Lent 1 A
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.
64-We sing your mighty power, O God
179-Forty days and forty nights
180-Lord, who throughout these forty days
427-Loving Lord, as now we gather
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 32 is on p. 739
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Set in the Garden, then,
to savor and enjoy,
did Adam freely roam and eat,
except one tree reserved.
The fruit that knowledge gives,
where good and evil preen,
that savored fruit God did reserve
within the Garden’s realm.
In certainty that fruit
appeals; temptation comes
to take and eat and be as God,
knowing good and evil.
This breach provides the key
of human history,
this knowing that removes our kind
to search and labor on.
SM Suggested tune: Southwell
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted by the editor from the Tradition)
L: As we gather as a community of faith to experience anew the love and grace of Christ, and to feast at his table, let us call to mind our frailties, faults, and sins, and offer them to God, trusting in the grace of God alone for forgiveness and freedom.
L: O Christ, you came to set the captives free; Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord have mercy.
L: You have given yourself fully to live among us; Christ, have mercy.
P: Christ have mercy.
L: When rejected, persecuted, and killed upon a cross, you were raised by God; Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord have mercy.
L: May almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us toward the joy of life eternal.
Prayer of Approach (by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. As we enter into this journey of Lent together, O God, we look to you to be our guide, our confidence, and our hope. Enable us to find in a season of searching and listening the cause for our hope, and the confirmation of our baptism; this we pray through Christ our Lord. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (adapted by the editor)
Mighty and merciful God, giver of grace and goodness, we come as grateful children this day. We come confessing that we are not always grateful to you or as gracious to others we encounter in the twists and turns of our lives. We thank you that you have promised your forgiveness to us as we place our trust in you. Hear our prayers that we might be forgiven, renewed and restored to a fuller life—the life you have shown us in Jesus the Christ.
And hear our prayers for the people you have called to be your church throughout the world. May we together become what you would have us be in fulfillment of Christ’s mission. Help us to lead the way in justice and peace, to help the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison and other kinds of trouble. Help us to serve those who surround us as we would serve Jesus.
We pray, O Lord, for those who seek you or who seek to draw closer to you, that they may find you and be found by you. We pray for those near to us in their needs, as we have named them this day, and for those we name in our hearts, and for our own needs.
We praise you, O God, for you give us grace to glorify you with our whole lives, through the power and strength of Jesus the Christ.
A Litany (for use any time during Lent, adapted from several sources)
Let us remember Jesus: Who, though he was rich, for our sakes became poor and dwelt among us;
Who was content to be the child of a poor family;
Who lived the common life, earning his living with his own hands and declining no humble tasks;
Whom the common people heard gladly,
for he understood their ways.
Let us remember Jesus: Who was mighty in deed, healing the sick and afflicted, using for others the powers he would not invoke for himself;
Who was master and Lord to his disciples,
yet was among them as their Companion
and as one who served.
Let us remember Jesus: Who loved people, yet retired from them to pray, rose a great while before day, watched through the night, stayed in the wilderness, went up into a mountain, sought out a garden;
Who prayed for his tempted disciple,
and for the forgiveness of all who
rejected him, and for the perfecting of those
who received him;
Who observed good customs, but defied conventions that did not serve the purposes of God. Who hated sin because he knew the cost of pride and selfishness, of cruelty and impurity—the cost to humanity and to God.
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.
Let us remember Jesus: Who, when he was reviled, did not retaliate, and when he suffered did not threaten; who emptied himself and carried obedience to the point of death, even death on the cross.
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.
Let us pray for Christ to dwell within our hearts.
O Christ, our only Savior, so come to dwell in us that we may go forth with the light of your hope in our eyes, and with your faith and love in our hearts. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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.
you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;
by it you nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word
that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979, traditional language)
O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Confronting our conveniences,
the signs that would impress
and gain attention, glamorize
the ministry of life,
Lord, you confound our sighs of paltry gain
to keep in focus all the power
provided in the singularity of God
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation) – adapted from Alexander Campbell
The Holy One says: “Why spend money on that which does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to me, and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all. Listen now my people, and come to me; come to me and you will live.” Christ invites to this table all who confess him as Lord and seek to follow in his way. Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may. Come not because you are fulfilled, but because in your emptiness you stand in need of God’s mercy and assurance. Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a presence and to pray for a spirit. Come, then, sisters and brothers, as you are. Partake and share. It is spread for you and me that we might again know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invited us to join the people of God’s new age.
[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 and just.
L: It is always right to give God thanks and praise, and especially here at this Table, 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. Holy God, loving Creator, close to us as breath and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made. We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being to be our Savior. Bless this bread, and our lives as we receive it, that we may be the body of Christ, and be empowered to live faithfully in his name.
2. O God, as we praise you for Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, and for calling forth your church to continue his mission in the world, we pray that you would bless this fruit of the vine. Send down your Spirit to us in the drinking of this wine, that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the risen Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all for whom Christ died.
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 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.
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
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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