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.
180 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
77 On Eagle’s Wings
179 Forty Days and Forty Nights
287 As a Chalice Cast of Gold
429 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
612 O Jesus, I Have Promised
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 91 – see 77 On Eagle’s Wings
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Romans 10:8b-13
The word proclaimed, that word is heard;
it lies upon the heart.
So heard that in our savor life
is stirred to share in Christ.
So eagerly the passion stirs,
the longing to be near
that in this moment of relief
we rise in faith to own.
The bounty of our God achieves
salvation’s earnest care.
Responding as a new born lamb,
we come, O God, in joy.
This Lord, our Lord, is Jesus Christ,
the One who claims our hearts,
the One who masters all our hopes
and leads us to our God.
CM Suggested tune: St. Anne
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: Once again, as the season of Lent begins, we are summoned by a gracious and merciful God.
P: We respond to God’s steadfast love, calling us together in praise.
L: Let us bow in awe before the One Who Creates.
P: We approach God in reverence and wonder, rejoicing in the invitation to holy places.
L: Walk humbly before God in secret disciplines, in prayer and fasting and giving.
P: We seek the One who grants us life, upholding us with a willing spirit.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of mercy, as we enter the season of Lent and turn our eyes with Christ’s disciples toward the cross, we ask that we may see clearly the sacrifice you have made for us, and then may we see as clearly the sacrifice we must make for others. Awaken us, God, to turn, to follow, and to serve in Christ’s name (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Confession of Sin
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from the love of God and neighbor. Repentance, fasting, prayer, study, and works of love help us return to that love. I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to love God and neighbor by confessing your sin [and by asking God for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline].
Unison: We confess, Lord, that we have sometimes fallen prey to the temptations our Lord rejected. Unlike the Savior who refused to turn stones into bread, we have misused our powers and positions for personal advantage. Unlike the Savior who refused to leap from the pinnacle of the temple, we have gotten ourselves into precarious situations, then expected God to miraculously save us. Unlike the Savior who refused to bow to Satan, we have compromised our standards in order to make financial gains. May we, like the Christ, recognize temptation for what it is, and reject its subtle attempt to control us.
Assurance: Take courage in this: that by using the authority of the Word, as Jesus did, we can subdue the suggestions of Satan and gain the advantage over evil.
Lord of all that is silent and all that is spoken, because our lives are full of detail and deadlines, much to be done and little time in which to do it all, we find few moments in which to savor the beauty of the world, to contemplate the fierce endurance of everything that lives, to enter that timeless realm of divine mystery which surrounds us, entered only in silence. Yet we know that this place exists and is close to us. O God, grant us a glimpse of this inner sanctuary, and the desire and calm to dwell there in prayer.
As we begin this journey through Lent, help us to make more time for study, and more time for silence, that we may hear your voice in our lives. Open us to hear the words of Jesus in new ways, as they were new to those who first heard them. Challenge us and renew us in this holy season that we may be worthy to be called your children.
Hear our prayers for all who are ill and who suffer in these days, especially (___and) those we name to you in silence.
Touch them with your peace and help us to be arms of compassion, strength and hope to them.
We ask your peace with all who mourn. May we all have comfort in knowing that indeed you have prepared a place for all who live as your children.
Build a road in the deserts of our hearts, O God—a road of worship and thanksgiving—and guide us in our journey of faith in this and every season of our lives, that we might be ever closer to you and to your Son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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.
you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;
by it you nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word
that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be
tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted
by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of
each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through
Jesus Christ your Son 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 (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Out of the Jordan, thence to follow
the Spirit’s lead, imperative
into the wilderness, the barren land
where only you, O God, sustain,
there find we the lingering affront
that parries pride and schemes of ease
in order that we hold supreme
the graces of your ministering allure.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
Each of us it to look not only to personal interests but also to the interests of others. We come together as the church of Jesus Christ to do this. We are devoted to a mission whose benefits are not for us alone. This is our opportunity to share in important work in this community and around the world.
These, your gifts, O God, are returned for glory. Bless us with wisdom to use them as you would have us to; and bless our lives with courage to do your bidding, through Christ our Lord.
Invitation to Commune
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger; you who believe in me shall never thirst.” In company with all who hunger for spiritual food, we come to this table to know the risen Christ in the sharing of this life-giving bread.
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 of mercy, you showed your strength in the midst of trials through the patient endurance of your Son Jesus Christ in the wilderness days of his life. Hear us as we look to you, in the midst of our own wilderness, for strength, sustenance, our daily bread. Send forth your Spirit upon us, Lord, that as we break the bread that you have provided and drink the wine which you have poured out, we may have our spirits strengthened to face what each new day will present to us in this place. Give us the courage of faith to endure temptations and the hope of new life to enrich our joy, as we receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood, which we offer up to you in his name for your blessing. 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.
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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