Pentecost +17, Proper 19B
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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
21-Let the whole creation cry
627-I want Jesus to walk with me
612-O Jesus, I have promised
387-Bread of the world, in mercy broken
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 (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On James 3:1-12
Earnest in thy service,
Lord, we do confess well
that we seek in hope.
Ah, our Lord the savor
of your word constrains us
that we may be true.
Certainly, we hear the word,
seine delight – your fullest calling –
and by honor hold true.
Limits urge: be careful,
hold in truth and peace, love
that we follow sure.
Surely in constraint now,
in the fruitless warning
discipline holds line.
Yes, O Lord we harness fire,
take the moment on desire’s lunge
and seek to guide truly.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6. Suggested tune: Jesu Meine Freude
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 19 is, in part, on page 731
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Call to Worship
L: We gather to give thanks for all the blessings and hope of life.
P: We praise God; we rejoice and give thanks.
L: We join our voices in praise and thanksgiving.
P: In all things, may God be glorified!
L: Come, friends, to a great celebration. In the midst of trouble, God is with us.
P: We come from our wanderings, our lost places; we bring our struggles, our lost souls.
L: God, who created all things, loses nothing. Do not fear: God holds you very close.
P: With hope for life and life eternal, we offer our prayers and praise to God.
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
You have brought us again to new life, O God, and gathered us in this community to be your people as we work and witness in this world. Feed us today with the presence of our risen Lord, and breathe into us your Spirit, that we may be enabled in all we say and do to glorify your name. (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
God of Love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come before you a people longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives, for we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Come to us this day and fill our longing. In Christ’s name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”) from “Flames of the Spirit”
Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions
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.
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.
God of all that you have created, as a people gathered in hope, we are moved by the despair of others. As a people of love, we ache for those who are lonely, lost and fearful. As a people of life, we mourn with those who are touched by death. As people who struggle to trust more fully in you, help us to minister in the Spirit of Christ to all whom we meet, and to not lose heart as we try to live out the gospel.
We pray for the grieving—the hungry and homeless—the oppressed—the victims of war. We pray for our community and nation, and its president and leaders. We pray for those who are sick and recovering, and those whose sickness will lead to death. In life, in death, in life beyond death, you are with us, and for this we give you thanks. Empower this church and all your people to awaken to the reality of your presence, grace and love, and bring us at last with all your saints to the feast that has no end, which you have prepared for all who put their trust in you, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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.
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, because without you we are not able to please you,
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct
and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Discovering your way, O God,
recovers our anxieties and frees us for rebuke.
For in your truth
the suffering of life endures
before the rising to demand.
Lead us in all the contraband of faith
to follow in the way your cross defines
in Jesus Christ.
Service of Table
While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here. We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future.
Offertory / Invitation to Give
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. Let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in God’s work.
This is a day to live, not for ourselves, but for others. Christ has given himself for us, and God has called us to pattern our lives in such self-giving ways. May we who remember the sufferings of the past be called forward toward the joy that God has designed for our world – where all are loved, all are fed, all will have enough. Let us give ourselves by giving of the resources that God has entrusted to us, as stewards of God’s grace.
As we gather at your table, O God, may we also be more aware of the opportunity that is ours to share with others the many blessings you have given us. May this be a time of joy as we give of our resources. Grant us wisdom to use these gifts in the fulfillment of your mission in the world, through Christ our Lord.
Thank you, God, for this high and holy moment in worship and in life when we have something to give that others need. Take our bread, our witness, our lives to benefit all your human family. May your glory be known among us and in all the world.
Invitation to the Table
Great occasions call for grand celebrations. Weddings, baptisms, holidays, birthdays, end of season banquets…name the day, and there are memories that arise within us of parties – feasts – attached to them. For many, these celebrations are most delicious to our memories because they mark for us a homecoming.
In our life together as church, we celebrate an ultimate feast whenever we gather. It’s simple fare – only bread and the fruit of the vine, but it marks a priceless, precious moment for all who believe: a truly holy homecoming. Here, as we receive the gift of Communion, we celebrate with God that moment in which Jesus made a way for all of us, Gods wandering sons and daughters, to come home to God’s welcoming embrace. As we break bread together today, as in all days, we remember the gift of Jesus Christ to our world, and his self-giving love made visible on the cross. And we hear God’s call to all of us to simply come, receive grace, to be loved and embraced, and be home.
Come to the table, whoever you are, wherever you have wandered. The Table is set, and God wants to lavish love upon you. Come to the Table. Come home.
O God, you have offered your steadfast and forgiving love to us in the life of your Son Jesus Christ. As we give thanks for him at the table he has prepared, and as we break this bread, we ask that your Spirit would descend upon us, to make us more in his likeness, serving and giving from the fullness of life which you provide. Bless this cup, we pray, that all of us who partake of it may be made one with Christ, one with you, and one with each other in fellowship and service to all the world.
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)
Merciful Father, we thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine, and we pray that we who eat and drink them in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in obedience to our Saviour Christ in remembrance of his death and passion may be partakers of his body and his blood. With this bread and this cup, we do as our Saviour has commanded: we celebrate the redemption he has won for us; we proclaim his perfect sacrifice, made once for all upon the cross, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; and we look for his coming to fulfil all things according to your will. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, unite us in the body of your Son, and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
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 2017. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2017; 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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