Pentecost +23, Proper 25C
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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
218-Thine is the Glory
622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
395-Seed, scattered and sown
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 84 is on p. 745
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.
220.127.116.11.S Suggested tune: Leoni
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted from Psalm 65)
L: Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.
P: We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
L: You crown the year with your bounty; the pastures of the wilderness overflow; the hills gird themselves with joy;
P: The meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Your blessings overflow, Almighty God, Maker and Renewer of the earth! May our praises overflow with thanksgiving, as we celebrate your abundant gifts in our midst; and may our lives overflow with gracious love and service in your world, through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
(adapted by the editor)
Because God in faithfulness calls us to trust in the word of hope and promise, and urges us to believe the words of Christ, who said that whatever we ask in his name believing, God would do; let us open our hearts to God, both to speak and to listen in that same spirit.
Lord God, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us—for daily food, for health, for each breath we take, for freedom to choose, and for the gifts of your word, your power and your love. Our hearts are truly overwhelmed, O God, when we consider how you have entrusted so much to us. May we be worthy of that trust—may we be a people who are unafraid to live as fully and as richly as you want us to live.
Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to multiply all that you have given us, to risk spreading your word and perhaps see it misunderstood, to gamble by loving those whom others think worthy only of hate, to take chances by doing good to those who have not done good to us. Help us be faith filled and desire to increase your glory and your goodness in this world. Make us people who share in both word and deed that which you have given to us.
We pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all of its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.
We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair. Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”). Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God of all grace,
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of
faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you
promise, make us love what you command; 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)
We know so well, Lord God, the dearth
of our awareness. For we guess the best
and celebrate as victory
the sort of zeal that satisfies.
Teach us awareness of our void
and lure us to commend our want
that in the end the humble find
your gentleness so kind.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
Just as Christ has taught the way of life to us, the church, we have the responsibility of bringing life to the world around us through our ministries and the outreach of missions through our connections of faith around the globe. Let us offer gratefully and sacrificially to the work of God who has given all for us.
Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. Amen.
Invitation to the Table
Beloved of Christ, people shall be gathered from north and south, from east and west to feast at the heavenly banquet of the Lord. Christ our Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed; therefore, let us celebrate the feast. Christ invites to this table all who desire to follow in faith in the days that lie ahead, and to acclaim him Lord. Let us come to this holy celebration in faith.
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
- Loving God, we give you thanks for your life-giving Word, and the bread of life which is set before us in this meal. As your Spirit has come upon your Church to do your bidding, so pour out your Spirit upon these gifts, that as we receive them we may be nourished to live as your body in the world, empowered for all good works through Christ our Lord.
- Your grace, O God, is abundant and freely poured out upon us. The thirsting world yearns to drink deeply of the life that you alone can give. As we receive the cup of salvation in this offering of Christ for the world, may we be renewed in our conviction to serve you by a life of service to the needs of others, that the world may know you, and may celebrate your life-giving love. This we pray in the name and spirit of Jesus our Lord.
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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