Proper 22B – 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Oct. 4 – World Communion Sunday see Textweek links for more
Reconciliation Sunday (Disciples of Christ)
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.
21-Let the whole creation cry
627-I want Jesus to walk with me
612-O Jesus, I have promised
387-Bread of the world, in mercy broken
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://lectionarypsalms.org/
This week: Psalm 8 is on p. 728
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 10:2-16
Infinite grace, the softened heart,
accepts and welcomes gently near.
Without the hardness to repel
the gracious joy enfolds us all.
Becoming then the open spark
igniting warmth, enticing peace,
we suddenly discover life
is answering our strife with peace.
Incarnate in consistency
we find, O Lord, the honest share
as we together weave delight
and learn of freedom dignity.
How shall this moment undertake
the undertow of angry fates?
In utter, gentle, peacefulness
life’s constancy attests to bliss.
LM Suggested tune: Galilee
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer adapted from Phil. 2
L: We gather in the presence of Christ to join our hearts and minds in praise of God.
P: God has exalted Jesus and given him a name above every name.
L: So let every knee bend, in heaven and on earth, and every tongue confess:
P: Jesus Christ is Lord. Glory to God forever!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. We ask, Lord, that during this hour you will lead us in your way, you will teach us your truth, and you will share with us your very life, so that your name may be honored, our lives may be enriched, and our world, through us, may be blessed. (We offer our prayers in the name of Christ who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions from Common Worship. “R” may be silent prayer, or a response such as “Hear our prayer, O Lord.”
For the unity of the Church in witness and proclamation of the Gospel … let us pray to the Lord: R
For the peace and stability of all peoples and for the leaders of the nations …let us pray to the Lord: R
For places of work, education and leisure …let us pray to the Lord: R
For a blessing on our homes; for our relations and friends and all whom we love …let us pray to the Lord: R
For the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs …let us pray to the Lord: 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.
Suggested collect, if collect of the day (below) is not used:
God, our refuge and strength, listen to the prayers of your children; you yourself have inspired them. Grant that all our prayers might be made according to your will, and that in faith we might endure with them in the presence of our Advocate, Jesus the Christ. Amen.
God of Sun and Moon, Star and Sky, your wonder is beyond our imagining. We thank you for the gift of this world we share, and for the common bonds that we share as your children. Bless us God, as we seek to find a way toward the peace you invite us to share. Guide us God as we walk that delicate line between being faithful to our own relationship with you, and yet remain understanding of those whose path is vastly different from our own. Remind us often that being faithful does not require that we close ourselves off from the faith of others. Open our hearts, minds and spirits to people of every faith and culture. May the Mystery of your ways be the bridge that draws all of your people together in prayer for peace in our time. We pray for those who are in special need of your grace and healing today. For those who live in fear of violence; for refugees everywhere; for political prisoners and for those who imprison them; God, we ask for peace. For those who are grieving, or hungry, or in despair; for the lonely, and all who are ill or suffering, for any who struggle with addiction, and for all who live with chronic illness. God, we trust in your power to be present with the suffering. We trust in your Spirit’s power to bring comfort, faith and strength where it is needed. We pray, bring your radical, scandalous peace into our midst, and touch us all with your love, for we ask it in the name of the One who calls us ever forward, Jesus Christ…
Prayers from Common Worship*
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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.
We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:
for here we receive you,
here the memory of your passion is renewed,
here our minds are filled with grace,
and here a pledge of future glory is given,
when we shall feast at that table where you reign
with all your saints for ever.
God, our judge and saviour,
teach us to be open to your truth
and to trust in your love,
that we may live each day
with confidence in the salvation which is given
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to
hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire
or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,
and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy
to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus
Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
we hear abundantly the rules
that drive us through the straits
life squeezes on our hope.
And yet we tarry on the brink of love,
recognizing our desire.
Begin in us the welcome and the love
in which your kingdom opens
Service of Table
Priorities of our lives can be witnessed in our giving. John wrote: “If any has earthly resources and sees a brother or sister in need, but closes their heart against them, tell me, how is God’s love abiding in such a person?” Good question. How do we answer? Let our offerings speak faithfully of God’s abiding presence with us.
Accept, O Lord, the offering we seek to make, of ourselves and our money; and grant that we may ever work and pray to build a world of peace and joy and freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
Prayer of Thanksgiving from William Flewelling
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
We thank you, Lord, for your saving hand
which reaches now throughout our lives.
We thank you that you feed our souls
so simply and
so thoroughly, in bread that Jesus took
and gave to us, saying:
This is my body;
and in wine that Jesus offered
that we might drink, saying:
This is my blood.
Fill this communion, Lord God
and anoint the whole of us in Holy Spirit.
Feed us richly here, Lord God,
on the manna for our wilderness.
Give us drink, Lord God,
to satisfy us with your salvation;
in Jesus 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 for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.
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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