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Pentecost +12, Proper 17  

 

Sep. 1

 

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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 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 or Psalm 112
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

15-Rejoice, you pure in heart

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service,

461-Lord, whose love through humble service

665-Where cross the crowded ways of life

429-You satisfy the hungry heart

386-We come as guests invited

433-Blest be the tie that binds

 

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 Luke 14:1, 7-14

 

At dinner hour we hear

the message of the Lord

on nurturing the honored choice

of those who come to dine.

 

For honor is desired

and placement marks the role

that many must assume of us

as we proceed in time.

 

But take the lower seat;

perhaps you will be asked

to take an honored dinner place

and glow in such renown.

 

The humble may be high

and those exalted low.

Then our opinion will bestow

reversal in design.

 

Much more, give gifts, we hear,

to those who can’t repay

but marvel in the joy bestowed

by those who give but thanks.

 

SM        Suggested tune: Duncaster

 

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 81 is referenced in the suggested communion hymn 429.

 

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: In the best and worst of times, we hear the call of faith to join in worship.

P: From deep within, we sense the need to offer praise and offer up our burdens.

L: Despite the circumstances we face, God desires to provide the very best for all of earth’s children.

P: So we come to the Table of Christ, where we find God’s provisions in abundance, satisfying the true hungers of our hearts.

 

OR (adapted from Psalm 105)

L: O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name, make God’s deeds known among the peoples.

P:  Sing to God, sing praises to God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.

L: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

P:  Praise the Lord!

 

OR  (from the 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.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

O God, your desire has always been that each of your children might be made whole, and live abundantly and freely in your presence. Center our hearts and minds that we may be prepared to receive the gifts you so freely give to all, and empower us to share with others from grateful hearts, so that all may know your love and gracious provisions. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness.  We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your loving Spirit, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Gracious God, we gather this morning in this house of worship which, thanks to your love, is our home away from home. We come 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)

Through the ages, O God, you have called to us to follow. You led us to freedom, to hope and peace. Enter our hearts again today and lead us to your healing love that we might serve you joyfully in this world that you have loaned to us.

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

Lord God, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us—for daily food, for health, for each breath we take, for freedom to choose, and for the gifts of your word, your power and your love. Our hearts are truly overwhelmed, O God, when we consider how you have entrusted so much to us. May we be worthy of that trust—may we be a people who are unafraid to live as fully and as richly as you want us to live.

 

Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to multiply all that you have given us, to risk spreading your word and perhaps see it misunderstood, to gamble by loving those whom others think worthy only of hate, to take chances by doing good to those who have not done good to us. Help us be faith filled and desire to increase your glory and your goodness in this world. Make us people who share in both word and deed that which you have given to us.

 

We pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all of its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.

 

We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair.   Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

O God, you declare your almighty power

most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:

mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,

that we, running the way of your commandments,

may receive your gracious promises,

and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;

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 of all mercy,

we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice

which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:

by our communion

keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel

and preserve us from all sin;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

God of glory,

the end of our searching,

help us to lay aside

all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,

and to give all that we have

to gain the pearl beyond all price,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

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

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 bring forth

in us the fruit of good works; 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 14:1, 7-14

 

The choice of place, the lure of honor, Lord

attests our will to be someone,

to satisfy our niche in life.

Yet we allow your humble word

its honored place, its glory phase

in our desires.

Treat us unto the humble shade

that curries honor to the rest,

in Jesus Christ.

 

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 has made every provision for our lives on this earth, giving not only enough in creation to keep us alive, but to give us life that is abundant and rich with possibilities. How do we respond to such graciousness and love? May it be by offering not only what we feel obligated to give, but what God’s example has set for us, and what God’s Spirit inspires in us – the very first fruits, the very best of our lives and of our labors.

 

Offertory Prayer

By your grace, O God, you have provided abundantly for us. May these offerings from that abundance bring forth fullness of life for your children here and around the world, for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

OR

We dedicate this money as one evidence of our stewardship, loving God.  Our silver and gold have no value except as they are invested according to your purposes.  Our lives gain value as we give our time and talents in loving service.  Use all that we have and give to build the community you intend, through Christ our Lord.

 

Invitation to the Table

God is the great provider. From earth’s bounty we receive this bread, worked by human hands, and brought to us to be offered as our spiritual food; and this wine, made by human labor to be brought to this Table as our spiritual drink. All of this is God’s doing, and not just for us, but for all the world. Christ himself invites us to receive with thanksgiving the blessings of God’s hand. Let us come near the Table he has spread with joy and gratitude.

 

OR

As we hear the call of Jesus for us to follow in the way of discipleship, may we remember that this journey of life involves a cross.  Here, at his Table, we are starkly reminded of his suffering and death, and of his victory of life.  As we break the bread and drink the cup, his body and his blood, may we be healed by his sacrificial love and recreated to serve God in all the days ahead.

 

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)

 

You, O God, have provided your very best for us in this creation, and in your giving of yourself to us in Jesus Christ. Sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, which we offer now to you as a sign of our dependence on your provisions. Send forth your Spirit upon them and upon us, that as we receive them as the body and blood of our Savior, we may become his true body in this world, empowered by your Spirit to live faithfully and generously in the days to come.

 

OR  adapted from William Flewelling’s prayer at Epiphany

We rejoice, O God, that you have come to us, revealing yourself in Jesus Christ our Lord.  In thankful adoration, Lord, we listen to your Beloved Son.  In joy we turn to meet the fullness of your presence borne upon us.  In expectation, Lord, we long to learn your searching Holy Spirit in our lives.

Your Word reveals in us your coming.  And we hear your speaking plainly now over bread our Jesus took and blessed and broke for us [[saying:  This is my body.]]

We taste your presence spoken in the cup of wine he blessed, [[saying: This is my blood of the new covenant.]]

Come now, Lord our God, to feed us that we might find within our hearts and, more, within our shared communion your revealing unity in us as in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 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 +15, Proper 17C

 

August 28

 

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 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7  Psalm 81:1, 10-16 or Psalm 112 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14

 

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, you pure in heart

453-Called as partners in Christ’s service,

665-Where cross the crowded ways of life

429-You satisfy the hungry heart

433-Blest be the tie that binds

 

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: Psalm 81 is referenced in the suggested communion hymn.

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

 

This laden call, O Lord,

you ply upon our hope,

sustaining in our latent hour

true hospitality.

 

The honor of the hour,

the certainty of care

become our true economy,

the nurture of desire.

 

You lead us into light

and indicate the font

wherein true bliss flows bountifully

to quench all longing thirst.

 

Become, now, in your call

the constancy you seek,

we are attentive in delight

to sacrifice and peace.

 

SM               Suggested tune: St. Ethelwald

 

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: In the best and worst of times, we hear the call of faith to join in worship.

P: From deep within, we sense the need to offer praise and offer up our burdens.

L: Despite the circumstances we face, God desires to provide the very best for all of earth’s children.

P: So we come to the Table of Christ, where we find God’s provisions in abundance, satisfying the true hungers of our hearts.

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. O God, your desire has always been that each of your children might be made whole, and live abundantly and freely in your presence. Center our hearts and minds that we may be prepared to receive the gifts you so freely give to all, and empower us to share with others from grateful hearts, so that all may know your love and gracious provisions. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

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 God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

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, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Merciful God,

your Son came to save us

and bore our sins on the cross:

may we trust in your mercy

and know your love,

rejoicing in the righteousness

that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

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 bring forth

in us the fruit of good works; 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 14:1, 7-14

 

In all simplicity, O God, you show us

the mystery of grace,

thy unassuming thoroughgoing peace.

In this we find our gentle way;

in this we stumble on delight.

Lead us into the humble grace

of instant awe and rapt desire

to be the image of our Lord this day.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)

God has made every provision for our lives on this earth, giving not only enough in creation to keep us alive, but to give us life that is abundant and rich with possibilities. How do we respond to such graciousness and love? May it be by offering not only what we feel obligated to give, but what God’s example has set for us, and what God’s Spirit inspires in us – the very first fruits, the very best of our lives and of our labors.

 

Offertory Prayer

By your grace, O God, you have provided abundantly for us. May these offerings from that abundance bring forth fullness of life for your children here and around the world, for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Invitation to Commune

God is the great provider. From earth’s bounty we receive this bread, worked by human hands, and brought to us to be offered as our spiritual food; and this wine, made by human labor to be brought to this Table as our spiritual drink. All of this is God’s doing, and not just for us, but for all the world. Christ himself invites us to receive with thanksgiving the blessings of God’s hand. Let us come near the Table he has spread with joy and gratitude.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

You, O God, have provided your very best for us in this creation, and in your giving of yourself to us in Jesus Christ. Sanctify these gifts of bread and wine, which we offer now to you as a sign of our dependence on your provisions. Send forth your Spirit upon them and upon us, that as we receive them as the body and blood of our Savior, we may become his true body in this world, empowered by your Spirit to live faithfully and generously in the days to come. 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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Proper 17 C

15th Sunday after Pentecost
Sep. 1

 

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 2:4-13 or Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7
Roman Catholic reading: Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
United Methodist reading: Jeremiah 2:4-13

Psalm 81:1, 10-16 or Psalm 112
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 68:4-11
United Methodist reading: Psalm 81:1, 10-16

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Roman Catholic reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   15-Rejoice, you pure in heart

Hymn of Invitation:  453-Called as partners in Christ’s service, 665-Where cross the crowded ways of life

Communion Hymn:   429-You satisfy the hungry heart

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  433-Blest be the tie that binds

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.  Also see some fine  Hymn References from Oremus Hymnal:  http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/yearc.html

 

 

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, no other suggestions.

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

On Luke 14:1, 7-14

The place of all desire

attracts the eager mood,

inspires the will to take its place

and savor honor’s due.

Arrangements form by rule,

the way of honor’s place.

For place is given as is due

and rearrangements pain.

Let honor be the choice

another makes; take place

with unassuming grace in mind

that invitation raise.

For exaltation shines

toward humbling’s grating guise

while humble instincts may provide

the rise in God’s own eyes.

SM     Suggested tune: Martyrdom

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

My sisters and brothers, we are called together for prayer, to receive and to respond to God’s word, and to praise our God together in the midst of a great feast.  This is the time of God’s choosing; now is the acceptable hour.  Let us join with joy and celebration in preparing ourselves to sit at the Table of our Lord!

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 81)

L: Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

P:  Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.

L: Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.

P:  “… I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

L: Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

P:  I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Prayer of Approach (by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God, as a people who gather to celebrate your great love for us and for all the world, we pray that you would make us pure of heart and motive, that as we join in your feast of love, equity, and forgiveness, we would be renewed and remade in the image of Christ who has given all out of love for you and for your created world.  Inspire us to nobler living, to grace, and to hospitality in every facet of our lives, we pray in his name (even as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

P:  Amen.

 

Intercessions for September  (adapted by the editor) 

All or some of the petitions below may be used each week throughout the month as written.  Note that the language is couched in two different ways: one for use as a “bidding prayer” (asking the people to pray to God for a certain intention, and then offering silence after each for that to happen), the other as a set of petitions which may be offered in sequence, each ending “we pray to you, O Lord,” with or without the congregation responding “Lord, hear our prayer.”  If the response is not to be included in a printed order of service but is desired, a simple instruction at the beginning of the prayer (as noted below at the end of the invitation) will suffice.  Otherwise, it may be listed in the order of service thus:

        Intercessions (or Prayers of the People)

L: …we pray to you, O Lord.

          P:  Lord, hear our prayer.

 

God in Christ has called us to entrust our lives, our hopes, our futures entirely into God’s hands.  Let us offer up our prayers for the ourselves, the needs of those we love, and care of the whole world to the Lord [responding to my words “we pray to you, O Lord,” with “Lord, hear our prayer.”]

For the holy church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming,  [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R: Lord, hear our prayer  or silence]

For all who believer in Christ and confess his name, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one in faith,  [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For those who do not yet believe in Christ, for those who have lost their faith, that the church might be a faithful witness, a loving light to them, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and cooperation may grow among nations and peoples, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For those in positions of public trust, especially our community, state and nation’s leaders, that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of all, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For all who live and work in this community, that all human labor be blessed, that we might rightly use the riches of creation, and that the world might be freed from poverty, war, famine and disaster, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For the poor, the persecuted, the sick and all who suffer, for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger,  (for those imperiled by military duty to protect and defend their people), [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For this congregation, that we may be freed and united to show forth [your/God’s] praise in all that we do [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For ourselves, for forgiveness of all our sins, and for the grace of [your/God’s] Spirit to grow in faith, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

For all who have asked for our prayers, for our families, our friends and neighbors, that they may live in joy, peace and health, [we pray to you, O Lord  or  let us pray to the Lord]   [R  or silence]

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves and one another to [you/God]  —Silence—

[This, or another Concluding collect should follow:]

Hear our prayers, God of grace, both spoken and unspoken; and help us to enact them, working for your peace and justice, mercy and love, in all we do today and tomorrow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  [who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”]  Amen.

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

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 bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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 (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 14:1, 7-14

O God, as we observe the way

you welcome us, we find in turn

we welcome those who will

yet welcome us in turn.

You welcome us who only come;

we are your guests always.

So in our freedom, let us choose

the lost that we be found.

Service of Table (by the editor, using common responses)

 

Preparation (Invitation)

Christ has exemplified his own instruction to us as he sets forth the Feast of God:  He invites the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind – all who might otherwise be overlooked in this world and left off of the guest list, but for the grace and love of God.  It is out of such lavish and extravagant love that we hear the call of the gospel to prepare ourselves to act as people of grace in our world.  So it is with some humility that we gather here, listening to the story, amazed at the care with which God makes a way for all of earth’s children to be a part of the Gospel Feast.  Think on it again; prepare yourselves to be astonished; open your heart to grace; come, and receive the Good News.

[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”]

Preface (to the Words of Institution)

L: The story is of old, and bears repeating in every generation:

P:  God was in Christ reconciling the world to God’s own self.

L:  And in the ultimate act of grace, God has spread a table among us.

P:  We rejoice at the sound of Christ’s invitation to join the Feast.

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

 

Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

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

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

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

1. God of loving and gracious invitations, we praise you for the gift of life that is ours in Christ Jesus, and for the free offering of his life for us at this Table.  Send down the power of your Spirit upon us, gathered here out of love for you, and upon this bread.  May it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be his body in the world, strengthened to serve you by serving your children in the days that lie ahead.

2. You, O God, are the refreshment our souls long for.  As we give thanks for this cup of our salvation, we ask that you pour out your Spirit upon it, and upon us and all of your children who long to live in the freedom of your love.  May it be for us the blood of Christ, that as his people, cleansed by his blood, we may give of ourselves freely, offering your hospitality to all whom we encounter, in the name and spirit of 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…’”]

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us

a new and living way into your presence:

give us pure hearts and steadfast wills

to worship you in spirit and in truth;

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, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Merciful God,

your Son came to save us

and bore our sins on the cross:

may we trust in your mercy

and know your love,

rejoicing in the righteousness

that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

 

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.

 

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