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.
15-Rejoice, ye pure in heart
612-O Jesus, I have promised
622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
540-O Love that wilt not let me go
417-We place upon your table, Lord
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, but none available in the hymnal
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 8:26-39
In our weakness, Spirit helping,
we discover prayer come live.
Interceding deeply in us,
Spirit’s groans to God arise.
Searching all we cannot honor,
all that seethes unknowingly,
Spirit thrives and broods for our good
that we own as justified.
Brought unto God: who will deny
the god things wrought as joyful?
Honest, as the prize of Christ, we
stand as conquerors in peace.
22.214.171.124. Suggested tune: Servant Song
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: Our God has gathered us here, among the treasures of the Kingdom, to rejoice in faith.
P: Our hearts are open to the life-giving possibilities faith can bring.
L: Let none of us be afraid. The harvest of faith belongs to God the Giver.
P: Thanks be to God. Our confidence is in the One who made heaven and earth!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”) -from Book of Common Prayer
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.
Prayers from Common Worship*
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward 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 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 of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us
as we go forward on our journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
you made us all in your image:
may we discern you in all that we see,
and serve you in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom
nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon
us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so
pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal;
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 13:31-33, 44-52
Your kingdom, our God, lies beyond compare,
astounding as ever, and ever afresh.
The least in hiddenness
becomes the full measure by your gift.
A hidden treasure, a searching merchant
a straining net, the gathering of good:
such is your kingdom,
active in our midst for joy.
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)
With hope and confidence, we bless this bread and cup, life-giving and ever-loving God. Pour forth your Spirit upon us who have heard Christ’s call to gather at your table, and upon these gifts which you have provided for all who hunger and thirst. Let your reign on earth be as it is in heaven, as we who receive them live in faith with you through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Sovereign 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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