September 9, 2018


PRELUDE Sonata in F Major - Movement I Mozart



* GLORIA PATRI (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP Maureen Chen

(Based on Psalm 68:5-6)

Sing to God, sing praises to his name!

Lift up a song to him, who rides upon the clouds!

His name is the Lord—be exultant before him.

Father of orphans and protector of widows

Is God in his holy home.

God gives the desolate a home to live in;

God leads out the prisoners to prosperity,

But the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

* HYMN No. 66 The God of Abraham Praise


(After the Junior Sermon, children ages 3-8 are dismissed to Children &

Worship. Children & Worship meets in Room 1A. Children can be picked up

there after the service.)


God of love and justice,

we long for peace within and peace without.

We long for the day when our homes

will be a dwelling place for your love.

Yet we confess that we are often anxious,

we do not trust each other,

and we harbor violence.

We are not willing to take the risks

and make the sacrifices that love requires.

(Prayers of Silent Confession)

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

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


Hear these words of our Lord Jesus Christ: “Come to me, all

you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will

give you rest.

Gracious Lord, give us this rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle

and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Gracious Lord, give us this rest.

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Gracious Lord, grant us your peace.

ANTHEM: Lead Me, Lord Garth Edmundson

Lead me, Lord. 

Lead me in Thy righteousness,

O Lord, make Thy ways,

Thy ways plain before my face.

O Lord, lead, O Lord.

Lead me in Thy righteousness.

Thou, O Lord, it is Thou,

Thou who makes me to dwell.

Only dwell in safety,

Dwell with Thee in safety.

Lead me Lord.



O God, you are nearer to us than we are to ourselves. May

your Word awaken us to your loving presence this morning.



Isaiah 35:1-11 p. 578

James 2:1-9 p. 981

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON Coming Home Rev. Blaine Crawford


The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


     Offertory:   With a Voice of Singing Martin Shaw

With a voice of singing, declare ye this,

and let it be heard, Alleluia.

Utter it even unto the ends of the earth.

The Lord hath delivered his people, Alleluia.

O be joyful in God, all ye lands,

O sing praises to the honor of his name,

make his praise to be glorious.

* The Doxology (pew card)

* Prayer of Dedication


*Communion Hymn (pew card)

Remembering with Love and Hope


Communion Prayer

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Sanctus (pew card)

Mystery of the Faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Words of Institution


Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response: All Things Come of Thee, O Lord

All things come of thee, O Lord,

and of thine own we have given thee.

* HYMN No. 643 I Know Not Where the Road Will Lead


Response: Sevenfold Amen

POSTLUDE Little Prelude and Fugue in C major Bach

All are invited to join us downstairs in Gessner

Hall for coffee hour.


Sunday School Begins September 9

This fall, two classes are offered for youth Sunday School.

Children ages 9-12 meet at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary, before

moving to classroom 2D. The class finishes around 10:40

a.m. Jeanne Sarran teaches this class.

Our biggest change to our youth ministry this fall will be

combining Children & Worship and Sunday school for ages 3-8.

It will continue to go by the name of Children & Worship but will

be using more of the Sunday School curriculum. These kids will

be dismissed from the worship service following the Junior

Sermon and will meet in classroom 1A, the room across the

hallway from the church office. Molly Mahowald will serve as

lead teacher for this class. Children can be picked up after the

worship service.

Bible Study Begins September 11

This fall, Rev. Crawford will lead the Bible study group through the

Gospel of John, following the "signs" that John leaves throughout

his gospel. What are these “signs;” and what are they pointing to?

What is it that John wants us to see and know and experience

about Jesus Christ? The Bible study meets weekly on

Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2A.

An Invitation to Join the Choir

Music plays a significant role in our worship at Church on the Hill.

Through the gifts and talents of our volunteer choir members, the

choir helps usher us into God’s loving presence

each Sunday during worship. If you’re interested in joining, this fall

is a great opportunity to give it a try! The first rehearsal will be

on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary!

Church BBQ – Next Sunday, September 16 

After worship, please join us for our church BBQ! Meats and drinks

will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share!

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.

Ushers Needed

Would you be willing to serve as an usher during worship services?

Ushers distribute bulletins, assist congregants to their seats if

needed, and collect the offering. Serving as an usher provides a

great opportunity to meet new people in the church and to help

create an atmosphere of hospitality. If interested, please contact

the church office.

Looking Ahead – Mark your calendars!

 Sun. Sept. 9 10:00 AM Sunday School

11:10 AM Children & Worship

 Tues. Sept. 11 7:30 PM Bible Study

 Wed. Sept. 12 7:30 PM Consistory

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


6:00 PM Prayer Group

7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal

 Sat. Sept. 15 10:00 AM Bargain Boutique re-opens

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

11:10 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, Jessica Costagliola, Allegra DeMelo,

Lucas Ditta, Frocione family, Hotchkiss Family, Jason Knese, Jane Lynch,

Jorge and Tiffany Martinez, Joseph Mazzilli, Gerry Mendler, Kook Ryo,

Ivanette and Harold Shinsato, Kane Shinsato, Kathy Shinsato, Mel Werbel

Children are always welcome in worship at Church on the Hill. At the back

of the sanctuary, the Family Room is open for young children and their

parents. Changing tables are also available in the restrooms downstairs in

Gessner Hall.