Proper 22C: Oct. 6
20th Sunday after Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
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: 33-How great thou art
Hymn of Invitation: 461-Lord, whose love through humble service
Communion Hymn: 422-Let us talents and tongues employ
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 453-Called as partners in Christ’s service
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 37 has no ready settings that I can find.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (by the editor)
Today we gather with God’s people in every time and place – those we know and love and see, those whose ways and faces are strange or distant – to celebrate the unity of the Church and its mission as servants of the one Lord Jesus Christ, gathered at one Table. Let us be attentive to the stranger, as well as the friend, as we joyfully receive the hospitality of God.
Call to Worship (adapted by the editor from Psalm 37)
L: Trust in the LORD, and do good.
P: So we will live in the land, and enjoy security.
L: Take delight in the LORD.
P: God will give us the desires of our hearts.
L: Commit your way to the LORD.
P: We will trust in God, and he will act, making our lives shine like the light, and the justice of our cause like the noonday.
Prayer of Approach (by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God who gathers into one all who yearn to feast with you, and makes that celebration beam with a brightness that can overcome any gloom, reveal to us anew the calling you have placed upon your faithful people: to serve the world with the tender compassion and peaceful justice of Jesus the Christ, in whose name we gather expectantly, and in whose name we pray (even as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (by the editor)
As children of God, much loved and cherished by our Savior, let us offer our prayers for the Church and the world together, confident of God’s desire to hear and answer us.
God of mercy and of love, you have called us to live in communion with all of your created world. Give us a new appreciation for the diversity of creation, and for the people of our world whom you love with an everlasting love. Help us to serve the needs of all who are suffering, sick, lonely, and broken by the struggles of life with the compassion and joy of true servants of Christ.
Give us grace to work with passion for the unity of your Church throughout the world, and to take our place among its people without expectation of reward, beyond the smile of your approval. May our ministries be anchored in your love of justice and peace, and may all who serve be encouraged by the promise of Christ’s presence with us. Make of us a more obedient people, gladly giving what we have received from your faithful hand.
Hear our prayers, O Lord, for those whose lives are closely linked with our own: (names), whose needs we entrust to you along with our own needs. (silence)
Grant, O Lord, that we might grow in grace and in love for you as we commend ourselves to your care and guidance. Take us by the hand, O God, and by your Holy Spirit lead us to fulfill your calling in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray in confidence, “Our Father…”).
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to
hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire
or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy
to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus
Christ our Savior; 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)
In all the ways we pass along, O God,
we own a debt of thanks
while doing as we are to do.
Let faith stir in us by your gift
to lift us in your way,
to plant in chaos and achieve
the beauty you provide;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Across the world and throughout all time, the Church has never ceased to offer praise to God. Today, we take our place among the multitudes who worship, join in prayer for the world, and seek the gift of Communion in the Holy Spirit at the sacred Table of the Lord. At the invitation of Christ, we come ready to be served, and ready to serve.
[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 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 to give God thanks and praise.
L: It is always right to offer thanks and praise, as a people redeemed by the loving gift of Jesus Christ who has come among us as one who serves, and who through a life of self-giving has taught us the way to serve others. And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)
Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. Loving God, whose care for all you have made extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation, beyond place and pride, we give you thanks for the gift of this bread, which is the offering of your body for us and for the life of the world. Send your Spirit upon it, and upon us to open our eyes to the realities expressed within this act of eating and drinking together, and our ears to your voice, ever calling us to share the gifts which we have been given. [This we pray through Christ our Lord.]
2. Your lovingkindness is forever, O God, and your faithfulness to all generations. As we give thanks for the gift of this chalice, the new and everlasting covenant of Christ’s blood, we pray that your Spirit might be poured out in our lives, that we may know the fullness of your grace, and be refreshed to live in holiness and hospitality, even as Christ has welcomed us and welcomed all to your feast of joy.
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 God, forasmuch as 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 your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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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