February 15, 2015


Choral, Josef Jongen
Pastorale, Cesar Franck


* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Steve Sarran     

Leader:    Great is the Lord—
People:    Exalted among the nations.
Leader:    Mighty is the Lord—
People:    King of heaven and earth.
Leader:    Holy is the Lord—
People:    Beyond our understanding.
Leader:    Let us worship our God and King!

* HYMN No. 99When Morning Gilds the Skies


Eternal God, we confess that we have praised you with our lips but have not glorified you with our lives.  Have mercy on us, we pray, for our weak faith that fades under pressure, for our quick enthusiasm that just as quickly dies, for the hopes we proclaim but do not pursue.  Forgive us, Lord God, and give us new trust in your power, that we may live for justice and tell of your loving-kindness by our acts as by our words, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)

    * Gloria Patri  (pew card)


ANTHEMLocus Iste, Anton Bruckner


This place was made by God a priceless mystery; it is without reproof.

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, George Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord; incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace.

* HYMN No. 180Christ Upon the Mountain Peak


Psalm 99, Pew Bible, page 480

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.
O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

Matthew 16:24-17:8, Pew Bible, page 798

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
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.

THE SERMON: The Mountain and The Cross, Rev. Blaine Crawford

    Offertory: from A German Requiem, Johannes Brahms

How lovely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts.  For my soul, it longeth, yea, fainteth for the courts of the Lord.  My soul and body crieth out, yea, for the living God.
O blest are they that dwell within Thy house; they praise Thy name evermore.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

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

* HYMN No. 694Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

    Response, John Newton

May the grace of Christ our Savior and the Father's boundless love, with the Holy Spirit's favor, rest upon us from above.
Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord, and possess in sweet communion joys which earth cannot afford.

POSTLUDE: Recessional, Frank Asper

VALENTINE’S MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER BAKE SALE: The Youth Group is having a Valentine’s Day bake sale in Gessner Hall to support their 2015 mission trip.  It’s never too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for all of your generous support of our youth.

Today's roses are given by Sally Ann and Nora Castle in honor of Mary Moder and in memory of Harvey Moder in remembrance of their Valentine Anniversary.


LOOKING AHEAD – Mark your calendars!

  • Wed. Feb. 18    7:30 PM    Lenten Bible Study (see below)    

        8:00 PM    Ash Wednesday Service (see below)    

  • Sun. Mar. 22     9:30 AM     Women’s Communion Breakfast

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY:  Wednesdays beginning February 18 to April 1, 2015 at  7:30 PM in the Folensbee Lounge.  Pastor Blaine and Elder Sally Ann Castle will lead a book study on Forgiveness: A Lenten Study by Marjorie Thompson.  If you are interested, contact Pastor Blaine.


A NEW MEMBERS CLASS will be held in March.  If you are interested in joining the Church on the Hill, please speak to Pastor Blaine.

COMMUNION TO SHUT-INS: Pastor Blaine and an elder will be making communion visits to our shut-ins during Lent.  Please contact the Pastor or the church office if you know someone who would like to be visited.


Coffee Hour Host: Rhoda Jabbour 
Greeters: Nina and Bill Proschel, Dorothea Zelnick
Ushers: Jean and Gerry Mendler, Jeanne and Steve Sarran
Children and Worship: Sharon Rivilli, Yessenia Iovale-Perez

CHILDREN AND WORSHIP PROGRAM: Children ages 3 through 7 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.


  • 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: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Marilyn Cooney, Letty Delgardo, Allegra DeMelo, 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, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra