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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: March 18, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am


                      PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

                              WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

                             FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

                          March 18, 2018  10:00 A.M. 


Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!


“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

– Saint Irenaeus, Greek cleric, 2nd century 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




      PRELUDE                              Haydn Sonata                        E flat Major II mvt


SONG OF REFLECTION 138       Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land          WEARY LAND 

(The Chancel Choir will sing through first,

then the congregation is asked to join on the 2nd and 3rd refrain.)                                                                                                                                    

CALL TO WORSHIP                 

            Sisters and brothers, the laws of God are no longer on tablets of stone;

            God, the Author of our lives, has written holy promises  on our hearts.

            Here in this place, Christ etches the Law of Love even more deeply within us.

            Together, let us worship the God of our lives through all the circling years!




  • OPENING HYMN 557            O God Beyond All Praising            THAXTED                     


Guilt: Prayer of Confession 

Most mysterious and loving God, we come before you, not as those who are perfect

practitioners of Christ’s method, but as those who have sincerely admired him,

yearned to be like him, and love him. We admit we have only applied his truth in

fragmentary  ways: we grab life and hoard it for ourselves; we seek the shabby glory of praise from others and this world. Forgive us. By your Spirit unclutter our hearts and

minds this day ,and enlarge within us a larger space for Christ... 

(silent prayers of confession)

GRACE: Words of Forgiveness

GRATITUDE: The Call of Discipleship    

cross talk with kids 

 (The children are invited to Sunday school.) 



      ANTHEM                      I’d Rather Have Jesus        Words by Rhea F. Miller                                                                                                 Music by George Beverly Shea

                                                                                Arranged by Joseph M. Martin 

      SCRIPTURE Reading                                         John  12:20-33 (p.106-107)

             This is the word of the Lord.

             Thanks be to God!                      


      Message                        “The Cross of Glory”                   Rev. Mary L. Marcus


      THE PROMISE OF SCRIPTURE                       1 CORINTHIANS 15 (selected verses)


      CROSS HYMN                    Hymn of Promise                                      PROMISE

                                                                    (page 4)

      MOMENT OF REFLECTION                    

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



            THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                        

                        -Prayers for those diagnosed with chronic diseases or cancer, those undergoing medical tests and procedures.

                        -Prayers for the servants in our community, prayers for nurses, doctors, EMT’s, Firefighters...

                       -Conclude our prayers with A Lenten prayer from the Iona Community

                         Mysterious and magnificent God, you are present in the darkness before dawn;

                     in the waiting and uncertainty where fear and courage join hands, conflict and 

                     caring link arms, and the sun rises over barbed wire. You are a with-us God

                     who sits down in our midst to share our humanity. You take us beyond the safe

                     place into action, into vulnerability and into the streets.


                     Give us courage to commit ourselves to work for change, to bear responsibility,  to take risks, live powerfully and face humiliation; to stand with those on the

                     edge; to choose life and be used by the Spirit for Gods new community of hope. Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                    OFFERTORY SENTENCES           

            Offertory                 Awake Thou Wintry Earth                   T. Birchwood

            DOXOLOGY 965 Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow OLD HUNDREDTH

  • SENDING HYMN         In the Cross of Christ I Glory                RATHBURN

                                                                 (page 5)                                                              

  • POSTLUDE                   Lenten Meditation                             Blake                                                                                                                                                                   

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols and

Reverend Mary L. Marcus, worship leaders; Sadie Nichols, 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 

 www.preaknessreformed.org CCLI#11100448 

* A note of true gratitude to Brooke OConnell who used her gifts to design and execute this bulletin*  

Holy Week Worship at Preakness 

March 25th : 10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Service 

March 29th: 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday 

March 30th: 7:30 p.m. Good Friday 

April 1st: 9:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service

            10:00 a.m.: Easter Brunch

            11:00 a.m. Worship Service 

            The 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services are Identical.

            Nursery is available at both Services.