April 29, 2018


PRELUDE:    The Sunken Cathedral    Debussy                                   




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Julia Aiello                                        

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

All things came into being through him; what has come into being in him was life.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory:

The glory as the father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The life was the light of all people.

The Word is God’s gift to the world. 


* HYMN No. 580     Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult



Forgive us, O Lord:

for everything that spoils our witness for you;

that we so often deny with our lives

what we say with our lips;

for the difference between our creed and our conduct,

our profession and our practice;

for any example that makes it easier for people to criticize your church or for another to sin.

(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:             The Lord Is My Shepherd    Abraham Kaplan    

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

He restoreth my soul

He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his namesake.

Yea, though I walk through

the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil;

for Thou art with me

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of my enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

my cup runneth over

Surely goodness and mercy

Shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:           Sevenfold Amen                         


* HYMN No. 45     Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


Prayer of Illumination

Almighty God, you have spoken to us through your Son. Let your written Word now be spoken and heard by each of us. Give us ears to hear and hearts to understand, that we may not refuse your calling or ignore your voice. 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 & 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:            Sing Unto God    Handel

Sing unto God, and high affections raise,

to crown this conquest with unmeasured praise.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 356     All Creatures of Our God and King



Response:        O Jesus, Grant Me Hope and Comfort             

O Jesus, Grant me hope and comfort;

O let me never in sorrow pine,

My heart and soul, yea,

all my being,

O Jesus, trust alone in me.

Thou Prince of peace,

Thou pearl from heaven,

True God, true man,

My morning star!

Come thou precious

Sun most radiant,

Thy beams illumine

my heart and soul,


POSTLUDE:    Music for the Royal Fireworks    Handel           



Music Note For April

Each week in April the choir has been presenting 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.


Annual Congregational Meeting & Luncheon

Sunday, May 6, 2018, after the worship service

Election of elder and deacons; Approve the annual budget


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.


COTH Concert Series

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Abram Korsunsky will perform solo works by Liszt and Chopin. Trumpet player Sam Thurston and pianist Sean Cotty will team up to perform works by John Williams and Alexander Arutiunian. Reception following.  Free-will donation.


Storytelling Project

June 2, 2018, 10 am-2 pm, Lunch provided

Led by Lesley Mazzotta, this retreat will help you better understand yourself and your story in light of who God has created you to be. Retreat and lunch are free.  We ask that you register by contacting the church office or on our website:



Amazon Smile

COTH is now registered as a charity with Amazon.  When you shop at Amazon, go through AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to COTH. To access AmazonSmile, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-1672754.


Digital Newsletter

Beginning this fall, if you wish to receive an electronic copy of the Beacon, please give the church office your email address.  Send it to office@churchonthehill.org

Hard copies will no longer be mailed but will be available in the church office and in the back of the sanctuary.


WCC – Dates to Remember

May 19 – “Bee” luncheon

June 23 – Annual Luncheon at LaMotta’s Marina


Weekly Calendar

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

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

    No Yoga this Wednesday, May 2.

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


Prayer List

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Angela Brunjes, 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