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Easter 6A

 

May 17

 

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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):

 

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

517-Love divine, all loves excelling

699-Rejoice, the Lord is King

17 O worship the King

582-Come down, O Love divine

241-Holy Spirit, Truth divine

249-Spirit

585-What a friend we have in Jesus

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service

404-A hymn of joy we sing

392 Draw us in the Spirit’s tether

 

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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On John 14:15-21

 

If you love me, the Savior says,

commandments will adorn your heart.

Compellingly, the Savior’s prayer

will send to us the Counselor.

 

If you love me, the words ring free

within the musing of the heart.

And, loving incandescently,

we follow how the Spirit breathes.

 

Indwelling in a heart of love,

Lord Jesus be our everything,

the lead the Counselor must prize

and savor for the breath of life.

 

In all our ways, in all our frays,

O Lord, stay near and lead us more

through every desolation’s core

alive, alert for evermore.

 

For your commandments, Lord, abide

to steel delight in every way

and lead us in consuming grace

to be your host, your guest, your own.

 

LM       Suggested tune: St. Bartholomew

 

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 66  is excerpted in 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 66

L: Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of God’s praise be heard.

P: God has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

L: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me:

I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

Truly God has listened and has given heed to the words of my prayer.

P: Blessed be God, who has not rejected our prayer or removed his steadfast love from us.

 

OR

L: When all seem to have abandoned us and left us to face the world alone, the Risen One comes to us.

P: The Spirit of Truth, our Advocate with God, is here to walk with us and lead us to the truth.

L: This is the One whom the world cannot see, and yet the One who abides with us forever.

P: We are not alone!  We are lavishly loved by God, led faithfully by the Spirit, and living fully in the presence of Christ. Thanks be to God!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

We give thanks, O Lord, that Jesus’ resurrection has a meaning for us – that his life can become our life; that his victory can become our victory; that his triumph can become our triumph; and that his joy can become our joy. And so we lift our voices together in praise of you, our life-giving God, in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Most precious God, as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, we pray that we may be bound together in Christian love and that our faith and fellowship may be a witness through which your spirit will bring others into your church. We humbly thank you for your many blessings you have given us. We ask that we may learn how to truly be Easter people and always remember that we are celebrating resurrection day every day, for we pray through Jesus our Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.

As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.

We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.

Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

OR

Gracious and loving God, we come to you with hearts that need to be opened to your word and your love. There is so much around us that tears at us and causes us to tremble. Keep us ever mindful of your presence and the hope that you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ.

Guide us, we pray, as your church, struggling to spread the good news. Keep us focused on the mission and ministry to which you have called us and lead us forward. We know, Lord, that there will often be bumps and holes in the road along the way. Save us from dwelling on them and make us secure in the goals you have placed before us.

Hear our prayers for all who need your tender touch of healing in their lives—those we name before you each day, and those who are known only to you in the depths of our hearts. Be with those who mourn. May we all remember the love and grace that your faithful people have brought to our world.

We pray for all your creation, always at odds with one another. Guide our leaders and those of other nations that this world might truly be as you created it to be—a world of peace, hope and love.

These are our prayers, together with those that lie on the hearts of all your faithful people, which we offer to you in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “not my will, but thine be done.” Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us

to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:

may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

Additional Collect

 

Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

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

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good

things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such

love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above

all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we

can desire; 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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 14:15-21

Come, O God. Come, Lord sublime

and enter here the swarm of all adoring life.

For in your sweep of true command

we are aligned with your impulsive love.

Let here, within these hearts, be found

the echo chamber of your command,

the gracious world of ripe, exposing love.

 

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

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us abundantly and called us to be a community that blesses others through the sharing of our love, our talents and our material possessions. Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we receive our morning offering.

 

OR

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.

 

Offertory Prayer

By your goodness, O God, we have received all things, and all that we have and all that we are we offer up to you. May these gifts, tokens of our gratitude, be made complete in our commitment to living transformed lives of service and love.

 

OR

Receive the offerings we bring, O God, and sanctify them to the holy purpose of extending your gifts to all who are in need and to all who would desire them, even as you sanctify our lives in the presence of the Holy Christ who is in our midst today.

 

Invitation to the Table

We are invited by Christ to receive the fullness of faith at a feast prepared for all of God’s people. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities which this Table presents: of a world at one and in peace, of a people reconciled and loved, of lives made new and grounded in the hope of Christ’s resurrection.

OR

There are, no doubt, people who wish there was more to our communion liturgy in Disciples tradition—more magic words, more bells and whistles, more special effects, to get us in the mood. But we don’t do that—we simply gather to eat and drink in memory and in love.

There is a story from the 3rd century that may help us here. St. Anthony was a leader among the desert monastics, and the story says that 3 religious men used to go to visit him each year. 2 would discuss their thoughts about the salvation of their souls with him, but the 3rd kept his mouth shut and never asked a question.

Abba Anthony said to him, You often come here to see me, but you never ask me anything; and the other man replied “It is enough for me to see you, Father.”

One of the great needs of our consumer-oriented society is a sense of enough. And our time around this table helps us with this. It is enough for us to be here, to know of the sacrifice that brought us here, and of the spiritual resources available to us here. We do not fancy up the service, because we do not need fancying up ourselves—we need simplifying. We need the bread of life and the cup of salvation. And here they are. It is enough.

 

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)

 

We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, full of grace and truth. He made you known to all who receive him. Sharing our joy and sorrow, he healed the sick, befriended sinners, and showed us the way to fulfillment in partnership with other people. Two by two he sent his disciples to extend your promise of friendship and love, and two by two he calls us still to work in your spirit of love.

Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, he overcame death and is risen in power. He is still the friend of sinners. We trust him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us.

Pour out your Spirit upon us, that this bread and cup may be for us the body and blood of Christ, and that we, and all who share this feast, may be one with Christ and he with us. Fill us with eternal life, that with joy we may be his faithful people until we feast with him in glory.

 

OR

God of life, as we give thanks to you for all of your gifts to us in Christ Jesus, we offer up this bread and wine to you, along with our own lives. Send forth your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, that as we break the bread and bless the up we may be remade and renewed in Christ’s image. Give us new hearts with which to serve you and the world in his enduring love.

 

OR

 

  1. God, whose desire is that all of your children live together in peace, and that none should be hungry, we offer up our thanks to you for the gift of bread. As we break the bread together and share it with our neighbors, may we be nourished by the presence of your Spirit, so that we who claim the faith may be bold to share it in the days that are to come.

 

  1. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this (bread and) cup. Make it to be for us the (bread of life and) cup of salvation. Renew us in Christ’s love and in refresh us to serve the world in his spirit.

 

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2019. Calendar for 2020

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

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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Easter 6A

 

May 21

 

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

 

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:

Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

517-Love divine, all loves excelling

699-Rejoice, the Lord is King

582-Come down, O Love divine

241-Holy Spirit, Truth divine

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service

404-A hymn of joy we sing

 

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

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 John 14:15-21

 

‘If you love me’, you seek of us, O God,

‘keep this, the one commandment of my heart’.

O Lord, our God, we answer faithfully

to seek this unity we share as one –

and love as one another, we become

the fellowship of Spirit’s lively care.

 

O send, send now the Spirit, Comforter,

the promised yield of your compassion’s gift.

For in this gracious savor of your care,

O Lord, we resonate in vibrant joy.

Become the energy of love we own

in one another as your biding throne.

 

O come, now, Lord; leave us not desolate

but thriving in your stirring joy sublime.

O come, then, Lord, in promise well fulfilled

that in your thoroughgoing grace we live.

Become in us the satiety we seek

and come, O come: fulfill us in your love.

 

10.10.10.10.10.10.   Suggested tune: Finlandia

 

 

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 66  is excerpted in 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 66

L: Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of God’s praise be heard.

P: God has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

L: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me:

I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

Truly God has listened and has given heed to the words of my prayer.

P: Blessed be God, who has not rejected our prayer or removed his steadfast love from us.

 

OR

L: When all seem to have abandoned us and left us to face the world alone, the Risen One comes to us.

P: The Spirit of Truth, our Advocate with God, is here to walk with us and lead us to the truth.

L: This is the One whom the world cannot see, and yet the One who abides with us forever.

P: We are not alone!  We are lavishly loved by God, led faithfully by the Spirit, and living fully in the presence of Christ. Thanks be to God!

 

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

We give thanks, O Lord, that Jesus’ resurrection has a meaning for us – that his life can become our life; that his victory can become our victory; that his triumph can become our triumph; and that his joy can become our joy. And so we lift our voices together in praise of you, our life-giving God, in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.

 

As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.

 

We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.

 

Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

OR

Gracious and loving God, we come to you with hearts that need to be opened to your word and your love. There is so much around us that tears at us and causes us to tremble. Keep us ever mindful of your presence and the hope that you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Guide us, we pray, as your church, struggling to spread the good news. Keep us focused on the mission and ministry to which you have called us and lead us forward. We know, Lord, that there will often be bumps and holes in the road along the way. Save us from dwelling on them and make us secure in the goals you have placed before us.

 

Hear our prayers for all who need your tender touch of healing in their lives—those we name before you each day, and those who are known only to you in the depths of our hearts. Be with those who mourn. May we all remember the love and grace that your faithful people have brought to our world.

 

We pray for all your creation, always at odds with one another. Guide our leaders and those of other nations that this world might truly be as you created it to be—a world of peace, hope and love.

These are our prayers, together with those that lie on the hearts of all your faithful people, which we offer to you in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “not my will, but thine be done.” Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us    to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Post Communion God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Additional Collect Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: help your Church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good

things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such

love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above

all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we

can desire; 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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 14:15-21

 

By your commandment, Lord God,

we gather in love, one for another,

as Jesus dwells in us in love.

Grant that we dwell in him as he in you

and we be filled, fulfilled in grace

where he has promised life and love,

the satiety of joy.

 

Service of Table  

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us abundantly and called us to be a community that blesses others through the sharing of our love, our talents and our material possessions. Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we receive our morning offering.

 

Offertory Prayer

By your goodness, O God, we have received all things, and all that we have and all that we are we offer up to you. May these gifts, tokens of our gratitude, be made complete in our commitment to living transformed lives of service and love.

 

Invitation to the Table

We are invited by Christ to receive the fullness of faith at a feast prepared for all of God’s people. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities which this Table presents: of a world at one and in peace, of a people reconciled and loved, of lives made new and grounded in the hope of Christ’s resurrection.

 

OR

There are, no doubt, people who wish there was more to our communion liturgy in Disciples tradition—more magic words, more bells and whistles, more special effects, to get us in the mood. But we don’t do that—we simply gather to eat and drink in memory and in love.

 

There is a story from the 3rd century that may help us here. St. Anthony was a leader among the desert monastics, and the story says that 3 religious men used to go to visit him each year. 2 would discuss their thoughts about the salvation of their souls with him, but the 3rd kept his mouth shut and never asked a question.

 

Abba Anthony said to him, You often come here to see me, but you never ask me anything; and the other man replied “It is enough for me to see you, Father.”

 

One of the great needs of our consumer-oriented society is a sense of enough. And our time around this table helps us with this. It is enough for us to be here, to know of the sacrifice that brought us here, and of the spiritual resources available to us here. We do not fancy up the service, because we do not need fancying up ourselves—we need simplifying. We need the bread of life and the cup of salvation. And here they are. It is enough.

 

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)

  1. O God, whose desire is that all of your children live together in peace, and that none should be hungry, we offer up our thanks to you for the gift of bread. As we break the bread together and share it with our neighbors, may we be nourished by the presence of your Spirit, so that we who claim the faith may be bold to share it in the days that are to come.

 

  1. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this (bread and) cup. Make it to be for us the (bread of life and) cup of salvation. Renew us in Christ’s love and in refresh us to serve the world in his spirit.

 

 

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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Easter 6A

May 25

 

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:

Acts 17:22-31 Roman Catholic reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

Psalm 66:8-20 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 66:1-20 Episcopal RCL reading: Psalm 66:7-181 Peter 3:13-22 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18

John 14:15-21

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

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

 

582-Come down, O Love divine, 241-Holy Spirit, Truth divine, 517-Love divine, all loves excelling, 699-Rejoice, the Lord is King

 

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

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

http://lectionarypsalms.org/  

This week: Psalm 66 is not included in the hymnal. See Call to Worship, below.

 

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

On 1 Peter 3:13-22

 

Have no fear of trouble,

neither troubled be.

In the wells of Jesus

is the buoyant word.

Here, indeed delighting

in all earnest zeal,

come, imbibe in Jesus’

righteousness and weal.

 

In the passion shown us,

in the way of Christ,

in the fulsome bounty

of the Lord’s device:

here behold the wisdom,

all the care sublime

borne upon the threshold

of divine allure.

 

At the break of water

as baptism flows

comes appeal for ever

on the conscience’ throes.

For in all distress found

there is constancy

in all this beginning

on the way of love.

 

6.5.6.5.D     Suggested tune: King’s Weston

 

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer

Let us come before the Lord with minds open to His truth, with hearts receptive to His love, and with wills subject to His spirit.

 

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 66)

L: Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of God’s praise be heard.

P: God has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

L: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me:

I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

Truly God has listened and has given heed to the words of my prayer.

P: Blessed be God, who has not rejected our prayer or removed his steadfast love from us.

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. We give thanks, O Lord, that Jesus’ resurrection has a meaning for us – that his life can become our life; that his victory can become our victory; that his triumph can become our triumph; and that his joy can become our joy. And so we lift our voices together in praise of you, our life-giving God, in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.

As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.

We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.

Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us

to eternal joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God our Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:

may we thirst for you,

the spring of life and source of goodness,

through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

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

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good

things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such

love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above

all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we

can desire; 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 (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 14:15-21

 

            O God,

                        your counselor comes among us

                                    distinguishing out taste of life,

                                    establishing your flavor in our hearts.

                        Confirm in us, O God, your presence

                                    by the coming of your Spirit

                                                in the manifest, manifold love

                                                            of Jesus.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

We are invited by Christ to receive the fullness of faith at a feast prepared for all of God’s people. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities which this Table presents: of a world at one and in peace, of a people reconciled and loved, of lives made new and grounded in the hope of Christ’s resurrection.

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

 

Offertory Prayer

By your goodness, O God, we have received all things, and all that we have and all that we are we offer up to you. May these gifts, tokens of our gratitude, be made complete in our commitment to living transformed lives of service and love.

 

Preface to 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.”]

 

Prayers of Thanksgiving

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

1. O God, whose desire is that all of your children live together in peace, and that none should be hungry, we offer up our thanks to you for the gift of bread. As we break the bread together and share it with our neighbors, may we be nourished by the presence of your Spirit, so that we who claim the faith may be bold to share it in the days that are to come.

2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this (bread and) cup. Make it to be for us the (bread of life and) cup of salvation. Renew us in Christ’s love and in refresh us to serve the world in his spirit.

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, 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.

 

* 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

 

**Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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