February 5, 2017





* GLORIA PATRI (pew card) 

* CALL TO WORSHIP        Nancy Gessner

Praise the LORD! Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in his commandments.

They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.

It is well with those who deal generously and conduct their affairs with justice.

For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.

They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD.

Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; God’s righteousness and steadfast love will endure forever.                                                     

* HYMN No. 776        Let Us Break Bread Together


God, you placed us in the world to be its salt.

We are afraid of committing ourselves, afraid of being stained by the world. We do not want to hear what “they” might have to say, and our salt dissolves as if in water. Forgive us, Jesus.

God, you placed us in the world to be its light.

We are afraid of the shadows, afraid of poverty. We do not want to know other people’s struggles, and our light slowly fades away. Forgive us, Jesus.

God, you placed us in the world to live in community.

We are afraid to share in life with others and afraid to struggle for the dignity and justice of others. Forgive us, Jesus.

 (Silent Prayers of Confession)

Lord, have mercy.

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



Herein is wisdom.

Glory be to God.


ANTHEM:               The Lord Is My Shepherd    Abraham Kaplan    

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over surely goodness, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.            


Isaiah 58:1-12        p. 600    

Matthew 5:13-20            p. 786

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                  Tasting and Seeing the Kingdom                    Rev. Blaine Crawford


       Apostles’ Creed (pew card) 


Offertory:            There’s a Light-a-comin’    David Lantz III

There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, there’s a Light acomin’ our way.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, come, O Light and shine today.
There’s a King acomin’ for His kingdom, there’s a King acomin’ to stay.
There’s a King acomin’ for His kingdom, come, O King, and show us the way,
There’s a King comin’ for His kingdom. Come and show the way.

Brighter than the rising sun, The son of God is near.
Free us from our human sin, we wait for midnight clear.
There’s Joy comin’ from the heavens.
There’s Joy comin’ down to earth.
There’s a Joy acomin’ from the heavens, come, O Joy, we long for Your birth.
There’s a Joy comin’ from the heavens, comin’ from the heav’ns.

Brighter than the rising sun, The Son of God is near.
Free us from our human sin, we wait for midnight clear.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, there’s a Light acomin’ our way.
There’s a Light acomin’ to our darkness, come, O Light and shine today.
There’s a Light acomin’, King acomin’, joy acomin’,
the Son of god is near! God is near!

* 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)

Response     Let the Words of My Mouth    A. Baumbach                    

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. 778        As He Gathered at His Table     


Response        Corner’s Gesangbuch     

May the Grace of Christ Our Savior  

May the grace of Christ our Savior and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord,
and possess in sweet communion joys which earth cannot afford.




The Flowers are given by Sue and Jim Nicholas; the left vase in appreciation of Emerson Chen and the right vase in appreciation of Doris Krsnak.

Souper Bowl Sunday: Today, the Sunday School is participating in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign.  The cans of soup collected will be given to the Queens Federation of Churches food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

YPF Valentine’s Day Bake Sale – Next Sunday, February 12, during the coffee hour, the YPF is sponsoring a bake sale to benefit their mission trip this summer.  Please support our young people and their ministry.

Bible Study, Tuesdays, 7:30 P.M., Folensbee Lounge 

The group is looking at the early chapters of each of the four gospels, examining how each of the gospel writers introduce us to Jesus. Join us for this time of fellowship and learning!

A Time of Prayer, Thursdays, 6-7 P.M., Folensbee Lounge

Take time out of your busy lives to slow down, dwell in God's presence and pray to God. If you're unable to join us in the Folensbee Lounge, you’re invited, wherever you are, to pray during this time every Thursday evening. You might start by praying for those listed on the prayer list.

90 Years of COTH:  Celebrating our Legacy, Envisioning our Future

In 2017, Church on the Hill will be celebrating 90 years of ministry. To that end, a number of events will be held throughout the year to remember our church's history and to look forward to our continued ministry in the future. The first such event will be held on March 12 during the coffee hour. For this first event, Sally Ann Castle will lead us through a process that allows us to look back at our history celebrating the many ways God has called us together to this place and is calling us together to future ministry.

Valentines for Vets may be placed in the box at the church entrance. These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Albans.  

Prayer List:

Helga Brenner-Khan, Linda Betjeman, Sally Ann Castle, Rosemarie Dappio, Allegra DeMelo, Dorothy Heckel, Lynne Johnson, Robert Keller, Marie Mark, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, James McCreary, Cathy Moran, Eva Munoz, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Edie Petry, Dorothy Reid, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow, Mary Ann Sullivan