Proper 21 C
19th 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: 715-Now thank we all our God
Hymn of Prayer: 249-Spirit
Hymn of Invitation: 322-O Word of God incarnate
Communion Hymn: 404-A hymn of joy we sing
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 91 is the basis of hymn #77 (On eagle’s wings). Psalm 146 is available on p. 766
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (created by the editor)
Christ bids us welcome – all of us, rich and poor, old and young, friends and strangers – welcome to the Gospel Feast! We come from many places, yet are all made of the same stuff. We live divergent lifestyles, yet the hungers we bring with us are common to all. God calls us together to affirm the presence of the living Christ in our midst – in all our hungers and questions and sorrows, as well as our joys. Come rejoicing, my friends, for we are invited to turn toward God and to celebrate the Gospel Feast as a redeemed and hopeful people.
Call to Worship (created by the editor)
The psalm as referenced in hymn #77 is quite appropriate, if not used elsewhere. Alternate:
L: God who comes to us in Word and Spirit, calls us to a table set for all who hunger.
P: We hunger for grace and forgiveness; we hunger for justice and peace.
L: God knows and meets our deepest hungers with bread which always satisfies.
P: Thanks be to God who blesses and feeds all human yearnings, and who does this through our feeble hands.
Prayer of Approach (created by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Your love and grace are all sufficient, O God, for all the world’s deep needs. Open our minds and hearts this day to receive with gratitude the gifts you have given – gratitude enough to be compelled to live as your witnesses, your instruments for grace and forgiveness, for justice and peace in our world. This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ (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)
Almighty God, your love transcends even the barriers of death and hell. Speak to our hearts the word of hope this day, that we may live as faithful servants of the One who has come to serve all, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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)
Against benign neglect, Lord God,
you offer Lazarus, so full of sores,
the very sort of presence easy to ignore.
Become in us the surety
compassion thrives to own
that in all honesty
we be your own in love
divine, excelling all.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
All who hunger for God have been welcomed by Christ at a table spread with the fruits of mercy and peace. Here we find the Bread that satisfies; here we drink to never thirst again. As we prepare to receive the gifts of God, let us open our hearts to hear God’s promise of life eternal, and then come with grateful hearts to the Gospel Feast.
[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: Let us come to Christ, the living Bread, who fills the hungry with good things.
P: We rejoice in God’s provisions, abundant and freely given!
L: Let us come to Christ, Fount of all mercy, who quenches our thirst for life eternal.
P: We celebrate God’s well-spring of grace and goodness, and come ready to drink to the fill!
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. O God our Provider, we hunger for the bread which satisfies. All other sources have failed us, but you are ever faithful. As we bless your name and break this bread, may it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be his body in the world, confident of your gracious provision for living faithfully and serving freely all of your children.
2. Send down your Holy Spirit, we pray, upon these gifts of bread and wine, mighty God. Be known in our midst as we receive from your hand, that as witnesses of your grace and mercy we might live graciously and mercifully as your children, in the spirit of Christ our Lord.
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
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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.
We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:
for here we receive you,
here the memory of your passion is renewed,
here our minds are filled with grace,
and here a pledge of future glory is given,
when we shall feast at that table where you reign
with all your saints for ever.
God, our judge and saviour,
teach us to be open to your truth
and to trust in your love,
that we may live each day
with confidence in the salvation which is given
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
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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