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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
If there is any procession of the ministers, it should be done in silence. This service may be offered without any musical offerings. It should, in any case, end in silence.
Hymns: 195, 196 (vs. 1-3), 197, 198, 202, 203,
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
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 page 732
In addition to this Psalm, which should always be used on Good Friday, see also “The Wondrous Cross: a Litany” – Chalice Hymnal #209, or “Litany of the Passion” on #201 which may supplement the readings or stand in place of the Homily.
Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Eternal God of mercy, we gather in awesome wonder to behold your loving gift of Jesus Christ, who, coming to bring the world to wholeness, was broken by it. Yet by his death we live and know your unbreakable love. As we gather to remember Christ’s gift of fellowship at table, and to recall our frail failings of devotion, pierce our hearts with a conviction of our own betrayals, reassure us of your abiding presence and transform us by the Spirit of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray (even as he taught his disciples, saying, “Our Father…”)
Unison Prayer of Confession (created or adapted by the editor)
From Psalm 51
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities and cleanse us from our sins, for we acknowledge our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (adapted by the editor)
Lord Jesus Christ, holy and spotless Lamb of God, who has taken upon yourself our sins to bear them bodily on the cross, we bless your name for the burdens you have carried, for the tears you have wept, for the pains you have suffered, and for your eternal victory over darkness, sin, and death. With all the redeemed in heaven and on earth, we ascribe all power and wisdom, honor and glory and blessing to you, forever and ever.
Service of Table (It is most appropriate to offer this service without a celebration of Eucharist)
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; 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. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here, for each Sunday’s service.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.