Communion Worship Service

January 1, 2023

Prelude: Cantique, Flor Peeters (1903-86) – Charles Calhoun, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: Lord, for the Years

 *Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place

in all generations.

    Before the mountains were brought forth,

    or ever you had formed the earth 

    and the world,

    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,

like grass that is renewed in the morning;

     in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;

    in the evening it fades and withers.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

    Let the favor of the Lord our God 

    be upon us,

    and prosper for us the work of our hands—

    O prosper the work of our hands!

*Invitation to Prayer:

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Amen.

O Lord, our heavenly Creator, whose great love holds a forgiveness for all who desire and seek it: we thank thee for thy gracious assurance that thou art always near and ready to forgive.  Pardon and deliver us from all our sins; confirm and strengthen us in all goodness and truth, and bring us into everlasting life; for thy mercy’s sake.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips:

And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.

*Praise ye the Lord!

The Lord’s name be  praised!

*The Sanctus 

Holy, holy, holy; Lord God of hosts: Heav’n and earth are full of thy glory.  Amen.

Scripture Readings: Exodus 34:1-7; John 3:1-10; True Christianity #571(Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Choral Anthem: “This Little Light of Mine”, Traditional Spiritual arr. Stephen DeCesare

Spiritual Message: Spiritual Renewal – Rev. Junchol Lee

Silent Meditation

Prayer of the People/Pastoral Prayer

Sacrament of Communion

Concluding Communion Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, by whose mercy we have been fed with heavenly gifts: Abide with us, O Lord, and fill us with your peace. Direct us in our way; uphold our going in our paths. Give us grace so to keep your commandments henceforth, that we may abide in your love forever. Amen.

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Kyrie from Messe pour les Convents, François Couperin (1668-1733)


Praise God the Source of life and birth

Praise God the Word who came to earth

Praise God the Spirit, holy flame

All glory, honor to God’s name.  Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn: Hymn of Promise


*Closing of the Word

*Sung Response: Aaronic Benediction 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you; the Lord be gracious to you, and give you peace, and give you peace. Amen.

Postlude: Sortie, Léon Boëllmann (1862-97)