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Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Asheville, North Carolina March 6, 2016 – 10:30 am Fourth Sunday in Lent “Grace Foretold” by Makoto Fujimura “Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners.” ~ Miroslav Volf Bell Peal Prelude Andante in D Major Felix Mendelssohn * Call to Worship Your steadfast love, O Lord, is better than life. Therefore our lips will praise you. We will bless you as long as we live. We will lift up our hands and call on your name. For you have been our help and in your presence we sing for joy. * Hymn 612 We Praise You, O God KREMSER

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“Grace Foretold” by Makoto Fujimura
“Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners.”
~ Miroslav Volf
Bell Peal Prelude Andante in D Major Felix Mendelssohn * Call to Worship
Your steadfast love, O Lord, is better than life. Therefore our lips will praise you. We will bless you as long as we live. We will lift up our hands and call on your name. For you have been our help and in your presence we sing for joy.
* Hymn 612 We Praise You, O God KREMSER
* Call to Reconciliation * Prayer of Confession
God, we come with hesitant steps and uncertain motives to uncover the ways we have strayed from your truth. Expose the empty and barren places in our lives. Reveal our selfish designs and our preoccupation with our own safety, security, and comfort. Identify the ways we have been indifferent to the suffering of others. Set your Spirit loose to work in us; Let your healing light transform us into the image of your Son, for you alone can bring new life and make us whole. Amen.
* Response (Kyrie Eleison – “Lord, have mercy”)
* Assurance of Forgiveness
Even in the face of betrayal and rebellion, even in the face of death and denial, even in the face of fear and despair, God's Grace knows no bounds.
We are forgiven, we are called back into relationship with God who sets our feet on the path of peace. Thanks be to God. Amen.
* Response (sung) Hymn 215, Stanza One
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul! * Passing of the Peace The Peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Prayer for Illumination Old Testament Psalm 32
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God!
New Testament 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God!
Sermon “The Triple Option” Rebecca Gurney Silent Meditation
* Hymn Sing! A New Creation Call Us EBENEZER
(Any children wishing to sit on the stairs to celebrate the baptism, please join Heather Gast there
during the last stanza of the hymn) Sacrament of Baptism for Louis Jackson McCleary-Small (son of Llewellyn Coppedge Childress and Max Julian McCleary-Small)
Faith Sharing with Children
Affirmation of Faith (the Apostles’ Creed) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Our Life Together (Please sign the Friendship Pad located in your pew)
Offering (Please place prayer cards in the offering plate for the Prayers of the People) Prayer of Dedication Offertory Solo Deep River setting by Mark Hayes Jonathan Ross, Baritone * Doxology sung to REGENT SQUARE
Praise the Lover of Creation Praise the Spirit, Friend of Friends, Praise the True Beloved, our Savior, Praise the God who makes and mends, strong, surrendered, many-splendored,
Three whose Oneness never ends.
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper Invitation to The Table Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise!
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. The Bread And The Cup
Please come forward by the middle aisle, beginning with the front pews. Take a piece of bread, dip it in the cup. Return to your pew by the outside aisles. You may also be served in your pew. Please note, ALL bread is gluten-free.
Music During Communion Just As I Am setting by Benjamin Hutto * Hymn 321 The Church’s One Foundation AURELIA (Stanzas 1-4) * Charge and Benediction Postlude Chaconne Louis Couperin ----------------------- Sing! A New Creation Calls Us. by James Hart Brumm. (c) 2007 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of License no. A-724337 "Praise the Lover of Creation" by Brian Wren. (c) 1989 Hope Publishing Co. Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission of license no. A-724337
(For some, the Voluntary serves as festive music to accompany their going back out into the world. Others prefer to remain seated and listen. Please be mindful of these different needs as you depart. Thank you!)
* Please Stand in Body or Spirit.
We gather to worship God who is larger than all our imagination! We encourage all persons to sing the gender nouns and pronouns
they prefer in referring to God.
WORSHIP NOTES: We are singing a traditional "Kyrie" during the season of lent. "Kyrie Eleison" (translated: Lord, have mercy) is one of the oldest liturgical Greek texts used in Christian worship and dates back to the early church. The tune which we are singing during this season comes from the Russian Orthodox tradition and is one of the oldest harmonized musical settings of this text. Today, when we sing the Kyrie, we are quite literally "joining our voices with faithful of every time and place who forever sing to the glory of God." Today our use of the Apostles’ Creed is based on an ancient practice of the church to use one of the earliest forms of Christian profession of faith at the time a new person is incorporated into the community’s life through baptism. By succinctly stating core Christian convictions about God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, it proclaims the faith into which we all are baptized, reminding of the God who creates, redeems and renews.
Our Life Together…
Thank You! Head Usher: Betsy Wilson | Liturgist: Mary Lou Nash The flowers that decorate our sanctuary today are given by Marty and Ray Dean's family in celebration of their 61 years of loving partnership together and in thanks for God's abundant love for us all. It is with bittersweet emotion that we announce the upcoming retirement of Nancy Quick, longtime Operations Administrator for Grace Covenant. Nancy has been part of the heart and soul of our church for the last 20 years, providing incredible care through her work as the manager of this building, helping to organize church events, managing weddings, funerals and so much more. She has been the steady force of continuity through 3 pastors and 2 interim pastors. Nancy has said that “this is, hands down, the best job I have ever had in my life and it is because of the people in this church.” It’s hard to imagine that there is anyone in this community who has not been touched by her quick smile, caring heart and amazing organizational skills. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her as she moves into the next phase of her life, as Nancy and her husband, Richard, move to Knoxville to be closer to son Travis and daughter in law Dana. Nancy’s last day will be May 31st. Stay tuned for details about our “Celebrate Nancy” event in mid-May. NOMINATIONS for DEACONS The Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations from the congregation for persons to serve as Deacons, beginning in April 2016. Please send your nominations for Deacons to Tiffany, [email protected], by March 13.
Youth News YOUTH GROUP ~ TONIGHT, Sunday, March 6 | 5 – * 7:30 PM Youth Group "Practice Makes Perfect" (5 – 6 PM) | GCPC sanctuary Fellowship Fun Night (6 – 7:30 PM) | GCPC Fellowship Hall This is a not-to-miss day! Get ready for our exciting dress rehearsal for (5 PM), where we will each learn our various roles (from ushers to storytellers) and finalize preparations for our awesome Humans of GCPC project. Please note: the dress rehearsal is closed to the public. The Fellowship Fun Night (open to all ages) will begin at 6 PM. Feel welcome to attend solo or with your families. There will be a delicious potluck, fun trivia, and great people. See you tonight!!!!
Care Fellowship Fun Night | TONIGHT! March 6 | 6 – 7:30 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall A potluck dinner for all ages! Good food, fun conversation and maybe even a trivia question or two. Fried chicken, drinks and dessert will be provided by the church; please plan to bring a ready-to-eat side dish. (Congregation & Public Invited)| Sunday, March 13 5 - 7 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall This is a thrilling event for the whole family! Come and hear stories told by our GCPC youth (and curated by fellow youth and adults). Listen to Max Ungert, Luci Mullen, George Andrade, Kaegan Parks, Colleen Hartbarger, Martha Plaehn, and Alex Gast share first-person stories centered on the theme "Whoops!" Also enjoy great skits, music, appetizers and beverages. Childcare will be provided.
Solar Panel Discussion | Sunday, March 13 | 11:30 AM | Fellowship Hall How might Grace Covenant continue “greening” its church building as stewards of God’s creation? Please join us following worship for a question-and-answer session about the possibility of installing solar panels on the roof at Grace Covenant. Assisting in the discussion will be consultant Landon Pennington of Collaborative Solar in Boone who has experience in helping nonprofits go solar. Men's Fellowship Event | Thursday, March 17 | 5:30 PM | Thirsty Monk North Hey you guys!!! When you are sitting in church do you ever wish you could connect with other guys around you? Come join us at the Thirsty Monk North for a time to hang out and get to know each other. Questions? Contact Scott Engels at [email protected] Prayer List [We are happy to pray for anyone who is in need. Concerns will stay on this list for a month unless we hear otherwise. Please keep us updated.] Jerusalem Church congregation; Linda Albin (Les & Susan Stradley's friend); JoDell Hawthorne (Donna Robertson's cousin); Natalie DeVito (Karen Rohls' daughter); Tricia & Steve Minnick (Mary Lou Nash's friends); Susie Moore (Ray Kisiah’s sister); Lindsae Becker (Tyler Anders’ friend); Bob McMillan (Ashley Park’s father); Ian Craig (Mary Craig’s son); Kathy Dowdle (Karen Rohls’ friend); Miranda Roop (Cindy Roop’s sister); Jose Palacios (Marie Palacios’ husband); Pam Morrell (Penny Ponder’s daughter); Betsy Needle (Robin Gaiser’s friend); Debbie Bartlet (Laura Ross’ friend); Lori Hock (Robbie Hassall’s friend); Greg Young (Leslie Sharpe’s brother); April Alexander (Robbie Hassall’s friend); Emma, Savannah and Summer; Heath & Peggy Rada (Moderator of the PCUSA General Assembly); Barbara McLean (Moderator of WNC Presbytery); Barrett & Ali Payne (In Seminary); Mark & Heather Merritt (In Seminary); Jack & Betty Smith; Mimi Aldridge; Susan Stradley; Virginia Bradley; Lois and Donald Dossey; Hettie Lou Garland; Jane Lee Vondette; Gerry Simons; Diane Chambers; Cecil Jividen; Ray Dean; Mary Lou Nash
Grow 2016 Winter Women’s Memoir Series | 6:15 PM | Library Join us for our last book talk of the season! Hosted by Heather Gast, Rebecca Gurney, and Samantha Gonzalez-Block and open to all women of the church. One copy of the book can be found in the newly revamped library annex upstairs in the Memorial Garden Overlook. Please pre-read the book to ensure lively discussion but come either way! March 14 | Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx | Heidi Neumark Marketplace Needs We are collecting good smelling whole spices that can be ground (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, etc)...they can be expired. We also still need altoid/metal mint tins and colorful yarn for our vacation bible school. If you have donations, please put them in the labeled box in the information station. Thank you!
Serve North Asheville Winter Tailgate Market Saturdays | 10-12:30 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall Please note that the YMCA will have a market booth on March 12. They will be conducting balance and glucose screens at no cost. Room In The Inn | April 10 – 17 Our next RITI is coming up! Sign-up is available after church TODAY in the narthex. Or you can go to Volunteer Spot at and enter your email address to sign-up online. If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact Nan Clarke ([email protected]) or Geneva Neeriemer ([email protected]). Presbyterian Peace Fellowship's Activist Council Gathering Montreat & Asheville | March 31 - April 2 Are you interested in helping to strategize for peace? The Activist Council is a new group that is open to anyone committed to the nonviolence of Christ and interested in faith-rooted organizing for peace within our community. Rev. Amy Cantrell will lead worship during this inaugural meeting. To register visit:, select Peace Communities from top menu and look for First Gathering of the PFF Activist Council. If you are able to help with transportation and/or preparing meals for this gathering, please contact PPF Co- Director, Emily Brewer at [email protected]
Next Sunday’s Education for All Ages | 9:15 AM
Special Adult Education Offering | February 14 - March 20 | 9:15 AM Spiritual Practices During Lent For the six Sundays in Lent, members of our congregation as well as church staff will lead us in exploring a variety of spiritual practices. Fliers with detailed descriptions of each week’s practice are available on the credenzas in the narthex.
3/13 The Practice of Body Mindfulness: “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Join us to consider the ways our bodies, made in the image of God, surprise us and limit us. This will be a time of meaningful discussion and the chance to get up on our feet and move to the music. (Fellowship Hall, Samantha Gonzalez-Block)
Pressure Points | Library Pressure Points class explores thorny issues that challenge those of us in the 21st century church. We will start a new study in January using a book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi- Faith World by Brian McLaren.
Journeys | Jerusalem Room During Lent, Journeys will be participating in the Lenten Spiritual Practices Class.
Bible Study | Sunroom Over the course of this year, we will be diving into scripture as we study a book of the Bible together. We read a passage, have a lively discussion about it, and then move on as time allows. No preparation needed, just show up. Currently we are studying the gospel of Mark.
CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION [Contact Heather or Samantha]
Preschool: Faces of Easter 5-6 Elementary: Faces of Easter 4-5-6-7
Middle School Get ready for a great morning discussing tough questions about faith with Leah, Ryan and fellow youth! We will discuss the question: "What's the deal with heaven?" Enjoy delicious snacks and great company! See you there!
Senior High Don't miss the chance to journey through the Wired Word curriculum with Sheryl, Amy and our fellow youth. This class is an awesome chance to discuss this week's headlines through the lens of our faith. Come enjoy delicious breakfast snacks!
Next Sunday, March 13, 2016 Education Hour at 9:15 AM
Worship at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Sermon: “Has Judas Died for Our Sins?” by Ted Wardlaw Scripture: Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50
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