What We Do

College Hill Presbyterian enjoys a vibrant worship life, characterized by excellent music, inspiring preaching, and a warm community that welcomes all. Sunday mornings are the centerpiece of the church’s life. Programming for children and youth takes place every Sunday. Our church nursery is open at 10:15 and has a warm and welcoming staff ready to care for babies through 3 years of age. Please see our Children and Youth Page for more information on our Sunday offerings for ages 3 and up. All are welcome to participate in Communion, which we usually celebrate on the first Sunday of the month. Baptisms can be arranged by contacting the pastor (pastor@collegehillpc.org).

If you cannot join us in person, you are always welcome to worship with us online! Join us on Zoom, (Meeting ID 569 896 612, or by calling 646-559-8656) or watch the service livestream on our Facebook page.

Worship Online: This Week's Service

https://zoom.us/j/569896612

16th Sunday after Pentecost

September 25, 2022

10:30 a.m.

 

Assemble in God’s Name

Greetings and Announcements

PRELUDE

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

You who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

You will say to the Lord,

My refuge and my fortress;

My God, in whom I trust.

God will answer us.

God will rescue us.

Come, let us worship God! 

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves and apart from you. We have turned from our neighbors and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world and passed by the hungry, the poor and the oppressed. In your great mercy, forgive us and free us from our selfishness. Hear us now as we pray in the silence of our hearts…. (silent prayer)

 

KYRIE ELEISON

Lord, have mercy upon us; 

Christ, have mercy upon us;

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

GLORIA #581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.

World without end.

Amen.

 

Proclaim God’s Word

CHILDREN’S TIME

SCRIPTURE

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Luke 16:19-31

 

SERMON Damned if You Don’t

 

HYMN #305 Come Sing, O Church, in Joy! 

 

Give Thanks to God

 

CELEBRATING THE MINISTRY OF JEAN ANNE SHAFFERMAN

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith)

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.

 Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. 

 Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. 

God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

 

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

 

OFFERTORY

 

DOXOLOGY #606

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

 Praise God, all creatures here below;

 Praise God above, ye heavenly host;       

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God, we want to look less to ourselves and more to the needs of our neighbors. Make these gifts part of your work in the world. Through Christ we pray. Amen. 

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Go in God’s Name

HYMN #321 The Church’s One Foundation

 

BENEDICTION

 

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE #295 Go to the World!, V. 2

Go to the world! Go into every place.

Go live the word of God’s redeeming grace.

Go seek God’s presence in each time and space.

Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

 

 

 

Music

College Hill Presbyterian Church features a robust and wide-ranging music program. From the Austin Pipe Organ to the Chancel Choir, to our many instrumental ensembles, we encourage and support diverse musical expressions. Music can be a fantastic way to connect to the church. Please reach out to (music director email) for more information.

Faith Formation

Faith Formation? What’s that? We were formerly called Children’s Ministries and while we work with kids the words Faith Formation more accurately captures what we do! We start with children from birth through age 18, and we help them to mold, or form, their faith relationship with God. We do this in a variety of ways.

Education

Jesus invites us to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. As followers of Jesus, we are committed to the nurture and education of all. From the youngest in the nursery to adults, we seek to provide the programs and resources that help all of us grow together in love.

Programs for Adults

Every Tuesday morning from 11 to Noon, Pastor Matt hosts an adult Bible study in person and online. It offers an excellent opportunity to dig deeper into Scripture, prepare for the upcoming Sunday and connect to other members of the church. All are welcome to join us in person in the church lounge or join us on Zoom by clicking on this text.

During the program year (September to May), the church hosts ongoing opportunities for young adult members to connect, form friendships and grow in faith. Contact pastor@collegehillpc.org for more information.

Service to Our Community and to Our World

At College Hill Presbyterian Church, we believe that we cannot love God without also loving our neighbor and the stranger. So, we devote our time, talent, and treasure to loving our neighbor right here in Easton and around the world.

In a typical year, our church gives away over $50,000 to support good work being done by mission partners in Easton and throughout the world.

The church’s Board of Deacons holds twice-yearly rummage sales, as well as an annual Strawberry Festival, the proceeds of which are given to local mission. The church’s Mission Committee helps to decide how we will use our resources to love our neighbor.

Over the years, ProJeCt of Easton and Safe Harbor have been consistent recipients of our dollars and volunteer involvement. The church also works in cooperation with Lafayette College to maintain a Furniture Bank which collects used items to distribute to those who are beginning a new life in a home or apartment.

Other local organizations that we support include:

Internationally, our support of the Presbyterian Church (USA) funds work for mission, relief, and justice in our nation and around the world.

We also enjoy close ties with our sibling congregation, the Hungarian Reformed Church in Sovata, Romania. Over the years we have exchanged visits with one another and sought to foster cross-cultural understanding.

Nursery School

Since 1949, the College Hill Presbyterian Church Nursery School has offered high quality preschool education, right here in the church building. To learn more, contact Director Amanda Ulmer (nursery@collegehillpc.org) or visit the Nursery School website