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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:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: Any of the Resurrection hymns (215-234) are appropriate.
Hymn of Prayer: 260-Let It Breathe on Me
Hymn of Invitation: 535-Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom; 670-All Who Love and Serve Your City
Communion Hymn: 416-Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 562-Because He Lives (v.1)
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website. Also see great Hymn References from Oremus Hymnal: http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/yearc.html
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). Portions of Ps. 118 on p.758; Ps. 150 is on p. 768.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On John 20:19-31
Suddenly come, we see the Lord
whose hands and side are pierced for us.
His breath is come: the Spirit blows,
transforming every glance and hope.
Over again the coming Lord
appears and brings our eyes to see.
He opens all to our desire
and certifies our great surprise.
Now in faith’s night illumined space
we find unseeing all that binds.
We echo in this florid joy
the bright, blithe ecstasy: delight.
LM Suggested tune: Truro
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Your Spirit blows upon us, O God,
and filters hearts with peace
Unsearchable, as we discover now,
encounter us in depth and awe
that, full of joy, we know of joy
our Lord and God.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Lord God our Father,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ
you have assured your children of eternal life
and in baptism have made us one with him:
deliver us from the death of sin
and raise us to new life in your love,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; 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. 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 at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, 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.