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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
277 – Christians, We Have Met to Worship
344 – I have decided to follow Jesus
425 – Let us break bread together
426- The Voice of Jesus Calls His People
439 – God, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Isaiah 49:1-7
Too light it is, this witness borne
in closest straits of anxious life.
The breadth and width of all delight
is in the light we bear for you.
In shadow moment lost to view,
discouragement dismays the soul.
In vain, in vain is our lament;
yet God observes us otherwise.
For this our God has formed us well:
to savor honor, mercy, life;
and in the strength of God’s delight
to answer challenge with lithe praise.
Intent upon the God who calls,
upon the holy, eager fare,
we echo how our Holy One
has chosen light in hearts to shine.
LM Suggested tune: Fulda
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 40 is on page 740.
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Call to Worship
L: Come with me on a journey in faith. Bring your hopes and visions of a new possibility, for God’s work among us is just beginning.
P: We are called into a future yet unnamed. We hear the call of Jesus and venture forward, leaving behind our comfort zones and certainties.
L: But as we travel light, in the spirit of faith and expectation, we are led by the One who brings to light God’s dreams for us and for the world.
P: May we be witnesses to God’s new tomorrow, and go with confidence, knowing that we never travel alone.
L: Sisters and brothers, we are called to follow Jesus.
P: What a challenge! What an opportunity!
L: Called to move, as he did, among the people, to feel with them, to care with them, to touch them and be touched by them.
P: Called to discern those gifts of life which God has hidden deep within each of us, and to share freely those gifts of our hearts, our hands, our whole selves.
L: Called to place our gifts into God’s holy hands, and to follow with hope.
P: We will hear the call to follow Jesus and listen for his voice to lead us, calling us God’s children, calling us each by name.
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions
How vast and deep is your love O God, for us and for all the world. As we give you thanks for the beauty of creation and for the gift of life, we turn to you for strength and guidance to help those of our world in need of care and healing.
We pray for our community, our nation and world that peace and justice might be made known. We pray for our families and friends, especially those who are hurting, sick, grieving or alone. We pray for our own burdens and needs, both spoken and unspoken…
We yield our lives to you as we offer our prayers in the strong and saving name of Jesus.
Prayers from Common Worship*
Collect Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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. Post Communion God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Additional Collect Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
O Lamb of God, attend this moment
where life begins its exploration
in freedom and capacity to own
the fire and Spirit of our God.
In this, invite us by your face
to follow and behold your grace.
Service of Table
Offertory / Invitation to Give
Every good and perfect gift comes from God, the Lord and Giver of all. How we manage the gifts we have been given, however, is a matter of the choices we make. We have been given the good sense to use God’s provisions for the purposes God has called us to. And in Christ, we are given the Spirit’s guidance to make those choices well. May we bring forth the best we can offer, the best we can choose, for the blessing of the world, and for the carrying forth of Christ’s mission.
We give thanks to you, God of love, for the abundance of life in your presence. As we offer to you our tithes and gifts, may we also offer the very best of ourselves. Bless and use them and use us for your purposes in the world, so that Christ may be known and heard and followed by others whose lives we touch.
Invitation to the Table
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 (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)
- O God, your very nearness to us makes us at once uneasy and filled with great comfort. In the breaking of this bread, we pray that you will bring confidence where we would waver, and that you will stir us when complacency would keep us from living fully the life of mission to which Christ has called us.
- Pour out your Spirit upon us, O God, and upon this bread and cup. May we know in the receiving of it the lifegiving presence of the resurrected Christ, and be empowered to live as your people in this and every day.
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…’”
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
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 2016. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; 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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