November 5, 2017



PRELUDE                                                                       Sean Cotty                 



* GLORIA PATRI (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                    Arden Beron                                               

Praise the Lord!

How good it is to sing praises to our God!

For God is gracious and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord gathers the outcasts, heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

God lifts up the downtrodden and casts the wicked to the ground.

Great is the LORD and abundant in power!

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving!                                                                                                            

* HYMN No. 43                                  A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


Almighty God - Savior, Liberator and Lover of all people,

We confess that we have not loved you with our whole hearts

Or modeled your self-sacrificing love that has won our freedom.

We have heard rumors of modern-day slavery

But preferred not to look too closely

At what is difficult to face and painful to think about.

We have chosen to keep our eyes shut and not ask difficult questions.

And yet we remember how you came into our darkness

And always walk beside us, and never look away from us – no matter what.

We are truly sorry – please forgive us and make us more like you.

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

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



Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.


ANTHEM:                        In Remembrance                      Buryl Red      

In remembrance of me, eat this bread,

In remembrance of me, drink this wine.

In remembrance of me, pray for the time, 

when God's own will is done.

In remembrance of me, heal the sick.

in remembrance of me, feed the poor.

In remembrance of me, open the door,

and let your brother in.

Take, eat, and be comforted,

Drink and remember, too

that this is my body and precious blood,

Shed for you.

In remembrance of me, search for truth.

In remembrance of me, always love.

In remembrance of me, don't look above, 

but in your heart.

Look in your heart for God.

Do this in remembrance of me.                                              


Exodus 3:1-10                                                                     p. 44      

Luke 4:14-21                                                                     p. 835

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                            Hear the Cry                  Rev. Bob Abel

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:                                                                

       Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


     Offertory:                   Sine Nomine      Ralph Vaughn 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.


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.


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.


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.


       * The Doxology (pew card)                                                      

       * Prayer of Dedication


* Remembering with Love and Hope (pew card)


Communion Prayer

Sanctus  (pew card)

Mystery of the Faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Words of Institution


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Prayer Response          Hear Our Prayer, O Heavenly Father                                                                                                                                          

Hear our prayer, O Heavenly Father,

for the dear Redeemer's sake. Amen.

* HYMN No. 3                             Holy God, We Praise Your Name


Response                          The Lord Bless You and Keep You        

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord lift his countenance upon you,

And give you peace.

The Lord make his face shine upon you,

and be gracious unto you.



All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner Hall for a coffee hour. Rev. Abel will share about the Remember Nhu ministries 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. 


Fall Concert - "Sean and Friends"

Saturday, November 18th at 7:00 pm 

There will be a concert in the sanctuary at Church on the Hill. Pianist, Dora Galit, Saxophonist, Chris Miley, and Cellist, Kelsey Sheldon will be joining our music director, Sean Cotty in performing music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms, and John Williams.

This concert is free and open to the public.  

Reception following in the Music Room. Bring a friend!

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!

Guest Preacher: The Reverend Robert (Bob) Abel

Serving as Director of Global Staff Care with an organization called Remember Nhu, Rev. Robert (Bob) Abel works to end child sex slavery through prevention.

Bob began in ministry in 2004 serving as Pastor of Congrega-tional Life and Youth with Bethany Reformed Church in Sheboygan, WI. He began seminary that same year and graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Western Theological

Seminary in 2009.  Upon ordination in the Reformed Church in

America (RCA) that same year, Bob led a church-plant in the

Sheboygan area where he served as lead pastor until the end of 2016. It was at that time that Bob, along with his wife Amy and two children, Josiah and Judah, began to serve full-time with Remember Nhu through RCA Global Missions.

Bob also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Marquette University. Prior to ministry, he spent 14 years as a business executive at a global organization working in the various areas of finance, marketing, sales and logistics. After moving to Thailand in early 2017, Bob and his family are now based in the United States and living in Kohler, WI.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, November 12, Our guest preacher will be Rev. Ann Kansfield, Minister of Greenpoint Reformed Church and FDNY Chaplain.

Sunday, November 19, Stewardship Sunday

Monday, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, St. Kevin R.C. Church (45-21 194th St. Flushing, NY).

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!

Prayer List

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