Proper 19 C
17th 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: 288-O God of Vision or 66-Immortal, Invisible
Hymn of Invitation: 74 (vs. 1,2,4)-A Woman and a coin; or 546-Amazing grace
Communion Hymn: 385-An upper room did our Lord prepare
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
This week: Psalm 14
The fools of earth pretend there is no God.
Corrupt and careless, they can do no good.
God searches mortals for those few who seek
to know the wisdom of the Lord.
They all have twisted reason and have strayed;
there is no one who does good, no, not one.
These senseless ones devour the good like bread,
and do not call upon the Lord.
God stands with those who live in righteousness.
You who would use the poor have cause to fear.
The Lord from Zion shall restore their lot,
And Jacob will rejoice once more.
10.10.10.8 “Yogananda, Consolation, Eventide, Morecambe” (with alt. last line)
from the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, alt. 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)
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (by the editor)
Each year, during Lent, we hear Isaiah’s plaintive lament that “all we like sheep have gone astray, and have turned, each of us, to our own ways.” And it’s true: None of us find it easy to stay within the fold of God when there are so many glaring distractions calling us away to other things. But the conclusion of the 119th Psalm says “I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.” May we call to mind the ways we have wandered, meet the ever-searching Shepherd here, and celebrate with God who calls us back into the fold, as a people made for praise.
Call to Worship (by the editor)
L: We are the sheep of God, though often wandering carelessly we lose our way.
P: God, like a Shepherd, takes note of our wanderings – whether near or far away – and searches us out.
L: We are the treasures of God, though often misplaced when not carefully watched.
P: God, like a Careful Treasurer, does not give up the search, until the lost coin is found.
L: Nothing of our lives is ever lost to God.
P: We rejoice in praise of our all-seeing and ever-seeking God.
Prayer of Approach (by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. All praise to you, Almighty God, who knows of our every waking moment and dwells with us even as we dream. Awaken us this day to a fresh awareness of your presence, and of the love and care with which you tend to us and all your often-wandering children; so that we may learn to worship you with lives restored and hearts renewed in gratitude. This we pray through Christ our Lord (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)
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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)
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Rejoice, my friends, with God who calls us to this Table, for we have cause to celebrate: What was lost has been found! God, like a shepherd, has sought out the wandering one. And like a careful woman, God has searched and found the one coin out of ten which she had lost. And all of this has come at some risk and some cost. Yet God, who is rich in spirit, has seen fit to throw a lavish celebration, even over one lost one who is found – even for you and me. Let us rejoice with God and celebrate with even the angels over the persistent care of God for even the least and the lost.
[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: Gathering angels of God are raising up a song of joy:
P: What was lost has been found!
L: Let us also rejoice that God, out of an unsearchable and deep love for us and for the world, has laid aside all glory for the sake of finding and gathering us.
P: Let there be rejoicing in the household of God this day, as we celebrate the Mystery of our Faith.
L: Gathered in the upper room with those he loved until the end, we remember Jesus, who took bread and having given thanks to God broke it,…(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. Praise to you, O God, who searches and finds even us, and gathers us with your Church in every place and time to glorify you and to share your holy love. Pour out your Spirit upon us this day, that as we break the bread, it may be for us the body of Christ, and that we might be remade as his body in this world, fit and ready to proclaim your praise.
2. All glory to you, Giver of Life, for the joyful way in which you celebrate your victory among us! In calling together a people for your praise, you have made a doorway for all who wander through this world to know your saving grace, your joy, and your holy hospitality. May your Spirit descend with power upon us today as we receive this chalice of our salvation, the blood of Christ, which restores us in the fellowship of your people. Empower us to live faithfully as we drink of it anew.
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
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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.
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
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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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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