January 26, 2014

PRELUDE:  Suite for Organ, John Stanley

* SANCTUS (pew card)             


Leader:  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
People:  One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
Leader:  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent: he will set me high on a rock.
People:  Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!  "Come," my heart says, "seek his face!" Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  
ALL:  Amen. 

– from Ps. 27: 1, 4-5, 7-8  

* HYMN No. 20Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

* 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:  Wash Me Throughly, Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and forgive me all my sin. For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.

– Psalm 51:2,3

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer response, Georg Friedrich 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 blessed with thee.

* HYMN No. 348:  We Will Extol You


1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Pew Bible, page 926

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4:12-23, Pew Bible, page 785

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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

THE SERMON:  One Church Out of Many, Rev. Douglas Estella

   Offertory:  Go Not Far From Me, O God, Zingarelli  

Go not far from me, O God; cast me not away in the time of age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.  O let my mouth be filled with Thy praise; that I may sing Thy glory and honour all the day long.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

    The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)     

* HYMN No. 694:  Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

    Response, Martin Shaw 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy   Ghost be among you and go with you forever and ever. Amen.    

POSTLUDE:  Trumpet Voluntary, John Stanley


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.

TODAY’S COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the Congregational Care Committee in honor of the January birthdays.  Please join us in this time of fellowship.


Van Drivers: Debra Rossi (AM), Bill Proschel (PM)
Greeters: Virginia Andrews and Eva Munoz
Ushers: Cindy and Joe Macaluso, Jean and Gerry Mendler and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Judie Kellaway and Yessenia Iovale-Perez

VALENTINES FOR VETS: Bring your valentines on Sundays, February 2 or 9 and deposit them in the box at the church entrance.  These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Albans.  We want our vets to know that they are not forgotten.

2014 OFFERING ENVELOPES are at the entrance of the church.  If you don’t see your envelopes and would like a box, please sign the list and a set will be available for you next Sunday. 

VAN SERVICE: If you need a ride to church on Sunday, speak with Gerry Mendler or call (917) 362-6284 (day) or (718) 464-3464 (evening).

Van Grocery Shopping will resume in the Spring.

CHILDCARE during the worship hour 

Children through age 3 in the Educational Building, 1st floor, in Room 1A.

Children ages 3 through 2nd grade will 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.


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 at the back of the sanctuary.  These cards will enable inmates at the Nassau County Correction Center to correspond with their loved ones.                        

PRAYER REQUESTS: Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, Hope Kingman, Fritz Kunisch, Ann Martin, Irma Matzke, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra