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Pentecost +12, Proper 16A

 

Aug. 27

 

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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 below for mor resources:

Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 or Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 124 or Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

275-Christ is made the sure foundation

273-Built on the rock

56-For the beauty of the earth

272-The Church’s one foundation

609-Take my life

429-You satisfy the hungry heart

 

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 Romans 12:1-8

 

Oblation of the body borne

the life and hope and satiety,

uplifted whole and offered free,

a living sacrifice in joy:

all this is worship to you, Lord,

that wrought at altar of the heart.

 

In this, our domicile of love,

we prove thy operating will

and notify the world of all

the good, acceptable, perfect.

In this abandon to delight

we are transformed, renewed and right.

 

With deepened urgency, O Lord,

begin we in this savoring

of all the shared community

that is you body, your intent.

We clamor in excess, the proof

of your encompassing desire.

 

8.8.8.8.8.8.   Suggested tune: Surrey

 

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 78 is not included in 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   (adapted from Psalm 138)

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts, bowing down to sing God’s praise.

P:  Let us give thanks to God’s name for steadfast love and faithfulness.

L:  We have called, and God has answered, increasing the strength of our souls.

P:  Let all of us sing the ways of the Lord who is great in glory.

L: Thought God is high above all, he looks with care upon the lowly.

P:  God’s outstretched hand will save us and complete God’s purpose for us.  God’s steadfast love endures forever.

 

OR

L: As one season presses into the next, the lives we lead are ever changing.

P: Yet our God is steadfast, faithful in every season, every generation.

L: When our confidence is shaken or hope is interrupted, where will we find help?

P: Our help is in God, whose love is from everlasting to everlasting. Praise the Lord!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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 to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

God of every season, even now we sense the promise of autumn creeping in. Days are growing shorter. Children are returning to the routines of school. Time moves ever faster, it seems, and yet you remain constant—always with us, ever urging us into your holy presence. Help us to draw nearer to your gracious heart, as we seek to become a more complete and faithful church family.

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Mighty and merciful God, may your kindness be known to all. Hear the prayers of all who cry to you; open the eyes of those who never pray for themselves; have mercy on those who are in misery; deal gently with those who sit in darkness; increase the number of those who love and serve you daily. Preserve our land from all things hurtful, preserve our Church from all dangerous error, preserve our people from forgetting that you are their Lord and Saviour. Be gracious to those countries that are made desolate by war, famine, disease, or persecution, and grant that the course of the world may be so ordered in obedience to your will that the people may live in security and freedom from want, and their children grow up to be makers of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

 

OR

Loving God, you are the great giver of gifts. You have set before us the way of life, and given us breath and health to live it. You have granted to this earth resources for sustaining our bodies and our families and our communities, and given us a call and a blessing to learn to wisely use them for the good of all. You have given us salvation, a path to life eternal with you in the form of the man Jesus, who healed the sick, and freed the captives, raised the dead, and ate and drank with sinners. In him, we have the path toward living out your desire for this world in the community of your church, our loving family gathered here.

 

Thank you, God, for placing such varied gifts in our midst in the flesh and blood and spirits of our brothers and sisters here who have said “yes” to living as Christ’s disciples. That is what we seek, O God. We offer our lives and the gifts you have implanted within us to you – to be blessed and to be made useful, so that all of our world’s tomorrows will be a little better, and your church more effective in meeting them with hope for those who are hurting, freedom for those in chains, joy for the sorrowful, light for those in darkness, and healing for those who are ill.

 

We pray for those people every time we gather, God. Now, we offer up ourselves to follow the leadership of your Spirit in offering our gifts to be the hands and feet and heart and words of Christ to those we pray for. Use us, O God, by teaching us to better use the gifts you’ve given us long ago, when you knew us most intimately, within our mother’s wombs, and in the cradles of our infancy…filled with wonder, gifted, and blessed. For we offer our prayers in Christ’s name.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,

be open to the prayers of your humble servants;

and that they may obtain their petitions

make them to ask such things as shall please you;

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 willed that the gate of mercy

should stand open for those who trust in you:

look upon us with your favour

that we who follow the path of your will

may never wander from the way of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Lord of heaven and earth,

as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,

give us patience and courage never to lose hope,

but always to bring our prayers before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered

together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your

power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name;

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 16:13-20

 

We rattle off the things we’ve heard,

the hopes that linger from beyond our ken.

And yet you pry us to adore,

to find in you the open lore

in which we learn afresh

your coming in the flesh,

and all confession owns resolve:

you are the Christ: complete us well.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

Through our offerings, we are invited to put God first in our lives, to show our gratitude and our commitment. We owe everything to God: our lives, our health, people who love us, meaningful work and activities. Let us respond in proportion to our gratitude.

 

OR

Giving is not a casual act—it relates God’s work to our work. Peter writes: “as each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace, that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” Let us give as people whose work is inextricably linked to God’s great works of creation, redemption and empowerment.

 

Offertory Prayer

We bring our gifts to you, and offer them as symbol of sacrifice and service. We seek to share the story of suffering love that fulfills and conquers death. Bless these gifts and all who give; use our wealth, our time, our abilities for the good of all your people, O Lord.

 

OR

O God, we thank you for your great generosity. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from you. Help us to serve one another and so reflect your spirit and goodness. Accept these offerings and grant that the cause to which they are devoted may prosper under your guidance.

 

Invitation to the Table

God has given through Christ the authority and the calling to us to bring grace and freedom to the world.  We come to the Table of Christ now to renew our confession that he is Lord and Messiah through the breaking of bread and pouring of wine.  May we truly know the presence and the power that his life among us provides as we gather at the table in his name, so that we may share it with 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)

Gracious God, through your Son Jesus you have given authority to your church to bring grace and freedom to the world.  As we gather at your Table to renew our confession that he is Lord and Messiah through the breaking of bread and receiving of wine, help us to know that in his name and in his presence we are empowered to bring that grace and freedom to all.  Pour out your Holy Spirit now to renew your Church, we pray, even as you renew our spirits here, that all may know and confess that Jesus is both Christ and Lord to the glory of your holy name.

 

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 +11A

Proper 16A

August 24

 

Note:  Prayers for “Back to School” season are offered in August 10 posting.

 

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 below for mor resources:

Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 or Isaiah 51:1-6 Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Exodus 1:8 – 2:10

Psalm 124 or Psalm 138 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 138:1-8 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 124

Romans 12:1-8 Roman Catholic reading: Romans 11:33-36

Matthew 16:13-20

 

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.

275-Christ is made the sure foundation

273-Built on the rock

56-For the beauty of the earth

272-The Church’s one foundation

609-Take my life

429-You satisfy the hungry heart

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 of the day is not offered in the hymnal.  Alt Psalm used in Greeting below.

 

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

On Matthew 16:13-20

 

              People talking all around us:

              who do they say Jesus is?

              Once they thought he was a prophet –

              famous from some day of old;

              others thought of John the Baptist,

              lately slain at Herod’s feast.

              All indeed attest the wonder

              God has brought to our delight.

 

              People talking all around us:

              who do they say Jesus is?

              Prophet, fool or nothing counting;

              others honor him with praise.

              People talking all around us,

              telling rumors of the Lord.

              In the welter of confusion

              words are spilling all intent.

 

              In the instant Peter answers,

              asked whom you say Jesus is:

              you are Christ, the son of our God,

              opening the gates of heaven.

              So we eagerly adore him –

              Christ, son of the Living God –

              and attest in praise and action:

              Jesus, Lord and Life and Love.

 

 8.7.8.7.D      Suggested tune: Nettleton

 

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 Psalm 138)

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts, bowing down to sing God’s praise.

P:  Let us give thanks to God’s name for steadfast love and faithfulness.

L:  We have called, and God has answered, increasing the strength of our souls.

P:  Let all of us sing the ways of the Lord who is great in glory.

L: Thought God is high above all, he looks with care upon the lowly.

P:  God’s outstretched hand will save us and complete God’s purpose for us.  God’s steadfast love endures forever.

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  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…”)

 

Intercessions (from Common Worship)

R may be silent prayer or a response, such as “Lord, hear our prayer.”

For the unity of the Church in witness and proclamation of the Gospel … let us pray to the Lord: R

For the peace and stability of all peoples and for the leaders of the nations …let us pray to the Lord: R

For places of work, education and leisure …let us pray to the Lord: R

For a blessing on our homes; for our relations and friends and all whom we love …let us pray to the Lord: R

For the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs …let us pray to the Lord: 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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,

be open to the prayers of your humble servants;

and that they may obtain their petitions

make them to ask such things as shall please you;

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 willed that the gate of mercy

should stand open for those who trust in you:

look upon us with your favour

that we who follow the path of your will

may never wander from the way of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Lord of heaven and earth,

as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,

give us patience and courage never to lose hope,

but always to bring our prayers before you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered

together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your

power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name;

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 16:13-20

 

            Our God, we come

                        in the light of Peter’s confession,

                                    recognizing in Jesus

                                                your anointing and fullness.

                        In the Church called out

                                    and built upon the rock,

                                    make of us a people of mercy,

                                                a congregation of compassion

                                                            and joy.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

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

[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

Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share.  We are rich in many things.  Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude.  We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.

 

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)

L: God has offered us Christ, the Bread of Life, in these gifts – fruit of the earth and work of human hands – to be our spiritual food and drink.

P:  May God accept our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

L: Let us remember Jesus, who on that night in which he was betrayed took bread…(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, through your Son Jesus you have given authority to your church to bring grace and freedom to the world.  As we gather at your Table to renew our confession that he is Lord and Messiah through the breaking of bread and receiving of wine, help us to know that in his name and in his presence we are empowered to bring that grace and freedom to all.  Pour out your Holy Spirit now to renew your Church, we pray, even as you renew our spirits here, that all may know and confess that Jesus is both Christ and Lord to the glory of your holy name.

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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