April 8, 2018



PRELUDE:    Improvisation on Ode to Joy    Sean Cotty                               




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Margaret Vera                                        

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom

and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

God has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has given us new life and hope.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia! 


* HYMN No. 239     I Know that My Redeemer Lives


PRAYER OF CONFESSION        Carlos Rivera       

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from the grave

and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not bowed before him

or acknowledged his rule in our lives.

We have gone along with the way of the world

and failed to give God glory.

Forgive us and raise us from sin,

that we may be your faithful people

(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:        Virgil Thomson              

        My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

My shepherd will supply my need,

Jehovah is his Name.

In pastures fresh he makes me feed

Beside the living stream.

He brings my wandering spirit back

When I forsake his ways.

He leads me for his mercy's sake

In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death,

Thy presence is my stay.

One word of thy supporting breath

Drives all my fears away.

Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,

Doth still my table spread.

My cup with blessings overflows,

Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God

Attend me all my days.

O may thy house be my abode

And all my work be praise.

There would I find a settled rest,

While others go and come. 

No more a stranger or a guest,

But like a child at home.



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:          Hear Our Prayer O Lord                         

Hear our prayer, O Lord, incline thine ear to us,

and grant us thy peace. Amen. 


* HYMN No. 243     Christ is Alive


Prayer of Illumination 

God of life, your Spirit raised Jesus from dead. Your Spirit inspired the prophets and writers of Scripture. Your Spirit draws us to Christ. We ask that you will send your Spirit now to give us deeper insight, encouragement, faith, and hope through the proclamation of the gospel. Amen.



Psalm 133        p. 501    

1 John 1:1-2:2            p. 989

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON:                A Community of Forgiveness                   Rev. Blaine Crawford



Belgic Confession, Article 23

We believe that our blessedness lies in the forgiveness of our sins because of Jesus Christ.

And therefore, we cling to this foundation, which is firm forever, giving all glory to God, humbling ourselves, and recognizing ourselves as we are; not claiming a thing for ourselves or our merits and leaning and resting on the sole obedience of Christ crucified, which is ours when we believe in him. That is enough to cover all our sins.



        Offertory:    Crown Him with Many Crowns!    Courtney               

Crown Him the Lord of love!

Behold His hands and side,

Rich wounds, yet visible above, 

In beauty glorified:

No angel in the sky

Can fully bear that sight,

But downward bends his burning eye

at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him with many crowns,

The lamb upon his thrown;

Hark! how the heavenly anthem

drowns all music but its own!

Awake my soul and sing

Of Him who died for thee,

And hail Him as thy matchless King

Thro' all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of life,

Who triumphed over the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife

for those He came to save;

His glories now we sing

Who died and rose on high,

Who died eternal life to bring,

And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of years:

The potentate of time,

Creator of the rolling spheres,

ineffably sublime.

All hail, Redeemer, hail!

For Thou hast died for me;

Thy praise and glory shall not fail

Throughout eternity.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 244     Easter Song



Response:     Alleluia             


POSTLUDE:    Chaconne    Bach/Busoni         




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

During the next six weeks, the three members of 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.


New Bible Study Begins This Week

A new Bible study exploring 1 John begins on Tuesday this week. Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Folensbee Lounge!


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

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. 


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, Ann McCaffrey, Alda Muyskens, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow