September 2, 2018


PRELUDE: Improvisation on “America” Sean Cotty



* SANCTUS (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP Patrick Symes

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

So that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious

power to your children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper

for us the work of our hands.

* HYMN No. 263 Alleluia, Sing to Jesus


Holy and merciful God,

in your presence we confess

our sinfulness and our shortcomings.

You alone know how often we have sinned

in wandering from your ways,

in wasting your gifts,

in forgetting your love.

Forgive our sins,

and help us to live in your light

and walk in your ways.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

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

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


To all who turn from sin in sorrow,

to all who turn to God in hope,

this is God’s Word of grace:

We are accepted, we are forgiven, we are loved.

This gift we have from God through Christ.

Thanks be to God.

DUET: Panis Angelicus Cesar Franck

May the Bread of Angels

Become bread for mankind;

The Bread of Heaven puts

All foreshadowings to an end;

Oh, thing miraculous!

The body of the Lord will nourish

the poor, the poor,

the servile, and the humble.


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: My Peace

My peace I give unto you.

It’s a peace that the world cannot give.

It’s a peace that the world cannot understand,

Peace to know, peace to live.

My peace, I give unto you.

* HYMN No. 704 As Sons of the Day and Daughters of Light


Lord, our God,

we bless and thank you for the gift of your Word.

Grant your servant both the humility

and the boldness necessary to preach it.

Prepare our hearts and lives to be strengthened and changed

by it.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Mark 7:1-23 p. 818

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON It’s What’s Inside That Counts Rev. Douglas Estella


Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


     Offertory:   Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah Ovid Young

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,

pilgrim through this barren land.

I am weak but Thou art mighty;

Hold me with Thy powerful hand.

Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,

Feed me till I want no more.

Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,

Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fire and cloudy pillar 

lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,

Be Thou still my strength and shield,

Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, 

Bid my anxious fears subside.

Bear me through the swelling current,

Land me safe on Canaan's side.

Songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to Thee.

Songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to Thee.

* The Doxology (pew card)

* Prayer of Dedication

* HYMN No. 418 America, the Beautiful


Response: A Gaelic Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,

Deep peace of the shining stars to you,

Deep peace of the gently night to you,

Moon and stars pour their healing light to you.

Deep peace of Christ, of Christ

The light of the world to you,

Deep peace of Christ to you.

POSTLUDE: Little Fugue in G minor Bach


Guest Preacher:

We welcome Rev. Douglas Estella back to the pulpit today. Rev.

Estella is an ordained minister in the RCA and a member of

Queens Classis. This June he retired from teaching high school

with the NYC Department of Education, and is available for pulpit

supply in various local churches.

Appreciations: We thank Emerson Chen and Patrick Mahowald

for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.

Next Sunday, worship service will start at 11:00 am.

Recital:  Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 pm

Emily Kate Naydeck, soprano soloist

Sean Cotty, piano

German, French, and Spanish art songs and solo piano pieces

This concert is free and open to the public.

Reception to follow in Gessner Hall.

Free Yoga

Beginning September 19, 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.

Prayer Request List

The prayer list has started anew. If you would like the church to

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

will be included in the new list.

Looking Ahead – Mark your calendars!

 Mon. Sept. 3 Labor Day Church office and building closed

 Thurs. Sept. 6 6:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting

7:30 PM Choir rehearsal

 Fri. Sept 7 6:00 PM Women’s Shelter

 Sat. Sept. 8 9:00 AM Faithwalking Retreat

 Sun. Sept. 9 11:00 AM Worship Service begins

 Tues. Sept. 11 7:30 PM Bible Study

 Wed. Sept. 12 6:00 PM Tae Kwon Do

7:30 PM Consistory

 Thurs. Sept. 13 5:45 PM Queens Children Community Choir

6:00 PM Prayer Group

 Sat. Sept. 15 9:00 AM Faithwalking Retreat

10:00 AM Bargain Boutique re-opens

 Sun. Sept. 16 10:00 AM Sunday School classes resume

11:15 AM Children and Worship

12:00 PM Church BBQ

 Wed. Sept. 19 7:30 PM Indoor Yoga Class


Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Allegra DeMelo, Frocione

family, Jason Knese, Jorge and Tiffany Martinez, Kook Ryo, Mel