First Presbyterian Church

Cranford, New Jersey

Founded 1851


May 15, 2011                                                                                4th Sunday of Easter          

*Those who are able, please stand.                                                                                                     

Thank you for turning off cell phones.

We Gather Around GodŐs Word


Prelude                                                       Aria                                                            Manz


Introit                                             Foundation of Grace

                                                                   Jubilee Bells                  


*Call to Worship                                                                                                     Laura Simone

L:  We gather in this holy place:

P:  Hoping a song touches our hearts,

L:  Looking for strength to endure,

P:  Willing a prayer to reach heaven,

L:  Longing for peace to well up within,

P:  Listening for a word that comforts,

L:  Waiting for our souls to explode with joy,

P:  Desiring an outpouring of GodŐs Spirit.

L:  We gather together in holy anticipation,

All:  And God meets us here.


*Hymn 482                                   Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty                        Lobe Den Herren

                                                    Lauren Buchanan, trumpet


Prayer of Preparation and Confession (unison)                       Rev. Valencia Norman

Wondrous God, forever seeking us, willingly forgiving us, we should be amazed at your grace.  Yet how often we ignore your presence.  We focus on keeping life in control, in balance, and get angry at the interruptions, the problems that ruin our plans, mess up our days.  We never entertain the thought that you may be speaking to us in the turmoil, in the messiness of life.  We are so bent on our desires and our plans that we squeeze you out.  Holy



God, you are there in all the circumstances of life.  Open our eyes; help us come to our senses and trust your guiding hand.


            Our silent prayers of preparation & confession


Assurance of GodŐs Love and Forgiveness


*We Give Glory to God (holding hands)                                                 Gloria Patri

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, Amen.

Welcome and Ritual of Friendship                                                        Rev. Diane Curtis

(Please fill out the Friendship Pad completely, pass it along, and return it to its starting point. Be sure to include your e-mail address.)

Moment for Mission     Pastor Nominating Committee             Karen Buchanan

A Time for Children                                                                  Rev. Valencia Norman

(All children are invited forward.  Afterward, children may go to Sunday School classes for all ages.)

We Proclaim GodŐs Word


Old Testament Reading       (p. 619  of Old Testament)                           Psalm 27:1-5      

L: The Word of the Lord.

P: Thanks be to God.

Anthem                                          If Ye Love Me                                       Thomas Tallis

                                            Chancel Choir – Elsa Hahn directing


New Testament Reading   (p. 133 of New Testament)             John 14:25-31

Sermon                                       ŇNo Fear HereÓ                                  Rev. Diane Curtis



We Respond to GodŐs Word


*Hymn  388               O Jesus, I Have Promised                                      AngelŐs Story


We Worship With Our Offerings             

Offertory                                 Alla Siciliana                                                      Handel       


*We Give Praise to God                                                                             Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer of Dedication


Prayers of the People


The LordŐs Prayer

Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen


*Hymn (insert)                           It Is Well With My Soul                       Ville Du Havre






Go In Peace – to Serve in Love


A SPECIAL MEETING of the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ will be held in the sanctuary Sunday, May 22, 2011 immediately following the 10:00 Worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to approve a candidate as our new Senior Pastor and to vote on Terms of Call.  The candidate will preach during the morning service.

Signed, Donna Graziano, Clerk of Session.








First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

Interim Pastor & Head of Staff – The Rev. Diane Curtis

Associate Pastor – The Rev. Valencia B. Norman

Music Director of Jubilee Bell & Childrens Choirs – Elsa G. Hahn

Organist – Robert Grube, Jr.

Director of Christian Education – Mary E. Beckhusen





The youth mission trip team will be selling shares of stock to raise funds for their trip to Appalachia this summer.  The team will be rebuilding homes in Mullens, WV through the Appalachia Service Project.  The monies raised will help secure two van rentals for transportation, building supplies for the homes we will be repairing, as well as any tools that are required to do the work.  Each share is $10 a piece and you may purchase as many shares as you wish.  A stockholders' dinner will be held when we return to thank you for your donations and to show you the work that was accomplished through your generosity.  Visit the 'Stock Market" during Fellowship Time in the Thomson Youth Center following worship, email Mary Beckhusen at or contact Mary at 908-276-8440.


NEW KEY CARD SECURITY SYSTEM - The church is in the process of installing a new security system utilizing key cards instead of regular keys.  This system will provide safety for all our children (Sunday School, Helen K. Baldwin Nursery School, Prime Time), staff, and volunteers.   We will also be able to maintain a higher level of security for the building. For questions, please send an email to


RENT-A-SCOUT FUNDRAISER- Need help with yard work?  Fence need painting? Is there a pile of mulch that needs to be spread?  Well, we can help!  The High Adventure Scouts of Troop 80 and Venture Crew 80 are raising funds to support their activities through their new Rent-a-Scout program.  For a reasonable fee, you get hardworking, reliable Scouts to help you with your projects.  Call Steve Philip at 276-7329 if you have questions or if there's a job that needs doing.  Part of the "Scouts Pay Their Way" program



Prayers of the Church Family


Prayer for those in the First Pres. family facing health challenges and the loss of family members.

And for loved ones & friends of the First Pres. family.

Please offer prayers for peace, for those affected by war and violence, all who have lost jobs, for all who are homeless and hungry, for families in conflict, for fighters and survivors of disease, their families and friends, and those suffering thru natural disasters.




WhatŐs Happening

at First Presbyterian Church this Week?



When             What                                                                                                                  Where

Sunday, May 15th 

  10:00 a.m.        Worship Service                                                                                                                             Sanctuary

  10:15  a.m.         Sunday School                                                                                     Christian Education Building

  11:15   a.m.        Fellowship time                                                                                                                  Thomson Youth Center

  11:20  a.m.         Chapel Time                                                                                                         Dorothy Snyder Chapel

  11:30  a.m.         Westminster Choir                                                                                                                Music Room

  11:30  a.m.         Special Session Meeting with Confirmands                                                          Room 302

    6:00 p.m.          Middle School & High School Youth Fellowships                                     Room 301 & 302  

    7:00 p.m.          Grief Support Group                                                                                                 Mettam Lounge


Tuesday, May 17th

   6:00 p.m.           Youth Mission Trip Training                                                               Thomson Youth Center


Thursday, May 18th 

  7:30 p.m.            Chancel Choir                                                                                                                                           Music Room


Sunday, May 22nd   Confirmation Sunday

  10:00 a.m.        Worship Service                                                                                                                             Sanctuary

  10:15  a.m.         Sunday school                                                                                      Christian Education Building

  11:15   a.m.        Fellowship time                                                                                                                  Thomson Youth Center

  11:20  a.m.         Chapel Time                                                                                                         Dorothy Snyder Chapel

  11:30  a.m.         Westminster Choir                                                                                                                Music Room

    6:00 p.m.          Middle School & High School Youth Fellowships                                     Room 301 & 302  

    7:00 p.m.          Grief Support Group                                                                                                 Mettam Lounge



WELCOME and thank you for your contribution to this service of worship.  Visitors, members and friends:  please fill in the Friendship Pad completely, noting those near you, and pass it along. 


LARGE PRINT bulletins and hymnals, special ChildrenŐs Bulletins, Worship Bags for children (return at end of service) and individual hearing devices are available from the ushers.  Whenever possible, please help your fellow worshipers by exiting and entering the sanctuary at times other than during prayers or scripture readings. Thank you.


NURSERY CARE:  is available for infants through 2 years old in the nursery, located on the first floor across from the Thomson Youth Center.


FLOWER REQUESTS:  Please contact Judy Bobucky by calling 908- 272- 3643 or emailing her at if you wish to donate flowers for the sanctuary during the course of the year.


TO REACH THE PASTOR, you may contact the Rev. Diane Curtis at 908 803-6395 or by e-mail at; or the Rev. Valencia Norman at 201 404-6935 or by e-mail at

The Appalachia Service Project(ASP) Mission Team will be having a yard sale on Saturday, May 14th from 9-4 at 5 Burnside Ave. There are lots of never used items, games, books, household, furniture, clothes....too much to list.
If you would like to donate gently used items, you may leave them on the Howard's porch    (5 Burnside)or call Phyllis for pick up @931-0362.    Come out and do some "green " shopping for a great cause. Thank You!