Pentecost +12, Proper 14C
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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.
91-All hail the power of Jesus’ name
349-My Jesus, I love thee
622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
425-Let us break bread together
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: Regrettably, no advice this week.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Into the throes of hope we rise,
attending to that unseen.
As rising by the urgency
of faith, we cherish promise.
The instance of exact desire
begins the welling joy sublime
that in this moment blesses.
Obedience beguiles our hope,
inspires our offered answer.
For in the way of Abraham
we rise to go at God’s call.
We go, we go, we know not where;
we follow faithfully the lure
as into lands of promise.
The promises of faith inspired
the longing of God’s servants.
With these we follow onward yet
to learn the home we’re seeking.
Indeed, this caliber of peace
exceeds all boundaries we’ve known,
for in completion lies joy.
220.127.116.11.8.8.7. Suggested tune: Luther’s Hymn
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: We celebrate the God of infinite power and love, who has called us into community.
P: We gather with God’s people of every age and place who have, by faith, found their true citizenship in heaven.
L: We journey together with hope, knowing that God who has fulfilled every promise in the coming of Jesus Christ will fulfill the promises of kingdom life for us and for all God’s children.
P: Thanks be to God for the faith that makes our life in Christ complete and promises life everlasting to all who believe.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Eternal God, we long for truths that are lasting, yet we want our faith to be alive to the people and problems of today. As we move forward in an ever changing world, may faith in Christ be our anchor, and your love be our guide through the presence and power of the Spirit. Unite our hearts, even as we unite our voices in your praise, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
How vast and deep is your love O God, for us and for all the world. 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.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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 of all mercy,
we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice
which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:
by our communion
keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel
and preserve us from all sin;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always
those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without
you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
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)
In our habitual anxiety, O God,
you bid us not to fear,
that, fearing not, we find the greater gift,
your kingdom readied for our days.
In freshest boldness, Lord God,
create in us the readiness
to hold attention to the care
entrusted to us now
for your most unexpected hour.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
As a people whose citizenship is not of this earth, but joined in holy community with all of God’s people and recorded in heaven, let us manage our lives accordingly. Our earthly journey is one that brings numerous resources our way, and yet we are reminded that they are not our own, but are ours to steward for the good of others. And so we hold them loosely, always watching for where they may best serve Christ’s mission in this world. Let us offer the gifts that God has poured into our lives freely, with thankful hearts, into the hands of God to be transformed and used for the good of Christ’s coming reign.
Lord Jesus, you who expressed your kingship not by taking but by giving, not by demanding but by sacrificing – bless us now as we follow your example in giving our lives back into your hands for the sake of others. May these gifts offered freely represent our faith in God’s all-sufficient provision for our lives in this world and the world to come.
Invitation to Commune
At this table, the church remembers and celebrates the love of God. The act of sharing bread and wine is a statement of faith and an expression of assurance. Communion happens in many different ways in different churches throughout the world, and in each place brings a new meaning of life in the Spirit of God that is right for that community.
But above all, here believers join themselves to the Lord of life. Death, which shows itself in sins, injustice, oppression and despair, yields to concrete demonstrations of life which produce peace, justice, hope, liberation and salvation.
This meal is an act of expectation. We, in the midst of our daily lives, proclaim the imminent manifestation of the reign of God, as citizens of that kingdom. Hope replaces sorrow; joy surpasses tears; the power of life triumphs over the reign of death. As an act of faith surpassing the limits of time and place, we sing along with John in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ: “Now God’s home is with mortals! He will live with them and they shall be his people. God will personally be with them, and will be their God. God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there will be an end to death. There will be no more grief nor crying nor pain, for the old order has passed away.”
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
It is good to glorify you, Mighty God, and to give you thanks, for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and forever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing. You created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love.
You loved the world so much that in the fullness of time, you sent your only Son to be our Savior. To fulfill your purpose and to create a new and heavenly people, he gave himself up to death; and rising from the grave, destroyed it, making the whole creation new.
Send the power of your Spirit upon us gathered here out of love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may truly be his body, cleansed by his blood, so that all who share this bread and cup may be one body and one spirit, together as citizens of your heavenly realm, to the praise of your name. Through Christ we offer to you our thanks and praise, 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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