ORDER FOR WORSHIP
PRELUDE Sonata in F Major - Movement I Mozart
SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
* 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.)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
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.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON/WISDOM FOR LIFE
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.
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
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
* CONFESSION OF FAITH:
The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
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
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
*Communion Hymn (pew card)
Remembering with Love and Hope
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
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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
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!
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.
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