March 2, 2014 - The Transfiguration of Our Lord


Prelude and Fugue in C Major, Johann Sebastian Bach
God's Time is the Best, Johann Sebastian Bach

* SANCTUS (pew card)             


Leader:  The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
People:  The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Leader:  Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!
People:  Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Leader:  Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain;
People:  For the LORD our God is holy.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  
ALL:  Amen. 

– from Psalm 99: 1-3, 5, 9     

* HYMN No. 52I Sing the Mighty Power of God

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

O God of the covenant, the cloud of your splendor and the fire of your love revealed your Son on the mountain heights.  Forgive us our sins and transform our lives in his image; write your law of love on our hearts, and make us witnesses of your glory, that we may lead others into your presence, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

JUNIOR SERMON                   

ANTHEM:  From the End of the Earth, Alan Hovhaness

Hear my cry, O God; from the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  I will trust in the covert of Thy wings.  Alleluia.

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, Felix Mendelssohn

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear; and safe is such confiding, for nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid, But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

* HYMN No. 358:  Eternal Father, Strong to Save


2 Peter 1:16-21, Pew Bible, page 987

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Matthew 17:1-9, Pew Bible, page 798

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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

THE SERMON:  A Glimpse of Glory, Rev. Douglas Estella

    Offertory:  Cantate Domino, Giovanni Francesco Anerio


O sing unto the Lord, sing ye a new song.  O praise Him in the company of the saints.  Rejoice ye Israel now in Him your maker, and children of Zion, be joyful in the Lord, your King.

O let us praise His name with dancing, with timbrel and harp sing praises.  Let the saints be joyful in praising Him, let us praise Him and be joyful in glory.

Sing unto the Lord a new song, with praises all be joyful. 

    * The Doxology (pew card)
    * Prayer of Dedication

    The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

* HYMN No. 731:  O Christians, Haste

    Response, Martin Shaw

Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no man evil for evil. Strengthen the downhearted, support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all men. Love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. 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:  Fugue in g minor, Johann Sebastian Bach


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 FLOWERS:  The left vase is given by Angela and Vikram Edward in loving memory of their son and brother, Sandeep Edward.

The right vase is given by Angela and Vikram Edward in loving memory of Mary Wainwright.


Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Coffee Hour Host: Rhoda Jabbour
Greeters: Linda Diez and Angela Edward
Ushers: Dana Chan, Cascille Hampton, Jen Hopper, Stephanie Parker and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken and Susan Halley-Lowe

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 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.


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.

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 and Mabelle Dong.