May 13, 2018


PRELUDE: Nocturne in B Major Chopin




* SANCTUS (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP Julia Aiello

Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised!
One generation shall laud your works to another. On the
glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous
I will meditate.
The might of your deeds shall be proclaimed, O God.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.


* HYMN No. 365 Abide With Me


God of life, we come to you as a people hungry for good news.
We have been so dead to miracles that we have missed the world’s rebirth.
We have preoccupied ourselves with pleasures and have overlooked the joy you offer us.
We have been so concerned with making a living, that we have missed the life you set among us.
Forgive us, gracious God.

(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:                 You Are Mine                  David Haas

I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near
I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me


Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name
I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response:               In Heavenly Love

In heav'nly love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

* HYMN No. 532    Be Thou My Vision


O God, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy
Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is
proclaimed, we may hear what you are saying to us today.



Psalm 1 p. 424
1 John 5:9-13 p. 991
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


SERMON                      A Community of Testimony                Rev. Blaine Crawford



Belgic Confession, Article 29

As for those who can belong to the church, we can recognize
them by the distinguishing marks of Christians: 
namely by faith, and by their fleeing from sin and pursuing
righteousness, once they have received the one and only
Savior, Jesus Christ. They love the true God and their
neighbors, without turning to the right or left, and they
crucify the flesh and its works. Though great weakness
remains in them, they fight against it by the Spirit all the
days of their lives, appealing constantly to the blood,
suffering, death, and obedience of the Lord Jesus.


     Offertory:        Ave Maria         Jacques Arcadelt


Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit of,
Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death,


* The Doxology (pew card)

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 374 Now Thank We All Our God



Response: All Things Come of Thee, O Lord

All things come of thee, O Lord,
and of thine own have we given thee.


POSTLUDE: Sigfrid Karg-Elert              Now Thank We All Our God



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, Bernice Herbert, 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




Our Flowers:

The left vase is given by Buck Kellaway in loving
memory of his wife, Judie. The right vase is given by the Krsnak
family in memory of Dorothy Heckel.
The carnations will be distributed at the coffee hour to all the
women after today’s worship service.

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, this Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m.

All are invited (including men) to an important program of Bee-
keeping by a local Queens couple. Samples of honey will be
available to taste and purchase. Bring your sandwich, dessert and
beverage will be provided.

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 offering accepted.

Elected at the Congregational Meeting on May 6:

Elder: Dorien Day
Deacons: Dana Chan, Maureen Saepia-Chen, Patrick Symes

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:


COTH is now registered as a charity with Amazon. When you shop
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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
Hard copies will no longer be mailed but will be available in the
church office and in the back of the sanctuary.

Bible Study, Every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

The Bible Study is learning about the letter of 1 John.