Holy Communion

Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. Communion is incorporated into our regular worship service. We renew our relationship with Jesus, remembering he died for us and we give thanks for the sacrifices he made for all of us.

At United Riverside Congregational Church, we believe, as do most mainstream Protestant churches, that the bread and “wine” (non-alcoholic grape juice) represent the body and blood of Jesus.  Unlike Roman Catholic churches, we do not believe that the bread and juice actually become Jesus’ flesh and blood.

Everyone is welcome to take part in Communion no matter their denomination.

Communion Collect
Communion begins with the reading of the Communion Collect by the Minister or Worship leader.
Minister or Worship Leader: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secretes are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

General Confession
The General Confession is read in unison by the Congregation.
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Sursum Corda And Sanctus
The Sursum Corda and Sanctus is read by the Minister or Worship leader and Congregation.
Minister or Worship Leader: Lift up your hearts.
Congregation: We lift them up unto the Lord.
Minister or Worship Leader: Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.
Congregation: It is meet and right so to do.
Minister or Worship Leader: It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God,  Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying:
Congregation: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.

Giving of the Bread
Minister or Worship Leader: The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; this do this in remembrance of me.
Ministering to you in his name, I give you this bread.

Giving of the Cup

Minister or Worship Leader: After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it in remberance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death til he come.
Ministering to you in his name, I give you this cup.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Congregation: We give thanks to you thee, almighty God, that thou hast refreshed us with this memorial of thy love, and hast granted to us the presence of thy Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord; and we beseech thee to strengthen our faith in thee and to increase our love toward one another; through him who is our redeemer. Amen.