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.
86 Great is thy faithfulness
104 Of the Father’s Love begotten
15 Rejoice, ye pure in heart
385 An upper room did our Lord prepare
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 106 is not available in the hymnal. See Greeting below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Isaiah 25:1-9
Feasting ever in your pleasure,
God we offer all delight.
For the feast of your salvation
satisfies these longing hearts
In our coming to your blessing,
finding every tear wiped dry,
we delight in your observance,
all the richness of your bliss.
Here in laden satisfaction
we adore, lift endless praise
as delight in your desiring
catapults our world to joy.
So sublime is this creation,
all the wonders you provide
that we linger in this plaiting
of your saving love’s design.
With revision of our longing,
turning life to your design,
so are we inclined for ever
to the praise, thanksgiving, joy.
Now inclined unto your mercy,
answering your call to come,
we discover how salvation
finds your feast is all delight.
126.96.36.199.D Suggested tune: Abbot’s Leigh
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (from Psalm 106)
L: Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
P: Who can utter the mighty doings of the LORD, or declare all his praise?
L: Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.
P: Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you deliver them;
L: that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
P: that I may glory in your heritage.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. As we worship this morning, O God, we pray that your spirit will be our strength, your word will be our guide, your love will be our comfort, and your promises will be our hope. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Lord of life, hear us as we lift to you our hopes and prayers for the church and the world. Let your grace empower us as people of faith to better serve you in the common places of our lives, and in the people we meet on our faith journeys. Open our eyes to the living Christ as we pray for and work with the poor, the broken-hearted, the sick and the bereaved. Hear our prayers for those who are close to our hearts. In your resurrecting power, lift them up and give them renewed strength and hope; and give to us all new faith by which to live our days with you. Then will our lives be living witness to your resurrection, made whole by your love and care. In Christ’s Spirit we pray.
Prayers from Common Worship*
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
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, we pray that your grace
may always precede and follow us,
and make us continually to be given to all good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and
follow us, that we may continually be given to good works;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Brought from the hedge rows, back alleys, far and wide,
we find ourselves within your feast, O God.
Late comers all, we bumble in
and try to guess what we may find.
In wonder, then, we come as called,
we come in hopes of being chosen,
for we discover in your feast, O Lord,
the satisfaction of our hearts.
Service of Table
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.”]
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, who gives the gift of bread that the world might be fed and enriched, as we break this bread which we offer back to you, may it be for us the Body of Christ for us, that we might live faithfully as Christ’s body in the world today. Pour out your Spirit upon this bread and this cup. May all who drink of this wine which you give never thirst again. Refresh us, Lord, to live with eagerness and hope in the spirit of Christ our Lord.
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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