THE LORD’S DAY

An Order for the Lord’s Supper

Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2017

 

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

Organist                                                                                        Mr. Robert Sloat

 

The Preparation

Organ Prelude

Call to Worship

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 19                                                                           Llanfair

“Praise the Lord, His Glories Show”

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

 

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                                                                                        Acts 2: 42-47

Epistle Lesson                                                                              1st Peter 2: 19-25

Gospel Lesson                                                                                   John 10: 1-10

Sermon                                                                                                Dr. Hedman

“I am the Gate”

Ascription of Glory

The Fellowship of the Table

*Pilgrim Hymnal No. 114                                                                             Truro

“Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”

*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.  But chiefly are we bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the very Pascal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and hath taken away the sin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and by his rising to life again hath won for us everlasting life. 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. 375                                                                    Lancashire

“Lead On, O King Eternal”

*Benediction

*Postlude

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

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.