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Pentecost +21, Proper 26C

 

Nov. 3 (if not substituted with All Saints observance)

 

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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:

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 or Isaiah 1:10-18
Psalm 119:137-144 or Psalm 32:1-7
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

 

For All Saints Sunday resources, click here.

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

618-How firm a foundation

713 God of our life

609-Take my life

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

402 According to thy gracious word

390-Lord of our highest love

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

In joy do we give thanks, Lord,

for those who grow in faith,

for all the threads of loving

among the faithful dear.

Thanksgiving is abounding

and hope inspires the heart

to leap as overflowing

in all that reaps our joy.

Make worthy by your coming

to make your call complete

that urgency of longing

you have impelled for us.

O God, in full compassion,

abundant in your will,

become the satisfaction

that life may thrive in us.

Although rote disappointments

abound and pare designs,

be come, O God, as eager

to find your will in flow.

We are become your own, Lord,

as you our sanctity

that steadfast we remain, Lord,

within your constant grace.

7.6.7.6.D   Suggested tune: Offertorium

 

OR On Luke 19:1-10

Along the road he passes,

the Savior in his stride,

accompanied by many,

a throng in eager joy.

But one who is unworthy,

whose business is corrupt,

ran on to climb to witness

the Savior walking past.

Immediately Jesus

looks up to see us there,

a people fraught and simple

who thought to see him pass.

But Jesus raises intent,

invites himself to dine.

And we must go to ready

the feast of the divine.

So gathered in our welcome

comes Jesus to the board,

to dine and share and glory

in how delight is bare.

As honor is uplifting

and bids the heart to chance,

to offer up our honor,

new-found, the Savior’s gain.

7.6.7.6.D     Suggested tune: Morning Light

 

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 weeks: Psalm 32 may be found p. 739

 

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

We are invited guests of Christ, who travels among us this day and every day, to a great feast of love and forgiveness. May we see him more clearly in our everyday lives because we have heard him here, in the midst of this gathering of grace.

 

OR

(John Berringer, adapted by the editor)

L: Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.

P:  Our mouths will shout forth praise.

L: Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.

P:  We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.

L: With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.

P:  We will worship from our depths.  Our souls exult in God!

 

OR

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: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Most gracious and loving God, you fill our hearts with praise for renewed life in Christ Jesus. Fill our minds with meditations which are noble and true, that we may be strengthened in our union with Him, for we offer our prayers and our worship in his name (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise.  Fill us with your spirit that we may celebrate your glory and truly worship you as we gather around your holy Table; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

See entries for All Saints’ Day (omitting sections, if desired)

 

OR

Gracious and loving God, we come to you with hearts that need to be opened to your word and your love. There is so much around us that tears at us and causes us to tremble. Keep us ever mindful of your presence and the hope that you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Guide us, we pray, as your church, struggling to spread the good news. Keep us focused on the mission and ministry to which you have called us and lead us forward. We know, Lord, that there will often be bumps and holes in the road along the way. Save us from dwelling on them and make us secure in the goals you have placed before us.

 

Hear our prayers for all who need your tender touch of healing in their lives—those we name before you each day, and those who are known only to you in the depths of our hearts. Be with those who mourn. May we all remember the love and grace that your faithful people have brought to our world.

 

We pray for all your creation, always at odds with one another. Guide our leaders and those of other nations that this world might truly be as you created it to be—a world of peace, hope and love.

These are our prayers, together with those that lie on the hearts of all your faithful people, which we offer to you in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “not my will, but thine be done.”

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and eternal God,

you have kindled the flame of love

in the hearts of the saints:

grant to us the same faith and power of love,

that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,

we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;

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 heaven,

in this eucharist you have brought us near

to an innumerable company of angels

and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:

as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage

we have shared their fellowship,

so may we come to share their joy in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

God of glory,

touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,

that we with all creation

may rejoice to sing your praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your

faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant

that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly

promises; 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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 19:1-10

 

To see you, Lord God, is our desire,

our longing in these eyes.

So, we climb to discover your surprise,

your call to entertain your day

within our fragile stay.

Refreshed in blatant awe, Lord God,

we come to find your presence dear

within the heart so quickened now

that we abandon all in joy.

 

Service of Table

You are encouraged to use texts for the Table from All Saints’ Day observance (with or without the reading of names of the deceased). 

 

OR the following may be substituted.

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.

 

Offertory Prayer

O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.

 

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)

Awaken us by your presence in our lives, O Lord, as we receive the gifts of life from your hands. Bless this bread which we break to be for us the body of Christ, and this cup which we bless to be his blood. May we who are blessed to receive from you be empowered by your Holy Spirit to act with urgency and love to care for the world for which you have given yourself in Jesus Christ.

 

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.

 

MORE…

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 2018. Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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All Saints Day/Sunday C

 

Nov. 1 or 3

 

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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:

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Psalm 149
Ephesians 1:11-23
Luke 6:20-31

 

Editor’s Note:

This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is often celebrated on Nov. 1 as “All Hallows’ Day” (or on the Eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, or “Hallowe’en”), remembers specifically the faithful who have passed from this life into the next through death, and celebrates the power of the Resurrection over death itself.  It was created specifically to assure that those who by their remarkable faith were deserving of having a feast day set aside to their honor would be remembered.   The feast established for Nov. 2, “All Souls’ Day,” was in its founding designed to mark an observance of the death of those of us who are perhaps “less remarkable” in our faith,  and to lead all of us to face the story of life with those we are nurturing in faith (our children) by a visit to the parish graveyard.  It might well be an occasion for those who would take note of it today to deal with the pastoral reality of a world which is widely in denial of the reality of death (or the powerful illusion of death, if that is one’s theological understanding of what happens when we cease to reside in this earthly frame), and make occasion to mark the brevity of life.

 

The celebration may also be offered in place of the Proper of the Sunday nearest Nov. 1, as is the custom in most congregations.

 

For Other Resources see:

All Saints’ Day (or Sunday nearest Nov. 1) Year A

All Saints Day (or Sunday): Nov. 1 (Oct. 28 or Nov. 4) (for year B)

Preparing for All Saints’ Day/Sunday Celebration

Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the Editor)

Excellent Resource from the Christian Church Foundation (pdf file)

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

637-For all the saints

649-Give thanks for life

67-O God, our help in ages past

75-I was there to hear your borning cry

385-An upper room did our Lord prepare

392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether

431-Go, my children with my blessing

See also: 433-434

See also Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the editor)

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

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

 

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

We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints.  Some of them are living, others have completed their physical lives here on earth.  Some have touched us personally, others have touched and called into question the institutions and structures of our society.  But all have shaken our being—all have been examples of lives and wholeness, working for justice.  We celebrate these persons and their lives in all aspects of God’s creation!

 

OR  (from Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9)

L: The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

P: In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died,

        and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

L: And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

P:  But they are at peace.

L: Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

P:  Because grace and mercy are upon God’s chosen,

        and God watches over the saints.

 

OR

L: The earth and all that is in it belongs to the Holy One.
P: Look, here is our God, for whom we have waited.
L: This is the Holy One, for whom we have waited.
P: Let us be glad and rejoice in our salvation.
L: Who shall ascend the hill of the Holy One? And who shall stand in this holy place?
P: We come, seeking the face of God.

 

OR

L: The Holy One shows us a vision of a new heaven and a new earth,
P: where everyone will live in peace and blessing.
L: Trusting in God’s promise to wipe away all our tears,
P: we worship in the blessed hope of life eternal. 

 

OR

L: With people from all times and places,

P: God calls us to worship and share together this mystery of life, and faith, and love!

L: In the company of those well-known and little known,

P: God invites us to journey together along this way of mystery, for our Lord is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

 

OR

L: The earth and all that is in it belongs to the Holy One.
P: Look, this is our God, for whom we have waited.
L: Will you come to the hill of the Holy One?
P: We come, seeking the face of God.

 

OR

L: We remember, the countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through time,

P: We remember the tender touch of loved ones, the healing words of comforters, the remarkable acts of fearless ones.

L: We remember, the supreme love of Jesus, the sharing of his suffering, the glory of his resurrection shown forth in the lives of his disciples throughout the ages.
P: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us worship God with joy!

 

OR

L: You, Lord, have called us: voices and grandfathered whispers off yellowed pages, guides in the desert, faceless faith still being shared.

P: You, Lord, have lifted us up by your hand: wrinkled strong hands of grandmother’s grace, quiet prayers spoken, lifting us up from despair. 

L: You, Lord, have shown us light: the light of millions of candles sharing their faith.  The light of saints past, the living tradition of the redeemed, the resurrection retelling, the passing of this flame from generation to generation.

P: We Remember, and because of you in them, we walk in the candlelight of Christ.

 

OR (from the Center for Faith and Giving)

from Revelation 21:1-6a

One: Look!  There is a new heaven and a new earth!
Many:  We’re looking, but it’s tough to see.
One:  God’s home will be among us!
Many:  We eagerly anticipate that realm.
One:  God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Many:  Death will be no more!
One:  Until that time comes, we actively wait and prepare for God’s realm.
Many:  Until that time comes, we’re grateful for love that holds us close.
All:     Alleluia! God is making all things NEW!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Any of the below may be concluded with: “who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”

 

Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body.  Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name; that with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

OR

We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you whether in brush arbors or cathedrals, weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses where your name was lifted and adored. Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. Bless the memories of your saints, God. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love, for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Faithful Redeemer, you are the beginning and ending of all things.  You promise to wipe away every tear, that death and mourning will be no more. You make your home among us, and teach us to live as the saints you call us to be. May we may truly be your people, living and doing your will, in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ.

 

OR

Alpha and Omega, beginning and ending of all creation, in your word we are unbound from death, and brought out into eternal life in you. May we so trust you in this time-bound world, allowing you to shape our lives, so that we may join those saints that have gone on ahead of us within the eternal world, where all is light, love, peace and joy. This we pray through Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Loving God, we your saints gather to worship and praise you this day. We celebrate the saints who have served you and been an example for us throughout the past. We give you thanks for the joy of being a part of the communion of saints with those who have gone before and those scattered around the globe. Open us to your Spirit to continue being the saints you have called us to be. In Christ’s name we pray.

 

OR

Eternal God, hope of all who trust in you, in Christ you weep with those who mourn even as you cry out in triumph over the grave. Unbind us from sin, release us from captivity, and with Lazarus, raise us from death to life, so that we may join that great crowd of saints who forever sing praise to your holy name; through Christ, the resurrection and the life.

 

OR (from the Center for Faith and Giving)

God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
As we remember those who have gone before us,
shine the light of your eternal presence in each one of us.
As we give you thanks for life,
encourage us to live in constant awareness of your Love which surrounds us.
As we offer you our praise and thanksgiving,
raise us up to sing a joy-filled “Alleluia”!

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Note:  Not every section of this intercession need be used.   

 

In peace, let us offer our prayers to God.  In response to my words, “Lord, hear us,” please respond “Lord, graciously hear us”.

 

In every age you have raised up holy men and women to reflect the light of Christ and to teach us the way of holiness.  We thank you for those who have been teachers in the school of Christ:  give understanding to those who study the faith that the Church has handed on, and clarity to those who communicate the gospel in a changing world … Lord, hear us.

                     All: Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We thank you for those who have been shepherds of your people: give a pastoral heart to deacons, priests and bishops, and the needful gifts to all your people in their ministry …Lord, hear us.  R

 

We thank you for those who have been Christian rulers in the world, and for those who carried the good news to lands where it had not been before: give wisdom to all who have power and influence among the nations, and establish God’s sovereignty among people of every race …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those whom you have called to live in community: establish mutual love among those drawn into fellowship in your service, and bless with Christ’s presence all the communities to which we relate …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have lived out their vocation in family life:give your grace to all who nurture children and all who care for the aged,and enfold in your love all your sons and daughters …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have brought wholeness through the medicine of the gospel: give skill to all who minister healing and reconciliation in your name, and comfort all who cry out to you from any sort of distress …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for the noble army of martyrs by the shedding of whose blood the Church has been enriched: keep under your protection those who are persecuted for the cause of Christ, and acknowledge, we pray,  (here, read the names of the dead, if not read elsewhere in the service), and all those who have passed through death trusting your promises …Lord, hear us. R

 

Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom, and we shall see your Son in his glory.  And now we offer prayer for those needs which lie closest to our hearts in silence.

 

                Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept.  The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

OR

We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you

Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,

Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses

Where your name was lifted and adored.

We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:

Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,

Strong hands and those gnarled with age

Holy hands

Used as wave offerings across the land.

We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;

Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,

Head ragged or aproned,

Blue-collared or three-piece-suited

They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.

Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.

Bless the memories of your saints, God.

May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.

 

OR

Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change, we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and for all those who having served you well, now rest from their labors.   We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten, for those dear souls most precious to us.  Today we give thanks for those who during the last twelve months have died and entered into glory.

 

God of Jesus and our God,

mindful of all those choice souls who have gone on ahead of us,

teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place,

to follow their example to the best of our ability:

to feed the poor in body or spirit,

to support and comfort the mourners and the repentant,

to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,

to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

to cherish and learn from the merciful,

to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.

 

Let us clearly recognize what it means to be called the children of God, and to know we are to be your saints neither by our own inclination nor in our own strength but simply by the call and the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you have knit together your elect

in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living

that we may come to those inexpressible joys

that you have prepared for those who truly love you;

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, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one

communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son

Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those

ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love

you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

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

In Christ we have obtained an inheritance – everlasting life. As an act of praise and thanksgiving, let us share our gifts with and through the Body of Christ.

 

Offertory Prayer

Generous Giver of all that we need, accept these gifts of simple bread and ordinary wine, that we may one day share in your holy feast spread out through all the world. We pray in the name of Jesus, your holy child, who sets the table for all people — a table of rich food and abundant joy.

 

OR

We offer our whole selves to you, O God, creator of everything. It is a joy and a blessing to share our gifts with one another. As we offer these things for the work of your church, help us to be mindful of all that we can do together as the Body of Christ.

 

OR (from the Center for Faith and Giving)

For every life remembered, for every gift given,
for every opportunity to connect with those who have gone before,
we give you thanks, God of Life.
Receive these gifts,
accept our tears, our laughter and our memories
and use all that we bring to proclaim the Realm which is yours,
made known to us most clearly in Jesus,
the first fruits of those who have died.

 

Invitation to the Table

from the Christian Church Foundation

This is a special day of remembering. We have remembered those Saints who died in the Lord in the last year. We remember at his table every week in worship the one who made us all Saints, the Special One Jesus Christ. He invited his followers to do this in remembrance of him. All are invited to bring memories to this table and present them to the present one.

 

OR

Many of the Saints whom we honored today were people with whom we shared meals, Family meals at the dinette table, holiday feasts in the dining room, picnic table barbecues, or church family meals at a carry-in dinner. Jesus ate meals with saints and sinners. So powerful was his presence in life that even in death those who had shared meals with him sensed he was still present when they broke bread and shared cup. The love feast of the early church is repeated here today when we share the meal at this communion table and sense his continued love in our lives.

 

OR  (from the Center for Faith and Giving)

The invitation is simple: come and eat of the feast.
Not a meal to nourish the body, but to feed the soul.

We receive the bread and wine connected to the ages:
to the saint of old who felt unworthy,
to the seeker eager to know God,
to the teenager who wonders what it’s all about,
to the child who eats with unburdened faith.

Woven into this time, the hopes and tears of generations.

There is great joy here.

No one is turned away for God is the host!

 

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)

 

It is always right and good to give thanks to you, Lord God of Abraham and Sarah, of Deborah and Moses, God of Isaac and Rebecca, of Mary and Joseph.  You have brought all things into being by your love and grace, and have called them good; and you have called together a people of faith to praise you, and filled them with your Spirit.   As we remember your people of all times and places which have lived in faith and hope of your eternal resurrection,  and joining with the whole company of your people in heaven and on earth, we praise your name and join their unending hymns of praise.

 

Here among your saints in this community, we remember those who have touched our own so intimately:  (Here the names of the dead are spoken)

 

These are your own beloved children.  Help us to remember them with joy and thanksgiving as we come to your table today.  Send the power of your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts that we may bring you praise in Christ Jesus our Lord, as we gather within his body, and in the days to come as we live to serve you in this age, and for the ages of ages to come.

 

ELDERS’ PRAYERS FOLLOW:

  1. Loving God, as bread broken and scattered, your church looks to you to make us one again.  Help us who receive this bread, remembering your love for us in Jesus Christ, to be strengthened in our faith and hope, knowing that in reality we are one with Christ and one with each other, enjoying the timeless feast which you have spread for us through your beloved Son.

 

  1. Send your Spirit upon us who gather here in faith, and upon these gifts of bread and cup.  May we who drink this wine be filled with your Spirit and renewed to join the great un-numbered host who sing your praise now and throughout eternity, until we join with them in the celebration of your victory at your heavenly table, for we offer you our praise and our lives through 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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018. Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

Pentecost +20, Proper 25C

 

Oct. 27

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

Support Our Work … read how you can help keep lifeinliturgy.org available for use without subscription charges.

 

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:

Joel 2:23-32 or Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
Psalm 65 or Psalm 84:1-7
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Luke 18:9-14

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

218-Thine is the Glory

233-Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

452-Here I am, Lord

565-If you will trust in God to guide you

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

395-Seed, scattered and sown

423-Become to us the living Bread

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22

O set all hope on God

through all the world be drear.

Incline by memory divine

to cleave unto the Lord.

Yes, gather now, impel

for all is wanton joy.

And in this moment, as life peals,

discover faithfulness.

We find in all the toll

despondency demands,

that life is singular with you,

O God of faithfulness.

As we go reeling day

by arbitrary day,

we turn our hearts afresh, O God,

afresh unto your praise.

Discover for our hope

the lien of your delight.

O God, compassion is your means,

the tenor of your grace.

And we are feeble now

and wary evermore.

In our complicity with grief,

we turn to you for hope.

SM         Suggested tune: St. Ethelwald

 

OR on 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Already at the gate,

prepared for sacrifice

we’re purposed to the challenge set

to stay the race complete.

Brought all so far, we stand,

awaiting God’s delight

and sanctified to share the prize

found fair before God’s face.

All set aside: the past

where no defense arose.

That all is gone; desertion’s done.

There is no prize in rue.

Set truly, received well,

snatched from the lion’s mouth:

you, Lord, provide for us this hour

the prospect of delight.

SM   Suggested tune: Carlisle

 

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 84 is on p. 745

 

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 65)

L: Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.

P:  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.

L: You crown the year with your bounty; the pastures of the wilderness overflow;  the hills gird themselves with joy;

P:  The meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

 

OR

from Psalm 34

L: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

P: My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.

L: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

P: O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Your blessings overflow, Almighty God, Maker and Renewer of the earth!  May our praises overflow with thanksgiving, as we celebrate your abundant gifts in our midst; and may our lives overflow with gracious love and service in your world, through Jesus Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God of love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come this morning longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives as we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Fill our longing hearts as we join together to worship you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

With thankful hearts for the bounties of our lives we come, O God, to offer our prayers and praise. As we gather this week keep us mindful of all the blessings in our lives and those we share our lives with. Be with us in worship as we lift our voices in praise of you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR

You who have created us and sustain us: we come with thanksgiving for these moments when we can ease the pace of our lives and listen for your voice. Create a spirit within us that truly draws us toward you and toward our brother and sisters; a spirit deep, perceptive, gentle and bold. Clear our minds, open our hearts and touch us with your presence and your power. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

(adapted by the editor)

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.

 

OR

O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people of all sorts and conditions. Make your purpose known in the earth, your saving power among the nations. We pray for the well-being of the Church. So guide and guard it by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in the unity of the Spirit and in righteousness of life. We commend to your generous goodness all those who are in any way afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or circumstances. Comfort and relieve them according to their individual needs; give them patience under their sufferings, and a happy release out of all their afflictions. All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

OR

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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast

the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God of all grace,

your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry

with the bread of his life

and the word of his kingdom:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your true and living bread;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

Additional Collect

 

Merciful God,

teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,

that trusting in your word

and obeying your will

we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of

faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you

promise, make us love what you command; 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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 18:9-14

 

Although we easily assure ourselves

and measure worthiness in runes,

Lord God, we find completion of your gifts

absent upon us as we flail

and stand aghast at our unworthiness.

Come, Lord our God; come, satisfy

and justify and rectify our need

by your forgiving touch.

 

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

Just as Christ has taught the way of life to us, the church, we have the responsibility of bringing life to the world around us through our ministries and the outreach of missions through our connections of faith around the globe.  Let us offer gratefully and sacrificially to the work of God who has given all for us.

 

OR

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.

 

OR

The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response. Let us present them with joy and thanksgiving.

 

Offertory Prayer

Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts.  Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.  Amen.

 

OR

We bring our gifts to you, Lord God, with cheerfulness and a joyful heart. Grant that with our gifts we may also offer a ready mind and a willing spirit to show forth in our lives the truth of the gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

OR

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.

 

OR

We thank you, God for this opportunity to express our love to you through the gifts we bring to support and encourage your work in near and distant places. Make our hearts glad that we can share in extending the gospel and helping to heal humanity’s pain, for we bring them to you with grateful hearts.

 

Invitation to the Table

Beloved of Christ, people shall be gathered from north and south, from east and west to feast at the heavenly banquet of the Lord.  Christ our Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed; therefore, let us celebrate the feast.  Christ invites to this table all who desire to follow in faith in the days that lie ahead, and to acclaim him Lord.  Let us come to this holy celebration in faith.

 

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)

 

  1. Loving God, we give you thanks for your life-giving Word, and the bread of life which is set before us in this meal.  As your Spirit has come upon your Church to do your bidding, so pour out your Spirit upon these gifts, that as we receive them we may be nourished to live as your body in the world, empowered for all good works through Christ our Lord.

 

  1. Your grace, O God, is abundant and freely poured out upon us.  The thirsting world yearns to drink deeply of the life that you alone can give. As we receive the cup of salvation in this offering of Christ for the world, may we be renewed in our conviction to serve you by a life of service to the needs of others, that the world may know you, and may celebrate your life-giving love.  This we pray in the name and spirit of Jesus our Lord.

 

OR

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.

 

OR

We thank you, God for this opportunity to express our love to you through the gifts we bring to support and encourage your work in near and distant places. Make our hearts glad that we can share in extending the gospel and helping to heal humanity’s pain, for we bring them to you with grateful hearts.

 

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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018. Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

Pentecost +19, Proper 24C

 

Oct. 20

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

Support Our Work … read how you can help keep lifeinliturgy.org available for use without subscription charges.

 

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:

Jeremiah 31:27-34 or Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 119:97-104 or Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5
Luke 18:1-8

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

16-Come, thou fount of every blessing

651-God who stretched the spangled heavens

575-Come and find the quiet center

612-O Jesus, I have promised

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

409-I hunger and I thirst

395-Seed, scattered and sown

410-Now we come before God’s presence

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Genesis 32:22-31

Alone within the night we stand,

we ponder depths with failing.

Yet, in this searing night we hold

exhausting effort ever.

For, facing more than we may dare,

we grapple earnestly our dread

until the morning ease us.

Entwined and holding well our own

as effort leans forever,

we find we neither master all

nor crush beneath the dreadful.

We face the worst and rage at fate;

we fabricate our own desires

until we limp into the dawn.

Within the midst of our worst night,

while all is strained and battered,

we clamor to achieve our best

and tremble at our longing.

As dawn impends upon our night,

we clamor for your blessing touch

and only thus do we begin.

8.7.8.7.8.8.7.     Suggested tune: Mit Freuden Sart

 

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 121 is on page 760.

 

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

God has promised to make a new covenant with God’s people – one which will be written in our hearts – stronger than stone, surer than earth’s foundations.  Let us enter into this new relationship with God with joy, for although we do not always see evidence of it, this gathering for worship offers each of us the time and space to rediscover that we are surely now God’s own people.

 

OR  

(adapted by the editor from Psalm 119:97-104)

L: Let us give thanks to God for a path to good living.

P:  O God, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.

L: God’s commandments make for wisdom, always abiding with us.

P:  May I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.

L: How sweet are God’s words to the taste!

P:  They are sweeter than honey in my mouth!

 

OR

from Psalm 113

L: Praise God! O servants of God, praise God’s name!

P: Blessed be God’s name from this time forth and forever!

L: From the rising of the sun to its setting, God’s name is to be praised!

P: Praise the Lord!

 

OR

L: All good gifts come from God, and we delight in them.

P:  God’s gifts are ours to use – to steward faithfully as stewards of the mysteries of faith.

L: Let us bring forth all that we are to offer to our Creator!

P:  We come with joy to offer our lives anew!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Almighty God, you have made a way in the world for each of us to follow – a way that leads to abundant life in your Spirit.  Cleanse our hearts this day, and open our spirits to that new reality made known in Jesus Christ, that as our praise rises to you and our minds are awakened to your gospel call, we may be made ready to walk in your paths in fresh ways as your beloved children. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Eternal God, we long for truths that are lasting, yet we want our faith to be alive to the people and problems of today. As we move forward in an ever changing world, may faith in Christ be our anchor, and your love be our guide through the presence and power of the Spirit. Unite our hearts, even as we unite our voices in your praise, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

With thankful hearts for the bounties of our lives we come, O God, to offer our prayers and praise.  As we gather this week keep us mindful of all the blessings in our lives and those we share our lives with.  Be with us in worship as we lift our voices in praise of you, through Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “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.

 

Hear our prayers, O God, for those whom we name before you (_____), and for others whom we love, whose needs we lift to you in silence along with our own (silent prayer).

 

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.

 

OR

In these quieter times, God of peace, as in the busyness of our hectic days, you hear the true prayers of not just what we say, but also what we do and who we are. Hear us as we join our hearts in unity to pray for your church. May we be united in your truth, committed in your love, and sanctified by your grace, that with one heart and one voice we might proclaim your gospel in word and deed, praising you for your abiding presence in our midst as a community of faith.

 

We pray for our fellow creatures, this world which you lovingly made, and the people of earth with all their diversity and commonality. We lift to you those in our world who weep, and those who cause their weeping; those without food, clothing, shelter or a means of sustaining life with the dignity of one whom you have created. We pray for those who distort the good news of the gospel, who make gods out of things, out of themselves, out of their systems, institutions or structures…and who find it all so hollow and empty.

 

We pray for those who live without meaning and hope, who live as objects of the whims of others, and those who live in broken families, broken communities, and a broken world. Lead your church, we pray, toward a new vision of our mission to them in Christ—the vision of shalom—both those who are afar off in other lands, but also here, where each of us may encounter them personally.

 

Tender and compassionate friend, give us the assurance that you are here among your people, and the gifts of quiet and rest in this celebration of your word and table. Enable us with your guidance to be your church and to do your will in our common life together. Pour out your Spirit on those who are suffering, especially as we lift to you our own needs and the needs of those whose lives are closely linked with our own:__________, and those we name in the silence of our hearts.

 

Bless us to follow in the paths of those saints who have gone before us in faith, whose steps were taken in the sure and certain comfort of your presence, that we may faithfully glorify you now, in your church and your world, forever. For these prayers we offer in the name and spirit of Jesus, your Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

OR

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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

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

 

We praise and thank you, O Christ, for this sacred feast:

for here we receive you,

here the memory of your passion is renewed,

here our minds are filled with grace,

and here a pledge of future glory is given,

when we shall feast at that table where you reign

with all your saints for ever.

 

Additional Collect

 

God, our judge and saviour,

teach us to be open to your truth

and to trust in your love,

that we may live each day

with confidence in the salvation which is given

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed

your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your

mercy, that your Church throughout the world may

persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your

Name; 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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 18:1-8

 

Beyond the matters of convenience, Lord our God,

you vindicate the true in heart

who come to you.

Without delay, you sweep life clean

and ready for the banquet you imply.

Discover by your grace, O God,

the brooding rapture of your faith in us.

 

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.  As we prepare the Table of the Lord to celebrate the great feast of Christ’s love, let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in his work as we bring forth the fruits of our lives and our labors.

 

OR

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has blessed us abundantly and called us to be a community that blesses others through the sharing of our love, our talents and our material possessions.  Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we receive our morning offering.

 

Offertory Prayer

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.

 

OR

Gracious and loving God, if we have gifts to bring, it is of your free mercy; for all things are yours, and what we have comes from you. Accept the offerings we make, and grant that gifts which can never be worthy may yet be hallowed by your blessing and used in your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

Invitation to the Table

Christ’s table is spread for all of us—a place of gathering, of fellowship and of praise.  Let us rejoice as we respond to God’s gracious invitation to receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood that we may be strengthened to live as faithful disciples.

 

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)

 

  1. We praise you, O God, for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ, who comes to us as living Bread.  As we give you thanks for this loaf, we pray that we may receive the new life hidden within it, and know the power of your saving grace which sets us free to serve your world.

 

  1. With each new day, O God, your Spirit comes to refresh us, but all the more in the gift of this cup, Christ’s blood poured out for us.  As we receive your gift of life anew in these gifts of bread and wine, may we be made ready and able to serve your world as your covenant people in the power of the resurrected Christ.

 

OR

O God, whose love and compassion for all of your children gave strength to your Son Jesus Christ to drink the cup, and receive the baptism even of death, receive our thanks and praise. Your presence in our midst, calling us toward his life of loving self-giving, is one that allows us to yield our sense of power for the sake of a higher good. Send your Spirit now, O God, upon this bread and cup, that as we receive them – the Body and Blood of our Savior – we may be empowered by you to give of ourselves humbly and with confidence in your abiding presence in our lives, as we look forward to your heavenly feast in the kingdom which knows no end.

 

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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018. Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

Pentecost +18, Proper 23C

 

Oct. 13

 

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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:

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 or 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Psalm 66:1-12 or Psalm 111
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

5-O for a thousand tongues to sing

277-Christians, we have met to worship

528-Give thanks

717-Let all things now living

424-I’m gonna eat at the welcome table

398-Be known to us in breaking bread

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Luke 17:11-19

 

So recognized, your presence, Lord,

brings chance for healing’s open joy.

Have mercy, Lord; have mercy, Lord,

and let us learn your healing touch.

 

So, sent upon our way to prove

the healing we have yet to see,

we take your word, O Saving Lord,

and journey on a pilgrim’s way.

 

Along our unexpected trek,

while busy with so many things –

life’s circle of anxieties –

I see the healing I am meant to prove.

 

And so I come, my saving Lord,

in gratitude for saving grace.

As other-born, I come to share

the gift of thanks to prove of love.

 

LM       Suggested tune: Solemnis Haec Festivitas

 

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:  See call to worship 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 by the editor from Psalm 66)

L: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.

P:  Sing the glory of God’s name; give to him glorious praise.

L: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!”

P:  “All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.”

L: Bless our God, O peoples.

P: let the sound of God’s praise be heard.

 

OR

L: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we know and love…

P: …neighbors and friends, sisters and brothers, a community of kindred hearts. 

L: People of God, look about and see the faces of those we hardly know…

P: …strangers, sojourners, forgotten friends, the ones who need an outstretched hand. 

L: People of God, look about and see all the images of God assembled here.

P: In each of us, God’s spirit shines for all to see. 

L: People of God, come, let up worship together.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

O God, you are the Source of all life and the Giver of every blessing.  As we gather to praise you, open our hearts to a new awareness of your overflowing generosity, as your grace floods our world and our lives with every good gift.  We wait upon you with expectation.  Awaken us, Lord, and make us to be more thankful stewards of your gifts, through Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Almighty God, we come before you this morning with thankful hearts for the many blessings you have given us. May we be ever mindful of your loving presence today and everyday as we seek to do your will. In Jesus’ name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Gracious God, who supplies us with every blessing in abundance, lift up our hearts in gratitude and thanksgiving.  Open us to remember the gifts we seldom notice, the bounty we take for granted, the rich possibilities you provide.  For bread without scarcity, for water that is pure, for houses to live in and friends to enjoy, we give you humble thanks.

 

We lift to you all those whose lives are linked with our own.  We remember (_______and) all those whom we name to you in silence.

 

Touch their lives with your grace and your peace, that they would know your love in these days of illness and unknowing and struggle.

 

In the days ahead, may we be more aware of the bounty for which we need to be grateful and of all the little things that make us who we are which we often overlook or ignore.  Help us to be more mindful every day of your goodness and love.

 

For beauty and bounty, for healing and hope, for the gospel of our salvation, we lift our voices in praise to you, Creator God, in Christ’s name.  Amen.

 

OR

God of Creation, God of Wonder, hear this offering of prayer and praise as a gift from our thankful hearts. We thank you for the wonders all around us. For grains of sand, the smell of rain falling on dry ground, for the shifting of the seasons and the sound of laughter. We thank you God for one another – for the joys and struggles of relationships that nurture us and help us to grow.

 

God, we thank you for your eternal presence in our midst and for the good news of your deep abiding love for all of creation. Even as we give thanks, we lift up the concerns that burden us this day. We ask your peace and blessing on all those we have named in this place today and all whose names and circumstances remain in the safe sanctuary of your Spirit’s care.

 

We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit and for all who provide care for the needs of others. We pray for the lonely and the despairing…for those who struggle with addiction…for those who feel trapped in situations of abuse…for those who making difficult decisions in life…

 

God we pray for your church and its mission in the world. Bless all of your children God, and pour your Spirit upon us, bringing healing, comfort and strength wherever it is needed. All this we ask in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Lord of life, hear us as we lift to you our hopes and prayers for the church and the world. Let your grace empower us as people of faith to better serve you in the common places of our lives, and in the people we meet on our faith journeys.

 

Open our eyes to the living Christ as we pray for and work with the poor, the broken-hearted, the sick and the bereaved.  Hear our prayers for those who are close to our hearts.  In your resurrecting power, lift them up and give them renewed strength and hope; and give to us all new faith by which to live our days with you.  Then will our lives be living witness to your resurrection, made whole by your love and care.  In Christ’s Spirit we pray.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

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, we pray that your grace

may always precede and follow us,

and make us continually to be given to all good works;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Gracious God,

you call us to fullness of life:

deliver us from unbelief

and banish our anxieties

with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and

follow us, that we may continually be given to good works;

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 17:11-19

 

Articulating gratitude, let us, O God,

surpassing all the words you give,

commanding us to go, perform –

let us return to breed thanksgiving here

within the ordinary breast

for life surpasses boundaries assumed

as trite for suffering for love.

 

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

By the goodness of God, we are called into the family of the church.  By God’s grace, we rejoice to share in the church’s life of mission and ministry.  Let us offer our tithes and gifts to God’s glory as a token of the offering of our very lives.

 

OR

As we remember Jesus, we are reminded of just how clearly his life demonstrated the truth that giving is the only proper expression of loving. Surely one can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. So God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.

 

But Jesus turned a corner in our understanding of the relationship between loving and giving when he indicated that not only does love result in giving, but giving also results in loving. He reminded us that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”

 

In our stewardship – our conscientious Christian management of resources—we find our concern achieving a wider and wider circle to include all those in our embrace whose needs are alleviated by our giving. In giving, we are able to go where we have never been, to embrace those whom we have never met, and express God’s love to them in languages we have never learned.

 

Our young ones love to sing “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” And when we follow God’s leadership, demonstrated in the loving ministry of Jesus Christ, we discover that “We’ve got the whole world in our arms,” embraced with more than sentiment, loved in more than words.

 

Offertory Prayer

O God, we thank you for your great generosity.  All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you.  Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness.  Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.

 

OR

Lord our God, we acknowledge that you are our Father, we are your children, our neighbours are our brothers and sisters in Christ. To their service and to your glory we dedicate ourselves, our hearts and minds, our wills and works. Strengthen our resolve to stand fast in your faith, to seek the help of your Holy Spirit, and to work willingly for your perfect kingdom, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

Invitation to the Table

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. (adapted from Alexander Campbell)

 

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)

 

  1. We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O God, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, we offer you these gifts.  Bless this bread that it might be for us the Body of Christ, strengthening us to live out the faith which he has created within us, to the glory of your holy name.

 

  1. Sanctify this wine by your Holy Spirit, O God, to be for your people the Blood of your Son, the holy drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

 

OR

Gracious and life-giving God, through your Son Jesus Christ you have revealed to us the way of lively freedom and hope through his journey to the cross. Send forth your Spirit now, we pray, upon these gifts of bread and wine, and upon us who receive them with thanksgiving, that we may find revealed in our lives the same gift of servanthood and loving sacrifice, for the sake of your world. Fill us with your presence we pray.

 

OR

O God, who gives the gift of bread that the world might be fed and enriched, as we break this bread which we offer back to you, may it be for us the Body of Christ for us, that we might live faithfully as Christ’s body in the world today.  Pour out your Spirit upon this bread and this cup.  May all who drink of this wine which you give never thirst again.  Refresh us, Lord, to live with eagerness and hope in the spirit of 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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

Pentecost +17, Proper 22C

 

Oct. 6

 

Worldwide Communion Sunday

At time of publication, I was unable to locate any new materials on the observance, but encourage you to take note of these items, and check back later for updates of the pages:

 

http://www.ministrymatters.com

http://www.jordanrimmer.com/world-communion-sunday-ideas-and-liturgy/

http://www.textweek.com/festivals/worldcommunion.htm

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

Support Our Work … read how you can help keep lifeinliturgy.org available for use without subscription charges.

 

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

 

Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 137 or Psalm 37:1-9
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

21-Let the whole creation cry

277 – Christians, we have met to worship

461-Lord, whose love through humble service

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service

422-Let us talents and tongues employ

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 2 Timothy 1:1-14

 

All praise within this suffering,

all joy abounding ever

be full and overfull, my Lord,

to bear God’s holy bounty.

With boldness and alacrity,

we rise, not timid in your eyes

but graced with strength and mercy.

 

For you, O God, have given us

abundance for rejoicing,

the qualities of holy love,

the banter of the songs of praise.

In this, O God, do we rejoice,

exulting in your majesty,

the flourish of your kindling.

 

Indeed, O Master of us all,

delight of every nation,

we come in beating mystery,

the suffering of wonder.

Alive and given unto grace,

we, O our God, bring joy to face.

For Holy Spirit dwells here.

 

8.7.8.7.8.8.7          Suggested tune: Luther’s Hymn

 

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  37 is adapted in Call to Worship 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 by the editor from Psalm 37)

L: Trust in the LORD, and do good.

P:  So we will live in the land, and enjoy security.

L:  Take delight in the LORD.

P:  God will give us the desires of our hearts.

L:  Commit your way to the LORD.

P:  We will trust in God, and he will act, making our lives shine like the light, and the justice of our cause like the noonday.

 

OR

adapted from Worship Ways, UCC

L: As we gather this morning, we remember our sisters and brothers around the world:

P:  From above and below the equator, from every time zone around the globe, Christ invites us all to join this Holy Feast.  

L: As today’s sunlight inches across land and sea, Christians gather to celebrate their place in God’s family.

P: All are invited and all are welcome.  Come, for the meal is ready!

 

OR

L: God who comes to us in Word and Spirit, calls us to a table set for all who hunger.

P:  We hunger for grace and forgiveness; we hunger for justice and peace.

L: God knows and meets our deepest hungers with bread which always satisfies.

P:  Thanks be to God who blesses and feeds all human yearnings, and who does this through our feeble, simple human hands.

 

OR

L: Let us come to Christ, the living Bread, who fills the hungry with good things.

P:  We rejoice in God’s provisions, abundant and freely given!

L: Let us come to Christ, Fount of all mercy, who quenches our thirst for life eternal.

P:  We celebrate God’s well-spring of grace and goodness, and come ready to drink to the fill!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

from The Jubilee Fund

Omnipotent God, who has ruled throughout the ages, we come humbly to your mountaintop to offer our worship, and to hear a word from you.  Help us this day to resolve to keep your commandments.  Help us to follow in your way.  Guide our steps and draw near to us in this time of worship; that all may know you are our God, and we, are your people, and we pray in the name of Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God who gathers into one all who yearn to feast with you, and makes that celebration beam with a brightness that can overcome any gloom, reveal to us anew the calling you have placed upon your faithful people: to serve the world with the tender compassion and peaceful justice of Jesus the Christ, in whose name we gather expectantly, and in whose name we pray (even as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

We ask, Lord, that during this hour you will lead us in your way, you will teach us your truth, and you will share with us your very life, so that your name may be honored, our lives may be enriched, and our world, through us, may be blessed. We offer our prayers in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

from ministrymatters.com

Holy Mystery, Protector of the faithful, glorious Spirit of wonder, Bread of heaven, you have made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor. You have called us to be your witnesses, to proclaim the good news in good times and in bad. Sanctify us and help us see ourselves in you, the living body of the risen Christ, broken and poured out to feed a hungry world. (This we pray as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Your love and grace are all sufficient, O God, for all the world’s deep needs.  Open our minds and hearts this day to receive with gratitude the gifts you have given – gratitude enough to be compelled to live as your witnesses, your instruments for grace and forgiveness, for justice and peace in our world.  This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of mercy and of love, you have called us to live in communion with all of your created world.  Give us a new appreciation for the diversity of creation, and for the people of our world whom you love with an everlasting love.  Help us to serve the needs of all who are suffering, sick, lonely, and broken by the struggles of life with the compassion and joy of true servants of Christ.

 

Give us grace to work with passion for the unity of your Church throughout the world, and to take our place among its people without expectation of reward, beyond the smile of your approval.  May our ministries be anchored in your love of justice and peace, and may all who serve be encouraged by the promise of Christ’s presence with us.  Make of us a more obedient people, gladly giving what we have received from your faithful hand.

 

Hear our prayers, O Lord, for those whose lives are closely linked with our own: (names), whose needs we entrust to you along with our own needs. (silence)

 

Grant, O Lord, that we might grow in grace and in love for you as we commend ourselves to your care and guidance.  Take us by the hand, O God, and by your Holy Spirit lead us to fulfill your calling in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

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.

 

Post Communion

 

Almighty God,

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

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**)

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to

hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire

or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid,

and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy

to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus

Christ our Savior; 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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 17:5-10

 

Stir us, O God, with deeply seething faith

that, as a portion like a mustard seed

enlivens us in heart and soul,

we may discover order transplanted in the sea,

where your creative love becomes

the means to nurture 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

Across the world and throughout all time, the Church has never ceased to offer praise to God.  Today, we take our place among the multitudes who worship, join in prayer for the world, and seek the gift of Communion in the Holy Spirit at the sacred Table of the Lord.  At the invitation of Christ, we come ready to receive, and to give; to be served, and to serve. May our giving reflect our gratitude for the gift of God in Jesus Christ, who has given all for the sake of the world.

 

OR

Today is World Communion Sunday.  One day a year, all Christians commit themselves to celebrating Communion together.  And yet in most places, we look around and realize we are still so very far apart.  Sadly, it is still the rare congregation which is truly mixed in age, race, background and belief.  We tend to gather and worship with our own.  Each year, on World Communion Sunday, as we remember the unity of the body of Christ, we also receive the Reconciliation Special Offering.  This offering seeks to under the damage of years of separation.  Years of not only separate, but unequal.  This offering seeks projects which heal and bring together the whole body of Christ.  Today as you bring your tithes for the work of this church, please consider also bringing an offering for the Reconciliation Mission.  Help us plants seeds of hope in Christ’s Name.  from The Jubilee Fund

 

Offertory Prayer

God of all people.  We come this day to bring our tithes and offerings before you.  We give them with the prayer that these gifts will truly bless others.  We bring them not looking out for our own interests, but for others.  Multiply and use these gifts that all your children may know the confidence and peace which comes through your abiding love.  Amen.  from The Jubilee Fund

 

OR

Holy Giver of all that we need, you have filled our hearts with joy and our hands with overflowing abundance. With thanks and joy, we bring these gifts, offering ourselves in communion with you and with all creation. Amen.  from ministrymatters.com

 

Invitation to the Table

It is Worldwide Communion Sunday: The day when all Christians gather around the table.  For us Disciples, it is simultaneously an ordinary day since we do this every Sunday; and a special day because it speaks to our plea for Christian Unity.  There is reassurance in knowing that for all of our divisions on doctrine, interpretation, and practice, today we are one body around this one table.  Yet there is sadness in knowing how much work is still to be done.  As we celebrate this feast of hope and remembrance today, let us instead focus on the great truth: All Christians are seeking to produce fruits for the kingdom of God, and have truly embraced Christ as the Cornerstone.  We may not have agreed on the structure, but our foundation together is sure.  Let us celebrate today knowing that throughout the world; wherever Christians are gathered.  Christ is remembered, Christ is celebrated, and Christ is glorified.  from The Jubilee Fund

 

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)

  1. Loving God, whose care for all you have made extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation, beyond place and pride, we give you thanks for the gift of this bread, which is the offering of your body for us and for the life of the world.  Send your Spirit upon it, and upon us to open our eyes to the realities expressed within this act of eating and drinking together, and our ears to your voice, ever calling us to share the gifts which we have been given.  [This we pray through Christ our Lord.]

 

  1. Your lovingkindness is forever, O God, and your faithfulness to all generations.  As we give thanks for the gift of this chalice, the new and everlasting covenant of Christ’s blood, we pray that your Spirit might be poured out in our lives, that we may know the fullness of your grace, and be refreshed to live in holiness and hospitality, even as Christ has welcomed us and welcomed all to your feast of joy.

 

OR

O God, who calls for us to go at the bidding of your word, and to do the work to which you have called us, we gather at your table as a people yearning to receive your loving, gracious word of forgiveness. Receive us as we break the bread which Christ has offered to be for us his body. And receive us as we drink the cup which he has blessed to be his blood. May all who come at your bidding be fed, renewed, and empowered to serve as you would have us to serve, through the grace of Christ our Lord.

 

OR

God who gives us bread for the journey, you have come to walk among us in the person of your Son Jesus Christ. The bread that we break as we gather at your table is for us his body, and the cup his blood. Pour out your spirit upon us gathered here out of love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. May we who receive them be transformed by your power at work within and among us, that all your world may have bread enough and more.

 

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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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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:

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 or Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 or Psalm 146
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

715-Now thank we all our God

86- Great is thy faithfulness

77-On Eagle’s Wings

404-A hymn of joy we sing

406-Beneath the forms of outward rite

431-Go, my children, with my blessing

 

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Amos 8:1a, 4-7

 

Look, O look on and see the devastation,

all of the faces gloomy and forgotten.

See how the burden weighs upon the people.

O!  Do attend them.

 

These are the mighty, these abounding richly,

these who are laden, luxury enraptured.

These are the sheltered, sheathed and tasting fine things.

How they ignore life!

 

Now does the prophet recognize the distance,

how these, our neighbors, know such different bearings

yet never striving to eclipse the chasm.

O how we linger.

 

So comes the breaking, grinding where the broken

must stand within the breach , the barren desert.

Now, in the failing, where the standard says love:

there all are beaten.

 

11.11.11.5.            Suggested tune: Iste Confessor

 

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 91 is the basis of hymn #77 (On eagle’s wings).  Psalm 146 is available on p. 766.  

 

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: God who comes to us in Word and Spirit, calls us to a table set for all who hunger.

P:  We hunger for grace and forgiveness; we hunger for justice and peace.

L: God knows and meets our deepest hungers with bread which always satisfies.

P:  Thanks be to God who blesses and feeds all human yearnings, and who does this through our feeble, simple human hands.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Your love and grace are all sufficient, O God, for all the world’s deep needs.  Open our minds and hearts this day to receive with gratitude the gifts you have given – gratitude enough to be compelled to live as your witnesses, your instruments for grace and forgiveness, for justice and peace in our world.  This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

O God, our Creator and Sustainer: we come with thanksgiving for these moments when we can ease the pace of our lives and listen for your voice. Create a spirit within us that truly draws us toward you and toward our brother and sisters; a spirit deep, perceptive, gentle and bold. Clear our minds, open our hearts and touch us with your presence and your power. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Gracious and loving God, we come to you with hearts that need to be opened to your word and your love.  There is so much around us that tears at us and causes us to tremble.  Keep us ever mindful of your presence and the hope that you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Guide us, we pray, as your church, struggling to spread the good news.  Keep us focused on the mission and ministry to which you have called us and lead us forward.  We know, Lord, that there will often be bumps and holes in the road along the way.  Save us from dwelling on them and make us secure in the goals you have placed before us.

 

Hear our prayers for all who need your tender touch of healing in their lives—those we name before you each day, and those who are known only to you in the depths of our hearts.  Be with those who mourn.  May we all remember the love and grace that your faithful people have brought to our world.

 

We pray for all your creation, seeming to always at odds with one another.  Guide our leaders and those of other nations that this world might truly be as you created it to be—a world of peace, hope and love.

These are our prayers, together with those that lie on the hearts of all your faithful people, which we offer to you in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “not my will, but thine be done.”  Amen.

 

OR

Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts esires, 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.

 

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

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

 

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;

and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,

keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,

and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing

mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we,

running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of

your heavenly treasure; 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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 16:19-31

 

By bridge of heart, Lord God,

bring us to gladly cross the chasm

of difference and need

that in the surety of life and love,

the measure of the grace we own,

we may abide your word.

 

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

All who hunger for God have been welcomed by Christ at a table spread with the fruits of mercy and peace.  Here we find the Bread that satisfies; here we drink to never thirst again.  As we prepare to receive the gifts of God, let us open our hearts to hear God’s promise of life eternal, open up our lives to give of ourselves as Christ has given sacrificially himself to us, and then come with grateful hearts to the Gospel Feast.

 

OR
The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response. Let us present them with joy and thanksgiving.

 

Offertory Prayer

Receive our lives, O God, which we offer in token to you through the offering of these gifts.  May we, and may they, be used for the purposes to which you have called them, and to which you call your whole church, in the works of love and healing and justice shown in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OR

We thank you, God for this opportunity to express our love to you through the gifts we bring to support and encourage your work in near and distant places. Make our hearts glad that we can share in extending the gospel and helping to heal humanity’s pain, for we bring them to you with grateful hearts.

 

Invitation to the Table

See Offertory statement above

OR

L: Let us come to Christ, the living Bread, who fills the hungry with good things.

P:  We rejoice in God’s provisions, abundant and freely given!

L: Let us come to Christ, Fount of all mercy, who quenches our thirst for life eternal.

P:  We celebrate God’s well-spring of grace and goodness, and come ready to drink to the fill!

 

OR

All who hunger for God have been welcomed by Christ at a table spread with the fruits of mercy and peace.  Here we find the Bread that satisfies; here we drink to never thirst again.  As we prepare to receive the gifts of God, let us open our hearts to hear God’s promise of life eternal, open up our lives to give of ourselves as Christ has given sacrificially himself to us, and then come with grateful hearts to the Gospel Feast.

 

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)

 

  1. God our Provider, we hunger for the bread which satisfies. All other sources have failed us, but you are ever faithful.  As we bless your name and break this bread, may it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be his body in the world, confident of your gracious provision for living faithfully and serving freely all of your children.

 

  1. Send down your Holy Spirit, we pray, upon these gifts of bread and wine, mighty God. Be known in our midst as we receive from your hand, that as witnesses of your grace and mercy we might live graciously and mercifully as your children, in the spirit of 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…’

 

MORE…

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 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.