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18th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 66
Discipleship or Offertory Hymn: 382
Communion Hymn: 409
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). See Chalice Hymnal p. 751
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2011, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Matthew 22:15-22
Look at the image of the Lord;
render to God the sign you see.
For in the moment of your hope
you see delight in God alone.
Full bounty is the work of love,
God’s love that flows about your heart.
So, come and linger in delight,
the glow that makes the image true.
Decline, at last, to parry hope,
to joust with words and trip on lies,
for in the moment of your grace
comes as the gift your offering.
Complete, O Lord, in this our time
the majesty of image known,
that as the likeness shines within
we may yet qualify, adore.
LM Suggested tune: Old Hundredth
Collect of the Day (by William Flewelling)
In faithfulness, O God, we come,
bearing your image and likeness.
As that which bears the image of Caesar
is due unto Caesar,
so is that which bears your image
due unto you.
Receive us in the beauty of holiness,
the offering of life and hope, soul and joy
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Call to Worship (Responsive) See also Psalter 751 Chalice Hymnal
Adapted from Psalm 99
L: The LORD reigns; let the people tremble!
P: The LORD sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
L: The LORD is great in Zion;
P: The LORD is exalted over the people.
L: Let us praise the LORD’s great and awesome name.
P: Holy is the LORD!
Eternal God, whose wrath we know we deserve, yet who grants us love and understanding; we come into your presence. Let us find favor in your sight, show us your ways, that we may know you. Show us your glory, O God. We hunger and thirst to see your face. Guide us in this time of worship through your Holy Spirit and the teachings of your Son, Jesus, the Christ.
In Matthew’s Gospel, the Pharisees challenge Jesus to teach about the paying of taxes. We all know that Jesus answered this tricky question by asking for the coin and whose image is on it. If we all took out a dollar, we would see the image of George Washington or the Queen, and we would think it a symbol of Canada or The United States. Funny; If we were able to ask George Washington or Queen if they believed they were made in the image of God, I think they would both answer “yes”. In Geometry class I learned that if A equals B, and B equals C; then A equals C. I guess that means if the image on the currency is in the image of God, perhaps we should render it to God. We will now receive the tithes and offerings to honor the one in whose image we all are made.
O God of all creation. Whether we are looking at nature, or a mirror, or a friend; we see your handiwork. We know we have been wonderfully made to live in your image. Help us to use these gifts we now offer before you to increase your reign. Bless these tithes and offerings, as well as all who bring them, to help others come to know your presence in them. Amen.
October is such a busy, busy time. World Communion Sunday, Children’s Sabbath, Ministerial Appreciation Month, World Food Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day in Canada, Disciples Heritage Sunday, Youth Week, and All Hallow’s Eve (also known as Halloween). Sometimes it seems impossible to get it all in. It is a little like our typical North American Family, where we can barely schedule one good family meal all around the same table. Thank God for THIS table. No, really, take a second right now and thank God. At this table we take a breath, pause, and remember who we are, and whose we are. We remember what God has done for us, what God is doing with us, and what God has promised us. Here we pause from the busy-ness. Here we thank God.
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Lord, we pray that your grace
may always precede and follow us,
and make us continually to be given to all good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.
FROM: Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.