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  • Date: September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

Sunday School starts!

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 16, 2018    10:00 A.M.

 

    Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“And although the disciples in the Gospel of Mark weren’t bombarded with 5000 advertising images each day as we are, yet they still imagined that the secret to life was strength and power rather than vulnerability and love. And so when Jesus describes the greatest act of love- giving his life for them and the world-they can only object.” -David Lose

 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

THE GATHERING OF GOD’S CHILDREN

 

PRELUDE                        Prelude                                  J.N. Lemmens     

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

RINGING OF THE BELL 

INTROIT SOLO               When Peace Like a River                    VILLE DU HAVRE

                                                                             Soloist: Jessica Amato, Alto                                                                   

  • Call TO WORSHIP                                                                                                          

This day Jesus is calling us. Lord help us to hear your call.

Following Jesus is not easy. It will demand our dedication and energy.

But following Jesus is life-changing. Lord help us to be strong and faithful.

This day we celebrate God’s love. Let us rejoice in the call of Jesus Christ!

May the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in our worship.           

  • OPENING HYMN 252 Church of God, Elect and Glorious          ABBOT’S LEIGH
  • salutation 

 Prayer OF CONFESSION             

Lord, it is easy for us to say that we will follow you; and then a few moments later act as though our commitment to you does not mean anything to us. Jesus challenges us to take up our crosses, and when we don’t understand what that means, we sometimes shrug it off and turn away. Forgive us when we lack commitment and faith. Give us courage to be disciples and enable us to joyfully proclaim your healing mercies and your transformational love…   

(continue with silent prayers of confession) 

     WORDS OF FORGIVENESS         

  • PASSING THE PEACE 

The peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you!

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

 

BLESSING OF THE CHILDREN 

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

 

                                                    GOD’S WORD OF GUIDANCE

 

ANTHEM                   Make My Life an Alleluia                    Ruth Elaine Schram           

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION 

  • GOSPEL READING  Mark 8:27-38 (p.43-44) 

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!                                                                                                                                         

Message                 Who is Jesus? No really who is Jesus?           Pastor Eric Nichols 

HYMN OF REFLECTION 326            Take Up Your Cross             ERHALT UNS, HERR

           (Soloist vs. 1, the Chancel Choir vs. 2, and the congregation vs. 3-4) 

 

                                   RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

 

OFFERTORY SENTENCES AND Offertory        Lift Thine Eyes          F. Mendelssohn 

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

 

COMMUNITY CONCERNS: The New School Year 

      Introduction 

      Litany: selected phrases from “Our Song of Hope” 

      God’s Spirit speaks in the world according to God’s ultimate word in Christ.

      …in technology and business, in art and education,

     God has not been left without witness.

     The Spirit calls all believers in Jesus to respond in worship together,

      to accept all the gifts from the Spirit,

     to learn from each other’s traditions,

     to make unity visible on earth.

     

Prayers OF THE PEOPLE                                                                                        …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.
           

  • CLOSING HYMN 246                 God is Here                             NETTLETON  
  • BLESSING 
  • POSTLUDE                I Would Be True                    Peek, arr. by G. Smith 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader;
Reverend Mary L. Marcus, liturgist; Jessica Amato, Soloist; Anna Keiserman, 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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