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- Date: April 29, 2018
- Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
April 29, 2018 10:00 A.M.
Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!
“When the gospel comes and is received, there is great joy!”
- Congregation standing, as able
Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation
JOINING TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP AND PRAISE
PRELUDE Sheep May Safely Graze J.S. Bach
Arr. G Smith
RINGING OF THE BELL
INTROIT Worship Christ, the Risen King REGENT SQUARE
- CALL TO WORSHIP
We are invited into the body of Christ and into God’s mission for this world.
We testify, proclaim and bear witness to God’s creative and redeeming Word.
By the Holy Spirit we who believe and are baptized receive a ministry to witness to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to love and serve those with whom we live and work.
We are ambassadors for Christ, who reconciles and makes whole. We are the salt of the earth; we also are the light of the world.
For all of these wonderful things,
we join together this morning to give thanks and praise to God!
- PROCESSIONAL HYMN 206 Christ Is Alive! TRURO
- Easter salutation
- PASSING THE JOY AND PEACE OF EASTER
Sisters and Brothers we are called to share the good news:
the joy and peace of the Risen Christ be with you!
And also with you!
(Please stand if you are able and share a sign of peace and joy in Christ.)
WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS AND THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Lionel, Marissa and Bryce Bush
Sage, Dave and Chase Grant
- Congregational Vow and Welcome
Sisters and Brothers, Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters 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?
Let us welcome our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Joyfully we receive you into the body of Christ. Join with us as we give witness in the world to the good news, for we are all one
in Christ Jesus. Alleluia!
Prayer of Blessing and Baptisms
RECEIVING THE GOOD NEWS
EASTER MESSAGE WITH THE CHILDREN
(The children are invited to Sunday school.)
SCRIPTURE READING ACTS 8:26-40 (pg. 127)
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
ANTHEM Down to the River to Pray Arranged by Sheldon Curry
Soloist: Jessica Amato, Soprano
Message Another Resurrection Story Pastor Eric Nichols
- SONG OF REFLECTION 746 Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God HOLY SPIRIT, LIVING BREATH
(The Choir will sing verse one, the congregation will join in on verses 2 & 3.)
RESPONDING TO THE GOOD NEWS
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,
ANNOUNCEMENTS and OFFERTORY SENTENCES
Offertory Voluntary G. Handel
- Doxology Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
- AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Heidelberg Catechism Q & A #45 and #58
How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
First, by Christ’s resurrection he has overcome death, so that Christ could make us share in the righteousness which Christ has obtained for us by his death.
Second, by Christ’s power we too are raised up to a new life.
Third, Christ’s resurrection is to us a sure pledge of our glorious resurrection.
What comfort do you receive from the life everlasting?
Since I now already feel in my heart, the beginning of eternal joy, I shall after this life possess perfect blessedness, such as no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of anyone conceived a blessedness in which to praise God forever.
- CLOSING HYMN 184 Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing GELOBT SEI GOTT
- EASTER BLESSING
- POSTLUDE Because He Lives Gloria Gaither
Arr. Bill Woravel
Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Matthew Graf, liturgist; Jessica Amato, Soloist; Anna Keiserman, accompanist and Daniel King, Directory of Music Ministries.
Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ 07470 973-694-5481