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

The Preparation

Organ Prelude

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

 

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                                                                                   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

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, 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”

*Benediction

*Postlude

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

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 bahedman@earthlink.net

 

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:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.