November 17, 2013


Praise to the Lord, Paul Manz
Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, Paul Manz

* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION - Psalm 98: 1-6, Nancy Gessner

Leader:  Sing a new song to the Lord, who has worked wonders, whose right hand and holy arm have brought salvation!
People:  The Lord has made known salvation; has shown justice to the nations; has remembered truth and love for the house of Israel.
Leader:  All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 
People:  Shout to the Lord all the earth, sing out for your joy.
Leader:  Sing Psalms to the Lord with harp, with the sound of music.
People:  With trumpets and the sound of the horn, acclaim the King, the Lord! 
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* HYMN No. 66: The God of Abraham Praise

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

Most gracious and most merciful God, we confess to you and to one another that time after time we have entered your presence with countless prayers but with hearts that have been closed to your grace. We have lifted our hearts and hands to you in praise, but our feet still walked in the ways of evil. We have rehearsed your commandments but have refused to see your face in the needs of our neighbor. We pray Lord, that you forgive our lack of faith and pardon our acts of injustice. Grant us healing that comes from your presence and the cleansing of your all-powerful Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

* KYRIE (pew card)
    * Gloria Patri  (pew card)

ANTHEM:  Come, Jesus, Holy Son of God, G. F. Handel

Come, Jesus, Holy Son of God, come.  Thy truth unseal.  Thy love reveal. Lord, hear Thou in mercy our prayer to Thee.  Come in Thy might.  Send forth Thy light. For Thee we long.  Hear Thou our prayer.  O hear Thou our prayer. To Thee be glory now and evermore.


ANTHEMFeed My Lambs, Natalie Sleeth

The Junior Choir

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer Response, George Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord; incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen.

* HYMN No. 320:  Come, Let Us Praise the Lord


Isaiah 65: 17-25, Pew Bible, page 607

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

Luke: 21: 5-19, Pew Bible, page 856

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.    

The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!

THE SERMON: Time, Like an Ever Rolling Stream, Elder Norman Haight

    Offertory:  Great Lord God!, G. F. Handel

Great Lord God!  Thy kingdom shall endure forevermore.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from the Heidelberg Catechism Q &A 54

I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, protects and preserves for God's self a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith. And of this community I am and always will be a living member.  Amen.

* HYMN No. 78O God, Our Help in Ages Past

    Response, J. S. Bach

The Lord bless you, yea, now and evermore.

POSTLUDEPraise to the Lord, Max Drischner


Elder Haight, is a Candidate for Word and Sacrament in the RCA under care of the Classis of Rockland-Westchester.  He is a recent graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary this past May, having served for a year as Student Minister at historic Old First Reformed Church of Park Slope, Brooklyn.   He is a resident and native of Peekskill, NY. 


Van Drivers: Royce Gothelf
Coffee Hour Host: Congregation Care Committee 
Greeters: Vivian and Peter Sclafani
Ushers: Wai and Richard Chu, Cathy and Tom Doyle; Head Usher, Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken and Rhoda Jabbour
Childcare: Adriene Toy

YOUTH GROUP BROWN BAG SUNDAY: Next Sunday, November 24th the YPF will be collecting donations for the Greenpoint Church in Brooklyn, NY.  We are collecting clear plastic recycling bags, extra large black garbage bags, deep aluminum pans, olive oil, and butter.  These are all desperately needed items in the food ministry that Greenpoint Church provides to our community.  We will be delivering the items after church on that Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Thank you so much for your support of this YPF service project!

VAN SERVICE is available for Sunday worship and grocery shopping every other Monday.  If you need a ride to church on Sunday or would like to join them for grocery shopping, speak with Gina Lombardo at (917) 767-2923. 

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

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.