Proper 25B – 22nd 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.
233-Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
452-Here I am, Lord
565-If you will trust in God to guide you
423-Become to us the living 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 34 is not in hymnal. See Greeting below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 10:46-52
Lord, grant me once more that I see.
And Jesus, observing, agreed.
Be well and go your way by faith!
Then, seeing, followed he the Lord.
What interruptions aggravate
and stir life’s rare ones following
and if the cry of hope appear
and straight forth comes releasing cheer.
The Son of David answers well
this echo of desire to see,
to see again for the first time
the passage into God’s design.
So answer in the coming nigh,
the cloak passed off in eagerness,
ascend and seek the face he shows
that blind eyes may conceive the host.
Suggested tune: Ivyhatch
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer from Psalm 134
L: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
P: My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
L: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
P: O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come this morning longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives as we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Fill our longing hearts as we join together to worship you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people of all sorts and conditions. Make your purpose known in the earth, your saving power among the nations. We pray for the well-being of the Church. So guide and guard it by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in the unity of the Spirit and in righteousness of life. We commend to your generous goodness all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or circumstances. Comfort and relieve them according to their individual needs; give them patience under their sufferings, and a happy release out of all their afflictions. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
Prayers from Common Worship*
who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God of all grace,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of
faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you
promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, 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)
Our insipid blindness, O Lord God,
befouls our meager hopes.
As insight fails us,
grant the sight that recognizes joy
and knows the longing cry
to see and follow on your way.
Service of Table
What is right for each of us to give has always been our own decision. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that all must do as we have made up our minds, not reluctantly or under obligation, for God loves a cheerful giver.
We bring our gifts to you, Lord God, with cheerfulness and a joyful heart. Grant that with our gifts we may also offer a ready mind and a willing spirit to show forth in our lives the truth of the gospel; through 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)
O God, in our Lord Jesus Christ you have offered to us and to the world your very best. As we offer up these gifts to you, we pray that you would send forth your Holy Spirit upon them, and upon us who gather here out of love in thanksgiving. May this bread be for us the Body of Christ, and this cup the New Covenant in his Blood, so that in receiving from your hand the gift of life, we might rejoice in serving you in the spirit of Christ our Lord. 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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