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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: December 9, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“Here in this short lection from Luke 3, the reading devotes significant space to a listing of about seven names of the high ranking folks of that time. But the most significant action in the cosmos was taking place nowhere near any of those high and mighty types. The highway to salvation and the Word of the Lord came from and go to the least likely places you could name.”      Scott Hoezee 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

PREPARING OUR HEARTS

 

PRELUDE                   Voluntary                                    F. Buxtechude                               

INTROIT                   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel         VENI EMMANUEL 

                                                                     Thomas Helmore, 1854

                                                                      Soloist: Jessica Amato

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

 

            Introduction and Sentences:

In this season of Advent, we celebrate God’s peace.

Jesus Christ, whose birth we await, calls our community to justice and leads us in the way of peace.

The Community of Christ is forgiving. We call one another to honesty and humility and respond to each other with abundant grace.

The Community of Christ values relationships.  We live in harmony with one another even when we disagree, and strive to glorify God in everything we do.

The Community of Christ longs for unity. We work together with other churches and organizations, and live out God’s reconciling love for all the world to see.

Together, we are a sign of God’s peace in the world.    -   written by Rev. Kristine O’Brien

(The Second Candle Is Lit)                                                                         

  • OPENING HYMN 59   Comfort, Comfort Now My People           FREU DICH SEHR/

                                                                                                                           GENEVAN 

      ADVENT PRAYER 

Lord God, forgive us for turning away from you and from one another.  We pray that during this season of Advent, we will open our ears to hear, open our eyes to see, and open our hearts to love in order that we may come to know your ways and follow your paths. Help us grow in love for one another, and for all creation…  

        Silence 

      Dona Nobis Pacem 73  

     (Congregation is asked to sing the first melody three times in a row)

 

  • PASSING OF THE PEACE 

            The Peace of Christ be with you!

            And also with you! 

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

 

        Advent Lessons with the Children 

                          (Children are dismissed to Berdan Hall for Christmas Pageant rehearsal)

 

OPENING OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD

 

     GOSPEL READING                                                Luke 3:1-6 (p.60)

 

     MESSAGE         “The Word from the Wilderness”             Pastor Eric Nichols

     

     PRAYER OF BLESSING

 

     ANTHEM                            Every Valley           John Ness Beck, Isaiah 40:4-5

                       

                        GIVING OUR HEARTS TO GOD 

     ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OFFERING 

     Offertory                         Sarabande                                            J.S. Bach 

  • DOXOLOGY       WINCHESTER OLD             Nahum Tate, 1700

          

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION     …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.

                                                             

  • HYMN 67 Blessed Be the God of Israel     FOREST GREEN 
  • BENEDICTION 
  • POSTLUDE Advent Variations                                            Hayes

 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;

 Rev. Mary L. Marcus, liturgist; Jessica Amato, Soloist; the Chancel Choir, Anna Keiserman, accompanist; Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries. 

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