March 18, 2018



PRELUDE:    O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß    J.S. Bach                              




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Sarah White                                        

O Jesus, like the seed fallen to the ground, you suffered death. United to you, our lives will bear much fruit.

We praise you, O Lord.

O Christ, you went down to the lowest point of the human condition; you remain close to all who are abandoned.

We praise you, O Christ.

In your love you took upon yourself our sins; innocent, you accepted death to free us from death.

We worship you, O Lord.

By your love you conquered evil and hatred, and you live forever at the Father’s side.

We worship you, O Christ.

You listen to us in your goodness, and you visit us in our misfortune; fill our hearts to overflowing by revealing to us the light of your face.



* HYMN No. 559     Make Room within My Heart, O God



PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Dana Chan     

Lord, we have denied you by refusing to know you.

We have betrayed you by keeping our distance.

We have mocked you by pretending we are not yours.

Lord, we are lost; let your forgiveness find us.

Welcome us into your strong, forgiving arms.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

Kyrie (sung): Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



In our baptisms, we have been adopted by God.

We are God’s beloved children, and brothers and sisters to one another.

In our baptisms, we have been washed by Jesus Christ.

We are forgiven; our shame and guilt are wiped clean.

In our baptisms, we have been anointed with God’s Spirit.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit and signs of God’s restorative work.

In our baptisms, we have been called to God’s mission.

We are disciples, followers of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, called to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.




ANTHEM:                   O Jesus Christ, My Life and Light    J.S. Bach    

O Jesus Christ my life and light,

my help, my strength, my rock of might,

on earth naught am I but a guest,

by sin's great burden sore oppressed.



Congregational Response:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation,

    of whom should I be afraid,

    of whom should I be afraid?

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)  


* HYMN No. 216     Beneath the Cross of Jesus


Prayer of Illumination    Margret Dougherty

Lord Jesus, we walk with you

through the valley of the shadow of death.

Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

We come to hear you speak of your love for us.

You have the words of eternal life. Amen.



Psalm 119:9-16        p. 493    

John 12:20-33            p. 875

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON                Living, Dying, and Bearing Fruit             Rev. Dr. Jill Ver Steeg



Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 88-90

Q. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?

A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.

Q. What is the dying-away of the old self?

A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.

Q. What is the rising-to-life of the new self?

A. Wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.



        Offertory:      Prayer to Jesus    John Ness Beck

Lord Jesus, think on me

and purge away my sin;

From selfish passions set me free

and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me, 

by anxious thoughts oppressed;

Let me your loving servant be

and taste your promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me, 

nor let me go a-stray;

Through darkness and perplexity

point out the heavenly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,

that when this life is past,

I may the eternal brightness see,

and share Thy joy at last.


* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 43     A Mighty Fortress is Our God



Response:       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. Amen.


POSTLUDE:    Etude Op 10 No 4    Chopin               


Our guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Jill Ver Steeg, who serves as the Director for Transformation Engagement for the RCA.  She earned her Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) from Fuller Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Western Theological Seminary.



MARCH 18, 2018


YPF Casserole Sale, Sunday, March 25, during coffee hour.

The young people will be selling home-cooked casseroles to fund their mission trip.  Please support our youth.


Lenten Offering Envelopes

The special Lenten offerings will be given to the refugee family that COTH has adopted in this season of Lent.  This family has arrived and settled in New Jersey.


Adult Sunday School Opportunity   

Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:30 a.m., Library

Adults are invited to join a Sunday morning class entitled, "Ripped from the Headlines - Integrating your Faith with Current Events!"  Led by seminary intern Carlos Rivera, the class will extend through the end of April with a new headline discussed every few weeks. Begins again on April 8.


No Bible Study on Tuesday, March 20.



Prayer List

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Dombrowski family, William Duchemin, Joan Dwyer, Angela Edward, Lynne Johnson, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Alda Muyskens, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow