Proper 17 C
15th 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:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 15-Rejoice, you pure in heart
Hymn of Invitation: 453-Called as partners in Christ’s service, 665-Where cross the crowded ways of life
Communion Hymn: 429-You satisfy the hungry heart
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 433-Blest be the tie that binds
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 some fine 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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or http://lectionarypsalms.org/ This week: Sorry, no other suggestions.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 14:1, 7-14
The place of all desire
attracts the eager mood,
inspires the will to take its place
and savor honor’s due.
Arrangements form by rule,
the way of honor’s place.
For place is given as is due
and rearrangements pain.
Let honor be the choice
another makes; take place
with unassuming grace in mind
that invitation raise.
For exaltation shines
toward humbling’s grating guise
while humble instincts may provide
the rise in God’s own eyes.
SM Suggested tune: Martyrdom
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (created or adapted by the editor)
My sisters and brothers, we are called together for prayer, to receive and to respond to God’s word, and to praise our God together in the midst of a great feast. This is the time of God’s choosing; now is the acceptable hour. Let us join with joy and celebration in preparing ourselves to sit at the Table of our Lord!
Call to Worship (adapted by the editor from Psalm 81)
L: Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
P: Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.
L: Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.
P: “… I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
L: Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
P: I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Prayer of Approach (by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God, as a people who gather to celebrate your great love for us and for all the world, we pray that you would make us pure of heart and motive, that as we join in your feast of love, equity, and forgiveness, we would be renewed and remade in the image of Christ who has given all out of love for you and for your created world. Inspire us to nobler living, to grace, and to hospitality in every facet of our lives, we pray in his name (even as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions for September (adapted by the editor)
All or some of the petitions below may be used each week throughout the month as written. Note that the language is couched in two different ways: one for use as a “bidding prayer” (asking the people to pray to God for a certain intention, and then offering silence after each for that to happen), the other as a set of petitions which may be offered in sequence, each ending “we pray to you, O Lord,” with or without the congregation responding “Lord, hear our prayer.” If the response is not to be included in a printed order of service but is desired, a simple instruction at the beginning of the prayer (as noted below at the end of the invitation) will suffice. Otherwise, it may be listed in the order of service thus:
Intercessions (or Prayers of the People)
L: …we pray to you, O Lord.
P: Lord, hear our prayer.
God in Christ has called us to entrust our lives, our hopes, our futures entirely into God’s hands. Let us offer up our prayers for the ourselves, the needs of those we love, and care of the whole world to the Lord [responding to my words “we pray to you, O Lord,” with “Lord, hear our prayer.”]
For the holy church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R: Lord, hear our prayer or silence]
For all who believer in Christ and confess his name, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one in faith, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For those who do not yet believe in Christ, for those who have lost their faith, that the church might be a faithful witness, a loving light to them, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and cooperation may grow among nations and peoples, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For those in positions of public trust, especially our community, state and nation’s leaders, that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of all, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For all who live and work in this community, that all human labor be blessed, that we might rightly use the riches of creation, and that the world might be freed from poverty, war, famine and disaster, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick and all who suffer, for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger, (for those imperiled by military duty to protect and defend their people), [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For this congregation, that we may be freed and united to show forth [your/God’s] praise in all that we do [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For ourselves, for forgiveness of all our sins, and for the grace of [your/God’s] Spirit to grow in faith, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
For all who have asked for our prayers, for our families, our friends and neighbors, that they may live in joy, peace and health, [we pray to you, O Lord or let us pray to the Lord] [R or silence]
Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves and one another to [you/God] —Silence—
[This, or another Concluding collect should follow:]
Hear our prayers, God of grace, both spoken and unspoken; and help us to enact them, working for your peace and justice, mercy and love, in all we do today and tomorrow, through Jesus Christ our Lord. [who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”] Amen.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Luke 14:1, 7-14
O God, as we observe the way
you welcome us, we find in turn
we welcome those who will
yet welcome us in turn.
You welcome us who only come;
we are your guests always.
So in our freedom, let us choose
the lost that we be found.
Service of Table (by the editor, using common responses)
Christ has exemplified his own instruction to us as he sets forth the Feast of God: He invites the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind – all who might otherwise be overlooked in this world and left off of the guest list, but for the grace and love of God. It is out of such lavish and extravagant love that we hear the call of the gospel to prepare ourselves to act as people of grace in our world. So it is with some humility that we gather here, listening to the story, amazed at the care with which God makes a way for all of earth’s children to be a part of the Gospel Feast. Think on it again; prepare yourselves to be astonished; open your heart to grace; come, and receive the Good News.
[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]
Preface (to the Words of Institution)
L: The story is of old, and bears repeating in every generation:
P: God was in Christ reconciling the world to God’s own self.
L: And in the ultimate act of grace, God has spread a table among us.
P: We rejoice at the sound of Christ’s invitation to join the Feast.
L: And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)
Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
P: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.
P: It is right and just. [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. God of loving and gracious invitations, we praise you for the gift of life that is ours in Christ Jesus, and for the free offering of his life for us at this Table. Send down the power of your Spirit upon us, gathered here out of love for you, and upon this bread. May it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be his body in the world, strengthened to serve you by serving your children in the days that lie ahead.
2. You, O God, are the refreshment our souls long for. As we give thanks for this cup of our salvation, we ask that you pour out your Spirit upon it, and upon us and all of your children who long to live in the freedom of your love. May it be for us the blood of Christ, that as his people, cleansed by his blood, we may give of ourselves freely, offering your hospitality to all whom we encounter, in the name and spirit of Christ.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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 God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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
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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.
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