THE LORD’S DAY
An Order for the Lord’s Supper
Third Sunday in Lent
March 4, 2018
Minister The Reverend Bruce A. Hedman, Ph.D.
Organist Brenda Pike
Call to Worship
*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 114 Truro
“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”
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
Greetings and Announcements
Offertory Sentences & the Collection
*Doxology and Prayer of Dedication
The Proclamation of the Word
Collect of the Day
First Lesson Exodus 20: 1-17
Epistle Lesson 1st Corinthians 1: 18-25
Gospel Lesson John 2: 13-27
Sermon Dr. Hedman
“Cleansing the Temple”
Ascription of Glory
The Fellowship of the Table
*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 285 Martyrdom
“According to Thy Gracious Word”
*Nicene Creed Selection 52 p. 512
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, who dost bid thy faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Pascal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by thy Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which thou has prepared for those who love thee. 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. 366 Cwm Rhondda
“God of Grace and God of Glory”
NEXT WEEK is DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. Don’t forget to set you clocks AHEAD one hour.
NEXT WEEK we will begin receiving our offering for the ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING.
Remember to get NEWLETTER items to Heather soon, as she is preparing the EASTER edition.
If you have any pastoral concerns, please phone Dr. Hedman anytime at (860) 377-6190. You may also e-mail at email@example.com
John Carter 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.”
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:
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.
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.