Psalm

January 18, 2015

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, Sue Nicholas     

Leader:    Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise God’s holy name.
People:    Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Leader:    Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding.
People:    Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you the servants who do his will.
Leader:    Praise the LORD, all the works everywhere in his dominion.
People:    Praise the LORD, O my soul.

* SALUTATION

* HYMN No. 9: Sing Praise to the Father

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)

Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you and one another. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are sorry for all we have done to displease you and to harm our neighbor. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light and walk in your ways. Amen.

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

JUNIOR SERMON

ANTHEMSoon 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. 451Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Psalm 91:1-6, 9-12, Pew Bible, page 477

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

Matthew 4:1-17, Pew Bible, page 785

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

THE SERMONHuman Navigation, Rev. Blaine D. Crawford

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. 502Amazing Grace!  How Sweet the Sound

* BENEDICTION 
    * Response: Sevenfold Amen, John Stainer

POSTLUDEWork for the Night is Coming, arr. H. Alexander Matthews


ANNOUNCEMENTS
JANUARY 18, 2015

WE WELCOME Rev. Blaine Crawford and his wife Brittnee to the Church on the Hill.  If you wish to contact the pastor, you may call him at the church (718) 358-3671, the parsonage (718) 353-1960 or email him at pastor_at_churchonthehill.org.

The Service of Installation for Pastor Blaine will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.  All are invited to attend.

OUR COFFEE HOUR is given by Marion and Ray Durney in appreciation of the Auction Volunteers.  After the service, all are invited downstairs to Gessner Hall for a time of fellowship. 

OUR FLOWERS are given by the Auction Committee in appreciation of Marion and Ray Durney and Glenda and Jorge Alamilla.

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 1, 2015: The Sunday School will again participate in the national “Souper Bowl of Caring” campaign on Super Bowl Sunday.  Please bring in cans of soup and they will be given to a local food pantry.  Monetary donations will go to the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Jean & Gerry Mendler (am), Bill Proschel & Gerry Mendler (PM)
Greeters: Nancy Gessner, Eva Munoz
Ushers: Judie Kellaway, Jean Mendler, Debra Rossi and Irma Schubert

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

2015 OFFERING ENVELOPES are at the back 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.

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.

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.   

PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Marilyn Cooney, Letty Delgardo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, 1st Lt. Alexandra Knese (in Liberia), Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Nora McCarthy, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Marge Renstrom, Josephine Rivera, Janice Serra

October 19, 2014

PRELUDE

Prelude and Fugue in a minor, Johann Sebastians Bach
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee, Johann Sebastians Bach

WELCOME
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)             

* CALL TO WORSHIP AND SALUTATION, Nancy Gessner

Leader:     Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of God’s name.
People:     How awesome are your deeds, O God! We sing praises to your name.
Leader:     Come and see what God has done: turning the sea into dry land; bringing us across the river Jordan.
People:     How awesome are your deeds, O God! We sing praises to your name. 
Leader:     Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

-- adapted from Psalm 66

* HYMN No. 29:  O Worship the King

* PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison)     

God, we are blessed because You do not count our sins against us. When we acknowledge our sins, You forgive us and we are guilty no more. When we acknowledge our sins, You become our hiding place and surround us with songs of deliverance. Free us now from the trappings of our sin. Give us hearts that yearn for You instead of hearts filled with rebellion. Remind us that dwelling with You and Your purpose for our lives is far better than any temptation we face. Thank You for Your great grace and unfailing compassion.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.

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

ANTHEM:  The First Song of Isaiah, Jack Noble White

The Chancel and Junior Choirs

Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation.  And on that day you shall say, Give thanks to the Lord, and call upon his Name.
Make his deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that his Name is exalted.  Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

JUNIOR SERMON                   

MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
    Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
    Prayer response, John Yarrington

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

* HYMN No. 224Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know

SCRIPTURE READING

Hebrews 1: 1-4, Pew Bible, page 970

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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

THE SERMON:  The Superiority of Jesus Christ!, Rev. Donteena Edwards

WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
    Offering
   Offertory:  My Eternal King, Jane Marshall

My God, I love Thee; not because I hope for heaven thereby, Nor yet because who love Thee not must die eternally. Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me Upon the cross embrace; For me didst bear the nails, the nails and spear, And manifold disgrace.
Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, Should I not love thee well? Not for the hope of winning heaven, Or of escaping hell. Not with the hope of gaining aught, Not seeking a reward; But as Thyself hast loved me, O everlasting Lord!
E’en so I love Thee, and will love, And in Thy praise will sing; Solely because Thou art my God, And my Eternal King.

    * The Doxology  (pew card)
    * Prayer of Dedication

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

* HYMN No. 211:  Lead Me to Calvary

* BENEDICTION 
    Response, Théodore Dubois

Thee we adore, O Saviour, bless Thee and praise Thee for ever, for on Thy holy cross Thou has the world from sin redeemed.

POSTLUDE:  Chaccone, Louis Couperin


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE WELCOME BACK TO OUR PULPIT the Rev. Dr. Donteena Edwards, a former student intern at The Church on the Hill.  Donteena received her Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  Her doctoral thesis was “Aging in Church and in Community”, which speaks to her interest in the elderly.  Currently, she is the academic dean and one of the instructors at Westbury Bethel Bible Institute.

TODAY’S COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the Congregational Care Committee in honor of the October birthdays.  Please join us in this time of fellowship.

THE FLOWERS are given by Reeta and Ted Dombrowski in celebration of their 15th Wedding Anniversary.

SYNODICAL ASSESSMENT:  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!

  • Sun. Oct. 26    9:30 AM    Men’s Communion Breakfast (insert)
  • Sat. Nov. 15    10:00 AM    HARVEST FESTIVAL (inserts)

OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:

Van Drivers: Gary LiBert (AM), Bill Proschel (PM)
Greeters: Nina and Bill Proschel, Dorothea Zelnick
Ushers: Wai and Richard Chu, Cathy and Tom Doyle
Children and Worship: Kathy Bracken and Sarah White

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, put your name on the sign-up sheet in Gessner Hall or speak with Rhoda Jabbour.

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

Also, pray for 1st Lt. Alexandra Knese, U.S. Army and a daughter of this congregation, who will be deployed to Liberia, Africa on November 1.