November 27, 2013 - Thanksgiving Eve Service


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

* SANCTUS (pew card)


Leader:  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
People:  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
Leader:  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
People:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

--Philippians 4: 4-7

* HYMN No. 376We Gather Together

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.

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

ANTHEM:  The Gift to Be Simple, arr. Bob Chilcott

The Chamber Choir

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'tis the gift to come down where you ought-a be, and when we find ourselves in a place just right, 'twill be in the valley of love and delight.  When true simplicity is gained, to bend we shan't be ashamed, to turn will be our delight till by turning we come round right.

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, Orlando Gibbons

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth Thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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


Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, Pew Bible, page 158

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lordyour God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to theLord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

John 6: 25-35, Pew Bible, page 867 

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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

THE SERMON:  Our Daily Bread, Rev. Douglas Estella

    Offertory:  Amazing Grace, arr. Jackson Berkey

Amazing grace!  How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. 

When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

    * Apostles’ Creed (pew card)        

* HYMN No. 374:  Now Thank We All Our God

    Response, Susan LaBarr

And for this shelter and this light, accept, O Lord, our thanks tonight, and for this shelter and light, accept, O Lord, our thanks tonight.

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


OUR CHANCEL - We express our gratitude to Connie Thorsen and Anne Avalos for decorating our chancel for Thanksgiving.

OUR USHERS this evening are Michael and Hong Chan

WE WELCOME back the Rev. Douglas Estella to the pulpit.  Rev. Estella served as pastor of the Sunnyside Reformed Church from 2000 to 2006. Currently he is a teacher at the Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn. Doug and his wife, Janet, live in Sunnyside with their daughter, Renee.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS – Thank you for supporting the YPF fund raiser.  Please pick up your wreaths after the service on Sunday, December 8 in Gessner Hall.

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 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014 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.   

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available.  Ask an usher if you need one.

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. 

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.