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Sunday Worship Service (Sanctuary 10am)

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  • Date: June 16, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:15am




June 16, 2019    10:00 A.M.


Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church! 

“The Spirit is the gift which enables the Church to fulfill God’s agenda. You and I are the place of the promise of the Kingdom now. Yet ultimately the Kingdom is God’s reign, God’s effort, God’s gift. We are not asked to usurp God, but to share in God’s purposes and by the Holy Spirit become the actions of God in the world.” – William Loader 

  • Congregation standing, as able

      Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation




PRELUDE                          Voluntary in F Major                                   G, Handel



INTROIT              We Will Extol You, God and King                   SCARECROW,

                                                                                           Greg Scheer


From the very whisper of creation, God poured forth love.

Praise be to God for the blessings of God’s love.

In the fullness of time, God sent Jesus as a revelation of God’s own self.

Praise be to Jesus for the many ways in which Jesus revealed God to us.

After Jesus ascended into heaven, God offered the Holy Spirit to heal and guide us.

Praise be to the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration!

For the Trinity of understanding, we sing praise!

Blessings, honor, power, and majesty be to our God forevermore! AMEN.


  • HYMN OF PRAISE 562 We Will Extol You, God and King    SCARECROW                                                           (verses 2-4)

The peace of Christ be with you!

And also with you! 

(Please share a sign of peace if you are able.)


      ANTHEM OF PRAISE    We All Are One in Mission       Dale Wood & Rusty Edwards 

      CHILDREN’S MESSAGE             

(The children remain in the sanctuary for worship.) 

      MEDICAL MISSION REPORT FROM GHANA            -Talbot Weston



     SCRIPTURE READING                                     I Chronicles 16:23-34 (p.376)

     This is the Word of the Lord.

     Thanks be to God!





      Offertory                               Adagio in C Major                   J.S. Bach

DOXOLOGY 965 Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow          OLD HUNDREDTH 

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost  

      PRC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS                                -Joan Vanderbush


Prayers of THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION     …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,
forever. Amen.

  • Closing HYMN 268   In Christ There Is No East or West              MCKEE                                                       
  • POSTLUDE Hymn Improvisation Hayes


Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are: Talbot Weston, speaker; Pastor Eric Nichols, liturgist, the Chancel Choir, Anna Keiserman, accompanist, and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries. 

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

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High School Graduates:

Emily Barch

Sean Bertrand

Jordyn LoPresti

Cole Monisera

Daniel O’Connell

Carolyn Smith

Juliana Struyk                                                                      

Katherine Wittlinger


College Graduates:

Rachel Beodecker (University of South Carolina)

Patrick McKeon (University of Delaware)

Dean Bertrand (University of California Santa Barbara)

Carly Struyk (Elon University)

Preakness Reformed Church 2019 Memorial Scholarship Awardees

3 high school graduates: 

Sean Bertrand is graduating from DePaul High School and will join his brothers in California; he will attend Santa Barbara City College.  At DePaul, Sean was captain of the basketball team and participated in Future Business Leaders of America and the Culinary Club.  He has served as a U.S. Open Tennis ball boy.    He received a Scholar Athlete Award, and the DePaul Spartan Award.  Sean states that PRC has instilled an array of faith filled principles that he keeps in his back pocket every day, and believes that we must work as the “hands of the person upstairs”.

Juliana Struyk is graduating from Eastern Christian High School and will attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  At Eastern Christian, Juliana was active in student government for 4 years, serving as Student Senate president, and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She participated in Anchored Christian Fellowship and other spiritual groups; she went to Guatemala on a school mission trip.  She was a piano competition winner and performed more than once at Carnegie Hall.  Juliana states that when she wakes up every day and looks into the mirror, she reminds herself that it is a new day with unknown opportunities to serve God.

Katherine Wittlinger is graduating from Wayne Hills High School and will attend Felician University in Rutherford.  At Wayne Hills, Kat played volleyball, was in the Lantern Club and on stage crews.  She was in both National Honor Society and the National Art Honors Society.  She was a brand representative at Abercrombie Kids.  Kat credits R.I.S.E. with helping her decision to pursue a nursing career; she says she felt like the best version of herself on the mission trip while she was helping people.  Kat tries to exemplify daily what true Christianity is to her: kindness, respect, tolerance, compassion and justice.

5 college students:

Jim Curtin completed his third year at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island; he is majoring in construction management.  He is a member of Engineers Without Borders and is interested in sustainable construction.  Jim says that while at college, he has learned a lot about who he is, and he truly believes that his faith and his PRC membership has shaped him into who he is, the decisions he makes and how he acts. 

Taylor Domico completed her first year at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, pursuing a major in animation.  She was a member of the cross country, winter and spring track teams, and was secretary of RIT’s Rescue Shelter Club.  Taylor believes that God continues to stand beside her, and the knowledge of God’s ever present mercy and compassion helps her try to be the very best version of herself.

Jessica Hinners completed her second year at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology.   She compares the community she lives in at college to the community she feels at PRC; the people who were kind and generous and engaging reminded her of the way she feels at PRC, during youth group, coffee hour and R.I.S.E., a warmth that comes from people who truly love and care about others. 

Craig Macagney completed his second year at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; he is majoring in electrical engineering with a focus in controls, robotics and autonomous vehicles.  He is a member of Engineering Without Borders on the Uganda team and is the Scholarship Chair for his fraternity, Theta Chi.  Craig quotes Proverbs 3: 27 which says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”  This past year he has tried to be an example of that by performing small acts of kindness in addition to his involvement in larger philanthropies on campus.

Reagan Nichols completed her third year at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in social work.  Through her sorority, Delta Sigma, she worked with Mercy Multiplied, a Christian residential facility for young women and through Pi Beta Sigma, a social work service club, Reagan volunteered in local community service organizations.  She believes her faith has been strengthened though SALT (Serving and Learning Together) courses that integrate service, learning and spiritual development into the educational curriculum. 

2 PRC members in graduate school:

Amanda Beodeker is attending Montclair State University in the graduate program of Education and Human Services, working towards a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.   She is currently teaching at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, NJ.  A professional goal of hers is to be a school counselor who will work to change the stigma of “going to guidance,” and to try to ensure no one falls through the cracks.  Amanda has served PRC in many ways: as an adult leader on RISE, as a Youth Leader, an Elder and Confirmation mentor.

Talbot Weston is attending Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ.  Talbot describes her first year of medical school as a challenge to her sanity and a reinforcement of her faith.  She has had “serious talks with God” which has reinforced her knowledge that God is with her and a support to her.  This morning we will hear from Talbot about her experiences in Ghana on a medical relief mission.