The Church on the Hill
July 21, 2013 10:00 A.M.
* All who are able, please stand.
Reminder: Jesus won’t call you on your cell phone, please turn it off. Thanks.
PRELUDE: Deck Thyself, My Soul, With Gladness J.S. Bach
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP Maureen Saepia-Chen
Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
People: What did God do to help us?
Leader: God chose the people of Israel to make a new beginning.
People: They received God’s covenant and prepared the way for Jesus to come as our Savior.
Leader: Let us worship the God of the covenant, the God of heaven and earth!
--Based on Psalm 124:8
* HYMN No.17 Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him
* 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 hands to you in praise, but our feet have still walked in the ways of evil. We have rehearsed your commandments but have refused to see your face in the needs of our neighbors. We pray Lord that you forgive our lack of faith and pardon our acts of injustice. Grant us the healing that comes from your presence and the cleansing of your all-powerful Word, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
ACT OF PRAISE
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
* HYMN No. 295 Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Genesis 18: 1-8, Pew Bible, pg. 12
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
Luke 10: 38-42, Page 845
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’
THE SERMON A Radical Welcome Donna M. Field
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* STATEMENT OF FAITH -- Belgic Confession Article 1
We all believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that there is a single and simple spiritual being, whom we call God -- eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty; completely wise, just, and good, and the overflowing source of all good.
* HYMN No. 514 Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine
POSTLUDE: Trumpet Voluntary John Stanley
OUR WORSHIP HOURS will continue at the 10:00 AM hour through Labor Day Sunday, September 1, 2013. We hope you will give our worship your support through prayer and attendance.
APPRECIATIONS: We thank Maureen and Emerson Chen for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.
BARGAIN BOUTIQUE: Our thrift shop has closed for the summer. Please hold your donations until August 15.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, August 12-16, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
As of today, registration is full. We have a started a waiting list. If interested, call the church office and we will notify you if any openings become available.
CROP WALK September 22, 2013 – Donation envelopes are available in the church office during July and August.
This will help the summer cash flow problem. If you have already done so, thank you.
If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($93 per member), please help us by making the payment. The Synodical and Classical Assessment is the amount we owe Reformed Church in America for your membership.is the amount we owe Reformed Church in America for your membership.
YEAR-ROUND COLLECTIONS –
Donations for the Food for Kids Ministry should be brought to the Church office. This food will be given to families in need in Jamaica, New York.
Donations for pets brought to the church office will be given to Worthy Pause to be distributed to local animal shelters.
Christmas cards (with Forever Stamps on the envelopes) are collected in a basket in Gessner Hall. These cards will enable inmates at the Nassau County Correction Center to correspond with their loved ones.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgado, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Sandeep Edward, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Robert Keller, Ann Martin, John Molino, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright