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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am




September 30, 2018    10:00 A.M. 

    Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“If you are getting weary of being called out these past weeks, well, that’s Mark. That’s Jesus. That’s what it means to follow Jesus. But getting called out is not always a bad thing. It gets you to see something about yourself and in doing so, maybe you can then see beyond yourself.”

-Professor of Preaching, Karoline Lewis


  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




PRELUDE                           Just As I Am                          Arr. Joel Raney                                                                            


   - Moment for Mission, Miss Darby – Principal of Dawn Treader Christian School 



INTROIT                       When Peace Like a River               VILLE DU HAVRE

                                                                             Michael O’Reilly, Solosit


  • Call TO WORSHIP                                                                                                            

It’s a great day to be here. Welcome in the name of the Lord.

Rejoice, God is with us. We are glad to be here.

Today we listen for God’s call. Let God guide your life.

We are willing to open our lives to God’s service.

God leads us into worship to strengthen our spirits.

God leads us into service that will offer peace and hope to others.  


  • OPENING HYMN 511 Amid the Thronging Worshipers             BOVINA          
  • salutation


Prayer OF CONFESSION             

Patient Lord, we know that you call us to service, but we often feel inadequate. We love to make excuses for not doing something or for doing something only half-heartedly. Remind us again of your loving and guiding presence. Forgive us when we miss opportunities and hesitate to serve. Turn us again to you, serving joyfully and confidently…                       

(continue with silent prayers of confession) 

     WORDS OF FORGIVENESS              


The Peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you!

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



(The children are invited to Sunday school at this time.)


                                                    GOD’S WORD OF GUIDANCE


ANTHEM                 Jesus, Friend of Sinners            Words and Music by:

                                                                            Matthew West & Mark Hall

                                                                            Arr. Russell Mauldin

                                                                            Ken Tanis, Bass

                                                                           Glenn O’Connell, Guitar                                         


  • GOSPEL READING  Mark 9:38-50 (p.45) 

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!


Message         Getting in the way of God’s Grace       Pastor Eric Nichols

 HYMN OF REFLECTION 121       Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult           GALILEE   


                                   RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD


OFFERTORY SENTENCES AND Offertory       Jesus Paid It All      Arr. Stephen Nielson 

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


COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Seeing God’s Goodness in Others 


      Litany: selected stanzas from “Our World Belongs to God” 

      Together, every hue and variety of humanity – we are called to represent God,

      for the Lord God made us all. Life is God’s gift to us, and we are called to foster

      the well-being of all the living.

      When humans deface God’s image, the whole world suffers:

     we abuse the creation or idolize it; we are estranged from our Creator,

     from our neighbor, from our true selves, and from all that God has made.

      And so we rejoice in the goodness of God, renounce the works of darkness,

      and dedicate ourselves to holy living.

      As covenant partners, set free for joyful obedience, we offer our hearts and lives to do God’s work in the world. With tempered impatience, eager to see injustice ended, we expect the Day of the Lord.

      We are confident that the light which shines in the present darkness will fill the earth when Christ appears.

      Come, Lord Jesus. Our world belongs to you.


Prayers OF THE PEOPLE                           …ending with “The Prayer of Peace”

      (Choir Singing)

        Lord, make me an instrument of peace

        Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

        Where there is injury, pardon;

        Where there is doubt, faith;

        Where there is despair, hope;

        Where there is darkness, light;

        Where there is sadness, joy.


        O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

        To be understood, as to understand;

        To be loved, as to love.

        For it is in giving that we receive;

        It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

        It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.           

  • POSTLUDE                        


Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Heather O’Connell, liturgist; Michael O’Reilly, Soloist; Ken Tanis, Bass; Glenn O’Connell, Guitar;

Mary Pinto Krugel, Accompanist; Chancel Choir and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries. 

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470   973-694-5481 

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