Proper 19 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:
Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 or Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 103:1-12 United Methodist reading: Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 Romans 14:1-12 Roman Catholic reading: Romans 14:7-9
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.
65-A mighty fortress is our God
487-Help us accept each other
214-Rock of Ages
391-These I lay down
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 114 is not available in the hymnal. See greeting, below, for alt. Psalm (103:8-13)
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Matthew 18:21-35
Forgiveness, O our God, we own
finds measure never known:
but as the pride that meters pain
so is forgiveness’ measure shown
contesting pride’s worst fault:
contesting pride’s worst fault.
Beginning in the widest span,
expenses heaped on high,
the offer of such freedom lies
erasing every doubt:
erasing every doubt.
And in the welling of relief
forgiveness bids the heart
to open fully to forgive,
withholding never full relief
the furnishing of love:
time’s furnishing of love.
126.96.36.199.6.6. Suggested tune: Repton
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (from Psalm 103)
L: The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
P: God will not always accuse, nor keep his anger forever.
L: God does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
P: For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is the steadfast love of the Lord toward those who fear him;
L: As far as the east is from the west, so far God removes our transgressions from us.
P: As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.
Prayer of Approach (from Flame of the Spirit)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of Love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come before you a people longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives, for we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Come to us this day and fill our longing. In Christ’s name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
(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*
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God our creator,
you feed your children with the true manna,
the living bread from heaven:
let this holy food sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage
until we come to that place
where hunger and thirst are no more;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, because without you we are not able to please you,
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct
and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Forgiveness taunts our pride, O God.
We turn to forgive the unforgivable
and falter until we remember
the forgiveness you grant us
in freedom and in mercy.
Bend us free of our weighted pride
that we may become a people of forgiveness
in the face of the repeated enormity
of this age.
For we would be at home with you, O God.
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)
O God, you have offered your steadfast and forgiving love to us in the life of your Son Jesus Christ. As we give thanks for him at the table he has prepared, and as we break this bread, we ask that your Spirit would descend upon us, to make us more in his likeness, serving and giving from the fullness of life which you provide. Bless this cup, we pray, that all of us who partake of it may be made one with Christ, one with you, and one with each other in fellowship and service to 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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