THE LORD’S DAY

An Order for the Lord’s Supper

Worldwide Communion Sunday

October 1, 2017

 

Minister                                                    The Reverend Bruce A. Hedman, Ph.D.

Organist                                                                                                Brenda Pike

The Preparation

Organ Prelude

Call to Worship

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 195                                                                    Coronation

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”

Prayer of Adoration and Lord’s Prayer (unison, using “debts”)

The Ten Commandments (unison)                            Sel. 55                        p. 513

The Great Commandment (unison)                           Sel. 56                        p. 513

Prayer of Confession (unison):

HEAVENLY FATHER, AS WE APPROACH THY PRESENCE AND BEHOLD THY GLORY, WE REPENT OF OUR TRANSGRESSIONS.  WE ARE UNWORTHY OF THE WONDERFUL COMMUNION TO WHICH THOU DOST ADMIT US IN THE TABLE OF THY SON.  YET NOW, MOST MERCIFUL FATHER, HAVE MERCY UPON US.  FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS CHRIST, FORGIVE US ALL OUR  SINS.  DELIVER US, BY THY HOLY SPIRIT, FROM ALL UNCLEANNESS IN SPIRIT AND IN FLESH, TO THE GLORY OF THY HOLY NAME.  AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon

The Offering

Greetings and Announcements

The Offertory

Offertory Sentences & the Collection

*Doxology and Prayer of Dedication

 

The Proclamation of the Word

Collect of the Day

First Lesson                                                                          Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32

Epistle Lesson                                                                           Philippians 2: 1-13

Gospel Lesson                                                                           Matthew 21: 23-32

Sermon                                                                                                Dr. Hedman

“By What Authority?”

Ascription of Glory

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fellowship of the Table

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 287                                                                         Langran

“Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face”

*Nicene Creed                             Selection 52                                            p.  512

Invitation

Words of Institution

Sursum Corda, Proper Preface, and Sanctus (responsive):

Pastor:  Lift up your hearts.

PEOPLE:  WE LIFT THEM UP UNTO THE LORD:

Pastor:  Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.

PEOPLE:  IT IS MEET AND RIGHT SO TO DO.

Pastor:     It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at

all times, and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and doth comfort us with the blessed hope of everlasting life; for to thy faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body doth lie in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens. Therefore, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying:

ALL:  HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF HOSTS,

HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF THY GLORY;

GLORY BE TO THEE, O LORD MOST HIGH.

Prayer of Consecration

Distribution of the Elements and Agnus Dei

Prayer of Thanksgiving (unison):

ALMIGHTY AND EVERLIVING GOD, WE MOST HEARTILY THANK THEE THAT IN THY GREAT LOVE THOU HAST FED US AT THY TABLE WITH THIS SPIRITUAL FOOD, AND HAST ASSURED US OF THY GOODNESS TOWARD US:  AND THAT WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE MYSTICAL BODY OF THY SON, THE BLESSED COMPANY OF ALL FAITHFUL PEOPLE, AND HEIRS OF THINE EVERLASTING KINGDOM.  AND WE BESEECH THEE, O HEAVENLY FATHER, SO TO ASSIST US WITH THY GRACE THAT WE MAY CONTINUE IN THIS HOLY FELLOWSHIP, AND LIVE HENCEFORTH TO THY GLORY; THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, WHO LIVETH AND REIGNETH, AND IS WORSHIPED AND GLORIFIED, WITH THEE, O FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 384                                                                     Diademata

“Soldiers of Christ, Arise”

*Benediction

*Postlude

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

Remember that NEXT SUNDAY October 8th we are taking up our NEIGHBORS IN NEED offering.  The theme this year is to provide clean water for all people.  Please be as generous as you can.

 

If you have any pastoral concerns, please phone Dr. Hedman anytime at (860) 377-6190.  You may also e-mail at bahedman@earthlink.net

 

The Wolf Den Grange is collecting CAMPBELL’S SOUP LABELS, which need to include the UPC strip, for our elementary school.  Also, they are collecting any label marked “Box Tops for Education.”  Please pass along any of these to John Carter.

 

Remember to bring non-perishable food items to support our local POMFRET FOOD BANK.  Ask John Carter for details.

 

Remember the DOMAIN NAME of our church’s website:

www.abingtonchurch.org

 

Copies of our ABINGTON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH history are available for $15 in the bookcase in our narthex.

 

Remember to save PULL-TABS off of cans in support of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Remember to save loose change for our REPAINTING FUND.  Our loose change is collected in a can in the narthex.

 

 

 

 

ALL WELCOME TO COMMUNION

 

Our Table is open to all Christians, and is not fenced by any denominational affiliation.  All baptized Christians who seek to live in love and charity with their neighbor and who hunger for the bread of life are cheerfully welcomed to share in our celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  As the plates and trays are passed, please hold the elements until all have been served, so that we may partake together.