THE LORD’S DAY

An Order for Worship

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020

 

Minister                                                                    The Reverend Bruce Hedman

Organist                                                                                                Brenda Pike

 

 

The Preparation

Organ Prelude

Call to Worship

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 204                                                           Darwall’s 148th

“Rejoice, the Lord is King”

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

Prayer of Confession (unison):

ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD, WE HAVE BROKEN THY HOLY LAW.  WE HAVE BEEN ANXIOUS AND TROUBLED ABOUT MANY THINGS, AND HAVE NEGLECTED THE THINGS THAT BELONG TO OUR PEACE.  WE HAVE NOT LOVED OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES, NOR DONE TO OTHERS AS WE WOULD THAT THEY SHOULD DO TO US.  CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN US, THROUGH THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.  AMEN.

Assurance of Pardon

Psalter Reading (responsive):       Psalm 72             Selection 85                p. 526

*Gloria Patri

 

The Fellowship of Prayer

Greetings and Announcements

Litany for One Great Hour of Sharing

Pastor:  From many lands, we gather as a people with diverse homelands,

backgrounds, and experiences, sharing who we are today.

PEOPLE:  OUT OF MANY, WE ARE ONE.

Pastor:  Of different ages and abilities, we gather as a people wearing different    clothing, filling different roles, speaking many languages, singing    different songs.

PEOPLE:  OUT OF MANY, WE ARE ONE.

Pastor:  With diverse hopes and dreams, we gather as a people of different           personality types and interest, with multiple ministries and callings.

PEOPLE:  OUT OF MANY, WE ARE ONE.

Pastor:  Each carrying within us many voices, we gather as a people holding        happiness alongside hurt, often in the same moment.  Inside every one of us, a crowd of ideas, feelings, and questions.

PEOPLE:  OUT OF MANY, WE ARE ONE.

Pastor:  Generous Creator, Source of all life, you have given us all we need.  Let

us know you, within and among us this hour.  Feed us from the bread of life that sustains us daily.  Heal our spirits with the balm of peace for all brokenness.  Shelter us in the sanctuary of your love.  Fill the inner well that so often runs dry in us, that we may be renewed by springs of hope for all the world.  Amen.

Organ Response

The Offertory

Offertory Sentences & The Collection

*Doxology and Prayer of Dedication

*Gospel Song No. 107                                                                              Fillmore

“The Beautiful Garden of Prayer ”

 

The Proclamation of the Word

Collect of the Day

First Lesson                                                                              1st Samuel 16: 1-13

Epistle Lesson                                                                             Ephesians 5: 8-14

Gospel Lesson                                                                                     John 9: 1-41

Sermon                                                                                                 Dr. Hedman

“Why Suffering?”

Ascription of Glory

*The Apostles’ Creed                      Selection 51                                          p. 511

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 93                                                                Cwm Rhondda

“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

*Benediction

*Organ Postlude

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

TODAY we are preparing to collect next week our contributions to THE ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING.  Seven denominations join with our own once a year to collect funds to combat world poverty.  Please be as generous as possible.  Our Litany this morning comes from the UCC’s suggested Worship Resources for the One Great Hour of  Sharing.

 

Remember to bring canned goods and nonperishable food stuffs for our POMFRET FOOD BANK collection.  Speak with John Carter for details.  When you are in the store, and they are offering a come-on BOGO, think about buying the special for our neighbors less fortunate than ourselves.

WEBSITE:  www.abingtonchurch.org

E-MAIL:    bruce.hedman@gmail.com

To speak with Dr. Hedman please phone (860) 377-6190.