May 19, 2019


PRELUDE                        Op 118 No 2                                   Brahms




       * SANCTUS (pew card)


* CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                     Heather Allison                                                       

All who thirst:

come to the water

and drink deeply of these living streams.

Come, all who are weary;

come, all who yearn for forgiveness.

Our gracious God beckons and blesses us.

Let us give praise for new life in Christ!


* HYMN No. 2                       Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty



(After the Junior Sermon children should remain in the Sanctuary as there will be no Children & Worship today.)



O God, you have shown us the way of life

through your Son, Jesus Christ.

We confess with shame our slowness to learn of him,

our failure to follow him, and our reluctance to bear the cross.

Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive 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.



When the goodness and loving kindness

of God our Savior appeared, Christ saved us,

not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy,

through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. God poured out this Spirit on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

so that, having been justified by his grace,

we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


ANTHEM                                                                     Judy W. Lindh

                   If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee 


If thou but suffer God to guide thee,

And hope in Him through all thy ways,

He'll give thee strength, whate'er betide thee,

And bear thee through the evil days;

Who trusts in God's unchanging love

Builds on the Rock that naught can move.


Only be still and wait His leisure

In cheerful hope, with heart content

To take whate'er thy Father's pleasure

And all discerning love hath sent;

Nor doubt our in-most are known.

To Him who chose us for His own.


Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving;

In all thy labor faithful be,

And trust His Word, though undeserving,

Thou yet shalt find it true for thee;

God never yet forsook in need.

The soul that trusts in Him indeed.



Lord’s Prayer (pew card)

Response                             Write These Words in Our Hearts


Write these words in our hearts,

we beseech you, O Lord.


* HYMN No. 594                                              Like a River Glorious


Prayer of Illumination

Lord, open our hearts and minds

by the power of your Holy Spirit,

that we may hear your Word with joy. Amen.



Psalm 23                                                                           p. 435

Revelation 7:9-17                                                            p. 999

This is the Word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.


SERMON       Washed and Worshipping    Rev. Blaine Crawford



Presentation of Abigail Ho

Parents: Jonathan & Sandra Ho

Godparents: Andrew Ho & Stephanie Yu

*Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)


Do you promise to love, encourage, and support this beloved sister, 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!


Let us welcome the newly baptized.

With joy and thanksgiving

we welcome you into Christ’s church

to share with us in his ministry,

for we are all one in Christ.



     Offertory:                 Seek the Lord                         John Carter


Seek the Lord while he may be found,

call upon him, call while he is near;


Let the wicked forsake his way, 

and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

let him return to the Lord,

that he may have mercy on him,

and to our God,

for he will abundantly pardon.


* The Doxology (pew card) 

* Prayer of Dedication 


* HYMN No. 502            Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound

* BENEDICTION                                    

Response                                                       Sevenfold Amen


POSTLUDE               Sonata in C minor - Mvmnt III          Schubert



All are invited to join us in Gessner Hall after the service for our annual congregational meeting. Lunch will be served.



Flowers today were donated by Reeta Dombrowski in memory of her husband Ted Dombrowski for his 69th birthday. 


Summer Intern Johanna Mason

This summer, Church on the Hill will once again serve as a host for a seminary intern. Johanna Mason will be moving to Flushing after Memorial Day and will officially begin her internship on Sunday, June 2. She will serve as an intern for 10 weeks.


As an intern, Johanna will preach frequently throughout the summer; prepare and lead the worship liturgy; lead the Tuesday night Adult Bible Study; and assist with the women’s shelter during the month of June.


Johanna has just completed her second year of study at Western Theological Seminary, in Holland, Michigan. She’s originally from Chicago, Illinois. We look forward to her joining our ministry this summer!


Music in a Sacred Space Concert

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, for the next free concert in the series "Music in a Sacred Space". The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a reception to follow in Gessner Hall.


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 22      7:30 PM   Final Indoor Yoga Class

·      Thurs. May 23    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 25                         No Bargain Boutique (Memorial Day)

·      Sun. May 26      11:10 AM  Children and Worship

·      Mon. May 27                       Church Office and Building Closed

                                              (Memorial Day)

·      Sun. Jun. 2           6:00 PM  YPF 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