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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

      ADVENT PRAYER 

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…  

      Silence 

      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 

      COMMUNION 

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

 

  • BENEDICTION 
  • 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