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: 130-My soul gives glory to my God (if not used elsewhere)
or 136-Christians all, your Lord is coming
Hymn of Invitation: 143-Joy to the world
Communion Hymn: 104-Of the Father’s love begotten
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 169-O thou joyful
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: Psalm 146 is on p. 766. The Magnificat is at #131 (or hymn #130)
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Matthew 11:2-11
The word of Jesus spreads
and John in prison hears.
Is this the one whom we await,
or do we search the more?
The word that Jesus speaks
lifts up the given deeds:
the blind who see, the lame who walk,
the poor who hear good news.
As no offense is found
and joy resounds about
we come in answer to the Lord
and find the blessing ours.
Yet John is truly said
to speak as prophets must,
to wield the vision God provides
and stir the careless heart.
SM Suggested tune: St. Michael
Call to Worship
If using Psalm 146 (p. 766) in the scripture lessons, The Magnificat (#131) is suggested as a call to worship.
Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. We come, O God, with adoration and praise, as well as thanksgiving, to you. Our anticipation grows as we come nearer to the day of great celebration of the birth of your Christ. Open our hearts that we may truly receive the gift of your Son, and know that the joy of life with you. This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (from Common Worship)
R=Lord, have mercy or Lord, hear our prayer.
Watchful at all times, let us pray for strength to stand with confidence before our Maker and Redeemer.
That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy, let us pray to the Lord: R
That God may establish among the nations his sceptre of righteousness, let us pray to the Lord: R
That we may seek Christ in the scriptures and recognize him in the breaking of the bread, let us pray to the Lord: R
That God may bind up the brokenhearted, restore the sick and raise up all who have fallen, let us pray to the Lord: R
That the light of God’s coming may dawn on all who live in darkness and the shadow of death, let us pray to the Lord: R
That, with all the saints in light, we may shine forth as lights for the world, let us pray to the Lord: R
Let us commend the world, which Christ will judge, to the mercy and protection of God.
Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
O Lord Jesu Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Grant us, O God, eyes to see,
hearts to behold the emergent signs
of your coming in Jesus.
We go forth to see, to find the prophet,
to know one who knows your glimpse
and shares the fire of your heart.
For we are longing for you in the Advent
of Jesus our coming Lord, our Delight.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Rejoice, children of God, for the Mighty One has done great things for you! We are called to gather at the Table of Christ with joy and thanksgiving, celebrating God’s manifold works. Our salvation is coming, indeed it has come in the Word Made Flesh at Bethlehem. Let us prepare to receive the fruits of God’s work as we gather at the Table. [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”]
An Offertory Thanksgiving
Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.
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. Amazing God, your powerful hand is still at work in our world, and your saving love is still made known among all those who yield their lives to you. As we break this bread with thanksgiving, may it be multiplied in our hands, that the world might be blessed and know no hunger. May we, like you, be empowered in this Eucharist to feed the hungry with good things.
2. Send down your Spirit, O God, upon these gifts we offer to you, along with our own lives, that as we lift the cup once more our spirits might be renewed in the joy of your salvation. Make us eager, O God, to share the good news of your coming in every facet of our lives, that all may be lifted up, and that none might want for the joy made known in Jesus 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…’”]
Prayer After Communion
As we thank you for gifts of bread and wine, O God we pray that you would empower us to accept the authority and mission you have given us in Jesus Christ. Help us to truly be your people, and keep us in your covenant with your blessing in Christ.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of your Spirit
that when your Christ comes again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who is alive and reigns now and for ever.
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with 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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