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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…’

 

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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

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Pentecost +13, Proper 15B

 

Aug. 19

 

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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:

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 or Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 111 or Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20

John 6:51-58

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

595-Be thou my vision

254-Breathe on my breath of God

322-O Word of God Incarnate

655-Community of Christ

408-Come, share the Lord

428-An upper room with evening lamps ashine

 

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 (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Proverbs 9:1-6

 

Inviting us, Wisdom desires that we come

and find in this company all is supplied.

The banquet is open, the cup overflows

and gentle the greeting that Wisdom applies.

 

Where everything bounds us in simple arrays

and every deception insists on its ways,

we find that this offer is boldest and true,

the bread and mixed wine are abundant for all.

 

We seek, then the insight to mysteries all,

the deeper refreshment that urges to life.

And so is the hostess, God’s Wisdom indeed

providing the gentle desires that appeal.

 

11.11.11.11.             Suggested tune: St. Denio

 

Back to School

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)

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

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

This week:  Psalm 111 is not in the hymnal. See Call to Worship below.

 

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

 

Call to Worship   from Psalm 111

L: Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

P: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

L: Full of honor and majesty is God’s work, whose righteousness endures forever.

God has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

P: God provides food for those who fear him, and is ever mindful of his covenant.

L: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. P: God’s praise endures forever.

 

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

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  adapted from the Tradition

O God, light of all hearts that seek you, life of all souls that love you and strength of the thoughts that reach to you, we praise you. To turn from you is to fall, but to be turned to you is to rise. To live in you is to stand firm forever. We rejoice at the thought of your nearness. You are here in our midst, at our side, in our hearts, knowing, understanding, caring and helping. And so we life our hearts to glorify you in praise and adoration through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

As we worship this morning, O God, we pray that your spirit will be our strength, your word will be our guide, your love will be our comfort, and your promises will be our hope (for we pray as our Savior Christ has taught us, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God, the creator and preserver of all, we pray for people of all sorts and conditions. Make your purpose known in the earth, your saving power among the nations. We pray for the well-being of the catholic Church.

 

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

 

OR

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

OR (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 (even as he taught us, saying…) 

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you are always more ready to hear than we to pray

and to give more than either we desire or deserve:

pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid

and giving us those good things

which we are not worthy to ask

but through the merits and mediation

of 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 of all mercy,

in this eucharist you have set aside our sins

and given us your healing:

grant that we who are made whole in Christ

may bring that healing to this broken world,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

God of constant mercy,

who sent your Son to save us:

remind us of your goodness,

increase your grace within us,

that our thankfulness may grow,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a

sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us

grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work,

and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 6:51-58

 

Met boldly with the bread come down from heaven,

O God,

we attend the challenge to approach,

to savor well the bread provided,

the flesh of Jesus, as he says.

For in this yielding together, O God, we find

the life full in your age

the resurrection life in Jesus Christ.

 

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 identify with the cause of Christ. We proclaim our concern for all people, and we name them all as our next of kin. We identify with their suffering and grief and we rejoice when good comes to them. God gives both our material resources and our personal time and effort to us. Let us now extend them through the body of Christ into this moment of history and into the whole world.

 

OR

Our offerings take us into the mainstream of God’s work through the church. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of his brothers and sisters we do to him. May our offerings bring him comfort, relief and joy.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God, for this high and holy moment in worship and in life when we have something to give that others need. Take our bread, our witness, our lives to benefit all your human family. May your glory be known among us and in all the world.

 

OR

God of our ancestors, God of our here and now, you laws are timeless and whose ways empower the church, we bring to you the results of our labors. We would recognize all our moments and days as precious gifts from you. We dedicate ourselves anew to the fulfilling of your will through all you entrust to us, not just through the portion we here return. Bless all that the church seeks to accomplish in Christ’s name.

 

Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

 

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)

Loving God, in the mystery of Christ’s offering of himself for the world, we gather at his Table. As surely as we do not know the breadth of your love for us, we do not fully understand the meaning of what you have called us to do. And yet we come at your bidding to eat this bread and drink this cup, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus, in faith and with thanksgiving. Send now the power of your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, that as we receive them in your presence and in the company of all your people of faith, we may be united as one with Son Jesus Christ, and may find in him life that is eternal.

 

OR

Loving God, whose will it is that all of your children should be fed, unite your people at this Table, we pray, with a new commitment to share your gifts with all.  As we give thanks for this bread and this cup, pour forth your Holy Spirit upon us and upon them, that your presence may be known in our lives and given freely to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord who makes us one.

 

OR

Blessed are you, Lord our God; you bring forth bread from the earth, and wine in its season. Your holiness calls to us today, Lord, as you called to your people in the life of Jesus Christ. Although many rejected him and reject him still, we remember and celebrate his presence with us.

 

Send your power and strength to us, Lord, as we gather here in 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 might be his true body, going about his work in our time and place; that in all things all glory might be given to you, Almighty God, now and forever.

 

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 2017.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2017; 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.

 

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Pentecost +10, Proper 14A

 

Aug. 13

 

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

 

Back to School

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)

 

 

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 below for more resources.

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 or 1 Kings 19:9-18 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b or Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

278-Here, O Lord, your servants gather

277-Christians, we have met to worship

337-Jesus calls us

566-Be still, my soul

85-Eternal Father, strong to save

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

400-When you do this, remember me

 

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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Matthew 14:22-33

 

Against our fears we hear him say:

Fear not; behold that this is I –

against the wind that raises seas

and pommels hope relentlessly.

 

It is the night’s raw darkest hour,

when all we hold too dear is sheer,

and all our settlements of hope

lie rattled in life’s anxious fear.

 

And we alone in all this dread,

as struggle tests our every skill –

we find the presence on the sea,

upon the waves that batter dreams.

 

Come unto me, we hear him say;

come at my bidding on the waves.

Attend the gentle savor borne

upon the hour.  See only him.

 

LM   Suggested tune: Agincourt (Deo Gracias)

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

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

This week:  Psalm is not offered 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: 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

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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 (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 (even as he taught us, saying…) 

 

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.

 

Alternative 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.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 14:22-33

 

Hold dearly our sight and singular delight, O God,

for we are coming at your call.

We come across the sea,

the undetermined space that flows

beneath our way.

We come, O God, to undertake

the passage your creation slakes,

above the waste and void

as Spirit hovers near.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

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

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share.  We are rich in many things.  Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude.  We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.

 

Invitation to the Table

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)

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 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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