PRELUDE:  Jesu, Meine Freude (Jesus, My Joy) BMV 610 by J.S. Bach

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  Lord, the Light of Your Love is Shining (Shine, Jesus, Shine) [Shine, Jesus, Shine]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy by Calvin Hampton; Mark Waters, tenor

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.  There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood.  There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven; there is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.  There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.  For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind. If our love were but more faithful, we should take him at his word; and our life would be thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord. [Frederick William Faber]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  2 Corinthians 5:19-20

ANTHEM:  God’s Son Has Made Me Free by Edvard Grieg

God’s Son has made me free from Satan’s tyranny; from fear of death, and bonds of sin; from all that plagues my soul within.  The Holy One divine, became a friend of mine.  From heaven high, from starry sky, he came to live, to die.  O boundless love, he came, he died, he rose forever glorified!  He came to give, to die, that I might live with him eternally, God’s Son has made me free. [H. A. Brorson, rev. Oscar R. Overby]

SERMON:  “Becoming God’s Appeal”

HYMN:  There Is Now a New Creation [Stuttgart]

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION

PRAYER

RECEPTION

PRAYER

HYMN:  How God, Who Calls Us Each by Name

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  O Wondrous Love by John Carter

O wondrous love, what have you done?   The Father offers up his Son, O wondrous love, how can it be, that Christ should die for even me? [Mary Kay Beall based on John 3:16]

POSTLUDE:  Chaconne by Louis Couperin

The flowers today are given by Michael Finley in memory of the faithful who died during the Rwandan genocide.

Presbyterian Disaster Relief (PDR):  God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.  The PDR’s response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line & mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700.

Covenant Flood Recovery Renovation:  To make a donation, please click on the GIVE button on the home page of our website or mail a check to the church office.  The first $75,000 will be matched!  We invite you to make your dollars count double.

Would you like to sponsor flowers for one week for worship?  You can place your order for any Sunday throughout 2022 by using this link that takes you to Covenant’s Flowers for Worship form —  https://forms.gle/9C98VA1d17SPmTBV8

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