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

PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 16, 2018   10:00 A.M.

 

Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!

 

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

‘What if Christmas, ‘he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.

What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

-Dr, Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation

 

PREPARING OUR HEARTS

 

      PRELUDE                   M-A Charpentier                             arr. Michael Ryan 

      INTROIT                  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel            VENI EMMANUEL

                                                                                    Thomas Helmore, 1854                                                                                              Soloist: Dan King

      WORDS OF WELCOME

 

      THE LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

            In this season of Advent, we celebrate God's love.

     Soon we will welcome the beautiful and radical love of God

     as Jesus Christ comes to live among us.

            We embrace our identity as beloved children

            and let this truth guide our decisions and relationships.

            In our homes and in our church we offer warm hospitality

          by welcoming those we don't know, those who are in need,

          and those who are different from us.

            We demonstrate our care for creation in real and tangible ways

            through the products we buy, the food we eat, and the way we live every day.

            Together, we are a sign of God's love for the world. 

(The lighting of the third candle.)           

  • PROCESSIONAL CAROL 76 O Come, All Ye Faithful          ADESTE FIDELES 

                                                                         

                OPENING OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD

     

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT                 “WHAT THE SHEPHERDS SAW

 

      Scene 1   Who will be the door?

 

THE CANDLE OF THE SHEPHERDS

 

      Scene 2    God surprises the shepherds with angels who have a message

 

CAROL 82                 Angels We Have Heard on High                         GLORIA

                                                          (Verse 1)

 

THE CANDLE OF THE ANGELS

 

      Scene 3   The shepherds debate their response

 

CAROL 82                  Angels We Have Heard on High                       GLORIA

                                                     (Verses 2 & 3)  

                                                                    

      Scene 4    The shepherds serenade the Christ Child

                                                             Emmanuel Medley

                                         (sung by the children of the Sunday School)

 

THE CANDLE OF THE HOLY FAMILY

 

      Scene 5     The Holy Family and the star

 

CAROL 88                           O Little Town of Bethlehem                    ST. LOUIS

 

      Scene 6     Astronomers follow an unusual star

 

THE CANDLE OF THE KINGS 

  Away in the Manger   (The children of the Sunday School serenade the Christ Child.)

THE CANDLE OF THE CHRIST CHILD 

CAROL     Away in the Manger

      Congregation joins the children in praying verse 3:

Be near me, Lord Jesus: I ask you to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care;
prepare us for heaven, to live with you there.

 

      GRATITUDE FOR THE GRACE OF THE PAGEANT

     

     ANNOUNCEMENTS AND OFFERING

 

      Offertory                           Old Christmas Song                                     F. Liszt 

  • DOXOLOGY WINCHESTER OLD            Nahum Tate, 1700 

     

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE      ...concluding 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. 

  • HYMN People Look East                   MARTIN SHAW

                                                              (page 5)

  • BENEDICTION

 

  • PEACE

      The Peace of Christ be with you!

      And also with you!

           (Please share a sign of peace with one another.)

 

  • POSTLUDE In the Bleak Midwinter J. Cook

 

Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are:
PRC Sunday School Children, worship leaders; Pastors Eric Nichols and Mary L Marcus, Anna Keiserman, accompanist; and Dan King, Soloist, Director of Music Ministries
 

Preakness Reformed Church welcomes visitors and members to the warmth of our community!

Following the Worship Service, everyone is invited to the Parlor for fellowship and refreshments.   

 

Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ   07470 973-694-5481 

www.preaknessreformed.org CCLI#11100448

We wish to thank the following children/youth for helping to lead us in worship
this morning:

Sheep                                     Shepherds                             Narrators

John Biasini                           Andrew Finale                        Callen Hughes

Madison Canova                     Justin Finale                          Aidan McKay

Talia Canova                          Lyla Graf                              Megan Dalyai

Jerry Declet                           Brendan Hughes                    Matthew Bryant

Chase Grant                                                                      Eric Finale

                                                                                        Richard Corbo

Angels                                                                                    

Amelia Nichols                                                         

                               

Head Angel:  Madison Servideo

Joshua:  Benjamin Frank

Head Shepherd: Evan McKay

Mary:  Juliet Declet

Joseph:  Ryan Post

Magi:  Carter Graf, Maxwelll Graf, Peter Kudrik

Star: Gibson Nichols