ORDER FOR WORSHIP
PRELUDE: Improvisation on "Shenandoah" Sean Cotty
SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Emerson Chen
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP Margret Dougherty
Praise be to you, O God the Father:
You created all things by your power and wisdom
and so loved the world that you gave your Son to be our
Praise be to you, O God the Son:
You became human like us in all things, except sin,
died for our offenses, and rose again for our justification.
Praise be to you, O God the Holy Spirit:
You lead us into all truth and spread the love of God in our
* HYMN No. 2 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Patient and compassionate God:
You have loved us with unfailing, self-giving mercy,
but we have not loved you.
You constantly call us, but we do not listen.
You ask us to love, but we walk away from neighbors in
need. Lord, you show us how to carry out your mission,
but we still insist on our own; forgive our lack of faith and
pardon our acts of injustice.
(Prayers of Silent Confession)
Kyrie (sung): Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON/WISDOM FOR LIFE
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: I Will Arise Traditional melody arranged by Robert Shaw
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms,
In the arms of my dear Saviour, Oh!
There are ten thousand charms.
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above,
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Come, thou font of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace,
Streams of mercy never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Response: Let the Words of My Mouth
Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
* HYMN No. 3 Holy God, We Praise Your Name
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
God, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to
make us holy.
Through them we come to know the mystery of your life.
Help us to now to hear your word that our faith may be uplifted
and that we may be sent to do justice. Grant this through our
Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Isaiah 6:1-8 p. 553
John 3:1-17 p. 863
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON Here Am I, Send Me! Rev. Karen Jackson
* CONFESSION OF FAITH:
From the Belhar Confession
We believe in the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through
Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning
of the world and will do to the end.
We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the
communion of saints called from the entire human family.
Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been
reconciled with God and with one another.
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
Offertory: Once to Every Man and Nation David Stanley York
Once to every Man and Nation
comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood
For the good or evil side.
By the light of burning martyrs,
Jesus' bleeding feet I track,
Toiling up new Calvaries ever
with the cross that turns not back.
Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong.
Truth forever on the scaffold,
wrong forever on the throne.
Yet the scaffold sways and future,
and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow,
keeping watch above his own.
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* HYMN No. 418 America, the Beautiful
Response: Sevenfold Amen
POSTLUDE: Stars and Stripes ForeverJohn Phillip Sousa
Members of our church who died in service to our country:
Charles Everett Schulthesis d. June 13, 1943
Harry Carl Rosen d. July 7, 1943
Robert John Baumeister died November 5, 1944
Joseph W. Whitworth died December 25, 1944
James Stuart Barnett died March 22, 1945
Edwin Henry Loeffler died November 22, 1952
We welcome the Reverend Karen Jackson to the pulpit this morning. Rev. Jackson is a specialized RCA minister serving as the Director of Recovery and Community Initiatives at Project Hospitality. Rev. Jackson runs two help centers assisting members of the community with access to food, shelter, public benefits, legal aid, domestic violence support, mental health counseling, and a variety of other programs. She also leads a non-profit devoted to disaster recovery work and an interfaith clergy coalition on Staten Island.
Next week, Confirmation Sunday, June 3, 2018
Julia Aiello, Isabel Vera, and Margaret Vera will be received into
membership of Church on the Hill.
Elected at the Congregational Meeting on May 6:
Elder: Dorien Day
Deacons: Dana Chan, Maureen Saepia-Chen, Patrick Symes
Ordination and installation will take place on July 1 st .
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:
Yoga in the Yard will resume on Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m. on
the church lawn. All are welcome.
No Bible Study: Begins again on Wednesday, June 13.
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.
Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:
Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Michael Breazzano, 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, Jane Lynch, Ginny Marsico, Alda
Muyskens, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Ruth Murray, Joan
Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook
Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow