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
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
Hymn of Praise: 125-Come, O long-expected Jesus
Hymn of Invitation: 538-Hope of the world
Communion Hymn: 390-Lord of our highest love
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 711-O day of peace that dimly shines
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
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: See note below concerning the Call to Worship
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 15:4-13
Now steadfastness, encouragement
are known as heritage
that in these latter days we show
truth in God’s given word.
So harmony is ours in Christ,
exhibited in love.
Lord, in our answer echoing
shines true your graciousness.
Well do we glorify our God
when steadfast in full joy
we rise in common voice to sing
the God our Lord reveals.
Our welcome rings about this place
as one another twines
to form our unity in peace
and live as promise posed.
CM Suggested tune: Bristol
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (by the editor)
Christ the Prince of Peace is coming. Are we ready to make way for him within our lives? To make peace with all who are separated from us? To work for peace in God’s created world? May this time of worship open us to the possibilities that Godly peace can bring, not only to our hearts, but to the earth.
Note: #126 uses the Isaiah text very well to lift up the image of peace, and may be used as a call to worship, or in lieu of the Psalm, which is not found in the Chalice Hymnal.
Prayer of Approach (by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God whose purpose is to make peace abide among all your creatures, make of us a new people, ready to make peace among all, that your peace may reign within us, within our relationships, within our land, and around your world; this we pray in the name of the Christ who brings peace (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (by the editor)
O God of all, God of shalom, we come before you with hearts seeking to know and understand the words of the prophets, the words of the angels, the words of peace that rise around us in this holy season. We pray that you will open us to the meaning of peace, that you will teach us the way of peace, that we will indeed understand your will for justice for all of your world. Help us to be faithful to the call that you have put on our hearts to live as people of hope.
This joyous season puts many demands on our lives. We pray that you would slow us down, open our hearts, and our eyes, that we may see the beauty of the season, feel the joy of hope and peace alive within us and live our days in celebration.
For so many this season is, however, a season of sadness and pain. So many are struggling with illness, some with routine colds and flu, while others are touched with illness that threatens their lives. We pray that you will touch us all with your healing balm and that you will look with favor and blessing upon them. May we all understand the gift of life that you have given us.
Give us grace and hope to live our days as your people, for it is Jesus’ coming that we celebrate and it is through his name that we lift our prayers, for he is indeed our Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Collect of the Day (by the editor)
In all our restless activity, and all our attempts to predict, control, and secure our lives, we thirst for water; our spirits yearn for you, O God. Without your aid, our best efforts fall short of bringing the life for which we long. We do not know how to create just and loving relationships and societies; we need your help. Come to us in Christ, and show us the way to true life. Empower us by your Spirit that we may take part in your labor to bring new life on earth. Come quickly, Lord Jesus, bright Morning Star of the world, and shine on us with your light.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Preparing the way, O God,
you send John the Baptist,
full of austerity of life. Send now your own
to call all to repentance
and to challenge the proud
and to announce the greater yet to come:
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
As we hear the call for God’s peace to abide in our hearts and in our world, we are summoned to take stock of our priorities. As the invitation to feast at Christ’s banquet of peace is issued, we must ask of ourselves the questions of how we may best submit ourselves to a life of reconciliation. The work of the Church continues to be one of peacemaking, and we participate in it most fully when we offer up those things we hold most dear; for it is in holding tightly to what we claim as our own that we muster ourselves for battle, but in letting go and trusting in God alone we are made able to make for peace.
[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” Here also, if not already done, the Peace may be shared.]
An Advent Preface (to the Words of Institution)
L: Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!
P: Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
P: Come, Lord Jesus!
L: Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is coming.
P: Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!
L: As God’s people of faith, we celebrate the gift of Christ to us, and look forward to his coming again in glory, as 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. We give thanks to you, O God of peace, for the gifts of bread and wine before us. As this bread is broken, we offer up our brokenness of our lives and of our fractured relationships, asking that you make us one with each other and with all your children, that in our unity we may work for a just peace in this world as you have designed it.
2. You, O God, have offered yourself to make peace with us through the life of your Son Jesus Christ and even in his death upon the cross. Send your Spirit, we pray, upon this bread and wine, that as we receive them from your hands, we may extend our own toward others in signs of peace and reconciliation in his name.
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…’”]
Prayer After Communion
We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of Christ and have received his gifts. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and let us show forth your praise in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.
Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.
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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