PRELUDE, Cynthia Shaw, organist
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP -- (Psalm 43), Ray Durney
Leader: Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me!
People: For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off? Why must I walk about mournfully because of the oppression of the enemy?
Leader: O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
People: Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
Unison: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
* HYMN No. 2: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
* PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Gracious and loving God, through your son you have given us new life. We have experienced broken lives made whole, old wounds of alienation healed over, and tired spirits rejuvenated with new vision. You have given us purpose and opened our eyes to endless possibilities. Yet we still let doubt overcome hope, cynicism replace dedication and the impaired values of the world lead us instead of yours. Forgive us for those times when we forget that you are the center of our world and the purpose in our lives. Help us to move past the pessimism of today to a bright, new future with you at the heart of our world, our hopes and our dreams. Forgive us our doubts and gird us with the strength we need to live in the shadow of your love each and every day. And allow us, dear Father, to always see you standing beside us in all that we do each and every day. In your name we pray. Amen
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
ANTHEM: Lord, 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.
Micah 3:5-12, Pew Bible, page 755
Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat, but declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths. Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without revelation. The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob and chiefs of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong! Its rulers give judgment for a bribe, its priests teach for a price, its prophets give oracles for money; yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Surely the Lord is with us! No harm shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, Pew Bible, Page 959
You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!
THE SERMON: The View from the Top, Rev. Adrienne Flipse Hausch
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Offertory: Sine Nomine, Ralph Vaughan-Williams
For all the saints who from their labors rest, who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou wast their Rock, their fortress and their might, Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight, Thou in the darkness drear their one true Light. Alleluia! Alleluia!
O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor's crown of gold Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia! Alleluia!
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
* Apostles’ Creed (pew card)
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Remembering with Love and Hope (pew card)
Sanctus (pew card)
Mystery of the Faith (unison)
Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again.
Words of Institution
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING & INTERCESSION
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer Response, John Yarrington
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
* HYMN No. 692: Faith of Our Fathers
Response, John Yarrington
The peace of God which passeth all understanding, be with you now and evermore. Amen.
THE SEARCH COMMITTEE has unanimously recommended a candidate for Minister of Word and Sacrament to the Consistory. The Consistory unanimously approved the recommendation and has extended the call to the candidate.
He will preach at Church on the Hill at the November 23 service. We invite and urge all members and friends to come and meet our candidate.
Following the service, there will be a Congregational meeting for all to attend.
WE WELCOME TO OUR PULPIT the Rev. Adrienne Flipse Hausch. Rev. Hausch previously served as the Minister for Congregational Care, as well as other positions, at the Community Church of Douglaston. She is a practicing attorney as well as a Pastor and serves on the board of the Long Island Council of Churches, the WE CARE Fund of the Nassau County Bar Association and as a member of the Committees on Character and Fitness charged with approving candidates for admission to the Bar. She is a past member of the Commission for Judicial Business of the Reformed Church in America.
WEDDING INVITATION: Jennifer Hopper and Ian Rottenberg invite the congregation to their wedding at Church on the Hill on Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 PM. Light refreshments following in Gessner Hall.
YPF MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER – The youth will be selling 25 inch diameter Victorian Christmas wreaths for $25. The wreaths will be delivered the week of December 8-11. Please let Jen Hopper or the church office know by November 14. Thank you for your support of the YPF service projects.
OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:
Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Coffee Hour Host: Rhoda Jabbour
Greeters: Nancy Gessner, Eva Munoz
Ushers: Ginny and Hong Chan, Judie and Buck Kellaway, Jeanne and Steve Sarran, Adriene and Bill Toy
Children and Worship: Judie Kellaway, Wai Chu
LOOKING AHEAD – Mark your calendars!
- Sat. Nov. 15 10:00 AM Harvest Festival (see inserts)
- Mon. Nov. 24 7:30 PM Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
(St. Andrew Avellino R.C. Church)
- Wed. Nov. 26 8:00 PM Thanksgiving Eve Service
- Sun. Nov. 30 12:00 PM Coffee Hour celebrating November birthdays
SYNODICAL ASSESSMENT: If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($95.00 per member), please help us by making the payment. The Synodical and Classical Assessment is the amount we owe Reformed Church in America for your membership.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE MAILBOX
If you have any concerns regarding a church member, please drop us a note in the special mailbox in the back of the church. It will be checked regularly.
CHILDCARE during the worship hour
Children thru 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.
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: Grace Attanasio, Jesse Aue, Ruth Bailey, Kenneth Cornwell, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, 1st Lt. Alexandra Knese (in Liberia), Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Harvey Moder, John Molino, Marge Renstrom, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra