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.
278-Here, O Lord, your servants gather
337-Jesus calls us
566-Be still, my soul
85-Eternal Father, strong to save
400-When you do this, remember me
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 of the day is not offered in the hymnal.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Kings 19:9-18
There, at the cave, the question came:
What are you doing here?
That sheltered cave at Horeb’s crest –
there came God’s pressing word.
Alone, rejected, seeking God
at God’s commanding grace,
the defense comes, the bare of face
before the question’s stamp.
The wind exhausts; the earthquake heaves;
the fire comes blazing after:
in these the Lord is never found.
Thin silence reigns: God’s here.
At this bare cave, the question comes:
What are you doing here?
From here commission sends us forth –
to go, prepare the way.
CM Suggested tune: Nativity
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: The Spirit of God gave the universe birth.
P: The Spirit of God delivered the world.
L: Our God is the first; our God is the last.
P: No other god declares the word of creation.
L: Yet this same God invites us, saying, “Do not be afraid!”
P: Worship the One who banishes fear, who comforts the trembling and quickens the faint! Worship the One whose creation is renewed and whose creatures are never forsaken!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of the depths of the sea, as well as of the heavens and earth: Hear your people’s cry for your presence in our lives. Awaken us to your Spirit’s power and your ever-willingness to save us when we call to you from the chaos of our lives, even as Jesus heard and saved his friends when they floundered in the storms of yesterday. You are our God and Savior, the One who will keep us able to face tomorrow’s storms, and we praise you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
“Back to School” Collects
Journeying God, as we return to our Fall routines, help us to keep our eyes open to the changes around us, to be open to the new things in life and to appreciate the many jewels that you place before us. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Gracious God, you have given us the keys to the kingdom, keep us mindful of the gifts you have given us and encourage us as we share our gifts with one another as we minister in your name. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Knowledgeable God, we have so much to learn about your world, your people and your gifts. Schools are a place where knowledge begins and tools are given to continue that learning. Thank you for teachers, principals and the volunteers who are examples of your Son, who is also a teacher to us (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Encouraging God, the road ahead of us is unknown and there are many things that may make us uncomfortable and make us ask difficult questions. Give us the courage to take up our cross when things are difficult and follow you, trusting the promise of your Son who bore his cross for us. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
As all of God’s children begin a new part of their journey away from their supports and comforts of home, give them the knowledge to make sound decisions, the strength to ask for help, and the lightness of heart to enjoy the journey. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Give us the eyes to see in the simple, yet extraordinary things of this world, the risen Christ, and help us to be examples of that to one another. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Teacher of Wisdom, there is so much we have yet to learn and experience in this world. Help us to keep our eyes, ears and heart open to your teachings and your presence in our lives through the people that we encounter. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)
Intercessions (from Common Worship)
R may be silent prayer or a response, such as “Lord, hear our prayer.”
For the unity of the Church in witness and proclamation of the Gospel … let us pray to the Lord: R
For the peace and stability of all peoples and for the leaders of the nations …let us pray to the Lord: R
For places of work, education and leisure …let us pray to the Lord: R
For a blessing on our homes; for our relations and friends and all whom we love …let us pray to the Lord: R
For the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs …let us pray to the Lord: R
Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.
Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.
Alternate Intercession (new school year)
God of grace and glory, even amidst the days of August we feel the cool of autumn creeping in. Days are growing shorter again. Children are returning to the routines of school. Time moves ever faster, it seems, and yet you remain constant—always with us, ever urging us into your sanctuary of prayer. Help us to draw nearer to your gracious heart, and to entrust to you our every burden and care, as we pray for our world and its peoples, for this community and those around us, for this our church family and those we seek to serve in you.
Ours are concerns of health and fulfillment, of peace and survival. We long to experience your healing presence in our lives and the lives of those we love, especially as we lift to you (_____and) those we name in the silence of our hearts.
We remember with joy and praise your faithfulness to those who have finished their course and rest with you. Strengthen us to be faithful disciples in an ever-changing world. Remind us that you love this world, and are ever-giving yourself for it, even as you gave your ultimate self to us in Jesus the Christ, in whose name we pray (even as he taught us, saying…)
Prayers from Common Worship*
Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always
those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without
you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
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 our chaotic turbulence, O God,
you come to us
as on the seething, heaving of the sea.
Call us to come, O God,
that in our constancy,
our eyes upon the Lord,
we come unto your presence,
laden with all latent joy.
Service of Table
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger; you who believe in me shall never thirst.” In company with all who hunger for spiritual food, we come to this table to know the risen Christ in the sharing of this life-giving bread.
[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”]
Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share. We are rich in many things. Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude. We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.
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: God has offered us Christ, the Bread of Life, in these gifts – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – to be our spiritual food and drink.
P: May God accept our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
L: Let us remember Jesus, who on that night in which he was betrayed took bread…(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)
O God, in your Son Jesus Christ you have called out to us to live without fear, and indeed to confront even our most challenging turmoil with confidence and hope. Here, at your Table, you give tangible evidence of your ever-present love for us and for the world which you have so lovingly created. Pour out your Spirit, Lord, and bless this bread and this wine, that they may be for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we who are fed and nourished here may be empowered to face the days ahead in the certain reality of his abiding presence, and to share the gift of new life with all the world.
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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