Communion Worship Service

April 3, 2022

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



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: #333 – Vs. 1, 3, 4 – “God of Grace and God of Glory”

*Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

    I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.

    This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

    The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

*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 20:22-26; John 7:37-39

Children’s Message

Solo: “The Gift of Song” – words and music by Patti Ingalls, arranged by Hawley Ades

Spiritual Message: The Altar of God – 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.

Our help is in the name of the Lord:

Who hath made haven and earth. 

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Elevation by Gaspard Corrette (1671-1733)


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: #293  Vs. 1, 4, 5 – “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”


*Closing of the Word

*Sung Response: Nunc Dimittis 

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, According to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared  before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.  Amen.

Postlude: Grand-Choeur by Théodore Salomé (1834-96)