Proper 18 C
16th 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: 67-O God, our help in ages past; or see Psalm 1, below
Hymn of Invitation: 608-I would be true
Communion Hymn: 391-These I lay down
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 433-Blest be the tie that binds; 108- Lift high the cross
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
This week: Psalm 139 is offered in part on p. 765.
Alt: Psalm 1, may be sung to the tune of “Holy Manna” (see Chalice Hymnal #231 for tune):
1. Blessed are they who love God’s teachings, and from sin restrain their feet,
Never standing with the wicked, nor rest in the scornful’s seat.
Blessed are they who make the statutes of the Lord their great delight,
In God’s law, divinely perfect, meditate both day and night.
2. They are like a tree well-planted by the flowing river’s sides
Ever green and ever fruitful: so shall all their works abide.
Like the ashes blown the wicked shall be swept from off the land;
With the just they shall not gather, nor shall in the judgment stand.
3. Well the Lord will guard the righteous, for their lives by God are known,
but the way of evil-doers shall by God be overthrown.
Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son,
Glory to the Holy Spirit, ever-living Three in One.
from the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, altered by David T. Chafin ©2013 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Watch site for posting at a later date.
Words of Preparation (from the Roman Mass, Penitential Rite, adapted)
(Note that this form is appropriate in any season, and may best be used for several weeks in a row as a time of preparation for the service, following the opening hymn in place of an invocation, as a response to the Word, or as otherwise desired.)
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
My brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
– Silent Confession –
L: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart: Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy.
P: Christ, have mercy.
L: You are seated at the right hand of God to intercede for us: Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord, have mercy. (again, silence may follow)
L: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
Call to Worship (adapted by the editor from Psalm 139)
L: The Lord our God has searched us and known us.
P: When we sit down and when we rise up, God discerns our thoughts from far away.
L: Where can we go from God’s spirit?
P: Where can we flee from God’s presence?
L: Wonderful are your works, O God!
P: In this we rejoice. In God is our trust.
Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that all may come to believe in Christ and receive true freedom as an everlasting inheritance. This we celebrate as we gather in your name this day, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. (and who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”) Amen.
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)
Let us pray:
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Exhaustingly, O God,
we find you drawing us so near
to be among your many
in the life beyond all fear.
We find you urging us
that we disciples be,
though costing everything
for such a taste of joy.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
It would be foolish to ever imply that living faithfully as a disciple of Christ is an easy task. It does not come naturally to lay aside all that we ever thought we wanted to follow a leader toward an unknown and unknowable future – one that can hold for it great rewards, yes, but also numerous perils. For all who hear the gospel call today and come to the Table of the Lord with heavy burdens, with broken hearts, with unfulfilled dreams or expectations, listen again to the promise of the Lord: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Let us entrust our futures, even to the end of our days, to the One who is most able to guide us through them, toward a rich inheritance of joy and fullness.
[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “as we prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]
Preface (to the Words of Institution) – Today, it would be appropriate to use the Psalm text as used in the Call to Worship, if not previously used in the service, or:
L: Christ has called us in faith to receive the gift of life.
P: But it comes at a cost – a cost we may not have counted.
L: Yet in his own life, Christ did weigh the cost of life for us, and counted it worthy of his own life.
P: Our inheritance comes as a gift from God alone. Our future is secure in God’s hands.
L: Let us now weigh the value of this free gift, and rejoice in this inheritance as 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. As we break the bread, O God, and receive the gift of life that is ours in Christ Jesus, help us to grow in gratitude and graciousness of spirit; so that by our living all your children might be fed. Send down the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, upon this bread. Let it be for us the body of Christ, that we who receive it might be nourished and strengthened for the journey with him through a future yet unknown, trusting in you alone for each new day, until the morning breaks with an unending light.
2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon us, O God, and upon the gift of this chalice, the blood of Christ given for us. Refresh your people as we prepare to enter into each new day with hope and faith in you. May your resurrection power be known among us, gathered in your love, that we may depart this day renewed in your Passion, rejoicing in your presence, and restored in your salvation, ready to serve at your calling through the days that lie ahead.
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
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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.
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in 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
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.
NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.