August 19, 2018


PRELUDE: Ich Ruf Zu Dir Bach



* SANCTUS (pew card)


It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to make music to your

name, O Most High;

To proclaim your love in the morning and your

faithfulness by night;

To the melody of music of the lute and the harp;

For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the

works of your hands, I sing for joy.

* HYMN No. 320 Come, Let Us Praise the Lord


Eternal God, you do not change.

You have revealed yourself to us in your Word.

You call us to worship you in spirit and in truth.

But we confess that we often worship

not your true self but who we wish you to be.

We too often ask you to bless what we do

rather than seeking to do what you bless.

Forgive us when our worship shapes you into what we


instead of shaping us into what you want.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

Kyrie (sung):  Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


When you were dead in your trespasses, God made you alive

together with Christ,

When he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record

that stood against us.

Therefore, as you have received Christ, continue to live your

lives in him,

Rooted and built up in him, established in the faith, and

abounding in thanksgiving.

ANTHEM: Set Me as a Seal Joseph Martin

(Song of Solomon 8:6-7)

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is

stronger than death.

Many waters cannot quench love. Neither can the rivers drown it; for love

burns brighter than flame, more unyielding that the grave. Love is a gift of

perfect grace.

Love is stronger, for love is stronger than death.


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: Hide Not Thou Thy Face Richard Farrant

Hide not thou thy face from us, O Lord, and cast not off thy servants in

thy displeasure;

For we confess our sins unto thee, and hide not our unrighteousness.

For thy mercy’s sake deliver us from all our sins.

* HYMN No. 663 Stand up, Stand up for Jesus


God, our helper,

by your Holy Spirit open our minds

and lead us into your truth

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Psalm 34:9-14 p. 441

Ephesians 5:15-20 p. 952

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON Singing the Faith Rev. Blaine Crawford


They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

And we pray that our unity will one day be restored

And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Yeah they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will work with each other, we will work side by side

We will work with each other, we will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride

And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Yeah, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


     Offertory:   The Lord is My Shepherd Howard Goodall

(Psalm 23)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down

in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. Yea, though I

walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For

you are with me, you will comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of

the Lord forever.

* The Doxology (pew card)

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 694 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken


Response: from Rejoice in the Lord Alway Henry Purcell

(Philippians 4:7)

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep

your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ our Lord.

POSTLUDE Little Prelude and Fugue in D minor. Bach


We thank Dorien Day, Bruce Hoffacker, Elizabeth Mahowald

and Patrick Mahowald for sharing their musical talents to

enhance our worship service.


Our flowers are given in loving memory of Dorothy Heckel by the

Krsnak family.

Faithwalking Retreat

Church on the Hill is hosting a Faithwalking retreat on September 8

and 15. The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Retreat

participants are required to attend both Saturdays. Lunch and

snacks will be provided. 

This retreat is open to anyone interested in deepening their faith in

Jesus and desiring to follow more and more in his

ways. Faithwalking is a spiritual formation process where people

are increasingly following the way of Jesus, experiencing ongoing

transformation, and developing effective practices for missional

living: serving the poor, the marginalized, and those in need;

working for the common good; and restoring individuals, social

systems, communities, and nations to God’s intended design.

Cost is $125. Scholarships to offset the cost are available to

Church on the Hill members. 

Register on our website or by contacting the church office

Bargain Boutique

Our thrift shop has closed for the summer and will re-open on

Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m. We are currently accepting

donations. Thank you for your continue support.

Prayer Request List

In September, the prayer list will be started anew. If you would like

the church to pray for someone, please let church office know and

the name will be included in the new list.

Queens Community Children’s Choir

Beginning this fall 2018, the Queens Community Children's

Choir at Church on the Hill will provide an exciting new

opportunity for your child to sing and learn more about music!

As part of the children's choir, your child will grow in musical

literacy and training, develop vocal technique, and learn deep

insight into the historical and cultural foundations of music!

The choir will be directed by Mr. Sean Cotty, who is the

current Director of Music at Church on the Hill and is a NYS

Certified Music Teacher. In addition, all volunteers assisting

with the choir have up-to-date background checks.

The choir will rehearse weekly on Thursdays, from 5:45-

6:45pm, beginning September 13. The choir will perform 6-8

times, including at services at Church on the Hill; at

neighborhood interfaith services; at concerts and hopefully, at

a professional baseball game. A full schedule will be available

later in the summer.

The choir is open to all children from kindergarten through

sixth grade. Registration is on our website. Cost is $25 per

child. Family discounts are available.

Free Yoga

Yoga in the Yard will continue on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to

9:30 a.m. until September 1.

Beginning September 12, we will continue to offer free yoga

classes in Gessner Hall on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:30

p.m. The class is for all ability levels! Join us and bring a friend to

this free class.


Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Michael Breazzano, Angela

Brunjes, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio,

Matthew Dagiau, Dombrowski family, Joan Dwyer, Bernice Herbert,

Lynne Johnson, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Jane Lynch, Ginny

Marsico, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Ruth Murray, Joan Pearson,

Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook Ryo, Debra &

Greg Sparrow, Mel Werbel