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Pentecost +9, Proper 14C

 

Aug. 11 (With back-to-school prayers)

 

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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:

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 or Genesis 15:1-6
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 or Psalm 33:12-22
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

277-Christians, we have met to worship

91-All hail the power of Jesus’ name

546-Amazing grace

487-Help us accept each other

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

349-My Jesus, I love thee

425-Let us break bread together

419-All who hunger, gather gladly (same tune as 277 above)

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 Luke 12:32-40

 

The Lord proclaims: Fear not for God delights in you ever.

Know that the kingdom is opened unto you this morning.

For we are shown

how the desires of our God

blossom in gifts of reception.

 

Certainly now and forever we come in compassion.

borne on the bounty our God has committed for certain.

All is acclaimed:

come in release to the joy

God ha expressed for our longing.

 

Ready your pace, prepare to admit our Redeemer

For he arrives at an hour of unusual passion.

Be ye prepared

to be accepting of him

as he arrives – O, adore him.

 

14.14..4.7.8.         Suggested tune: Lobe Den Herren

 

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:  Regrettably, no advice this week.

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship   

L: We celebrate the God of infinite power and love, who has called us into community.

P: We gather with God’s people of every age and place who have, by faith, found their true citizenship in heaven.

L: We journey together with hope, knowing that God who has fulfilled every promise in the coming of Jesus Christ will fulfill the promises of kingdom life for us and for all God’s children.

P: Thanks be to God for the faith that makes our life in Christ complete and promises life everlasting to all who believe.

 

OR

L: The Spirit of God gave the universe birth.

P:  The Spirit of God delivered the world.

L: Our God is the first; our God is the last.

P:  No other god declares the word of creation.

L: Yet this same God invites us, saying, “Do not be afraid!”

P:  Worship the One who banishes fear, who comforts the trembling and quickens the faint!  Worship the One whose creation is renewed and whose creatures are never forsaken!

 

OR

L: Christ our Lord united his followers together in Christian love.

P: His presence makes our fellowship a happy experience.

L: When Christ is our life, our fellowship takes on the nature of Christ, we experience unity, love and humility toward one another.

P: May Christ live in us, that we may be like him

 

OR from ministrymatters.com  Psalm 50

L: The mighty One summons us from sunrise to sunset.
P: Out of perfect beauty, God shines forth.
L: God calls to heaven and earth, “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me.”
P: The heavens declare the righteousness of God, the judge of people and nations.
L: Let us not forget God, but with thanksgiving as our sacrifice, let us be a people of justice.
P: We worship the God of our salvation.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: The Lord calls us today to be people of justice and mercy.
P: Our worship is hollow if it focuses only on our own gratification.
L: The Lord asks that our words of hope become actions of peace.
P: Thanks be to God who challenges and calls us.
L: Let our ministry together bring peace and justice.
P: Let our lives reflect God’s love and mercy.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: The Lord comes to us this day. Are you ready?
P: We are ready!
L: The Lord challenges us to be in ministries of peace and hope. Are you ready?
P: We are ready!
L: Let us praise God who calls us to serve God by helping others.
P: Praise be to God who has given us hope and peace.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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

God of the depths of the sea, as well as of the heavens and earth:  Hear your people’s cry for your presence in our lives.  Awaken us to your Spirit’s power and your ever-willingness to save us when we call to you from the chaos of our lives, even as Jesus heard and saved his friends when they floundered in the storms of yesterday.  You are our God and Savior, the One who will keep us able to face tomorrow’s storms, and we praise you, through 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 before you a people longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives, for we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Come to us this day and fill our longing. In Christ’s name we pray (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

Creator God, Maker of stars and seashores, reveal yourself to us this day in which all things were made. Redeemer God, Caller of disciples, light our lamps and dress us for action; open the doors of our hearts and minds.  Sustainer God, Giver of the Holy Spirit, renew our faith, that we might deepen our covenant with you. In Jesus’ name we pray (as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Surprising God of mercy and love, thank you for calling to us this day. We praise you that you challenge us to show our faith in ministries of peace and justice, offering compassion to all in need. Open our hearts and minds today to hear your words of encouragement and challenge. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ name (praying as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Back to School Prayers

The following collects may be of use in this season as schools resume:

 

1

Journeying God, as we return to our Fall routines, help us to keep our eyes open to the changes around us, to be open to the new things in life and to appreciate the many jewels that you place before us.   (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

2

Gracious God, you have given us the keys to the kingdom, keep us mindful of the gifts you have given us and encourage us as we share our gifts with one another as we minister in your name.   (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

3

Knowledgeable God, we have so much to learn about your world, your people and your gifts.  Schools are a place where knowledge begins and tools are given to continue that learning.  Thank you for teachers, principals and the volunteers who are examples of your Son, who is also a teacher to us  (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

4

Encouraging God, the road ahead of us is unknown and there are many things that may make us uncomfortable and make us ask difficult questions.  Give us the courage to take up our cross when things are difficult and follow you, trusting the promise of your Son who bore his cross for us.     (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

5

As all of God’s children begin a new part of their journey away from their supports and comforts of home, give them the knowledge to make sound decisions, the strength to ask for help, and the lightness of heart to enjoy the journey.   (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

6

Give us the eyes to see in the simple, yet extraordinary things of this world, the risen Christ, and help us to be examples of that to one another. (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

7

Teacher of Wisdom, there is so much we have yet to learn and experience in this world.  Help us to keep our eyes, ears and heart open to your teachings and your presence in our lives through the people that we encounter.   (Sunday Intercessions for the Church Year, 2002, ELCIC National Office)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

How vast and deep is your love, O God, for us and for all the world. As we give you thanks for the beauty of creation and for the gift of life, we turn to you for strength and guidance to help those of our world in need of care and healing.

 

We pray for our community, our nation and world that peace and justice might be made known. We pray for our families and friends, especially those who are hurting, sick, grieving or alone. We pray for our own burdens and needs, both spoken and unspoken…

 

We yield our lives to you as we offer our prayers in the strong and saving name of Jesus. Amen.

 

OR

God of all love and holiness, on this day of love and wonder, we are awakened to the mysteries of life that you create. As we give thanks to you for your wonderful deeds of love and grace, we pray for the human family that we might be renewed and restored to love in your image.

 

Hear our prayers for our earthly families and for those who journey alone, that we might establish within your church such a glowing love and acceptance that friendship might be strengthened and the joy of fellowship be known, that none may journey in loneliness.

 

Help us, we pray, to be a strength to the friendships and romance that you kindle in the hearts of people who love, that relationships between them might blossom according to your will, and that homes of peace and grace would spring up in this age of selfishness and hate.

 

Free us in love to serve our neighbors, especially as we consider the poor, the hungry, the oppressed and the ill, as we remember…

 

And help us to serve as agents of healing to our nation which is struggling to regain its footing in a time of distrust, pain and upheaval. May we be empowered to make our communities, grounded in your love for our world, places of forgiveness and reconciliation, where love is practiced in practical ways in our dealings with others who need us and need you.

 

Fill us with your Spirit as a people of faith that we may serve you all our days, and look forward to your heavenly feast of joy and love in Christ Jesus our Lord, for it is in his name that we pray.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord of peace and justice, how easy it is for us to fall into the trap of complacency. We get used to doing things the way we have always done them before. We celebrate your love and rejoice in your gifts through our ministry of worship and sacrament. We place our abundance before you in offerings to enable ministries of hope to flourish. Yet we hang back. We feel that we have done enough. We think that we have met the challenge of your call to us. Wake us up! Shake us up! Get us excited about all the wondrous ways in which we can serve you! Do not let our awareness of the needs of others be expressed only in our prayers for healing and compassion. Shape us to be people of justice and peace, bringing the glorious news of your love to all people. Stretch us out! Make us truly disciples who are always ready to help others. Create in us a new spirit and a joyful energy to serve you. For we ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

OR (new school year)

God of grace and glory, even amidst the days of August we feel the cool of autumn creeping in.  Days are growing shorter again.  Children are returning to the routines of school.  Time moves ever faster, it seems, and yet you remain constant—always with us, ever urging us into your sanctuary of prayer.  Help us to draw nearer to your gracious heart, and to entrust to you our every burden and care, as we pray for our world and its peoples, for this community and those around us, for this our church family and those we seek to serve in you.

 

Ours are concerns of health and fulfillment, of peace and survival.  We long to experience your healing presence in our lives and the lives of those we love, especially as we lift to you (_____and) those we name in the silence of our hearts.

 

We remember with joy and praise your faithfulness to those who have finished their course and rest with you.  Strengthen us to be faithful disciples in an ever-changing world.  Remind us that you love this world, and are ever-giving yourself for it, even as you gave your ultimate self to us in Jesus the Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Strengthen for service, Lord,

the hands that have taken holy things;

may the ears which have heard your word

be deaf to clamour and dispute;

may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;

may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love

shine with the light of hope;

and may the bodies which have been fed with your body

be refreshed with the fullness of your life;

glory to you for ever.

 

Additional Collect

 

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always

those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without

you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will;

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 12:32-40

 

We come, O God, your own

unto your rich delight.

We come to find your kingdom come,

presented in our hearts.

We come as guided to begin,

to welcome at our unthought hour,

the coming of your own

ineffable delight.

O God, in your expansive care,

refresh us in your kingdom.

 

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

As a people whose citizenship is not of this earth, but joined in holy community with all of God’s people and recorded in heaven, let us manage our lives accordingly. Our earthly journey is one that brings numerous resources our way, and yet we are reminded that they are not our own, but are ours to steward for the good of others. And so we hold them loosely, always watching for where they may best serve Christ’s mission in this world. Let us offer the gifts that God has poured into our lives freely, with thankful hearts, into the hands of God to be transformed and used for the good of Christ’s coming reign.

 

OR

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.

 

Offertory Prayer

Lord Jesus, you who expressed your kingship not by taking but by giving, not by demanding but by sacrificing – bless us now as we follow your example in giving our lives back into your hands for the sake of others. May these gifts offered freely represent our faith in God’s all-sufficient provision for our lives in this world and the world to come.

 

OR

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.

 

Invitation to the Table

At this table, the church remembers and celebrates the love of God. The act of sharing bread and wine is a statement of faith and an expression of assurance. Communion happens in many different ways in different churches throughout the world, and in each place brings a new meaning of life in the Spirit of God that is right for that community.

 

But above all, here believers join themselves to the Lord of life. Death, which shows itself in sins, injustice, oppression and despair, yields to concrete demonstrations of life which produce peace, justice, hope, liberation and salvation.

 

This meal is an act of expectation. We, in the midst of our daily lives, proclaim the imminent manifestation of the reign of God, as citizens of that kingdom. Hope replaces sorrow; joy surpasses tears; the power of life triumphs over the reign of death. As an act of faith surpassing the limits of time and place, we sing along with John in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ: “Now God’s home is with mortals! He will live with them and they shall be his people. God will personally be with them, and will be their God. God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there will be an end to death. There will be no more grief nor crying nor pain, for the old order has passed away.”

 

OR

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  You who come to me shall not hunger; you who believe in me shall never thirst.”  In company with all who hunger for spiritual food, we come to this table to know the risen Christ in the sharing of this life-giving bread.  God has offered us Christ, the Bread of Life, in these gifts – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – to be our spiritual food and drink.  May we receive Christ into our lives anew as we profess our faith and gather at his Table.

 

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 good to glorify you, Mighty God, and to give you thanks, for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and forever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing. You created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love.

 

You loved the world so much that in the fullness of time, you sent your only Son to be our Savior. To fulfill your purpose and to create a new and heavenly people, he gave himself up to death; and rising from the grave, destroyed it, making the whole creation new.

 

Send the power of your Spirit upon us gathered here out of love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may truly be his body, cleansed by his blood, so that all who share this bread and cup may be one body and one spirit, together as citizens of your heavenly realm, to the praise of your name. Through Christ we offer to you our thanks and praise, now and forever.

 

OR

O God, in your Son Jesus Christ you have called out to us to live without fear, and indeed to confront even our most challenging turmoil with confidence and hope.  Here, at your Table, you give tangible evidence of your ever-present love for us and for the world which you have so lovingly created.  Pour out your Spirit, Lord, and bless this bread and this wine, that they may be for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that we who are fed and nourished here may be empowered to face the days ahead in the certain reality of his abiding presence, and to share the gift of new life with all the world.

 

OR (adapted from the Church of Ireland)

Mighty God, Lord of all creation, we praise you for your goodness and your love. When we turned away you did not reject us. You came to meet us in your Son, welcomed us as your children, and prepared a table where we might feast with you.

 

As we give thanks for the gift of this bread, Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the bread of life.  And as we lift up the cup of your covenant, Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the true vine.

 

Holy Spirit, giver of life, come upon us now; may this bread and wine be to us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us, who know our need of grace, one in Christ, our risen Lord.  O Blessed Trinity: with your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of thanks and praise. Thanks be to you, our God, for your gift beyond words.

 

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.

 

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In the dry times of life, O God, as well as the fresh summer mornings, your Spirit comes to us with soul-quenching refreshment. Our longings for your help grow languid and tiresome in those harsher days, and we seek your strength to remind us, again and again, to trust in you, to drink deeply of the life you give, and to keep our hope keenly focused on the future you have promised. Yours is a future of a world made right, of bodies made whole, of relationships healed, of abiding peace and justice. Help us to seek it, to pray for it, to work for it, even as we pray for those troubles close to home and far away which burden our hearts this day.

We pray for those whose lives are endangered by war and unrest, those who struggle for justice, and those who seek after peace. We pray for the suffering, the imprisoned, the hungry, homeless poor. We pray for the sick and those who tend to their needs, who bring a cup of cold water to those who are thirsty. Hear our prayers, gracious God, for those we have named this day, ________________, and for those we name in the silence of our hearts.

Be near to us, Lord, and refresh our spirits as we gather again at your table. May we carry from this place a sure faith and a confidence in your wellspring of goodness, made known to us in Jesus the Christ in whose name we pray, (even as he taught us…)

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Loving God, you have called us who have experienced your gracious presence to take action – even at our own risk – to meet our world in all of its needs with the goodness and mercy of Christ. When we are timid in faith, build us up; when we are careless about the troubles all around us, shake us and waken us to the calling that is ours in our baptism. Build your church, O Lord, into the community of loving, peace-making, justice-seeking people that you intended when you sent your own Beloved here to suffer with us and experience our joys and sorrows, our fears and griefs, our pain and tears. Here, in this place and in every place where the name of Jesus is lifted up, revive our commitment to the faith we have professed.

We are not in this all alone, O God. We share this world with those who are embattled by war and injustice, those fighting loneliness, fear, disease, hunger, and grief. Hear us as we pray for them, and embolden us to strive with them for new life, health, wholeness, and peace. Let your Spirit fall upon us again, as we pray for those we hold dear, for ______, for those we name to you in our hearts, and for our own needs.

All that we are and all that we have belong to you, O God. Help us to risk living with the confidence of your children, as we lift these and all our prayers to you in the name and spirit of Christ, who taught us to pray “Our father…”

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The following was adapted by the editor for “Back-to-School” Sunday, to be offered when appropriate in later Summer.

God of grace and glory, even amidst the days of August we feel the cool of autumn creeping in.  Days are growing shorter again.  Children are returning to the routines of school.  Time moves ever faster, it seems, and yet you remain constant—always with us, ever urging us into your sanctuary of prayer.  Help us to draw nearer to your gracious heart, and to entrust to you our every burden and care, as we pray for our world and its peoples, for this community and those around us, for this our church family and those we seek to serve in you.

Ours are concerns of health and fulfillment, of peace and survival.  We long to experience your healing presence in our lives and the lives of those we love, especially as we lift to you (_____and) those we name in the silence of our hearts.

Hear our prayer this day, especially for teachers and their helpers, school administrators and employees, and the students of our community (especially:______).  May the days ahead bring a bright awakening within those teaching and those learning, that the lives of both the young and of the aging may be inspired for fullness of living by all of your children, and that the commonwealth of your creation might be served.

We remember with joy and praise your faithfulness to those who have finished their course and rest with you.  Strengthen us to be faithful disciples in an ever-changing world.  Remind us that you love this world, and are ever-giving yourself for it, even as you gave your ultimate self to us in Jesus the Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

 

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Weekly collects for Sundays in summer, beginning June 23, are included below for those who enjoy using them for personal or corporate prayer.  We are grateful for the writing ministry of Rev. William Flewelling of Proctor, WV, who provides them to us freely.

23 June 2013                                                            Luke 8:26-39
            Our God,
 
                        in the confrontation with despair
 
                                    the gift of freedom threatens all.
 
                        Conspire in us to greet the freedom of the lost
 
                                    that in your mercy we be free
 
                                                and life exult in victory:
 
                                                            Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
30 June 2013                                                            Luke 9:51-62
  
            The trek of your desire, O God,
 
                        leads in an awesome way.
 
                        The strain confronts us
 
                                    as there is no place to lay the head,
 
                                    there is no turning back,
 
                                    there is but your acute and present passion
 
                                                            in our hearts.
 
                        So lead us now in freedom from despair.
 
  
7 July 2013                                                   Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
 
            As lambs we go, O God,
 
                        the unprepared who bear but peace
 
                                    and linger on the hospitality
 
                                                of strangers in the flight.
 
                        Yet in passing through by peace
 
                                    thy kingdom does draw near to all
 
                                                and you inscribe us
 
                                                            in the hope of your desire.
 
                        All thanks to you, O God.
 
14 July 2013                                                           Luke 10:25-37 
 
            Our God of love,
 
                        instilling in our lives the instinct of love,
 
                        provide us eyes to see the one
 
                                    presented to us on the way
 
                                    that here the bathing of your love
 
                                                be opulent in our fresh core.
 
21 July 2013                                                           Luke 10:38-42
 
            Confronting us in wonder, Lord God,
 
                        you find us busy and distracted.
 
                        Remind us to attend the One
 
                                    who comes to us,
 
                                    the One yet buoyant on our love.
 
 
28 July 2013                                                             Luke 11:1-13
            In all of our distress, O God,
 
                        we hound you with anxieties
 
                                    and clamor after wants and wishes.
 
                        Let the offerings be our gift
 
                                    and in that harbor of your presence
 
                                                let us begin afresh
 
                                                and seek the Spirit
 
                                                            you will never fail to send.
 
 
4 August 2013                                                        Luke 12:13-21
 
            In all of our concerns, O God,
 
                        for balance and for right,
 
                        you free us from the judge
 
                                    and from the want to gain
 
                                                our satisfaction.
 
                        For you weave of us your own desire
 
                                    that we be fitted by giving,
 
                                                opulent by emptying in grace.
 
11 August 2013                                                      Luke 12:32-40
 
            With prudence cast aside in zeal, O God,
 
                        we hasten without fear
 
                                    to learn the richness of your kingdom.
 
                        Within this strange, demanding world, O Lord,
 
                                    prepare in us the readiness
 
                                                to stand the sway
 
                                                and joy in your delight.
 
  
18 August 2013                                                      Luke 12:49-59
            Of all we recognize, O God,
 
                        we are so slow to know
 
                                    the signs of your impending fire.
 
                        We dally, dawdle, fear constraint
 
                                    when you are standing us afresh
 
                                                before the world by heaven’s gate.
 
                        In freedom, one with all, we stand, O Lord,
 
                                    as yours in wonder: lead us evermore.
 
25 August 2013                                                      Luke 13:10-17
 
            In holiness, O God, we come,
 
                        abiding and attending to your love.
 
                        Reform in us propriety
 
                                    that we be spent on loving as we are so loved
 
                                    and that the loosened bonds
 
                                                of our despondency
 
                                                be cause of all delight.

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Neglected Prayers for 9/4-25

The editor regrets that in the shuffle of life the following “Collects of a Personal Sort,” artfully penned by the Rev. William Flewelling, which should be available for the future in each Sunday’s postings, were not included in recent weeks.  I’m grateful that this servant of God shares his work with the wider church, and hope that many of you will join him, as you’re able, by emailing me.  –  DC

4 September 2011                                            Matthew 18:15-20
  
In the name of Jesus, O God, let us gather
             that, filled with the Spirit of Christ,
                         we might stand in unity
                                     and in union with him
                                     who is our life.
             In the name of Jesus, O God, let us stand
                         to be in humility the vessels of your grace
                                     and your truth all our days.
  
 
11 September 2011                                          Matthew 18:21-35
  
 Forgiveness, O God, strains us,
             leads us to the limits of our patience
                         into the excess of endurance
                                     toward the boundless wonder
                                                 you plant in the heart of faith.
             Bring us to forgive
                         even the limit of arrogance and vengeance
                                     that the fullness of Jesus be known
                                                 in his own.
  
 
18 September 2011                                            Matthew 20:1-16
 
 Gathered, some early some late, to your vineyard, O God,
                         we end our day with a day’s wage.
             By your bounty, we are fed;
                         by your mercy, we are led
                                     into the joy of your harvest
                                     and the bliss of your delight,
                         beyond discrimination in the sheer wonder
                                     of your love in Jesus Christ.
 
 25 September 2011                                          Matthew 21:23-32
  
The bold irrelevance of authority begins
             our answer in the throes of your delight, O God.
             Begin in us the freedom
                         of heaven’s ways the lithe freedom
                         of sacred dancers in your fresh light
                                     that we may resonate
                                     the doing of the mercy and the love
                                                 that is ours in Jesus our Lord.

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