May 20, 2018



PRELUDE: Prelude and Fugue in D Major J.S. Bach




* SANCTUS (pew card)


* CALL TO WORSHIP Emerson Chen

Holy Spirit, Lord and giver of life:
At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the
waters; you gave every living thing the breath of life.
Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.
Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets:
You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth,
and through them you call your people to the ways of justice
and compassion.
Come, Spirit of righteousness, and burn in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher:
You speak to us of our Lord and show us the depth of his love.
Come, Spirit of truth, abide in us and lead us in the way of
Jesus Christ.


* HYMN No. 289 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling



Gracious God, who pours out freely the gift of your Holy Spirit:
we confess before you and to each other
that we have failed to recognize this most precious gift.
We have been satisfied with ordinary things,
suspicious of unfamiliar things, and blind to spiritual things.
Cleanse us, O God, and burn away our presumptuous self-
Open us in faith to receive the renewing touch of your
(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:                Dona Nobis (from the B-minor Mass)                J.S. Bach

Dona Nobis Pacem.
Grant us peace.



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: Write these Words in Our Hearts
Write these words in our hearts, 
We beseech you, O Lord.


* HYMN No. 293        Spirit, Working in Creation



Lord of heaven and earth, pour out on us the abundant gifts of
your Holy Spirit. May the work begun by the Spirit on the day of
Pentecost continue in us as we hear your Word and do your
will. Amen.



Acts 2:1-4, 16-21 p. 885
Romans 8:22-27 p. 919
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


SERMON:                  A Community of God’s Spirit                 Rev. Blaine Crawford



From Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 49, 51, 53

By the Spirit’s power we make the goal of our lives not
earthly things but the things above where Christ is, sitting
at God’s right hand. Through the Holy Spirit Christ pours
out his gifts from heaven upon us his members. The Spirit,
as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God. The
Spirit has been given to us personally so that by true faith
the Spirit makes us share in Christ and all his blessings,
comforts us, and remains with us forever.


     Offertory:   Ian Douglass Mitchell               O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean's depths
Its flow may richer, fuller be.
O light that follows all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine's glow
Its day may brighter, fairer be.
Joy that seeks me through the pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morning shall tearless be.
O Cross that raises up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life's glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red,
Life that shall endless be.

* The Doxology (pew card)

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 285 For Your Gift of God the Spirit




Response: The Lord Bless You and Keep You

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord life his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you.


POSTLUDE: Fugue in C minor J.S. Bach




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

Confirmation Sunday, June 3, 2018

Julia Aiello, Isabel Vera, and Margaret Vera will be received into
membership of Church on the Hill.

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:


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