Pentecost +13, Proper 17A


Sep. 3


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Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):


Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Exodus 3:1-15 or Jeremiah 15:15-21 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c or Psalm 26:1-8 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

275-Christ is made the sure foundation

461-Lord, whose love through humble service

609-Take my life

272-The Church’s one foundation

430-Lo, I am with you

386-We come as guests invited


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 Matthew 16:21-28


Encountering the throes of life

extended through the common strife,

we find of Jesus that he told

the passion in uncommon view,

to tell of how the Son of God

engages all the depths of woe.


Against the grain of bitter style

does Peter rise to chasten Christ.

Immediate, the answer comes

to put behind the tempting drums.

Go, Satan, says the Lord in truth,

get thee behind me lest we fail.


Indeed the following of Life

encounters deeply galling woe.

These are the throes that truth endures

when greeting settle, nettled vows.

To take the cross is how we go

in following the Savior now.     Suggested tune: Melita


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   

This week:  Psalm of the day is not included in the hymnal.  See Greeting below.


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 from Psalm 105)

L: O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name, make God’s deeds known among the peoples.

P:  Sing to God, sing praises to God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.

L: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

P:  Praise the Lord!



L: In the best and worst of times, we hear the call of faith to join in worship.

P: From deep within, we sense the need to offer praise and offer up our burdens.

L: Despite the circumstances we face, God desires to provide the very best for all of earth’s children.

P: So we come to the Table of Christ, where we find God’s provisions in abundance, satisfying the true hungers of our hearts.


Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness.  We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your loving Spirit, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



O God, your desire has always been that each of your children might be made whole, and live abundantly and freely in your presence. Center our hearts and minds that we may be prepared to receive the gifts you so freely give to all, and empower us to share with others from grateful hearts, so that all may know your love and gracious provisions. This we pray through Christ our Lord (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. Amen.


Prayers from Common Worship*



O God, you declare your almighty power

most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,

that we, running the way of your commandments,

may receive your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

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


Lord of all mercy,

we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice

which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:

by our communion

keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel

and preserve us from all sin;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Alternative Collect


God of glory,

the end of our searching,

help us to lay aside

all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,

and to give all that we have

to gain the pearl beyond all price,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good

things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in

us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth

in us the fruit of good works; 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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 16:21-28


We find reality unkind, unfitting to our hopes, O God.

Yet in the taste of love divine

the course of cross and agony abide.

Set us to following your way, O God,

the way that learns abandon well,

the way that is the cross in toll

that we discover life your way;

in Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

The apostle writes: “My sisters and brothers, I implore you by God’s mercy to offer your very selves to God; a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for God’s acceptance, the worship offered by mind and heart. Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world, but let your minds be remade and your whole nature be transformed. Then you will be able to discern the will of God, and know what is good, acceptable and perfect.”  In our offerings today, may we fully give ourselves to God to be remade as true people of praise.



God has made every provision for our lives on this earth, giving not only enough in creation to keep us alive, but to give us life that is abundant and rich with possibilities. How do we respond to such graciousness and love? May it be by offering not only what we feel obligated to give, but what God’s example has set for us, and what God’s Spirit inspires in us – the very first fruits, the very best of our lives and of our labors.


Offertory Prayer

We dedicate this money as one evidence of our stewardship, loving God.  Our silver and gold have no value except as they are invested according to your purposes.  Our lives gain value as we give our time and talents in loving service.  Use all that we have and give to build the community you intend, through Christ our Lord.



By your grace, O God, you have provided abundantly for us. May these offerings from that abundance bring forth fullness of life for your children here and around the world, for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.


Invitation to the Table

As we hear the call of Jesus for us to follow in the way of discipleship, may we remember that this journey of life involves a cross.  Here, at his Table, we are starkly reminded of his suffering and death, and of his victory of life.  As we break the bread and drink the cup, his body and his blood, may we be healed by his sacrificial love and recreated to serve God in all the days ahead.



God is the great provider. From earth’s bounty we receive this bread, worked by human hands, and brought to us to be offered as our spiritual food; and this wine, made by human labor to be brought to this Table as our spiritual drink. All of this is God’s doing, and not just for us, but for all the world. Christ himself invites us to receive with thanksgiving the blessings of God’s hand. Let us come near the Table he has spread with joy and gratitude.


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)

As we consider the call of Jesus to follow in the way of discipleship, O God, we remember that this way of life involves a cross.  Here, at his Table, we are starkly reminded of his suffering and death, and of his victory of life.  As we break the bread and drink the cup which you have provided, we pray that your Holy Spirit would be on us and upon these gifts which we offer in union with Christ’s sacrifice for us.  May they be for us his body and his blood, so that we who are healed by his sacrificial love may be made new to serve you in fullness of life.


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 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, 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.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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