February 7, 2016, Transfiguration Sunday

PRELUDE:

Prelude, Fugue and Chaccone, Dieterich Buxtehude
From God I Ne'er Will Turn Me, Dieterich Buxtehude

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* Gloria Patri  (pew card)     

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Emerson Chen

Leader:     God is our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear?
People:     God is our shelter and refuge in the days of trouble, and our hope and joy on the days of celebration.
Leader:     Day after day, we seek God’s face and the assurance of God’s holy love:
People:    O God, do not turn from us nor hide your face from us.  Be our guide and our light instead.
Leader:    One thing we ask of God:
People:    That we may live in God’s dwelling place all the days of our life,     and never cease to behold the beauty of God’s home.
Leader:     Beloved of God, enter this worship in thanksgiving, for God is among and within us.
All:         Thanks be to God!        

* HYMN No. 115Fairest Lord Jesus

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  

God of all glory, beauty, and grace, we have tried to hide from you- to hide our faces, to hide our sin – yet you have never hidden your love for us. We have tried to search for you – in temples, in clouds, on mountaintops – yet you have already revealed yourself to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Forgive us, and transform us so that our lives may shine with your glory, beauty, and grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.
Glory be to God.

JUNIOR SERMON                   

ANTHEMFrom the Rising of the Sun, F. A. Gore Ouseley

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same my Name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered up unto my Name: for my Name shall be great among the heathen, thus saith the Lord!

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Psalm 27: 1-4, Pew Bible, page 437

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

Mark 8:27 – 9:8, Pew Bible, page 820

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

SERMONCrossroads and Cross Words, Elder Sally Ann Castle

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

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
    Offertory: With a Voice of Singing, Martin Shaw

With a voice of singing declare ye this, and let it be heard, Alleluia. Utter it even unto the ends of the earth.  The Lord hath delivered his people, Alleluia.  O Be joyful in God, all ye lands, O sing praises to the honor of his name, make his praise to be glorious.

    * 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 (unison)
            Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again. 
    Words of Institution

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer Response, Georg Friedrich Handel

Lord, I trust thee, I adore thee, Ah! thou friend of man, restore me! On thy loving grace relying, For the bread of life I'm sighing. Quench my thirst and let my hunger cease, Fill my heart with joy and endless peace. When the breath of life has left me, May my soul be blessed with thee.

* HYMN No. 721Shine, Jesus, Shine         

* BENEDICTION
    Response, Martin Shaw              

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost be among you and go with you forever and ever. Amen.

POSTLUDETrumpet Dialogue, Louis Clerambault


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our worship this morning will be led by Sally Ann Castle, a New Brunswick Theological Seminary student under the care of the Classis of Queens. Sally Ann is an Elder currently serving on the Consistory of the Church on the Hill.

THE COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the Congregational Care Committee to honor everyone with a birthday in January and February.  Please join us in this time of fellowship.

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.

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Greeters: Angela Edward and Eva Munoz
Ushers: Ginny and Hong Chan, Judie and Buck Kellaway, Jeanne and Steve Sarran, Adriene and Bill Toy and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Monique Jethwani and Sharon Rivilli

Lenten Book and Bible Study

Feb. 17, 23;  Mar. 1, 8, 16 , 22 at 7:30 P.M. in the Folensbee Lounge

During the season of Lent, Pastor Blaine will be leading a mid-week book and Bible study. Guided by Henri Nouwen’s book Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, the class will explore three practices commonly associated with the season of Lent: solitude, hospitality, and prayer. These practices are intended for us to better connect with ourselves (solitude), one another (hospitality) and with God (prayer). 

Please let Pastor Blaine know by February 10, if you would like him to order you a book for the class. The cost of the book is $8. You are also free to purchase the book on your own.  

PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Carolyn Brunjes, Donald Calfa, Marilyn Cooney, Allegra DeMelo, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Bob Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Denise Moran, Michael Patras, Keith Pearson, Dorothy Rama, Dorothy Reid, Josephine Rivera, Isabelita Rueda, Matthew Schulman, Peter Schumacher, Carmela Stocchia, Lynne Sullivan, Emily Testut

First Sunday in Advent

PRELUDE:

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, Johann Pachelbel
Sleepers Wake, a Voice is Calling, Johann Sebastian Bach

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
* SANCTUS
(pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP/CANDLE LIGHTING, Sarah, Bob & Annabelle White

Leader:    Prepare the way of the Lord.
People:    During Advent, we prepare for the coming of God’s kingdom.
Leader:    O God, open the doors to our hearts, that this year we may have room for the birth of Jesus.
People:    We gather to watch for the coming of the good news into our world and into our lives.
Leader:    In anticipation we gather. With expectation we wait.
People:    We wait to see the fullness of God’s vision.
Leader:    We light this first candle as a sign of our waiting and hope for the light of Christ.
People:    Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

* HYMN No. 133:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)     

Merciful Lord, we sadly confess having done so little with so much. Forgive us Lord, for not bending the knee, for not hoping in your Word, for not searching our hearts, for not facing our sins, for not caring for the poor and for not waiting for your coming.  Forgive us and make us new in your light.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Leader:    Herein is wisdom.
People:    Glory be to God.
* Gloria Patri(pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON                   

ANTHEM:  Springs in the Desert, Arthur B. Jennings

Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not; behold,your God will come and save you. 
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams flow in the desert, and the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water. 
A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of the Lord shall return with songs and everlasting joy: and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, Johann Wolfgang Frank

O Jesus, with Thy advent quiet my restless soul and anxious mind. In true humility I welcome Thee, Jesus Christ, my Joy divine.  My thought, desires, and all my longings I dedicate, O Christ, to Thee.  O come, Thou precious Sun most radiant, Thy beams illumine my heart and soul.

* HYMN No. 132:  Comfort, Comfort Now My People

SCRIPTURE READINGS

2 Kings 22:1-13, 18-20; 23:1-3, Pew Bible, page 310

Josiah Reigns over Judah
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; he reigned for thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Hilkiah Finds the Book of the Law
In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying,‘Go up to the high priest Hilkiah, and have him count the entire sum of the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people; let it be given into the hand of the workers who have the oversight of the house of the Lord; let them give it to the workers who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house, that is, to the carpenters, to the builders, to the masons; and let them use it to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the house. But no account shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.’
The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.’ When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he read it. Then Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, ‘Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workers who have oversight of the house of the Lord.’ Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘The priest Hilkiah has given me a book.’ Shaphan then read it aloud to the king.
When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah, saying, ‘Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our ancestors did not obey the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.’ But as to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the Lord.Therefore, I will gather you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring on this place.’ They took the message back to the king.
Josiah’s Reformation
Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.

Matthew 23:23-31, Pew Bible, page 805

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practised without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.
‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.” Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

SERMON:  While We Wait, Rev. Blaine Crawford

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

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

    Offertory:  E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Paul Manz

Peace be to you and grace from him who freed us from our sins, who loved us all and shed his blood that we might saved be.  Sing holy, holy to our Lord, the Lord, Almighty God, who was and is and is to come; sing holy, holy, Lord!  Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein, rejoice on earth, ye saints below, for Christ is coming, is coming soon!  E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, and night shall be no more; they need no light nor lamp nor sun, for Christ will be their All!

    * The Doxology(pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 135:  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

* BENEDICTION
    Response:  Alleluia, Amen!, Charles Villiers Stanford

POSTLUDE:  From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, J. S. Bach


ANNOUNCEMENTS

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Gary LiBert (AM), Buck Kellaway (PM)
Coffee Hour Hosts: Angela Edward, Judi Hunt, Judie Kellaway, Yoon Ryo
Greeters: Linda Diez, Angela Edward

HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE PARSONAGE

December 12, 3-6 PM: All are invited to a holiday party at the home of Blaine and Brittnee.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.  The party is a drop-in affair; come and go as you wish!

DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETSOur Daily Bread devotional booklets can be found on a table at the back of the sanctuary.  You are invited to take a copy for use in your personal meditations.

AUCTION 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 in Gessner Hall.  If you have small, easily transportable items to donate, WE WILL PICK UP YOUR DONATIONS. We do not take very heavy items or large furniture.  Call the Church Office or Ray Durney (718) 461-1947.   

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Please pick a date on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in Gessner Hall or speak with Rhoda Jabbour.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Carolyn Brunjes, Donald Calfa, Allegra DeMelo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Rob Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Sandra Lauterbach, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Denise Moran, Michael Patras, Keith Pearson, Dorothy Rama, Dorothy Reid, Josephine Rivera, Isabelita Rueda, Matthew Schulman, Peter Schumacher, Janice Serra, Carmela Stocchia, Lynne Sullivan, Emily Testut

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

PRELUDE:

Now Thank We All Our God, J. S. Bach
Now Thank We All Our God, G. F. Kaufmann

Introit:  B'ruchot Haba-ot, Debbie Friedman

Kathy Barr, Cantor

Call to Worship, Rev. John J. Costello

Leader:    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
People:    Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
Leader:    The earth has brought forth its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
People:    Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

GREETING/ANNOUNCEMENTS, Rev. Blaine D. Crawford

* HYMN (see insert):  How Good It Is To Thank the Lord

* INVOCATION, Rev. Paul Kim         

Leader:    Almighty God, we praise you for your bountiful blessings, and for the harvest now gathered in.
People:    You have given us the fruits of the earth in their season.
Leader:    You have revealed your creative power in the wonder of life. You have sustained our lives for yet another year.
People:    May the memory of all your goodness cause our hearts to be filled with joy and thankfulness as we gather in worship and thanksgiving. Amen.

HEBREW BIBLE READING, Rev. Joseph T. Holcomb

Psalm 77

God’s Mighty Deeds Recalled
To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm.
I cry aloud to God,
   aloud to God, that he may hear me. 
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
   in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
   my soul refuses to be comforted. 
I think of God, and I moan;
   I meditate, and my spirit faints.
          Selah 
You keep my eyelids from closing;
   I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 
I consider the days of old,
   and remember the years of long ago. 
I commune with my heart in the night;
   I meditate and search my spirit: 
‘Will the Lord spurn for ever,
   and never again be favourable? 
Has his steadfast love ceased for ever?
   Are his promises at an end for all time? 
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
   Has he in anger shut up his compassion?’
          Selah
And I say, ‘It is my grief
   that the right hand of the Most High has changed.’ 
I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
   I will remember your wonders of old. 
I will meditate on all your work,
   and muse on your mighty deeds. 
Your way, O God, is holy.
   What god is so great as our God? 
You are the God who works wonders;
   you have displayed your might among the peoples. 
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
          Selah 
When the waters saw you, O God,
   when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
   the very deep trembled. 
The clouds poured out water;
   the skies thundered;
   your arrows flashed on every side. 
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
   your lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth trembled and shook. 
Your way was through the sea,
   your path, through the mighty waters;
   yet your footprints were unseen. 
You led your people like a flock
   by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

ANTHEM:  Psalm 100, Felix Mendelssohn

Shout to the Lord, all the world: serve ye the Lord with gladness, and come before the Lord, God, with a song. O, be ye sure that God is Lord. It is He that made us, not ourselves, we are his folk, and the sheep of his pasture. Go ye your way into His gates, with thanksgiving, into His courts with praises, thank ye Him, thank and praise His holy name. For the Lord is gracious, His lovingkindness everlasting, His truth endureth evermore! 

EVENING PRAYER, Rabbi Sharon Ballan  

    Prayers of Thanksgiving
    Prayers of Intercession
    Prayer response:  Shalom Rav, Ben Steinberg

Elizabeth Mahowald, soprano

TRANSLATION: Grant peace to Your people because You are the King of all peace. It is good in Your eyes to bless Your people at all times and every hour with Your peace. Blessed are You, Lord, who blesses His people with peace.

 
HEBREW BIBLE READING, Rev. James Gajadhar

Deuteronomy 8:1-20

A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you.Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper.You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.
Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied,then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid waste-land with poisonoussnakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. If you do forget the Lord your God and follow other gods to serve and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the Lord is destroying before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.

MOMENT OF REFLECTION, Rev. Blaine D. Crawford

offering ourselves and our gifts

The offering will be given to Queens Federation of Churches Food Pantry, an organization that exists to alleviate hunger in Queens.

    Offertory:  With Heart and Hands, John Rutter

For all the blessings you have granted us, Lord, give us thankful hearts, we pray: for life and health and happiness, and for the gift of each new day; for all our families and loved ones, the friends we meet along our way, we thank you, Lord, they are your gifts: Lord, we praise you, Lord we bless you, in your service let us all your love repay.
Look all around you: you'll see a miracle or two; every valley, hill and mountain is calling to you.  For all the wonders of creation, a world whose marvels we behold: where winter turns to spring again; the changing scenes of life unfold, but there is One who never changes: through all eternity the same:  be with us , Lord, for evermore: Alleluia, Lord, we praise your Holy Name.
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mother's arms hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.  Amen.

    * Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 381:  Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

CLOSING PRAYER/BENEDICTION, Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto
    Response:  T'filat Haderech, Debbie Friedman

Kathy Barr, Cantor

POSTLUDE:  Now Thank We All Our God, Sigfrid Karg-Elert


PARTICIPATING CONGREGATIONS

In this Twenty-first Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Jewish

Temple Beth Shalom: Rabbi Sharon Ballan and Cantor Kathy Barr

Lutheran

Resurrection Lutheran Church: Pastor James Gajadhar

Reformed

The Church on the Hill: Rev. Blaine D. Crawford

Roman Catholic

St. Andrews Avellino R.C. Church: Rev. Joseph T. Holcomb

St. Kevins R.C. Church: Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, Rev. John J. Costello, and Rev. Paul Kim 


THANK YOU for joining with your neighbors in this Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

FOLLOWING THE SERVICE, all are invited to a reception in Gessner Hall, directly below the sanctuary.  An elevator is located at the rear of the sanctuary for those who need it.  The reception is hosted by the consistory of the Church on the Hill.

OUR GRATEFUL APPRECIATION is extended to everyone who has given of their time, talents and energy to make this Twenty-first Annual Thanksgiving service possible.

November 1, 2015

PRELUDE:

Prelude and Fugue in a minor, J. S. Bach
Jesu, Priceless Treasure, J. S. Bach

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* Gloria Patri  (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Gerry Mendler

Leader:    Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
People:    What did God do to help us?
Leader:    God remains patient in spite of our stubbornness, faithfully loving us in spite of our idolatry.
People:    In Christ, God unites a divided people and in Christ, we find our true rest.
Leader:    Let us worship the God who delivers us from our brokenness.

* HYMN No. 749Rejoice in God's Saints

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION(unison)     

Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Leader:    Herein is wisdom.
People:    Glory be to God.

JUNIOR SERMON, Jeanne Sarran

MISSION MOMENT: Honduras Trip, Steve Sarran

ANTHEM:  Enosh, Louis Lewandowski

Surely our days are numbered, like grass that sprouts up and withers. Though man may flourish now, he will vanish, but dimly remembered through the mists of time.  But God's eternal love for all those who revere Him never shall die; His righteousness for evermore.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29, Pew Bible, page 277

Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned from Egypt. And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and said to Rehoboam, “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke that he placed on us, and we will serve you.” He said to them, “Go away for three days, then come again to me.” So the people went away. Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the older men who had attended his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” They answered him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.”But he disregarded the advice that the older men gave him, and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and now attended him. He said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” The young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus you should say to this people who spoke to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you must lighten it for us’; thus you should say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. Now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had said, “Come to me again the third day.” The king answered the people harshly. He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” So the king did not listen to the people, because it was a turn of affairs brought about by the Lordthat he might fulfill his word, which the Lord had spoken by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.
When all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What share do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, O David.” So Israel went away to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah.
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and resided there; he went out from there and built Penuel. Then Jeroboam said to himself, “Now the kingdom may well revert to the house of David. If this people continues to go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the heart of this people will turn again to their master, King Rehoboam of Judah; they will kill me and return to King Rehoboam of Judah.” So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, Oisrael, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

Mark 10:42-45, Pew Bible, page 823

So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

SERMON: Finding God’s Grace in Our Brokenness, Rev. Blaine Crawford

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

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
    * Remembering with Love and Hope  (pew card)
    Invitation
    Communion Prayer
        Sanctus  (pew card)
        Mystery of the Faith (unison)
            Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again. 
    Words of Institution

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

    Offertory: Sine Nomine, Ralph Vaughan-Williams

For all the saints who from their labors rest, who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou wast their Rock, their fortress and their might, Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight, Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia!  Alleluia!
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!  Alleluia!

    * The Doxology(pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, arr. Robert Shaw

I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms, In the arms of my dear Saviour, Oh! There are ten thousand charms.
Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above; Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Come thou fount of ev’ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace. Streams of mercy never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.

* HYMN No. 710We Are Called to Be God’s People

* BENEDICTION
    Response, Martin Shaw

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost be among you and go with you forever and ever. Amen.

POSTLUDE:  Praise to the Lord, Paul Manz


ANNOUNCEMENTS

HONDURAS TRIP PRESENTATION during the coffee hour today.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Deadline for shoebox donations is Sunday, November 22, 2015. (see insert)

STEWARDSHIP LETTERS and pledge cards have been mailed. The pledge cards will be presented at the worship service on Sunday, November 15.  If you have not received your letter, ask an usher or Barbara Hoe at the coffee hour.

YPF MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER-CHRISTMAS WREATH SALE: The Youth Group will be selling 25-inch diameter Victorian-themed decorated Christmas wreaths for $25.  Please let us know TODAY if you would like to order a wreath.  They will be available for pick up some time the week of November 9th through the 15th.  Thank you for your support!

SYNODICAL ASSESSMENT (Pink Offering Envelope)

If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($102.00 per member), please help us by making the payment.  The assessment is the amount we owe RCA for your membership.  

BIBLE STUDY Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Folensbee Lounge.

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Honduras Team 
Greeters: Joan Pearson and Joan Werbel
Ushers: Sally Ann Castle, Ginny and Hong Chan, Buck Kellaway, Jeanne and Steve Sarran, Adriene and Bill Toy 
Children and Worship: Sarah White, Wai Chu

PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Donald Calfa, Allegra DeMelo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Lucy Leung-Eng, Rob Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Keith Pearson, Dorothy Rama, Dorothy Reid, Josephine Rivera, Matthew Schulman, Peter Schumacher, Janice Serra, Carmela Stocchia, Emily Testut