ORDER FOR WORSHIP
PRELUDE Improvisation on "Truro" Sean Cotty
SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP John Westerhaus
You won victory over death,
raising Jesus from the grave
and giving us eternal life.
Glory to you, O God!
For us and for our salvation you overcame death
and opened the gate to everlasting life.
Glory to you, O Christ!
You lead us into the truth.
Glory to you, O Holy Spirit!
Glory to you, O blessed Trinity,
now and forever!
* HYMN No. 243 Christ is Alive!
(After the Junior Sermon, children ages 3-8 are dismissed to Children & Worship. Children & Worship meets in Room 2D. Children can be picked up there after the service.)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord Jesus Christ:
Bring new life where we are worn and tired;
new love where we have turned hard-hearted;
forgiveness where we feel hurt and where we have wounded; and the joy and freedom of your Holy Spirit where we are prisoners of ourselves and our sins.
(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
ANTHEM: King All-Glorious George M. Vail
Soloist - Elizabeth Mahowald
Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore!
Mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
Jesus the Savior reigns, the God of truth and love:
When he had purged our stains, He took a seat above.
Lift up your heart! Lift up your voice! The Lord is King!
King all-glorious, Lord of Hosts almighty,
Thou art revealed in victory, o'er all the world ascended,
King all-glorious! Thou art revealed in victory.
Crown him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem
drowns all music but its own:
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Response Celtic Alleluia
* HYMN No. 240 Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks
Prayer of Illumination
who lived to show what life is like,
who died to show that sin is death,
who rose to raise us up to life eternal,
help us to follow you and love you forever. Amen.
Psalm 97 p. 480
Revelation 22:12-21 p. 1008
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON You Are Invited Rev. Blaine Crawford
NEW MEMBERS PRESENTATION
We welcome into membership today Jim Dolinar & Nick Restivo and Jonathan & Sandra Ho!
*Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)
Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service? We do.
Welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ!
We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share. Join us in giving thanks and praise to God, and in bearing witness to God’s creative and redeeming Word to all the world.
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
Offertory: God So Loved The World John Stainer
God so loved the world,
That he gave His only begotten Son,
That who-so believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son
into the world to condemn the world;
But that the world through him might be saved.
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* HYMN No. 239 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Response Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing
Lord, dismiss us with your blessing;
fill our hearts with joy and peace;
let us each, your love possessing,
triumph in redeeming grace;
O direct us and protect us
traveling through this wilderness.
POSTLUDE Festive Trumpet Tune David German
All are invited to join us in Gessner Hall for coffee hour.
Flowers today were donated by Sue Nicholas in memory of a colleague of hers, Attilio Capponi, PhD.
Harvest Festival Committee Meeting
During coffee hour today a HARVEST FESTIVAL '19, meeting will be held. We gratefully will be accepting all suggestions, volunteers, support and interest for our biggest church fund raiser of the year. Your input is very important!
YPF Casserole Sale - Mission Trip Fundraiser Sale
During coffee hour today the YPF will be holding a casserole sale in Gessner Hall to benefit their mission trips -- easy dinners to enjoy right away or freeze. Thank you so much for your support!
Youth & Children Ministries
There will be no Sunday School today. Starting May 2, Sunday School, taught by Jeanne Sarran for youths aged 9-13 will be held in Rm 2C on Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a new name “Church School".
Children & Worship children aged 3-8 will be dismissed from the worship service following the Junior Sermon and will meet in room 2D with Molly Mahowald. Children can be picked up after the worship service.
Following the worship service on May 5, a joint baby shower for Ian Rottenberg & Jennifer Hopper and for Blaine & Brittnee Crawford will take place in Gessner Hall including lunch. Men and women are invited to attend! Please RSVP to WCC (Nina) 718-352-4348 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org before April 30th.
Music in a Sacred Space Concert
Please join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, for the next free concert in the series "Music in a Sacred Space". Beatus Musica is back with Justin Austin, baritone, along with his fellow baritone Jose Maldonado and Tamara Kim on piano. Donations raised at the concert will be given to support QSAC, a NYC and Long Island based nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with autism. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a reception to follow in Gessner Hall.
Annual Congregational Meeting
All are invited to the Annual Congregational Meeting immediately after worship on Sunday, May 19. The meeting will take place in Gessner Hall. Lunch will be provided. Rev. Crawford will share the Minister's Report and the congregation will vote on new consistory members and the annual budget. Join us as we celebrate the ministry of Church on the Hill and look ahead to the coming year!
Youth Group Italian Food Dinner Night
Please join us on Sunday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. for a wonderful evening of good food and conversation while supporting the Youth Group as they try to raise money for their Mission Trips! $11.00/adults and $6.00/kids. Please complete a reservation form available in your bulletin beginning May 5 or at the Church Office.
Looking Ahead – Mark your calendars!
· Wed. May 1 7:30 PM Indoor Yoga Class
· Thurs. May 2 10:00 AM Bargain Boutique
5:15 PM Church School (replaces Sunday School)
5:45 PM Queens Children Comm. Choir
6:00 PM Prayer Group
7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal
· Sat. May 4 10:00 AM Bargain Boutique
· Sun. May 5 11:10 AM Children and Worship
· Sun. May 19 12:00 PM Annual Congregational Meeting
· Tues. May 28 7:30 PM Adult Bible Study Resumes
· Sun. Jun. 2 6:00 PM Youth Group Italian Dinner Fundraiser
· Sat. Jun. 8 8:30 AM Yoga in the Yard begins
7:30 PM Music in a Sacred Space Concert
Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:
Diane Blagburn, Michael Breazzano, David Cerqueira, Jessica Costagliola, Allegra DeMelo, Jolie Dunham, Lucas Ditta, Dorothy & Abel, Joan Dwyer, Matt Field, Amy Freedman, Frocione family, Jose Gracinda, Jayne Halley, Bernice Herbert, Hotchkiss Family, Ken Hoey, Jason Knese, Jane Lynch, Jorge and Tiffany Martinez, Eva Munoz, Larry Murray, Joan Pearson, Kook Ryo, Dominick Scaglione, Ivanette and Harold Shinsato, Kane Shinsato, Kathy Shinsato, Donna Smith, Janet Stillwagon, Alison Venable, Mel Werbel, Janet Willemain and Dennis Wink