October 22, 2017



PRELUDE                                                                               Sean Cotty                                                                                                        



* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                       

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                      Bill Smith

Come, you ransomed of the LORD. Return and come into God’s presence with songs and everlasting joy upon your head. Here you shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Come, let us let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.                                                                                                           

* HYMN No. 358                         Eternal Father, Strong to Save


Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from you. We have turned from our neighbors, and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. In your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose your will and obey your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.



Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* Gloria Patri (pew card)


ANTHEM:                Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring                    J.S. Bach                                            

Jesu,  joy of man's desiring, holy wisdom love most bright,

Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring, soar to uncreated light.

Word of God our flesh that fashion'd with the fire of life impassion'd.

Striving still to truth unknown, soaring, dying, round Thy throne.                                                  


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:              Hear Our Prayer, O Lord                                                                                                    

Hear our prayer, O Lord, Hear our prayer, O Lord;

Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace.


* HYMN No. 365          Abide with Me, Fast Falls the Eventide


Psalm 9:7-20                                                                        p. 428               

Mark 5:1-20                                                                 p. 816

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON           Restored Through Christ        Jennifer Lucking


       From the Belhar Confession, Article 4

We believe that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream;

We believe that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.


       Offertory:            I Shall Not Be Moved          Alice Parker

Glory Hallelujah, I shall not be moved,

Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved,

Just like a tree that's planted by the waters,

I shall not be moved.



In his love abiding, I shall not be moved,

And in him confiding, I shall not be moved,

Just like a tree that's planted by the waters,

I shall not be moved.

Though all hell assail me, I shall not be moved,

Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved,

Just like a tree that's planted by the waters,

I shall not be moved.

Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved,

On the rock of ages, I shall not be moved,

Just like a tree that's planted by the waters,

I shall not be moved.

* The Doxology (pew card)                                                  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 523                                                  Trust and Obey


Response:                                                             Sevenfold Amen                                     


All are invited to join us downstairs in  Gessner Hall for coffee hour.


Guest Preacher: Jennifer Lucking

Jennifer is deeply committed to addressing issues of slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. In April 2017, she was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of Restora-tions Second Stage Homes, a charity working to open a long-term home in southern Ontario for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Jennifer was one of the founding members of Restorations and has sat on their Board of Directors since 2013. Since 2013, she has been working with the Reformed Church in America’s (RCA) Regional Synod of Canada where she has engaged with congregations, groups and individuals to equip and mobilize them in channeling their concerns for slavery and other justice issues. Prior to her role with the Regional Synod of Canada, Jennifer worked for Walk With Me Canada, a victim services agency which provided support and services to victims and survivors of both labour and sex trafficking.

Jenifer has a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Equity Studies from Brock University. Her research focused on the ways that pimps and traffickers target, recruit and condition females in Canada for the sex trade. She lives in the Hamilton, Ontario area with her supportive husband (Mark) and feisty daughter (Amy).

YPF 2017 Christmas Wreath Mission Trip Fundraiser Sale

The Youth Group will be raising money for their mission trips by selling 25 inch diameter Victorian-themed decorated Christmas wreaths for $27.  The wreaths will be delivered the week of December 4th - 8th.  Please let Jen Hopper or the church office know if you would like to order a wreath by Tuesday, November 14th. Thank you so much for your support!

Weekly Calendar:

Tuesdays, Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

Wednesdays, Yoga, 7:30 p.m., Gessner Hall

Thursdays, Prayer Group, 6:00 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

Looking Ahead:

Guest preachers in November:

Nov. 5     Rev. Bob Abel, RCA Missionary

Nov. 12   Rev. Ann Kansfield, Minister of Greenpoint Reformed Church and FDNY Chaplain

Prayer List:

Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Joan Dwyer, Rosemarie Graffeo, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Denise Moran, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow