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  • Date: March 10, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am




FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT                         

MARCH 10, 2019   10:00 A.M.


Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“As Christians, we must maintain day in and day out that peace is not something to be achieved by our power. Rather peace is a gift of God that comes only by our being a community formed around a crucified savior – a savior who teaches us how to be peaceful in a world in rebellion

against its true Lord.” – The Peaceable Kingdom by Stanley Hauerwas 


  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




PRELUDE                       Chorale                                         D. Buxtehude 



      INTROIT        We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace      A.L. Hatter

                                                                                              Soloist, Dan King  

  • GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER                              

      For many of us, it was tempting to “sleep in” this morning.

      But God has called us to this place, to hear God’s word, to open our hearts in prayer

     and praise, and to seek direction for our lives.

There are many other temptations placed in front of us each day. But we are called to be strong and place our trust in God.

      God is faithful to us, comforting us, guiding us, and lifting us up. AMEN.


  • OPENING HYMN 527 Come Away from Rush and Hurry               PROMISE                                                                    



Holy Lord, as we enter this Lenten season, we are reminded of our weaknesses and our need for your strength. We ask for your forgiveness when we give in to the temptations of this world, when we tread paths that are contrary to your will. Remind us of the sacrifice and commitment that we need to make for this journey. Enable us to enter into this time of learning and testing with courage and faith… 

                                     (silent prayers of confession)


      SONG OF CONFESSION   Lord, I Need You         

          -by Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher



Lord, I come, I confess

Bowing here I find my rest

And without You I fall apart

You're the one that guides my heart



Lord I need You, oh I need You

Ev'ry hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You





WELCOMING OF NEW MEMBERS        Ronald, Jennie, Grace and Elliot Franklyn

                     Stephen and Nicole Canova and children Madison and Talia          

    Presentation and Profession of Faith 

  • Congregational Vow and Prayer of Blessing 

Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these sisters and brothers in Christ by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer and service?                            

             We do

             Let us welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Joyfully we receive you.  Join with us as we give witness in the world to the good news, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Amen!



                                    (The children are invited to Sunday school)




      SCRIPTURE READING                                        Isaiah 11:1-10 (p.630) 

            This is the Word of the Lord.

            Thanks be to God!


MESSAGE                      Life Together: SHALOM                 Pastor Eric Nichols 



      ANTHEM                 The Lord Bless You and Keep You        Peter C. Lutkin,

                                                                                           Edited by A. Braun 

                                                                                           Chancel Choir 


                                  RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD                


            Offertory             Lent Variation                                          S. Scheidt

  • Offertory Song         Take My Life and Let It Be                        HENDON


Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord to thee.

Take my moments and my days; let them flow in endless praise,

let them flow in endless praise. Amen!


  • THE BELHAR CONFESSION: Article 4       - Dutch Reformed Mission Church South Africa,1986

                                                 -Adopted by the Reformed Church in America, 2010


We believe, that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people; that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged.

We believe, that God calls the church to follow him in this, for God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry; that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind; that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly; that for God pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and the widows in their suffering.

We believe, that God wishes to teach the church to do what is good and to seek the right, that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream!

We believe, that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others. 


       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 HYMN 933    Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing  SICILIAN MARINERS     
  • POSTLUDE                Voluntary                                           Handel


Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader; Matt Graf, liturgist; Anna Keiserman, accompanist; Chancel Choir and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries 

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470

973-694-5481   www.preaknessreformed.org  CCLI#1110044