Proper 18 A
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.
517-Love divine, all loves excelling
17-O Worship the King
494-We are one in the Spirit
392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether
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: Not available in Chalice Hymnal. See Greeting below
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 13:8-14
Our only debt is love alway:
love one another is our pledge.
Indeed, our standing at your face,
O Lord, is sealed in open love.
No wrong is offered, none designed,
fulfilling all the holy Law.
Our neighbor, drawn near once or oft,
is due our love in fervent cast.
So in this hour of nearing plight
we dally in the honor sought
that in this moment yearned for long
light’s armor, Christ our Lord, be ours.
LM Suggested tune: Agincourt (Deo Gratias)
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (Adapted from Psalm 149)
L: Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song; sing God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.
P: Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
L: Let them praise God’s name with dancing, making melody with tambourine and lyre.
P: For the LORD takes pleasure in his people, and adorns the humble with victory.
L: Let the faithful exult in glory.
P: Let us sing together for joy!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Creator of all worlds, we lift up our souls to you. All the earth is yours, all who dwell here are your children. We seek once more to experience your truth, to receive your blessing, to ascend above the limitations we have known. You are strong and mighty beyond our imagining. We aspire to become more than we have believed ourselves to be, individually and together. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions (adapted from Common Prayer)
(R may be observed as a time of silence, or a response such as “Hear our prayer.”)
Let us by prayer and intercession with thanksgiving make our requests to God.
Gracious God, we pray for peace, justice and reconciliation throughout the world. We pray for the honouring of human rights, and for the relief of the oppressed. We give thanks for all that is gracious in the lives of men, women and children. R
We pray for the renewal of the Church in faith, love and service. We pray for all ministers and for the life of this community. We give thanks for the gift of your word, the grace of the sacraments and the fellowship of your people. R
We pray for this local community and for all people in their daily life and work. We pray for the young and the elderly, for families, and all who are alone. We give thanks for human skill and creativity and all that reveals your loveliness. R
We pray for those who are in need; for the sick, sorrowful and bereaved. We pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing. We give thanks for human love and friendship and for all that enriches our daily lives. 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*
Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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 all mercy,
in this eucharist you have set aside our sins
and given us your healing:
grant that we who are made whole in Christ
may bring that healing to this broken world,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as
you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength,
so you never forsake those who make their boast of your
mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
With daunting responsibility, O God,
we meet the face of sin
in the common place of our world.
In faces of faith, we yet find sin
and shudder at our own fault.
Bring us together, O God, in the Name
and in the character of Jesus
that we may discover him afresh.
Service of Table
Christ’s table is spread for all of us—a place of gathering, of fellowship and of praise. Let us rejoice as we respond to God’s gracious invitation to receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood that we may be strengthened to live as faithful disciples.
[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”]
In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord. May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s 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)
L: It is truly always right to give God thanks and praise, offering ourselves in union with Christ’s offering for us as 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)
At your gracious invitation, O God, we offer up ourselves to you as we receive the Bread of Christ, in which we are made one with you and with each other. Strengthen, we pray, the unity of your Church through this communion, that together we may always live as your thankful children. Pour out your spirit upon this bread and cup, and upon us gathered here out of love for you, that as we take the cup of Christ, the offering in his blood, we may be enlivened to do and to be your good news in this 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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