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- Date: February 4, 2018
- Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
Celebrate our Super Bowl by bringing in cans of soup to the service and place in the designated bins at the sanctuary entrances to be donated to Community Hope based in Parsippany.
PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
February 4, 2018 10:00 A.M.
Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!
“To wait for Christ is to be Christ as best we can to those who need us to be Christ to them and to bring them the most we have of Christ’s healing and hope because unless we bring it, it may never be brought at all.” – Frederick Buechner
- Congregation standing, as able
Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation
PRELUDE Prokofiev Sonata C major for cello
piano I mvt. soloist: Mark Prihodko
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL
INTROIT This Little Light of Mine African American spiritual,
arranged by Nolan Williams
- CALL TO WORSHIP
Come, rejoice and Sing! God’s love is showered over us this day.
We gather to praise God and celebrate God’s presence with us.
God shows compassion to all who are weak and weary.
Jesus Christ offers healing mercies to our troubled souls.
We are never out of the reach of God’s love.
Praise be to God who continually heals and forgives us. AMEN!
- OPENING HYMN 17 Beautiful Savior ELIZABETH
CALL TO CONFESSION 737 Have Thine Own Way, Lord ADELAIDE
(verses 1 & 2)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord God, we have a tendency to take all that you do for us for granted.
Forgive us when we treat the world with callous indifference, using its resources carelessly and with little regard to the future. Forgive us when we insist on war as solutions for problems rather than peaceful striving. Forgive us when the weak and downtrodden go unnoticed in our midst. Make us fully aware of all our blessings and our responsibilities. Give us again a spirit of joy in serving you. Help us be agents of peace and hope to others...
(continue with silent prayers of confession)
WORDS OF FORGIVENESS
- THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
(Please share a sign of peace with one another.)
BLESSING OF THE CHILDREN
(The children are invited to Sunday school.)
THE HEARING OF GOD’S WORD
ANTHEM Here in this Place Words and Music by: Patricia Mock
Arranged by Faye Lopez
Cellist: Mark Prihodko
GOSPEL ReadinG Mark 1:32-39 (p.35)
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ!
Message Serving the Sick and Speaking in the Synagogues Pastor Eric Nichols
PRAYER OF BLESSING
RESPONDING AS GOD’S PEOPLE
Offertory Wings like Eagles Allen Pote
Soloist: Jessica Amato, Soprano
- DOXOLOGY 965 Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow OLD HUNDREDTH
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Invitation and Meaning of the Sacrament
Jesus said, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right for us to give thanks and praise.
It is right and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to
you, almighty and everlasting God. Gracious God, send your Holy Spirit upon us,
we pray, that the bread which we break and the cup which we bless may be to
us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. With the heavenly host and
with saints of all times and places, we lift up our hearts in joyful praise
HYMN OF PREPARATION 534 All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly HOLY MANNA
All baptized Christians; children and adults, are invited to share the sacrament of communion.
You will be served the bread and the cup at your seat. To indicate our unity in Christ,
please wait until all have received the Bread and Cup. We will eat and drink together.
The Cup of Salvation is offered in red wine and amber juice.
Wheat-free wafers are available in the paper cup.
- CLOSING HYMN 936 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing ASH GROVE
- POSTLUDE S. Bach Suite N.3 in C Major Prelude and Gigue
Soloist: Mark Prihodko, cello
Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Cathy Tanis, liturgist; the Chancel Choir, Anna Keiserman, accompanist and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries.
Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ 07470 973-694-5481