Proper 10B, Pentecost +7
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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
66-Immortal, invisible God only wise
531-Thank you, Lord
534-When our confidence is shaken
544-No, not one
535- Faith, while trees are still in blossom
491-As grain on scattered hillsides
384-Here at thy Table, Lord
395-Seed, scattered and sown
409-I hunger and I thirst
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 Ephesians 1:3-14
God’s blessing pours, anointing us,
begins the triumph of our Lord.
God blesses us in heaven’s call:
Chosen before foundations set,
we are become as holy yet,
become by grace as blameless ones:
Destined in love, we are God’s own,
children through Jesus’ purposed call
as praise and glory unto God:
Redeemed and gathered through Christ’s blood,
fully forgiven by God’s grace,
larded with mercy, we are come:
Here by the Spirit’s holy choice,
sealed by the Spirit’s promised love,
we come adoring to our Lord:
8.8.8. with Alleluia Suggested tune: Victory
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 24 is on page 735
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: The Spirit of God gave the universe birth.
P: The Spirit of God delivered the world.
L: Our God is the first; our God is the last.
P: No other god declares the word of creation.
L: Yet this same God invites us, saying, “Do not be afraid!”
P: Worship the One who banishes fear, who comforts the trembling and quickens the faint! Worship the One whose creation is renewed and whose creatures are never forsaken!
L: God calls us together to worship this morning.
P: From our work and play within the world, God gathers us so that we may give thanks for creation’s goodness, for the strength to labor, for the wisdom to relax.
L: From amidst our friends and family God brings us here to participate in a community of faith, Christ’s people, a new family.
P: From everyday talk and chatter, God invites us to speak in truth from the depths of heart and mind, and to pray freely.
L: Let us heed God’s call and rejoice in what God enables.
P: Come let us worship together!
OR from ministrymatters.com
(Psalm 24, 2 Samuel 6, Ephesians 1)
L: The earth is the Lord’s!
Everything in creation belongs to God.
P: Lift up your eyes!
See the mighty works of the Lord!
L: This is the Lord’s house! All who hope in the Lord
will be called children of God.
P: Lift up your hearts!
Receive the gracious gifts of the Lord!
L This is the hour for worship and song.
P: Lift up your voice!
Praise the Lord with all your might!
OR from ministrymatters.com
L: Come, sing and dance before the Lord.
P: Praise God with the sound of music and dancing!
L: Let every soul sing God’s praises!
P: Let the mountains tremble and the seas roar!
L: Praise the King of glory who guides our lives.
P: Praise the Lord of hosts who watches over us.
OR from ministrymatters.com
L: Come, give to the Lord your praises of thanksgiving.
P: We come this day, grateful for God’s wondrous gifts to us!
L: Sing with great enthusiasm of God’s mighty power and love.
P: We celebrate that love that frames our lives.
L: It is a wonderful thing to praise God!
P: May God’s praise always be in our hearts and in our lives.
Invocation or Prayer of Approach
God of all creation, everything that you have made lifts its unique voice to praise you in all of your glory. Even as we worship here, we join our voices to the one true song — the song the morning stars began, the song King David danced, the song the angels echoed at the birth of your Son. Glory to you, Holy God! Glory! Let this hour of worship be wholly to the praise of your glory. (This we pray with our Savior Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
OR from ministrymatters.com
Creator God, in praise and adoration our spirits dance before you today. You have created this wondrous universe and all the magnificent things within it. You have blessed us with so much throughout our lives, even to this day of praise and thanksgiving. Let our spirits soar! Let our hearts sing boldly of your wondrous love. We celebrate your love and presence with us, and it is in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we offer this prayer (as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)
As we worship this morning, O God, we pray that your spirit will be our strength, your word will be our guide, your love will be our comfort, and your promises will be our hope. We gather now to praise you, O God, in the name of Christ our Lord (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, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
OR from ministrymatters.com
Lord of justice and mercy, we come to you this day seeking your healing and reconciling love. Help us to be open to your word, your presence, your compassion. Clear our hearts of those things which block your will. Keep us focused on your enabling power so that we, having been healed, may more fully serve you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray (as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)
Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions
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 in our lives as individual disciples and as 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.
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.
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 servant leaders 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, esp the family of Don Nash, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.
Prayers from Common Worship*
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 of your great mercy keep us in the same;
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.
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who
call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand
what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and
power faithfully to accomplish them; 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 (© 2021, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Raw grievance stirs our land, O God,
and picture ruin on our better hopes.
Relieve us of our caustic pride,
our noxious fear of honest care.
For in our longing, we would seize
the majesty by which you please.
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
Each of us it to look not only to personal interests but also to the interests of others. We come together as the church of Jesus Christ to do this. We are devoted to a mission whose benefits are not for us alone. This is our opportunity to share in important work in this community and around the world.
The Apostle John says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees another in need, yet closes his heart, how does God’s love abide in that person. Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth.” Indeed, here in our offerings, we find deed and truth – our faith lived out. True, abiding, gospel love.
Many gifts have been sewn into our lives, the seeds of God’s generosity and love for the world. We are stewards of them, and are called by the gospel of Christ to spread them abroad, trusting in God’s care to nurture and bring forth the harvest of righteousness. Let us bring forth the fruits of God’s creative, loving care from the gardens of our lives.
True God, accept our gifts: gifts of our lives, our souls, and our treasure. Multiply and bless these gifts and consecrate them to the praise of your glory. Amen.
With hearts of praise, O Lord, we dedicate to you these gifts as tokens of our lives and work. Use them, as you use us, to the fulfilling of your purposes for creation, that we might give glory to you not only in the hearing, but in the doing of your word.
May these gifts bring light to those who walk in darkness, hope to those who live in despair, and justice to those who are oppressed. Grant to each giver a sense of participation in the most important opportunity of all time: to share your love with the world. To this end we dedicate our offerings and ourselves. Amen.
You, O God, are the giver of all life. In the offerings we bring today are fruits of the lives you have entrusted to us and the gifts you have given. Help us to bring them with joy and offer them freely, as you have offered yourself to us and to the world so freely in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Invitation to the Table
God has sown the seed of righteousness and peace in our world. And In Christ, the broken bread and the cup outpoured, we receive the sign and sacrament of God’s great love shed abroad. May we open our hearts to receive the strength and love God’s great gift as we come to the table.
Because of God’s great love for us and for all the world, we have been called to a new kind of living, where gracious hospitality and lavish love combine to offer help to the helpless, strength to the hurting, nourishment to the hungry and thirsty, and life to the dead. Let us prepare to receive out of God’s own hand of hospitality the gift of life eternal, offered for us and for the world in the body and blood of Christ our Savior.
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 God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray that we who eat and drink them in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in obedience to our Savior Christ in remembrance of his death and passion may be partakers of his body and his blood, and share with him in eternal glory. 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; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Open our hearts, O God, to see Christ revealed again in all the walks of our lives, but especially in this gracious meal which you have offered, and to which he has invited us and all the world. Send forth your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for his body and his blood; so that as we receive them, we may be renewed to carry forth his mission from you, to bind up the wounds of those who are suffering, to befriend those who are friendless, to care for those who are struggling outside the hope of life as you intend it, and to love as Jesus himself has loved.
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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