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Advent 1C

 

Dec. 2

 

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

 

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

 

Advent Candle Lighting Rituals  from 2014

 

Sundays of Advent – a Sampler  Structure for use of  Advent Candle Lighting  Republished from 2014

 

Hanging of the Greens  for use on Advent 1, if desired

see also: Preparing for the Great Preparation

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

119: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

125: Come, O Long Expected Jesus

708: My Lord, What a Morning

124:  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

398: Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread

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.   

 

Advent Hymn by David T. Chafin, 2013

 

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

On Jeremiah 33:14-16

 

The promised day is coming,

the day fulfillment dawns.

It comes in noble wonder

in righteousness’ employ.

The day arrives in honor,

the consummate delight:

the day of satisfaction

when all is come to joy.

 

That promised day of wonder,

the day relief arrives,

when wonder sprouts, alarming

and satisfying hope –

that day fulfilling justice

for those whose hope is thin;

it answers in righteousness,

the longing and the dread.

 

Upon this day of promise,

upon the hope of joy,

we find ourselves committed

unto the Lord on high.

For in God’s promise is found

security in love

and all is supplied: our Lord

is our righteousness now.

 

7.6.7.6.D        Suggested tune: Llansglaffan

 

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 25 is not in the hymnal.

 

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 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 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.

 

Call to Worship   

(adapted by the editor)

L: The Spirit and the church cry out:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus.

L: All who await Christ’s appearance pray:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus.

L: The whole creation pleads:

P:  Come, Lord Jesus!  Renew the whole creation!

 

Also: see Chalice Hymnal 120 (the “O Antiphons”) 

 

OR

Today is God’s day of hope—hope for us, hope for all humanity.  The darkness that surrounds us will not overtake us, for God is light; and in God there is no darkness at all.  Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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.   (Now we join with the confidence of your children to pray as Christ has taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

We rejoice in you, O God our hope, for in Jesus Christ you enter our world to bring to life your new creation.  May our lives be remade by the glory of your appearing, and may we lift up the name of your Son in our worship, our work, and our leisure; for we pray in his name (as he taught us saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Prepare your way within us, O God, as the new year of life in your Church unfolds.  Make of us a people ready to receive you, to learn from you, to receive your gifts, and to live out your calling in mission.  Prepare your way within us and fill us with hope, we pray, through the name of the Coming One, Jesus Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Act of Confession (adapted by the editor)

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.  Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all. (Common Worship)

Because we have seen pain without being moved, because we forget your love with solemn pride, because we pass by comfortably before poverty and sadness, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

For speaking of love without loving our sister or brother, for speaking of faith without living your word, for living as people who do not recognize our own sinfulness, Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

For our tranquility in our affluent life, for our great falsehood in preaching about poverty, for wanting to make excuse for injustice, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Hear the good news, people of God!  The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  He bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might be dead to sin and alive to God.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.  Glory to God.  Amen.

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

How strong your voice, O God.  How it thunders across the lands, calling forth blossoms from parched earth and turning back waters from flooded ground.  You stand at the world’s door and knock; who can withstand the sound of your voice?

 

How soft your voice, O God.  How it murmurs in the morning, calling life forth from its bed and hastening the night to its own.  You come to us, walking in the garden in the cool of the day; who can hide from the sound of your voice?

 

Tarry with us, O God.  Let your word love our eyes into seeing all those around us.  Let it love our ears into hearing the voices calling to us.  Let it love our hands into healing with the gifts you have granted your children.  Let our words be words of love as we pray for those who are in greatest need…

 

In these days of Advent, may our voices ring with joy, with peace and with hope.  Wherever you send us, may we be diligent in following.  For we are ever in search of your salvation, even as we continue to search for the child, the Christ, our Savior in whose name we sing for joy and offer our prayers.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

O Lord our God,

make us watchful and keep us faithful

as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;

that, when he shall appear,

he may not find us sleeping in sin

but active in his service

and joyful in his praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Almighty God,

as your kingdom dawns,

turn us from the darkness of sin

to the light of holiness,

that we may be ready to meet you

in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

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

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of

darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of

this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit

us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come

again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the

dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him 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)

Luke 21:25-36

 

Unto the pensive Advent of our Lord, O God,

we look with tentative and furtive anxiety.

For the uncertainties abound

and our waiting finds us

mid stride in this world

while walking, waiting still

in your revisionary call.

Bring us in your strength and joy

to the Advent of our Lord, our life, our joy.

 

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 God has seen our need and provided for us all things in the coming of Jesus into our world, let us look at the world in need around us, and realize that in Jesus we have all that is needed to meet the world with life, hope, and wholeness.

 

OR

God is at work in the world, renewing, remaking, resurrecting, bringing hope through the faith, the gifts, and the work of the church. We trust in God, and together we work for peace and justice through God’s Spirit as we offer our tithes and gifts. Let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in God’s work.

 

Offertory Prayer

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.

 

OR

Thank you, God of hope, 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.

 

Invitation to the Table

With hope and expectation, we draw near to the Table which God has set with the fruits of righteousness and promise of life. May God now send the power of the Holy Spirit upon these gifts and upon us as we receive them. Make Christ’s presence known among us, and in all the world, as we look to the coming of Christ whose reign shall know no end.

 

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)

 

from William Flewelling, adapted

Lord God, in memory and in anticipation we draw near together, drawn in faith to the life and to the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord.  We are thankful, Lord God, for the opening of life for us in Jesus of Nazareth. Our Lord gave us his heart, his love that in him we too might be bold to give our hearts, our love. He opened wide his arms for us in blessing and in death, death on the cross. He breathes on us the gift of Holy Spirit.  He feeds us as he fed his own on broken bread, and on a cup of wine, the new covenant.  O Lord God, seal in us your covenant of love and grace; give in us your including Spirit; make of us one people. And, O Lord, Come now upon us  to fulfill in us your love and your beauty; in Jesus Christ our Coming Lord.

 

OR

With hope and expectation, O God, we draw near to the Table which you have set with the fruits of righteousness and promise of life. Bless now this bread which we break that it may be for us Christ’s body, and this cup which we lift, that it may be his blood. Send now the power of your Holy Spirit upon these gifts and upon us as we receive them. Make your presence known among your people, we pray, and in all the world, as we look to the coming of Christ whose reign shall know no end.

 

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

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

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018.  Calendar for 2019

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

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Proper 18 C

16th Sunday after Pentecost
Sep. 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 study links and resources:

Jeremiah 18:1-11 or Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Roman Catholic reading: Wisdom 9:13-18
United Methodist reading: Jeremiah 18:1-11

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 or Psalm 1
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 90:3-17
United Methodist reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Philemon 1-21
Roman Catholic reading: Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17

Luke 14:25-33

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:  67-O God, our help in ages past;   or see Psalm 1, below

Hymn of Invitation:   608-I would be true

Communion Hymn:   391-These I lay down

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  433-Blest be the tie that binds; 108- Lift high the cross

 

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

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

http://lectionarypsalms.org/    

This week:  Psalm 139 is offered in part on p. 765.

Alt:  Psalm 1, may be sung to the tune of “Holy Manna” (see Chalice Hymnal #231 for tune):

 

1. Blessed are they who love God’s teachings, and from sin restrain their feet,

Never standing with the wicked, nor rest in the scornful’s seat.

Blessed are they who make the statutes of the Lord their great delight,

In God’s law, divinely perfect, meditate both day and night.

 

2. They are like a tree well-planted by the flowing river’s sides

Ever green and ever fruitful: so shall all their works abide.

Like the ashes blown the wicked shall be swept from off the land;

With the just they shall not gather, nor shall in the judgment stand.

 

3. Well the Lord will guard the righteous, for their lives by God are known,

but the way of evil-doers shall by God be overthrown.

Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son,

Glory to the Holy Spirit, ever-living Three in One.

 

from the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, altered by David T. Chafin ©2013 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

 

Words of Preparation  (from the Roman Mass, Penitential Rite, adapted)

(Note that this form is appropriate in any season, and may best be used for several weeks in a row as a time of preparation for the service, following the opening hymn in place of an invocation, as a response to the Word, or as otherwise desired.)

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

My brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. 

 – Silent Confession –

L: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:  Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.   

L: You came to call sinners:  Christ, have mercy.

P: Christ, have mercy.   

L: You are seated at the right hand of God  to intercede for us:  Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.   (again, silence may follow)

L: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

P: Amen.

 

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 139)

L: The Lord our God has searched us and known us.

P: When we sit down and when we rise up, God discerns our thoughts from far away.

L: Where can we go from God’s spirit?

P: Where can we flee from God’s presence?

L: Wonderful are your works, O God!

P: In this we rejoice.  In God is our trust.

 

Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that all may come to believe in Christ and receive true freedom as an everlasting inheritance.  This we celebrate as we gather in your name this day, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   (and who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)  Amen.

 

Intercessions for September (adapted by the editor)

All or some of the petitions below may be used each week throughout the month as written.  Note that the language is couched in two different ways: one for use as a “bidding prayer” (asking the people to pray to God for a certain intention, and then offering silence after each for that to happen), the other as a set of petitions which may be offered in sequence, each ending “we pray to you, O Lord,” with or without the congregation responding “Lord, hear our prayer.”  If the response is not to be included in a printed order of service but is desired, a simple instruction at the beginning of the prayer (as noted below at the end of the invitation) will suffice.  Otherwise, it may be listed in the order of service thus:

        Intercessions (or Prayers of the People)

L: …we pray to you, O Lord.

          P:  Lord, hear our prayer.

 

God in Christ has called us to entrust our lives, our hopes, our futures entirely into God’s hands.  Let us offer up our prayers for the ourselves, the needs of those we love, and care of the whole world to the Lord [responding to my words “we pray to you, O Lord,” with “Lord, hear our prayer.”]

 

For the holy church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming,  [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R: Lord, hear our prayer  or silence]

For all who believer in Christ and confess his name, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one in faith,  [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For those who do not yet believe in Christ, for those who have lost their faith, that the church might be a faithful witness, a loving light to them, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and cooperation may grow among nations and peoples, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For those in positions of public trust, especially our community, state and nation’s leaders, that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of all, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For all who live and work in this community, that all human labor be blessed, that we might rightly use the riches of creation, and that the world might be freed from poverty, war, famine and disaster, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick and all who suffer, for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger,  (for those imperiled by military duty to protect and defend their people), [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For this congregation, that we may be freed and united to show forth [your/God’s] praise in all that we do [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For ourselves, for forgiveness of all our sins, and for the grace of [your/God’s] Spirit to grow in faith, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For all who have asked for our prayers, for our families, our friends and neighbors, that they may live in joy, peace and health, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves and one another to [you/God]  —Silence—

This, or another Concluding collect should follow:

Hear our prayers, God of grace, both spoken and unspoken; and help us to enact them, working for your peace and justice, mercy and love, in all we do today and tomorrow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  [who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”]  Amen.

 

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

Let us pray:

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

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

Luke 14:25-33

 

Exhaustingly, O God,

we find you drawing us so near

to be among your many

in the life beyond all fear.

We find you urging us

that we disciples be,

though costing everything

for such a taste of joy.

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

Preparation (Invitation)

It would be foolish to ever imply that living faithfully as a disciple of Christ is an easy task.  It does not come naturally to lay aside all that we ever thought we wanted to follow a leader toward an unknown and unknowable future – one that can hold for it great rewards, yes, but also numerous perils.  For all who hear the gospel call today and come to the Table of the Lord with heavy burdens, with broken hearts, with unfulfilled dreams or expectations, listen again to the promise of the Lord:  I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Let us entrust our futures, even to the end of our days, to the One who is most able to guide us through them, toward a rich inheritance of joy and fullness.

[If the offering has not yet been received, add:  “as we prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]

 

Preface (to the Words of Institution)  – Today, it would be appropriate to use the Psalm text as used in the Call to Worship, if not previously used in the service, or:

L: Christ has called us in faith to receive the gift of life.

P:  But it comes at a cost – a cost we may not have counted.

L: Yet in his own life, Christ did weigh the cost of life for us, and counted it worthy of his own life.

P:  Our inheritance comes as a gift from God alone.  Our future is secure in God’s hands.

L: Let us now weigh the value of this free gift, and rejoice in this inheritance as we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)

 

Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

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

P:  It is right and just.   [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]

 

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

1. As we break the bread, O God, and receive the gift of life that is ours in Christ Jesus, help us to grow in gratitude and graciousness of spirit; so that by our living all your children might be fed.  Send down the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, upon this bread.  Let it be for us the body of Christ, that we who receive it might be nourished and strengthened for the journey with him through a future yet unknown, trusting in you alone for each new day, until the morning breaks with an unending light.

2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon us, O God, and upon the gift of this chalice, the blood of Christ given for us.  Refresh your people as we prepare to enter into each new day with hope and faith in you.  May your resurrection power be known among us, gathered in your love, that we may depart this day renewed in your Passion, rejoicing in your presence, and restored in your salvation, ready to serve at your calling through the days that lie ahead.

 

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

 

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

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

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

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

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

keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,

and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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. 

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Easter C

March 31

 

Easter Vigil:  For notes on a prior Easter Vigil posting, see https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/easter-b-vigil-service/

For an alternate service of Baptismal Renewal, see this post from earlier this year:  https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/baptism-of-christ-c-jan-13/

 

FOR EASTER SUNDAY:

For a selection of prayers for the day, and other common elements of Easter liturgy, see our post for Easter B.

 

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:

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
United Methodist reading: Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Roman Catholic reading: Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

I Corinthians 15:19-26or Acts 10:34-43
Roman Catholic reading: I Corinthians 15:19-26or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
United Methodist reading: I Corinthians 15:19-26

John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Roman Catholic reading: John 20:1-9

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

See entries of hymns for the day from Flewelling and from Chafin (below); also see 215-234

 

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  See page 758.

 

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

On 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

 

On the brightest Easter morn,

in the rising of the sun

as exposed are all delight,

all the freedom, all your joys,

here we know the urgent fact:

Christ indeed is raised to life.

All is in your beauty now.

All the fruits are readied, true.

 

For beyond our seeing shines

glory in the victory

all the peace and all the joy

at the resurrection peal.

Hear the bells of heaven’s gate!

Hear them ringing heaven’s joy!

Find the echo in the soul,

ringing, ringing, pealing now.

 

Here is everything we own.

Here is all creation’s throne.

Here we echo silent joys,

knowing how our God employs

every longing, every hope

in the measureless desire

owned in courts of risen praise,

owning in our hearts his throne.

 

7.7.7.7.D  Suggested tune: Salzburg

 

 

NEW: Hymn for Easter  from Rev. David T. Chafin (©2013 David T. Chafin; All rights reserved)

DOWNLOAD:  where is your sting

 

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

John 20:1-18

 

Intruding, O God, upon expectations,

you greet your own in sheer surprise.

We run to find the emptiness.

We seek the one who died.

Yet in the coming of the Magdalene to stay

you name her, send her that she say

I have seen the Lord.

In seeing let us answer with our hearts.

 

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

 

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity.

 

Post Communion

 

God of Life,

who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

to the death of the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 

FOR EASTER EVENING

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Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 114

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8

Luke 24:13-49

 

Hymns:  Any of the Easter hymns noted above are appropriate; especially for evening 227 (In the Garden), 231 (Sing of One Who Walks Beside Us), and 636 (Abide with me)

 

 

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

 

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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.

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All Saints’ Day, Year A

Sometimes observed on a Sunday near Nov. 1

Oct. 30 or Nov. 6

 

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

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

 

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

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

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

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

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

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

Hymn of Prayer:    646

Hymn of Invitation:   701, 639, 648

Communion Hymn:   427, 393

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  649

 

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

Awaken, church, and see the Sun

      drive shadows far and evil run:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Above the grief and pain of death

      Christ has prepared a place of rest: 

      Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Bright are the anthems of this hour;

          yet brighter still the Morningstar: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints of light,

      our souls to you, O Christ, take flight:

      Alleluia, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

The joyous table now is spread.

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

The church in heaven to us nears;

      the conqu’ring Lamb to us appears:

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

 

O God of light and Christ the Son

      and Spirit Holy make us one: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints above,

      your power magnified in love:

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

 

Tune:  Lasst uns erfreuen

 

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

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

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

     and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

     For though in our sight they were punished,

     their hope is full of immortality.

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

because God tested them and found them worthy.

     Like gold in the furnace, God tried them,         

     and like a sacrificial offering, God accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

     They will govern nations and rule over

     peoples, and the Lord will reign over them       forever.

Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

     Because grace and mercy are upon God’s

     chosen, and God watches over the saints.

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  If using the Roman Catholic Psalm, it can be found on p. 735.

 

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

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

 Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

L: Praise the Lord, all you saints!

P:  Praise God all you heavenly hosts!

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

P:  Praise the Lord!

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

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

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

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

 Table Service (Disciples Tradition) with Remembrance of Faithful

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

 Invitation:

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

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

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

     Remembrance:

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

            (Naming of the blessed dead)

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

     Words of Institutuion:

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

 

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

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

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

      [Naming of the blessed dead}

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

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. 

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

      Blessed forever is our God!  Amen.

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

let us give thanks as we gather at his table

to celebrate the life we share in Christ.

Blessed are you, Lord our God. 

Your giving never ceases. 

Fill the lives of your faithful people with such gratitude

 that we may always praise you in Christ.  Amen.

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

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-10-30

Collects
Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
   in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
may we who have shared at this table
   as strangers and pilgrims here on earth
be welcomed with all your saints
   to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God,
you have kindled the flame of love
   in the hearts of the saints:
grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Lord of heaven,
in this eucharist you have brought us near
   to an innumerable company of angels
   and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:
as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage
   we have shared their fellowship,
so may we come to share their joy in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

God of glory,
touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,
that we with all creation
may rejoice to sing your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

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Proper 23A

Ordinary 28A

17th Sunday after Pentecost
Oct. 9

 

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

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Exodus 32:1-14 or Isaiah 25:1-9
Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Exodus 32:1-14

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 or Psalm 23
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 23:1-6
United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Philippians 4:1-9
Roman Catholic reading: Philippians 4:12-20

Matthew 22:1-14
Roman Catholic reading: Matthew 22:1-14 or Matthew 22:1-10

 

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   15

Hymn of Invitation:    86

Communion Hymn:    386

 

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).  Page 734 offers a rendering of Psalm 23, as do several of the Church’s hymns. 

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2011, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Philippians 4:1-9

 

     Rejoice in Jesus: the Lord is at hand.

     In this grand glory be fully alive.

     Leave off your anxiety: Jesus provides

     all you desire, all you need for the hour.

 

     All you, beloved, the joy of the heart,

     begin in joy, in united desire.

     Fulfill the bounty of Spirit we find

     that in the fellowship Christ’s witness is sure.

 

     Indeed, the true and the honorable facts,

     that which is just, gracious, lovely and pure,

     all that is excellent, worthy of praise –

     thus be the fruit of your hearts, hands and lips.

 

10.10.11.10                        Suggested tune: Slane

 

 

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

The God who spread the heavens like a tent, and who made all things that move upon the earth, who breathed life into our bodies and renews the earth with the breath of the Spirit, has spread a lavish banquet for us and is inviting us to a feast.  Will we come readily? Will we receive the gifts that God longs to give us?  Let us prepare ourselves to rejoice in God’s great celebration of life everlasting, as we gather at the Table of the Lord.

 

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  We hear your voice, O God, calling us to rejoice in your presence, and to eat and drink with you at your Table.  As your Son comes among us to bring us to your feast, move us again by your Spirit to live daily as your grateful guests in this world, for we offer ourselves to you anew through Jesus the Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Collect of the Day  (by William Flewelling)

Matthew 22:1-14

 

Called late, dragged in from thoroughfares and alley ways,

            we come, O God, to celebrate the feast

                        of the bridal moment.

            For here in your delight we join

                        the festival and the feast

                                    prepared at last to own

                                    the welcome and the awe

                                                that joins our joy to yours

                                                in Jesus Christ.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND

Call to Worship (Responsive)  Adapted from Psalm 106
L: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; 

P: His steadfast love endures forever.
L: We confess that both we and our ancestors have sinned; 

P: We have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
L: Happy are those who observe justice and do righteousness at all times.
P: Remember us, O LORD when you show favor to your people.
 
Invocation:
Almighty God, who sits on the judgment seat, who controls wrath and acceptance.  We come before you today as ones who know we are inept to be judged.  We confess our hope lies only in your Son.  Guide us during this time of worship and draw near to us.  Help us to know your will and follow your precepts.  Lead us into your righteousness, and dress us in a manner to be worthy participants in this, your feast of joy.  Guide us as we worship.
 
Stewardship Moment:
Near the end of his letter to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul writes “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.  Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard . . . .”  The bringing of tithes and offerings before God is definitely something the Philippians have learned, received and heard.  They knew that showing recognition before God that all we have and all we are is because of God, and returning the tithe and making offerings was honorable and commendable.  I wonder if we truly remember the same.  As we prepare to bring our gifts before God, I hope you will truly think on these things.
 
Offertory Prayer:
God of grace and love.  We have come before you offering our gifts, which we humbly present here at your altar.  We ask your blessing on these gifts, that they might be used for the glory of your kingdom.  Guide our hearts and minds as we consider the reality of whether or not we have honored all you have given us in that which we return to you.  Help us as we think on these things. Amen.

Communion Meditation:
In Matthew’s Gospel, we receive the parable of a king who throws a wedding banquet for his son.  As Matthew recounts the story we learn the primary guests not only choose not to attend, but are cruel to the king’s servants.  The king invites everyone from the streets to fill the hall, but then there is a disturbing twist: one comes who is not suitably attired and is cast into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.  We speak frequently of this table as a table of grace.  We speak of this table as one which welcomes all.  As we approach this table today, I want to caution you that we not speak of this table as one without standards.  This is a table of grace and forgiveness, and this is a table which is open to all who confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.  It is still up to each of us to dress ourselves in the cloak of true repentance as we come to the table. 

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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-10-09

Collect

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
   of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
   what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

 

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

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