Communion Worship Service

October 1, 2023

Prelude: Prelude in C by Léon Boëllmann  (1862-97) – Charles Calhoun, keyboardist



Wise Words from John Gaul

*Hymn: “A Dwelling Place for You

 *Opening of the Word

*Responsive Invocation: 

Oh, how I love your law!
It is my meditation all day long.
    Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is always with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your decrees are my meditation.
     I understand more than the aged,
    for I keep your precepts.

I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
     I do not turn away from your ordinances,
    for you have taught me.

How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
     Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.

*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: Luke 5:33-39, Isaiah 66:1-5, Apocalypse Explained #195 (Swedenborg)

Children’s Message

Choral Anthem: “Simple Gifts/Pachelbel’s Canon”, Traditional Shaker Tune and Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), Arranged by Donald Moore

Spiritual Message: New Wine in the New Wineskin  – Rev. Junchol Lee

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.

Silent Meditation

Prayer of the People/Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Ave Verum Corpus by W.A. Mozart (1756-91)


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: Here I am, Lord” 


*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: Finale from Water Music by G.F. Handel (1685-1759)