Communion Worship Service

June 4, 2023

Prelude: “Prelude in C major” by J. S. Bach – Satoko Leisek, pianist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”

 *Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

    You have set your glory above the heavens.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

    what are humans that you are mindful of them,

    mortals that you care for them?

 Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

    O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

*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 

God of all, Your Name is Holy. Earth and Heaven are full of Your Glory. Alleluia, Amen.

Scripture Readings: Numbers 23:1-30; Luke 6:27-36; Arcana Coelestia #4112:2 (Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Choral Anthem: “The Servant Song” Words and Music by Richard Gillard, Arranged by Tom Fettke

Spiritual Message: What is an oracle? – 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: “Ave Verum Corpus” by W.A.Mozart


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: “Seek Ye First the Presence of God” 


*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: “Theme” by A. Corelli