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  • Date: January 27, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY                  

JANUARY 27, 2019   10:00 A.M.

 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“C.S. Lewis enjoyed pondering...what Jesus did at Cana (as in many of his miracles)

was really no more than a speeded-up version of what he does every year on a thousand hillsides as vines silently turn water from rainfall into wine. Millions of people enjoy that wine every year without a moment recognizing the divine origin of it all.”

Scott Hoezee

 

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

OUR APPROACH TO GOD

 

PRELUDE           Prelude and Fugue in D Major                           J.S. Bach

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

RINGING OF THE BELL

 

INTROIT               Arise, Your Light is Come  FESTAL SONG, William Walter, 1894     

 

  • GATHERING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD Psalm 36 and 1 Corinthians 12, selected verses

 

      This morning, we dwell with one another in the house of our bountiful God.

            God’s love is meteoric, God’s faithfulness astronomic, God’s purpose titanic!

          Yet in the largeness of the Lord, nothing gets lost;

          Not an atom, not a man or a woman or a mouse slips through the cracks.

 

      Welcome in the name of the Christ who does nothing by half measures.

          How exquisite your love, O God!

          How eager we are to run under your wings,

          to eat our fill at the banquet you spread

          as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.

          You are a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

 

      Let us open our hearts to the energy of the Holy Spirit!

            All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!

          Each of us is now a part of Christ’s resurrection body,

          refreshed and sustained at one fountain - his Spirit ---

          where we all come to drink.

 

  • OPENING HYMN 521 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing NETTLETON

                                                                    

  • SALUTATION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION           

       Loving God,

       as we look at our lives and as we look at our choices,

       we confess that sometimes we have opted for

       those things that rob us, and those around us, of generosity and joy.

 

       Whenever we have watered down our Christianity into dull routines and platitudes,

       without zest and laughter; embolden us.

       Whenever we have traded the new wine of the Gospel

       for the old beverage of religious laws, anxiety, and belittling ourselves or others;

       fill us and carbonate our spirits with your Spirit.

 

       O dearest Christ, Brother and Saviour,

       your love enfolds us long before we become aware of it.

Forgive us; transform our hearts with joy that no doubt, failure or fear can steal from us.

Rekindle the wealth of the abundant light and love within us

until we find ourselves warmly satisfied, content with your grace alone… 

                                     (silent prayers of confession)

 

WORDS OF FORGIVENESS AND GRACE

 

  • PASSING OF THE PEACE 

            The Peace of Christ be with you!

            And also with you! 

(Please share a sign of peace with one another.)

 

BLESSING OF THE CHILDREN

 

      1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (p.174)

      Ordination & Installation of Elder & Deacon

     

                                    (The children are invited to Sunday school)

                                                                          

THE LIGHT OF GOD’S WORD

 

      GOSPEL READING                                                   JOHN 2:1-12 (p.93)

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!      

      MESSAGE         “Tastes of Grace and Glory”               Reverend Mary L. Marcus

 

      ANTHEM          One Bread, One Body                                    John Foley      

                                                                                         Arr. Mark Hayes

                                         OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S LIGHT

 

      PRAYERS OF GRATITUDE AND GRACE

     

     OFFERING

            Offertory          Here I am to Worship                        T. Hughes                                                                      

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

 

  • OFFERTORY PRAYER

 

  • CLOSING HYMN 317  God, Who Created Hearts to Love  LASST UNS ERFREUEN

                                                          (verses 1-3,5)

 

  • BLESSING AND SENDING

 

  • POSTLUDE Spirit of God                                                          C. Atkinson

 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Reverend Mary L. Marcus, worship leader; Pastor Eric Nichols, liturgist; Anna Keiserman, accompanist; chancel choir and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470

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