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- Date: December 8, 2019
- Time: 10:00am – 11:15am
PREAKNESS REFORMED CHURCH
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY
SECOND DAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 8, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!
“This is the Gospel in a nutshell. Christ has welcomed us, all of us, and brought us
home to God and to each other.” –Professor Susan Eastman, Duke Divinity School
- Congregation standing, as able
Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation
THE GATHERING OF GOD’S CHILDREN
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
INTROIT Prepare the Way Jacques Berthier
Soloist: Jessica Amato
THE RINGING OF THE BELL
- LIFE BRINGING WORDS -adapted from Isaiah 11
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.
Then…the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
On that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples;
the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
- OPENING HYMN 56 Come, Thou-Long Expected Jesus STUTTGART
ADVENT PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Lord of mercy and peace, open our hearts to receive your words of hope. We have let fears invade the very center of our lives. It seems that this world and its people are more pleased to fight and destroy than they are to have peace and harmony.
Forgive us when we become part of that crowd, when we go along with a spirit of anger, resentment, indifference, and greed. Forgive us patient and merciful God, when we have failed to be your people. Give us courage and strength to change our lives, that your peace may become a reality in this world, right now, this day…
(silent prayers of confession)
WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND HOPE
ADVENT LESSONS ABOUT LIGHT WITH THE CHILDREN
(Children through 8th grade are dismissed to Berdan Hall for Christmas Pageant rehearsal.)
- PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Peace of Christ be with you!
And also with you!
(Please share a sign of peace with one another.)
OPENING OUR HEARTS TO GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL READING Matthew 3:1-12 (p.2)
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ!
ANTHEM Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming EST IN EIN ROS,
Arranged by Howard Helvey
EPISTLE READING Romans 15:4-13 (p. 163)
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
MESSAGE “The trees are bare but the roots are still there” Pastor Eric Nichols
PRAYER OF BLESSING
HYMN OF REFLECTION 70 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry PUER NOBIS
GIVING OUR HEARTS TO GOD
- 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, A-MEN.
PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION …followed by 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 67 Blessed Be the God of Israel FOREST GREEN
Assisting God’s people in worship this morning are Pastor Eric Nichols, worship leader; Matt Graf, liturgist; Gibson Nichols and Kate Lopresti, candle-lighter; the Chancel Choir, Matthew Hosmer, accompanist and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries.
Preakness Reformed Church – 131 Church Lane, Wayne NJ 07470 973-694-5481