Barrett&AliPayne(InSeminary);Craig,ElsaandJosiePlocica(SherylAikman’sfamily);BettySmith;MimiAldridge;SusanStradley;VirginiaBradley;HettieLouGarland;GerrySimons;PatCallison;BobBusey;EarlFowler;DotHolladay;SherrieMeehan;SergeKavalhuna;JerryBleckley;RayKisiah

  • YouthNewsPresbyteryYouthRally|TODAY,Sunday,September25|*2:20-6:45PM(Meet/pickupatGraceCovenantparkinglot)|MontreatThisisanot-to-missafternoon!WewillmeetatthechurchandcarpooltoMontreat.Wewillgatherwithyouthfromacrossourpresbyteryandengageinprogrammingfun.Thereisnocostormeal;GCPCwillprovidelightsnacks.IfyouaremeetingusatMontreat,arrivetoUpperAndersonat2:50PMandpickupthereat6:15PM.

    NextSunday’sEducationforAllAges|9:15AM

    TheImprov:ResponsiveFaithinanEver-ChangingWorld|FellowshipHallThisclasslooksatscripture,life,andpracticethroughvarioustheologicalperspectives,seekingtodiscovercredibleandpromisinggroundforfaithfulimprovisationasweliveinadynamicandchangingworld.Nextweek:WewillexplorehowprocesstheologyunderstandsGod.

    AskingtheHardQuestions:PressurePoints|ChoirRoomThisclassexploresthornyissuesandnewideasthatchallengeuswherewelive,attheintersectionofourfaithandtheworld.Duringfallterm,wearereadinganddiscussingBishopSpong’sbookBiblicalLiteralism:AGentileHeresy.

    DiggingIn:EncounteringScripture|SunroomThisclassreadstheBiblewiththeexpectationthat—whetheritiscomforting,disturbingorchallenging—ithassomethingtosayaboutwhoGodisandwhoweare.Nextweek,westartwiththechaptertwooftheBookofActs.

    CHILDREN&YOUTHEDUCATION[ContactHeatherorSamantha]

    Preschool/Kindergarten:GoodShepherd&WorldCommunionElementary:GoodShepherd&WorldCommunion

    MiddleSchoolLet'scontinuedivingintoourfaithtogether.NextSunday,wewillexplorethequestion"WhyDoestheBibleContradictItself?"withLeslieandBarry.Enjoyabagelbreakfastandagreattime!

    SeniorHighGetreadytolearnandgrowtogether,withteachers,Sheryl,AmyWandAmyP.Wewilllookatthisweek'sheadlinesthroughthelensoffaith.Comeenjoyadeliciousbagelbreakfastandgreatconversationwithfellowyouth!

    NextSunday,October2,2016CalledtoChrist–CalledtoCelebrate

    WorldCommunionSunday

    Worshipat8:30&10:30AMEducationHourat9:15AM

    CourtyardFellowshipat11:30AM

    “WeComeFromaPlace:AHomilyinThreeParts”Scripture:2Timothy1:1-14

  • CALENDAR

    September 18-25 RITI Sunday 25 PritchardPark 8:30AM Worship 9:15AM EducationHour 10:30AM Worship 1:45PM Youthstewardshipvideomtg. 2:20PM YouthGroup 5:00PM Children’sChoirs Tuesday 27 9:00AM PrayerGroup 6:00PM PropertyMtg. 7:00PM Men’[email protected] Wednesday 28 11:00AM BibleStudy 11:45AM Sanctuaryopenforprayer 7:00PM ChoirPractice Thursday 29 7:00PM FallBookDiscussion–WearingGod October Sunday 2 8:30AM Worship 9:15AM EducationHour 10:30AM Worship 5:00PM Children’sChoirs 5:00PM YouthGroup 6:30PM FallBookDiscussion–Soil&Sacrament