Pentecost +26, Proper 28C
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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):
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
25-Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
703-When all is ended
711-O day of peace that dimly shines
417-We place upon your table, Lord
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.
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Malachi 4:1-2a
The rising of the sun, we find
brings sharpness to the longing eyes.
Intent on all that marks the day
we find the sun’s bright agony.
The arrogant and rude observe
the new day’s sun as scorching heat,
a ray that agonizes life
and batters hope with withered dross.
Come yet, devoted to the Lord,
whose ardor rouses evermore,
for day rise come as righteousness
and healing lingers in this light.
For dawn devises means to find
division by the Spirit’s sight,
that lean discernment of the heart
found boundlessly alert and live.
LM Suggested tune: Church Triumphant
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 98 is on p. 750
Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.
Call to Worship adapted by the editor from Canticle 9: Ecce Deus – drawn from Isa. 12)
L: Behold, God is our salvation. We will trust and not be afraid.
P: The Lord God is our strength and song, and has become our salvation.
L: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
P: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon God’s name.
Make God’s deeds known among the nations.
L: Shout and sing for joy, you who dwell in Zion.
P: For great in our midst is the Holy One of Israel.
L: God has promised a new heavens and new earth.
P: There, the former things are forgotten and all things are made new.
L: In God’s promised world, there is hope for justice and peace among all peoples.
P: May our eyes be opened to the promised future as we celebrate God’s faithful presence with us this day.
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
Great is your name, O God of all creation, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. As we give you thanks and praise in this gathering of your people, we pray that you would adjust our vision and align it with your own – your vision for a world made new – that we may fervently pray for it and work for it in the days that lie ahead. This we pray in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions
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…”)
Prayers from Common Worship*
Collect for the Second Sunday before Advent
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion for the Second Sunday before Advent
in this holy sacrament
you give substance to our hope:
bring us at the last
to that fullness of life for which we long;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Additional Collect for the Second Sunday before Advent
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for
our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever
hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have
given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; 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)
That Day, Lord God, evades our sight
and teases us relentlessly:
we think to be prepared.
But all along the word arrives
by messenger of some conceit.
And all along there is delay,
the sort that teaches patience.
Grant us the simple trust in your delight,
the organizing plight of life.
Service of Table
Offertory / Invitation to Give
God has offered the world a new vision of life which is full and abundant, teeming with all the good gifts that have been lavished upon us in Christ Jesus. May we be open to receiving them with gratitude, and in offering them, along with ourselves, for the sake of others, even as the gifts of this Table are offered not for us alone, but for the salvation of the whole world. Let us bring forth our tithes and offerings to God.
Bring forth the fullness of your vision to us, O God, as we open our hearts to you in the giving of these gifts. Like the praise we sing, may they bring glory to your name, now and in your world forever. Amen.
Invitation to the Table
(Communion Affirmation – offered in Chalice Hymnal, #401 from the words of A. Campbell)
L: You, my beloved, once and alien, are now a citizen of heaven: once a stranger, are now brought home to the family of God. You have owned my Lord as your Lord, my people as your people.
P: Under Jesus the Messiah we are one. Mutually embraced in the everlasting arms, I embrace you in mine: your sorrows shall be my sorrows, and your joys my joys.
L: Joint debtors to the favor of God and the love of Jesus, we shall jointly suffer with him, that we may jointly reign with him.
P: Let us, then, renew our strength, remembering our Sovereign, and hold fast our boasted hope unshaken to the end.
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)
- You, O God, are the helper of the helpless. In every age of our distress, you have come to us with an outstretched arm, a word of forgiveness, and nourishment for the journey. As we give you thanks for your faithful love and consecrate this bread to your purposes, receive our gifts, we pray, that as they are offered to you again you may multiply them, so that we and your hungering world might be fed.
- Lord of Life, as you have blessed the earth with fruit and inspired your children to make good use of it, we ask that you would now bless this wine – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – that it might be for us the blood of Christ, the cup of our salvation. Send down the power of your Spirit upon these gifts and upon us who gather here out of love for you, that as we receive and find renewal, we might learn to give of ourselves for the salvation of the world. This we pray in Christ’s name.
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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