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Lent 1B

Lent 1B

 

Feb. 18

 

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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:

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

179-Forty days and forty nights

180-Lord, who throughout these forty days

211-Jesus walked this lonesome valley

565-If you will trust in God to guide you

429 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

391-These I lay down

612 O Jesus, I Have Promised

 

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

 

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

On Genesis 9:8-17

 

In the heavens beauty beckons

as the sun arraigns the rain.

There, the bow in splendor arches

circling the wide earth below.

Then remembrance floods the moment,

love divine, compassion reigns

to attain the sacred story,

God’s eternal covenant.

 

As with Noah in the freshness,

once the Ark had settled still,

now the fresh compassion hurries

to complete the promise forged.

In the time of lean perversion,

in the hour of dismal turns,

yet remembering the promise

God arrays the rainbow arch.

 

Now, in this compassion-meadow,

as we satisfy thy call,

come into remembrance ever,

Lord, the lure to honor love.

For in your love we answer hope,

and by your love do we rise,

rise into compassion’s fullness

to abide thy buoyant care.

 

8.7.8.7.D               Suggested tune: Austria

 

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. See Call to Worship below.

 

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

 

Call to Worship  (from Psalm 25)

L: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

P: O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame;

L: Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

P: Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

L: Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

P: Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

L: Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

P: God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

 

OR

L: Once again, as the season of Lent begins, we are summoned by a gracious and merciful God.

P: We respond to God’s steadfast love, calling us together in praise.

L: Let us 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.

 

Opening Rite

(To be used in place of Call to worship and Invocation, adaptedby the editor from the Tradition)

L:  As we gather as a community of faith to experience anew the love and grace of Christ, and to feast at his table, let us call to mind our frailties, faults, and sins, and offer them to God, trusting in the grace of God alone for forgiveness and freedom.

     (Silent prayer)

L:  O Christ, you came to set the captives free; Lord, have mercy.

P:  Lord have mercy.

L:  You have given yourself fully to live among us; Christ, have mercy.

P:  Christ have mercy.

L:  When rejected, persecuted, and killed upon a cross, you were raised by God; Lord, have mercy.

P:  Lord have mercy.

L:  May almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us toward the joy of life eternal.

P:  Amen.

 

Alternate Opening Rite (Unison prayer below adapted by the editor from Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

Invitation to God’s Forgiveness

Minister: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from the love of God and neighbor.  Repentance, fasting, prayer, study, and works of love help us return to that love.  I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to love God and neighbor by confessing your sin and by asking God for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline.

 

Silent Prayer  (Following a time of silence, Minister: Let us pray together.)

 

Unison Prayer of Confession (unison)

Father in heaven, your love brings life to dead souls, light to darkened minds, strength to weak wills. Help us to believe and trust that no wrong we have done, no good we have failed to do, is too great for you to pardon through the merits of Jesus Christ your Son.  

OR

We confess, Lord, that we have sometimes fallen prey to the temptations our Lord rejected. Unlike the Savior who refused to turn stones into bread, we have misused our powers and positions for personal advantage. Unlike the Savior who refused to leap from the pinnacle of the temple, we have gotten ourselves into precarious situations, then expected God to miraculously save us. Unlike the Savior who refused to bow to Satan, we have compromised our standards in order to make financial gains. May we, like the Christ, recognize temptation for what it is, and reject its subtle attempt to control us.

 

Words of Forgiveness

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

(These words may be followed by an “Amen,” by a declaration of absolution – although this is often omitted during Lent in many traditions –  and/or by the Peace)

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Most holy God, whose son began a ministry with disciples and continues that ministry today with responsive followers, make us quick to give of ourselves to be in mission as your church today, that the good news of Christ may bring wholeness in all parts of our world. This we pray in his name (as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God of mercy, as we enter the season of Lent and turn our eyes with Christ’s disciples toward the cross, we ask that we may see clearly the sacrifice you have made for us, and then may we see as clearly the sacrifice we must make for others. Awaken us, God, to turn, to follow, and to serve in Christ’s name (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Lord of all that is silent and all that is spoken, because our lives are full of detail and deadlines, much to be done and little time in which to do it all, we find few moments in which to savor the beauty of the world, to contemplate the fierce endurance of everything that lives, to enter that timeless realm of divine mystery which surrounds us, entered only in silence. Yet we know that this place exists and is close to us. O God, grant us a glimpse of this inner sanctuary, and the desire and calm to dwell there in prayer.

 

As we (continue/begin) this journey through Lent, help us to make more time for study, and more time for silence, that we may hear your voice in our lives. Open us to hear the words of Jesus in new ways, as they were new to those who first heard them. Challenge us and renew us in this holy season that we may be worthy to be called your children.

 

Hear our prayers for all who are ill and who suffer in these days, especially (___and) those we name to you in silence.

 

Touch them with your peace and help us to be arms of compassion, strength and hope to them.

We ask your peace with all who mourn. May we all have comfort in knowing that indeed you have prepared a place for all who live as your children.

 

Build a road in the deserts of our hearts, O God—a road of worship and thanksgiving—and guide us in our journey of faith in this and every season of our lives, that we might be ever closer to you and to your Son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

OR

Mighty and merciful God, giver of grace and goodness, we come as grateful children this day.  We come confessing that we are not always grateful to you or as gracious to others we encounter in the twists and turns of our lives.  We thank you that you have promised your forgiveness to us as we place our trust in you.  Hear our prayers that we might be forgiven, renewed and restored to a fuller life—the life you have shown us in Jesus the Christ.

 

And hear our prayers for the people you have called to be your church throughout the world.  May we together become what you would have us be in fulfillment of Christ’s mission.  Help us to lead the way in justice and peace, to help the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison and other kinds of trouble.  Help us to serve those who surround us as we would serve Jesus.

 

We pray, O Lord, for those who seek you or who seek to draw closer to you, that they may find you and be found by you.  We pray for those near to us in their needs, as we have named them this day, and for those we name in our hearts, and for our own needs.

 

We praise you, O God, for you give us grace to glorify you with our whole lives, through the power and strength of Jesus the Christ.

 

OR: from Common Worship

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father and ask for his mercy and grace.

For your holy people, that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For candidates for baptism and confirmation, that they may live by every word that proceeds from your mouth, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the leaders of the nations, that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the needy, that they may not be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the sick in body, mind and spirit, that they may know your power to heal, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the poor in spirit, that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven and see you face to face, we pray to you, O Lord: R

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered, to the mercy and protection of God.

Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

A Litany (for use any time during Lent, adapted from several sources)

Let us remember Jesus:  Who, though he was rich, for our sakes became poor and dwelt among us;

Who was content to be the child of a poor family;

Who lived the common life, earning his living with his own hands and declining no humble tasks;

Whom the common people heard gladly, for he understood their ways.

Let us remember Jesus:  Who was mighty in deed, healing the sick and afflicted, using for others the powers he would not invoke for himself;

Who was master and Lord to his disciples,  yet was among them as their Companion and as one who served.

Let us remember Jesus:  Who loved people, yet retired from them to pray, rose a great while before day, watched through the night, stayed in the wilderness, went up into a mountain, sought out a garden;

Who prayed for his tempted disciple,  and for the forgiveness of all who rejected him, and for the perfecting of those who received him;

Who observed good customs, but defied conventions that did not serve the purposes of God.   Who hated sin because he knew the cost of pride and selfishness, of cruelty and impurity—the cost to humanity and to God.

May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.

Let us remember Jesus:  Who, when he was reviled, did not retaliate, and when he suffered did not threaten; who emptied himself and carried obedience to the point of death, even death on the cross.

May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.

Let us pray for Christ to dwell within our hearts.

O Christ, our only Savior, so come to dwell in us that we may go forth with the light of your hope  in our eyes,  and with your faith and love in our hearts.  Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

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 given your only Son to be for us

both a sacrifice for sin

and also an example of godly life:

give us grace

that we may always most thankfully receive

these his inestimable gifts,

and also daily endeavour

to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Holy God,

our lives are laid open before you:

rescue us from the chaos of sin

and through the death of your Son

bring us healing and make us whole

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be

tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted

by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of

each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through

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

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

 

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

Mark 1:9-15

 

As driven by the Spirit who anoints for this, O God,

we find the urgency become our own

to find austerity and know temptation’s slash

that in this hour

in sheer solitude of hope

we find the angels ministering

that we begin to follow him

who leads us in your sight.

 

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 people who are given great hope in the midst of life’s desert places, we are called to reaffirm our baptismal confession at the Table of the Lord. As we offer our lives anew, let us prepare this Table with offerings of our daily labors, that the world might join us in this hope and faith.

 

OR

Each of us it to look not only to personal interests but also to the interests of others. We come together as the church of Jesus Christ to do this. We are devoted to a mission whose benefits are not for us alone. This is our opportunity to share in important work in this community and around the world.

 

Offertory Prayer

In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord. May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s name.

 

OR

These, your gifts, O God, are returned for glory. Bless us with wisdom to use them as you would have us to; and bless our lives with courage to do your bidding, through Christ our Lord.

 

Invitation to the Table (adapted from Alexander Campbell)

The Holy One says: “Why spend money on that which does not satisfy?  Why spend your wages and still be hungry?  Listen to me, and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all.  Listen now my people, and come to me; come to me and you will live.”  Christ invites to this table all who confess him as Lord and seek to follow in his way.  Come to this sacred table, not because you must, but because you may.  Come not because you are fulfilled, but because in your emptiness you stand in need of God’s mercy and assurance.  Come not to express an opinion, but to seek a presence and to pray for a spirit.  Come, then, sisters and brothers, as you are.  Partake and share.  It is spread for you and me that we might again know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invited us to join the people of God’s new age.

 

OR

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger; you who believe in me shall never thirst.” In company with all who hunger for spiritual food, we come to this table to know the risen Christ in the sharing of this life-giving bread.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

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

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ endured the harsh desert and the temptation of an easy path to glory, that we who follow him from baptismal waters might be enabled face the struggles and temptations of life in the faith. Help us to find in his example a way toward deeper communion with you. May we experience your presence anew in the breaking of this bread and drinking of this cup. Pour out your Spirit upon them, and upon us, that we might be refreshed in our hope, and made ready to follow the voice of the Savior in our world.

 

OR

O God of mercy, you showed your strength in the midst of trials through the patient endurance of your Son Jesus Christ in the wilderness days of his life. Hear us as we look to you, in the midst of our own wilderness, for strength, sustenance, our daily bread. Send forth your Spirit upon us, Lord, that as we break the bread that you have provided and drink the wine which you have poured out, we may have our spirits strengthened to face what each new day will present to us in this place. Give us the courage of faith to endure temptations and the hope of new life to enrich our joy, as we receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood, which we offer up to you in his name for your blessing.   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

  1. Holy God, loving Creator, close to us as breath and distant as the farthest star, we thank you for your constant love for all you have made.  We thank you for all that sustains life, for all people of faith in every generation who have given themselves to your will, and especially for Jesus Christ, whom you have sent from your own being to be our Savior.  Bless this bread, and our lives as we receive it, that we may be the body of Christ, and be empowered to live faithfully in his name.
  2. O God, as we praise you for Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, and for calling forth your church to continue his mission in the world, we pray that you would bless this fruit of the vine.  Send down your Spirit to us in the drinking of this wine, that our eyes may be opened, and we may recognize the risen Christ in our midst, in each other, and in all for whom Christ died.

 

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 2017.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2017; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Lent 1B

Lent 1B

 

Feb. 22

 

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:

Genesis 9:8-17 Roman Catholic reading: Genesis 9:8-15

Psalm 25:1-10 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 25:4-9 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 25:1-9

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15 Roman Catholic reading: Mark 1:12-15 Episcopal reading (RCL): Mark 1:9-13

 

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.

179-Forty days and forty nights

180-Lord, who throughout these forty days

211-Jesus walked this lonesome valley

565-If you will trust in God to guide you

391-These I lay down

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 25 is not in the hymnal. See Greeting below.

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 1:9-15

 

From the Jordan’s waters risen,

lifted by the hand of John,

Jesus finds the heavens opened

and the Spirit as a dove:

all is as saluted, holy,

ready that the Spirit drive.

 

Drive him in the desert longing,

thrust the Lord into the wild;

there with thirst and hunger plying

set temptation at the tide:

thence, among the wild beasts roaming,

find angelic ministries.

 

All the rising from the water,

surely Spirit’s poised descent,

thence the proclamation ringing:

this, the son who pleases God –

all the rushing to the desert

serves the gospel opening.

 

8..7.8.7.8.7.         Suggested tune: Rhuddlan

 

Note: 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.

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (from Psalm 25)

L: To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

P: O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame;

L: Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

P: Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

L: Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

P: Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

L: Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

P: God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

 

Alternate Opening Rite (in place of a Call to Worship and Prayer of Approach. Unison prayer below adapted by the editor from Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 Invitation to God’s Forgiveness

Minister: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from the love of God and neighbor.  Repentance, fasting, prayer, study, and works of love help us return to that love.  I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to love God and neighbor by confessing your sin and by asking God for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline.

Silent Prayer  (Following a time of silence, Minister: Let us pray together.)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Father in heaven, your love brings life to dead souls, light to darkened minds, strength to weak wills. Help us to believe and trust that no wrong we have done, no good we have failed to do, is too great for you to pardon through the merits of Jesus Christ your Son.  

Words of Forgiveness

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

(These words may be followed by an “Amen,” by a declaration of absolution – although this is often omitted during Lent in many traditions –  and/or by the Peace)

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Most holy God, whose son began a ministry with disciples and continues that ministry today with responsive followers, make us quick to give of ourselves to be in mission as your church today, that the good news of Christ may bring wholeness in all parts of our world. This we pray in his name (as he taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

Lord of all that is silent and all that is spoken, because our lives are full of detail and deadlines, much to be done and little time in which to do it all, we find few moments in which to savor the beauty of the world, to contemplate the fierce endurance of everything that lives, to enter that timeless realm of divine mystery which surrounds us, entered only in silence. Yet we know that this place exists and is close to us. O God, grant us a glimpse of this inner sanctuary, and the desire and calm to dwell there in prayer.

As we (continue/begin) this journey through Lent, help us to make more time for study, and more time for silence, that we may hear your voice in our lives. Open us to hear the words of Jesus in new ways, as they were new to those who first heard them. Challenge us and renew us in this holy season that we may be worthy to be called your children.

Hear our prayers for all who are ill and who suffer in these days, especially (___and) those we name to you in silence.

Touch them with your peace and help us to be arms of compassion, strength and hope to them.

We ask your peace with all who mourn. May we all have comfort in knowing that indeed you have prepared a place for all who live as your children.

Build a road in the deserts of our hearts, O God—a road of worship and thanksgiving—and guide us in our journey of faith in this and every season of our lives, that we might be ever closer to you and to your Son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

OR: from Common Worship

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father and ask for his mercy and grace.

For your holy people, that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For candidates for baptism and confirmation, that they may live by every word that proceeds from your mouth, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the leaders of the nations, that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the needy, that they may not be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the sick in body, mind and spirit, that they may know your power to heal, we pray to you, O Lord: R

For the poor in spirit, that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven and see you face to face, we pray to you, O Lord: R

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered, to the mercy and protection of God.

Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

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 God,

you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;

by it you nourish our faith,

increase our hope,

and strengthen our love:

teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,

and enable us to live by every word

that proceeds from out of your mouth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Heavenly Father,

your Son battled with the powers of darkness,

and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be

tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted

by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of

each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through

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

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

 

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 1:9-15

 

New driven from sublime encounter,

thrown into the wilderness, the desert

that consumes and hones,

we find the contest of desire and hope

in serious temptation to relent

before the arrogance of life demand

the gospel in our flesh.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

As people who are given great hope in the midst of life’s desert places, we are called to reaffirm our baptismal confession at the Table of the Lord. As we offer our lives anew, let us prepare this Table with offerings of our daily labors, that the world might join us in this hope and faith.

 

Offertory Prayer

In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord. May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s name.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ endured the harsh desert and the temptation of an easy path to glory, that we who follow him from baptismal waters might be enabled face the struggles and temptations of life in the faith. Help us to find in his example a way toward deeper communion with you. May we experience your presence anew in the breaking of this bread and drinking of this cup. Pour out your Spirit upon them, and upon us, that we might be refreshed in our hope, and made ready to follow the voice of the Savior in our world.

 

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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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.

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 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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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Lent 1B:

Feb. 26

 

You may want to review some seasonal notes posted earlier here.

 

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:

Genesis 9:8-17
Roman Catholic reading: Genesis 9:8-15

Psalm 25:1-10
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 25:4-9
Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 25:1-9

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15
Roman Catholic reading: Mark 1:12-15
Episcopal reading (RCL): Mark 1:9-13

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   180 or 179

Hymn of Invitation:   211 or 565

Communion Hymn:   391

 

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). No good suggestions have come my way.

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 1 Peter 3:18-22

                        As Jesus Christ died once for all,

                        the righteous for unrighteous lives,

                        now are we borne before our God,

                        dead in the flesh, in spirit, live.

 

                        The preaching of the Crucified

                        is to the spirits lost in time,

                        to set them free, break every bond,

                        transfigure all in God’s delight.

 

                        The conscience cleansed in watery deep,

                        bathed of the soul before our God,

                        caught by the Crucified to rise:

                        Christ’s resurrection ours in thrall.

 

                        Beyond the keep, swept in the deep,

                        we answer him who reigns on high

                        at God’s right hand, adored by all

                        the angels, powers in his thrall.

 

LM     Suggested tune: The Holy Son

 

 

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

L:  Once again, as the season of Lent begins, 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.

 

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  God of mercy, as we enter the season of Lent and turn our eyes with Christ’s disciples toward the cross, we ask that we may see clearly the sacrifice you have made for us, and then may we see as clearly the sacrifice we must make for others.  This we pray through Jesus the Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Act of Confession   (Unison prayer below adapted by the editor from Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 Invitation to God’s Forgiveness

Minister: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to struggle against everything that leads us away from the love of God and neighbor.  Repentance, fasting, prayer, study, and works of love help us return to that love.  I invite you, therefore, to commit yourselves to love God and neighbor by confessing your sin and by asking God for strength to persevere in your Lenten discipline.

Silent Prayer  (Following a time of silence, Minister: Let us pray together.)

Unison Prayer of Confession

Father in heaven, your love brings life to dead souls, light to darkened minds, strength to weak wills. Help us to believe and trust that no wrong we have done, no good we have failed to do, is too great for you to pardon through the merits of Jesus Christ your Son.  

Words of Forgiveness

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

(These words may be followed by an “Amen,” by a declaration of absolution – although this is often omitted during Lent in many traditions –  and/or by the Peace)

Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)

        Mighty and merciful God, giver of grace and goodness, we come as grateful children this day, thanking you that you have promised your forgiveness to us as we place our trust in you.  Hear our prayers that during this Lenten season, we might all be forgiven, renewed and restored to a fuller life—the life you have shown us in Jesus the Christ, who wrestled with the same temptations we would face, and by his faith in you was victorious.

        And hear our prayers for the people you have called to be your church throughout the world – the whole communion of the baptized.  May we together become what you would have us be in fulfillment of Christ’s mission.  Help us to lead the way in justice and peace, to help the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison and other kinds of trouble.  Help us to serve those who surround us as we would serve Jesus.

        We pray, O Lord, for those who seek you or who seek to draw closer to you, that they may find you and be found by you.  We pray for those near to us in their needs, as we have named them this day, and for those we name in our hearts, and for our own needs. 

       We praise you, O God, for you give us grace to glorify you with our whole lives, through the power and strength of Jesus the Christ, in whose name we lift to you these and all our prayers (even as he taught us to pray, saying “Our Father…”).

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

            From Jordan water to the desert driven,

                        as the Spirit wields the goad,

                        so Jesus faces full temptation

                                    in the wild

                                    while angels minister.

                        With you, your Spirit strives with us

                                    into the desert all alone.

                        Sustain us evermore, O God,

                                    in awe before your gracious face.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND

Call to Worship (Responsive)          
Adapted from Psalm 25
L: To you, O God, We lift up our souls.
P: Teach us your ways, O LORD.
L: Lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation;
P: and we will wait for you all the day long.
L: Do not remember the sins of our youth or our transgressions, O God;
P: But remember us according to your steadfast love.
 
Invocation (from Genesis and Mark):
On this First Sunday in Lent, O God, as we come into your presence, we remember.  We remember the forty days of rain, which covered the earth, we remember the forty days of temptation in the wilderness.  And as we set our face toward Jerusalem in this season of preparation and waiting, we remember the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Help us, O God, in this time of worship to know your ways, to understand your teachings, and to hear your word.  Allow us the blessing of angels to wait upon us, and grant us the confidence which shines through the rainbow, that your promises are everlasting.  God of Mercy and Grace, pour your love upon us this day as we strive to remember you, through the hardships, for good.
 
Stewardship Moment:
Today marks the ending of the “Week of Compassion”, in which we support and honor our ministry of response and care.  In the midst of natural disaster and flood, it is hard for the victim to see the presence of God, or remember and claim the promise of the rainbow.  Sure, we know that God has promised not to destroy all the earth with flood, but when you are surrounded by water, misery, and death, it is hard to claim the promise.  Week of Compassion is one of the manifestations of the rainbow.  When there is nothing but loss, hopelessness and despair after the flood, it is the Week of Compassion which is there:  Responding; Comforting; Pointing the way back to wholeness and hope.  When we give to the Week of Compassion, we are making a rainbow for someone who will experience a total sense of loss and abandonment sometime this year.   We will now receive not only the tithes which support our ministries, but offerings which make our shared Week of Compassion Ministry possible.
 
Offertory Prayer:
O God of hope.  You call us through the times of trial and temptation to a new future, where you reside.  As we offer our gifts to you this day, make them into the beginnings of new hopeful futures where there is currently loss and despair.  Use these gifts, we pray, O God, to paint signs of hope for those who need them.

Communion Meditation:
In Peter’s first letter to the exiles, he reminds Christians everywhere that “Christ suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.”  This table of love and remembrance was instituted so that we could have a place to remember.  Not just to think or dwell on Christ’s sacrifice, but to have something tangible: bread that we feel in our hands, not pierced as Christ’s; and a cup we can share, not filled with the bitterness of sorrow, but with the sweet promise of life abundant.  As we come to Christ’s table, let us give thanks for not only the sacrifice, but for the privilege of being reminded that God is with us.
 
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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 God,
you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;
by it you nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word
   that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; 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.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.  http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 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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