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  • Date: February 24, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY              

FEBRUARY 24, 2019   10:00 A.M.

 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,

 “I will try again tomorrow.”

                   – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

“You can only offer people a moral compass, you cannot make them follow it.”

CSI character Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen

 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

OUR APPROACH TO GOD

 

PRELUDE                 Prelude from Suite No. 5                                   J.S. Bach

 

      WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

      RINGING OF THE BELL

 

      INTROIT                   Here I am Lord                  D. Shutte, Arr.Arnold B. Sherman

                                                                              Jessica Amato, Soloist

                                                                                                                                               

  • GATHERING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD                                                                                 

      Out of need and out of custom we have gathered here again.

      To this gathering we are bringing love and laughter, grief and pain.

      Some believing, some rejoicing, some afraid, and some in doubt;

      now we come our questions voicing, we would search these matters out.

           

  • OPENING HYMN 583 O Love of God, How Strong and True WAREHAM

                                                                    

  • SALUTATION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION           

We now come our masks displaying, fearing that we shall be known.

foolish games forever playing, feeling meanwhile so alone.

Let pretension’s power be broken, to be open let us dare;

let the truth in love be spoken, let us now the searching share. 

                                     (silent prayers of confession)

 

WORDS OF FORGIVENESS AND GRACE

 

BLESSING OF THE CHILDREN 

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM                                          - Lorelai Marie DeRissio 

                  Preparation, Presentation and Profession of Faith 

                  Congregational Vow and Prayer of Blessing 

  • Do you promise to love, encourage, and support Lorelai and her parents Mark and Jeanine by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?                                                     

             We do

             Baptismal Covenant 

(The children are invited to Sunday school)

 

  • PASSING OF THE PEACE 

            The Peace of Christ be with you!

            And also with you! 

(Please share a sign of peace with one another.)   

 

                                                  THE LIGHT OF GOD’S WORD

 

      THE READING OF THE GOSPEL                             Luke 6:27-38 (p.64) 

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!

 

     HYMN OF REFLECTION  852       Faith Begins by Letting Go              LUX PRIMA             

      MESSAGE        “You want me to do WHAT?”               Reverend Mary L Marcus

 

      PRAYER OF BLESSING 

      ANTHEM            You Are Known                   Words by Joseph Martin,

                                                                       Music by Heather Sorenson

                                                                       Cellist, Mark Prihodko      

           

                                         OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S LIGHT

 

     OFFERING

            Offertory                 Nocturne                                      P. Tchaikovsky 

  • DOXOLOGY 965  Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow   OLD HUNDREDTH 

 

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

                                                                                                                                               

       PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                  ……concluding with the Lord’s Prayer           

       Our Father, who art 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.

 

  • CLOSING HYMN 266    The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound         PETER     
  • BLESSING AND SENDING 

We have heard the glowing stories of the things that God has done,

of his power and his glory, of his love in Christ, his Son.

God of human transformation, for your presence now we pray;

lead us ever on the journey as we gather here today.

 

  • POSTLUDE                Sonata for Cello Solo                          Ysaye

 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Reverend Mary L Marcus, worship leader; Eric Nichols, liturgist; Anna Keiserman, accompanist; Mark Prihodko, cellist; Jessica Amato, soloist; chancel choir and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries

 

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470

973-694-5481   www.preaknessreformed.org CCLI#1110044 

 

“Small things matter. What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.”

Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese philosopher, nuclear disarmament advocate