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: 142-People, look east; or 138-Awake, awake, and greet the new morn
Hymn of Invitation: 135-Blessed be the God of Israel
Communion Hymn: 386-We come as guests invited
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 24 (alt. reading) may be found on p. 735; Hymn 135 or reading #137 (Benedictus) may be used as an alternate antiphonal reading
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Isaiah 7:10-16
A sign is offered to the king
but Ahaz is remiss to ask
until impatiently he’s told
the sign that he is slow to seek.
The woman seen across the way
is now with child though none can see.
Before the child begins to choose
the good from evil, peace will reign.
The woman, young and capable,
provides Immanuel for all
that in the opening of joy
we find delight in God’s employ.
Turn then attention to the Lord;
to God alone be all desire
that in the consummate delight
we stay our course, divinely right.
LM Suggested tune: Warrington
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (by the editor)
The time is fulfilled; the day is drawing near. The promised Savior comes with love which breaks the boundaries of sin, fear, and isolation. Can you hear the good news? Can you prepare a place for the Holy One to be born within your life? Listen. The promise of God’s love is being complete in your midst.
Call to Worship See the note on the Psalm of the Day, which may be used here.
Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of all love, our hearts await your coming. Make your way within us, we pray, as we offer to you our prayers and songs and promises. Draw us to your divine banquet, and feed us with your true food. We offer ourselves to you in hope and expectation through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (Advent Acclamations from Common Worship)
These should be preceded by some opening prayer, and concluded with the Lord’s Prayer. A time of silence to invite personal prayer concerns should be offered either before or at the conclusion of the acclamations.
Let us turn our eyes to the Lord of glory, saying: come, Lord Jesus.
Jesus, servant of God, you bring justice to the nations: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
You love your people with a faithful love: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
You were lifted up on the cross that you might draw all people to yourself: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
You bring hope and joy to those who walk in the valley and shadow of death: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
You have liberated us so that we might be free for ever: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
You, O Christ, are our justice, our peace and our redemption: Allcome, Lord Jesus.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be honour and glory, world without end.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Into our uncertainty, our too-customary concerns,
O God, enter with boldness
that we be open at last
to the surpassing surprise
and to the wonder of your glory
in the least likely of places.
For we hunger, O God, for the bliss
of your sublime Delight:
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)
Christ our Lord has shown the greatest love of all, in offering himself to us in the flesh, and providing us with a meal which celebrates his eternally abiding love with us. He invites you to meet him here, to receive his gifts, and to give of yourself. [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 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. Almighty God, creator of love and lover of all whom you have made, we offer to you this bread. Bless it now, even as you bless us with the will to receive it, and the power to share it with all who hunger for you.
2. O God of Love, you are ever closer than the air we breathe. Send now your Spirit into our midst to bless this cup which we offer in thanksgiving for Christ’s offering for us. May we who drink of it be enlivened with your love and readied to do your will made known to us in Jesus Christ.
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
You have given yourself for us, Lord. Now we give ourselves for others. Your presence in our midst will guide us. Your zeal and boldness for God’s will shall be our model for living. Your love and grace have filled us. As a people of love, we will serve you in truth and faithfulness. For you, O Lord, are our hope; and to you we are prepared to live!
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of the promised saviour:
fill us your servants with your grace,
that in all things we may embrace your holy will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
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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