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.
Beware: The thematic continuation from last week has cause repetition of hymn suggestions this week.
275-Christ is made the sure foundation
461-Lord, whose love through humble service
609-Take my life
272-The Church’s one foundation
430-Lo, I am with you
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 included in the hymnal. See Greeting below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Jeremiah 15:15-21
In the passion and the longing,
all the trappings of your call:
here, O Lord, is found the standing
that refines our timid fare.
In the bounty of your urging
lies the grip of sheer desire.
Though the conflict ever rising
stirs the dread, distills all thought,
yet in this contorting passion
wreathes your joy about the soul.
Expectations and your sweet touch
contradict this surly world.
Certainly, O God, you rouse us
to a firm and honest life.
Just as real is all the conflict,
all the dissonance of time.
Yet in your desiring promise,
Lord, deliverance is ours.
126.96.36.199.8.7. Suggested tune: Neander
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted from Psalm 105)
L: O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name, make God’s deeds known among the peoples.
P: Sing to God, sing praises to God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
L: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
P: Praise the Lord!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness. We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your loving Spirit, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
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.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.
Lord of all mercy,
we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice
which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:
by our communion
keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel
and preserve us from all sin;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good
things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in
us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth
in us the fruit of good works; 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)
By the way of Jesus, lead us, O God.
That this is the way of the cross, we know:
strengthen us that we may follow.
Bring us to that abandon that frees
that we may find ourselves
beyond the boundaries of anxiety
For in the way of the cross we seek you,
in the way of Jesus our Lord.
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)
As we consider the call of Jesus to follow in the way of discipleship, O God, we remember that this way of life involves a cross. Here, at his Table, we are starkly reminded of his suffering and death, and of his victory of life. As we break the bread and drink the cup which you have provided, we pray that your Holy Spirit would be on us and upon these gifts which we offer in union with Christ’s sacrifice for us. May they be for us his body and his blood, so that we who are healed by his sacrificial love may be made new to serve you in fullness of life.
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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