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.
237-On Pentecost they gathered
241-Holy Spirit, truth divine
254-Breathe on me, Breath of God
236-Wind who makes all winds that blow
392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether
404-A hymn of joy we sing
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 104 – see p. 754 (vs. 1-13)
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Numbers 11:24-30
Come, gather near. The Lord has bid us come
that in the presence all divine we stand.
Come, draw together as the Lord’s intent
is to provide the Spirit in delight.
Come, gather near, you chosen of the Lord,
that in the midst of all God’s Spirit brood.
As Spirit moves on those appointed, life
ignites with insights offered deeply here.
For in the gift of Spirit eyes behold
and hearts are stirred to lively passion’s quest.
Come in the Spirit. Prophesy in love,
for such is God’s illumining design.
Unbounded grace escapes our settled ways,
escapes to leap in dearer love today;
where Spirit weaves God’s instant pleasure now
we find the open word announcing grace.
For all is won by this incarnate joy
that all the wonder of our God be shown.
10.10.10.10.10.10. Suggested tune: Finlandia
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (from the United Church of Christ)
L: The Spirit descends like a dove, bringing peace to unite the world in a just and caring community.
P: The Spirit comes like a breath, bringing life to renew the people of God.
L: The Spirit spreads like fire, bringing energy for witnessing to the love of God.
P: Spirit of the living God, come to us and transform our lives by your power.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, who gives life and power to your church through the gift of your Spirit: Inspire us to bear witness to our living Lord. Quicken us to a recognition of your presence. Create in us grateful hearts. Challenge our minds with your wisdom. Encourage us with a heightened vision and hope. This we pray in the name of your Son Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “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*
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
who fulfilled the promises of Easter
by sending us your Holy Spirit
and opening to every race and nation
the way of life eternal:
open our lips by your Spirit,
that every tongue may tell of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life
to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy
Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the
preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the
earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful
people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all
things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On John 20:19-23
Appearing to us in our fright, O God,
Jesus astounds us,
breathes Holy Spirit into us,
grants us peace.
As we are freed in his risen presence,
grant us to free all in the buoyant
and gracious peace
of Jesus, our Risen Lord.
Service of Table
Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.
[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”]
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts and pray that we may safeguard them for your children. Help us to use the gifts of work and service to your glory and grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundance, to the honor and glory of your name.
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) – adapted from collect in Common Worship
L: O God, at Pentecost you taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit.
P: Send us your Spirit, too, that we may see the truth in all things, and always rejoice knowing he is near.
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. Come, Holy Spirit, upon your people, we pray, and upon this sacred Table, that this bread which we break may be for us the body of Christ, and that we who are his body may live in unity and at peace with you and all of your creation.
2. Come, Holy Spirit, upon this gift of wine, that as we receive it, we may know the fullness of salvation, and bear witness to the faith which is ours in Jesus 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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