Proper 8B, Pentecost +5
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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
606-God whose giving knows no ending
461-Lord, whose love through humble service
382-We give thee but thine own
399-O God, unseen yet ever near
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 (© 2021, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 5:21-43
The burden of the father
whose little daughter dies:
he comes and seeks of Jesus
a surety by touch.
He comes beseeching mercy,
a saving, healing hand:
by this his daughter be well.
And Jesus goes with him.
Amid the swell of earnest,
as teeming crowds press near,
the woman bends to graze his him,
expecting healing’s gift.
And well at once, she sees him.
He turns to know who touched.
She admits he healed her there.
Your faith has healed; take peace.
It is announced, the girl died.
So let the Teacher go.
But Jesus says he will come
and leads the father home.
She sleeps, he says to laughter;
he closes crowds away.
‘Talitha cumi’ says he.
And she arises, fresh.
126.96.36.199.D Suggested tune: Ellacombe
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 130 is on p. 762
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
L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.
P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.
L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.
P: May we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ, that we may share God’s love and life.
L: The living Christ is with us.
P: Praise the Lord!
L: Christ has called us onto the road of discipleship. Often that road has been stony and hard. Sometimes we have stumbled and even fallen.
P: But God has been our friend and our guide. We have no cause to be alarmed. God is faithful to us, even when we are faithless.
L: Today we rejoice in God’s faithful love, and together ask for strength and signs of hope and life.
P: And again we are drawn together to celebrate the life that is ours in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God!
OR from ministrymatters.com
L: Lord, come into our hearts today.
P: Heal us from all our pain.
L: Lord, come into our lives today.
P: Bring us hope and peace.
L: Come, let us worship God who brings hope and peace.
P: Praise be to God for God’s healing mercies.
OR from ministrymatters.com
L: Come into the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving!
P: Serve the Lord with great gladness!
L: Know that God is truly with you!
L: Come, let us worship the ever-present God!
P: Let us celebrate with song and prayer God’s love for us.
OR from ministrymatters.com
L: Wait for the Lord, like those who hope in God’s mercy.
P: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
L: Watch for God, like those who eagerly await the morning.
P: We watch for God, whose power redeems us.
L: Hear God’s hopeful word, like those who long for pardon.
P: Sing praise to God and rejoice in God’s love.
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
Satisfy us with your mercy, O Lord, at the beginning of this day that in our fullness of joy all the day long we may find a true delight in singing your praises; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever (and who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
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, so that we may live with purpose, enthusiasm, and courage in the way of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
OR from ministrymatters.com
Lord of healing and mercy, remind us again of your power to heal our lives from fears and mistrust. Open our hearts to believe in your restorative power and your great compassion for us. Give us healing and make us agents of peace for you in this, your world (for we pray as Christ has taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)
OR from ministrymatters.com
Loving God, we are yours. We come as we are, with our cares and concerns. We long to touch you and find healing in your embrace. Strengthen our faith and heal our brokenness, that we may worship you with joy, (for we pray as Christ has taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)
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.
Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.
As we have often failed to be obedient to your will as individual disciples and as a church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.
We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.
Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
In the dry times of life, O God, as well as the fresh summer mornings, your Spirit comes to us with soul-quenching refreshment. Our longings for your help grow languid and tiresome in those harsher days, and we seek your strength to remind us, again and again, to trust in you, to drink deeply of the life you give, and to keep our hope keenly focused on the future you have promised. Yours is a future of a world made right, of bodies made whole, of relationships healed, of abiding peace and justice. Help us to seek it, to pray for it, to work for it, even as we pray for those troubles close to home and far away which burden our hearts this day.
We pray for those whose lives are endangered by war and unrest, those who struggle for justice, and those who seek after peace. We pray for the suffering, the imprisoned, the hungry, homeless poor. We pray for the sick and those who tend to their needs, who bring a cup of cold water to those who are thirsty. Hear our prayers, gracious God, for those we have named this day, ________________, and for those we name in the silence of our hearts.
Be near to us, Lord, and refresh our spirits as we gather again at your table. May we carry from this place a sure faith and a confidence in your wellspring of goodness, made known to us in Jesus the Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered
by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together
in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a
holy temple acceptable to you; 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 (© 2021, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Into the crucible of want and fear, O God,
let carefully your touch arrive.
For we are wanting to be free,
to know your touch to give us life,
that in our longing we appear,
your supplicants for all that’s dear.
‘tis by your gentle touch we rise
and know the dignity of grace.
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
Through our offerings we affirm God’s leadership. In the letter to the Ephesians we hear this charge: “Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.
Every time we come to the table, we are called to share in the offering. Christ’s body and blood was and is the offering of all offerings. That alone ought to appeal to us to give. Our giving will aid others in remembering him and give them the good news of life in Christ.
If our offering enables us to feed the hungry, give a drink of clean water to the thirsty, welcome a stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, then Christ himself will bless that offering. Hear him say, “Come, blessed ones of my Father, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for as you did it for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.”
Love is a powerful force in the world, stronger than hatred or fear or greed. The love of Jesus inspires us and makes us able to share generously the gifts we have received from God. Our gifts are one way that we love one another and the world around us, the world God loves. Let us be as generous with our giving as our God has been with love, with mercy, and with gifts poured into our lives.
OR from ministrymatters.com
Paul challenged the church at Corinth to recognize their abundance, that they might share with those in need. God calls us to give out of our bounty, that all might have enough to live on without fear. With eager hearts, let us joyfully give out of our abundance.
Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share. We are rich in many things. Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude. We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.
Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you not with our words only, but with our whole lives.
Invitation to the Table
Christ invites to his supper all those who desire to be nourished by the food of God – this bread, his body; this cup, his blood. This is not an easy thing for us to grasp, and yet the simplest of all things – that in Christ Jesus, God was reconciling the world to God’s own self. As those who seek to grow in faithful discipleship, let us prepare our hearts to receive the gifts of God that are given for all the people of God.
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)
Our God, you sent your brooding Spirit upon the deep when creation dawned upon your Word.
You sent your brooding Spirit upon Mary when you came Incarnate in Jesus, your Word made flesh.
You sent your brooding Spirit upon the Church when you created of us a people devoted in Jesus to your love in this time and in this place.
Send now your Spirit to brood on us that we may be full of your love as the waters cover the sea.
As Jesus claimed bread and wine to reveal himself anew, send now Holy Spirit upon this day that our communion may build of us the Body of Christ, that our meeting with you may feed our souls on heaven’s food, that our joy may be complete in the love your give to us for one another.
Include us wholly in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Loving and life-giving God, you have called us toward living faithfully by giving what we have received at your hand. Bless now this bread which we break, that as we receive it we may freely give ourselves as bread for the sake of all who hunger.
- Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this wine which we bless, that as we receive it from your hand we may be ever ready to pour out our lives for the sake of others who thirst for you, in the spirit of Christ our Lord.
You, O God, have come to us in Christ Jesus to teach by example the way of faithful living. As Christ’s disciples, we pray that you would make yourself known to us now in these gifts of bread and wine. Send forth your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may indeed be the Body of Christ, cleansed by his blood, strengthened to love you and serve you in this world by serving others in the Spirit of him who was made perfect, Jesus Christ 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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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 2020. Calendar for 2021
CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2020-21. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2020. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2020 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries
using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2020 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2020.
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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