January 18, 2015


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
Amazing Grace, arr. Gilbert M. Martin

(pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Sue Nicholas     

Leader:    Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise God’s holy name.
People:    Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Leader:    Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding.
People:    Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you the servants who do his will.
Leader:    Praise the LORD, all the works everywhere in his dominion.
People:    Praise the LORD, O my soul.


* HYMN No. 9: Sing Praise to the Father


Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you and one another. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are sorry for all we have done to displease you and to harm our neighbor. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light and walk in your ways. Amen.

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


ANTHEMSoon and Very Soon, Andrae Crouch

Soon and very soon we are going to see the King; Hallelujah!  We're going to see the King. No more dying there, we are going to see the King;  Hallelujah!  We're going to see the King.

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

* HYMN No. 451Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy


Psalm 91:1-6, 9-12, Pew Bible, page 477

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

Matthew 4:1-17, Pew Bible, page 785

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
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.”

THE SERMONHuman Navigation, Rev. Blaine D. Crawford

    Offertory: I Shall Not Be Moved, arr. Alice Parker

Glory Hallelujah, I shall not be moved, Anchored in Jehovah I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
In His love abiding, I shall not be moved, and in Him confiding, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
Though all Hell assail me, I shall not be moved.  Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.
Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved, On the Rock of Ages, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

* HYMN No. 502Amazing Grace!  How Sweet the Sound

    * Response: Sevenfold Amen, John Stainer

POSTLUDEWork for the Night is Coming, arr. H. Alexander Matthews

JANUARY 18, 2015

WE WELCOME Rev. Blaine Crawford and his wife Brittnee to the Church on the Hill.  If you wish to contact the pastor, you may call him at the church (718) 358-3671, the parsonage (718) 353-1960 or email him at pastor_at_churchonthehill.org.

The Service of Installation for Pastor Blaine will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.  All are invited to attend.

OUR COFFEE HOUR is given by Marion and Ray Durney in appreciation of the Auction Volunteers.  After the service, all are invited downstairs to Gessner Hall for a time of fellowship. 

OUR FLOWERS are given by the Auction Committee in appreciation of Marion and Ray Durney and Glenda and Jorge Alamilla.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 1, 2015: The Sunday School will again participate in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.  Please bring in cans of soup and they will be given to a local food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.


Van Drivers: Jean & Gerry Mendler (am), Bill Proschel & Gerry Mendler (PM)
Greeters: Nancy Gessner, Eva Munoz
Ushers: Judie Kellaway, Jean Mendler, Debra Rossi and Irma Schubert

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

2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES are at the back 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: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Marilyn Cooney, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, 1st Lt. Alexandra Knese (in Liberia), Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Nora McCarthy, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Marge Renstrom, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra