Prelude and Fugue in d minor, J. S. Bach
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord, J. S. Bach
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION, Ray Durney
Leader: O come, let us worship and bow down,
People: Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
Leader: For he is our God,
People: And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
-- adapted from Psalm 95:6-7
* HYMN No. 43 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
* Prayer of Confession (responsively)
Leader: Lord, our lives fall short of your glory.
People: Have mercy and forgive us.
Leader: Lord, you have given your life and poured out your Spirit, yet at times we fail to return your love with all our heart.
People: Have mercy and change us.
Leader: Too often we ignore you, Lord, and neglect others.
People: Have mercy and cleanse us.
Leader: Lord, when we do not truly trust you, we are often overwhelmed by self-pity, fear and worry.
People: Have mercy and deliver us.
Leader: In Christ we are given hope and love, yet at times we follow the false hopes and desires of this world.
People: Have mercy and guide us.
Leader: Loving God, through your Son on the cross, your Spirit that moves through us and your word that speaks to us, transform and renew us so that we may follow you with joy.
People: All this we ask, confident in your unchanging faithfulness. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
ANTHEM: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, arr. Tom Fettke
Make me a channel of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love, where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord, and where there's doubt, true faith in You.
Make me a channel of Your peace. Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope, where there is darkness, only light, and where there's sadness, ever joy.
O Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love, with all my soul.
Make me a channel of Your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving of ourselves that we receive, and in dying that we’re born to eternal life. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer response Alois Kaiser
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.
* HYMN No. 304 Come Down, O Love Divine!
Luke 18:9-14, Pew Bible, Page 853
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8, Pew Bible, Page 968
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!
THE SERMON: A Posture of Humility, Monica Schaap Pierce
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
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
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from Heidelberg Catechism Q&A #1
Question: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Answer: 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.
* HYMN No. 723 Revive Us Again
Response: Fivefold Amen, Frederick Piket
POSTLUDE: Voluntary, John Stanley
OCTOBER 27, 2013
We welcome back our guest preacher, Monica Schaap Pierce, who has joined us in worship several times and is familiar to many of us. She is a Teaching Fellow in Theology at Fordham University and resides in Manhasset with her husband Steve and daughter Campbell.
OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:
Van Drivers: Gina Lombardo (AM), Roger Bow (PM)
Greeter: Joan Pearson
Ushers: Gina and Sal Lombardo, Nina and Bill Proschel and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken and Michael Iovale
Childcare: Nancy Gessner
PRAYER REQUESTS: Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgado, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Robert Keller, Fritz Kunisch, Ann Martin, John Molino, Ed Moores, Josephine Rivera, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright, Joan Werbel.