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Sunday Worship Service (Berdan 10am)

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  • Date: October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am




October 21, 2018    10:00 A.M. 

    Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“Within our hearts are both humility and arrogance, respect for others and a desire to outshine them, a desire to serve and a craving to be served. The one you feed wins.”

-Professor of Worship and Preaching at Perkins School of Theology, Alyce M. McKenzie


  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




PRELUDE                       Sonata Op. 311, 2 mvt.                                  Mozart      




INTROIT               I Love You Lord                  Words and Music by:   Laurie Klein

                                                  Soloist, Kristine-DiMauro-Gonzalez, Soprano           

Call TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                                                  

We come before God as equal in God’s sight.

God knows us thoroughly and loves us completely.

None of us is perfect and without fault.

Yet God has called us God’s children and blessed us with many gifts and talents.

Come, let us worship and celebrate the mighty love and power of God.

Praise be to God who has blessed us in so many ways! AMEN!


  • OPENING HYMN 562   We Will Extol You, God and King              SCARECROW

(The soloist will sing verse one and the refrain, then the choir will sing verse 2 and the refrain. The congregation will rise and sing verses three and four including the refrain.) 

  • salutation 


Prayer OF CONFESSION             

Forgive us Lord. We can get caught up in selfish pursuits and we are easily trapped into attitudes of indifference or destructive behavior. You have not given this world to us that we should destroy it, but rather that we should cherish it and make sure that all receive its blessings. Forgive our greed, selfishness and envy. Help us to let go of the trivial desires of wealth, position, and power. Bring us into a ministry which proclaims your love and justice for all your people. These things we pray in the name of the Master Servant…                       

(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                       The Call to Follow                  Arr. Joseph M. Martin

                                                               Soloist: Michael O’Reilly, Baritone  


  • GOSPEL READING                                                   Mark 10:35-45 (p.47) 

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!                                                                                                                                         

Message                First is the Worst, Huh?             Pastor Eric Nichols 

HYMN OF REFLECTION 309               The Servant Song          THE SERVANT SONG


                                   RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD


OFFERTORY SENTENCES AND Offertory           Minuet                         J. Haydn 

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

COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Lifting Up Servants 


Litany: Phrases are taken from the Sermon “Drum Major Instinct” by Dr. Martin Luther   King, Jr. 

And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important - wonderful. If you want to be recognized - wonderful. If you want to be great - wonderful. But recognize that the one who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. 

I want you to be first in love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. 

You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant. 

Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right or left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. 

But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world. 

Prayers OF THE PEOPLE   …concluding with “Sweet are the Prayers of a Friend”     

                (Quintet Singing)

Sweet are the prayers of a friend.

How sweet are the prayers that are offered up by a friend,

By a friend who calls, calling up to heav'n,

Calling, "Lord, come down, come down and bless again."


Friends pray for healing; they pray revealing the heavy burdens of our souls.

They pray for courage, unfailing courage, asking God to make us whole.


Friends pray us through troubles, through all our struggles when life seems to fall apart.

They pray us through grieving, always believing, Our God can heal the broken heart.


How sweet are the prayers that are offered up by a friend,

By a friend who calls, calling up to heav'n,

Calling, "Lord, come down, come down and bless again."

Sweet are the prayers of a friend for a friend.                       

  • POSTLUDE                     Hymn Improvisation                              Hayes           

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Kelly Tanis, liturgist; Kristine-DiMauro-Gonzalez & Michael O’Reilly, Soloists; Anna Keiserman, Accompanist; Jessica Amato, Kristine DiMauro-Gonzalez, Dan King, Lee Mamolen & Michael O’Reilly, Quintet; Chancel Choir and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries. 

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