Proper 23B – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
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.
277-Christians, we have met to worship
340-Softly and tenderly
614-I’m gonna live so God can use me
602-O Master, let me walk with thee
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://lectionarypsalms.org/
This week: Psalm 22 (portions) are on page 732
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Lord God, we seek you; lead us into life
for we are so wary lest danger alert
how fire’s breaking out in the limber abode
where all devouring would taste of our hope.
Lively, the justice you seek in the gate,
justice that seeks ever to comfort the poor,
yield ever always the needing repair
that in all life’s longing we find God’s desire.
Always and ever, O God of our life,
be though the sustaining, the challenging hope
that only by mercy we wield your desire,
finding the fresh font of your mercy our heart.
10.11.11.11. Suggested tune: Slane
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer adapted from Psalm 90
L: Lord, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
P: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
L: Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
P: Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands– O prosper the work of our hands!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, we come before you this morning with thankful hearts for the many blessings you have given us. May we be ever mindful of your loving presence today and everyday as we seek to do your will. In Jesus’ name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
God of Creation, God of Wonder, hear this offering of prayer and praise as a gift from our thankful hearts. We thank you for the wonders all around us. For grains of sand, the smell of rain falling on dry ground, for the shifting of the seasons and the sound of laughter. We thank you God for one another – for the joys and struggles of relationships that nurture us and help us to grow. God, we thank you for your eternal presence in our midst and for the good news of your deep abiding love for all of creation. Even as we give thanks, we lift up the concerns that burden us this day. We ask your peace and blessing on all those we have named in this place today and all whose names and circumstances remain in the safe sanctuary of your Spirit’s care. We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit and for all who provide care for the needs of others. We pray for the lonely and the despairing…for those who struggle with addiction…for those who feel trapped in situations of abuse…for those who making difficult decisions in life… God we pray for your church and its mission in the world. Bless all of your children God, and pour your Spirit upon us, bringing healing, comfort and strength wherever it is needed. All this we ask in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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.
Holy and blessed God,
you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son
and filled us with your Holy Spirit:
may we honour you,
not only with our lips
but in lives dedicated to the service
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in 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 (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
If only we imagine perfection in your grace, O God,
we would be coming in the throes of care,
expanding our collection of desires
upon the fallow wants
we find at hand.
Entice us by your graciousness
to overcome the nettled dread of loss
until we savor love in your delight.
Service of Table
As we remember Jesus, we are reminded of just how clearly his life demonstrated the truth that giving is the only proper expression of loving. Surely one can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. So God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.
But Jesus turned a corner in our understanding of the relationship between loving and giving when he indicated that not only does love result in giving, but giving also results in loving. He reminded us that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”
In our stewardship – our conscientious Christian management of resources—we find our concern achieving a wider and wider circle to include all those in our embrace whose needs are alleviated by our giving. In giving, we are able to go where we have never been, to embrace those whom we have never met, and express God’s love to them in languages we have never learned.
Our young ones love to sing “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” And when we follow God’s leadership, demonstrated in the loving ministry of Jesus Christ, we discover that “We’ve got the whole world in our arms,” embraced with more than sentiment, loved in more than words.
Lord our God, we acknowledge that you are our Father, we are your children, our neighbours are our brothers and sisters in Christ. To their service and to your glory we dedicate ourselves, our hearts and minds, our wills and works. Strengthen our resolve to stand fast in your faith, to seek the help of your Holy Spirit, and to work willingly for your perfect kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Gracious and life-giving God, through your Son Jesus Christ you have revealed to us the way of lively freedom and hope through his journey to the cross. Send forth your Spirit now, we pray, upon these gifts of bread and wine, and upon us who receive them with thanksgiving, that we may find revealed in our lives the same gift of servanthood and loving sacrifice, for the sake of your world. Fill us with your presence we pray. 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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