Pentecost +22, Proper 24C
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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
16-Come, thou fount of every blessing
575-Come and find the quiet center
410-Now we come before God’s presence
622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
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: Psalm 121 is on page 760.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 18:1-8
Come frequently and pray:
the Lord who hears attends
to vindicate God’s own elect
who cry aloud.
So certain is the touch
that welcomes earnest prayer:
come, lift the heart above and joy,
the Savior bids.
For earnest is the voice
that keeps the plea in place
and satisfies the longing hour
with vigor’s cure.
And in the length of dare,
the insolent replies
by answering to free the case
Within the coming hour,
when all is wrought for Christ,
will there be faith discovered here
upon the earth?
So pleas the Savior yet
in searching for the heart.
Now rousing faith in eager plea
is sought in hope.
184.108.40.206.S Suggested tune: Leoni
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
God has promised to make a new covenant with God’s people – one which will be written in our hearts – stronger than stone, surer than earth’s foundations. Let us enter into this new relationship with God with joy, for although we do not always see evidence of it, this gathering for worship offers each of us the time and space to rediscover that we are surely now God’s own people.
OR (adapted by the editor from Psalm 119:97-104)
L: Let us give thanks to God for a path to good living.
P: O God, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.
L: God’s commandments make for wisdom, always abiding with us.
P: May I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.
L: How sweet are God’s words to the taste!
P: They are sweeter than honey in my mouth!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Almighty God, you have made a way in the world for each of us to follow – a way that leads to abundant life in your Spirit. Cleanse our hearts this day, and open our spirits to that new reality made known in Jesus Christ, that as our praise rises to you and our minds are awakened to your gospel call, we may be made ready to walk in your paths in fresh ways as your beloved children. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”). Amen.
Almighty God, maker of all, with joy we give thanks for all your goodness. We praise you for the love which has created and sustained us to this day, and for the gift of your Christ who brings us into covenant with you and with all your people of faith. Help us to treasure your gifts and to show our thankfulness by lives wholly given to your service.
We pray for your church whom you have redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus. Give it pastors and ministers filled with your spirit, and strength to serve by the guidance of your word. Perfect it in love and in compassion, and establish it in the faith of your saints. Unite all your people that one holy church may bear witness to you and your glory.
We pray that you would move our nation toward the justice of your peace. Bless our national, state and local leaders to serve all people with integrity. Purge from us all hatred and prejudice, and build within us your love, that even in our dealings with the other nations of earth we may be servants of peace, truth and justice.
Bless our homes with the joy of your presence. Strengthen our covenants of family and of faith, that our children may grow into fullness of faith, that together we may show forth your praise in our world through deeds and words of love and compassion—especially with those who are alone and lonely.
Let your grace be seen in seed-time and harvest, in labor and business, in leisure and rest, in arts and culture of our people. May all who do work find fulfillment of their vocations, and all who are in need of work find the relief of new endeavors.
Hear our prayers, O God, for those whom we name before you (_____), and for others whom we love, whose needs we lift to you in silence along with our own (silent prayer).
Comfort those who sorrow and are in need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation to those in mourning, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,
to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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.
Father of light,
in whom is no change or shadow of turning,
you give us every good and perfect gift
and have brought us to birth by your word of truth:
may we be a living sign of that kingdom
where your whole creation will be made perfect in Jesus Christ our Lord.
in whose service lies perfect freedom:
teach us to obey you
with loving hearts and steadfast wills;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed
your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your
mercy, that your Church throughout the world may
persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your
Name; 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)
Persistently, O God, we come.
Though we had thought a simple word would do,
we come again and yet again to you
to hold before your heart
upon our heart
the need we bear in life.
We wait upon your peace in expectation:
come now as our surprise, Lord God.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
God is at work in the world, renewing, remaking, resurrecting, bringing hope through the faith, the gifts, and the work of the church. We trust in God, and together we work for peace and justice through God’s Spirit as we offer our tithes and gifts. As we prepare the Table of the Lord to celebrate the great feast of Christ’s love, let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in his work as we bring forth the fruits of our lives and our labors.
Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share. We are rich in many things. Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude. We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.
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)
- We praise you, O God, for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ, who comes to us as living Bread. As we give you thanks for this loaf, we pray that we may receive the new life hidden within it, and know the power of your saving grace which sets us free to serve your world.
- With each new day, O God, your Spirit comes to refresh us, but all the more in the gift of this cup, Christ’s blood poured out for us. As we receive your gift of life anew in these gifts of bread and wine, may we be made ready and able to serve your world as your covenant people in the power of the resurrected Christ.
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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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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