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 Third Congregational Church    

Established 1773  

 94 Miner Street, Middletown, CT 06457  

860-632-0733  

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 Third Congregational Church    

Established 1773  

 94 Miner Street, Middletown, CT 06457  

860-632-0733  

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What You Can Expect When Attending a Typical Sunday Service at Third Congregational Church

WORKING AND GROWING THROUGH GOD'S LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP

You will be greeted by either an Usher or a Deacon, who will provide you with a copy of the Order of Worship, assisting you in finding a seat, should you wish. Additionally, the youth accompanying you will be invited to participate in our Sunday school program or, take part in our staffed nursery, if desired.

In anticipation of the 10:00 service, you will have the opportunity to catch up with fellow parishioners or, to take some reflective time, enjoying the music provided by the organist.

WELCOMING AND BLESSING OF GUESTS

The service will begin with a good morning from the Minister, who will then ask if there are any guests.  Following the distribution of guest cards (these should be filled out and placed in the offering plate; we would like the opportunity to contact you at a later date), the congregation will join in the welcoming and blessing of our guests.

ANNOUNCEMENT (Church Activities & Events)

There will be a request for any announcements of upcoming church activities.

CHORAL AND RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP

Worship will begin with a Choral call to Worship, followed by a Responsive Call to Worship, lead by either the Minister or a Deacon.

HYMN OF PRAISE/PRAYER OF INVOCATION

The Hymn of Praise will proceed the Prayer of Invocation, which is recited in unison, ending with the Lord's Prayer and, the singing of the Gloria Patri. A Responsive Reading, lead by either the Minister or a Deacon, is found in the bulletin.

An opportunity to greet one another will follow the prayer of dedication and thankfulness, after the collection of the weekly offering.

HYMN OF DEVOTION/SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS

Following the Hymn of Devotion, a chance for members of the congregation to share joys and concerns is presented. The pastoral prayer will include an opportunity for silent prayer.

SCRIPTURE/SERMON

The Scripture reading will proceed Reflections from the minister.

COMMUNION

Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. All are invited to partake in this Sacrament. You need not be a member of the church. Communion is served by the Deacons, to the congregation, who remain in their seats. Small cubes of bread are served first and, are taken, following reflections from the Minister. This is followed by the distribution of the cup, which is juice served in communion cups and, is taken in like manner. Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in

The Hymn of Commitment will be followed by the Benediction.

All are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy donuts, coffee and fellowship, following the singing of the Congregational Response, which is found in the bulletin.


Ministers: All the People of the Church

END OF WORSHIP, BEGINNING OF SERVICE

What You Can Expect When Attending a Typical Sunday Service at Third Congregational Church

WORKING AND GROWING THROUGH GOD'S LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP

You will be greeted by either an Usher or a Deacon, who will provide you with a copy of the Order of Worship, assisting you in finding a seat, should you wish. Additionally, the youth accompanying you will be invited to participate in our Sunday school program or, take part in our staffed nursery, if desired.

In anticipation of the 10:00 service, you will have the opportunity to catch up with fellow parishioners or, to take some reflective time, enjoying the music provided by the organist.

WELCOMING AND BLESSING OF GUESTS

The service will begin with a good morning from the Minister, who will then ask if there are any guests.  Following the distribution of guest cards (these should be filled out and placed in the offering plate; we would like the opportunity to contact you at a later date), the congregation will join in the welcoming and blessing of our guests.

ANNOUNCEMENT (Church Activities & Events)

There will be a request for any announcements of upcoming church activities.

CHORAL AND RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP

Worship will begin with a Choral call to Worship, followed by a Responsive Call to Worship, lead by either the Minister or a Deacon.

HYMN OF PRAISE/PRAYER OF INVOCATION

The Hymn of Praise will proceed the Prayer of Invocation, which is recited in unison, ending with the Lord's Prayer and, the singing of the Gloria Patri. A Responsive Reading, lead by either the Minister or a Deacon, is found in the bulletin.

An opportunity to greet one another will follow the prayer of dedication and thankfulness, after the collection of the weekly offering.

HYMN OF DEVOTION/SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS

Following the Hymn of Devotion, a chance for members of the congregation to share joys and concerns is presented. The pastoral prayer will include an opportunity for silent prayer.

SCRIPTURE/SERMON

The Scripture reading will proceed Reflections from the minister.

COMMUNION

Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. All are invited to partake in this Sacrament. You need not be a member of the church. Communion is served by the Deacons, to the congregation, who remain in their seats. Small cubes of bread are served first and, are taken, following reflections from the Minister. This is followed by the distribution of the cup, which is juice served in communion cups and, is taken in like manner. Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in

The Hymn of Commitment will be followed by the Benediction.

All are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy donuts, coffee and fellowship, following the singing of the Congregational Response, which is found in the bulletin.


Ministers: All the People of the Church

END OF WORSHIP, BEGINNING OF SERVICE

Third Congregational Church - 94 Miner Street Middletown, CT 06457 - 860-632-0733 

Third Congregational Church - 94 Miner Street Middletown, CT 06457 - 860-632-0733 

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