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.
485 Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race
526 Though I May Speak
486 Who Is My Mother…
420 I Come with Joy
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: Sorry for no ready advice.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Exception reigns in all we love,
the love that bears all things,
that joys in all that’s good for those
attending daily stride.
So simple is the way we are,
the way we stand, the life
that glimmers over joys that bloom
upon another’s heart.
This gathering of daily plight,
the mustering of ease,
the pleasure for a caring face –
it all thrives in our love.
For as the clanging gong disrupts
and pretense’ murmurs rake,
so excellence beguiles for toil
and does this love excel.
CM Suggested tune: Stockton
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer from Psalm 136
L: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
P: For God’s love endures forever.
L: Alone God works great marvels.
P: God’s love endures forever.
L: God remembered us when we were cast down, and rescued us from our enemies.
P: God’s love endures forever.
L: God gives food to all his creatures.
P: God’s love endures forever.
L: Give thanks to the God of heaven!
P: God’s love endures forever!
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. Center us now, Lord, to receive all that you desire to give us, and make us as your own, for we pray in his name (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
O God who makes all things in love, we join to offer thanks to you for the blessings of life in your world, for the gifts of love and friendship, for the joy of family and kinship. Our lives at times reflect your loving presence, and at other times seem loveless and lonely and lost. Yet in all things, you do love us – lavishly and without reservation – and you plant within us the seed for loving others. Nurture that seed within us, we pray. Help us to take the risk of opening our often walled-in hearts to be vulnerable to the other in our lives, and to take the risk of love. May your perfect love, indeed, cast out all fear, and enable us to give ourselves anew to those we encounter on this journey with Christ.
Hear our prayers that in those encounters we may more fully share in his ministry of healing, freeing, reconciling love, as we lift up to you a world that is broken and often fearful. We pray for the leaders of government, and for the people who serve to protect us from harm. We pray for those whose decisions affect the lives of many, and those small decisions we may make which could greatly affect a few. We pray for those who feel unloved or unwanted in this world, and for the courage to reach to them with care and compassion, even as we seek to help those who are sick, imprisoned, lonely, lost, and grieving.
The faith and hope you have implanted within us, Lord, has much to offer our world, but without the love of Christ abiding in us, we are nothing. So come now and dwell within us. Recreate us as people able to love, and bind us one to another for the sake of all your world. For these and all of our prayers we offer to you in his name.
Prayers from Common Worship*
God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of 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.
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:
help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
God of heaven,
you send the gospel to the ends of the earth
and your messengers to every nation:
send your Holy Spirit to transform us
by the good news of everlasting life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in
heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of
your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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 (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
When all we wanted to define of you, O God,
confronts the openness of your design,
we grumble, murmuring at limits we impose
and you completely set aside.
We know propriety in grace
but you abound in prodigal excess,
exactly where we frown.
Grant us the smiles to recognize
the opulence of your delight.
Service of Table
God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us abundantly and called us to be a community that blesses others through the sharing of our love, our talents and our material possessions. Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we receive our morning offering.
O God, through the offering of these gifts, we become a more open people—open-minded in hearing your word and wisdom, open-hearted in healing a broken world, open-handed in heeding your call to charity and enacted love. With thanks for all good gifts, we present a portion of our substance and the whole of ourselves.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Holy God, loving Creator, close to us as breath and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made. We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being to be our Savior. Gifted by the presence of your Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you as we unite our hearts with the entire family of your faithful people everywhere.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Bless this bread, and bless this fruit of the vine. Bless all of us in our eating and drinking at this table, so that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the risen Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all your children, as we seek to live faithfully as Christ’s body in the world.
[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.
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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