Link to Prior Entries for the Day: 2011
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:
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.
136 – Christians all, your Lord is coming
127 – Creator of the stars of night
160 – Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
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: Alternate for this week is the Magnificat (included in next week’s Gospel text).
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
So greatly now rejoice in God
who offers graciously
the wise and wondrous promise yet
to open eyes, heal hearts.
Into the throes of commonplace,
the writhing mysteries
that wither in this anxious life,
the Lord announces joy.
How shall we undertake the weal
that satisfies the heart
while traipsing in desire and dread –
unless bliss free to hope!
So clothed in joy, in honor, peace,
we resonate with life,
strut as the chosen, jewel the hold
that bring enticement whole.
CM Suggested tune: Stracathro
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted from John Berringer)
L: Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.
P: Our mouths will shout forth praise.
L: Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.
P: We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.
L: With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.
P: We will worship from our depths. Our souls exult in God!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O Christ, your wondrous birth is meaningless unless we are born from above. Your death is meaningless unless we die to sin. Your resurrection is meaningless if you only are raised. Bring us now to such love for you that we may enjoy you forever. For all things in the heavens and on earth are yours eternally, and we rejoice in you through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
from Common Worship
Watchful at all times, let us pray for strength to stand with confidence before our Maker and Redeemer.
That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy, let us pray to the Lord: R
That God may establish among the nations his sceptre of righteousness, let us pray to the Lord: R
That we may seek Christ in the scriptures and recognize him in the breaking of the bread, let us pray to the Lord: R
That God may bind up the brokenhearted, restore the sick and raise up all who have fallen, let us pray to the Lord: R
That the light of God’s coming may dawn on all who live in darkness and the shadow of death, let us pray to the Lord: R
That, with all the saints in light, we may shine forth as lights for the world, let us pray to the Lord: R
Let us commend the world, which Christ will judge, 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 Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of your Spirit
that when your Christ comes again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who is alive and reigns now and for ever.
God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
John 1:6-8, 19-28
This witness, O God, baffles.
The word of testimony invites the query:
Who are you?
And as we hear, so we ask,
baffled at the sounds we hear,
the testimony of witness leading us
For all is in the presence borne
as Christ succeeds our longing,
the one who comes beyond our worthiness,
coming that we behold.
Service of Table
We would not steal for ourselves what God has entrusted to us for the benefit of our world neighbors. We would not claim as our own what God has loaned to us for our management in this lifetime. Therefore, we bring our offerings in joyful trust and service.
Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
You have made us for joy, loving Creator, and with expectant hearts we await the coming of your Son Jesus Christ, whose bread we break and whose cup we receive with joy. Send now your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts. Enliven us as we receive from your hand the promise of joy everlasting, until we feast with Christ and all his people at the heavenly table which awaits us.
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 for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
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 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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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