Pentecost +9, Proper 11C
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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.
88-All my hope on God is founded
538-Hope of the world
595-Be thou my vision
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: Psalm 15 is on p. 729
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Colossians 1:15-28
O First Born of creation, shine,
the One who molds our world:
the heavens and the earth and all
lie subject to your grace.
Before and since: all things are yours,
the perfect and the flawed
the Church and those who follow, dear.
You reign, O Christ, in joy.
O First Born of the dead, arise
and sanctify our hearts.
For in this newness wrought in time
we find compete desire.
All that is wrought upon the cross,
all wrung in writhing hope,
becomes our partnership in faith
whence all God’s glory shows.
CM Suggested tune: St. Etheldreda
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: Be still and know that God is.
P: God was, also, in the beginning.
L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.
P: From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. We who have come to know your love, O Lord, are here to worship you. We ask your blessing upon us in this offering of our praise, and we ask your presence in every act of our lives, that we…your Church…may be confirmed in our faith, and give glory to your son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray (as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)
Loving and Holy Spirit of God, we pray:
- that we and all people may increasingly work together to establish on earth the rule of the kingdom of heaven;
- that the resources of the world may be gathered, distributed, and used with unselfish motives and scientific skill for the greatest benefit of all;
- that beauty may be given to our towns and cities, and left untarnished in the countryside;
- that children may grow up strong in body, sound in mind, and trained in spirit;
- that there may be open ways, and peace, and freedom, from end to end of the earth;
- and that people everywhere may learn to live in love through keeping the company of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose great name we pray.
(Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
Prayers from Common Worship*
Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our
necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have
compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those
things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our
blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son
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)
Luke 10: 38-42
Intensely wrought, O God,
we busy everything and note so well
our busyness, anxiety and drive.
Prepare in us the simple guise of life
to be aware of those drawn near,
to know you, Lord, and listen well.
For in the better part we find
the other at our heart’s new opened peace.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
What is right for each of us to give has always been our own decision. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that all must do as we have made up our minds, not reluctantly or under obligation, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Accept, O Lord, the offering we seek to make, of ourselves and our money; and grant that we may ever work and pray to build a world of peace and joy and freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)
Invitation to Commune
Christ’s table is spread for all of us—a place of gathering, of fellowship and of praise. Let us rejoice as we respond to God’s gracious invitation to receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood that we may be strengthened to live as faithful disciples.
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, creator of heaven and earth, you formed the universe in your wisdom, and set us in families on the earth to live with you in faith. We praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, and for the table you spread in the world as a sign of your love for all people.
We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, making you known to all who receive him. Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, you raised him from death to still be the friend of sinners. We trust him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us.
Pour out your Spirit upon us, that this bread and cup may be for us the body and blood of Christ, and that we, and all who share this feast, may be one with Christ and he with us. Fill us with eternal life, that with joy we may be his faithful people until we feast with him in glory. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, Almighty God, now and forever.
[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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