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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
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
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,
- CLOSING HYMN 246 God is Here NETTLETON
- 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