March 19, 2016




PRELUDE Deborah Im              



* SANCTUS (pew card)  

* CALL TO WORSHIP Steve Sarran

Let us worship God,

for whom our souls thirst and our bodies long.

Listen, listen to me,

and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

We have come to hear the Word God has sent.

God’s Word will not return empty

but will accomplish through us his holy purpose.

Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

Then we will go out with joy and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and the hills will sing;

the trees of the field will clap their hands.

* HYMN No. 651 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee


God of compassion,

in Jesus Christ you did not disdain the company of sinners

but welcomed them with love.

Look upon us in mercy, we pray.

Our sins are more than we can bear;

our pasts enslave us; our misdeeds are beyond correcting.

Forgive the wrongs we cannot undo;

free us from a past we cannot change;

heal what we can no longer fix.

 (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:               Cause us, O Lord  Ron Nelson

Junior Choir

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Waken us each morning, we pray Thee, be with us through-out the day.

Waken us each morning, we pray Thee be our guide as we go our way.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

We shall love the Lord, our God, with all our strength and all our might.

We shall serve the Lord with gladness serve His name in truth and light.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Cause us, O Lord we pray, to lie down each night in peace.

Amen. Amen.    


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: Lead Me, Lord   Samuel Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety.


Exodus 17:1-7 p. 56

John 4:5-42 p. 864

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON          Waters of Life Rev. Blaine Crawford


Presentation of Joseph Ximo Parker

Congregational Question:

Do you promise to love, encourage, and support this child. 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.

* Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


     Offertory:        Offertory John Ness Beck

With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on High? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, Shall I come before Him with yearling calves?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgressions, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O man; He has shown you 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?

* The Doxology (pew card)  

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 758Baptized in Water

* BENEDICTION Sevenfold Amen John Stainer


 If you are in need of prayer, you are invited to the front of the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. One of the elders of the church will be available to pray for you.

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



Today’s Flowers 

The flowers are given by Jeanne and Steve Sarran in honor of their grandson, Joseph Ximo Parker on his baptism. 

Lenten Offering Envelopes

During Lent, the special offerings will be given to the Deacons Fund at Church on the Hill. The Deacons Fund is used to meet immediate needs of individuals and families in our community. 

Guest Preacher Next Sunday

Next Sunday, the Rev. Megan Hodgin will be preaching. Rev. Hodgin serves RCA congregations as the Coordinator for Global Church Engagement. She is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary and comes to this position with six years of pastoral experience in West Michigan. During coffee hour, Rev. Hodgin will be sharing more about RCA global mission. Don't miss this great opportunity!

Lenten Bible Study

Tuesdays, during Lent, at 7:30 PM in the Folensbee Lounge, the Tuesday night Bible study group will be reading The Sign and the Sacrifice by Rowan Williams.

Join us for this engaging study on the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Books are available for $5 or you can purchase the book on your own. Please let Pastor Blaine know if you need a copy of the book. 

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.

Prayer List

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