October 29, 2017



PRELUDE                                                                               Sean Cotty                                               



* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                       

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                  Pam Lopez

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

So that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!

Let your work be manifest to your servants;

May your favor be upon us in this hour of worship and always.                                                                                                           

* HYMN No. 362                                          Morning Has Broken


God of the past, the present, and the future:

Forgive us our swift forgetfulness of your past acts of salvation.

Forgive us our blindness to your work among us.

Forgive us our lack of hope in your future and our lack of trust in you.

Forgive us the times we sacrifice your desires for short-term pleasure and satisfaction for ourselves. 

(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:                                                                 Thomas Tallis

                  If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments

If ye love Me, keep my commandments, 

and I will pray the Father,

and He shall give you another comforter.

That He may abide with you forever,

Ev'n the Spirit of truth.                                                


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:  Let the Words of My Mouth                                                                                       

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. 369                                     Lord of All Hopefulness


Deuteronomy 34:1-12                                                       p. 168               

Matthew 22:34-46                                                      p. 804

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON            A Future Not Our Own Rev. Blaine Crawford


Angela Brunjes

Donald Brunjes

Irma Matzke

Patrick Syms

Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service? 

We do.

* The Apostles’ Creed (pew card) 

Welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ!

We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share. 

Join us in giving thanks and praise to God,  

And in bearing witness to God’s creative and redeeming Word to all the world.


       Offertory:                  Seek the Lord                 John Carter

Seek the Lord while he may be found,

Call upon him while he is near;

Let the wicked forsake his way, 

and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

let him return to the Lord,

that he may have mercy on him,

and to our God for he will abundantly pardon.

* The Doxology (pew card)                                                  

* Prayer of Dedication 

* HYMN No. 661                                        Be Strong in the Lord


Response:                     Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Lord dismiss us with your blessing;

Fill our hearts with joy and peace;

Let us each, your love possessing,

Triumph in redeeming grace;

O direct us and protect us

traveling through this wilderness.


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


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 for your support!

Coffee Hour Presentation

Following next week's worship service, all our invited to a special coffee hour. Our guest preacher, the Rev. Bob Abel, serves as an RCA missionary with Remember Nhu ministries. During coffee hour, he will share more about this ministry and his work with them. Join us for this time of learning about God's work in other places around the world and supporting Bob in his ministry. The presentation will be 30-45 minutes.

Looking Ahead

Saturday, November 18, 7:00 p.m., Fall Concert

featuring Sean Cotty, piano, Kelsey Sheldon, cello, and Chris Miley, saxophone.

Sunday, November 19, Stewardship Sunday

Monday, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Guest preachers in November:

Nov. 5     Rev. Bob Abel, RCA Missionary

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

Commissioning Service

The commissioning service for Rev. Stacey Duensing will take place on Sunday, November 12, at 3 p.m. at Lynnwood Reformed Church (3714 Carman Road, Schenectady, NY 12303). All are invited to attend this festive occasion!

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

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