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Pentecost +7, Proper 11A

 

July 19

 

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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):

 

Genesis 28:10-19a or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 or Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

680-O God of every nation

100-When morning gilds the skies

23-Praise my soul the God of heaven

56-For the beauty of the earth

718-Come, ye thankful people

546-Amazing grace

265-Spirit of God, descend upon my heart

538-Hope of the world

73-There’s a wideness

482-O Christians, haste

386-We come as guests invited

399-O God unseen yet ever near

393-One bread, one body

 

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 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Looking to a harvest

once the seed is sown,

seed well chosen, planted

in a proper field.

Then comes up the mingled,

good with weeds entwined.

Save them for the harvest;

throw the bad away.

 

In the final chapter,

when the good is kept,

then the savior answers

satisfaction’s crest.

Certainly we savor

how the harvest fares

and prepare the reapers

to sort the better out.

 

In delight we gather

in preparing life,

know the sacred pattern

that revives us well.

For the patience matters

in the harvest plan

till we find the gathered

safely with the Lord.

 

6.5.6.5.D   Suggested tune: Evelyns

 

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 139 is on p. 765  

 

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: Be still and know that God is.

P:  God was, also, in the beginning.

L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.

P:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.

 

OR

L: Above the noise of the world, a quiet voice is calling.

P: The rush of the days, the busyness of life, can drain us and leave us empty.

L: But we hear the call of Jesus to come away with him and rest.

P: May we hear his gracious invitation, and center our lives in the refreshing presence of God.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: In the midst of strife, God is with us!

P: Come, O Lord, and pour your word into our hearts.

L: In the anguish and grief of everyday living, God is with us!

P: Hear our cries, O Lord, and quiet our spirits!

L: Come, let us open our hearts and spirits to the Lord.

P: We come, with confidence and hope in the presence of God.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: The Lord knows each and every one of us and loves each one dearly.

P: Sometimes it feels as though God has drifted away from us.

L: Be strong! Look for the ways in which God is present to you.

P: Given all the troubles of the day, we often look more closely at them.

L: Come, open your hearts and spirits to God’s love and presence

P: Lord, help us to see your presence in all of life’s circumstances.

 

OR  adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: We look at this world, focusing on the pain and confusion, the fears and hatred which seem to abound.

P: For what can we hope?

L: We wait breathlessly for the goodness of creation to be made manifest in all the world, for this is the promise of God.

P: God is always with us, guiding, rescuing, healing, restoring us.

L: Get ready, dear friends, the promises of God are true.

P: May God quiet our spirits and open our hearts, bringing us hope and peace.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, you built your church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ himself as the cornerstone.  Join us together by their teaching, so that we may be a holy temple in whom your Spirit dwells; though the same Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Still our spirits, O God, as we gather in this sacred space to join in worship. May the quietness of your presence bring us back to the center of life, so that we may be ready to receive your mission, and be refreshed by your Spirit to carry it out.  This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

With thankful hearts for the bounties of our lives we come, O God, to offer our prayers and praise. As we gather this week keep us mindful of all the blessings in our lives and those we share our lives with. Be with us in worship as we lift our voices in praise of you, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

We who have come to know your love, O Lord, are here to worship you. We ask your blessing upon us in this offering of our praise, and we ask your presence in every act of our lives, that we…your Church…may be confirmed in our faith, and give glory to your son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray (as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

God of Jacob, who rested his head on a stone pillow and saw visions of your angels, be with us this day. Give us a vision of your presence in the midst of our strife. Give us courage and confidence that you are with us, calling us to be your loving people in the world. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name (praying as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

God of surprises, we come here from the weariness of the week, from various triumphs, from fears and doubts. Open our hearts to receive your surprising message of hope for all people, for we ask this in Jesus’ name (praying as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

We are such a rag-tag group of people. Some of us are at the “top of our game” and others just struggle to get through each day. Yet you draw us here where we will find friendship, peace, and hope not only for our lives right now but for all the times to come. Stand us up again, O God. Dust us off and put us back on the pathways of service and reconciliation. Warm our hearts with your love; lift our spirits with your power, for we ask these things in the name of Jesus our Savior (praying as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of Sun and Moon, Star and Sky, your wonder is beyond our imagining. We thank you for the gift of this world we share, and for the common bonds that we share as your children.

 

Bless us God, as we seek to find a way toward the peace you invite us to share. Guide us God as we walk that delicate line between being faithful to our own relationship with you, and yet remain understanding of those whose path is vastly different from our own. Remind us often that being faithful does not require that we close ourselves off from the faith of others.

 

Open our hearts, minds and spirits to people of every faith and culture. May the Mystery of your ways be the bridge that draws all of your people together in prayer for peace in our time.

 

We pray for those who are in special need of your grace and healing today. For those who live in fear of violence; for refugees everywhere; for political prisoners and for those who imprison them; God, we ask for peace.   For those who are grieving, or hungry, or in despair; for the lonely, and all who are ill or suffering, for any who struggle with addiction, and for all who live with chronic illness.

 

God, we trust in your power to be present with the suffering. We trust in your Spirit’s power to bring comfort, faith and strength where it is needed. We pray, bring your radical, scandalous peace into our midst, and touch us all with your love, for we ask it in the name of the One who calls us ever forward, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

OR

Loving and Holy Spirit of God, we pray:

  • that we and all people may increasingly work together to establish on earth the rule of the kingdom of heaven;
  • that the resources of the world may be gathered, distributed, and used with unselfish motives and scientific skill for the greatest benefit of all;
  • that beauty may be given to our towns and cities, and left untarnished in the countryside;
  • that children may grow up strong in body, sound in mind, and trained in spirit;
  • that there may be open ways, and peace, and freedom, from end to end of the earth;
  • and that people everywhere may learn to live in love through keeping the company of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose great name we pray.

(Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Summer is just about halfway over. Some of us have been able to travel, to spend special time with family and friends; but for others there is a sameness about this season. It brings pressures to work to provide for our families; it reminds us of the many people who are ill and who are unable to enjoy some of the special delights that this season is supposed to bring. This morning we take a few minutes to name our dear ones and situations of pain and loss as we ask for prayers from this congregation. Some people will remain unnamed because of the anguish we feel about their difficulties. But you are with them, every step of the way, even when they don’t feel like you care. You are there with them, offering them peace and hope. Let us turn our hearts to you as we silently offer these special people to your care. [Silent Prayer]. Lord, you have heard the cries of our hearts. You see our tears and feel our pain. Be with us all. Give us healing for our broken spirits and bodies, for we ask these things in the name of Jesus, the Master Healer.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Merciful God,

you have prepared for those who love you

such good things as pass our understanding:

pour into our hearts such love toward you

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

may obtain your promises,

which exceed all that we can desire;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God of our pilgrimage,

you have led us to the living water:

refresh and sustain us

as we go forward on our journey,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Creator God,

you made us all in your image:

may we discern you in all that we see,

and serve you in all that we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our

necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have

compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those

things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our

blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son

Jesus Christ 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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

The kingdom is a sower casting

good seed to find a harvest come.

Your kingdom, O God, seeks bounty

yet is snaggled with deceit.

Come, then, at last to part the bad

and keep the good, the ripe, the chosen

to your own kingdom’s harvest fare.

 

Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

God who made the earth has filled it with good things.  Every good and perfect gift, we are told, comes down to us from the Father of Light, with whom there is no shadow or threat of turning.  May we offer to God’s care the gifts with which we have been entrusted, that the mission of Christ may go forth from this place, and that in all things God be glorified.

 

Offertory Prayer

With grateful hearts and open hands, O God, we receive freely from you, and are moved by your Spirit to freely give.  Bless the works of our hands that they may accomplish your purposes in our world, through the spirit of Christ who calls us forth in mission.  Amen.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord, we present these tokens of the many blessings you have poured into our lives. Make us people who are unafraid to proclaim your healing mercies. Help these gifts to bring hope and comfort to all those in need. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

 

OR

Accept, O Lord, the offering we seek to make, of ourselves and our money; and grant that we may ever work and pray to build a world of peace and joy and freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

Invitation to the Table

God’s wondrous creation overflows with beauty and abundance.  May we who open our hands at the Table Christ has spread for us be filled to overflowing with thanksgiving and praise in all things, and strengthened by the bread of Christ to do the works that he has called us to do in our day and place.

 

OR

Christ’s table is spread for all of us—a place of gathering, of fellowship and of praise. Let us rejoice as we respond to God’s gracious invitation to receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood that we may be strengthened to live as faithful disciples.

 

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)

 

Gracious God, whose world is diverse and filled with the fruit of creation, we give thanks for this bread and wine – fruit of the earth and work of human hands.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts.  May they be for us the bread of life and the cup of salvation, as we remember and give thanks for all of your goodness.  Empower us in this meal to be fruitful and forgiving people, open to the others who come our way, and ready to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

OR

Holy God, creator of heaven and earth, you formed the universe in your wisdom, and set us in families on the earth to live with you in faith. We praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, and for the table you spread in the world as a sign of your love for all people.

 

We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, making you known to all who receive him. Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, you raised him from death to still be the friend of sinners. We trust him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us.

 

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

 

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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Pentecost +11, Proper 15A

 

Aug. 20

 

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):

 

Genesis 45:1-15 or Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm 133 or Psalm 67 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

18-All people that on earth do dwell

680-O God of every nation

683-O for a world

655-Community of Christ

408-Come, share the Lord

 

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

 

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

On Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

 

Come, gathered all unto the Lord.

Together let us rise

with justice, righteousness our theme

anticipating free access

salvation brings to sight

for all who follow nigh.

 

Come, gather all; come, welcome each,

the stranger, sojourner.

For in this place of God’s desire

no unknown face is lost from sight.

Now is our gathering shown

in welcome and delight.

 

O God you gather near and far,

familiar and unknown.

You bring us as together one

receive our offerings in love.

For joy is yours to share

among all welcome throngs.

 

8.6.8.8.6.6.  Suggested tune: Repton

 

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 133 is on page 764 of the hymnal.

 

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: The God of all creation makes us one in the flesh.

P:  Let us join hearts and voices in praise.

L: In Jesus Christ, we are made one in the Spirit.

P:  Let us be united in truth through the same one Spirit.

L: We practice our faith in many different ways.

P:  Yet we confess one Lord Jesus Christ.

L: We render different forms of ministry.

P:  Yet our calling is one because Christ is undivided.

L: Rejoice, people of God:  The Risen Christ is among us, calling us together at his one Table.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

As we worship this morning, O God, we pray that your spirit will be our strength, your word will be our guide, your love will be our comfort, and your promises will be our hope (for we pray as our Savior Christ has taught us, “Our Father…”)

OR

O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never‑failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

In these quieter times, God of peace, as in the busyness of our hectic days, you hear the true prayers of not just what we say, but also what we do and who we are. Hear us as we join our hearts in unity to pray for your church. May we be united in your truth, committed in your love, and sanctified by your grace, that with one heart and one voice we might proclaim your gospel in word and deed, praising you for your abiding presence in our midst as a community of faith.

 

We pray for our fellow creatures, this world which you lovingly made, and the people of earth with all their diversity and commonality. We lift to you those in our world who weep, and those who cause their weeping; those without food, clothing, shelter or a means of sustaining life with the dignity of one whom you have created. We pray for those who distort the good news of the gospel, who make gods out of things, out of themselves, out of their systems, institutions or structures…and who find it all so hollow and empty.

 

We pray for those who live without meaning and hope, who live as objects of the whims of others, and those who live in broken families, broken communities, and a broken world. Lead your church, we pray, toward a new vision of our mission to them in Christ—the vision of shalom—with those who are afar off in other lands, but also with those here, where each of us may encounter them personally.

 

Tender and compassionate friend, give us the assurance that you are here among your people, and in the gifts of quiet and rest in this celebration of your word and table. Enable us with your guidance to be your church and to do your will in our common life together. Pour out your Spirit on those who are suffering, especially as we lift to you our own needs and the needs of those whose lives are closely linked with our own:__________, and those we name in the silence of our hearts.

 

Bless us to follow in the paths of those saints who have gone before us in faith, whose steps were taken in the sure and certain comfort of your presence, that we may faithfully glorify you now, in your church and your world, forever. For these prayers we offer in the name and spirit of Jesus, your Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit

to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;

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

 

Holy Father,

who gathered us here around the table of your Son

to share this meal with the whole household of God:

in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,

gather people of every race and language

to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Gracious Father,

revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful,

for your glory’s sake

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a

sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us

grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work,

and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life;

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

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

 

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

Matthew 15:21-28

 

Beyond the reins normality applies, O God,

beyond the schemes and plans we find,

beyond the limits understood,

we come to find the table scraps

neglected in the daily rush.

Become for us the feast of joy

in simple singularity of hope.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

Through our offerings we identify with the cause of Christ. We proclaim our concern for all people, and we name them all as our next of kin. We identify with their suffering and grief and we rejoice when good comes to them. God gives both our material resources and our personal time and effort to us. Let us now extend them through the body of Christ into this moment of history and into the whole world.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God, for this high and holy moment in worship and in life when we have something to give that others need. Take our bread, our witness, our lives to benefit all your human family. May your glory be known among us and in all the world.

OR

God of our ancestors, God of our here and now, you laws are timeless and whose ways empower the church, we bring to you the results of our labors. We would recognize all our moments and days as precious gifts from you. We dedicate ourselves anew to the fulfilling of your will through all you entrust to us, not just through the portion we here return. Bless all that the church seeks to accomplish in Christ’s name.

 

Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

 

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, in the mystery of Christ’s offering of himself for the world, we gather at his Table. As surely as we do not know the breadth of your love for us, we do not fully understand the meaning of what you have called us to do. And yet we come at your bidding to eat this bread and drink this cup, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus, in faith and with thanksgiving. Send now the power of your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, that as we receive them in your presence and in the company of all your people of faith, we may be united as one with Son Jesus Christ, and may find in him life that is eternal.

OR

Loving God, whose will it is that all of your children should be fed, unite your people at this Table, we pray, with a new commitment to share your gifts with all.  As we give thanks for this bread and this cup, pour forth your Holy Spirit upon us and upon them, that your presence may be known in our lives and given freely to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord who makes us one.

 

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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Pentecost +7, Proper 11A

 

July 23

 

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 resources:

Genesis 28:10-19a or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8 Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 or Psalm 86:11-17 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

23-Praise my soul the God of heaven

718-Come, ye thankful people

546-Amazing grace

538-Hope of the world

73-There’s a wideness

393-One bread, one body

 

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

 

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

On Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Discovering the dross,

all the sinking loss

where good seed meets the ill

and tangles mixed roots.

 

How shall we undertake

to sort the planting?

Good and ill are mingled –

harsh reality.

 

Now wait, we hear the word,

wait for the harvest.

Then the fruits are parted:

keep only the good.

 

For in the day we meet

and harvest greatly;

then it is – garner

the produce desired.

 

6.5.6.5.           Suggested tune: Glenfinlas

 

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 139 is on p. 765

 

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: Be still and know that God is.

P:  God was, also, in the beginning.

L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.

P:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, you built your church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ himself as the cornerstone.  Join us together by their teaching, so that we may be a holy temple in whom your Spirit dwells; though the same Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of Sun and Moon, Star and Sky, your wonder is beyond our imagining. We thank you for the gift of this world we share, and for the common bonds that we share as your children.

 

Bless us God, as we seek to find a way toward the peace you invite us to share. Guide us God as we walk that delicate line between being faithful to our own relationship with you, and yet remain understanding of those whose path is vastly different from our own. Remind us often that being faithful does not require that we close ourselves off from the faith of others.

 

Open our hearts, minds and spirits to people of every faith and culture. May the Mystery of your ways be the bridge that draws all of your people together in prayer for peace in our time.

 

We pray for those who are in special need of your grace and healing today. For those who live in fear of violence; for refugees everywhere; for political prisoners and for those who imprison them; God, we ask for peace.   For those who are grieving, or hungry, or in despair; for the lonely, and all who are ill or suffering, for any who struggle with addiction, and for all who live with chronic illness.

 

God, we trust in your power to be present with the suffering. We trust in your Spirit’s power to bring comfort, faith and strength where it is needed. We pray, bring your radical, scandalous peace into our midst, and touch us all with your love, for we ask it in the name of the One who calls us ever forward, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,

that in their vocation and ministry

they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,

that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered

by your governance,

that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Almighty God,

send down upon your Church

the riches of your Spirit,

and kindle in all who minister the gospel

your countless gifts of grace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our

necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have

compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those

things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our

blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

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

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

Among us in our fruitfulness, O Lord,

bear patience with our sloth,

for we are mixed and mingled here

yet longing for your gracious care.

Become in our intention, Lord,

the ample goodness that we may,

in all our mixed allure, become

the offering of grace.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

God who made the earth has filled it with good things.  Every good and perfect gift, we are told, comes down to us from the Father of Light, with whom there is no shadow or threat of turning.  May we offer to God’s care the gifts with which we have been entrusted, that the mission of Christ may go forth from this place, and that in all things God be glorified.

 

Offertory Prayer

With grateful hearts and open hands, O God, we receive freely from you, and are moved by your Spirit to freely give.  Bless the works of our hands that they may accomplish your purposes in our world, through the spirit of Christ who calls us forth in mission.  Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

God’s beautiful creation overflows with beauty and abundance.  May we who open our hands at the Table Christ has spread for us be filled to overflowing with thanksgiving and praise in all things, and strengthened by the bread of Christ to do the works that he has called us to do in our day and place.

 

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)

Gracious God, whose world is diverse and filled with the fruit of creation, we give thanks for this bread and wine – fruit of the earth and work of human hands.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts.  May they be for us the bread of life and the cup of salvation, as we remember and give thanks for all of your goodness.  Empower us in this meal to be fruitful and forgiving people, open to the others who come our way, and ready to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

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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Pentecost +6

Proper 11A

July 20

 

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 resources

Genesis 28:10-19a or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8 Roman Catholic reading: Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Genesis 28:10-19a

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 or Psalm 86:11-17 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 86:5-16 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Romans 8:12-25 Roman Catholic reading: Romans 8:26-27

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Roman Catholic reading: Matthew 13:24-43 or Matthew 13:24-30

 

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.

23-Praise my soul the God of heaven

718-Come, ye thankful people

546-Amazing grace

538-Hope of the world

73-There’s a wideness

393-One bread, one body

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 139 is on p. 765

 

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

On Genesis 28:10-19a

 

Weary traveler, evening falling

finds a likely place to rest.

There a stone becomes a pillow;

hard ground manages as bed.

 

In the night of this reclining

dreams and visions intervene

Showing ladder into heaven,

angels climbing up and down.

 

Waking early in the morning

knowing much of this delight,

Jacob rises, lifts his pillow

to anoint the risen stone.

 

House of God is his confession:

there the place where God abides –

and he was in full unknowing.

Yet at Bethel life’s affirmed.

 

8.7.8.7.      Suggested tune: Laus Deo (Redhead 46)

 

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 (adapted from United Church of Christ)

L: Be still and know that God is.

P:  God was, also, in the beginning.

L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.

P:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.

 

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Almighty God, you built your church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ himself as the cornerstone.  Join us together by their teaching, so that we may be a holy temple in whom your Spirit dwells; though the same Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

for July

Let us turn to the risen Lord, who gives us the Spirit to make all things new, saying: renew us in your love.

O Word of life, one God with the Father and the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.

O eternal Light, who through the working of the Holy Spirit received from the Virgin our human nature: Allrenew us in your love.

O crucified Redeemer, by the eternal Spirit you offered yourself to the Father for us: Allrenew us in your love.

You breathed on the apostles the Spirit of your love, that sinners might come to know the mercy of God: Allrenew us in your love.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father, from whom we receive the gifts of the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit you wash away our sins in the waters of baptism and open our hearts to the guiding hand of the Father: Allrenew us in your love.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

   is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,

that in their vocation and ministry

they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,

that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered

   by your governance,

that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Almighty God,

send down upon your Church

the riches of your Spirit,

and kindle in all who minister the gospel

your countless gifts of grace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

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

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our

necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have

compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those

things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our

blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

 

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

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

            Exposing us to question, the quest for truth, our Lord,

                        you lead us grandly,

                                    tending at last our weakness

                                                in foster wordings.

                        So move us in the waiting through to harvest

                                    that we discover in our hearts

                                                that which is good

                                                and that which, at the last, we discard

                                    in the satisfaction of your love.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

for July

When Jesus sat at table with tax collectors and sinners, he proclaimed God’s care knows no bounds.  We proclaim again the comfort and challenge of that witness:  All of you are invited now to share God’s table and be nourished by the Bread of Life.

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

 

Offertory Prayer

for July

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.

 

Preface to Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.

P:  It is right and just.   [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]

 

Preface (to the Words of Institution)

(For July)

L: You are the exalted One:

P:  Holy are you, O God!

L: You are to be forever praised:

P:  Holy are you, O God!

L: You alone are to be worshiped and glorified:

P:  Holy are you, O God!

L: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

P:  Hosanna in the highest heaven!

L: And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

Gracious God, whose world is diverse and filled with the fruit of creation, we give thanks for this bread and wine – fruit of the earth and work of human hands.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts.  May they be for us the bread of life and the cup of salvation, as we remember and give thanks for all of your goodness.  Empower us in this meal to be fruitful and forgiving people, open to the others who come our way, and ready to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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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