October 12, 2014 — Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Prelude and Fugue in d, Johann Sebastian Bach
Air, Johann Sebastian Bach

* SANCTUS (pew card)


Leader:  The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
People:  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
Leader:  He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
People:  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
Leader:  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
People:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
Leader:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
ALL:  Amen.

* HYMN No. 22:  Come, We That Love the Lord


Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
    * Gloria Patri  (pew card)


ACT OF PRAISE:  Sweet Hour of Prayer    

Elizabeth Mahowald, soprano

    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer Response

* HYMN No. 310:  O Word of God Incarnate


Isaiah 25:1-9, Pew Bible, page 568

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Philippians 4:1-9, Pew Bible, page 955

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

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

THE SERMON:  An Antidote for Anxiety, Rev. Douglas Estella

        Offertory:  Elizabeth Mahowald, soprano
    * The Doxology  (pew card)      
    * Prayer of Dedication

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:  The Heidelberg Catechism, Q/A 1 

Pastor:  What is your only comfort in life and in death?
All: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

* HYMN No. 568:  Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated


POSTLUDE:  We All Believe in One God, Johann Sebastian Bach


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.

SYNODICAL ASSESSMENT (Pink Offering Envelope)

Last installment is due.  If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($95.00 per member), please help us by making the payment.  The Synodical and Classical Assessment is the amount we owe Reformed Church in America for your membership.

SAVE THE DATEANNUAL AUCTION – Saturday, January 10, 2015

LOOKING AHEAD – Mark your calendars!

  • Sat. Oct. 18    1:00 PM    WCC Luncheon

        2:00 PM    Elder Law speaker – Gessner Hall (insert)

  • Sun. Oct. 19    12:00 PM    Coffee Hour celebrating October Birthdays
  • Sun. Oct. 26    9:30 AM    Men’s Communion Breakfast (insert)
  • Sat. Nov. 15    10:00 AM    HARVEST FESTIVAL (inserts)


Coffee Hour Host: Rhoda Jabbour 
Greeter: Irma Schubert
Ushers: Sally Ann Castle, Marilyn Cooney, Nancy Gessner, Jayne Halley
Children and Worship: Christina Schaub 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).

CHILDCARE during the worship hour

Children thru age 3 in the Educational Building, 1st floor, in Room 1A.
Children ages 3 thru 2nd grade will share in the service through the Junior Sermon, then go to Room 2E for the Children and Worship Program.

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


  • 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.

PRAYER REQUESTS: Grace Attanasio, Ruth Bailey, Kenneth Cornwell, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Jenny Hampton, Robert Keller, Fritz Kunisch, Harvey Moder, John Molino, Marge Renstrom, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra, Evelyn Stuedly.

December 15, 2013 - Third Sunday in Advent

White Christmas Service

PRELUDE:  In Dulci Jubilo, Johann Sebastian Bach

WELCOME, Debra Rossi
* SANCTUS (pew card)

* CALL TO WORSHIP, Yessenia Iovale

Leader:  Rejoice in the Lord always.
People:  I will say it again: Rejoice!
Leader:  Let your gentleness be evident to all.
People:  The Lord is near.
Leader:  We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming.
People:  Let us worship God!

—based on Philippians 4:4-5, NIV

 * HYMN No. 163:  Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming

 * PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison), Steve Sarran

Lord God, our lives are filled with sin.  We forget our neighbor’s needs and do not love you above all else.  We need a Savior.  Help us to be ready for Jesus in our own hearts.  O come, O come, Savior of the world.  Amen.

* KYRIE (pew card)
        * Gloria Patri  (pew card)


        Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
        Prayer Response, Johann Wolfgang Franck

O Jesus, with Thy advent quiet my restless soul and anxious mind. In true humility I welcome Thee, Jesus Christ, my Joy divine. My thought, desires, and all my longings I dedicate, O Christ, to Thee. O come, Thou precious Sun most radiant, Thy beams illumine my heart and soul.

        Offertory:  As Lately We Watched, arr. Charles Black

As lately we watched o'er our fields through the night, a star there was seen of such glorious light; all through the night angels did sing sweet carols in praise of the birth of a King.

A King of such beauty was ne'er before seen, and Mary, His Mother, so like to a queen. Blest be the hour, welcome the morn, for Christ our dear Savior, on earth now is born.

His throne is a manger, His court is a loft, but troops of bright angels, in lays sweet and soft, Him they proclaim, our Christ by name, and earth, sky and air straight are filled with His fame. Alleluia, alleluia, be joyful and sing.

Then, shepherds, be joyful, salute your liege King, let hills ring and dales to the song that ye sing; blest be the hour, welcome the morn, for Christ, our dear Savior, on earth now is born.

        * The Doxology  (pew card)                
        * Prayer of Dedication


Our only hope is Jesus Christ.  After we refused to live in the image of God, he was born of the virgin Mary, sharing our genes and our instincts, entering our culture, speaking our language, fulfilling the law of God.  Being united to Christ’s humanity, we know ourselves when we rest in him.  Come, Lord Jesus: We are open to your Spirit.  We await your full presence.  Our world finds rest in you alone.

—Our Song of Hope, st. 3, closing prayer


Some music selections will include the congregation and they will be announced at the appropriate times in the story:

Sunday School and Chancel Choir:

Who Would Send a Baby?, Chancel Choir
How Quietly, Sunday School and Chancel Choir

Love Came Down at Christmas, Sunday School and Chancel Choir
Silent Night, Sunday School and Chancel Choir

Congregational Hymns:

O Little Town of Bethlehem, No. 155, stanza 1
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, No. 133, stanza 1
O Come, All Ye Faithful, No. 173, all stanzas

(During this hymn, White Christmas gifts will be brought forward as directed.)

        Response:  Alleluia, Amen!, Charles Villers Stanford

POSTLUDE:  In Dulci Jubilo, Johann Sebastian Bach


2014 offering envelopes are at the entrance of the church.  If you do not see your box and would like one, sign your name on the clipboard.  A set will be prepared and available for you.


Van Drivers: Jorge Alamilla (AM) and Ray Durney (PM)
Coffee Hour Hosts: Glenn Alamilla and Tricia Ho
Greeters: Vivian and Peter Sclafani
Ushers: Dana Chan, Cascille Hampton, Jennifer Hopper, Stephanie Parker and Jerry Good
Childcare: Jayne Halley

PRAYER REQUESTSRuth Bailey, Letty Delgado, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Robert Keller, Hope Kingman, Fritz Kunisch, Ann Martin, John Molino, Josephine Rivera, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright.