2nd Sunday after Pentecost
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.
86-Great is thy faithfulness
73-There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
713-God of our Life
402-According to thy gracious word
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: Sorry, no help this week. See Words of Greeting
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Matthew 10:24-39
Into the trial by God’s holy stead
find we at the center of dread God’s delight.
In the way of Jesus we take our repose
where all is in his grace and we are as he.
Fear not the ways of the troubling world
as tribulation stirs and lashes and sneers.
For as the sparrow falling has God’s concern
so in this bold moment your value is sure.
Drawn in the way of the Lord of all life,
he who attends to all the gall and the spite,
follow in danger, in the darkness of woe,
all to be found worthy of Jesus, our Lord.
10.11.11.11 Suggested tune: Slane
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted from Psalm 86)
L: Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me. You are my God.
P: Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.
L: Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
P: All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, you are infinite, eternal and unchangeable, glorious in holiness, full of love and compassion, abundant in grace and truth. All your works praise you in all places of your dominion and your glory is revealed in Jesus Christ our savior, therefore we praise you, blessed and holy trinity, one god, for ever and ever. (And now we pray as our Savior Christ has taught us, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions for the Month of June (Bidding Prayers from Common Worship)
R may indicate silent prayer, or a simple response, such as “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us, let us pray to the Lord.
Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: R
Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: R
Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: R
May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: R
Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: R
Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God.
Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.
Prayers from Common Worship*
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.
we thank you for nourishing us
with these heavenly gifts:
may our communion strengthen us in faith,
build us up in hope,
and make us grow in love;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your
holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom
you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving‑kindness;
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)
Shaken to the instant mercies you provide, O God,
we find ourselves rattled in conflict
and accosted with short sightedness.
Draw us most freshly into the way of Jesus,
fearing naught that comes our way
as we discover ourselves abandoned
unto your ways and
unto the cross.
Service of Table for June
Preparation (Invitation for June)
Friends, God prepares a feast for you and for all people; a fest of good things, a feast of peace. Come and taste. Eat and be filled. Drink deep and never thirst again.
[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”]
Offertory Prayer for June
Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.
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.”]
Preface (to the Words of Institution)
L: It is always good to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, Creator of all. And so we join with every voice in heaven and on earth, of all times and places, glorifying your name and saying (singing):
P: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might! Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
(Alternately, a sung version of the “Holy,…” may have slightly altered wording; see “Day is dying in the west” – the refrain only – for example.)
L: And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. Renew our faith, O God, as we come to your Table of grace. Bless this bread, we pray, that as we break and share it, our hearts might be opened to life upon the solid foundation which is only in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2. Bless this cup, O Lord, that as we receive the wine of our salvation, poured out in the life of Jesus Christ, our souls might be empowered to live at peace with you and with one another. Receive our lives to be made new again, we pray 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…’”]
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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