September 22, 2013

The Church on the Hill at Worship

September 22, 2013 11:00 A.M.

* All who are able, please stand.

Please turn off your cell phones. Thank you.


Choral Song, Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Aria, Flor Peeters  

* SANCTUS (pew card)  


Leader: Let us bow down before our Creator, whose Spirit moves over desert and sea, whose Word has the power to create, to judge, and to save.
People: The Lord seeks those who look for God, even if they have gone astray. O! that our deliverer would come! Lord, restore our lives and make us glad!
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Amen

* HYMN No. 49   Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above


Leader:  O Lord, forgive your foolish people. We at times walk away from you, for we do not know how to do good. Create in us a clean heart.
ALL: Put a new and right spirit within us.
Leader: In the folly of our hearts, we live as though there is no God. Create in us a clean heart, O God.
ALL: Put a new and right spirit within us.
Leader: We forget all you have done for us and make false idols to be our gods. We act faithlessly, violently and scorn your name. 
ALL: Create in us a clean heart, O God; and put a new and right spirit within us.

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

ANTHEM: From the Rising of the Sun F. A. Gore Ouseley

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same my Name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered up unto my Name: for my Name shall be great among the heathen, thus saith the Lord!


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer response                   G.F. Handel

Lord, I trust thee, I adore thee, Ah! Thou friend of man, restore me!  On thy loving grace relying, for the bread of life I'm sighing. Quench my thirst and let my hunger cease, fill my heart with joy and endless peace. When the breath of life has left me, may my soul be blended with thee.

* HYMN No. 579                    I Surrender All


Psalm 113: 1-9 Pew Bible, pg. 491

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of theLord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!

Luke 15: 1-10 Pew Bible, pg. 850

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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

THE SERMON                    ollie ollie oxen free Donna M. Field

Offertory:    Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts         Camille Saint-Saëns

Praise ye the Lord of hosts, Sing his salvation, bless His name, show  forth his praise in His holy house! Rejoice, ye heavens, and be joyful,  on earth, rejoice in the face of the Lord, for He cometh, Alleluia.  Rejoice, ye angels; rejoice all ye nations, now in the face of the  Lord, for He cometh. Alleluia.  

* The Doxology  (pew card)  
* Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  Heidelberg Catechism, Question and Answer 1  

Leader: What is your only comfort in life and in death?

All:  That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, He also watches over me in such a way  and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.  that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

* HYMN No. 641 All the Way My Savior Leads Me


Go now in the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ, who appoints us for service and makes us faithful.

Response, Martin Shaw

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be upon you, and remain with you forever. Amen.  

POSTLUDE:     Recessional                         Frank  Asper

WE WELCOME DONNA MARIE FIELD to the pulpit.  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.  

Church-wide BAR-B-QUE immediately after the service.  All are invited.  

CROP HUNGER WALK – Ending hunger one step at a time.

Proceeds go to Church World Service and the Greenpoint Reformed Church Hunger Program in Brooklyn, New York.

1:30 PM – Registration for CROP Walk
2:00 PM – Walk to Bowne Park
4:00 PM – Return to COTH for light refreshments

World Communion Sunday is October 6, 2013. We are looking for volunteers to help with the service.  If you can read/speak another language, we would love for you to help with the readings and prayers for that day.  There is a sign up sheet in Gessner Hall. All material will be assigned/handed out next Sunday.  See Donna if you have any questions. Thank you.


Van Drivers: Jorge Alamilla (AM), Marion Durney (PM)
Greeters: Carol Stark and Joan Werbel
Children and Worship: Michael Iovale and Sharon Rivilli

VAN GROCERY SHOPPING resumes this Tuesday, September 24th at 1:00 PM.  If you wish to join this ministry, speak with Gina Lombardo at (917) 767-2923. 

CHILDCARE during the worship hour 

Infants thru age 3 in the Educational Building, 1st floor, in Room 1A.

Children ages three to seven are invited to share in the service through the Junior Sermon, then go to Room 2E for the Children and Worship Program.

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, Josephine Rivera, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright.