March 11, 2018



PRELUDE:    Prelude and fugue in Bb Minor    J.S. Bach                              




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Patrick Syms                                        

Let us worship God, who has done great things.

We rejoice in our God, who made a way through the desert of this world.

Let us worship God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.

We are new creations; the old has gone, the new has come!

Let us worship God as Christ’s ambassadors.

Through us and through our worship, may we announce the good news to all.


* HYMN No. 610     Through the Love of God Our Savior


PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Carlos Rivera     

God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ,

longs to gather us in the wide embrace of his love:

We confess that we have been wayward children.

We have disobeyed your commands;

our ears have been deaf to your call;

our hearts have been cold to your love.

In thought, in word, and in deed

we have hurt others and dishonored your name.

(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:                        David Stanley York

Lord, Make Me Thine Instrument

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.

Where there is hatred, Let me sow Love.

Where there is doubt, Let me sow Faith.

Where there is despair, Let me sow Hope.

Where there is darkness, Let me sow Light.

Where there is sadness, Let me sow Joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console,

To be understood, as to understand,

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.



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. 486     There's a Wideness in God's Mercy


Prayer of Illumination

All-knowing and all-caring God,

We are like a parched desert, empty and in need of replenishment.

Visit us with your presence, saturate us with your Spirit,

And bathe us in the streams of living water.

Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.



Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22        p. 487    

John 3:16-21            p. 864

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON                   Loving the World    Rev. Blaine Crawford



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:      When Jesus Wept    William Billings

When Jesus wept, the falling tear

In mercy flowed beyond all bound;

When Jesus groaned, a trembling fear

Seized all the guilty world around. 

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 227     Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me



Response:           Jesus Remember Me

 Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom


POSTLUDE:   Variation Serieuses (selections)    Felix Mendelssohn



MARCH 11, 2018


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 will be arriving in New Jersey this Thursday.


No Sunday School next Sunday, March 18.


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. No class on March 18.


Weekly Calendar

Tuesdays, Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

Wednesdays, Yoga, 7:30 p.m., Gessner Hall

Thursdays, Prayer Group, 6:00 p.m., Folensbee Lounge


Queens Discipleship Retreat

March 17, 9:30am-2:00pm, Gessner Hall

Being with God and each other strengthens our faith and helps us live it out. But we get so focused on finishing our to-do lists that sometimes we don’t leave enough space in our lives for those relationships. If you can relate, you're invited to set aside space for God and one another by participating in a discipleship retreat next month. Join with other RCA churches in Queens to:

  • Explore current models of discipleship

  • Grow your capacity to participate in God's work both personally and as a community

  • Share a meal and time of fellowship

This is a free event but registration is required. Call the church office or register at:


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