Pentecost +8, Proper 10C
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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):
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.
Hymn of Praise: 16-Come, thou Fount of every blessing
Hymn of Invitation: 343-Jesus is tenderly calling thee home; 340-Softly and tenderly
Communion Hymn: 409-I hunger and I thirst
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, I have nothing to offer.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Your word’s drawn near, O God,
drawn near into our heart,
whence rises all our eager hope,
the promise of your love.
Your word, O God, imparts
the quality of grace,
exerts within this fundament
the synergy of hope.
You wield commandment, Lord,
and satisfy our life.
For in the yearning of delight
we contemplate your word.
Drawn near, and nearer yet,
you bring construction here
that in our limber life of zeal
we undertake your joy.
SM Suggested tune: Southwell
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: God calls us together to worship this morning.
P: From our work and play within the world, God gathers us so that we may give thanks for creation’s goodness, for the strength to labor, for the wisdom to relax.
L: From amidst our friends and family God brings us here to participate in a community of faith, Christ’s people, a new family.
P: From everyday talk and chatter, God invites us to speak in truth from the depths of heart and mind, and to pray freely.
L: Let us heed God’s call and rejoice in what God enables.
P: Come let us worship together!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness. We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your loving Spirit, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Lord God, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us—for daily food, for health, for each breath we take, for freedom to choose, and for the gifts of your word, your power and your love. Our hearts are truly overwhelmed, O God, when we consider how you have entrusted so much to us. May we be worthy of that trust—may we be a people who are unafraid to live as fully and as richly as you want us to live.
Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to multiply all that you have given us, to risk spreading your word and perhaps see it misunderstood, to gamble by loving those whom others think worthy only of hate, to take chances by doing good to those who have not done good to us. Help us be faith filled and desire to increase your glory and your goodness in this world. Make us people who share in both word and deed that which you have given to us.
We pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all of its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.
We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair. Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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.
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who
call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand
what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and
power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ
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)
So near they come, O God,
those needing in the lapse of days.
They, in their want, accompany our sight
and we are busy on our ways.
Let gentle hands be ours
and steady hearts to know
the gracious touch that meets
these unprepared for love.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
The Apostle John says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees another in need, yet closes his heart, how does God’s love abide in that person. Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth.” Indeed, here in our offerings, we find deed and truth – our faith lived out. True, abiding, gospel love.
May these gifts bring light to those who walk in darkness, hope to those who live in despair, and justice to those who are oppressed. Grant to each giver a sense of participation in the most important opportunity of all time: to share your love with the world. To this end we dedicate our offerings and ourselves. Amen.
Invitation to Commune
Because of God’s great love for us and for all the world, we have been called to a new kind of living, where gracious hospitality and lavish love combine to offer help to the helpless, strength to the hurting, nourishment to the hungry and thirsty, and life to the dead. Let us prepare to receive out of God’s own hand of hospitality the gift of life eternal, offered for us and for the world in the body and blood of Christ our Savior.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
Open our hearts, O God, to see Christ revealed again in all the walks of our lives, but especially in this gracious meal which you have offered, and to which he has invited us and all the world. Send forth your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for his body and his blood; so that as we receive them, we may be renewed to carry forth his mission from you, to bind up the wounds of those who are suffering, to befriend those who are friendless, to care for those who are struggling outside the hope of life as you intend it, and to love as Jesus himself has loved. 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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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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