Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:
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.
582-Come down, O Love divine, 241-Holy Spirit, Truth divine, 517-Love divine, all loves excelling, 699-Rejoice, the Lord is King
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 66 is not included in the hymnal. See Call to Worship, below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Peter 3:13-22
Have no fear of trouble,
neither troubled be.
In the wells of Jesus
is the buoyant word.
Here, indeed delighting
in all earnest zeal,
come, imbibe in Jesus’
righteousness and weal.
In the passion shown us,
in the way of Christ,
in the fulsome bounty
of the Lord’s device:
here behold the wisdom,
all the care sublime
borne upon the threshold
of divine allure.
At the break of water
as baptism flows
comes appeal for ever
on the conscience’ throes.
For in all distress found
there is constancy
in all this beginning
on the way of love.
188.8.131.52.D Suggested tune: King’s Weston
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
Let us come before the Lord with minds open to His truth, with hearts receptive to His love, and with wills subject to His spirit.
Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 66)
L: Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of God’s praise be heard.
P: God has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
L: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me:
I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.
Truly God has listened and has given heed to the words of my prayer.
P: Blessed be God, who has not rejected our prayer or removed his steadfast love from us.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. We give thanks, O Lord, that Jesus’ resurrection has a meaning for us – that his life can become our life; that his victory can become our victory; that his triumph can become our triumph; and that his joy can become our joy. And so we lift our voices together in praise of you, our life-giving God, in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.
As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.
We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.
Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy;
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 Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.
Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good
things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such
love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above
all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we
can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
your counselor comes among us
distinguishing out taste of life,
establishing your flavor in our hearts.
Confirm in us, O God, your presence
by the coming of your Spirit
in the manifest, manifold love
Service of Table
We are invited by Christ to receive the fullness of faith at a feast prepared for all of God’s people. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities which this Table presents: of a world at one and in peace, of a people reconciled and loved, of lives made new and grounded in the hope of Christ’s resurrection.
[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”]
By your goodness, O God, we have received all things, and all that we have and all that we are we offer up to you. May these gifts, tokens of our gratitude, be made complete in our commitment to living transformed lives of service and love.
Preface to 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.”]
Prayers of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. O God, whose desire is that all of your children live together in peace, and that none should be hungry, we offer up our thanks to you for the gift of bread. As we break the bread together and share it with our neighbors, may we be nourished by the presence of your Spirit, so that we who claim the faith may be bold to share it in the days that are to come.
2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this (bread and) cup. Make it to be for us the (bread of life and) cup of salvation. Renew us in Christ’s love and in refresh us to serve the world in his spirit.
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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