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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: March 4, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am





March 4, 2018  10:00 A.M.


Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“The message that a convicted felon was the bearer of God’s forgiving and transforming love was hard enough for anybody to swallow and for some especially so. For Hellenized sophisticates – that Greeks,   as Paul puts it – it could only seem absurd.”– Frederick Buechner 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




      PRELUDE                                   Voluntary                                       G. Handel                                                                                                                                                                                  

CALL TO WORSHIP            

            The heavens are praising the might of God.

            Let all Gods people praise Gods Holy Name!

            Everything that is created bears that special imprint of God.

            Let us bear the imprint of Gods forgiving and transforming love.

            Let the words of our mouths this morning be acceptable to God.

            Let our spirits reflect Gods goodness and compassion. Amen and Amen.


 INTROIT                       Come Unto Jesus                                Words and Music by,

                                                      (page 5-8)                         Orson Pratt Huish

                                                                           Arranged by Judy Checketts Hatch

                                                                                    Jessica Amato, Soprano      


  • OPENING HYMN OF PRAISE 527     Come Away from Rush and Hurry           PROMISE  

Guilt: Prayer of Confession 

Lord God, forgive us when we cherish objects. Sometimes we revere objects and thingsalmost more that life itself. Then we are encouraged to throw away items because their value decreases so rapidly. Unfortunately, we far too often treat our relationships with each other in the same attitude. We enter relationships for what we can get, and   when we feel we have gained all that we could, we discard the relationship.

Jesus came to teach us a new system of values, in which people and hope and faith      are treasured. Forgive and heal us when we have treated each other with careless         abandon. Turn our lives in a new direction in which following you and serving your    world are our dearest treasures...     

(silent prayers of confession)

GRACE: Words of Forgiveness 

GRATITUDE: The Call of Discipleship 

     Let your love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in passion, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 

    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be arrogant but associate with the lowly; and do not claim to be wiser than you are. 

cross talk with kids 

 (The children are invited to Sunday school.) 



       ANTHEM                    O Master Let Me Walk with Thee        Based on MARYTON

                                                                                        by Henry Percy Smith,

                                                                             arranged by David Stanley York


      SCRIPTURE ReadinG                                  First Corinthians 1:17-31 (pg 166)

            This is the Word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God! 

      Message                      “The Cross of Calling”                          Pastor Eric Nichols


      CROSS HYMN                    The Old Rugged Cross                 George Bernard

                                                                                       (page 9)


      MOMENT OF REFLECTION          

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


                                          GOD’S PEOPLE RESPOND


           OFFERTORY SENTENCES           

            Offertory                           J.S. Bach Fugue                           D. Major 

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


The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper 

            Invitation and Meaning of the Sacrament

            The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                                              810


All baptized Christians; children and adults, are invited to share the sacrament of communion. 

Come forward by the center aisle, as guided by the ushers.  Receive the bread;
dip the bread in the cup offered by an elder.  After eating, return to your seat by the side aisle.  Wheat-free wafers are available in the paper cup.

Those who wish to participate in communion, but are unable to come forward,
are invited to inform an usher in order to be served in their seat.

  • SENDING HYMN 326  Take Up Your Cross                 ERHALT UNS, HERR                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • POSTLUDE   Lent Variations                                            Hayes                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Reverend Mary L Marcus, 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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