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- Date: December 2, 2018
- Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 2, 2018 10:00 A.M.
Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!
“Why Advent? To help us see beyond our present. Why Advent? To give us a lens through which to see God at work when it seems only evil gets the spotlight. Why Advent? To assure us that God has secured a future for us that breaks into our present, and really, truly changes our here and now.”
-Professor Karoline Lewis
- Congregation standing, as able
Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation
THE GATHERING OF GOD’S CHILDREN
PRELUDE Advent Variations M.Hayes
INTROIT O Come, O Come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL
Thomas Helmore, 1854
- LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
Introduction and Sentences:
As the season of Advent begins we celebrate hope.
We know that through the birth of a tiny and helpless child, God is coming to save and redeem this world.
While we watch and wait for Jesus to arrive, we join in God’s mission by bringing grace and mercy to those who need it most.
We engage the poor and the poor in spirit, letting Christ’s light shine through us.
We speak words of comfort and love to a world in need of healing as we share our stories of God’s transforming Spirit.
Together, we are a sign of God’s hope for the world. -written by Rev. Kristine O’Brien
(The First Candle Is Lit)
OPENING HYMN 56 Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus STUTTGART
Lord God, forgive us for turning away from you and from one another. We pray that during this season of Advent, we will open our ears to hear, open our eyes to see, and open our hearts to love in order that we may come to know your ways and follow your paths. Help us grow in love for one another, and for all creation…
Dona Nobis Pacem 73
- PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
(Please share a sign of peace with one another.)
Advent Lessons with the Children
(Children are dismissed to Berdan Hall for Christmas Pageant rehearsal)
OPENING OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL READING Luke 21:25-38 (p.85-86)
MESSAGE “The Signs and Senses of the Season” Pastor Eric Nichols
PRAYER OF BLESSING
ANTHEM Advent Prayer William Sisson
GIVING OUR HEARTS TO GOD
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OFFERING
Offertory Minuet J.S. Bach
- DOXOLOGY WINCHESTER OLD Nahum Tate, 1700
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Invitation and Meaning of the Sacrament
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving 810
All baptized Christians; children and adults, are invited to share the sacrament of communion.
You will be served the bread and the cup at your seat. To indicate our unity in Christ, please wait until all have received the Bread and Cup. We will eat and drink together.
The Cup of Salvation is offered in red wine and amber juice. Wheat-free wafers are available in the paper cup.
PRAYERS AROUND THE TABLE
- HYMN 936 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing ASH GROVE
- POSTLUDE Come Lord Jesus P. Keveren
Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader; Ted Curtin, liturgist; the Chancel Choir, Anna Keiserman, accompanist; Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries.
Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ 07470
973-694-5481 www.preaknessreformed.org CCLI#111004