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    Worship Ministry
The supper of our Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night he was betrayed, to
be observed in his churches until the end of the world as a perpetual remembrance of
him and to show forth the sacrifice of himself in his death. It was also instituted to confirm
the faith of believers in all the benefits in Christ's death, for their spiritual nourishment and
growth in him, for their further engagement in and commitment to all the duties they owe
him, and to be a bond and pledge of their fellowship with him and with one another
Service of Communion (Other)

The basic structure of the two parts of a Christian worship service:

  1. The Service of the Word
  2. The Service of Communion

The Service of Communion (The Eucharist)

The member of the clergy who leads Communion is called the ‘celebrant.’

The congregation and celebrant together:

O Lord Jesus Christ,
We confess that we have sinned against you
in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
We have had anxieties about the future,
even though we proclaim you as Lord.
We have failed to love our neighbors,
and we have disobeyed your commands.
Have mercy upon us, Lord Jesus,
Forgive us our sins
and cleanse us of all unrighteousness
That we may walk in your ways
and serve you in grace and love.
This we ask in your holy Name

The celebrant:

The Lord Jesus Christ is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness; therefore you are forgiven!
You are cleansed of all unrighteousness, and you are worthy to partake of this holy meal.

Sursum Corda
The celebrant, with congregational responses in italics:

The Lord be with you!
Congregation: “and also with you.”

Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: “We lift them up to the Lord”

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God!
Congregation: “It is right to give him our thanks and praise.”

The whole Communion service is essentially one big prayer. The celebrant begins with wording that is appropriate to the occasion
or the season, then continues:

It is a right, good, proper, and joyful thing, at all times, and in all places to give you thanks, Lord God. We join our voices with the angels
and archangels and all the company of heaven who forever sing this song:

The celebrant, the congregation, the choir, a reader, or a singer:

Holy, holy,
holy Lord
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full of your glory[5]
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest![6]

The celebrant:

In the beginning, O Lord, you created us for yourself. But even though we have fallen through our disobedience to sin and death,
you in your infinite mercy, grace, and love sent your only begotten Son our Savior Jesus Christ, to live among us as a man, born
of a virgin. He suffered every hardship and adversity, every trial, trouble, tribulation, and temptation that we face—except without sin.
Finally, He stretched out His arms upon the cross in perfect obedience to your will and offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of
the whole world.

On the night on which our Lord Jesus was given over to suffering and death through the betrayal of a friend, He took bread,
and after He had blessed it and given thanks to you for it, O Lord, He gave it to His disciples and said, “Take, eat, this is my Body,
which is given for you.” After the supper, he took the cup, and after He had blessed it and given thanks to you for it, O Lord, He said,
“Drink of this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant, which is shed for the remission of your sins and the sins of the whole

Therefore, as often as we eat this bread and drink of this cup, we eat the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We proclaim His death until He comes again. Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith:

The celebrant and the congregation together:

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ is coming again!

The celebrant:

Lord Holy Spirit, you are the giver of life in whom we live and move and have our being; consecrate this bread and wine to be, for us,
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ[12] and consecrate us, O Lord, to partake of this holy meal. All this we ask, Lord
Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the glory of His Father, Amen. Therefore we pray the prayer
our Lord taught us, saying:

Lord’s Prayer
The celebrant and the congregation together:

(The Lord’s Prayer)
The celebrant:

As Paul said to the Corinthians, I say to you: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Let us keep the feast!

May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you unto eternal life.

The Distribution
If the people come forward, the Communion servers might be tempted to pray long prayers with each parishioner as they take
Communion, but that only lengthens the service and bores the congregation. It’s best to keep it short and meaningful, and to
say the exact same thing to each person, so no one feels like someone else got special attention or that they were publicly
singled out. Remember, this is Communion, not the altar call.

The person giving out the bread could say to each person, “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven,” or other words to that effect.

The person distributing the Communion wine could say to each person, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation,” or other words to that

If one person is giving out both, they could say, “May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you unto eternal life,” or other
appropriate words.

The celebrant:

We thank you, Lord God, that you have fed us with these holy mysteries of the Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
By eating His Body, we become members of His Body,[14] and thus His agents in this world. Help us to be the distributors of your
blessings, the agents of your providence, the instruments of your grace, and the ambassadors of your love to all the people we
meet in our everyday lives. By drinking His Blood, we have taken on His life,[15] which was not finally pierced by the cross nor
smothered in the tomb, but lasts for evermore. We thank you for this, the medicine of immortality; the antidote to death. All this
we pray in the most holy and precious name of Jesus Christ, because He is alive, and He reigns with you in the unity of the
Holy Spirit. You are one God, now and forever, Amen.

[1] 1 Corinthians 11:27-29
[2] 1 John 1:9
[3] Ruth 2:4, KJV; 1 Samuel 17:37
[4] Lamentations 3:41
[5] Isaiah 6:3
[6] Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, John 12:13
[7] Hebrews 4:15
[8] 1 John 2:2
[9] 1 Corinthians 11:26-25, 1 John 2:2
[10] John 6:53-59
[11] John 6:53-59
[12] Acts 17:28, John 6:53-59
[13] 1 Corinthians 5:7-8a
[14] John 6:56
[15] Genesis 9:4, John 6:53

Bible quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV® ©1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society, used by permission
of Zondervan Bible Publishers. All rights reserved.

The Book of Common Prayer (1979) of the Episcopal Church of the USA is in the public domain.
                         The Reality of Pentecost The Generous Saviour, giver of good gifts: A reflection for Pentecost

A Pentecostal Communion Service.

A Prayer

Lord Jesus we joyfully come to you our Saviour knowing that you alone have paid the price for sin, we thank you for the finished work
of atonement. We thank you for your love and grace that is shown to us.

Lord Jesus we rejoice in the fact that you have given us the Holy spirit to transform our lives, we pray that through coming to this your
table that you would enable us to grow in grace. We pray that we might abide in you so that we might produce the fruit of the
Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus we thank you that you have baptized us with your Holy Spirit, we pray that as we come to this table that we might know a
fresh infilling of your Holy Spirit so that we may be able to serve you. Impart to us the gifts that we need to serve you with so that we
might serve you in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus you are the one who brings healing to his people and we pray that we would receive your healing touch today, you see
all that need healing in any way today and we pray that you would come by the power of your Holy Spirit and bring that healing to
your people today

Lord Jesus help us to live in the knowledge that you are coming again to transform and to renew creation so that we and all your
creation might demonstrate your glory. Lord as we contemplate your coming again move us with compassion for this lost and
broken world and empower us afresh to do the works that you have prepared for us to do.

We ask all these things in and through your own precious name Amen.

Words of Invitation:

I invite you to come to this table in the name of the risen and exalted Lord Jesus. He loves you with an everlasting love and intercedes
for you at the Father’s right hand. Come expecting to meet the risen Lord today, come with an attitude of openness towards him. As
you come remember what he has done for you, look up to him and receive the blessings that he has promised you in his word. Look
forward to the day when he will come again in glory, the day when this meal will be replaced with the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Come to this table and affirm your love to your Saviour and Lord and commit yourself to serving him for the rest of your days.

Communion, also called "The Lord's Supper," is a ritual meal of bread and wine in which the bread represents
the body of Jesus Christ, which Christians believe was broken on the cross for them, and the wine represents
the blood of Christ, which was shed for the forgiveness of sin. Most Pentecostals, in keeping with their Methodist-Holiness heritage,
nonalcoholic wine or grape juice during communion. Pentecostals believe that communion is symbolic
and is to be used primarily to remind believers of the sacrifice Christ made for them. The frequency of communion
is left to the discretion of individual churches
Traditional Pentecostal worship has been described as a "gestalt made up of prayer, singing, sermon, the operation of the gifts
of the Spirit, altar intercession, offering, announcements, testimonies, musical specials, Scripture reading, and occasionally
the Lord's supper".

Prayer plays an important role in Pentecostal worship.
Collective oral prayer, whether glossolalic or in the vernacular or a mix of both, is common.
While praying, individuals may lay hands on a person in need of prayer, or they may raise their hands in response to biblical
commands (1 Timothy 2:8). The raising of hands is a Pentecostal worship practices that have been widely adopted by the
larger Christian world.

Pentecostal musical and liturgical practice have also played an influential role in shaping contemporary worship trends.

Several spontaneous practices have become characteristic of Pentecostal worship.
Being "slain in the Spirit" or "falling under the power" is a form of prostration in which a person falls backwards, as if fainting,
while being prayed over

It is at times accompanied by glossolalic prayer; at other times, the person is silent. It is believed by us to be caused by
"an overwhelming experience of the presence of God", and we sometimes receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit in this posture.

Spontaneous practice is "dancing in the Spirit".
This is when a person leaves their seat "spontaneously 'dancing' with eyes closed without bumping into nearby persons or objects".
It is explained as the worshipper becoming "so enraptured with God's presence that the Spirit takes control of physical motions
as well as the spiritual and emotional being".

We derive biblical precedent for dancing in worship from 2 Samuel 6, where David danced before the Lord.
A similar occurrence is often called "running the aisles". The "Jericho march" (inspired by Book of Joshua 6:1–27)
is a celebratory practice occurring at times of high enthusiasm. Members of a congregation began to spontaneously
leave their seats and walk in the aisles inviting other members as they go. Eventually, a full column is formed around
the perimeter of the meeting space as worshipers march with singing and loud shouts of praise and jubilation.

These spontaneous expressions are primarily found in revival meetings or special prayer meetings, being rare or non-existent
in the main services.
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Visit our Virtual Chapel for prayers and meditation

Our link to our virtual chapel is on our Malawian Methodist site,
members of
Eric Michel Ministries International Assembly
of Churches,
you can request prayers from our Prayer Warriors
on the worship page .
Use it often, when ready click here