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All Saints Day (Nov. 1) or All Saints Sunday A

 

Oct. 29 or Nov. 5

 

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Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly 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.

 

For Other Years 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)

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Revelation 7:9-17 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

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

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

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

 

Additional Psalm Setting:

Psalm 27 (1, 5-13 sing vs. 1, 4-8) – Metrical setting by David T. Chafin

 

  1. The Lord God is my light, and my salvation near;

Who shall cause me in fright to hide my heart in fear?

While God my strength, my life sustains, secure from fear my soul remains.

 

  1. When evildoers came to make my life their prey,

They stumbled in their shame and fell in great dismay;

Though hosts make war on every side, still fearless I in God abide,.

 

  1. My one request has been, and still this prayer I raise,

that I may dwell within God’s house through all my days,

the Lord God’s beauty to admire, and in God’s temple to inquire.

 

  1. When troubles round me grow, when fears and angers throng,

securely I will dwell in God’s pavilion strong;

Within the shelter of His tent God hides me till the storm is spent.

 

  1. Uplifted on a rock above my foes around,

amid the battle shock my song shall still resound;

Then joyful offerings I will bring, the Lord God’s praise my heart shall sing.

 

  1. Lord, hear me when I pray, and answer me in grace;

Lord, as I hear you say, “Come now and seek my face,”

my heart and lips their answer speak; your face, my Savior, I will seek.

 

  1. Hide not your face from me; in rage turn not away;

My help and Savior be; forsake me not, I pray.

Should father, mother, all forsake, the Lord on me will pity take.

 

  1. Teach me your way, O Lord,; make plain to me my path.

Because of enemies, protect me from their wrath.

Do not my soul, O Lord, expose to false accusers, cruel foes.

 

  1. Faint-hearted I would be had you not promised, Lord,

to show your grace while life to me you do accord.

Wait on the Lord, and have no fears.  Yes; trust and wait.  The Lord is near.

 

66.66.88  “Darwall’s 148th” (see Chalice #699 for tune)

 

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

 

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.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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 (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

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.

 

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. Alternative 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.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

 

 

Offertory Prayer

 

 

Invitation to the Table

 

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

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 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

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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All Saints’ Day/Sunday

Nov. 1 or 3

Also: All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2)

 

Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly 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.

 

Other Resources for the day’s observance may be found in prior entries:

2012 All Saints

2011 All Saints

 

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:

 

For All Saints’ Day/Sunday

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

 

Psalm 149
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 24:1-6

Ephesians 1:11-23
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 3:1-3

Luke 6:20-31
Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading (service 1): Matthew 5:1-12

 

For All Souls’ Day

Isaiah 25:6, 7-9
Episcopal reading: Wisdom 3:1-9 OR Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 27
Episcopal reading: Psalm 130 OR Psalm 116:10-17

Romans 6:3-9
Episcopal reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 OR 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

John 6:37-40
Episcopal reading: John 5:24-27

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   637-For all the saints, 649-Give thanks for life

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

Hymn of Invitation:   67-O God, our help in ages past   75-I was there to hear your borning cry

Communion Hymn:   385-An upper room did our Lord prepare   392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  431-Go, my children with my blessing  See also: 433-434

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.  Also see some fine  Hymn References from Oremus Hymnal:  http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/yearc.html

 

 

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://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 27 is available in the hymnal on p. 736

 

Psalm 27 (1, 5-13 sing vs. 1, 4-8) – Metrical setting by David T. Chafin

 

1. The Lord God is my light, and my salvation near;

Who shall cause me in fright to hide my heart in fear?

While God my strength, my life sustains, secure from fear my soul remains.

 

2. When evildoers came to make my life their prey,

They stumbled in their shame and fell in great dismay;

Though hosts make war on every side, still fearless I in God abide,.

 

3. My one request has been, and still this prayer I raise,

that I may dwell within God’s house through all my days,

the Lord God’s beauty to admire, and in God’s temple to inquire.

 

4. When troubles round me grow, when fears and angers throng,

securely I will dwell in God’s pavilion strong;

Within the shelter of His tent God hides me till the storm is spent.

 

5. Uplifted on a rock above my foes around,

amid the battle shock my song shall still resound;

Then joyful offerings I will bring, the Lord God’s praise my heart shall sing.

 

6. Lord, hear me when I pray, and answer me in grace;

Lord, as I hear you say, “Come now and seek my face,”

my heart and lips their answer speak; your face, my Savior, I will seek.

 

7. Hide not your face from me; in rage turn not away;

My help and Savior be; forsake me not, I pray.

Should father, mother, all forsake, the Lord on me will pity take.

 

8. Teach me your way, O Lord,; make plain to me my path.

Because of enemies, protect me from their wrath.

Do not my soul, O Lord, expose to false accusers, cruel foes.

 

9. Faint-hearted I would be had you not promised, Lord,

to show your grace while life to me you do accord.

Wait on the Lord, and have no fears.  Yes; trust and wait.  The Lord is near.

 

66.66.88  “Darwall’s 148th” (see Chalice #699 for tune)

 

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

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!

 

Call to Worship  (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.

 

Prayer of Approach  (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray:  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 (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (adapted by the editor from Common Worship)

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.

 

 

Collect of the Day (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.

 

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

When Preceding Elders’ Prayers

        Indented sections are printed in congregational bulletin

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

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,

L:  …we praise your name and join their unending hymn of praise:

        P:  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might. 

                        Heaven and earth are full of your glory.                                    

                         Hosanna in the highest. 

                        Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 

              Hosanna in the highest.

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.

(Proceed with hymn, Words of Institution/fracture, prayers of the Elders)

 

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

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.

2.  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…’”]

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

For All Saints’ Day:

 

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.

 

Alternative 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.

 

 

 

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

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. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

 

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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Looking Ahead:  Have you prepared your congregation for an All Saints’ celebration?  If not, you may want to include a form in your worship folder this week so that everyone has an opportunity to present the names of those sacred to their memory, which names may be read in worship on All Saints’ Day/All Saints’ Sunday during a prayer of remembrance.  A sample form is included below.

 

all-sts form

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See also previous entry.

from Oremus:

The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

This day marks the completion of forty days since the birth of Jesus, when Mary and Joseph took the child to the Temple in Jerusalem. The requirement in Levitical law was for Mary to be 'cleansed', the completion of her purification following the birth of a male child. Until that day, she could touch no holy thing nor enter the sanctuary. Yet on seeing the holy family, Simeon praised God and acclaimed the infant as 'the light to enlighten the nations' and the prophet Anna gave thanks and proclaimed him her Redeemer. The image of Christ as the Light has led to the celebration of light countering darkness, with candles often taking a central place in the observance. 

Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

We have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Let us worship God.

Blessed are you, almighty God,
for your Son Jesus Christ, 
the light to lighten the nations,
the Word made flesh
who searches the hearts of all your people
and brings to light
the brightness of your splendour.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Blessed be God for ever!

An opening canticle may be sung. 
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Psalm 12

Help me, Lord,
for there is no godly one left;*
 the faithful have vanished from among us. 
Everyone speaks falsely
with their neighbour;*
 with a smooth tongue
 they speak from a double heart. 
O that the Lord
would cut off all smooth tongues,*
 and close the lips that utter proud boasts! 
Those who say,
'With our tongue will we prevail;*
 our lips are our own; who is lord over us?' 
'Because the needy are oppressed,
and the poor cry out in misery,*
 I will rise up', says the Lord,
 'and give them the help they long for.' 
The words of the Lord are pure words,*
 like silver refined from ore
 and purified seven times in the fire. 
O Lord, watch over us*
 and save us from this generation for ever. 
The wicked prowl on every side,*
 and that which is worthless
 is highly prized by everyone. 

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord;
will you forget me for ever?*
 how long will you hide your face from me? 
How long shall I have perplexity
in my mind, and grief in my heart,
day after day?*
 how long shall my enemy triumph over me? 
Look upon me and answer me,
O Lord my God;*
 give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death; 
Lest my enemy say,
'I have prevailed over him',*
 and my foes rejoice that I have fallen. 
But I put my trust in your mercy;*
 my heart is joyful
 because of your saving help. 
I will sing to the Lord,
for he has dealt with me richly;*
 I will praise the name
 of the Lord Most High. 

Psalm 14

The fool has said in his heart,
'There is no God.'*
 All are corrupt
 and commit abominable acts;
 there is none who does any good. 
The Lord looks down from heaven
upon us all,*
 to see if there is any who is wise,
 if there is one who seeks after God. 
Everyone has proved faithless;
all alike have turned bad;*
 there is none who does good; no, not one. 
Have they no knowledge,
all those evildoers*
 who eat up my people like bread
 and do not call upon the Lord? 
See how they tremble with fear,*
 because God is 
 in the company of the righteous. 
Their aim is to confound 
the plans of the afflicted,*
 but the Lord is their refuge. 
O that Israel's deliverance
would come out of Zion!*
 when the Lord restores
 the fortunes of his people,
 Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad. 

FIRST READING [Malachi 3:1-4]:

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 

HYMN 
Words: Alan Gaunt (born 1935) © Stainer & Bell Ltd
Tune: Chartres

Yes, Mary we have greeted
the arrival of your child,
who came with God's compassion
to a world so harsh and wild.
He grew to serve love's purpose
in ways you could not share,
and when his flesh was broken
you knew such deep despair.

And yet we hail you, Mary,
as a mother truly blest,
whose child still shines upon us,
making God's love manifest;
your son who bore earth's sorrow
and died to heal earth's pain,
yet as a humble servant,
still comes in love, to reign.

As we recall his coming
into troubled Bethlehem,
we pray for true goodwill there
and peace in Jerusalem.
We long to see the healing
of earth's hostility;
the end of fear and hatred
through his nativity.

If only we would let him
break our prejudice and pride,
and fill us with compassion
like his own, which loved and died;
if we dared recognize him
in every infant's birth,
there could be peace with justice
for every child on earth.

SECOND READING [Luke 2:22-40]:

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, 'Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord'), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, 'a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.' 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 'Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.' And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, 'This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that
  the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.' 

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. 

The Benedictus (Morning), 
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Father through Christ our light and life.

Almighty Father, your Christ is acclaimed as the glory of Israel look in mercy on your Church, sharing its light ...
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your Christ in the temple brings judgement on the world look in mercy on the nations who long for his justice ...
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your Christ who was rich for our sake became poor look in mercy on all who are in need 
and those who suffer with him ...
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your Christ is the one in whom faithful servants find their peace look in mercy on the whole Church which glories in your salvation ...
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your Christ is the one destined for rejection look in mercy on us as we turn towards his passion.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God, clothed  in majesty,
your Spirit calls us to gather in your temple
to welcome your Son.
Enlighten our minds
and lay bare our inmost thoughts.
Purify your people, and make us obedient
to the demands of your law,
so that we may mature in your wisdom
and grow to full stature in your grace.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.

- The Lord's Prayer

Inspire us by your Holy Spirit 
to see with our own eyes him
who is the glory of Israel, 
and the light for all nations, 
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission. The biblical passage is from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright (c) 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of  the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The biography is from Exciting Holiness © European Province of the Society of Saint Francis, 1997. The opening sentence is John 1:14. The opening prayer of thanksgiving is adapted by Stephen Benner using phrases from a preface in _Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England_, material from which is included in this service is copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2000. The intercession is from material copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002. The collect is in _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.

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Texts for this commemoration:

Jeremiah 1.4-10
Psalm 67
Acts 9.1-22
Matthew 19.27-30

(or)

Acts 9.1-22
Psalm 67
Galatians 1.11-16a
Matthew 19.27-30

From Common Worship:

Collect

Almighty God,
who caused the light of the gospel
to shine throughout the world
through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul:
grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth;
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,
who on the day of Pentecost
sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles
with the wind from heaven and in tongues of flame,
filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel:
by the power of the same Spirit
strengthen us to witness to your truth
and to draw everyone to the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(or)

Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.  http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

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Tomorrow (1/18), some of the Church will be observing a commemoration not so much of a person (Peter), as of an “institution.”  The Confession of Peter was a transformative moment not only in the life of this disciple of Jesus, but brought to light Christ’s intention to move forward through the ages, against all evils and against all odds, with God’s world-changing mission. This mission comes with keys of great responsibility as proclaimers of God’s good news in word and in deed.   As people who have added our voices to this “good confession,” as it has come to be known in our tradition, who are we saying that Jesus is — not just for ourselves individually, but communally, as the people of God in this world? 

Christ continues to build his Church, and we stand amidst his living presence there to affirm who he is…and, also, who WE are.  As this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins with this commemoration, one affirmation might be that we are seeking to live as “one holy catholic and apostolic Church.”

Texts for the day are: Acts 4:8-13; Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5; Matthew 16:13-19

Collect of the Day:

 Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God:  Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 

(BCP, 1977)

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All Saints’ Day, Year A

Sometimes observed on a Sunday near Nov. 1

Oct. 30 or Nov. 6

 

Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly 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. 

 We would love to hear from those whose congregations observe All Saints’ Day and/or All Souls’ Day in any liturgical manner. 

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Revelation 7:9-17
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 24:1-6

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   637 (or any of those below)

Hymn of Prayer:    646

Hymn of Invitation:   701, 639, 648

Communion Hymn:   427, 393

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  649

 

Hymn for the Day (1991, David T. Chafin)

Awaken, church, and see the Sun

      drive shadows far and evil run:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Above the grief and pain of death

      Christ has prepared a place of rest: 

      Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Bright are the anthems of this hour;

          yet brighter still the Morningstar: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints of light,

      our souls to you, O Christ, take flight:

      Alleluia, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

The joyous table now is spread.

          Our Christ is risen from the dead: Alleluia, Alleluia!

The church in heaven to us nears;

      the conqu’ring Lamb to us appears:

      Christ is risen, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

O God of light and Christ the Son

      and Spirit Holy make us one: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints above,

      your power magnified in love:

      We praise you, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Tune:  Lasst uns erfreuen

 

Act of Praise (Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9)

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

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

     and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

     For though in our sight they were punished,

     their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,

because God tested them and found them worthy.

     Like gold in the furnace, God tried them,         

     and like a sacrificial offering, God accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

     They will govern nations and rule over

     peoples, and the Lord will reign over them       forever.

Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

     Because grace and mercy are upon God’s

     chosen, and God watches over the saints.

 

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).  If using the Roman Catholic Psalm, it can be found on p. 735.

 

 Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints, and those unnumbered throngs who praise God around the Throne.  Some have touched us personally, others have touched and reshaped our society and our world.  All of them are known to God, and all are precious in God’s sight, as are we, the saints of God on earth, being made fit to share in their inheritance in the ages to come.  Let us rejoice in God’s saints, this day and every day.

 Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

L: Praise the Lord, all you saints!

P:  Praise God all you heavenly hosts!

L: Patriarchs and Prophets, holy men and women, evangelists and apostles, all you holy martyrs: all whose robes are washed white in the blood of the Lamb:

P:  Praise the Lord!

L: We are the saints who are the living body of Christ, the Church.

P:  Praise the Lord!  O praise the name of the Lord!

 Collect of the Day  (created or adapted by the editor)

God of all holiness, you gave your saints different gifts on earth, but one holy city in heaven.  Give us grace to follow their good example, that we may know the joy you have prepared for all who love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Table Service (Disciples Tradition) with Remembrance of Faithful

The following (and several variations on it) were used by the editor on All Saints’ celebrations past at the Table in Disciples congregations.  The congregation often suggests names of those to be remembered in the prayer.  Other variations of it combine this with the Great Thanksgiving, and there are many good examples of it for those who use one.  This is offered as a prolonged invitation and prayer as prelude to traditional Elders’ prayers, which might best be scripted for the occasion, as is the case on many high holy days, to assure some cohesion and brevity, where needed.

 Invitation:

     Someone has said that time is simply a way to keep everything from happening at once.  And that’s a good thing.  If life had no orderly sequence of events, it would not be possible.  But there times when time fades before us.  Naturalist John Muir spoke of “those great thousand-year days” he experienced in the high Sierras; and we all know how long 10 seconds feels on a hot stove.  In these cases, time is overwhelmed in our consciousness by the events in time.

     So it is with communion, especially on a day like today, as we remember those saints who rest from their labors.  It has been said that whenever and wherever Christians join in communion, at that moment the pilgrim is arriving, just about to step over the threshold.

     Each year, on this occasion, we remember the lives of those whose service, hopes, accomplishments and faith have touched our own.  Let us be reminded of these words of assurance from scripture: In dying, Christ destroyed our death; rising, Christ restores our life; Christ will come again in glory.  As in baptism these faithful brothers and sisters put on Christ, so in Christ they are clothed in glory.

     Remembrance:

     Let us pray:  God of Abraham and Sarah, of Moses and Deborah, of Mary and Joseph, of Paul and Phoebe; God of our fathers and mothers, and God of all creation, we praise you for the great company of all those who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labors.  We praise you for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts.  We praise you for your children whom you have taken to yourself, as we remember:

            (Naming of the blessed dead)

     God of our ancestors, God of our here and now, these are your holy ones.  Make us to be your holy ones in this generation, in community with those who have done your bidding, now unbounded by space and time.  Help us to press on in the company of your saints everywhere as we praise you through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

     Words of Institutuion:

     Many are God’s saints; many are those who share this place at God’s table with us, just as Jesus shared with his close friends around the table on the night he was betrayed and offered up for us all.  At supper, he took bread, and having given thanks to God he broke it, and he gave it to his disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my body which is given for you;” and after the supper he took the cup, and having blessed it gave it to them saying “Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”     Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed.  This perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal, immortality.  Then shall come to pass the saying: “Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory?”  Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us join in the feast of Christ’s victory [as we sing our communion hymn…  OR  Let us pray.]

 

Memorial Prayer (adapted by editor for occasions when impractical to add the Memorial to the Service of the Table)

     Let us pray:   How rich is your mercy toward us, O God.  How great is the love with which you love your creation.  Hear the prayers of your people as we speak to you the joys and sorrows that are moving within us.  And speak to us once more your words of comfort and assurance.  Call to our remembrance how you stand with us when we are feeble, how you bear with us when we are weak.  Open our eyes, our ears, our hearts to a deeper understanding of your love and care for every child you have brought forth upon the earth, and for the earth itself.  Be attentive to those whose lives are closely linked with our own, whom we have named before you this day, and those we name in the silence of our hearts…

      Give us grace, God of Abraham and Sarah, of Moses and Debora, God of Mary and Joseph, of Paul and Phoebe—grace to walk in the company of those who have followed your Christ, both in days long past and in our present.  We would be your holy ones, all together, as faithful doers of your bidding.  As your Spirit moves among us this day, call to our memories those whose lives have touched us in a special way and who rest in your presence

      [Naming of the blessed dead}

These, and others are your holy ones.  Until we join with your people in praise at your throne, we press on.  And in the company of your saints from every age, we praise you, One God, world without end.   [Amen, or continue:]

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. 

Now they rest from their labors and their works follow them.

      Blessed forever is our God!  Amen.

As God has poured out his rich mercy in our lives,

let us give thanks as we gather at his table

to celebrate the life we share in Christ.

Blessed are you, Lord our God. 

Your giving never ceases. 

Fill the lives of your faithful people with such gratitude

 that we may always praise you in Christ.  Amen.

 A Litany of Saints:  Chalice Hymnal #488 may be used as an alternate act of remembrance.

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-10-30

Collects
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.

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.

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.

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.

Alternative 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.

FROM: Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.  The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church, reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.

 We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

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