PRELUDE: Second Sonata, Felix Mendelssohn
SALUTATION AND WELCOME
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP, Maureen Saepia-Chen
Leader: By wisdom, the LORD founded the earth and established the heavens.
People: In Christ are hidden all knowledge and wisdom; in Christ, we live and move and have our being.
Leader: Wisdom cries out in the street and raises her voice in the square.
People: Make your ear attentive to wisdom; incline your heart to understanding.
Leader: Jesus calls out in the village and summons on the hillside:
People: Let anyone with ears to hear, listen to what I am saying.
Leader: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
People: The grace of our LORD is the beginning of faith.
Leader: Come, let us worship God together.
* HYMN No. 2: Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty
* PRAYER OF CONFESSION(unison)
Lord, we have sinned, without considering how much you love us. You see our sins more clearly than we can ourselves. You know when we are untruthful and when we think evil of others. You see our anger and unfairness to others. You know how hard it is for us to forgive. Forgive us and make us clean, so that we can obey your call to take up your cross and follow you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
* Gloria Patri(pew card)
ACT OF PRAISE: The Prayer, Sager and Foster
Maureen Saepia-Chen, soprano
Emerson Chen, baritone
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
* HYMN No. 353: For the Beauty of the Earth
Proverbs 9:1-6, Pew Bible, page 516
Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Luke 14:15-24, Pew Bible, page 849
One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, “Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Then Jesus said to him, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”
THE SERMON: Take a Seat at Wisdom’s Table, Maudelin Willock
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Offertory: The Prayer Perfect, Oley Speaks
* The Doxology(pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
* The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)
* HYMN No. 520: 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
POSTLUDE: Fugue, Felix Mendelssohn
WE WELCOME Maudelin Willock to our pulpit today. Maudelin is a recent graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a member of Grace Reformed Church of Flatbush (Brooklyn), where she leads the Mission and Outreach Ministry.
APPRECIATIONS: We thank Emerson and Maureen Chen for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.
OUR WORSHIP HOURS will continue at the 10:00 AM hour through Labor Day Sunday, September 6. We hope you will give our worship your support through prayer and attendance.
TO ALL WOMEN: WCC is hosting an ecumenical outreach and brunch, Sept. 19, 10 AM – 1 PM, encompassing all women from North Queens and Long Island churches. Rev. Liz Testa, who was the liturgist at Pastor Blaine’s installation is the guest speaker. RSVP to Judie Kellaway (718) 343-4688 before Sept. 5.
Women’s Homeless Shelter
Our church provides shelter every Friday night, year round, for up to 10 grateful women. This ministry needs your assistance to provide dinner, stay for a few hours or sleepover. The work is easy and fulfilling. Seasonal professional clothes, socks and underwear donations are appreciated as well. Please contact Maureen Saepia-Chen at 917-797-3031.
Donations for the Food for Kids Ministry should be brought to the Church office. During the school year, this food will be given to families in need in Jamaica, New York.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Donald Calfa, Allegra DeMelo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Lucy Leung-Eng, Rob Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Michael Patras, Keith Pearson, Dorothy Reid, Josephine Rivera, Matthew Schulman, Peter Schumacher, Janice Serra, Carmela Stocchia, Emily Testu