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Lent 2A

 

Mar. 8

 

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

 

Click on Scriptures below for more resources:

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9
(Matthew text is Transfiguration text, which can be seen on Sunday before Lent begins, if not previously observed)

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

284-Gather us in

16-Come, thou Fount of every blessing

249-Spirit

450-God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian

455-You have called me from my hiding place

346-I can hear my Savior calling

565-If you will trust in God to guide you

399-O God, unseen yet ever near

409-I hunger and I thirst

431-Go, my children, with my blessing

 

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 Genesis 12:1-4a

 

Against the wisdom we attend

you call, O God.  We hear.

You bid abandon be our way

and follow on your word.

 

Intent on visions of raw hope,

of open future’s scan,

we find your message on our hearts,

the kind caressing plea.

 

Beyond familiarity,

beyond our favored schemes,

you tell of promise in the air,

of blessing in your breath.

 

So Abram went as God did say,

left all behind again

in order to pursue the dream

that God has dreamt for him.

 

And so we rise upon the voice

to trace the promised wisp

and learn of yearning in the heart:

it yields of God’s desire.

 

CM     Suggested tune: Wiltshire

 

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 121 is on page 760.

 

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

 

Call to Worship

L:  Once again, in this season of Lent, we are summoned by a gracious and merciful God.

P:  We respond to God’s steadfast love, calling us into solemn assembly.

L: Let all the people gather for self‑examination; let all bow in awe before the One Who Creates.

P:  We approach God in reverence and wonder, rejoicing in the invitation to holy places.

L:  Walk humbly before God in secret disciplines, in prayer and fasting and giving.

P:  We seek the One who grants us life, upholding us with a willing spirit.

 

OR

L: When confidence in our way of life is shaken, to whom do we turn for comfort?

P: We look to friends, we cling to loved ones, we grope for answers in familiar, sacred places.

L: How shall we find strength to recover? Where do we find heart and hope to go on?

P: Our hope is in God alone, our Savior, the Shepherd of our Souls, our sheltering Fortress.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: We come this day hoping to encounter Christ.
P: We come with burdens and questions that only He can answer.
L: May we open our hearts to Him.
P: May our lives be healed and strengthened for service.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: We look for help.
P: Where will it come from?
L: Our help will come from the Lord who created the heavens and the earth.
P: Let our hearts rejoice in God’s kindness and love.

 

Alternate Opening Rite (in place of a Call to Worship and Prayer of Approach)

Invitation to Confession

L: My sisters and brothers, as we prepare to encounter God anew today in the gathering of this community, in the hearing of the Word, and in the Breaking of Bread, it is good that we should call to mind our sins, and seek God’s promised forgiveness together.

Silent Prayer 

Responsive Prayer

L: For the poverty of our worship, our unbelief and hesitating witness, our blindness to what you would have us to be and to do, Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.

L: For imagining ourselves to be the center of the world, and for seeking security in the works of our own hands and minds, Christ, have mercy.

P: Christ, have mercy.

L: For the waste of your gifts, and for letting so little of your love pass through us to others by relieving the sufferings and injustices that they endure, Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.

 

Words of Forgiveness

L: God has promised forgiveness of sins to those who repent and turn in faith.  May God keep us in grace by the Holy Spirit, lead us to greater faith and trust, and bring us in peace to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Confession of Sin

(Unison) Almighty and Ever-Living God, you hate nothing you have created, and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     (silent prayer)

(Minister: The God whom we know in Jesus Christ is a God of mercy and love. When we are disillusioned with others and ourselves, God still accepts us as we are and moves toward us with forgiveness and comfort. We are freed by God’s love to live in the freshness of each new day, to reach out to one another in love. For these great gifts, let us give thanks to God.)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord, we are such stubborn people. We want to know all the answers. We find it hard to place our trust even in your Son. When Jesus proclaims that we can have a new life, we want to know how this is possible. How can we get rid of the old burdens and difficulties and start over again? Wouldn’t it be just like climbing back into the womb to make a fresh start? How we have misunderstood what Jesus has said. New life is possible. We can place our trust in God’s healing care. Forgive us, and help us, gracious Lord. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Creator God, in this time of repentance, we call out for your mercy. Turn us back to you and to the new life Christ restored by his perfect obedience, even to death on a cross. For he lives and reigns as our Redeemer with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever; (and in his spirit we are bold to pray as he taught us, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness. We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your love, so that we may live with purpose, enthusiasm and courage after the example of Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Gracious and glorious Lord, we come, as did Nicodemus, with questions on our hearts and in our lives. We come hoping someone can help us find answers and healing. But we are also hardened with doubts about self, others, and even you. Grant us healing and openness to your spirit that we may be better servants of your word, your will, and your way. (This we pray as our Savior taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Loving God, through Jesus Christ you bring light and life to a dark and dying world. We give you thanks and praise for your love which he reveals to us, even today, and for the hope which his life and death and resurrection unfolds for our world. Even as you love the world so greatly and sacrificially in Jesus, help us in his spirit to live and to love your world today, especially as we lift to you the lonely, the hurting, the sick and the dying.

 

Where there is injustice, renew our mission to do your will and bring about reconciliation, healing and peace.  Where there is pain, make us agents of your regenerative power and your healing caress.  May we discover and shed abroad your great love among those we encounter who are alone, or grieving or lost.  Make us, as your church, your hands and feet and voice in this world, especially as we pray for those whose lives are closely linked with our own and for the needs we bring with us this day which we offer to you in silence.  (Silent prayer)

 

As we celebrate your presence with us this day and commit ourselves to you afresh within the covenant of your love, help us to be a willing church—ready to do whatever the day demands, in order to bring the joy of your resurrection to those of our world who have no cause to celebrate.  In this Lenten season, awaken us, empower us, renew us, to be faithful to you in the Spirit of Christ.

 

OR

God who has promised living water to all who will ask has called us to draw near and make our needs, our hopes, our desires known, that we might be transformed, and that our truest desires might be to live in closer communion with Christ and his people. Let us pray.

 

Loving God, you are our hope. We have often lived as though you were so distant, so uninvolved with us, and so aloof. Yet in Christ you have shown us just how near to us you are—walking by our sides, risking all to be near to us—so much that you would come to be our servant, our Savior and our friend.

 

Hear our prayers for those for whom we should take such risks, as we lift to you the yearnings of our hearts for your creation and its peoples. Help us as stewards of your many gifts to care more diligently for the brokenness of your world. May our lives honor you by caring for the earth and all of your creatures. May we be renewed and reconciled to live in peace with all people.

 

Many and great are the needs of those around us, Lord. Help us to better remember the poor, the homeless, the needy of our world, by serving those of them that live nearby—those we might too easily pass by on the streets. Teach us the meaning of prayer for the lost, the lonely and the grieving through the consolation of our encounters with them in everyday life. Empower us to heal the hurting, the sick and the dying by the touch and the love of Jesus who lives in us, his body.

 

We especially lift to you those dear to us (____) along with our own needs in silence.

Raise up your people again to lives of deeper prayer through more ready service, that we in this community of faith might be joined with Christ in his suffering and in his resurrection, for it is in his name and by his faith that we lift our prayers to you. Amen.

 

OR

Almighty God, maker of all, with joy we give thanks for all your goodness. We praise you for the love which has created and sustained us to this day, and for the gift of your Christ who brings us into covenant with you and with all your people of faith. Help us to treasure your gifts and to show our thankfulness by lives wholly given to your service.

 

We pray for your church whom you have redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus. Give it pastors and ministers filled with your spirit, and strength to serve by the guidance of your word. Perfect it in love and in compassion, and establish it in the faith of your saints. Unite all your people that one holy church may bear witness to you and your glory.

 

We pray that you would move our nation toward the justice of your peace. Bless our national, state and local leaders to serve all people with integrity. Purge from us all hatred and prejudice, and build within us your love, that even in our dealings with the other nations of earth we may be servants of peace, truth and justice.

 

Bless our homes with the joy of your presence. Strengthen our covenants of family and of faith, that our children may grow into fullness of faith, that together we may show forth your praise in our world through deeds and words of love and compassion—especially with those who are alone and lonely.

 

Let your grace be seen in seed-time and harvest, in labor and business, in leisure and rest, in arts and culture of our people. May all who do work find fulfillment of their vocations, and all who are in need of work find the relief of new endeavors.

 

Comfort those who sorrow and are in need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation to those in mourning, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord, like the lawyer Nicodemus, we come to you in hidden ways. We have lots of questions and concerns. We aren’t sure that you will even listen to them or that you will think our queries are foolish. New life sounds wonderful. We have made messes in this life, some of which we have cleaned up, but there are others that we have swept under the rug, hidden away in the closet, hidden from ourselves and we believe hidden from you. But you know us better than we want to be known. You know our thoughts and actions. Help us, Lord. How can we turn things around so that there is peace and hope? We offer to you concerns for family, community, and nation; and yet we don’t really expect that anything will change. We are unwilling to change ourselves, and so change for the world appears a wispy dream. Bring your presence powerfully to us. Convince us of the hope that rests in you alone. For we offer this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,

that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted

into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,

that they may reject those things

that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

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 see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:

keep us both outwardly in our bodies,

and inwardly in our souls;

that we may be defended from all adversities

which may happen to the body,

and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Almighty God,

by the prayer and discipline of Lent

may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,

and by following in his Way

come to share in his glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious

to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them

again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and

hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ

your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 3:1-17

Born from above, O God,

by your commanding grace,

we come to you afresh.

For by the Spirit we are renewed

in thoroughgoing gentleness of heart,

aligned with your sublime allure

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

All of life is opened for us in the coming of Christ into our world. Every good gift of God is ours to use for the holy purposes of Christ in our world today. Let us give generously of the resources which God has entrusted to us.

 

OR

Just as Christ has taught the way of life to us, the church, we have the responsibility of bringing life to the world around us through our ministries and the outreach of missions through our connections of faith around the globe. Let us offer gratefully and sacrificially to the work of God who has given all for us.

 

Offertory Prayer

All things come from you, O God, and in these gifts we return them in thanksgiving. Receive them, and receive us, as we offer ourselves anew to you in Christ’s name. Amen.

 

OR

O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.

 

Invitation to the Table

Christ himself has gathered us, longing to share with us bread and wine at his table. May these be moments which open our eyes to the mystery of God’s presence with us in the days and nights of our living. May we be nourished by the gifts set before us so abundantly, and refreshed to live with joy and anticipation of Christ’s coming reign in our world.

 

OR

God wants to share this meal with you—all of you who dare to let go of your defenses and your trust in self or others, and trust in God. Let us come to God’s table with hearts of thanksgiving and trust fully in the Christ who invites us all.

 

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. Universal Love, we offer thanks and praise to you, even in the midst of darkness, for the light and hope of life eternal offered to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. As we receive the gift of this broken bread, his Body offered for us and for all the world, may our hearts be open to the fullness of your salvation made known to us through his sacrifice for the sake of the world.
  2. Send down your Spirit, O God of Life, upon this cup, the new and eternal covenant of Christ’s blood, offered for the salvation of the world. May we who receive it be blessed with a new awakening to the life eternal, which is ours through your gift of selfless love made known in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

OR

Almighty and ever-lasting God, as we gather to break bread at the table which your Christ has given us, may we be opened anew to his presence in our midst, be nourished to receive the gifts which you pour out upon us so abundantly, and be refreshed to live with joy and anticipation of his coming reign in our world. Pour out your Spirit, we pray, upon this bread and cup. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we might be his body, cleansed by his blood, and ready to serve him in newness of life. 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.  

 

OR

We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, to make 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 others. He sent his disciples forth with courage to extend your promise of friendship and love, and still he calls us 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, and believe that when he comes again in glory, we will celebrate victory with him throughout eternity at his heavenly table. Pour out your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, 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. 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.

 

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

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

 

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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

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

 

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.

 

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