THE LORD’S DAY
An Order for the Lord’s Supper
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple
February 2, 2020
Minister The Reverend Bruce A. Hedman
Organist Brenda Pike
Call to Worship
*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 6 Lyons
“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”
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):
ALMIGHTY AND MOST MERCIFUL FATHER, WE CONFESS THAT WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST THEE IN THOUGHT, WORD, AND DEED. WE HAVE NOT LOVED THEE WITH ALL OUR HEART AND SOUL, NOR HAVE WE LOVED OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES. LOOK MERCIFULLY UPON US WHO ARE ABOUT TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF THY SON, OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. GRANT THAT OUR WHOLE HOPE AND CONFIDENCE MAY BE IN HIS MERITS AND THY MERCY. PARDON OUR SINS, AND ACCEPT OUR IMPERFECT REPENTANCE. AS WE COME TO OUR LORD’S TABLE, CONFIRM OUR FAITH, ESTABLISH OUR HOPE, AND ENLARGE OUR LOVE: THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. 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 Malachi 3: 1-4
Epistle Lesson Hebrews 2: 14-18
Gospel Lesson Luke 2: 22-40
Sermon Rev. Hedman
“Simeon Knew Contentment”
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
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. Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, thou hast caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of thy glory in the face of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.. 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. 341 Rest
“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”
If you have any pastoral concerns, please phone Dr. Hedman anytime at (860) 377-6190. You may also e-mail at email@example.com
Our elementary school is still collecting any label marked “Box Tops for Education.” Please speak with John Carter.
Our CHURCH COOKBOOK is now available to download on your computer. Just follow the link on our church website www.abingtonchurch.org.
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.