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  • Date: December 23, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 23, 2018   10:00 A.M.

 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“As we have prepared for the coming of the Christ Child, now we too can sing in thanksgiving, in celebration, in remembrance, and in proclamation of the promise made to our ancestors…This is the time for us to indulge in celebratory joy in the promises that come to us in Jesus. Let us raise our voices in a great cry, magnifying our God.” – Senior Pastor Karl Jacobson

 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

PREPARING OUR HEARTS

 

      PRELUDE               Evening Bells                                                F. Liszt 

      INTROIT                O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                                             

 

THE LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH 

      Introduction and Sentences:     

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

      Knowing that Christ is coming, to bring healing and wholeness to the world, is a source

     of genuine delight!

      When we gather for worship it is a celebration, an opportunity to rejoice in all that God is doing among us and beyond us.

Our lives are marked by laughter and friendship, as we love our neighbors with wide smiles and open arms.

Even when we face difficulty and trouble we sing a song of faith, confident that Jesus is able to redeem our suffering world.

Together, we are a sign of God’s joy for the world.

                                                                       -written by Rev. Kristine O’Brien

(Lighting of the 4th Candle)

           

  • OPENING HYMN 61 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                 VENI EMMANUEL

                                                          (verses 6 & 7)  

      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 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 sings 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 

OPENING OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD 

GOSPEL READING                                                       Luke 1:39-45 (p.57) 

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!

 

Message         Joy in the hill country and even Nazareth          Pastor Eric Nichols

 

      PRAYER OF BLESSING

 

     ANTHEM                      Where is the Child?                      John Ness Beck

 

GIVING OUR HEARTS TO GOD 

      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OFFERING 

      Offertory                    The Shepherds at the Manger                                  F. Liszt

 

  • DOXOLOGY

          All glory be to God on high,

          And to the earth be peace:

          Good will to all from highest heaven

          Begin and never cease. Amen.

      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.                                                                                                                                     

 

  • CLOSING CAROL God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

                                                              (page 4)

 

  • BENEDICTION

 

  • POSTLUDE Poor and Quiet Polish Carol Sally DeFord

 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are:
Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader; Eileen Domico, liturgist; Anna Keiserman, accompanist; 
and Dan King, Director of Music Ministries 

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470 973-694-5481 

www.preaknessreformed.org CCLI#11100448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOD REST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN

Verse 1: God rest you merry gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy

Verse 2: In Bethlehem, in Israel this blessed Babe was born

And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn

The which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy

Verse 3: From God our Heavenly Father, a blessed Angel came

And unto certain Shepherds brought tidings of the same

How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by Name

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy

Verse 4: Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place

And with true love and gentleness each other now embrace;

This holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface

O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy;

O tidings of comfort and joy