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  • Date: April 8, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 8, 2018    10:00 A.M. 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“Even though Jesus said the greater blessing is for those who can believe without seeing, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a believer anywhere who wouldn’t have traded places with Thomas, given the chance, and seen that face and heard that voice and touched those ruined hands.”   -Frederick Buechner 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

JOINING TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP AND PRAISE 

PRELUDE                             Voluntary                       D. Buxtehude                           

RINGING OF THE BELL 

INTROIT                         The First Day of My Life           Words by Tom Long

                                                                                  Music by Allen Pote

                                                                                  Solo: Jessica Amato

  • CALL TO WORSHIP 

The Lord is Risen!

Christ is risen indeed! 

Up from the place of shadow and ambiguity,

Up from the place of hopelessness and despair,

Jesus rose.

We rise. 

People of God: hear the resurrection call-

from shadow to sunrise

from chaos to clarity

Christ is raised

And we are raised in him!

Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed! 

  • OPENING HYMN 204 Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!         HYMN TO JOY 
  • 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 Risen Christ be with you!

And also with you!

(Please remain standing if you are able and share a sign of peace and joy in Christ.)

 

WELCOME AND PRAYER OF BLESSING

Most amazing God, you are astounding! At the end of all your surprises you send among us

the One who was crucified, dead and buried, and risen into glory.

He comes now as a living Lord, defying our locked doors, banishing our fears,

greeting us with peace, satisfying our curiosity and questions,

and overwhelming us with awe.

 

Confront us, body, mind, and soul, with this risen Christ;

Breathe within us and among us that we might be blessed with receiving Holy Spirit

and believing in his presence even when our eyes cannot see.

In the name of the Crucified and Risen One, Christ Jesus, we pray.

Amen!

 

RECEIVING THE GOOD NEWS 

      EASTER MESSAGE WITH THE CHILDREN

(The children are invited to Sunday school.)

 

SCRIPTURE READING                                           John 21:19-23 (pg. 116)     

SOLO                                      Hallelujah                   Music by Leonard Cohen

                                                                Soloist: Jessica Amato (Soprano)

                                                                                       Dan King – Guitar

 

SCRIPTURE READING                                       John 21:24-30 (pg. 116) 

SERMON                    Broken Hallelujahs                 Reverend Mary L. Marcus 

  • HYMN OF HOPE AND JOY 203 Now the Green Blade Rises NOEL NOUVELET 

 

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,
forever. Amen.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS and OFFERTORY SENTENCES 

Offertory                          Prelude                                       D. Buxtehude 

  • Doxology Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow LASST UNS ERFREUEN 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise God above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia! 

  • CLOSING HYMN 193 I Know that My Redeemer Lives DUKE STREET                                                                            
  • EASTER BLESSING 
  • POSTLUDE In the Garden                                              Austin Miles

                                                                                          arr. M. Hayes

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Rev. Mary L. Marcus, worship leader; Jordan Ullman, 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 

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