April 15, 2018


PRELUDE:    Nocturne in f-minor    Chopin                          




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Isabel Vera                                        

We give thanks to you, God our Father, for mercy that reaches out, for patience that waits our returning, for your love that is ever ready to welcome sinners.

We praise you that in Jesus Christ you came to us with forgiveness, and that, by your Holy Spirit, you move us to repent and receive your love.

Though we are sinners, you have adopted us as children.

You are faithful and worthy of all praise. We praise you, great God, in Jesus Christ, our Lord.


* HYMN No. 233     The Strife is O'er


PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Carlos Rivera     

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave,

you shattered the power of sin and death.

We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear,

bound by the ways that lead to death.


We overlook the poor and the hungry

and pass by those who mourn;

we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed

and indifferent to calls for peace;

we despise the weak and abuse the earth you made.

Forgive us, God of mercy.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

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

    Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.



God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, made us alive together with Christ.

By grace we have been saved!

For we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!




ANTHEM:                   Lord, We Pray Thee    Haydn    

Lord, we pray Thee that

Thy grace may always

prevent and follow us,

and make us continually

to be given to all good works,

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 




Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:          William Billings                         

Kittery (Lord's Prayer Paraphrase)

Our Father who in heaven art,

All hallowed be Thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done

throughout this earthly frame.


* HYMN No. 255     Good Christians All, Rejoice


Prayer of Illumination

God of glory, fill your church with the power

that flows from Christ’s resurrection

so that, in the midst of the sinful world,

it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity,

risen to new life with Christ, 

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever. Amen.



Psalm 4            p. 425    

1 John 3:1-7      p. 990

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON:                    Rev. Blaine Crawford

        A Community of God’s Children



Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 120

Q.    Why did Christ command us to call God “our Father”?

A.    To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer what should be basic to our prayer—a childlike reverence and trust that through Christ God has become our Father, and that just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith.



        Offertory:            The New 23rd (Psalm)    Ralph Carmichael

Because the Lord is my shepherd,

I have everything that I need.

He lets me rest in meadows green

And leads me beside the quiet stream:

He keeps on giving life to me

And helps me to do what honors Him the most.

Even when walking through the dark valley of death,

I will never be afraid,

for he is close beside me,

Guarding, guiding all the way,

He spreads a feast before me

In the presence of my enemies

He welcomes me as His special guest

with blessing overflowing.

His goodness and unfailing kindness

shall be with me all of my life,

and afterwards I will live with Him,

Forever and ever, in His home.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 254     Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven



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.



POSTLUDE:    "Black Key" Etude     Chopin        



Music Note For April:

Each week in April the choir will present a different musical setting of Psalm 23. This beloved psalm is one of the best known passages of scripture. Many are drawn to its poetic imagery and the spiritual renewal it provides.


Confirmation Class

The confirmation class, Julia Aiello, Isabel Vera, and Margaret Vera, will take turns serving as readers during the worship service. This coincides with the final section of the confirmation class which is studying worship and the spiritual disciplines. The confirmands will be confirmed on June 3.


Women’s Christian Circle Luncheon  

Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m., Gessner Hall

Delicious lunch will be catered by Marino Brothers and the Sweet Adeline Chorus will perform. All women are invited.

Adult Sunday School Opportunity   

Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:30 a.m., Library, No class April 22

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. 


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

Save the Date: 

Annual Congregational Meeting & Luncheon

Sunday, May 6, 2018, after the worship service

Election of elder and deacons

Approve the annual budget


Prayer List

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Matthew Dagiau, Dombrowski family, William Duchemin, Joan Dwyer, Angela Edward, Bob Gessner, 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