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Advent 2A

Advent 2A

 

Dec. 8

 

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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:

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

129 – Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

125–Come, O long-expected Jesus

136 – Christians All, Your Lord Is Coming (alt tune: Holy Manna 277)

Peace

135 – Blessed be the God of Israel (Song of Zechariah)

153 – It came upon the midnight clear

700 – O day of God draw nigh

122 – Comfort, comfort you my people

711–O day of peace that dimly shines

124 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

121 – Prepare the Way of the Lord

 

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 Romans15:4-13

 

True steadfastness, encouragement

the scripture opens boldly,

instructs us in the way of grace,

the graciousness of Jesus.

 

Together by the hand of God,

we gather, welcome freely,

singing the harmony of love,

our own hospitality.

 

For Jesus, coming, seeks us now,

a servant for the servant,

that in our fellowship we share

God’s ever standing promise.

 

Our life is now become, O Lord,

the offering of praises.

And by the God of hope and love

we rise in all joy and peace.

 

8.7.8.7.     Suggested tune: Dominus Regit Me

 

Call to Prayer ©2007 David T. Chafin (tune: Hyfrydol)

Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.

You, our hope and our deliverance, promise to receive our prayers.

God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.

Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.

 

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: The “Benedictus,” often used on this Sunday, is found in many settings. Hymn #135 provides a beautiful sung setting. 137 provides the spoken version.

 

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 have heard the promise:  God’s chosen One will soon be among us.

P: We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord. 

L: The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us.

P: We may easily lose our way. 

L: But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior.

P: We will watch and wait with eager longing.

 

OR

L: We celebrate the coming of the Promised One in whom dwells the spirit of God:

P:  The spirit of wisdom and understanding,

L: The spirit of counsel and might,

P:  The spirit of knowledge and awe.

L: We bear witness to the fulfillment of God’s promises in Jesus, by living in that same spirit.

P:  We will open ourselves to the presence of God in our lives and seek to live as God’s witnesses.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

O God, you have truly brought to all the earth the hope of peace in your Son Jesus Christ. By the example of his life, the words of his lips, and the wondrous act of your resurrection power, we have seen and known the extent of your love and grace. Help us in our worship and in all of our lives to faithfully live after the pattern he has set for us, and to glorify you in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR

O God whose purpose is to make peace abide among all your creatures, make of us a new people, ready to make peace among all, that your peace may reign within us, within our relationships, within our land, and around your world; this we pray in the name of the Christ who brings all peace (and who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

OR

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we would be open to your presence, O God. Free us from the seasonal sentimentality that turns our attention from the sometimes painful decision to pursue peace and justice. Through this worship, nudge us toward seeking reconciliation rather than revenge, the well-being of all rather than the victory of the few. Speak to us of peace, O God, and hear us as we pray in the name and spirit of Christ (who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God of all, God of shalom, we come before you with hearts seeking to know and understand the words of the prophets, the words of the angels, the words of peace that rise around us in this holy season. We pray that you will open us to the meaning of peace, that you will teach us the way of peace, that we will indeed understand your will for justice for all of your world. Help us to be faithful to the call that you have put on our hearts to live as people of hope.

This joyous season puts many demands on our lives. We pray that you would slow us down, open our hearts, and our eyes, that we may see the beauty of the season, feel the joy of hope and peace alive within us and live our days in celebration.

For so many this season is, however, a season of sadness and pain. So many are struggling with illness, some with routine colds and flu, while others are touched with illness that threatens their lives. We pray that you will touch us all with your healing balm and that you will look with favor and blessing upon them. May we all understand the gift of life that you have given us.

Give us grace and hope to live our days as your people, for it is Jesus’ coming that we celebrate and it is through his name that we lift our prayers, for he is indeed our Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Father in heaven,

who sent your Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him

in the humility and purity of his first coming

that, when he comes again,

we may be ready to greet him

with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again

as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.

 

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

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to

preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:

Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,

that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our

Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 3:1-12

 

Accosted as we presume to come, O God,

come curious to hear of preparation of the way,

encounter us with your transcendent grace

that we discover by the Baptist’s face

the startling austerity of hope.

For, by this preparation you inspire,

we seek baptism by Holy Spirit and by fire.

 

Service of Table

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here. We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future.

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

Through our offerings, we are invited to put God first in our lives, to show our gratitude and our commitment. We owe everything to God: our lives, our health, people who love us, meaningful work and activities. Let us respond in proportion to our gratitude.

OR

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who have lived in the shadow of death the light has shined. With the prophet’s words, let us joyfully participate in sharing the life-giving work of God in our world today through the giving of our tithes and offerings.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.

OR

May these gifts indeed give light to those in darkness, hope to those in despair, and justice to the oppressed, as we bring them to you as an act of sharing your love with the world. Here the proud are brought low, and the poor and broken lifted up. May it be so in all your kingdom, we pray, as we dedicate ourselves to you. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

God, who is the only source of peace, calls us to gather around a table of peace with expectation and faith, that we might not only taste and see the goodness of God, but also that we might proclaim to the world the coming of Christ’s reign of peace which has no end. Let us heed the call, come in faith, and receive the presence of the One who will make of us a dwelling-place, a home of peace and reconciliation for the world.

 

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)

 

God of all peace, we gather at your Table in expectation and faith. Send down your Holy Spirit upon us to knit us together as one people of peace, as we break this bread and drink this cup, proclaiming Christ’s death and looking forward to his coming reign of peace. May we who gather here know your abiding presence, and live confidently as makers of peace in this world which you love so dearly.

OR

Holy One, you speak to us in silence, yet all languages interpret you. Because you call us into this community, we are able to become a gift to one another. We pray for your Holy Spirit to descend upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that in sharing them we may discern your presence which becomes our life. We thank you for your anointed one, Jesus, who through his life, crucifixion, death and resurrection lived fully the promise of redemptive wholeness that is available to all who would obey your creating will. We celebrate his gifts, we rejoice in your presence, loving God, now and always. Now, grant us your peace.

 

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 2019. Calendar for 2020

Sun 1 Dec 2019. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2019-20. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2019. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2019 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2019 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2019.

 

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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Advent 2A

Dec. 8

 

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

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 72:1-17

Romans 15:4-13
Roman Catholic reading: Romans 15:4-9

Matthew 3:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates).  Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available.  Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

Hymn of Praise:   125-Come, O long-expected Jesus

Hymn of Invitation:   538-Hope of the world

Communion Hymn:   390-Lord of our highest love

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:   711-O day of peace that dimly shines

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  See note below concerning the Call to Worship

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Romans 15:4-13

 

Now steadfastness, encouragement

are known as heritage

that in these latter days we show

truth in God’s given word.

 

So harmony is ours in Christ,

exhibited in love.

Lord, in our answer echoing

shines true your graciousness.

 

Well do we glorify our God

when steadfast in full joy

we rise in common voice to sing

the God our Lord reveals.

 

Our welcome rings about this place

as one another twines

to form our unity in peace

and live as promise posed.

 

CM         Suggested tune: Bristol

 

 

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

Christ the Prince of Peace is coming.  Are we ready to make way for him within our lives?  To make peace with all who are separated from us?  To work for peace in God’s created world?  May this time of worship open us to the possibilities that Godly peace can bring, not only to our hearts, but to the earth.

 

Note:  #126 uses the Isaiah text very well to lift up the image of peace, and may be used as a call to worship, or in lieu of the Psalm, which is not found in the Chalice Hymnal.

 

Prayer of Approach (by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.   O God whose purpose is to make peace abide among all your creatures, make of us a new people, ready to make peace among all, that your peace may reign within us, within our relationships, within our land, and around your world; this we pray in the name of the Christ who brings peace  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (by the editor)

O God of all, God of shalom, we come before you with hearts seeking to know and understand the words of the prophets, the words of the angels, the words of peace that rise around us in this holy season.  We pray that you will open us to the meaning of peace, that you will teach us the way of peace, that we will indeed understand your will for justice for all of your world.  Help us to be faithful to the call that you have put on our hearts to live as people of hope.

This joyous season puts many demands on our lives.  We pray that you would slow us down, open our hearts, and our eyes, that we may see the beauty of the season, feel the joy of hope and peace alive within us and live our days in celebration.

For so many this season is, however, a season of sadness and pain.  So many are struggling with illness, some with routine colds and flu, while others are touched with illness that threatens their lives.  We pray that you will touch us all with your healing balm and that you will look with favor and blessing upon them.  May we all understand the gift of life that you have given us.

Give us grace and hope to live our days as your people, for it is Jesus’ coming that we celebrate and it is through his name that we lift our prayers, for he is indeed our Christ, the Prince of Peace.

 

 

Collect of the Day (by the editor)

In all our restless activity, and all our attempts to predict, control, and secure our lives, we thirst for water; our spirits yearn for you, O God.  Without your aid, our best efforts fall short of bringing the life for which we long.  We do not know how to create just and loving relationships and societies; we need your help.  Come to us in Christ, and show us the way to true life.  Empower us by your Spirit that we may take part in your labor to bring new life on earth.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus, bright Morning Star of the world, and shine on us with your light.

 

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

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 3:1-12

 

Preparing the way, O God,

you send John the Baptist,

full of austerity of life.  Send now your own

to call all to repentance

and to challenge the proud

and to announce the greater yet to come:

Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

Preparation (Invitation)

As we hear the call for God’s peace to abide in our hearts and in our world, we are summoned to take stock of our priorities.  As the invitation to feast at Christ’s banquet of peace is issued, we must ask of ourselves the questions of how we may best submit ourselves to a life of reconciliation.  The work of the Church continues to be one of peacemaking, and we participate in it most fully when we offer up those things we hold most dear; for it is in holding tightly to what we claim as our own that we muster ourselves for battle, but in letting go and trusting in God alone we are made able to make for peace.

[If the offering has not yet been received, add:  “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”  Here also, if not already done, the Peace may be shared.]

 

An Advent Preface (to the Words of Institution)

L: Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!

P: Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Maranatha!

P: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: Let us lift up our hearts and give thanks to the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is coming.

P:  Maranatha: Come, Lord Jesus!

L: As God’s people of faith, we celebrate the gift of Christ to us, and look forward to his coming again in glory, as we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)

 

Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

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

1. We give thanks to you, O God of peace, for the gifts of bread and wine before us.  As this bread is broken, we offer up our brokenness of our lives and of our fractured relationships, asking that you make us one with each other and with all your children, that in our unity we may work for a just peace in this world as you have designed it.

2. You, O God, have offered yourself to make peace with us through the life of your Son Jesus Christ and even in his death upon the cross.  Send your Spirit, we pray, upon this bread and wine, that as we receive them from your hands, we may extend our own toward others in signs of peace and reconciliation in his name.

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…’”]

 

Prayer After Communion

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of Christ and have received his gifts.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and let us show forth your praise in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

 

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Father in heaven,

who sent your Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him

in the humility and purity of his first coming

that, when he comes again,

we may be ready to greet him

with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again

as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.

 

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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Advent 2

The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

Oremus Almanac:  http://almanac.oremus.org/2010-12-05

Principal Service
Isaiah 11.1-10
Psalm 72.1-7,18,19*
Romans 15.4-13
Matthew 3.1-12

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again
   as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

Traditional Elements – Theme:  Peace

Call to Worship:

Friends, we have heard the promise:  God’s chosen One will soon be among us.  We must make ready our lives for the coming of the Lord.  The wilderness places of our lives may threaten to overwhelm us, and we may easily lose our way.  But the light grows stronger, day by day – the light of the glorious appearing of our Savior.  Let us watch and wait with eager longing.

Opening Prayer:

O God, you have truly brought to all the earth the hope of peace in your Son Jesus Christ.  By the example of his life, the words of his lips, and the wondrous act of your resurrection power, we have seen and known the extent of your love and grace.  Help us in our worship and in all of our lives to faithfully live after the pattern he has set for us, and to glorify you in all that we do.

Call to Prayer:

     Come, O God, commune here with us, as we lift to you our cares.
     You, our hope and our deliv’rance, promise to receive our prayers.
     God of love and understanding, you alone know heart and soul.
     Listen to our intercessions, recreate us, make us whole.
                                                          ©2007 David T. Chafin  (tune: Hyfrydol)

Prayer Cycle:

Unity of the Church and its ministries

Our common mission as people of the coming Christ, The suffering world in which he is born,

The grace of Christ to work for peace among earth’s peoples.

WV Disciples Prayer Focus: Regional Ministry – especially the staff: Thaddaeus, David, Kevin, Mary, Joel, and those who assist and support their work.

 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.

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