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  • GraceCovenantPresbyterianChurchAsheville,NorthCarolina

    www.gcpcusa.org

    January8,201710:30amBaptismoftheLordSunday

    SacramentoftheLordsSupper

    Thingsaresuch,thatsomeoneliftingacup,orwatchingtherain,pettingadog,

    orsinging,justsinging--couldbedoingasmuchforthisuniverseasanyone.~Rumi

    BellPeal

    Prelude AdoroTeDevote HealeyWillan *CalltoWorship(AdaptedfromPsalm29)

    Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to theLORDgloryandstrength.The voice of the LORD is over thewaters, the God ofglorythunders.ThevoiceoftheLORDispowerful.ThevoiceoftheLORDisfullofmajesty.ThevoiceoftheLORDshakesthewilderness.AndinGodstempleallsay,"Glory!"MaytheLORDblessthepeoplewithpeace!

    * Hymn484 OutofDeep,UnorderedWaters RUSTINGTON

    *CalltoReconciliation

  • * PrayerofConfession LovingGod,Tellingthetruthisachallengeforus,especiallywhenthe truth is something we deny. Deep down we areafraid our truthwill be toomuch for you. Heal us ofourdistortedwaysof understandingourselves. Helpustotrustyourvoice.Giveusthecouragetotakeyourhand.Amen.

    * AssuranceofForgiveness

    * Response

    * PassingofthePeace ThePeaceofChristbewithyou. Andalsowithyou.

    OurLifeTogether(PleasesigntheFriendshipPadlocatedinyourpew)

    PrayerforIllumination

    OldTestament Isaiah42:1-9 TheWordoftheLord ThanksbetoGod!

    Anthem HeavenlyLight A.Kopylov

  • NewTestament Matthew3:13-17 TheWordoftheLord ThanksbetoGod!

    Homily TakenByTheHand MarciaMountShoop

    * Hymn488 IWasTheretoHearYourBorningCry WATERLIFE

    Communion&RememberingOurBaptism

    InvitationtotheTable

    PrayerofThanksgivingandtheLordsPrayer

    OurFather,whoartinheaven,Hallowedbethyname,Thykingdomcome,thywillbedone,Onearthasitisinheaven.Giveusthisdayourdailybread;andforgiveusourdebts,asweforgiveourdebtors;andleadusnotintotemptation,butdeliverusfromevil.Forthineisthekingdom,andthepower,Andtheglory,forever.Amen.

    BreadandCup

    AsyoucomeforwardforCommunionyoumaypauseatthefonttorememberyourbaptismandreceiveablessing.Communionisservedbyintinction.Takeapieceofbread,dipitinthecup.Returntoyourpewbytheoutsideaisles.Youmaybeservedinyourpewifyoudonotwishtocomeforward.Allbreadisgluten-free.

    MusicDuringCommunion

    Offering(PleaseplaceprayercardsintheofferingplateforthePrayersofthePeople) Offertory Lord,WhenICameintoThisLife GeorgeShearing (basedonHymn691)

  • * Doxology

    PrayerofDedication

    GraciousandGivingGod,Receivethesegiftsasexpressionsofourgratitudeandcommitment.Help them to feedwhat trulynourishesthosewhohungerandthirstthemost.Amen.

    *Hymn485 WeKnowThatChristIsRaised ENGELBERG* ChargeandBenediction

    (ChildrenwillbeinvitedtocomeforwardandhelptaketheremainingCommunionelementsoutforalife-givingpurpose)

    Postlude TrumpetTune DavidJohnson-------------------------------------------------

    (Forsome,theVoluntaryservesasfestivemusictoaccompanytheirgoingbackoutintotheworld.Othersprefertoremainseatedandlisten.Pleasebemindfulofthesedifferentneedsasyoudepart.Thankyou!)

    *PleaseStandinBodyorSpirit.

    WegathertoworshipGodwhoislargerthanallourimagination!WeencourageallpersonstosingthegendernounsandpronounstheypreferinreferringtoGod.

    ChildrensUnderstandingofCommunionWewelcomeallGod'schildrentocelebrateinthejoyfulfeastofcommunion.Ifyouhaveanyspecificquestionsaboutthis,pleasefeelfreetomeetwiththestafforjoinusforourLord'sSupperWorkshoponFebruary26duringEducationHour.

  • OurLifeTogetherThankYou!HeadUsher:BethKissling|Liturgist:RebeccaHarrison

    ThankyoutoJamesHarwellfortheflowersthatdecorateoursanctuarythismorning,giventothegloryofGod,andinlovingmemoryofSarahCannonHarwell.

    DeaconoftheWeek:NanClarke;email:[email protected]nyneedsyoumayhaveduringtheweek(praying,churchtour,otherassistance.)Thisdeaconwillbewearingapurplesashandwillbestationedinthenarthexbefore10:30worshipandatthefrontofthesanctuaryafterworship.

    2017StewardshipCampaignUpdateWehavereceived$718,347inpledges.Thankyou!Ourgoalistoraise$760,000,andweneed$41,653toreachourgoal.Pleasemakeyourpledgebyfillingoutapledgecardoremailing[email protected]@weavervillerealty.net,[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]

    AssociatePastorNominatingCommittee(APNC)NewsOurnewlyformedAPNCisnowmeetingonaweeklybasis.Thisweek,thejobpostingforanewAssociatePastorhasbeenuploadedtothePCUSA'sChurchLeadershipConnectionandchurchwebsite.Ifyouknowofinterestedparties,[email protected]

    2017FlowerChart(onbulletinboardnexttotheelevator)Aftersigningup,emailSherrie([email protected])yourdedicationfortheSundaybulletinandsendinyourcheckfor$40.

    GrowSistersattheSea|February25,2017|FollyBeach,SC|$160Areyouawomenage25-50ishwhowouldlikeaweekendofcontemplationandtogetherness?Markyourcalendarsforour8thannualSOS(saveoursanity/sistersatthesea/womenneedingtoreplenishandrejuvenate)retreat!ThisyearsleaderwillbeMargaretLaMotteTorrence.ShewillbeguidingusinacloselookatscripturesinvolvingJesusencounterswithwomenandwhatthatlookslikeforustoday.RegistrationendsonJanuary15th!Scholarshipsavailable.

    CareSOS~SaveOurSanity|7:00PM|MeetsfirstMondayofthemonthAsocial,prayer,supportgroupformothersofyoungchildren!Together,wellcreatethefunandsupportweneedasweworktoraiseourlittleones.Tobeaddedtolist,[email protected](Scheduleispostedonthewebsite,underCAREtab.)NextMeeting:Monday,January9PhyllisEngelshome.Forspecificquestionsaboutthisevent,[email protected]

  • PNO~ParentsNightOut|5:008:00PM|MeetsoneSaturdayamonthLeaveyourchildrenatthechurchforchildcare,andletsallgooutonthetowntogether!ContactthechurchtoreserveaspaceforchildcaretheMondaypriortoouroutingSaturday.Dropyourchildand$10atthechurchonthenighto[email protected]gcpcusa.orgtobeaddedtothelist.(Scheduleispostedonthewebsite,underCAREtab.)Nextmeeting:Saturday,January21|Hosts:[email protected]onday,January16forchildcareorifyouwishtoattend.PrayerList[Wearehappytoprayforanyonewhoisinneed.Concernswillstayonthislistforamonthunlesswehearotherwise.Pleasekeepusupdated.]JerusalemChurchcongregation;BobKeever(CynthiaKeeversFather);MargoSteyer(Mother(in-law)ofLynne&RickNoble);NatalieDeVito(KarenRohlsdaughter);KathyDowdle(KarenRohlsfriend);AnnEverettBelk(MargaretTierneysmother);EvelynMilford(MaryGreenssister);PeteNigro(BobWaltherscousin);ParkeWaggoner&family(HeatherBrownsfriend);BobRoot(AlRootsbrother);Michael,Claire&WillSiburt(familyofAnnaJarvis);DavidChiles(AngelaKempersdad);BarbaraMcLean(2016ModeratorofPresbyteryofWNC);Barrett&AliPayne;SusanStradley; VirginiaBradley;HettieLouGarland;DotHolladay;SherylAikman&family;JerryBleckley;MauriceStone;BeckyStradley;JoanBass

    OursympathyandsupportareextendedtothefamilyofNealPrescottwhodiedonTuesday,January3.Pleasekeepthefamilyinyourprayers.

    YouthNewsBagelBrunchwiththeBunch!|TODAYSunday,January8|(afterchurch)12-1:30PM|Meet/pickupatGCPCYouth&Advisors,let'smeetinthenarthexafterworshiptodayandwalkovertoBruegger'sBagels(671MerrimonAve)toenjoyayummybrunchtogether,aswellasfunicebreakers&games.OurexcitingSpring&SummerYouthCalendarwillberevealed!Bring$forfood(scholarshipsavailable).Seeyouthen!

    PleasekeepourtwelveyouthwhohavebeguntheirConfirmationjourneythisweekendinyourthoughtsandprayers.

    NextSundaysEducationforAllAges|9:15AMAdultEducationWinterTerm|January8February26

    AskingtheHardQuestions:PressurePoints|ChoirRoomThisclassexploresthornyissuesandnewideasthatchallengeus,the21stcenturychurch,whereweliveattheintersectionofourfaithandtheworld.Wediscussweightyandimportanttopicswithaninteractive,non-judgmentalapproach,whichfostersasafeenvironmentwherenoquestionistrivialortoodumbtoask.Infact,differentviewpointsandlifeexperiencesenhanceourspiritedconversations.WinterTerm|PressurePointswillcompletediscussionofBiblicalLiteracy:AGentileHeresybyretiredEpiscopalbishopJohnShelbySpong,whichusestheJewishliturgicalyeartohelpusappreciatethegospelofMatthew.Bymid-January,theclasswillselectanotherenlighteningtopicforreading,discoveryanddiscussion.ClassHosts:DeniseSnodgrass,BillandAnneSatterfield

  • TheImprov:ResponsiveFaithinanEver-ChangingWorld|JerusalemRoomAstaticfaithcanbeunhelpfulinaddressingadynamicandchangingworld.TheImprovclasslooksatscripture,life,andpracticethroughvarioustheologicallenses,seekingtodiscovercredibleandpromisinggroundforfaithfulimprovisationinourlives.WinterTerm|Whydosportsmattersomuchtosomanypeople?Andwhyshouldwecare?Farfrombeingadistractionoratrivialpastime,sportstellusdeeptruthsaboutourselves.Big-timesportsareaparticularlypotentmirrorforhumanityreflectingbothourpromisingpossibilitiesandourdemonicdistortions.MarciaandJohnMountShoopwillteachTheImprovthisWinterusingMarciasbook,TouchdownsforJesusandOtherSignsoftheApocalypse:LiftingtheVeilonBig-TimeSports(CascadeBooks,2014).Togetherwewilltakeacloserlookattheholdthatsportshaveonusandexploresomeofthemostchallengingissuesinsportstoday:fanaticism,sexism,racism,andabuseofpower.Ifyoulovesports,orifyoujustwonderwhyothersdo,thisclasswillgiveyouawholenewwaytoviewthegamespeopleplay.ClassHost:DeanPresson

    DiggingIn:EncounteringScripture|SunroomThisclassreadstheBible,aswellasotherworksthatengagetheBible,withtheexpectationthatwhetherwecometothetextwithtrustorskepticism,finditcomfortingordisturbing,havebeenreadingitourwholelivesorarecrackingitopenforthefirsttimetheBiblehassomethingtosayaboutwhoGodisandwhoweare,bothofwhicharedeeplyimportantforhowwelive.WinterTerm|ThiswinterwewillcontinueastudyofthebookofActs,beginningwithSaulsconversiontoPaul.WewilllookatthehistoricalandsocialcontextaswereadthestoryofhowtheearlychurchspreadoutwardfromJerusalem,butourlensforinterpretationwillalwaysinvolvethequestion,WhatdoesthismeanforthoseofustryingtofollowJesustoday?ClassHosts:ScottandPhyllisEngels,MaryLouNash

    CHILDREN&YOUTHEDUCATION[ContactHeatherorSamantha]

    Preschool/Kindergarten:Ark&theTempleElementary:ExileandReturn

    MiddleSchool&SeniorHigh:Thissemester,wearetakingacloserlookatourBiblicalancestors!Youthmeetinyourclassroomsandgetreadyforamorningofgreatfun,aswetakeacloserlookat"JohntheBaptist."Breakfastsnackswillbeserved.TherewillbenoConfirmationclassnextSundaybecauseoftheAtlantaWinterMissionTrip.

    NextSunday,January15,2017

    WorshipServicesat8:30&10:30AMEducationHourat9:15AM

    Sermon:ComeandSeebyMarciaMountShoopScriptures:Isaiah49:1-5;John1:29-42

  • CALENDAR Sunday 8 8:30AM Worship 9:15AM EducationHour 10:30AM Worship 12:00PM YouthGroup

    5:00PM ChildrensChoirs Monday 9 7:00PM SOS Tuesday 10 9:00PM PrayerGroup 6:00PM Finance 6:00PM Serve Wednesday 11 11:00AM RITIPlanningMeeting 11:00AM BibleStudy 5:30PM HandbellChoir 7:00PM ChoirPractice Thursday 12 6:30PM APNCMeeting FridayMonday(13-16) YouthGroupMissionTrip Sunday 15 8:30AM Worship 9:15AM EducationHour 10:30AM Worship 11:00AM Deacons 4:00PM PWCoordinatingTeam 5:00PM ChildrensChoirs