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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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Lent 2A

 

March 12

 

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 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

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.

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

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

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On Genesis 12:1-4a

 

In the dawning of awareness,

in the first moment we observed:

then in true command beginning,

we are bid impending call.

‘Come’ is how the lord announces

how we are begun afresh.

‘Come’ is the echo now resounding,

leading our new steps afresh.

 

All retreating is escaping,

all denial is behind.

Now, we entertain the Master;

now we are engaged in truth.

How are we to rise and follow?

How are we to climb the stars?

Yes, it is the passage promised,

leaving all the rest behind.

 

Now arising, now beginning,

now aspiring to the Lord,

now inclining to God’s luring,

now discovering our grace:

thus, indeed, we follow ever

into places never guessed.

For in our confessing moment

all we are is offered God.

 

8.7.8.7.D       Suggested tune: Ebenezer

 

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.

 

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…”)

 

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.

 

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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 3:1-17

 

Catch us afresh, O God, into the tide

your love abides.

For, in this call you lay before our eyes,

you bring us birth on your terms;

you lift the emblem of your flesh

that we be healed and called to life.

Bring us, O God, to savor evermore

your exquisite, delightful love;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Service of Table  

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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.

 

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Lent 2 A

March 16

 

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
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Roman Catholic reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10

John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9
Roman Catholic Reading: Matthew 17:1-9
Lutheran reading: John 3:1-17
United Methodist reading: John 3:1-17

 

 

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.

16-Come, thou Fount of every blessing

249-Spirit

565-If you will trust in God to guide you

399-O God, unseen yet ever near

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 121 is on page 760

 

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

On Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

 

 

 

Faith our action of abandon,

 

receives God’s righteousness.

 

Here the gift sublime is granted

 

upon God’s promise said.

 

 

 

As upon the base, ungodly,

 

so upon our hearts we find

 

you delight, O God our Savior,

 

to define all our joy.

 

 

 

As now we inherit bounty,

 

all the earth that God wields,

 

so within the holy offering

 

promised us do we joy.

 

 

 

All our hope lies in faith’s favor,

 

all the fervor of desire,

 

all that promise-laden savor

 

that refines our delight.

 

 

 

CM    Suggested tune: St. Hugh

 

 

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor)

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.

 

 

Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  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.   (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (by the editor)

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.

 

 

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.

 

Alternative 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 (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

Almighty God, who seest 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.

 

 

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

John 3:1-17

 

 

 

With blatant certainty we find you, O God,

 

and trace for ourselves confusion

 

in the midst of tame desires.

 

Yet as we find Jesus lifted up

 

and know ourselves drawn unto him,

 

so, Lord, bring us to enter this whirlwind

 

of your simplicity

 

that by your love

 

we come to you uncondemned

 

in Christ Jesus.

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

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. O 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.

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.

 

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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