August 4, 2013

The Church on the Hill
At Worship

August 4, 2013 10:00 A.M.

* All who are able, please stand.

Reminder:  Please turn off your cell phone. Thank you.

PRELUDE: Pastorale Johann Sebastian Bach

* SANCTUS (pew card)  

* CALL TO WORSHIP Bruce Hoffacker

Leader: Sisters and brothers - we have been raised with Christ to new life.
People: Freed from every fear, and granted every grace.
Leader: O give thanks for God is good! The Lord’s steadfast love endures forever!
People: Let the redeemed of the Lord, those who are redeemed from trouble- all who are gathered from many lands- from the east, west, north and south thank the Lord.
Leader: Grace and Peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

          -- Adapted from Psalm 107

* HYMN No. 99 When Morning Gilds the Skies


Holy God you lavish us with good gifts, yet we persist in seeking after that which robs us of abundant life.  We hold fast to our anxieties and give in to our greed; we desire the very things that harm us. Forgive us and sustain us by the strength of the Holy Spirit, we ask in Jesus name, Amen. 

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

ANTHEM: Grace Before Sleep Susan LaBarr

The Chamber Choir

How can our minds and bodies be grateful enough that we have spent, here in this generous room, this evening of content?  Each one of us has walked through storm and fled the wolves along the road; But here the hearth is wide and warm, and for this shelter and this light Accept, O Lord, our thanks tonight.


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 sretch forth Thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

* HYMN No. 559 Make Room within My Heart,O God


Hosea 11:1-4 Pew Bible, pg. 737

When Israel was a child, I loved him,
   and out of Egypt I called my son. 
The more I called them,
   the more they went from me;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals,
   and offering incense to idols. 
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
   I took them up in my arms;
   but they did not know that I healed them. 
I led them with cords of human kindness,
   with bands of love.
I was to them like those
   who lift infants to their cheeks.
   I bent down to them and fed them. 

Colossians 3:1-4 Page 957

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

THE SERMON        Walk This Way? Donna M. Field

Offertory: Christ the Appletree Stanford 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 bought; 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 weary'd with my former toil, here I will sit and rest a while; under the shadow I will be, of Jesus Christ the appletree.  

* The Doxology  (pew card)  
* Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Adapted from the Belhar Confession

We share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind.
We have one God, are filled with one Spirit and are baptized with one baptism.
We eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one Name, are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope.
Together we come to know the height and the breadth and the depth of the love of Christ.
Together we are built up to the stature of Christ, to the new humanity. 
Together we know and bear one another's burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ that we need one another, build up one another, admonish and comfort one another and suffer with one another for the sake of righteousness.
Together we pray.
Together we serve God in this world.  Amen.

* HYMN No.723 Revive Us Again

Response             Susan LaBarr

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

POSTLUDE Trumpet Tune Henry Purcell


WE WELCOME DONNA MARIE FIELD to the pulpit.  In May 2013, Donna graduated from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity degree.  She will be leading our worship services until a permanent minister is in place.

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: Today we thank the Chamber Choir for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL,  August 12-16, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  

Kingdom Rock – Where Kids Stand Strong for God

BARGAIN BOUTIQUE: Our thrift shop has closed for the summer.  Please hold your donations until August 15.  

CROP WALK September 22, 2013 – Donation envelopes are available in the church office through August.


  • Please consider prepaying your pledge before you leave on vacation.  This will help the summer cash flow problem.
  • Please submit your pledge (estimate of giving) cards for 2013.  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.  

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