February 1, 2015

PRELUDESuite for Organ, William Boyce


* Gloria Patri  (pew card)     

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Nancy Gessner     

Leader:    O God, your constant love reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness extends to the skies.
People:    Your righteousness towers like the mountains, your justice is deeper than the sea.
Leader:    All find protection under the shadow of your wings. We feast on the abundance you provide.
People:    You are the source of all life, and in your light, we see light.

* HYMN No. 34: Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart     


Almighty and most holy God, whose love has called us here and whose children we are; we acknowledge before you that we have spurned your love, disgraced your image, and wandered from your home.  We are easily caught up in the greed and fear of the society around us.  Gracious God, forgive us.  Set us free in Jesus Christ to live your life and to share your joy.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)


ANTHEMLord, For Thy Tender Mercies' Sake, Richard Farrant

Lord, for Thy tender mercies' sake, lay not our sins to our charge, but forgive that is past, and give us grace to amend our sinful lives, to decline from sin and incline to virtue, that we may walk with a perfect heart before Thee now and evermore.

* HYMN No. 465Out of the Depths         


Psalm 20:1-9Pew Bible, page 433

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah
May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.
Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Matthew 6:19-34, Pew Bible, page 787

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

THE SERMONRegaining Trust, Rev. Blaine Crawford

    Offertory: Be Not AfraidCraig Courtney

Be not afraid: for I have redeemed you.  Be not afraid: I have called you  by name.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the floods, they will not sweep o'er you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed; you are mine, you are precious in my sight.
My love for you is everlasting, my love for you shall have no end.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the floods, they will not sweep o'er you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed.  You are mine, you are precious in my sight.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)
    * Prayer of Dedication

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

    Remembering with Love and Hope  (pew card)
    Communion Prayer
Sanctus  (pew card)
Mystery of the Faith (unison)
            Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again. 
    Words of Institution

    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. 641All the Way My Savior Leads Me

     Response, Don Besig

May the light of God shine on us today.  May it show us where to travel, lead us back if we should stray.
May the love of God live in us today.  May the warmth we feel within us show in all we do and say.
May the peace of God be with us today.  May it guide us and protect us as we go our separate ways.

POSTLUDETrumpet Tune, William Boyce


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

Pastor’s Contact Information:

Email:  pastor@churchonthehill.org
Church office:  (718) 358-3671
Parsonage:  (718) 353-1960

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY:  Today the Sunday School is participating in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.  The cans of soup will be given to a local food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

LOOKING AHEAD – Mark your calendars!

  • Sun. Feb. 8    5:00 PM    Installation Service for Pastor Blaine
  • Wed. Feb. 11    7:30 PM    Consistory Meeting
  • Sun. Feb. 15    12:00 PM    YPF Fundraiser Bake Sale
  • Wed. Feb. 18    7:30 PM    Lenten Bible Study (see below)    

        8:00 PM    Ash Wednesday Service    

  • 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.


Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Coffee Hour Host: Rhoda Jabbour 
Greeters: Debra Rossi, Carol Stark
Ushers: Ginny and Hong Chan, Jeanne and Steve Sarran  
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken, Wai Chu

VALENTINES FOR VETS: Bring your valentines by next Sunday, February 8 and deposit them in the box at the church entrance.  These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Albans.

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).  

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, Marge Renstrom, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra