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Pentecost +8, Proper 12A

July 26

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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 29:15-28 or 1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

15-Rejoice, ye pure in heart

714-For the fruit of all creation

274-I love thy kingdom, Lord

354-Seek Ye First

612-O Jesus, I have promised

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

700-O day of God, draw nigh

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

275-Christ is made the sure foundation (note alt. tune on 149)

423-Become to us the living Bread

417-We place upon your table, 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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 1 Kings 3:5-12

                             Coming with an offer,

                             God asks of desire,

                             seeks to answer gently

                             needs meant to achieve.

                             Asked, he answers wisdom

                             to guide masterf’ly,

                             steer the gathered people

                             in propriety.

                             For wisdom recognizes

                             how the cast of time

                             tarries on the patient,

                             waits the proper hour,

                             steers unknowing fully,

                             understanding how

                             the cautious Lord adjusts

                             to answer righteously.

                             God’s pleasure rings anew

                             with joy’s refreshment.

                             For wisdom yields the grace

                             that moves with desire

                             and masters the passion

                             and leads into care.

                             With wisdom and savor

                             long years answer truth.

6.5.6.5.D             Suggested tune: Cuddesdon

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:  See Calls to Worsip  

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: Our God has gathered us here, among the treasures of the Kingdom, to rejoice in faith.

P:  Our hearts are open to the life-giving possibilities faith can bring.

L: Let none of us be afraid.  The harvest of faith belongs to God the Giver.

P:  Thanks be to God.  Our confidence is in the One who made heaven and earth!

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: The goodness of God has called us here!
P: We are recipients of God’s gracious love.
L: Though we have not always done what is right in God’s sight;
P: Yet God is merciful and forgiving.
L: Open your hearts and spirits to the refreshing love of God.
P: Help us, O Lord, to live joyfully and peacefully in your sight.

OR from ministrymatters.com  (Psalm 105)

L: Give thanks to God and call on God’s name.
P: Sing to God; sing praises to God!
L: Make known God’s deeds among the people.
P: Sing to God; sing praises to God!
L: Seek God’s presence and God’s strength.
P: Let us sing praises to God, for God is faithful.

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: From the mustard seed a great and mighty shrub emerges.
P: Good things can come from something that seemed so insignificant!
L: The spore of the yeast can leaven the whole loaf of bread.
P: We can be those people who bring hope and peace to God’s world.
L: Come, let us praise the God of great and mighty wonders.
P: Let our spirits soar in gratitude for the opportunities God gives us to serve. 

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: How shall we pray to God this day?
P: Let our spirits be humble and contrite.
L: God will take all that we are and help us work for good.
P: Even though we struggle and wonder if we are good enough, God sees our abilities and our loving hearts.
L: Bring your hearts to God this day.
P: May God touch our lives with peace and confidence.

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: Though there is strife in the world.
P: Yet will we seek God.
L: When our hearts grow heavy and the burdens are overbearing,
P: We will turn to the Lord.
L: God is with us in all things.
P: We can place our trust in the God of love and hope.

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: Waiting is never easy for us.
P: We are a culture of “instant” response.
L: Today, God is asking us to wait; to be patient.
P: It is not going to be easy for us to do that.
L: Quiet your spirits and open your hearts to God’s word for you today.
P: Lord, be with us. Help us to be ready to hear and respond to your word. 

OR from ministrymatters.com 

L: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.
P: It is a small seed, but has some surprises in store for us.
L: When it is grown, it is a very large shrub.
P: Even the birds can find places in its branches for their nests.
L: God’s transforming love begins in small ways to enter our hearts.
P: Lord, plant those amazing seeds of transforming love in us that they may grow into deeds of service to others in your name.

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR

Gracious God, we gather this morning to add our human voices to the chorus of praise raised by your creation! We come as we are – distracted and weary, hopeful and open – know that you accept us and are ever mindful of our cares and joys. Still in us now the many voices that clamor for attention, that we might center ourselves upon you. Speak to us in word and melody and quiet, that we may be renewed in our faith and strengthened for your service. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com 

Our gracious and ever loving God, we come in the midst of summer looking for refreshment. We rest in the knowledge of the wonderful works you have done for us, and of the deep and abiding love you have for us and for all God’s people. Search our hearts. Fill our soul with your indwelling Spirit who whispers to our soul that all will be well if we but trust in you. Shine your light before us, that we may see our path to you and to your kingdom on earth. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from ministrymatters.com 

Lord, you place before us the images of the small–the tiny mustard seed, the grain of yeast, the small treasure–and remind us that we, though we think of ourselves as small, are not insignificant in your kingdom. Open our hearts and our spirits to you in thankful remembrance of the ways in which we can serve you throughout all our lives, in the way of Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of Creation, God of Wonder, hear this offering of prayer and praise as a gift from our thankful hearts. We thank you for the wonders all around us. For grains of sand, the smell of rain falling on dry ground, for the shifting of the seasons and the sound of laughter. We thank you God for one another – for the joys and struggles of relationships that nurture us and help us to grow.

God, we thank you for your eternal presence in our midst and for the good news of your deep abiding love for all of creation.

Even as we give thanks, we lift up the concerns that burden us this day. We ask your peace and blessing on all those we have named in this place today and all whose names and circumstances remain in the safe sanctuary of your Spirit’s care.

We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit and for all who provide care for the needs of others. We pray for the lonely and the despairing…for those who struggle with addiction…for those who feel trapped in situations of abuse…for those who making difficult decisions in life…

God we pray for your church and its mission in the world. Bless all of your children God, and pour your Spirit upon us, bringing healing, comfort and strength wherever it is needed. All this we ask in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ our Lord.

OR

R= Lord, hear our prayer.

In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.

      (silence)

Saviour of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night. Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. R

Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people, [especially NN], and the work of your Church in every land. Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed. R

Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, guide and enable all who lead and serve this community and those on whom we depend for our daily needs. Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. R

Great Physician, stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace to [N and] all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. R

Conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer. Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory. R

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

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

OR from ministrymatters.com

God of amazing surprises, how easy it is for us to focus on the big picture and forget that change comes in the smallest of ways, in our hearts, our spirits, and then in our actions. We have gathered here this day, coming from different experiences, to hear your word of healing love. We offer our prayers for our friends and family members who are in need of your healing and forgiveness. Yet we withhold ourselves from you. We have a hard time imagining that you would find much of real worth in each of us. We think of ourselves as insignificant in your kingdom. But you have poured your love on us. You have given us the seeds of hope and compassion; you have called us the treasure that is meant to enrich the world. Help us be those people who are so confident in your presence, that we dare to step out in faith, to work for you in places of need and strife; to witness to your love in all that we do, proclaiming your presence with our mouths and our actions. Give us your guidance, your forgiveness, and courage to be at work in your kingdom. Amen.

OR from ministrymatters.com

God of surprising love, you have called us to be your treasures, to be those who love and serve you by helping meet the needs of others. Jesus reminded us that we were like mustard seeds that could grow into mighty shelters for those who felt abandoned; that we were like yeast placed in flour which causes the whole dough to rise and to be fruitful for the nourishment of God’s people, that we are also nets, cast into the unknown sea, gathering people for the Lord that they might be healed and saved. You place so much hope and trust in us. Please help us not to fail you. We bring before you this day persons and situations which need your healing love. Help us to be vehicles of that word for these dear ones. Give us courage and empower us to serve you boldly and joyfully, for it is in the healing love of Christ that we offer this prayer. Amen.

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

Lord of all power and might,

the author and giver of all good things:

graft in our hearts the love of your name,

increase in us true religion,

nourish us with all goodness,

and of your great mercy keep us in the same;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,

ever giving himself that the world may live:

may we so receive within ourselves

   the power of his death and passion

that, in his saving cup,

   we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Additional Collect

Generous God,

you give us gifts and make them grow:

though our faith is small as mustard seed,

make it grow to your glory

and the flourishing of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom

nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon

us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so

pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal;

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

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

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

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

            In parables you speak, O Lord,

                        in images that startle evermore.

                        And evermore in mustard seeds and leaven

                                    let us be the company discovering

                                                your kingdom has become our seal.

                                    For all is as the merchant spends

                                                and cast nets gain the multitude.

                                    And, in expression of such love, we joy.

Service of Table  

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

Offertory / Invitation to Give

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.

OR

The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response.

OR from ministrymatters.com

Having received the grace of God in the redemption of Christ, we live strengthened in the faith, with hearts overflowing with thankfulness. From the depths of our hearts, we offer to God the very best we have. May our offering be a true act of worship and thanksgiving.

Offertory Prayer

Receive the offerings we bring, O God, and sanctify them to the holy purpose of extending your gifts to all who are in need and to all who would desire them, even as you sanctify our lives in the presence of the Holy Christ who is in our midst today.

OR from ministrymatters.com

Before you, O God, we offer our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. We lay our gifts before you in praise and thanksgiving for your many blessings. May these offerings continue the transforming work of your Spirit in and through our congregation. 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 from ministrymatters.com

Come and receive the answer to your prayers. This cup and this loaf contain the fulfillment of the human heart. Through this sacrament, we receive the power and direction to bring about the kingdom of God—as God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Come and receive the answer to your prayers.

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)

With hope and confidence, we bless this bread and cup, life-giving and ever-loving God.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us who have heard Christ’s call to gather at your table, and upon these gifts which you have provided for all who hunger and thirst.  Let your reign on earth be as it is in heaven, as we who receive them live in faith with you through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Sovereign 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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Pentecost +8, Proper 12A

 

July 30

 

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 29:15-28 or 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

15-Rejoice, ye pure in heart

612-O Jesus, I have promised

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

417-We place upon your table, 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 1 Kings 3:5-12

 

In the call to honor

at the weight of weal,

find we needed wisdom

at God’s humbling quest.

 

For the role of service,

Lord, is at your call,

in the full compassion

and the steering hand.

 

Grant in this occasion,

at the call to lead,

wisdom that can steer clear

all that is and free.

 

Now, O God, provide us

wisdom, gently plied,

service at the helm, Lord,

that your love abide.

 

6.5.6.5.    Suggested tune: Pastor Pastorum

 

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:  None offered this week

 

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: Our God has gathered us here, among the treasures of the Kingdom, to rejoice in faith.

P:  Our hearts are open to the life-giving possibilities faith can bring.

L: Let none of us be afraid.  The harvest of faith belongs to God the Giver.

P:  Thanks be to God.  Our confidence is in the One who made heaven and earth!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of Creation, God of Wonder, hear this offering of prayer and praise as a gift from our thankful hearts. We thank you for the wonders all around us. For grains of sand, the smell of rain falling on dry ground, for the shifting of the seasons and the sound of laughter. We thank you God for one another – for the joys and struggles of relationships that nurture us and help us to grow.

 

God, we thank you for your eternal presence in our midst and for the good news of your deep abiding love for all of creation.

 

Even as we give thanks, we lift up the concerns that burden us this day. We ask your peace and blessing on all those we have named in this place today and all whose names and circumstances remain in the safe sanctuary of your Spirit’s care.

 

We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit and for all who provide care for the needs of others. We pray for the lonely and the despairing…for those who struggle with addiction…for those who feel trapped in situations of abuse…for those who making difficult decisions in life…

 

God we pray for your church and its mission in the world. Bless all of your children God, and pour your Spirit upon us, bringing healing, comfort and strength wherever it is needed. All this we ask in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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.

 

Alternative 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**)

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom

nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon

us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so

pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal;

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

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

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

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 

Your kingdom, O God, begets intrigue,

the action and allure

of many things.

Allure us surely to become

the patient planters of mustard seeds;

for treasure, merchants, nets become

the likeness of your ample joys;

in Jesus Christ.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.

 

OR

The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response.

 

Offertory Prayer

Receive the offerings we bring, O God, and sanctify them to the holy purpose of extending your gifts to all who are in need and to all who would desire them, even as you sanctify our lives in the presence of the Holy Christ who is in our midst today.

 

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)

With hope and confidence, we bless this bread and cup, life-giving and ever-loving God.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us who have heard Christ’s call to gather at your table, and upon these gifts which you have provided for all who hunger and thirst.  Let your reign on earth be as it is in heaven, as we who receive them live in faith with you through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Sovereign Lord.

 

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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 12A

July 27

 

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

Genesis 29:15-28 or 1 Kings 3:5-12 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Genesis 29:15-28

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 119:129-136 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 119:57-130 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Romans 8:26-39 Roman Catholic reading: Romans 8:28-30

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Roman Catholic reading: Matthew 13:44-52 or Matthew 13:44-46

 

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.

15-Rejoice, ye pure in heart

612-O Jesus, I have promised

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

417-We place upon your table, 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

 

 

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:  Sorry, but none available in the hymnal

 

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

On Romans 8:26-39

 

In our weakness, Spirit helping,

we discover prayer come live.

Interceding deeply in us,

Spirit’s groans to God arise.

 

Searching all we cannot honor,

all that seethes unknowingly,

Spirit thrives and broods for our good

that we own as justified.

 

Brought unto God: who will deny

the god things wrought as joyful?

Honest, as the prize of Christ, we

stand as conquerors in peace.

 

8.7.8.7.       Suggested tune: Servant Song

 

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer

L: Our God has gathered us here, among the treasures of the Kingdom, to rejoice in faith.

P:  Our hearts are open to the life-giving possibilities faith can bring.

L: Let none of us be afraid.  The harvest of faith belongs to God the Giver.

P:  Thanks be to God.  Our confidence is in the One who made heaven and earth!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)  ­-from Book of Common Prayer

 

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

 

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.

 

Alternative 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**)

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom

nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon

us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so

pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal;

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

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

 

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

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

 

            Your kingdom, our God, lies beyond compare,

                        astounding as ever, and ever afresh.

                        The least in hiddenness

                                    becomes the full measure by your gift.

                        A hidden treasure, a searching merchant

                                    a straining net, the gathering of good:

                                                such is your kingdom,

                                                active in our midst for joy.

 

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)

With hope and confidence, we bless this bread and cup, life-giving and ever-loving God.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us who have heard Christ’s call to gather at your table, and upon these gifts which you have provided for all who hunger and thirst.  Let your reign on earth be as it is in heaven, as we who receive them live in faith with you through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Sovereign Lord.

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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