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Lent 4A

Lent 4A  

 

Mar. 22

 

Although many will not have face-to-face gatherings for worship in the US and other locations due to the COVID-19 Corona Virus outbreak, the materials are presented here for those who do, and as a possible resource to those who wish to livestream or record worship in some other form for the good of the church. We welcome your comments on how you are offering worship in this time.

 

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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 for more study resources:

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

53-Morning has broken

503-O Christ the Healer (alt tune suggestions: #665-Germany; #526-Gift of Love)

586-Open my eyes that I may see

405-Beneath the forms of outward rite

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Any of the variants of hymns on Psalm 23 are also appropriate

 

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

 

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

On John 9:1-41

 

This is the sending day,

the day provided us

to work the works of God

who sends us into hope.

 

Though blind to daily grace

and labeled face to face,

we find the Savior’s hand

anointing us to send.

 

Sent to the pool, we go;

to Siloam we stride

to go and wash and rise

that we might see at last.

 

Confusion masters all

and mystery’s a pall

that leaves the floundering

to question how we see.

 

For once and ever blind,

we took the touch so kind

and find that we can see

what never should be free.

 

Unto the pool again,

to Siloam, the Sent,

we go and see, rejoice

and praise, to follow Him.

 

6.6.6.6.       Suggested tune: St. Celcilia

 

 

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 23 is on page 734

 

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: We celebrate the God of infinite power and love, who has called us into community.

P: We gather with God’s people of every age and place who have, by faith, found their true citizenship in heaven.

L: We journey together with hope, knowing that God who has fulfilled every promise in the coming of Jesus Christ will fulfill the promises of kingdom life for us and for all God’s children.

P: Thanks be to God for the faith that makes our life in Christ complete and promises life everlasting to all who believe.

 

OR

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: From darkness and despair, from being lost and lonely, God calls us home.
P: Even though we have been selfish and let God down, we are still called beloved.
L: Remember the eternal love of God which has been poured out for you.
P: Our hearts rejoice at the wondrous ways in which God loves and forgives us.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: When the world is dark and full of hate and fear, when we cannot see God
P: we will turn on the light.
L: When we cannot find our way back to love and peace
P: we will turn on the light.
L: When our vision dims due to the darkness within
P: we will turn on the light.
L: Christ opens our eyes with the gift of sight.
P: The light of the world is Jesus Christ.
L: Come and worship the one who brings sight to the blind.
P: Hallelujah! Praise God, the light of the world!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness. On this first day you began your new creation raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death. On this Lord’s day grant that we, the people you create by water and the spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory. Through Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, we praise you now and forever. (praying as he taught us, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God of love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come this morning longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives as we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Fill our longing hearts as we join together to worship you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Prayer of Confession

Ʀ = Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Forgive the poverty of our worship, our unbelief and hesitating witness, our blindness to what you would have us to be and to do, O God. Ʀ

Forgive us for imagining ourselves to be the center of the world, and for seeking security in the works of our own hands and minds, O God. Ʀ

Forgive us for the waste of our time and talents and gifts, and for our abuse of the earth, your creation, O God. Ʀ

Forgive us that so little of your love is passed through us to others, and that we have cared so little about the sufferings and injustices that they endure, O God. Ʀ

Forgive us by your mercy, O God, for the sins held secret in our hearts, as we open them to you in silence…

Words of Assurance

Despite our urge to pull apart, in spite of our tenacity to hold to our old ways, our loving God continues to call us back together again, showing us the true nature of forgiveness. God does not keep score of our wrongs, or measure how far we have wandered. God welcomes us, like a mother scooping up her lost children, like a father embracing his prodigal offspring. We are welcomed home, encouraged to learn from that forgiveness, to offer it to ourselves and to others again and again, as God offers it to us in Jesus Christ, our hope and our home. Thanks be to God

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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

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

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

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

OR

Loving God, you taught your disciples love for one another—love which would manifest itself in selflessness and servanthood in the best and worst of times. Hear the prayer of your people for our world and all who dwell in it.

In this time of great stress and the threats of health and safety of many, we lift to you the nations, that they may be responsive to human need, and may be rebuilt in justice and in peace. We lift to you this earth, which you so lovingly created, that as stewards of your gifts we might thankfully use its resources for the good of all. We pray for this city and for cities and villages around us, that all might work together to strengthen and improve the lives of their citizens.

We pray for your church—both here in this faith community and around the world—that this season of Lent might be a time of renewal in faith and mission on your behalf, and that together we may learn the path of servanthood toward all humanity.

We pray for ourselves and our own needs, and the needs of those around us, whose lives are closely linked with our own…   To those who are sick and sorrowful, bring your healing and hope. To the grieving, bring your peace. And to the dying bring the joy of your promise to us of eternity with you. For these and all our prayers we offer you, trusting in your goodness and your strength, in the name and spirit 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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Merciful Lord,

absolve your people from their offences,

that through your bountiful goodness

we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins

which by our frailty we have committed;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Lord God,

whose blessed Son our Saviour

gave his back to the smiters

and did not hide his face from shame:

give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time

with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Merciful Lord,

you know our struggle to serve you:

when sin spoils our lives

and overshadows our hearts,

come to our aid

and turn us back to you again;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down

from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:

Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in

him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

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

John 9:1-41

Simplicity impels us, Lord God,

to the insight you assess upon our sight.

Into your gracious freshening we come

amid confusion, reorganization of heart

and startling delight.

For by your gift you lure us on

into the new capacity of life

in your enticing company.

 

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

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.

 

OR

By the goodness of God, we are called into the family of the church. By God’s grace, we rejoice to share in the church’s life of mission and ministry. Let us offer our tithes and gifts to God’s glory as a token of the offering of our very lives.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Through the gifts of our possessions and our presence, we let those who are far from home know that we are their brothers and sisters. Through our gifts, we welcome them to our home, to God’s home. We are the ambassadors for Jesus, our brother and savior, spreading the news of a home of love and hope through our gifts.

 

Offertory Prayer

On Psalm 23, from ministrymatters.com

God of light and love and peace, we praise your name for leading us in paths of righteousness, that we may come into your presence, forgiven and free. We give you thanks for guiding us to this place: where we may rest beside the still waters of your grace, where we are filled with the good gifts of your goodness and mercy. We worship you with all that we are, and we bless your name for all that we will be as we continue on our journey—a journey that leads us to your kingdom, where we will dwell with you forever. We offer you these gifts, that you might bless them and send them out into the valley of the shadow of death, and everywhere in need of your light. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

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.

 

OR

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)

 

O God, you have sent your only Son into the world not to condemn, but to bring life in abundance. As we hear his call to gather at the Table today, and receive from his hands the bread blessed and broken, and drink together from the cup which he has blessed, send forth your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that in receiving we may experience anew that abundance, and give of it freely through lives lived faithfully in his presence.

 

OR Adapted from the Church of Ireland

We praise you, O God, for Christ your eternal Word through whom you have created all things from the beginning and formed us in your own image. He was tempted in every way as we are, yet he did not sin; and he gives us strength to control our desires, and to walk in his way of love. In obedience to your will your Son our Saviour offered himself and died on the cross for our redemption. Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin and reconciled us to yourself. We thank you for these gifts of your creation, this bread and this wine, and we pray that we who eat and drink them in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit may be partakers of his body and his blood. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, unite us in the body of your Son, and bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OR

  1. O God, you bring light out of darkness and hope where none can be found.  As we give you thanks for this bread, the light of hope expressed most completely in your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you will give us grace to know him more fully, and in knowing him, more closely follow him as people of faith.

 

  1. Pour out your Spirit, we pray upon (this bread and) this cup, that we who partake of the gifts which you give may be awakened to live fully in your presence, as we look forward to the feast you have prepared for all who love you, in your kingdom which has no end.

 

OR

  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.

 

  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 2019. Calendar for 2020

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

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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

 

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Lent 4A

Lent 4

 

Mar. 26

 

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

 

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

 

Click on Scripture for more study resources:

1 Samuel 16:1-13  Psalm 23  Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

53-Morning has broken

503-O Christ the Healer (alt tune suggestions: #665-Germany; #526-Gift of Love)

586-Open my eyes that I may see

405-Beneath the forms of outward rite

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

 

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

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

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On John 9:1-41

 

Distressing every wish to know

comes Jesus to behold,

to witness how affliction bears

the signs of God’s release.

He could not see, that man born blind,

until he passed the time

with Jesus offering the sight

borne in his gentle hands.

 

So hard it is to witness thus,

to know the blind man sees

when all the evidence of law,

propriety and sense

demands that those who know to see

must understand the rules:

this witness of the man born blind

who sees what we can’t see.

 

O Lord, in this encapsuled day

as insight ranges true

become in us the witness shown,

that follows in the way.

It is the way that we attend,

the way that Jesus goes;

and in this wonderful delight

we follow as your own.

 

DCM            Suggested tune: Ladywell

 

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 23 is on page 734

 

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: We celebrate the God of infinite power and love, who has called us into community.

P: We gather with God’s people of every age and place who have, by faith, found their true citizenship in heaven.

L: We journey together with hope, knowing that God who has fulfilled every promise in the coming of Jesus Christ will fulfill the promises of kingdom life for us and for all God’s children.

P: Thanks be to God for the faith that makes our life in Christ complete and promises life everlasting to all who believe.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness.  On this first day you began your new creation raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death.  On this Lord’s day grant that we, the people you create by water and the spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory.  Through Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, we praise you now and forever.  (praying as he taught us, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

OR

Loving God, you taught your disciples love for one another—love which would manifest itself in selflessness and servanthood. Hear the prayer of your people for our world and all who dwell in it.

 

We lift to you the nations, that they may be rebuilt in justice and in peace, and especially this nation and its leaders. Hear our prayers for the nations.

 

We lift to you this earth, which you so lovingly created, that as stewards of your gifts we might thankfully use its resources for the good of all. Hear our prayers for your creation.

 

We pray for this city and for cities and villages around us, that all might work together to strengthen and improve the lives of their citizens. Hear our prayers for the cities.

 

We pray for your church—both here in this faith community and around the world—that this season of Lent might be a time of renewal in faith and mission on your behalf, and that together we may learn the path of servanthood toward all humanity. Hear our prayer for your church.

 

We pray for ourselves and our own needs, and the needs of those around us, whose lives are closely linked with our own…   To those who are sick and sorrowful, bring your healing and hope. To the grieving, bring your peace. And to the dying bring the joy of your promise to us of eternity with you. For these and all our prayers we offer you, trusting in your goodness and your strength, in the name and spirit of Jesus the Christ.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect Merciful Lord, absolve your people from their offences, that through your bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Post Communion Lord God, whose blessed Son our Saviour gave his back to the smiters and did not hide his face from shame: give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Additional Collect Merciful Lord, you know our struggle to serve you: when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts, come to our aid

and turn us back to you again; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down

from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:

Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in

him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, now and for ever.  Amen.

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

John 9:1-11

 

In all our blindness, Lord God, grant us sight;

let spittle land in clay: anoint our eyes

and bid us bathe them clear.

Where we are all so blind,

pretending that we see,

refresh us that we truly see

the boundless beauty of your gift

of Spirit, life, delight in you.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

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

Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

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)

O God, you have sent your only Son into the world not to condemn, but to bring life in abundance. As we hear his call to gather at the Table today, and receive from his hands the bread blessed and broken, and drink together from the cup which he has blessed, send forth your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that in receiving we may experience anew that abundance, and give of it freely through lives lived faithfully in his presence.

 

OR

  1. O God, you bring light out of darkness and hope where none can be found.  As we give you thanks for this bread, the light of hope expressed most completely in your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you will give us grace to know him more fully, and in knowing him, more closely follow him as people of faith.

 

  1. Pour out your Spirit, we pray upon (this bread and) this cup, that we who partake of the gifts which you give may be awakened to live fully in your presence, as we look forward to the feast you have prepared for all who love you, in your kingdom which has no end.

 

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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

 

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Lent 4A

March 30

 

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

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Roman Catholic reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13

Psalm 23
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 23:1-6

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41
Roman Catholic reading: John 9:1-41 or John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

 

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.

53-Morning has broken

503-O Christ the Healer (alt tune suggestions: #665-Germany; #526-Gift of Love)

586-Open my eyes that I may see

405-Beneath the forms of outward rite

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 23 is on page 734

 

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

On 1 Samuel 16:1-13

 

How long shall grief attend our days

for what has failed God’s purpose?

Take up the oil, the horn, to pour

anointing unction for him.

For God has chosen well

the one to lead ahead,

the one who will endure,

the one whose radiance

provides the beacon of joy.

 

Arise, then, go as called by God,

assemble those desiring.

For in the midst of those God names

is found the leader’s bidding.

Yet only as our God

observes, upon the heart,

are we to satisfy

the longing of our life:

to gain the peace and vision.

 

8.7.8.7.6.6.6.6.7.       Suggested tune: Ein’ Feste Burg

 

Call to Worship  (unknown source)

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P:  Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P:  That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P:  Praise the Lord!

 

 

Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness.  On this first day you began your new creation raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death.  On this Lord’s day grant that we, the people you create by water and the spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory.  Through Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, we praise you now and forever.  (praying as he taught us, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (by the editor)

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

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

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

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

Prayers from Common Worship

Collect

 

Merciful Lord,

absolve your people from their offences,

that through your bountiful goodness

we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins

which by our frailty we have committed;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Lord God,

whose blessed Son our Saviour

gave his back to the smiters

and did not hide his face from shame:

give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time

with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Merciful Lord,

you know our struggle to serve you:

when sin spoils our lives

and overshadows our hearts,

come to our aid

and turn us back to you again;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

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

John 9:1-41

 

 

 

In readiness we find conflicted ways

 

prepared for you, O God.

 

We barely understand as layers peel away

 

and subtleties emerge

 

the innuendos, nuances of glory

 

that become the foundation of joy.

 

Begin in us the gift of sight, of insight borne

 

afresh that we may follow, glorifying you

 

in Jesus Christ.

 

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 God, you bring light out of darkness and hope where none can be found.  As we give you thanks for this bread, the light of hope expressed most completely in your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you will give us grace to know him more fully, and in knowing him, more closely follow him as people of faith.

2. Pour out your Spirit, we pray upon (this bread and) this cup, that we who partake of the gifts which you give may be awakened to live fully in your presence, as we look forward to the feast you have prepared for all who love you, in your kingdom which has no end.

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

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

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

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

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

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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These are offered by the Rev. William Flewelling of Proctor, WV for the end of Lent.

On Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

              Assemble with the chosen lamb,
              the roasted lamb, each house.
              Bring near in readiness: the hour
              demands a forward eye.

 

              Stand ready that we share the lamb
              completely, leaving naught.
              It is the hour of exodus,
              the marking to preserve.

 

              So eat together of the lamb
              that, ready, we may rise
              and keep memorial this night
              as God leads us to life.

 

              About the table spread for life,
              beneath the lintel’s mark,
              behold the Lamb is ready now:
              our Passover Desire.

 CM          Suggested tune: St. Bernard

CANTICA SACRA       CCLXIV

 

On John 9:1-41

     Seeing we see not; blind and we now see him,
     for Jesus speaking cleanses our perception.
     Eagerly seeking, losing all defenses:
     Lord, we adore you.

 

     All is confusion; many master reason,
     throb with contention over all believing.
     Who is disciple?  Who are who follow?
     Lord, bring us nearer.

 

     Out of the throes, through all official rabble,
     from the dissention, all the reeling passions,
     Lord we attend you.  You it is we honor:
     Jesus, Beloved.

 

     Once we were sure; now we aspire to know you.
     Jesus, our eyes – O cleanse them in your mercy!
     Seeing at last, we seek as you have sought us.
     Lord Jesus, lead us.

 11.11.11.5          Suggested tune: Iste Confessor

 

On Romans 8:6-11

              In the Spirit, all rejoice now;
              as the Spirit dwells within,
              in the mounting of your pleasure,
              O our God, we seek for you.
              In our Christ,
              we adore:
              we attend in full desire.

 

              As you call us we respond now;
              as you lure our hearts we come
              to behold the wonder thrilling,
              all the tapestry of awe.
              God alone,
              Spirit blown:
              you exhaust our faintest dread.

 

              Turning freshly to sublime life,
              in this certain beauty shown,
              O our God in you we savor
              every longing, yearning, hope.
              O our God,
              in your glow,
              we adore and offer all.

 8.7.8.7.3.3.7.           Suggested tune: Michael

 On Matthew 26:14 – 27:66

     In darkness stirs the strangeness of desertion,
     the lonely hour beyond the supper’s sharing.
     Into this darkness Jesus slowly stumbles:
     the lonely Savior.

 

     That broken bread and cup of wine completed,
     he with their hymn descends into the garden,
     a shade of prayer and solitude and anguish:
     our longing Savior.

 

     In silence at the brutal inquisition,
     the searching for some reason to deny him,
     where anger, fear, uncertainty abound – there,
     stands the Savior.

 

     Alone among the mocking voices, Jesus
     feels lash, and thorns, the cross, sheer isolation
     until the solitary warrior rouse love,
     and victory win.

 11.11.11.5.        Suggested tune: Herzliebster Jesu

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