1 Corinthians

February 23, 2014 - Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

PRELUDE:

Choral SongSamuel Sebastian Wesley
Aria, Flor Peeters  

WELCOME
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION, Patrick Mahowald        

Leader:  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
People:  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end.
Leader:  Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
People:  Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  
ALL:  Amen. 

– from Psalm 119: 33-36     

* HYMN No. 49:  Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.  Bring healing to all our wounds, make whole all that is broken in us, speak truth to all our illusions, and shed light in every darkness that all creation will see your glory through us and know your Christ. Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
    * Gloria Patri(pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON                   

ANTHEM:  From the Rising of the Sun, F. A. Gore Ouseley

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same my Name  shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be  offered up unto my Name: for my Name shall be great among the heathen, thus saith the Lord!  

MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, G.F. Handel

Lord, I trust thee, I adore thee, Ah! Thou friend of man, restore me! On thy loving grace relying, for the bread of life I'm sighing. Quench  my thirst and let my hunger cease, fill my heart with joy and endless peace. When the breath of life has left me, may my soul be blended with thee.

* HYMN No. 579:  I Surrender All

SCRIPTURE READINGS

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Pew Bible, page 927

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5: 38-48, Pew Bible, page 786

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!

THE SERMON:  The Church’s Sure Foundation, Rev.Douglas Estella

WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
    Offering
   Offertory:  Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts, Camille Saint-Saëns

Praise ye the Lord of hosts, Sing his salvation, bless His name, show forth his praise in His holy house! Rejoice, ye heavens, and be joyful, on earth, rejoice in the face of the Lord, for He cometh, Alleluia. Rejoice, ye angels; rejoice all ye nations, now in the face of the Lord, for He cometh. Alleluia.  

    * The Doxology (pew card)
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
    The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)

* HYMN No. 641:  All the Way My Savior Leads Me

* BENEDICTION 
    Response, Martin Shaw

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be upon you, and remain with you forever. Amen. 

POSTLUDE: Rigaudon, Andre Campra


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE WELCOME back the Rev. Douglas Estella to the pulpit.  Rev. Estella served as pastor of the Sunnyside Reformed Church from 2000 to 2006. Currently he is a teacher at the Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn. Doug and his wife, Janet, live in Sunnyside with their daughter, Renee.

THE FLOWERS are given in honor of Harvey and Mary Moder on their 61st wedding anniversary by Sally Ann and Nora Castle.

THE COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the Congregational Care Committee in honor of the February birthdays.  Please join us in this time of fellowship.

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Gary LiBert (AM), Michael Iovale (PM)
Greeters: Nancy Gessner and Eva Munoz
Ushers: Sally Ann Castle, Marilyn Cooney, Nancy Gessner, Jayne Halley and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Sharon Rivilli and Michael Iovale

2014 OFFERING ENVELOPES are at the entrance of the church.  If you don’t see your envelopes and would like a box, please sign the list and a set will be available for you next Sunday.

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available.  Ask an usher if you need one.

VAN SERVICE:  If you need a ride to church on Sunday, speak with Gerry Mendler at (917) 362-6284 (day) or (718) 464-3464 (evening).

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – To host a coffee hour after church, speak with Rhoda Jabbour.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, Hope Kingman, Fritz Kunisch, Ann Martin, Irma Matzke, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra

February 16, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Ephiphany

PRELUDE:

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
Amazing Grace, arr. Gilbert M. Martin

WELCOME
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION - from Psalm 115    Glenda Alamilla

Leader:  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
People:  For the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
Leader:  Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
People:  Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.
Leader:  The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
People:  He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  
ALL:  Amen.      

* HYMN No. 3:  Holy God, We Praise Your Name

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)

Steadfast God, you reach out to us in mercy even when we rebel against your holy call and prefer to walk in disobedience rather than in the way of your divine truth. Soften our hearts with the warmth of your love, that we may know your Son alive within us. Redeem and raise us up into your eternal presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
    * Gloria Patri  (pew card)

JUNIOR SERMON                   

ANTHEM:  Soon and Very Soon, Andrae Crouch

Soon and very soon we are going to see the King; Hallelujah!  We're going to see the King.

No more dying there, we are going to see the King;  Hallelujah! We're going to see the King.

MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer Response, Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

* HYMN No. 451:  Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, Pew Bible, page 163

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

1 Corinthians 3: 1-9, Pew Bible, page 927

And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

The Word of God for the people of God. Let the people of God say - AMEN!

THE SERMON:  God Gives the Growth, Rev. Douglas Estella

WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
    Offering
   Offertory:  I Shall Not Be Moved, arr. Alice Parker

Glory Hallelujah, I shall not be moved, Anchored in Jehovah I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.

In His love abiding, I shall not be moved, and in Him confiding, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.

Though all Hell assail me, I shall not be moved.  Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.

Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved, On the Rock of Ages, I shall not be moved, just like a tree that's planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 
    * Apostles’ Creed (pew card)        

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

* BENEDICTION 
    Response:  Sevenfold Amen, Peter C. Lutkin

POSTLUDE:  Work for the Night is Coming, arr. H. Alexander Matthews


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE WELCOME back the Rev. Douglas Estella to the pulpit.  Rev. Estella served as pastor of the Sunnyside Reformed Church from 2000 to 2006. Currently he is a teacher at the Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn. Doug and his wife, Janet, live in Sunnyside with their daughter, Renee.

VALENTINE’S MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER BAKE SALE: The Youth Group is having a Valentine’s Day bake sale in Gessner Hall to support their 2014 mission trips.  It’s never too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for all of your generous support of our youth.

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Debra Rossi (AM), Bill Proschel (PM)
Coffee Hour Host: Yoon Ryo
Greeters: Nina and Bill Proschel, Dorothea Zelnick
Ushers: Virginia Andrews, Irma Karle, Irma Schubert, Dorothea Zelnick, and Jerry Good
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken and Michael Iovale

VAN SERVICE: If you need a ride to church on Sunday, speak with Gerry Mendler at (917) 362-6284 (day) or (718) 464-3464 (evening).  

2014 OFFERING ENVELOPES are at the entrance of the church.  If you don’t see your envelopes and would like a box, please sign the list and a set will be available for you next Sunday. 

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – To host a coffee hour after church, speak with Rhoda Jabbour.

YEAR-ROUND COLLECTIONS – 

Donations for the Food for Kids Ministry should be brought to the Church office.  This food will be given to families in need in Jamaica, New York. 

Donations for pets brought to the church office will be given to Worthy Pause to be distributed to local animal shelters.   

Christmas cards (with Forever Stamps on the envelopes) are collected in a basket at the back of the sanctuary.  These cards will enable inmates at the Nassau County Correction Center to correspond with their loved ones.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, Hope Kingman, Fritz Kunisch, Ann Martin, Irma Matzke, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra and the Kales and Kellaway families.