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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: 234-Crown him with many crowns, 110-You servants of God
Hymn of Prayer: Psalm 23 settings: 78-79-80
Hymn of Invitation: 543-Blessed Assurance, 558-Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Communion Hymn: 426-The voice of Jesus calls his people
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). In addition to hymn settings, see p. 734
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Revelation 7:9-17
Gathered together, we attend,
joining in joying here again,
answering, pealing as the bells:
Salvation now belongs to God –
God ever sitting on the throne –
and unto the Lamb arisen!
Out of tribulation we come,
robes washed white in Jesus’ blood.
So we stand and so we worship:
8.8.8. and Alleluias Suggested tune: Herzliebster Jesu
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Speak, O Lord, that we may hear
and know your voice and come.
For all is in your constancy
that in full trust we may abide
in your delight, and follow
as you may lead us evermore.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory 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.