Pentecost +16, Proper 18C
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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.
67-O God, our help in ages past
608-I would be true
588 – Have thine own way, Lord
391-These I lay down
108- Lift high the cross
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 139 is on page 765
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 14:25-33
This offering of longing
becomes our daily charge.
We find, O Lord, the valor
that holds our passion true.
Become in us the moment
that springs eternally
and answer as oblation,
our dignity and joy.
We come, O Lord, as offered,
a sacrifice of joy,
with cross upon the shoulder
and earnest in the walk.
In following at full cost
we dally in the way
and count our peace as offered
in holy urgency.
The cost is as the soul comes,
complicit in your hope.
Now all our hope arises
unto your welcoming.
These limits, so imagined
as to curtail our way,
are offered in following
unto your sanctity.
126.96.36.199.D Suggested tune: Offertorium
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (loosely adapted from Chalice Worship)
L: Friends in Christ, come apart from the chaos for a while, and linger in the presence of God who is our source of life.
P: God calls us to renew ourselves, and to find our life’s purpose.
L: The One who has made us would not have us journey alone. We gather as a sacred community of love, together on the quest to know God’s hope for our lives and for this church.
P: May we truly seek to live more faithfully as Christ’s family, listening for the voice of God in our midst.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. We come to you, O God of wonder, because you first came to us. You have known us long before we came into this world, and you have searched for a relationship with us and with all your children. Draw us back into the wonder of searching for a deeper connection with you. And in that searching, may we come to better know ourselves as we truly are, and as you would want us to be. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.
As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.
We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.
God, you have made each of us with gifts to express, and continually call us to discover and use them, as we fulfill our vocations in communion with you, for the common good. Make us aware of your calling in our lives, and help us to find creative ways in which to use our gifts to fulfill your calling, so that in all of our labors we may glorify you. As we give thanks to you for the work to which you have called us, and the opportunities you have provided for us to earn a living, we pray for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and who struggle to find their way forward in a difficult time. Help us to help them with the compassion and encouragement we find in Christ Jesus.
Reveal your presence with all of those for whom we pray, and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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.
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as
you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength,
so you never forsake those who make their boast of your
mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory
and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the
earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service
of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in
truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of
him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another
that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide
us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but
for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for
our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of
other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out
of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
This coming to delight, the company of peace
exacts of us, O Lord our God, the weight
of cross and constancy.
While in our staggering at such austerity
bring us afresh, O God, to taste
the satisfaction you endow
in mercy owned and spent.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
All good things come from God, the giver of life. This includes our financial resources, as well as our vocations and our ability to work. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation in our labors as well as our management of what comes from them. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.
With hearts of praise, O Lord, we dedicate to you these gifts as tokens of our lives and work. Use them, as you use us, to the fulfilling of your purposes for creation, that we might give glory to you not only in the hearing, but in the doing of your word.
Invitation to Commune
Out of the gracious love of God, a feast has been prepared. Bread has been offered – fruit of the earth, and shaped by human labor into what will be for us our spiritual food; and the wine is poured – fruit of the earth, shaped by human labor to be for us our spiritual drink. God is the provider, and Christ himself has made the invitation. May all of us rest from our labors, hear the voice of God, and come with joy and gratitude to the Table Christ has prepared.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
You, O God, have given us all good things. As we celebrate your love which calls us into being, calls us apart into your community of faith, the Church, and calls us into new ways of living, help us to find fulfillment in you, and in being faithful to the sound of your voice in our daily lives. Send forth your Spirit upon this bread and upon this wine, that they may be our spiritual food and drink, strengthening us for the labors you have set before us in Christ Jesus, for we offer ourselves to you in his name. 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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