February 23, 2014 - Seventh Sunday after Epiphany


Choral SongSamuel Sebastian Wesley
Aria, Flor Peeters  

* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION, Patrick Mahowald        

Leader:  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
People:  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end.
Leader:  Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
People:  Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  
ALL:  Amen. 

– from Psalm 119: 33-36     

* HYMN No. 49:  Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.  Bring healing to all our wounds, make whole all that is broken in us, speak truth to all our illusions, and shed light in every darkness that all creation will see your glory through us and know your Christ. Amen.

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

JUNIOR SERMON                   

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


1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Pew Bible, page 927

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5: 38-48, Pew Bible, page 786

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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

THE SERMON:  The Church’s Sure Foundation, Rev.Douglas Estella

   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

    The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

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

    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: Rigaudon, Andre Campra


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.

THE FLOWERS are given in honor of Harvey and Mary Moder on their 61st wedding anniversary by Sally Ann and Nora Castle.

THE COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the Congregational Care Committee in honor of the February birthdays.  Please join us in this time of fellowship.


Van Drivers: Gary LiBert (AM), Michael Iovale (PM)
Greeters: Nancy Gessner and Eva Munoz
Ushers: Sally Ann Castle, Marilyn Cooney, Nancy Gessner, Jayne Halley and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Sharon Rivilli and Michael Iovale

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.

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available.  Ask an usher if you need one.

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

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – To host a coffee hour after church, speak with Rhoda Jabbour.

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