May 12, 2019


PRELUDE       Improvisation on "Immaculate Mary"   Sean Cotty



       * SANCTUS (pew card)


* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                     Jeanne Sarran                                                       

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me!

O LORD, be my helper!

You have turned my mourning into dancing!

You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy!

My soul praises you and will not be silent.

I will give thanks to you forever, O LORD my God!


* HYMN No. 250                                    Jesus Christ Is Risen Today



(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.)


Almighty and merciful God, we have erred

and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much

the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.

(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 the good news:

This saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance,

that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

He himself bore our sins

in his body on the cross,

that we might be dead to sin,

and alive to all that is good!


ANTHEM                        Ave Maria                   Jacques Arcadelt 



Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, 

and blessed, is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death,



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. 447                       Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God


Prayer of Illumination

O God, open our hearts and minds

by the power of your Holy Spirit,

that as the Scriptures are read

and your Word is proclaimed,

we may hear what you are saying to us today. Amen.



Psalm 30                                                                           p. 439

Revelation 5:11-14                                                          p. 997

This is the Word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.


SERMON               Looking and Hearing         Rev. Ann Kansfield



The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)



     Offertory:          For The Beauty Of The Earth         John Rutter


For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine
Flow'rs of earth and buds of heav'n


* The Doxology (pew card) 

* Prayer of Dedication 


* HYMN No. 21                                            How Great Though Art


* BENEDICTION                                    

Response                          The Lord Bless You and Keep You


The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord lift his countenance upon you,

and give you peace.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you

and be gracious unto you. Amen.


POSTLUDE                      Fugue in G minor                              Bach


All are invited to join us in Gessner Hall for coffee hour.



Guest Preacher

We welcome to the pulpit, Rev. Ann Kansfield. Currently Rev. Kansfield  serves as minister at Greenpoint Reformed Church and as a chaplain with the FDNY.

Our Flowers: The carnations today were donated Buck Kellaway in loving memory of his wife, Judie; and by the Krsnak family in memory of Dorothy Heckel. The carnations will be distributed at coffee hour to all the women after today’s worship service.

Youth & Children Ministries

There will be no Sunday School today. Sunday School, taught by Jeanne Sarran for youths aged 9-13 will now be held in Rm 2C on Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a new name “Church School".

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.


Sunday School Scholarship

The Church on the Hill Sunday School Scholarship Fund was developed to provide financial assistance to students who are part of the Church on the Hill community. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and to students enrolled in post-high school studies. Graduate students are not eligible to apply. Please see our website for more details and to apply. All applications must be received by June 15.


Looking Ahead – Mark your calendars!

·      Wed. May 15      7:30 PM   Indoor Yoga Class

·      Thurs. May 16    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 18      10:00 AM    Bargain Boutique

                                 7:30 PM    Music in a Sacred Space Concert

·      Sun. May 19      11:10 AM  Children and Worship

                               12:00 PM    Annual Congregational Meeting

·      Sun. Jun. 2           6:00 PM  Youth Group Italian Dinner Fundraiser

·      Tues. Jun. 4          7:30 PM  Adult Bible Study Resumes

·      Sat. Jun. 8            8:30 AM  Yoga in the Yard begins

                                 7:30 PM    Music in a Sacred Space Concert

·      Sun. Jun. 9        11:00 AM   Children’s Day

·      Sun. Jun. 16       12:00 PM  Church BBQ



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