Pentecost +5, Proper 7C
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Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
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.
72-To God be the glory
59-This is my Father’s world OR 85-Eternal Father, strong to save
594-Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (or alt.)
387-Bread of the world in mercy broken
687-In Christ there is no east or west OR 453-Called as partners in Christ’s service
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 42 on p. 740-1
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Isaiah 65:1-9
Not seeking you in offering,
attending not the fray,
yet you declare your readiness
for those rebelling yet.
As we, O Lord, pass on our way,
more self contained than free,
we, Lord, assemble on the spree
that finds you drawing near.
Becoming from reluctance, Lord,
unto the echo heard,
the seeking for your readiness
to tally well our hearts.
The blessing in this cluster’s wine,
preserved to satisfy,
is as in us you draw aside,
O God, to name us home.
CM Suggested tune: Beatitudo
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
(based on Psalm 68:4-5, 19; from re-worship.blogspot.ca)
L: Come, sing praises to God!
P: Rejoice in God’s presence!
L: For the Lord is our God: a Father to the fatherless,
and the defender of all who need protection;
P: the One in whom the lonely find a home,
and the prisoner finds release.
L: Bless the Lord, the God of our salvation,
P: God, who sustains and strengthens us, day after day!
OR (based on Ps. 133)
L: Holy God, the Father of us all, we gather to worship you and to reaffirm our shared relationship as children of God. P: With fatherly care, God welcomes us to our shared experiences of worship, fellowship, prayer and praise. L: Renewing God, we gather to be re-invigorated in our worship, and in the witness and relationships that flows from worship. P: Together and individually, we will be cleansed and refreshed by the holy winds of God’s Spirit, as it blows around and within us. L: The Lord our God gives new life and new blessings as we come together in the unity of one purpose – to praise and glorify God. P: Blessings, honour, glory and power belongs to our God, the Father of all humanity – who claims us all as beloved children. Amen.
© 2012 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year B, used with permission.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness. On this first day you began your new creation raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death. On this Lord’s day grant that we, the people you create by water and the spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory. Through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
We call on your name, O God, whose fathering love is extended into all the world you have made, for you have offered us the cup of salvation and welcomed us into your family. How can we thank you for the love you have shown us in Jesus Christ? Meet us again in this hour, that we may grow in faith and be responsive to your truth. Fill us with hope, renewing our confidence to face life in faithful trust and obedience. This we pray through Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, Father of overwhelming mercy, you have claimed each generation of people as your family, fellow workers, and heirs of your grace. From the wealth of your storehouses an endless stream of love, mercy, and wisdom has washed over your people. Wave upon wave of endless light sweeps over us. How great are your storehouses, O God, how vast, how varied your gifts! In this hour enable us to open our hearts and receive your gifts. We praise you for the treasure of your love poured out for us and for all, in a thousand ways, through Christ our Lord.
How vast and deep is your love O God, for us and for all the world. Like a strong and gentle father, you have brought all of your children into one great human family, and in Jesus Christ our brother have given yourself to us fully. As we give you thanks for the beauty of creation and for the gift of life, we turn to you for strength and guidance to help those of our world in need of care and healing.
We pray for our community, our nation and world that peace and justice might be made known. We pray for our families and friends, especially those who are hurting, sick, grieving or alone. We pray for our own burdens and needs, both spoken and unspoken…
We yield our lives to you as we offer our prayers in the strong and saving name of Jesus. Amen.
Dear Lord, Creator and Father of our human family, we live on the edge of the land of new beginning. New birth is your constant gift to us, and only those who receive it can share its joy. When the pressures of our lives bind and smother us with stress, remind us of the quiet place where we may come to you for sustenance and relief. Keep us sensitive and compassionate for everything that falters, fails and bleeds—whether in the field or forest, or beside the hot and tortured streets. Let us not hurry past the suffering ones, but bend to the torn and trampled to pour the oil of love and kindness. Give us wisdom to see in the eyes of youth the hope of a better world. Let us be thankful for the aged, who have born the heat and burden of the long day, whose courage and faith shine as stars to a dark world. Let your word be spoken to all who gather here in love for you and in search for renewal of life. Let this be the day, O Lord, when we beat our swords into ploughshares, our missiles into meat, our bombers into bread, in the name of the Lord of Love and the Prince of Peace. Amen. (adapted from F. Rossing Smith’s New Year’s prayer)
God of all love and holiness, on this day of love and wonder, we are awakened to the mysteries of life that you create. As we give thanks to you for your wonderful deeds of love and grace, we pray for the human family that we might be renewed and restored to love in your image.
Hear our prayers for families and those who journey alone, that we might establish within your church such a glowing love and acceptance that friendship might be strengthened and the joy of fellowship be known, that none may journey in loneliness.
Help us, we pray, to be a strength to the friendships and romance that you kindle in the hearts of people who love, that relationships between them might blossom according to your will, and that homes of peace and grace would spring up in this age of selfishness and hate.
Free us in love to serve our neighbors, especially as we consider the poor, the hungry, the oppressed and the ill, as we remember…
And help us to serve as agents of healing to our nation which is struggling to regain its footing in a time of distrust, pain and upheaval. May we be empowered to make our communities, grounded in your love for our world, places of forgiveness and reconciliation, where love is practiced in practical ways in our dealings with others who need us and need you.
Fill us with your Spirit as a people of faith that we may serve you all our days, and look forward to your heavenly feast of joy and love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
you have fed us at the table of life and hope:
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your
holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom
you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving‑kindness;
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)
Against the oppressors in strange lands, Lord God,
you rouse your indignation,
send them to the sea, the waste abyss.
Complete in us your live deliverance
that, snatched free to delight,
we follow in the way of Jesus
all our days.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
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.
Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Eternal One, our loving Father, who cares for each one of us as if you had no one else to care for, and who cares for all of us even as you care for each, we come here because you have invited us. We recognize at the deepest levels of our beings that it is at this table that we are affirmed and made whole. Enable us to know now the presence of the Christ, the one who calls us to be family, the one in whose presence no other can be called a stranger. Forgive us that we have been hard of heart, that we have failed to acknowledge others as brothers and sisters. Enable us now to accept the fact that we are members of one another, that we are family with all of your creation, and that we are all loved by you. We pray these things in the name of the Christ who has called us to you
O God, who brings peace in the midst of life’s chaos and hope where all is lost, we give you thanks for the gracious offering of yourself to us in Jesus Christ, and for his offering of himself in these gifts of bread and wine. Send now your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts. Transform us, as we receive the broken bread and cup outpoured, to be his body in this world, bringing peace and promise to all through his Good News spoken and lived. 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…’”]
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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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