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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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

                              PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

                                       WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

                                    FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

                                  March 11, 2018   10:00 A.M. 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“The immeasurable nature of God’s grace changes both our reality and conduct forever.”

– Professor Richard Carlson 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




      PRELUDE                   Morceau De Concours                            G. Faure

                                                                                     Soloist: Sarah Shin


CALL TO WORSHIP                 

            We gather to share in our love for God.

            Lord God, open our hearts and let us share your Good News.

            We also gather here to proclaim God’s goodness.

            Lord God, let our voices, prayers and songs bring praise today.

            We do indeed gather to praise God whose love is eternal.

            Lord God, bless us to not only offer praise but move our lives to bear witness to you through our serving and helping others.  


 SONG OF REFLECTION 741        Take, O Take Me as I Am      TAKE ME AS I AM

(The Chancel Choir will sing through once, the congregation will sing the second time through.)     


  • OPENING HYMN OF PRAISE 538     Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty           NICAEA       


Guilt: Prayer of Confession 

Lord God, we have sinned against you and one another.

          We have spoken against you and your servant Jesus.

          We have spread lies, cursed others and said mean things.

          We have accepted the oppression of the helpless.

          We have been intolerant of others and we have spent money foolishly.

          Please Lord God, forgive us our transgressions

(silent prayers of confession)

GRACE: Words of Forgiveness

GRATITUDE: The Call of Discipleship    

cross talk with kids 

 (The children are invited to Sunday school.) 

NEAR THE CROSS – arranged by Lloyd Larson      Narrator: Ron Franklin

                                                                         Clarinetist: Ashley Bifalco

                                                                            Flautist: Sarah Shin 


      SCRIPTURE Reading                                    Isaiah 53 (pg 683-684) 

  1. Jesus Keep me Near the Cross        

      SCRIPTURE Reading                                    Philippians 2 (pg 197-198)       

  1. Beneath the Cross of Jesus     

      SCRIPTURE Reading                                    Mark 8 (pg 43-44)

                                                                       Colossians 1 (pg 199-200)

                                                                       Galatians 6 (pg 191)

                                                                       Hebrews 12 (pg 226-227) 

  1. I Will Sing of My Redeemer          

            MOMENT OF REFLECTION                   

                                 (please take a moment of silence to reflect on the cross) 


            THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                        

                        -prayers for those in nursing homes, shut-ins, and the elderly

                        -prayers for our young people and children

                        -A contemporary version of the Lord’s Prayer adapted from the prayer book

                         of the Anglican Church of New Zealand.


                         Eternal God, source of all that is and ever shall be. Loving Parent in whom we

                     discern heaven, may knowledge of your holiness inspire all peoples. And may

                     your commonwealth of peace and freedom flourish on earth. Until all of

                     humankind heed your call to justice and compassion. May we find the bread

                     that we need for today. And for the hurts we cause one another, may we be

                        forgiven in the same measure that we forgive. In times of trial and temptation,

                     help us be strong; when life seems overwhelming, help us to endure; and thus

                         from the burden of sin deliver us. May you reign in the power of human love,

                     now and forever, Amen.


           OFFERTORY SENTENCES           

            Offertory                          Nocturne                           S.M. Salamon

                                                                 Solist: Sarah Shin & Ashley Bifalco


  • DOXOLOGY 965 Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow OLD HUNDREDTH
  • SENDING HYMN 946  Go, My Children, with My Blessing                  AR HYD Y NOS                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • POSTLUDE                            Nun freut euch, lieben Christen                                  J.S. Bach                                                                                                                          

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

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