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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: January 6, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

 

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD                         

JANUARY 6, 2019   10:00 A.M.

 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“Following a star? Searching for something? On a journey without a clear destination?

Sounds like Epiphany.” -William H. Willimon

 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

OUR APPROACH TO GOD

 

PRELUDE            Prelude and Fugue in B- flat 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

Shepherds were led to see a child in a manger, the child who would be the hope for all those who were oppressed and hopeless.

Voices of the heavenly host brought the good news to those who least expected it!

Others were drawn to the child from distant lands, seeking to find a king who would change the world, who would bring good news.

Visitors came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, costly and precious gifts for the most precious Gift of God.

Let us come this day, bringing our burdens and our joys. Let us come before the child and King.

We also come to worship, worshiping the one who will change the world!

 

  • OPENING HYMN 104 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise SALZBURG

                                                                    

  • SALUTATION 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSON     

Lord, we confess that it was difficult to focus on you during the busy month of December. We may have missed opportunities to help those who are most in need of compassion and assistance in December. Help us focus on being active disciples in which we work to help others, ultimately serving you. Heal us and give us courage and joy in your service… 

                                       (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    

                                          (The children are invited to Sunday school)

                                                                          

THE LIGHT OF GOD’S WORD 

            GOSPEL READING                                      MATTHEW 2:1-12 (p.2)           

            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

            Praise to you, O Christ!

 

      MESSAGE                     “Holiday Travels”                 Pastor Eric Nichols

 

      PRAYER OF BLESSING

 

      ANTHEM   Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light          Johann Rist, J.S. Bach                                                                                              Quintet

 

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S LIGHT

     OFFERING

     Offertory                Fit for a King            Words and Music by: Joseph M. Martin

                                                                      Soloist: Lee Mamolen, Baritone 

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

 

     The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper 

            Invitation and Meaning of the Sacrament

            Communion Liturgy and Words of Institution

            The Lord be with you!

            And also with you!

            Lift up your hearts.

            We lift them up to the Lord.

            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            It is right for us to give thanks and praise.

           With joy we praise you, gracious God, for you have created heaven and earth,

made us in your image, and kept covenant with us--even when we fell into sin.

We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who came as the light of the world

to show us your way of truth in parables and miracles.

Therefore, we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation

to proclaim the glory of your name.

(Singing together)

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains.

Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.  Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.

 

We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ, before he suffered gave us this memorial of his sacrifice, until he comes again.  At the last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, (Breaking of bread)

and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

(Wine is poured) In the same way, Jesus took the cup after supper and said,          

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of me.”  For   whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.      Therefore, we proclaim our faith as signed and sealed in this sacrament.

(Singing together)

Shepherds why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song?

Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.  Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.

 

Lord, our God, send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and cup may be for us the body  and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May we and all your saints be united with Christ    and remain faithful in hope and love during this Season of Epiphany…

(Singing together)

Come to Bethlehem and see, him whose birth the angels sing;              

Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the new-born King.

Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.  Glo---ria in excelsis Deo.

Communion

All baptized Christians; children and adults, are invited to share the sacrament of communion.

Come forward by the center aisle, as guided by the ushers.  Receive the bread;
dip the bread in the cup offered by an elder.  After eating, return to your seat by the side aisle.  Wheat-free wafers are available in the paper cup.

Those who wish to participate in communion, but are unable to come forward,
are invited to inform an usher in order to be served in their seat.
 

 

  • CLOSING HYMN 109       Hail to the Lord’s Anointed     ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVOGELEIN 
  • BLESSING AND SENDING 
  • POSTLUDE Christmas Medley Hayes 

 

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

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470

973-694-5481   www.preaknessreformed.org   CCLI#1110044