Pentecost +21, Proper 23C
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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
5-O for a thousand tongues to sing
424-I’m gonna eat at the welcome table
717-Let all things now living
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.
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: Sorry, no good advice. See Greeting below.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 2 Timothy 2:8-15
the Lord of all we know,
the risen Lord who hears us,
the one of David’s line:
this is the heart of gospel,
the raking of this world
whereby the suffered moment
finds focus in new joy.
This word of God, not fettered,
is free and active yet:
it is the satisfaction
that brings all bathing grace.
Indeed, our Lord, we answer
the tumult of the day;
with hearts alive with wonder
at your salvation’s reign.
We come unto the Savior;
with him we all have died.
So in his living presence
we are alive with Christ.
In all endurance, Jesus,
we reign in your delight
and by the faithful Savior
we answer faithfully.
Suggested tune: Aurelia
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted by the editor from Psalm 66)
L: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.
P: Sing the glory of God’s name; give to him glorious praise.
L: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”
P: “All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.”
L: Bless our God, O peoples.
P: let the sound of God’s praise be heard.
L: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we know and love…
P: …neighbors and friends, sisters and brothers, a community of kindred hearts.
L: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we hardly know…
P: …strangers, sojourners, forgotten friends, the ones who need an outstretched hand.
L: People of God, look about and see all the images of God assembled here.
P: In each of us, God’s spirit shines for all to see.
L: People of God, come, let up worship together.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, you are the Source of all life and the Giver of every blessing. As we gather to praise you, open our hearts to a new awareness of your overflowing generosity, as your grace floods our world and our lives with every good gift. We wait upon you with expectation. Awaken us, Lord, and make us to be more thankful stewards of your gifts, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Gracious God, who supplies us with every blessing in abundance, lift up our hearts in gratitude and thanksgiving. Open us to remember the gifts we seldom notice, the bounty we take for granted, the rich possibilities you provide. For bread without scarcity, for water that is pure, for houses to live in and friends to enjoy, we give you humble thanks.
We lift to you all those whose lives are linked with our own. We remember (_______and) all those whom we name to you in silence.
Touch their lives with your grace and your peace, that they would know your love in these days of illness and unknowing and struggle.
In the days ahead, may we be more aware of the bounty for which we need to be grateful and of all the little things that make us who we are which we often overlook or ignore. Help us to be more mindful every day of your goodness and love.
For beauty and bounty, for healing and hope, for the gospel of our salvation, we lift our voices in praise to you, Creator God, in Christ’s name. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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.
God our Father,
whose Son, the light unfailing,
has come from heaven to deliver the world
from the darkness of ignorance:
let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding
that we may know the way of life,
and walk in it without stumbling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God, our light and our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and
follow us, that we may continually be given to good works;
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)
Beyond the given word, O God, we pause,
return in thankfulness.
It seems so excess, basic, lean:
after all, O God, you send us on our way.
Become for us, Lord God, the well of faith
and unction of our healing grace
that in this hour we resonate
in great thanksgiving for your love.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
By the goodness of God, we are called into the family of the church. By God’s grace, we rejoice to share in the church’s life of mission and ministry. Let us offer our tithes and gifts to God’s glory as a token of the offering of our very lives.
O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.
Invitation to Commune
The Holy One says: “Why spend money on that which does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to me, and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all. Listen now my people, and come to me; come to me and you will live.” Christ invites to this table all who confess him as Lord and seek to follow in his way. Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may. Come not because you are fulfilled, but because in your emptiness you stand in need of God’s mercy and assurance. Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a presence and to pray for a spirit. Come, then, sisters and brothers, as you are. Partake and share. It is spread for you and me that we might again know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invited us to join the people of God’s new age.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
- We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O God, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, we offer you these gifts. Bless this bread that it might be for us the Body of Christ, strengthening us to live out the faith which he has created within us, to the glory of your holy name.
- Sanctify this wine by your Holy Spirit, O God, to be for your people the Blood of your Son, the holy drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
Conclusion: 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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