April 22, 2018


PRELUDE:    Pavane    Ravel                                 




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Margaret Vera                                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Eternal and ever-blessed God, Lord of heaven and earth:

We praise your glorious majesty.

We see your wisdom in all your works;

Your grace and truth are revealed in Jesus Christ, your Son;

Your power and presence are given to us through your Holy Spirit;

We adore your holy name, O blessed Trinity. 


* HYMN No. 697     In Christ There Is No East or West



Righteous Father, We come asking your forgiveness.

We seek your salvation, then act like we save ourselves.

We beg your forgiveness, then repeat our errors.

We experience your grace, then act defeated.

We rely on your power, but only in hardest of times.

In your mercy, forgive us.

(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:                        John Ness Beck

        The King of Love My Shepherd Is    

The King of love my shepherd is,

Whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His,

And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,

My ransomed soul He leadeth,

And where the verdant pastures grow,

With food celestial feedeth.

In death's dark vale I far no ill,

With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,

Thy rod and staff my comfort still;

Thy cross before to guide me.

And so through all the length of days,

Thy goodness faileth never.

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

Within Thy house forever. 

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

Within Thy house forever. Amen.



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:       All Things Come of Thee, O Lord                         

All things come of thee, O Lord,

and of thine own have we given thee.


* HYMN No. 689     The Church's One Foundation


Prayer of Illumination

God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you. Amen.



Psalm 23        p. 435    

1 John 3:16-24            p. 990

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON         A Community of Faith and Love    Carlos Rivera



Belgic Confession, Article 22

We believe that for us to acquire the true knowledge of this great mystery, the Holy Spirit kindles in our hearts a true faith that embraces Jesus Christ, with all his merits and no longer looks for anything apart from him.

Faith is only the instrument by which we embrace Christ, our righteousness. And faith is the instrument that keeps us in communion with him and with all his benefits.



        Offertory:     Hallelujah (from "Mount of Olives")    Beethoven

Hallelujah unto God's Almighty Son.

Praise the Lord, 

ye bright angelic choirs,

in holy songs of joy,

Man, proclaim his grace

and glory, Hallelujah

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 263     Alleluia, Sing to Jesus



Response:           O The Blessedness Is Great          

O the blessedness is great,

and its beauty none can tell, 

on Christ's bosom, safe from harm,

In Him love secure to dwell.

Peace of mind there we find,

and forgetting sadness,

Follow Him with gladness


POSTLUDE:    Fugue in Eb "St. Anne"    Bach        




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.


Adult Sunday School Opportunity

Next Sunday, April 29th, 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.



Annual Congregational Meeting & Luncheon

Sunday, May 6, 2018, after the worship service

Election of elder and deacons

Approve the annual budget


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

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, Lynne Johnson, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Alda Muyskens, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Ruth Murray, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow