Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
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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.
16-Come, thou Fount of every blessing
168-Down to earth, as a dove
614-I’m gonna live so God can use me
250-O Breath of life
386-We come as guests invited
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 36 is not in the Chalice Hymnal. See Greeting below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
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On John 2:1-11
The marriage banns are said
and certain is the feast set,
the welcome and the joy
that ring the open pleasure.
The treasure of the joy,
the pleasure we employ
drinks deeply of the wine
that warms each festive heart.
The hour proceeds in length,
exhausting all our striving,
until the savor wanes,
abundance seems to fail us.
Then at the Mother’s charm,
the word of Jesus comes
to fill the earthen jars
with water, to the brim.
Now taste and see, we hear,
the water now the good wine.
The best is saved for last,
the opulence of God’s love.
The vine has nurtured well
the savor of delight,
preparing on the mount
the favored wine of love.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168. Suggested tune: Nun Danket
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer from Psalm 36
L: Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
P: Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep;
L: How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
P: All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
L: They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
P: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Almighty God, maker of all, with joy we give thanks for all your goodness. We praise you for the love which has created and sustained us to this day, and for the gift of your Christ who brings us into covenant with you and with all your people of faith. Help us to treasure your gifts and to show our thankfulness by lives wholly given to your service.
We pray for your church whom you have redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus. Give it pastors and ministers filled with your spirit, and strength to serve by the guidance of your word. Perfect it in love and in compassion, and establish it in the faith of your saints. Unite all your people that one holy church may bear witness to you and your glory.
We pray that you would move our nation toward the justice of your peace. Bless our national, state and local leaders to serve all people with integrity. Purge from us all hatred and prejudice, and build within us your love, that even in our dealings with the other nations of earth we may be servants of peace, truth and justice.
Bless our homes with the joy of your presence. Strengthen our covenants of family and of faith, that our children may grow into fullness of faith, that together we may show forth your praise in our world through deeds and words of love and compassion—especially with those who are alone and lonely.
Let your grace be seen in seed-time and harvest, in labor and business, in leisure and rest, in arts and culture of our people. May all who do work find fulfillment of their vocations, and all who are in need of work find the relief of new endeavors.
Comfort those who sorrow and are in need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation to those in mourning, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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.
God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light
of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word
and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s
glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the
ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with
you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Provided at the brink of joy
the bounty of the best, Lord God,
we find in Jesus gifts sublime
creating of the water, wine
to satisfy the readiness of joy.
Become for us the best that flourishes
beyond all expectation
in the fullness of your love.
Service of Table
Our offerings take us into the mainstream of God’s work through the church. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of his brothers and sisters we do to him. May our offerings bring him comfort, relief and joy.
As we gather at your table, O God, may we also be more aware of the opportunity that is ours to share with others the many blessings you have given us. May this be a time of joy as we give of our resources. Grant us wisdom to use these gifts in the fulfillment of your mission in the world, through Christ our Lord.
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 rejoice, O God, that you have come to us,
revealing yourself in Jesus Christ our Lord.
In thankful adoration, Lord,
we listen to your Beloved Son.
In joy we turn to meet
the fullness of your presence borne upon us.
In expectation, Lord,
we long to learn your searching Holy Spirit
in our lives.
Your Word reveals in us your coming.
And we hear your speaking plainly now
over bread our Jesus took
and blessed and broke for us, saying:
This is my body.
We taste your presence spoken
in the cup of wine of which Jesus said:
This is my blood of the new covenant.
Come now, Lord our God, to feed us
that we might find within our hearts
and, more, within our shared communion
your revealing unity in us
as in Jesus Christ our Lord.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
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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.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; 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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