Second Sunday in Advent December 10, 2017

 

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

PRELUDE                                                                         Sean Cotty                             

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                            

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                  Avalos Family

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,

For God will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.                                                                                                                

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

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.

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

“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.” (Isaiah 9:2)

“I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by the paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do.” (Isaiah 42:16)

Come, Lord Jesus, our light and life.

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

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord Christ, we confess our willingness to be loved but also our reluctance to love.

We confess that we are full of good intentions but weak at keeping promises.

O God, we live as if the light had never defeated the darkness in the world or in us; we ignore the Christ you sent to live among us.

(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:                     Christ the Appletree     Sanford E. Scriven      

The tree of life my soul hath seen, 

laden with fruit and always green;

The trees of nature fruitless be,

Compared with Christ the appletree.

This beauty doth all things excel,

By faith I know, but ne'er can tell

The Glory which I now can see,

in Jesus Christ the appletree.

For happiness I long have sought,

and pleasure dearly I have brought;

I missed of all, but now I see

'Tis found in Christ the appletree.

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive,

it keeps my dying faith alive;

which makes my soul in haste to be

with Jesus Christ the Appletree.

I'm wear'd with my former toil,

here I will sit and rest a while;

under the shadow I will be,

of Jesus Christ the appletree.                                                

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:                           Write These Words in Our Hearts                                                  

Write these words in our hearts, 

We beseech you, O Lord.

* HYMN No. 138                                Savior of the Nations, Come

Prayer of Illumination

Gracious God,

your vision of peace and wholeness

comes to us in sweeping revelations

and in tiny signs of hope.

Kindle our hearts, that we might be a hopeful people.

Keep us from growing weary of waiting

so that we do not miss the glory of your appearing.

Speak to us, O Lord, for your servants are listening. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Isaiah 40:1-11                                                                   p. 581      

2 Peter 3:8-15a                                                                p. 988

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                   Our Only Comfort      Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:           The Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

       Offertory:      Prepare the Way of the Lord   William Rowan

Prepare, prepare the way of the Lord!

Prepare the way! Make straight his path.

Every valley shall be exalted,

every hill made low;

and the crooked shall be made straight, 

and the rough places plain.

And the Glory of the Lord,

shall be revealed.

And all mankind shall see it,

shall see it together.

Prepare, prepare the way of the Lord!

Prepare the way! Make straight his path.

* The Doxology (pew card)                                                      

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 136                      On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

* BENEDICTION

Response:                         Lord, Let Us Now Depart in Peace      

Lord, let us now depart in peace, 

who in thy name we are gathered here;

disclose the brightness of thy face, 

and be forever near. Amen.

POSTLUDE   

 

Announcements

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.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Sunday, Dec. 24, 8pm

Followed by a wassail hour in Gessner Hour.  All are invited.

Christmas Morning Communion Service – Monday, Dec. 25, 11am

Church Office and Building will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, except for worship services.  We will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

2018 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.

Weekly Calendar

Tuesdays, Bible Study, 7:30 pm, Folensbee Lounge

Wednesdays, Yoga, 7:30 pm, Gessner Hall

Thursdays, Prayer Group, 6:00 pm, Folensbee Lounge

Liturgical Color: Blue

You may notice that this year our paraments for Advent are blue. While the traditional liturgical color for Advent is purple, over the past few decades there has been a growing interest to use blue. In the past, we have used purple for both Advent and Lent, signifying that both of these seasons are times of preparation in the life of the church. The use of blue has been in part to distinguish Advent and Lent from one another. In Advent, we are preparing for the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and the return of Jesus in the future, at which time he will restore all of creation and make all things new. Thus, this season of Advent is full of hope.

We are so grateful for the gift of these paraments from Messiah Lutheran Church and thankful for Ginny Chan's work in modifying them to fit our space. 

Prayer List

Rosario Calco, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Dombrowski family, Joan Dwyer, Angela Edward, Rosemarie Graffeo, Rev. Jin Han, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow and the family of Joan Wagner.

First Sunday in Advent December 3, 2017

 

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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

PRELUDE                                                                       Sean Cotty                 

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* GLORIA PATRI (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP                          Laura and Armand Agasian                                               

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his Word I hope.

My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning.

There is no darkness with you, O Lord.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!                                                                                                                

* HYMN No. 134                                     The King of Glory Comes

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.

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

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.

Come, Lord Jesus, our light and life.

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

PRAYER OF CONFESSION            

Lord God, our lives are filled with sin.

We forget our neighbor’s needs and do not love you above all else.

We need a Savior.

Help us to be ready for Jesus in our own hearts.

O come, O come, Savior of the world.

(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:             Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming     M. Praetorius      

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!

Of Jesse's lineage coming As men of old have sung.

It came a flow'ret bright amid the cold of winter,

When half-spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind,

With Mary we behold it, The Virgin Mother kind.

To show God's love aright she bore to us a Savior,

When half-spent was the night.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

Father in heaven,

Our hearts desire the warmth of your love,

And our minds are searching for the light of your Word.

Increase our longing for Christ, our Savior,

And give us the strength to grow in love,

That the dawn of his coming

May find us rejoicing in his presence

And welcoming the light of his truth. Amen.                                              

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Isaiah 64:1-9                                                                     p. 606      

1 Corinthians 1:3-9                                                           p. 926

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON        Yearning for the Presence of God     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 a-comin' to our darkness,

There's a Light a-comin' our way.

There's a Light a-comin' to our darkness,

Come, O Light, and shine today.

There's a King a-comin' for His kingdom,

There's a King a-comin' to stay.

There's a King a-comin' for His kingdom,

Come and show the way.

Brighter than the rising sun, 

The Son of God is near.

To free us from our human sin,

We wait for midnight, midnight clear.

There's a Joy a-comin' from the heavens,

There's a Joy a-comin' to earth.

There's a Joy a-comin' from the heavens,

Come, O Joy, we long for your birth.

       * 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)

Prayer Response          Hear Our Prayer, O Heavenly Father                                                                                                                                  

Hear our prayer, O heavenly Father,

For the Redeemer's sake. Amen.

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

* BENEDICTION

Response                                                      God Be With You

God be with you till we meet again;

if life's perils should confound you,

God will put his arms around you;

God be with you till we meet again.

 

POSTLUDE

                                                     

Announcements

Liturgical Color: Blue

You may notice that this year our paraments for Advent are blue. While the traditional liturgical color for Advent is purple, over the past few decades there has been a growing interest to use blue. In the past, we have used purple for both Advent and Lent, signifying that both of these seasons are times of preparation in the life of the church. The use of blue has been in part to distinguish Advent and Lent from one another. In Advent, we are preparing for the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and the return of Jesus in the future, at which time he will restore all of creation and make all things new. Thus, this season of Advent is full of hope.

We are so grateful for the gift of these paraments from Messiah Lutheran Church and thankful for Ginny Chan's work in modifying them to fit our space. 

Crawford Holiday Party: Saturday, December 9, from 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Blaine and Brittnee Crawford invite the congregation to the parsonage (across the street from the sanctuary) for a holiday open house.  Drop in as you are able.  There will be plenty of food and holiday cheer!

WCC December luncheon and program: Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm.

Sandwiches and salads by Marino Bros. and Christmas cookies by all of you. Program will be the Sweet Adeline’s, a female barbershop harmony group. Please bring a friend to this wonderful afternoon of fellowship. 

White Christmas Service: Sunday, December 17, 11:00 a.m.

This year, Church on the Hill will be collecting gifts for children, 12 and under, affiliated with three separate organizations. At the back of the sanctuary and in Gessner Hall, you will find tags with the ages of children. If you wish to give a gift, take the tag, purchase a gift for the child, (please try to keep the cost around $15) and bring the gift back on December 17. Please do not wrap the gift; place it in a shopping bag with the tag affixed to it. During the worship service, you will have the opportunity to present your gift at the front of the sanctuary. 

Prayer List

Rosario Calco, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Dombrowski family, Joan Dwyer, Rosemarie Graffeo, Rev. Jin Han, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow

November 26, 2017

 

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PRELUDE                                                                               Sean Cotty                                               

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                       

* CALL TO WORSHIP         Elizabeth Mahowald                                                                                    

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is God who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to God; bless God’s name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.                                                                                                         

* HYMN No. 317                  All People That on Earth Do Dwell

PRAYER OF CONFESSION            

Almighty and merciful God,

we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

You alone know how often we have sinned

in wandering from your ways,

in wasting your gifts,

in forgetting your love.

(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:                    I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes        Leo Sowerby

                                       Sora Choi, soloist                                 

I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and Earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:

He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

My Help cometh from the Lord; He will not slumber.

The Lord is thy keeper; thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, not the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil, He shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in

from this time forth, and even forever more. Amen.

                                                    

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:

Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord                                                                                                                    

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. 593                                                The Gift of Love

Prayer of Illumination

Grant to us your Holy Spirit,

that in these words of Holy Scripture

our hearts might be lifted up

and our minds set on heavenly realities,

that contemplating Jesus, our Good Shepherd,

we might long to be with him

and enter into the joy of his eternal kingdom.

Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24                                                      p. 702               

Matthew 25:31-46                                                      p. 807

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                       Rebuilding Trust             Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:                                                            

Based on Belgic Confession, Article 26

We believe that we have no access to God except through the one and only mediator and intercessor, Jesus Christ

Although he was in the company of God, Christ nevertheless emptied himself, taking human form and the form of a slave for us.

For neither in heaven nor among the creatures on earth is there anyone who loves us more than Jesus Christ does.

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

       Offertory:                  Alleluia Round            William Boyce

* The Doxology (pew card)                                                  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 20                          Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

* BENEDICTION

Response:                     Sevenfold Amen                                                                                    

POSTLUDE                                                                                     

 

Announcements

New Members Class: Sundays, December 3 and 10, from 12:30 to 2 pm

Are you interested in learning more about Church on the Hill?

Are you interested in becoming a member?

The next New Members Class will meet in the Folensbee Lounge.  Lunch will be provided.

WCC December luncheon and program

Saturday, December 9th, 1:00 pm.

We invite all women of COTH to attend.  Sandwiches and salads by Marino Bros. and Christmas cookies by all of you. Program will be the Sweet Adeline’s singing songs of the season. Please bring a friend to this wonderful afternoon of fellowship.

Mark your calendars:

Sat. Dec. 9      3-6:30pm   Crawford Holiday Party

                                            (at the parsonage)

Sun. Dec. 17    11:00 am   White Christmas Service

                                            Tableau of the Nativity of Christ

                                            Presentation of White Christmas gifts

Sun. Dec. 24    11:00 am   Worship Service

                            8:00 pm   Candlelight Service

                            9:00 pm   Wassail hour

Mon. Dec. 25  11:00 am   Communion Service                              

 

Weekly Calendar

Tuesdays, Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

Wednesdays, Yoga, 7:30 p.m., Gessner Hall

Thursdays, Prayer Group, 6:00 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

 

Prayer List

Rosario Calco, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Dombrowski family, Joan Dwyer, Rosemarie Graffeo, Rev. Jin Han, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow and family of Dot Reid

 

November 19, 2017

 

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* Congregation stands

BOLD – Congregation responds

PRELUDE                                                                               Sean Cotty                                               

SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

* PASSING OF THE PEACE

* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                       

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                           Dana Chan                                                           To you I lift up my eyes,

O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

So our eyes look to the LORD our God,

Until God has mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us.

For you have been our dwelling place in all generations.                                                                                                     

* HYMN No. 376                                        We Gather Together

PRAYER OF CONFESSION            

When we have afflicted others,

whether by our own power

or by our silent support of systems

that oppress, enslave, and crush,

forgive us, Lord.

When we have perplexed others

and purposely confused them for our own gain

or driven them to despair,

forgive us, Lord.

When we have shunned others,

casting them out of our community,

leaving them forsaken and alone,

forgive us, Lord.

When we have struck down others,

casting stones on their dreams and hopes

until they are broken,

forgive us, Lord.

(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:              Precious Lord Take My hand            Tommy Dorsey

  Youth Choir (Adult on Vs. 3)

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand;

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light:

Take my hand, Precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near,

When my life is almost gone;

Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall:

Take my hand, precious Lord lead me home.

When the darkness appears And the night draws near,

And the day is past and gone;

At the river I stand, Guide my feet, hold my hand;

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.                                                

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:                                 For the Life That You Have Given                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

For the life that you have given, for the love in Christ made known,

With these fruits of time and labor, with these gifts that are your own,

Here we offer, Lord, our praises; heart and mind and strength we bring;

Give us grace to love and serve you, living what we pray and sing.

* HYMN No. 374                            Now Thank We All Our God

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    

Judges 4:1-7                                                                       p. 191               

Matthew 25:14-30                                                      p. 807

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON          If Women Ran the World Rev. Blaine Crawford

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:                                                            

From Belhar Confession, Article 2

We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family.

We believe that the variety of spiritual gifts, opportunities, backgrounds, convictions, as well as the various languages and cultures are opportunities for mutual service and enrichment within the one visible people of God.

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

During the offertory, you may bring forward your pledge card and your offering. In some Christian traditions, individuals bring forward their offerings every week to symbolize not only the offering of their gifts but the offering of their whole lives.  In Romans 12:1, Paul encourages the church with these words: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." We thank you for your generosity and for all the ways you share your lives and your gifts with this church.

       Offertory:               Be Thou My Vision      John Ness Beck

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom and thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father and I Thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,

May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Amen.

* The Doxology (pew card)                                                  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 375                               Sing to the Lord of Harvest

* BENEDICTION

Response:                 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.  Amen. 

POSTLUDE                                                                                     

 

Announcements

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm

St. Kevin R.C. Church (45-21 194th St. Flushing, NY)

WCC December luncheon and program

Saturday, December 9th, 1:00 pm.

We invite all women of COTH to attend.  Sandwiches and salads by Marino Bros. and Christmas cookies by all of you. Program will be the Sweet Adeline’s singing songs of the season. Please bring a friend to this wonderful afternoon of fellowship.

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday: No Bible Study this week

Wednesday: No Yoga this week

Thursday: No Prayer Group this week

Prayer List

Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Joan Dwyer, Rosemarie Graffeo, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow