August 23, 2015

PRELUDE:  Adagio, Felix Mendelssohn      

(pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Emerson 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. 9:  Sing Praise to the Father


God of everlasting love, we confess that we have been unfaithful to our covenant with you and with one another. We have worshiped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience. We have served our own self-interest instead of serving only you and your people. We have not loved our neighbor as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves. Forgive us, gracious God, and bring us back into the fullness of our covenant with you and one another. Amen.

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

ACT OF PRAISE:  Thy Perfect Love, John Rutter     

Maureen Saepia-Chen, soprano
Sora Choi, alto
Emerson Chen, tenor
Phil Chin, baritone

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Response:  Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord, Felix Mendelssohn

* HYMN No. 399:  O God, Who Gives to Humankind


Proverbs 10:1-12, Pew Bible, page 516

The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise child makes a glad father,
but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
A child who gathers in summer is prudent,
but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise of heart will heed commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.
Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.

James 5:1-6, Pew Bible, page 982

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten.Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.

THE SERMON:  Wisdom for the Righteous Community, Rev. Blaine Crawford

    Offertory:  How Lovely are the Messengers, Felix Mendelssohn
    * The Doxology(pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 107

Q.    Is it enough then that we do not murder our neighbor in any such way?

A. No. By condemning envy, hatred, and anger God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves,
to be patient, peace-loving, gentle, merciful, and friendly toward them, to protect them from harm as much as we can, and to do good even to our enemies.

* HYMN No. 669:  God of Grace and God of Glory

      Response:  The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Peter C. Lutkin          

POSTLUDE:  Chaccone, Louis Couperin


APPRECIATIONS: We thank Maureen Saepia-Chen, Emerson Chen, Phil Chin and Sora Choi 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.  

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 or email.

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 Testut