Proper 23 C
21st 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):
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Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 5-O for a thousand tongues to sing or 717-Let all things now living
Hymn of Invitation: 200-What wondrous love is this or 670-All who love and serve your city
Communion Hymn: 424-I’m gonna eat at the welcome table
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: No good advice.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (by the editor)
As Disciples of Christ, we are a part of a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. Christ who makes us whole calls us to serve the neighbor in need out of a heart of gratitude. May we be attentive to God’s spirit in this gathering of praise and celebration.
Call to Worship (adapted by the editor from Psalm 66)
L: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.
P: Sing the glory of God’s name; give to him glorious praise.
L: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”
P: “All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.”
L: Bless our God, O peoples.
P: let the sound of God’s praise be heard.
Prayer of Approach (Book of Common Prayer)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (adapted by the editor from BCP, form III)
Father, we pray for your holy Church;
That we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
That your Name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all ministers of the Church, locally, regionally, and ecumenically, its pastors, elders, deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.
Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
(Silence, then may follow the collect of the day and a concluding collect, such as this)
Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)
Collect of the Day (by the editor)
Loving God, with grateful hearts, we return to you this day all praise and thanksgiving for your generous gifts of cleansing and healing. May we find new ways of expressing the joy of life in your company as we journey with others who need our encouragement and leadership. This we pray through Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and
follow us, that we may continually be given to good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Our faces, Lord our God, attend
immediate desires, those wills
at hand for us.
Become for us, in us occasion of delight
that we discover gratitude
for all you ply within our wont;
in Jesus Christ, our Hope.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Christ has proclaimed us whole, clean, restored, forgiven! Let the joy of this gathering at his Table resound with praise. May we offer up our very selves in response to the gracious gifts of God.
[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: Surely, this is the house of God.
P: Surely, this is the gate of heaven.
L: With all the company of heaven and earth we declare God’s praise
and join in the unending hymn of angels:
P: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
L: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
P: Hosanna in the highest!
L: Gathered with all God’s people of faith, we remember that night on which our Lord was to be offered up for us…(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. It is adapted from the Eucharistic Prayer A of Rite II, Book of Common Prayer)
1. We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O God, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, we offer you these gifts. Bless this bread that it might be for us the Body of Christ, strengthening us to live out the faith which he has created within us, to the glory of your holy name.
2. Sanctify this wine by your Holy Spirit, O God, to be for your people the Blood of your Son, the holy drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity 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, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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.
God our Father,
whose Son, the light unfailing,
has come from heaven to deliver the world
from the darkness of ignorance:
let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding
that we may know the way of life,
and walk in it without stumbling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God, our light and our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty
may be changed into the likeness of 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
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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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