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.
725-God of the Ages
265-Spirit of God
480-I love to tell the story
420-I come with joy
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 45 is not available in the hymnal.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 7:15-25a
Conflicted in the throes of will,
as jumbled issue shred
desires for good in ill results
against all effort shown:
thus, in the discontent of days,
the turbulent of heart
begins, continues, overwhelms
the one desire of hope.
Torn hither, thither in a flush
by all that does not fit,
the failure of contented rush
leaves life to cry for more.
This body known in midst of death
bids fresh deliv’rance rise.
All thanks to God in Jesus Christ,
the victory of hope!
CM Suggested tune: St. Magnus
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: We hear the voice of one who calls to us to come and find rest.
P: We come burdened with much, but will heed the voice of Jesus.
L: We have much to learn from him, and he will give us all that we need.
P: May we be made ready to receive the yoke of Christ, and empowered to live in it.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, you pour out the spirit of grace and supplication on all who desire it. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Let us turn to the risen Lord, who gives us the Spirit to make all things new, saying: renew us in your love.
O Word of life, one God with the Father and the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.
O eternal Light, who through the working of the Holy Spirit received from the Virgin our human nature: Allrenew us in your love.
O crucified Redeemer, by the eternal Spirit you offered yourself to the Father for us: Allrenew us in your love.
You breathed on the apostles the Spirit of your love, that sinners might come to know the mercy of God: Allrenew us in your love.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father, from whom we receive the gifts of the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit you wash away our sins in the waters of baptism and open our hearts to the guiding hand of the Father: Allrenew us in your love.
or for National Holiday:
Almighty God, in your eyes a nation is neither favored nor foreign. You are the sole creator and sovereign judge of us all. We pray that our nation would not dare approach you as if you were our patron and protector. Yet we boldly approach you as our God and Savior, seeking the assurance of your presence and the guidance of your Spirit. Teach us to love our land in a way that will help others love theirs. Lead us in the knowledge that love of country can coexist with love for the world.
We pray for your world and its peoples. Especially we lift to you those who are in need, those who are suffering, those whose lives are subject to the whims of others. Those people are not just in far away places, but are ever so near.
We pray for the sick and the dying, for those whose lives are filled with thope at the promise of healing and wholeness, and for those who feel cut off from all promise. With gratitude, we trust your promises,. And we hold before you those whose lives are closely linked with our own, and our own needs…
Take our prayers for greatness, O God, and turn them into prayers for goodness. Take our prayers for success and turn them into prayers of service. So that we in all things might glorify you our sovereign God, even as we honor you in Christ, in whose name we pray.
Prayers from Common Worship*
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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.
O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments
by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your
Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole
heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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)
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
In exuberance of life, O God,
you sent Jesus, our Way.
Seen a glutton, a wine bibber,
you show wisdom justified in him.
To the living One, full of joy, we come,
knowing the ease of the yoke,
the feather of his burden.
Service of Table
When Jesus sat at table with tax collectors and sinners, he proclaimed God’s care knows no bounds. We proclaim again the comfort and challenge of that witness: All of you are invited now to share God’s table and be nourished by the Bread of Life.
[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”]
O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.
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: You are the exalted One:
P: Holy are you, O God!
L: You are to be forever praised:
P: Holy are you, O God!
L: You alone are to be worshiped and glorified:
P: Holy are you, O God!
L: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
P: Hosanna in the highest heaven!
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. You, O Lord, have brought us to this table as a people ready to receive from your hand all that we could ever need or ask for. As we break this bread, open our hearts to receive the Bread of Heaven, that we may never hunger again.
2. Pour out your spirit, O God, upon this bread and upon this cup. May we who receive the Cup of Salvation never know thirst, but rather be refreshed to bear your gifts to the world in all its needs, so that Christ may ever be made presence in our lives.
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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