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:
Psalm 22:23-31 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 116:10-19 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 22:22-30 Romans 4:13-25 Roman Catholic reading: Romans 8:31-34 Episcopal reading (RCL): Romans 8:31-39 Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9 Roman Catholic reading: Mark 9:2-10 Episcopal reading (RCL): Mark 8:31-38 United Methodist reading: Mark 8:31-38
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.
284-Gather us in
67-O God, our help in ages past
346-Where he leads me
655-Community of Christ
398-Be known to us in breaking bread
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 22 in part is found on p. 732
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
In the boldness of thy coming,
Lord our God contend with fear.
For our waiting contemplation
earnestly attends your word.
All at once the promise bearing
you appear and change all life.
There the old man, Abram, sitting,
found your greeting in the day.
Thence the bidding: walk before me
rings into the waiting heart.
Come in wonder, Lord our Savior,
now begin our newest tryst.
In this contemplated wonder
in this promise of the age,
opening to daunting features
all that yet escapes our eyes,
fill the promise with all blessing
that our joy in you abide.
220.127.116.11.8.7. Suggested tune: Webbe’s St. Thomas
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: The world belongs to God, the earth and all its people.
P: How good and how lovely it is to live together in unity.
L: Love and faith come together, justice and peace join hands.
P: Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Alternate Opening Rite (in place of a Call to Worship and Prayer of Approach)
Invitation to Confession
L: My sisters and brothers, as we prepare to encounter God anew today in the gathering of this community, in the hearing of the Word, and in the Breaking of Bread, it is good that we should call to mind our sins, and seek God’s promised forgiveness together.
L: For the poverty of our worship, our unbelief and hesitating witness, our blindness to what you would have us to be and to do, Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: For imagining ourselves to be the center of the world, and for seeking security in the works of our own hands and minds, Christ, have mercy.
P: Christ, have mercy.
L: For the waste of your gifts, and for letting so little of your love pass through us to others by relieving the sufferings and injustices that they endure, Lord, have mercy.
P: Lord, have mercy.
Words of Forgiveness
L: God has promised forgiveness of sins to those who repent and turn in faith. May God keep us in grace by the Holy Spirit, lead usto greater faith and trust, and bring us in peace to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Creator God, in this time of repentance, we call out for your mercy. Turn us back to you and to the new life Christ restored by his perfect obedience, even to death on a cross. For he lives and reigns as our Redeemer with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. (And now we are bold to pray as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)
God who has promised living water to all who will ask has called us to draw near and make our needs, our hopes, our desires known, that we might be transformed, and that our truest desires might be to live in closer communion with Christ and his people. Let us pray.
Loving God, you are our hope. We have often lived as though you were so distant, so uninvolved with us, and so aloof. Yet in Christ you have shown us just how near to us you are—walking by our sides, risking all to be near to us—so much that you would come to be our servant, our Savior and our friend.
Hear our prayers for those for whom we should take such risks, as we lift to you the yearnings of our hearts for your creation and its peoples. Help us as stewards of your many gifts to care more diligently for the brokenness of your world. May our lives honor you by caring for the earth and all of your creatures. May we be renewed and reconciled to live in peace with all people.
Many and great are the needs of those around us, Lord. Help us to better remember the poor, the homeless, the needy of our world, by serving those of them that live nearby—those we might too easily pass by on the streets. Teach us the meaning of prayer for the lost, the lonely and the grieving through the consolation of our encounters with them in everyday life. Empower us to heal the hurting, the sick and the dying by the touch and the love of Jesus who lives in us, his body.
We especially lift to you those dear to us (____) along with our own needs in silence.
Raise up your people again to lives of deeper prayer through more ready service, that we in this community of faith might be joined with Christ in his suffering and in his resurrection, for it is in his name and by his faith that we lift our prayers to you. Amen.
OR: from Common Worship
In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father and ask for his mercy and grace.
For your holy people, that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace, we pray to you, O Lord: R
For candidates for baptism and confirmation, that they may live by every word that proceeds from your mouth, we pray to you, O Lord: R
For the leaders of the nations, that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth, we pray to you, O Lord: R
For the needy, that they may not be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away, we pray to you, O Lord: R
For the sick in body, mind and spirit, that they may know your power to heal, we pray to you, O Lord: R
For the poor in spirit, that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven and see you face to face, we pray to you, O Lord: R
Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered, 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*
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious
to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them
again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and
hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ
your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Impossible illusions meet your truth, O God,
where sheer integrity assaults the pride
of frightened neighbors, worried officers
of ordinary consternation.
But your design of purity
and poignant surety of truth
asks us again, again
for constancy and sober joy;
in Jesus Christ, the Crucified.
Service of Table
All of life is opened for us in the coming of Christ into our world. Every good gift of God is ours to use for the holy purposes of Christ in our world today. Let us give generously of the resources which God has entrusted to us.
All things come from you, O God, and in these gifts we return them in thanksgiving. Receive them, and receive us, as we offer ourselves anew to you in Christ’s name. 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)
Almighty and ever-lasting God, as we gather to break bread at the table which your Christ has given us, may we be opened anew to his presence in our midst, be nourished to receive the gifts which you pour out upon us so abundantly, and be refreshed to live with joy and anticipation of his coming reign in our world. Pour out your Spirit, we pray, upon this bread and cup. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we might be his body, cleansed by his blood, and ready to serve him in newness of life. 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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