August 25, 2013

The Church on the Hill at Worship

August 25, 2013 10:00 A.M.

* All who are able, please stand.

Please turn off your cell phones. Thank you.

PRELUDE:   Largo Francesco Veracini

* SANCTUS (pew card)  

* CALL TO WORSHIP Emerson Chen

Leader: The prophets of old spoke of God’s justice, even when it was unwelcome.  Who will hear their message?
People: We will listen and we will hear!
Leader: Responding to God’s call, Jesus traveled, preaching and teaching to all who would listen.  Who will hear his message?
People: We will listen and we will hear!
Leader:  Christ sent out disciples two by two, to spread the good news in any place that would welcome them.  Who will hear their message?
People: We will listen and we will hear!
Leader: God’s prophets are among us still, around the world and in these pews.  Who will hear their message?
People: We will listen and we will hear!

* HYMN No. 99 When Morning Gilds the Skies


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

ACT OF PRAISE: The Prayer                            

-- Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster      

Maureen Saepia-Chen, soprano
Emerson Chen, baritone

     Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

* HYMN No. 384       This is My Father's World


Psalm 18: 1-6, 46-50 Pew Bible, pg. 431

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation, the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me; who delivered me from my enemies; indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries; you delivered me from the violent.
For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.
Great triumphs he gives to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.

Deuteronomy 6: 2-6 Page 143

so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.

Mark 12: 28-34 Page 825

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

THE SERMON To Hear and Be Heard

     Offertory: Oh, Promise Me Reginald De Koven
     * The Doxology  (pew card)  
     * Prayer of Dedication

     * Apostles’ Creed (pew card)    

* HYMN No. 651   O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee


POSTLUDE: Rigaudon Andre Campra

TODAY WE WELCOME Rev. Dorothy Grant to the pulpit.  Rev. Grant currently works as a Chaplain at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens. She previously served as a Presbyterian Minister in the NYC and Tri-State area. She migrated from Jamaica West Indies where she holds membership in the United Church of Jamaica and Cayman Islands.


The left vase is given in loving memory of Matthew Good by his parents. The right vase is given by Janice Zito in loving memory of Pasquale.


APPRECIATIONS: Today we thank Emerson and Maureen Chen for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.

WORSHIP HOUR will continue at 10:00 AM next Sunday, September 1st. 


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.  

    LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available.  Please ask an usher if you want one.

    VAN SERVICE for Sunday worship will resume, Sunday, September 8. If you need a ride, call 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, Ann Martin, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright.