Unfortunately, service videos can no longer be posted to YouTube. The service for Sunday, April 25 can be viewed on Facebook Live on the church’s Facebook Page at 11:00 a.m Sunday, or can be seen immediately below.
At the recommendation of the Session and the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, in an abundance of caution for the particularly vulnerable members of our congregation, Worship Services are being held online until further notice due to concerns about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Other church activities are cancelled as well, and the church office is not open for visitors. Please help spread the word to those you know who do not have email or do not check their email. Please be advised that we will be considering other cancellations and will let you know if those occur.
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Physically distant, yet spiritually united…
Message: Hearing our Shepherd’s Call (Psalm 23; John 10:1-18), Rev. Emily Rhodes Hunter.
Liturgist: Debbie Harris
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, from the PC(USA) Book of Confessions 11:1, 2, 5.
In life and in death we belong to God.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick, and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.
With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer (ecumenical version):
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
Julia Freeman, vocals/organ/piano; Charles Freeman, vocals; Gabriel Johnston, organ
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal #803)
Text: Isaac Watts, 1719; alt.
Music: Tune RESIGNATION, US folk melody; Lewis’s Beauties of Harmony, 1828; harm. Dale Grotenhuis, 1986. Harmonization copyright 1990 Dale Grotenhuis. All rights reserved. Used by permission OneLicense #725345-A
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (GtG #187)
Text: Thrupp’s Hymns for the Young, 1836; alt.
Music: Tune BRADBURY, William Batchelder Bradbury, 1859; alt.
Prelude: Thomas Matthews, “I Am the Good Shepherd.” Copyright 1964 H.W. FitzSimons Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission OneLicense #725345-A
Postlude: Mary McDonald, Meditation on “The Lord’s My Shepherd.” Copyright 2015 Lorenz Publishing Co., a division of The Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved. Used by permission OneLicense #725345-A
Rev. Emily Rhodes Hunter (she/her) is a Minister of Word and Sacrament currently serving in the Presbytery of the Peaks. Prior to her most recent role as a bereavement counselor at Good Samaritan Hospice, Emily served as a chaplain at Montgomery Hospice in Maryland and held pastoral roles at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Maryland and The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in DC. Emily holds both a Masters of Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, snuggling with her two cats, Newton and Tesla, watching sports, and hanging out with her family. She and her husband, Stuart, and one-year-old daughter, Eliza, reside in Blacksburg, VA.