January 15, 2017

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

* Congregation stands

BOLD – Congregation responds

PRELUDE         Nathalie Wang, organist                

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Steve Sarran                                        

I waited patiently for the LORD; God inclined to me and heard my cry.

The LORD put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.

Blessed are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.

For you have multiplied, O LORD our God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us. 

So we gather to tell the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation!

You are the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

You are the Messiah, the anointed one, who comes to restore all things.

Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from us; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep us forever.                

* HYMN No. 464         I Lay My Sins on Jesus

PRAYER OF CONFESSION     

Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life.  We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves by clinging to destructive habits, holding grudges, and showing reluctance to welcome one another. We allow the past and our old self to hold us hostage. In your loving-kindness have mercy on us and free us from sin.

(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:               Grant Peace, We Pray      Mendelssohn    

Grant peace, we pray, in mercy Lord,
In our time peace, oh, send us!
For there is none on earth but Thee,
None other to defend us.
Thou only, Lord, canst fight for us.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:    Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord      Mendelssohn                         

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee;
He never will suffer the righteous to fall: He is at thy right hand.
Thy mercy, Lord, is great and far above the heavens:
Let none be made ashamed that wait upon Thee.

* HYMN No. 552        My Faith Looks Up to Thee

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Isaiah 49:1-7        p. 592    

John 1:29-42            p. 862

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON          The Call to Discipleship    Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:        

We believe that our blessedness lies in the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. Faith is only the instrument by which we embrace Christ, our righteousness. And faith is the instrument that keeps us in communion with him and with all his benefits.

~Based on Articles 22 & 23 of the Belgic Confession

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

        Offertory:            I Shall Not Be Moved    arr. Parker

Glory Hallelujah, I shall not be moved,
Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
I shall not be moved.

(Refrain)
I shall not be, I shall not be moved,
I shall not be, I shall not be moved,

Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
(Glory, Hallelujah,) I shall not be moved.

In His love abiding, I shall not be moved,
And in Him confiding, I shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
I shall not be moved.

Though all Hell assail me, I shall not be moved.
Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
I shall not be moved.

Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved,
On the Rock of Ages, I shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
I shall not be moved.

    * The Doxology (pew card)      

    * Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 689        The Church’s One Foundation     

* BENEDICTION 

    Response:      Seven-fold Amen    Lutkin           

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.

Announcements

Our Flowers are given by Vivian, Peter and Adriana Sclafani.  They wish their friends at COTH a happy new year.

Coffee Hour: All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner Hall for coffee hour and a time of fellowship..

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

Over the next two months, 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.

Congregational Meeting, January 22, 2017

Following the worship service next Sunday, a congregational meeting will be held to disseminate information pertaining to the consistory's recommendation to sell the house on 169th St. Please plan to join us for this important meeting to learn more about the recommendation and the process. There will also be opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. 

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 February 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.

Offering Envelopes

If you haven't picked up your offering envelopes for 2017, you may pick them up at the back of the sanctuary.

Christmas Day

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

* Congregation stands

BOLD – Congregation responds

 

PRELUDE         Nathalie Wang, organist             

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* GLORIA PATRI (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Dorien Day

Lift up your hearts in prayer:

We lift them up in prayer!

Lift up your voices in praise:

We lift them up in praise!

Let your eyes rise in expectation and your hands in exultation,

For the Lord has drawn near and dwells among us.

Come, let us adore the newborn king.         

* HYMN No. 171         Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

PRAYER OF CONFESSION     

O God, we need Christ to renew our commitment.

We confess that our lack of faith has made us fearful.

We acknowledge that we have foolishly let our desires lead us astray.

We have carefully kept our gifts and have not freely given our goods and our hearts to you.

(silent prayers of confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, may your Spirit linger in our hearts and bring renewal in our lives.

Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* HYMN No. 173         O Come, All Ye Faithful

JUNIOR SERMON

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE READINGS:  

              Isaiah 52:7-10    p. 596        

             John 1:1-14    p. 862

             This is the Word of the Lord.

             Thanks be to God.

SERMON           The Word Became Flesh    Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:        

Apostles’ Creed (pew card) 

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

 Offertory    

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 162      The First Noel, the Angel Did Say

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

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)

Prayer Response                 

* HYMN No. 146    Joy to the World! the Lord Is Come     

* 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. 

Christmas Eve: Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols

The service of Lessons and Carols was developed in the late nineteenth century and first used at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, UK. The service is a re-telling of the story of the coming Christ. It follows a simple pattern: each lesson is told through a song and a Scripture reading. May you hear anew the story of the birth of Jesus as we listen, sing, and worship God this evening. 

 

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

* Congregation stands

PRELUDE:                  #161 Once in Royal David’s City            (Congregation: Join in singing v. 4)

WELCOME & PRAYER OF INVOCATION

CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP

O Magnum Mysterium     Victoria

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING    Emerson and Maureen Chen

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”

Come and lead your people into the way of salvation.

In Isaiah 60 we read, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you….Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

(Lighting of the Christ candle)

Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our life.

Until that day, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

FIRST LESSON

*Hymn #133        O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 

Luke 1:5-25

SECOND LESSON

In the Bleak Midwinter     Darke

Luke 1:26-38

THIRD LESSON

Love Came Down at Christmas    Rutter

Luke 1:39-56

FOURTH LESSON

Christmas Lullaby     Rutter

Luke 1:57, 67-80

FIFTH LESSON

Hymn #155         O Little Town of Bethlehem 

Luke 2:1-5

SIXTH LESSON

O Holy Night     Rutter

Luke 2:6-7

SEVENTH LESSON

 *Hymn #152         Angels We Have Heard On High

*Luke 2:8-14

EIGHTH LESSON

*Hymn #173         O Come, All Ye Faithful 

*Luke 2:15-18

NINTH LESSON

The Most Wonderful Birthday of All    Davis

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

PRAYER OF BLESSING

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

*Hymn          Silent Night(see back of bulletin) 

*BENEDICTION

December 18, 2016

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

* Congregation stands

BOLD – Congregation responds

PRELUDE         Deborah Im          

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* Sanctus (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Michael, Laurie, Lexie, and Junie Chan  

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel. Stir up your might and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Then we will never turn back from you; give us life when we call on your name.

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.                             

* HYMN No. 151        Go, Tell It on the Mountain

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord, we have not kept watch for you. We have occupied ourselves with our own concerns. We have not noticed the needs of the people around us. Forgive us for our lack of watchfulness.

(Silent personal prayers of confession)

Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Amen.    

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

This is God’s Word of grace:

We are accepted, we are forgiven, we are loved.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Herein is the wisdom of God for the people of God.

May God grant us the grace and courage to live in this way.

Gloria Patri (pew card)

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING  

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”

Come and lead your people into the way of salvation.

Isaiah says: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. . . . Then [God’s] light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

We light these candles as a sign of the coming light of Christ.

(Lighting of the fourth candle)

Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our life.

Until that day, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Prayer Response    O Jesus    Franck                     

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

    Lord God, may your Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.

    Speak, O Lord, for your servants are listening.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

Isaiah 7:10-16        p. 554    

Matthew 1:18-25        p. 783

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

Offertory:            The Holy City    Stephen Adams

Glenn Alamilla, tenor    

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication

* CONFESSION OF FAITH           Belgic Confession, Article 18        

So then we confess that God fulfilled the promise made to the early fathers and mothers by the mouth of the holy prophets when he sent the only and eternal Son of God into the world at the time appointed. The Son took the “form of a slave” and was made in “human form,” truly assuming a real human nature, with all its weaknesses, except for sin…. In this way Christ is truly our Immanuel—that is: “God with us.” 

TABLEAU OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST

Sunday School and Chancel Choir:

Gabriel’s Message                          Chancel Choir
How Quietly                                   Sunday School and Chancel Choir

Love Came Down at Christmas     Sunday School and Chancel Choir
Silent Night                                    Sunday School and Chancel Choir    

Congregational Hymns:

O Little Town of Bethlehem    No. 155, stanza 1

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel              No. 133, stanza 1

O Come, All Ye Faithful              No. 173, all stanzas 

(During this hymn, White Christmas gifts will be offered.)

* BENEDICTION 

Response             

POSTLUDE 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - Saturday, Dec. 24, 8:00 P.M. Followed by a wassail hour in Gessner Hour.  All are invited.

CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE – Sunday, Dec. 25, 11:00 A.M.

CHURCH OFFICE & BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, except for worship services.  We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

2017 AUCTION - Saturday, Jan. 7, 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 Emerson Chen (917) 881-1868.   

COOKIES NEEDED - Will you give the Church on the Hill a box of home-baked cookies for the Wassail Hour on Christmas Eve after the Candlelight Service? Mark the box "Christmas Eve Cookies" and bring it to the kitchen on Christmas Eve before the service or to the Church office during the week. Thank you.

2017 offering envelopes are at the entrance of the church.  If you do not see your box and would like one, put your name on the sign-up sheet.  

PRAYER LIST

Helga Brenner-Khan, Allegra DeMelo, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Sal Lombardo, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry,  Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan