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Pentecost +11, Proper 16C

 

Aug. 25

 

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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 Lessons below for study links and resources:

Jeremiah 1:4-10 or Isaiah 58:9b-14
Psalm 71:1-6 or Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

680-O God of every nation

100-When morning gilds the skies

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

101-Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts

482-O Christians, haste

386-We come as guests invited

399-O God unseen yet ever near

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Hebrews 12:18-29

 

Unto Mount Zion do we come,

approach in rapt delight;

the heavenly Jerusalem

has opened gates for all.

 

The City of the Living God

accommodates our hope.

And heaven’s festal gathering

is our assembled throng.

 

By preparation of the blood,

the weight the cross begets,

we are enticed to promised life,

to all that lures us home.

 

So warmed, we do not fail to rise

nor flounder on our way;

but by acceptance do we rise

to own the kingdom shown.

 

CM       Suggested tune: Beatitudo

 

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:  Portions of Psalm 103 are on p. 752-753

 

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: 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!

 

OR

(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: Thank the Lord with all your heart, in the gathered assembly of God’s people.

P: Mighty are the deeds of the Lord; great are God’s works, studied by all who have pleasure in them.

L: Holy and awesome is God’s name!  To worship the Lord is the highest wisdom; those who do so know all that is good.

P: God’s praises will last forever.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

God of Love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come before you a people longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives, for we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Come to us this day and fill our longing. In Christ’s name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)   from Flames of the Spirit

 

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, for we pray in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, saying, “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 to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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.

 

OR

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)

 

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.

 

Additional 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.  Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 13:10-17

 

Upon the Sabbath, your own day, O God,

we clamor to attest the rest

you bring unto our care.

And in our measured themes, our God,

we echo your desire to care,

to render weal at life’s appeal.

Prepare these hearts, we pray,

that in the honest moment we may dare

allow your love its share.

 

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

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.

 

OR

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.

 

Offertory Prayer

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.

 

OR

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.

 

Invitation to the Table

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.

 

OR

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)

Holy God, we praise and bless you for creation and the gift of life; and for your abiding love which brings us close to you, the source of all blessing. We thank you that in the fullness of time you sent Jesus, born of Mary, to live in our midst, to share in our suffering, and to accept the pain of death at the hands of those whom he loved. We rejoice that in a perfect victory over the grave, you raised Christ with power to become sovereign in your realm. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to gather your church by whom your work may be done in the world, and the life we have within your family on earth and in heaven.

 

Send the power of your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us Christ’s body and blood, and that we might be for the world Christ’s body, until at last we feast with him and all your people at the table of unending joy.

 

OR

O God, who knows the hunger and thirst of your children far better than we know it ourselves, as we give thanks to you for the bread broken and the wine outpoured at this table which you have spread, we pray that your Holy Spirit would come upon these gifts and upon us, your people. Make of us a new family, united in Christ, and ready to move at his bidding; that the world might know of your great love to us made known in your Beloved Son.

 

OR

Gracious God, through your Son Jesus you have empowered 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 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

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 +14, Proper 16C

 

Aug. 21

 

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 Lessons below for study links and resources:

Jeremiah 1:4-10 or Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 71:1-6 or Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29  Luke 13:10-17

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

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

680-O God of every nation

100-When morning gilds the skies

101-Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts

482-O Christians, haste

386-We come as guests invited

399-O God unseen yet ever near

 

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

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Portions of Psalm 103 on p. 752-53

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Isaiah 58:9b-14

 

How shall the day begin in truth

when eyes divert and fail to see

disparity in gentleness?

The Lord requests attentive hearts.

 

So slowly, though: the yoke is spared,

the finger fails, accusing not,

the wagging tongue neglects to speak:

what harrows time breeds gentleness.

 

The speaking of the Lord attends

this lure unto a wayward day,

a time when honor is repaired.

O listen carefully, and hear.

 

You speak, O Lord, and set the course

of wisdom in our haunted midst.

You speak of pouring out the soul

as unction to relieve the worst.

 

Find our answer upon our lips,

the gracious turn within our eyes,

that in renewing constancy

we echo in these halls your grace.

 

LM     Suggested tune: Solemnis Haec Festivitas

 

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  

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!

 

Prayer of Approach from Flame of the Spirit

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. God of Love, you have loved us first and continue to love us. We come before you a people longing to love you in return. We hunger for your healing love in our lives, for we long to love ourselves and our neighbors. Come to us this day and fill our longing. In Christ’s 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.

 

Intercessions

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

 

Almighty God,

who called your Church to bear witness

that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:

help us to proclaim the good news of your love,

that all who hear it may be drawn to you;

through him who was lifted up on the cross,

and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God our creator,

you feed your children with the true manna,

the living bread from heaven:

let this holy food sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage

until we come to that place

where hunger and thirst are no more;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Almighty God,

you search us and know us:

may we rely on you in strength

and rest on you in weakness,

now and in all our days;

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. Amen.

 

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 13:10-17

 

In freedom, O God, you engage us

for freedom.  You loosen our bounds,

the long-accustomed constraint

on life’s delight.

There is no boundary on your relief

within our lives.  Indeed, you free us

now in eagerness.

Begin your opening of life this day

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)

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

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 Commune

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.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

Holy God, we praise and bless you for creation and the gift of life; and for your abiding love which brings us close to you, the source of all blessing. We thank you that in the fullness of time you sent Jesus, born of Mary, to live in our midst, to share in our suffering, and to accept the pain of death at the hands of those whom he loved. We rejoice that in a perfect victory over the grave, you raised Christ with power to become sovereign in your realm. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to gather your church by whom your work may be done in the world, and the life we have within your family on earth and in heaven.

Send the power of your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us Christ’s body and blood, and that we might be for the world Christ’s body, until at last we feast with him and all your people at the table of unending joy.

 

Optional 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 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; 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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