* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION - Psalm 100:1-3a Emerson Chen
Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
People: Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Leader: Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his;
People: We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father, the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
* HYMN No. 52: I Sing the Mighty Power of God
* PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
ANTHEM: Prayer to Jesus, arr. John Ness Beck
Lord Jesus, think on me and purge away my sin, from selfish passions set me free and make me pure within. Lord Jesus, think on me, by anxious thoughts oppressed; let me your loving servant be and taste your promised rest. Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray, through darkness and perplexity point out the heavenly way. Lord Jesus, think on me, that when this life is past, I may the eternal brightness see, and share Thy joy at last. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer Response, Louis Lewandowski
How good it is to thank the Lord, to praise Thy name, O Thou Most High; to tell Thy kindness through the day, Thy faithfulness when night draws nigh. With joyous psalms and with the harp, will I Thy marvels gladly sing; Thy works have made my heart rejoice, I triumph in Thy work, my King!
* HYMN No. 115: Fairest Lord Jesus
1 Peter 2:19-25, Pew Bible, page 984
For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
John 10:1-10, Pew Bible, page 872
“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!
THE SERMON: The Perfect Pastor, Rev. Douglas Estella
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Offertory: Proclaim the Glory of the Lord, arr. Jack Schrader
Proclaim the glory of the Lord. Let every tongue confess He reigns; lift up His name in praises forever. Proclaim the glory of the Lord. Make known His mighty deeds to all; take up the call, Let every nation know: He is our Messiah, our Savior and our King; Let all our voices join as one and fill the earth with singing. Glory to our God, His greatness we applaud. Let every race on every shore Proclaim the glory of the Lord. Proclaim the glory of the Lord; Give honor to the Prince of Peace; For if we cease, the stones will start shouting. Proclaim the glory of the Lord; With hands uplifted let us raise immortal praise to Him who reigns on high! He is our Messiah.
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (pew card) Apostles’ Creed
* HYMN No. 569: Living for Jesus a Life That Is True
Response, Harold W. Friedell
Day by day, Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly day by day.
POSTLUDE: Trumpet Dialogue, Louis Clerambault
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.
OUR FLOWERS: The carnations are given by Judie and Buck Kellaway in loving memory of her mother, Grace Kales and will be distributed to all ladies after today’s service.
THE COFFEE HOUR is hosted by Judie and Buck Kellaway and the Congregational Care Committee in honor of the May birthdays and Mother’s Day. Please join us in this time of fellowship.
CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON & MEETING on MAY 18, 12:00 pm
Reports from Church organizations.
Election of Elder and Deacons. The slate is as follows:
Elder nominee: Judie Kellaway
Deacon nominees: Emerson Chen, Irma Schubert
MARK YOUR CALENDARS :
- Saturday, May 17 1:00 PM WCC Luncheon & Program
- Sunday, May 18 12:00 PM Congregational Luncheon & Meeting
- Sunday, June 1 11:00 AM Confirmation Sunday
- Sunday, June 8 11:00 AM Children’s Day / Stewardship Sunday
12:00 PM Church Barbeque
- Saturday, June 21 12:00 PM WCC Luncheon (see insert)
OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:
Van Driver: Roger Bow
Greeters: Nina and Bill Proschel
Ushers: Dana Chan, Cascille Hampton, Jennifer Hopper, Stephanie Parker and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Judie Kellaway and Yessenia Iovale-Perez
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).
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 – To host a coffee hour after church, speak with Rhoda Jabbour.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Grace Attanasio, Ruth Bailey, John Benik, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Patricia Hamill, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, Hope Kingman, Fritz Kunisch, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra, Evelyn Stuedly, Melvin Werbel.