Worship Service

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020)

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Service for the Worship of God


Toccata Terza (Primo Libro, 1615)
—Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643)
Played on the Erben organ


Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Matney Family

Sisters and brothers, let us gather in spirit to feast on the dreams of God.
Let us take our place at the table Jesus has prepared for us.
Let us break bread together and share the cup of salvation.
Let us open our hearts to serve those in need.
Let us devote ourselves to prayer and to the gospel.
Let us praise and serve the Lord continually.

Hymn 503
Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation


(1) Lord, we have come at your own invitation,
Chosen by you, to be counted your friends;
Yours is the strength that sustains dedication,
Ours a commitment we know never ends.

(2) Here, at your table, confirm our intention,
Give it your seal of forgiveness and grace;
Teach us to serve, without pride or pretension,
Lord, in your Kingdom, whatever our place.

(3) When, at your table, each time of returning,
Vows are renewed and our courage restored:
May we increasingly glory in learning
All that it means to accept you as Lord.

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Ann Herlin

Holy One, we confess to you and to one another that we have not always followed Christ’s example. He calls us to love one another with mutual affection but we seek our own welfare at the expense of our neighbors. Forgive us, and lead us again to the table you prepare for us—where rivals share both bread and blessings and discover there is enough for all. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether
—Harold Friedell (1905–1958)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by Percy Dearmer (1867–1936), based on Matthew 18:20
Full text may be found at #529 in Glory to God

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin

Acts 2:42–47

Time with Children
The Browne/Cahir Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“All Things in Common”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Declaration of Faith, 1977
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

We believe that at the Lord’s Supper the community of believers is renewed by the memory of Christ’s life and death, by his real presence in the power of the Spirit, and by the promise of his coming again. In turn we offer ourselves in thanksgiving to the risen Lord who has conquered death. So we celebrate his victory now and anticipate the joyous feast in his coming kingdom. United around one loaf and cup we receive strength and courage to continue our pilgrimage with God in the world.

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Dr. Robert R. Laha and Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Invitation to the Lord’s Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is truly right and our greatest joy …

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.

Words of Institution
Communion of the People

Hymn 515
I Come with Joy


(1) I come with joy, a child of God,
forgiven, loved, and free,
the life of Jesus to recall,
in love laid down for me,
in love laid down for me.

(2) I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread,
in Christ’s communion bread.

(3) As Christ breaks bread and bids us share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends,
and strangers now are friends.

(4) The Spirit of the risen Christ,
unseen, but ever near,
is in such friendship better known,
alive among us here,
alive among us here.

(5) Together met, together bound
by all that God has done,
we’ll go with joy, to give the world
the love that makes us one,
the love that makes us one.

Charge and Benediction

Choral Response

—Richard Proulx
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Improvisation on DOVE OF PEACE
Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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