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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: July 22, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am




July 22, 2018     10:00 A.M. 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“The whole world is not worth the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel, for all the Scriptures are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.”  -First Century, Rabbi Aqiba 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation 


PRELUDE                  Improvisation on the hymns                      M. Hayes                                                                    



OPENING SOLO                “David’s Prayer”                   by Michael Costa

                                                                  Soloist, Brenda Belohoubek


  • Call TO WORSHIP            (Creation Poem from Genesis 1)


Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.

And God saw that the light was good.

And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And it was so.

And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’

Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation.’ And God saw that it was good.

And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night.’ And God saw that it was good.

And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ And God saw that it was good.

And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind.’ And God saw that it was good.

And God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God they were created; male and female God created them!

God saw everything that was created, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Today we see that God’s creation is good and beautiful all the days of the week!


  • OPENING HYMN of PRAISE 21      This is my Father’s World    TERRA BEATA                
  • salutation

 Prayer OF CONFESSION (PSALM 51)             

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins. For we know our transgressions, and our sins are ever before us.

Against you, you alone, have we sinned, and done what is evil in your sight. You desire truth in the inward being; therefore, teach us wisdom in our hearts. Purge us with hyssop, and we shall be clean; wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow.

Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Do not cast us away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of your salvation, and sustain in us a willing spirit…


(silent prayers of confession)




The peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you!

(Please greet one another with the peace of Christ.)



(Children will remain in the Sanctuary for Worship.) 


                                              BIBLE READING AND REFLECTION


SOLO OF REFLECTION           Beautiful One                          by Tim Hughes

                                                                       Soloist, Brenda Belohoubek




     SCRIPTURE READING                        Song of songs  

   (Friends – Balcony, Beloved –  Piano Side and Lover – Baptismal Front Side)

   Friends:  The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

Beloved:  Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine, your anointing oils are fragrant, your name is perfume poured out; therefor the maidens love you. Draw me after you, let us make haste.  I am black and beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem.  And how handsome you are my lover! Oh how charming!

Lover:  How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh how beautiful!  Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely.  There is no flaw in you.  You have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.  How much more pleasing is your love than wine.

Friends:  We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.  Eat O friends and drink, drink your fill O lovers.

Beloved: Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men.  I delight to sit in his shade and his fruit is sweet to my taste.  He has taken me to the banquet hall and his banner over me is love.  Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.

Lover: You are beautiful my love. Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me!  The maidens saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her.  How beautiful you are and how pleasing O love, with your delights!

Friends:  Which way did your lover turn, that we may look for him with you? Come back, come back, that we may gaze on you!  Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?

Beloved:  Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love; neither can floods drown it.  If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.  Come away, my lover!

     This is the Word of the Lord.          

     Thanks be to God!       

Message                   Parental Guidance Suggested             Pastor Eric Nichols

HYMN OF REFLECTION 737        Have Thine Own Way, Lord            ADELAIDE


                                 RESPONDING AS GOD’S PEOPLE



            Offertory                            Suite G minor                             G Handel 

  • DOXOLOGY 965     Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow OLD HUNDREDTH 


Prayers of THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION  …ending 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 HYMN 754     Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak     CANONBURY                  
  • POSTLUDE Suite D Major                                      S. Bach                                                                                                                             

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Marty Mariniello, liturgist; Brenda Belohoubek, Soloist and Anna Keiserman, Accompanist. 

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