March 19, 2016

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

 

PRELUDE Deborah Im              

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)  

* CALL TO WORSHIP Steve Sarran

Let us worship God,

for whom our souls thirst and our bodies long.

Listen, listen to me,

and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

We have come to hear the Word God has sent.

God’s Word will not return empty

but will accomplish through us his holy purpose.

Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

Then we will go out with joy and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and the hills will sing;

the trees of the field will clap their hands.

* HYMN No. 651 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

God of compassion,

in Jesus Christ you did not disdain the company of sinners

but welcomed them with love.

Look upon us in mercy, we pray.

Our sins are more than we can bear;

our pasts enslave us; our misdeeds are beyond correcting.

Forgive the wrongs we cannot undo;

free us from a past we cannot change;

heal what we can no longer fix.

 (Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* Gloria Patri (pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON

ANTHEM:               Cause us, O Lord  Ron Nelson

Junior Choir

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Waken us each morning, we pray Thee, be with us through-out the day.

Waken us each morning, we pray Thee be our guide as we go our way.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

We shall love the Lord, our God, with all our strength and all our might.

We shall serve the Lord with gladness serve His name in truth and light.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Amen. Amen.    

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: Lead Me, Lord   Samuel Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Exodus 17:1-7 p. 56

John 4:5-42 p. 864

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON          Waters of Life Rev. Blaine Crawford

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Presentation of Joseph Ximo Parker

Congregational Question:

Do you promise to love, encourage, and support this child. by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service? We do.

* Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

     Offertory:        Offertory John Ness Beck

With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on High? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, Shall I come before Him with yearling calves?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgressions, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O man; He has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

* The Doxology (pew card)  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 758Baptized in Water

* BENEDICTION Sevenfold Amen John Stainer

POSTLUDE 

 If you are in need of prayer, you are invited to the front of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. One of the elders of the church will be available to pray for you.

All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner Hall for coffee hour.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today’s Flowers 

The flowers are given by Jeanne and Steve Sarran in honor of their grandson, Joseph Ximo Parker on his baptism. 

Lenten Offering Envelopes

During Lent, the special offerings will be given to the Deacons Fund at Church on the Hill. The Deacons Fund is used to meet immediate needs of individuals and families in our community. 

Guest Preacher Next Sunday

Next Sunday, the Rev. Megan Hodgin will be preaching. Rev. Hodgin serves RCA congregations as the Coordinator for Global Church Engagement. She is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary and comes to this position with six years of pastoral experience in West Michigan. During coffee hour, Rev. Hodgin will be sharing more about RCA global mission. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Lenten Bible Study

Tuesdays, during Lent, at 7:30 PM in the Folensbee Lounge, the Tuesday night Bible study group will be reading The Sign and the Sacrifice by Rowan Williams.

Join us for this engaging study on the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Books are available for $5 or you can purchase the book on your own. Please let Pastor Blaine know if you need a copy of the book. 

A Time of Prayer, Thursdays, 6-7 P.M., Folensbee Lounge

Take time out of your busy lives to slow down, dwell in God's presence and pray to God. If you're unable to join us in the Folensbee Lounge, you’re invited, wherever you are, to pray during this time every Thursday evening. You might start by praying for those listed on the prayer list.

Prayer List

Helga Brenner-Khan, Linda Betjeman, Sally Ann Castle, Hsiow-yeng Chen, Rosemarie Dappio, Allegra DeMelo, Dorothy Heckel, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Jane Lynch, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Cathy Moran, Stacy Muller, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry, Bill Proschel, Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan

 

February 26, 2017

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

PRELUDE                          

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)         

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Simon Walsh

Great is the Lord—

Exalted among the nations!

Mighty is the Lord—

King of heaven and earth!

Holy is the Lord—

Beyond our understanding!

Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God, and worship God upon the holy mountain.

Let us worship our God and King!

* HYMN No. 593         The Gift of Love

PRAYER OF CONFESSION     

Almighty God, we enter your presence humbly, aware that we approach you from a world that chooses to walk in darkness, apart from you. Each one of us has ignored and even denied the enlightening power of Jesus Christ. 

We confess now our sins to you, God of power and might. Penetrate our darkness by the power of Christ’s light.

 (Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* Gloria Patri (pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON

ANTHEM:               His Eye Is on the Sparrow    Charles H. Gabriel    

Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me,
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free;
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response

* HYMN No. 180        Christ upon the Mountain Peak

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Exodus 24:12-18        p. 62    

Matthew 17:1-9            p. 798

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                          Listen to Him!     Rev. Blaine Crawford  

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:        Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

           Offertory:            Dona Nobis Pacem    arr. Hal Hopson

Dona nobis pacem. Amen.  (Grant us peace. Amen.)

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 309        Wonderful Words of Life     

* BENEDICTION 

      Response              

POSTLUDE         

If you are in need of prayer, you are invited to the front of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. One of the elders of the church will be available to pray for you.

All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner Hall for coffee hour.

 

Announcements

Special Congregational Meeting following today’s service

The congregation will be voting on the recommendation from the consistory to sell the house on 169th Street.

Ash Wednesday Service, March 1, 2017, 8:00 P.M.

No Bible Study on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Lenten Bible Study

Tuesdays, during Lent, at 7:30 PM in the Folensbee Lounge, the Tuesday night Bible study group will be reading The Sign and the Sacrifice by Rowan Williams.

Join us for this engaging study on the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Books are available for $5 or you can purchase the book on your own. Please let Pastor Blaine know if you need a copy of the book. 

New Members Class

New to Church on the Hill? Want to learn more about the church and its ministries? Interested in becoming a member?

Join us for the next new members' class. It will be held on Sunday, March 19, and Sunday, March 26, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in Gessner Hall. A light breakfast will be served. To sign up, please contact the church office or Pastor Blaine.

A Time of Prayer, Thursdays, 6-7 P.M., Folensbee Lounge

Take time out of your busy lives to slow down, dwell in God's presence and pray to God. If you're unable to join us in the Folensbee Lounge, you’re invited, wherever you are, to pray during this time every Thursday evening. You might start by praying for those listed on the prayer list.

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Helga Brenner-Khan, Linda Betjeman, Sally Ann Castle, Rosemarie Dappio, Allegra DeMelo, Dorothy Heckel, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Cathy Moran, Stacy Muller, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry, Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan

February 5, 2017

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

PRELUDE                          

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* GLORIA PATRI (pew card) 

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Nancy Gessner

Praise the LORD! Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in his commandments.

They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.

It is well with those who deal generously and conduct their affairs with justice.

For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.

They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD.

Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; God’s righteousness and steadfast love will endure forever.                                                     

* HYMN No. 776        Let Us Break Bread Together

PRAYER OF CONFESSION     

God, you placed us in the world to be its salt.

We are afraid of committing ourselves, afraid of being stained by the world. We do not want to hear what “they” might have to say, and our salt dissolves as if in water. Forgive us, Jesus.

God, you placed us in the world to be its light.

We are afraid of the shadows, afraid of poverty. We do not want to know other people’s struggles, and our light slowly fades away. Forgive us, Jesus.

God, you placed us in the world to live in community.

We are afraid to share in life with others and afraid to struggle for the dignity and justice of others. Forgive us, Jesus.

 (Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

JUNIOR SERMON

ANTHEM:               The Lord Is My Shepherd    Abraham Kaplan    

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over surely goodness, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.            

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Isaiah 58:1-12        p. 600    

Matthew 5:13-20            p. 786

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                  Tasting and Seeing the Kingdom                    Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:        

       Apostles’ Creed (pew card) 

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

Offertory:            There’s a Light-a-comin’    David Lantz III

There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, there’s a Light acomin’ our way.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, come, O Light and shine today.
There’s a King acomin’ for His kingdom, there’s a King acomin’ to stay.
There’s a King acomin’ for His kingdom, come, O King, and show us the way,
There’s a King comin’ for His kingdom. Come and show the way.

Brighter than the rising sun, The son of God is near.
Free us from our human sin, we wait for midnight clear.
There’s Joy comin’ from the heavens.
There’s Joy comin’ down to earth.
There’s a Joy acomin’ from the heavens, come, O Joy, we long for Your birth.
There’s a Joy comin’ from the heavens, comin’ from the heav’ns.

Brighter than the rising sun, The Son of God is near.
Free us from our human sin, we wait for midnight clear.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, there’s a Light acomin’ our way.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, come, O Light and shine today.
There’s a Light acomin’, King acomin’, joy acomin’,
the Son of god is near! God is near!

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

* Remembering with Love and Hope (pew card)

Invitation

Communion Prayer

Sanctus(pew card)

Mystery of the Faith: 

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 

Words of Institution

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response     Let the Words of My Mouth    A. Baumbach                    

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

* HYMN No. 778        As He Gathered at His Table     

* BENEDICTION 

Response        Corner’s Gesangbuch     

May the Grace of Christ Our Savior  

May the grace of Christ our Savior and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord,
and possess in sweet communion joys which earth cannot afford.

POSTLUDE 

         

Announcements

The Flowers are given by Sue and Jim Nicholas; the left vase in appreciation of Emerson Chen and the right vase in appreciation of Doris Krsnak.

Souper Bowl Sunday: Today, the Sunday School is participating in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign.  The cans of soup collected will be given to the Queens Federation of Churches food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

YPF Valentine’s Day Bake Sale – Next Sunday, February 12, during the coffee hour, the YPF is sponsoring a bake sale to benefit their mission trip this summer.  Please support our young people and their ministry.

Bible Study, Tuesdays, 7:30 P.M., Folensbee Lounge 

The group is looking at the early chapters of each of the four gospels, examining how each of the gospel writers introduce us to Jesus. Join us for this time of fellowship and learning!

A Time of Prayer, Thursdays, 6-7 P.M., Folensbee Lounge

Take time out of your busy lives to slow down, dwell in God's presence and pray to God. If you're unable to join us in the Folensbee Lounge, you’re invited, wherever you are, to pray during this time every Thursday evening. You might start by praying for those listed on the prayer list.

90 Years of COTH:  Celebrating our Legacy, Envisioning our Future

In 2017, Church on the Hill will be celebrating 90 years of ministry. To that end, a number of events will be held throughout the year to remember our church's history and to look forward to our continued ministry in the future. The first such event will be held on March 12 during the coffee hour. For this first event, Sally Ann Castle will lead us through a process that allows us to look back at our history celebrating the many ways God has called us together to this place and is calling us together to future ministry.

Valentines for Vets may be placed in the box at the church entrance. These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Albans.  

Prayer List:

Helga Brenner-Khan, Linda Betjeman, Sally Ann Castle, Rosemarie Dappio, Allegra DeMelo, Dorothy Heckel, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Cathy Moran, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry, Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan

January 29, 2017

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

 

PRELUDE         Deborah Im                         

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)         

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Debra Rossi

Let us worship God, our light and our salvation.

The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.

We desire to live in God’s house and to seek God in his holy temple.

We have come with shouts of joy, to sing and to make music to the Lord.

Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

Teach us your ways and make straight our paths in this hour of worship and always.                                     

* HYMN No. 514         Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine

PRAYER OF CONFESSION     

God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the kingdom of heaven is given to them.

But we have been proud in spirit, inflated with pride in our own self-sufficiency. We have forgotten how needy we are.

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.  But we have often presided as harsh judges over the lives of others.

We have been quick to place blame on anything or anyone but ourselves. We have avoided obligations to care for or to help people in need.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

But we are often at war with one another. In a thousand little ways we demand to be catered to. We seldom esteem others as more important than ourselves. We often create strife by demanding our way rather than by walking in God’s Spirit.

 (Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* Gloria Patri (pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON

SOLO:                   The Beatitudes    Albert Hay Malotte    

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.                

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:    In Heavenly Love      Felix Mendelssohn                         

In heavenly love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.

The storm my roar without me,
My heart my low be laid,
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

* HYMN No. 297        Spirit of the Living God

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Micah 6:1-8        p. 757    

Matthew 5:1-12            p. 785

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                     Rev. Blaine Crawford

        The Upside-Down Kingdom of Jesus

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:        Belhar Confession, Article 4        

We believe that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people; that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged; that God calls the church to follow him in this, for God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry.

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

        Offertory:       O for a Closer Walk    Charles Villiers Stanford

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Return, O holy Dove, return!
Sweet messenger of rest
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
And drove thee from my breast.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 336        God Is My Great Desire     

* BENEDICTION 

        Response:      Sevenfold Amen    John Stainer           

POSTLUDE         

If you are in need of prayer, you are invited to the front of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. One of the elders of the church will be available to pray for you.

All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner Hall for coffee hour.

 

Announcements

The Beacon of Pluralism Candle Lighting Ceremony

Tomorrow, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., you are invited to a celebration of faith and religious freedom in Flushing. The Beacon of Pluralism Project is hosting a ceremonial candle lighting ceremony and photo exhibition at the historic Flushing Meeting House. All are invited to gather to commemorate the birth of religious freedom in North America that began with the Flushing Remonstrance in 1657. Included in the evening will be a viewing of photographs highlighting the unique qualities of each house of worship, including Church on the Hill.

Bible Study, Tuesdays, 7:30 P.M., Folensbee Lounge 

The group will be looking at the early chapters of each of the four gospels, examining how each of the gospel writers introduce us to Jesus. Join us for this time of fellowship and learning!

A Time of Prayer, Thursdays, 6-7 P.M., Folensbee Lounge

Take time out of your busy lives to slow down, dwell in God's presence and pray to God. If you're unable to join us in the Folensbee Lounge, you’re invited, wherever you are, to pray during this time every Thursday evening. You might start by praying for those listed on the prayer list.

90 Years of COTH:  Celebrating our Legacy, Envisioning our Future

In 2017, Church on the Hill will be celebrating 90 years of ministry. To that end, a number of events will be held throughout the year to remember our church's history and to look forward to our continued ministry in the future. The first such event will be held on March 12 during the coffee hour. For this first event, Sally Ann Castle will lead us through a process that allows us to look back at our history celebrating the many ways God has called us together to this place and is calling us together to future ministry.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – Next Sunday, the Sunday School will again participate in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign.  Please bring in cans of soup and they will be given to a local food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

VALENTINES FOR VETS: Bring your valentines on Sundays, February 5 and 12.  Deposit them in the box at the church entrance. These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Albans.  

Prayer List

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Helga Brenner-Khan, Linda Betjeman, Sally Ann Castle, Rosemarie Dappio, Allegra DeMelo, Betty Gessner, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Cathy Moran, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry, Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan