Proper 20 C
18th 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: 284-Gather us in
Hymn of Prayer: 501 – There is a balm in Gilead
Hymn of Invitation: 713-God of our life
Communion Hymn: 406-Beneath the forms of outward rite
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: Regrettably, no advice here.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (created by the editor)
My friends, we are called to lives of prayerful awareness of ourselves, of our community, and of the world. As we gather to praise the living God, who hears and answers the outpouring of our prayers, may we be awakened to the voice of Christ who calls us to faithfulness in using God’s resources, and to resourcefulness in serving in the world through utter devotion to God alone.
Call to Worship (adapted by the editor from Psalm 79; alternately, #501 – There is a balm in Gilead – may be sung)
L: When we are brought low, and are tempted to lash out against others, let us turn to God.
P: We pray that God would forget our sins, and forgive our every wrong.
L: When we cry out for God’s justice to be poured out upon our enemies, let us turn to God.
P: May God be swift to come with us with compassion, and teach us the way of mercy.
All: Help us, deliver us, and forgive us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name.
Prayer of Approach (created by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Gather us, O God, into the household of grace, the fold of your love. We recognize your holy presence, and are turned to toward a new day by the rising of the light of Christ. Help us to face this day, and all of our days, with the hope and promise made full for us in the person of Jesus Christ, as we unite ourselves with him once more and receive his heavenly food; for these and all of our prayers we lift to you in his name (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 (created by the editor)
In times of grief and despair, as much as in the times of rejoicing and celebration, you are near us, O God. You hear our cries and wipe our tears with the tender mercy of a mother. When we are uncertain where to turn, help us to always look to you, that we may find grace to meet the moment and hope to move toward your new day.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Luke 16: 1-13
In stewardship of your delight, O God,
we savor favor in your sight.
In our exacting age, we curry favor
in our daily face
that we ever dare
the faithfulness to serve
in your delight forevermore.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Christ invites to this Table all who desire to draw close to God and to live at peace with God and their neighbors. Here, all of God’s promises are fulfilled; here, all hope is renewed.
[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 from the Roman Missal)
L: Let us come to the feast of peace and reconciliation.
P: Let us bless the Lord.
L: (holding the bread) Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
P: For through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you:
L: Fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
P: Blessed be God forever.
L: (holding the chalice) Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
P: For through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you:
L: Fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
P: Blessed be God forever.
L: (Here may follow the responses and prayers as below, before the Words of Institution, or continue): 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. Receive our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, O God, which we offer to you in union with Christ’s sacrifice for us. 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 as we receive your gifts in communion with all your saints, we may be nourished to walk in your strength toward the brightness of your day which has no dawning and no sunset.
2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this cup of our salvation. May this wine be for us the blood of Christ, that as people cleansed by his blood we may serve you with joy and renewed confidence by serving your thirsting world. May all of your children be united by your love, live in your truth, and show forth your grace in this day, and each new day which dawns upon our horizon.
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
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
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, we pray that your grace
may always precede and follow us,
and make us continually to be given to all good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of 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.
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