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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 

      PRELUDE

      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 
  • SALUTATION

 

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 

      OFFERTORY     

            Offering

  • 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 
  • BENEDICTION 
  • POSTLUDE                                                                     

 

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 

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