Proper 20 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 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 145:1-8 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 145 :2-18 United Methodist reading: Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 78 Philippians 1:21-30 Roman Catholic reading: Philippians 1:20-24, 27
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.
546 Amazing Grace
709 Glorious things of thee are spoken
622 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
538 Hope of the world
527 More love to thee, O Christ
399 O God, unseen yet ever near
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 105 is not present in hymnal. See greeting for adaptation.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Jonah 3:10 – 4:11
Your mercy must exceed our will,
your graciousness our want, O God.
For in compassion are you shown,
by gentleness and fervent care.
So as the warring clamor loud,
repentance finds your mercy free.
Yet in our strict, confirming will
the heart grows anger, bitter, hard.
We clamor after justice, Lord,
and mean a vengeance on our fears.
We find compassion hard to bear,
to wield – almost impossible.
Over our overbearing will,
you allow compassion’s bounty,
shading us from wanton anger
and the brutal weight of passion.
Nonetheless, in folly rage we
that the lost is but disaster.
Then you, God, anoint our outrage,
find our pity pittance always –
for in your vision, your delight
pity blooms, compassion blossoms
on the very ones offending
our restricted, wrought hardened heart.
188.8.131.52.8.8. Suggested tune: Surrey
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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 known God’s deeds among the peoples.
P: Sing to God, sing praises to God; tell of all his wonderful works.
L: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
P: Seek the LORD and his strength; seek God’s presence continually.
L: Remember the wonderful works God has done, the miracles, and the judgments God uttered,
P: Remember, O offspring of his servant, his chosen ones.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, light of all hearts that seek you, life of all souls that love you and strength of the thoughts that reach to you, we praise you. To turn from you is to fall, but to be turned to you is to rise. To live in you is to stand firm forever. We rejoice at the thought of your nearness. You are here in our midst, at our side, in our hearts, knowing, understanding, caring and helping. And so we life our hearts to glorify you in praise and adoration. (praying as our Savior 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*
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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 God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
We come as the last of the day,
acquainted with frustration, near despair.
We come, O God, in your inviting call
and labor at your will.
We come with many, working short or long,
and find your recompense when day is done:
the promised and the fullness
in your delight to save.
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, your grace exceeds our highest expectations, hopes, or dreams! You have given bread for not only those who love and follow you, but indeed enough for all the world. As we break this bread, may we receive it as the body of Christ who gives himself that we might know your abundant presence in our lives. As we bless this cup, may all who receive it as his blood know the forgiveness of sin, and the renewal to life everlasting, far greater than we could ever ask or imagine. May we all be bound as one with you through the love and self-giving of Jesus the Christ.
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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