3rd 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):
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.
81-Let the whole creation cry
257-There’s a spirit in the air
665-Where cross the crowded ways of life
398-Be known to us in breaking bread
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 13 – see excerpt in Words of Greeting
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Jeremiah 28:5-9
Upon the word of God attend,
the word that sears the heart in hope,
the word that pierces ill intent
and draws of hearts all earnest ways.
The easy path of nimble wish
finds voices echoing the hopes
that center in a comfort’s way
and not upon God’s earnest sway.
Intent upon our victory
we pause to claim a sure design
until the Amen of the Lord
awaits the earnest of the heart.
For in the throes of discontent
we pause, we wait, we linger more
before the urgency of God
that stamps the heart with purity.
LM Suggested tune: Old Hundredth
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: Lord, I trusted in your steadfast love;
P: My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
L: I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
P: My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God all powerful, true and incomparable, present in all things, yet limited by none, untouched by place, unaged by time, unhurried by the years, undeceived by words, not subject to birth, nor in need of protection; you are above all change, you are by nature immutable, living in light that none can approach, invisible, yet you make yourself known to me and you are found by all who seek you with their whole heart; you are the God of Israel and of all who hope in Christ. You are our God and we adore you. (And we are bold to pray as 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*
Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together
in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a
holy temple acceptable to you; 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)
In gentleness, generosity, graciousness, O Lord God,
discover us this hour.
For in our longing for you
we find our reward.
And in our desire for you
we are received in mercy
and conceived as merciful
all our days.
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. Loving and life-giving God, you have called us toward living faithfully by giving what we have received at your hand. Bless now this bread which we break, that as we receive it we may freely give ourselves as bread for the sake of all who hunger.
2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this wine which we bless, that as we receive it from your hand we may be ever ready to pour out our lives for the sake of others who thirst for you, in the spirit of 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…’”]
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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