November 12, 2017



* Congregation stands

BOLD – Congregation responds

PRELUDE                                                                               Sean Cotty                                               



* SANCTUS (pew card)                                                       

* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                         Bob White                                                   

Let us worship the eternal God,

the source of love and life, who creates us.

Let us worship Jesus Christ,

the risen one, who lives among us.

Let us worship the Spirit,

the holy fire, who renews us.

To the one true God be praise

in all times and places,

through the grace of Jesus Christ.                                                                                                           

* HYMN No. 353                              For the Beauty of the Earth

PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                                 Carlos Rivera                                          

Merciful God,

you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.

We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.

We have not loved you with a pure heart,

nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.

We have not done justice, loved kindness,

or walked humbly with you, our God.

Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness.

(Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

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


God demonstrates his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

To all who turn from sin in sorrow,

to all who turn to God in hope,

this is God’s Word of grace:

We are accepted, we are forgiven, we are loved.

This gift we have from God.

Thanks be to God.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW                                —Micah 6:8, NRSV

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?

Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.

* Gloria Patri (pew card)


ANTHEM:                    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.                                                 


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:                                             Hear Our Prayer O Lord                                                                                                     

Hear our prayer, O Lord;

incline thine ear to us, 

and grant us thy peace.


* HYMN No. 419                                           God of Our Fathers

Prayer of Illumination

Lord God, help us turn our hearts to you

and hear what you will speak,

for you speak peace to your people

through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Psalm 43                                                                              p. 448               

Matthew 23:1-12                                                        p. 804

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                             Mixing It Up       Rev. Ann Kansfield

* CONFESSION OF FAITH:                  Belhar Confession, Article 3                                                      We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ, that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. 


       Offertory:                                               David Stanley York

Once to Every Man and Nation

Once to every Man and Nation comes the moment to decide,

In the strife of Truth with Falsehood For the good or evil side.

By the light of burning martyrs, Jesus' bleeding feet I track,

Toiling up new Calvaries ever with the cross that turns not back.

Though the cause of evil prosper, Yet 'tis truth alone is strong.

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

Yet the scaffold sways and future, and behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.


* The Doxology (pew card)                                                  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 418                                     America, the Beautiful


Response:                                                             Sevenfold Amen                                   




Guest Preacher: Rev. Ann Kansfield, Minister of Greenpoint Reformed Church and FDNY Chaplain.

Fall Concert, 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!

Operation Christmas Child

The shoeboxes are due next Sunday, November 19. These gifts will bless children in need around the world.


We wish to thank all the volunteers who helped to make our 2017 Harvest Festival a success this year.

Looking Ahead

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).

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