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Pentecost +21, Proper 25A

 

Oct. 29

 

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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 for each individual pericope:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 or Psalm 1 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

56 – For the beauty of the earth

487-Help us accept each other

621-Are ye able

406-Beneath the forms of outward rite

405-In memory of the Savior’s love

 

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 Thessalonians 2:1-8

 

Boldly incisive comes the poignant gospel,

echoing ever through the straits appalling.

Certainly spoken in the face of outrage,

all comes with earnest.

 

Out of the face of opposition furor,

fully provided with attendant mercies,

all is arraigned before faith’s vital longing,

opening to joy.

 

Brought on desire, upon the crest of passion,

this gospel urges life among the hoping.

So is the full weight, God’s word and our own lives,

settled in your faith.

 

Fervently encountering with honest care,

the currency of faith becomes by presence,

the gentleness of Christ’s enticing word comes

bringing blossomed joy.

 

11.11.11.5.              Suggested tune: Iste Confessor

 

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 90 is on page 746

 

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  from Psalm 24

L: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it; the world and those who dwell therein.

P: For it was he who founded it upon the seas and planted it firm upon the waters beneath.

L: Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in God’s holy place?

P: Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who have not set their minds on falsehood and have not committed perjury.

L: They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and justice from God their savior.

P: Such is the fortune of those who seek God, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

OR   (adapted from Psalm 65)

L: Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts.

P:  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.

L: You crown the year with your bounty; the pastures of the wilderness overflow;  the hills gird themselves with joy;

P:  The meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

 

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

You who have created us and sustain us: we come with thanksgiving for these moments when we can ease the pace of our lives and listen for your voice. Create a spirit within us that truly draws us toward you and toward our brother and sisters; a spirit deep, perceptive, gentle and bold. Clear our minds, open our hearts and touch us with your presence and your power. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Your blessings overflow, Almighty God, Maker and Renewer of the earth!  May our praises overflow with thanksgiving, as we celebrate your abundant gifts in our midst; and may our lives overflow with gracious love and service in your world, through Jesus Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Center us now, O God, on your presence in this place among your people, as we lift up our hearts desires, our soul’s deep needs, our hungers, fears and failures.

 

As we have often failed to be obedient to your will in our lives as individual disciples and as church, we pray that you will forgive us and enliven us to be and to do the gospel of Christ. Open us to your Spirit’s urgings, and awaken us to live faithfully as your people in a changing, often hurting world.

 

We pray for those around us who need your care, and ask that you would make of us your instruments of healing, peace and redemption. We pray especially for those we have named to you this day, and others we lift to you in the silence of our hearts.

 

Reveal your presence with them and with us, God of life, that as people of renewed faith and vitality, we may be empowered to serve your world, and so give glory to you; for we offer our prayers and our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

OR

Because God in faithfulness calls us to trust in the word of hope and promise, and urges us to believe the words of Christ, who said that whatever we ask in his name believing, God would do; let us open our hearts to God, both to speak and to listen in that same spirit.

 

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 (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”).  Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast    the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Post Communion God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his life and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Additional Collect Merciful God, teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty, that trusting in your word and obeying your will we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of

faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you

promise, make us love what you command; 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 (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 22:34-46

 

In heart and soul and mind, O God,

we come to love you well,

adoring in complete assent your peace

and our desire.

Help us this loving to provide abundantly

to those who happen by,

our neighbors in all truth

in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

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. Let us present them with joy and thanksgiving.

 

OR

Just as Christ has taught the way of life to us, the church, we have the responsibility of bringing life to the world around us through our ministries and the outreach of missions through our connections of faith around the globe.  Let us offer gratefully and sacrificially to the work of God who has given all for us.

 

Offertory Prayer

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you not with our words only, but with our whole lives.

 

OR

Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts.  Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.  Amen.

 

OR

We thank you, God for this opportunity to express our love to you through the gifts we bring to support and encourage your work in near and distant places. Make our hearts glad that we can share in extending the gospel and helping to heal humanity’s pain, for we bring them to you with grateful hearts.

 

Invitation to the Table

Beloved of Christ, people shall be gathered from north and south, from east and west to feast at the heavenly banquet of the Lord.  Christ our Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed; therefore, let us celebrate the feast.  Christ invites to this table all who desire to follow in faith in the days that lie ahead, and to acclaim him Lord.  Let us come to this holy celebration in faith.

 

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)

O God, as a people seeking to learn the way of love, we pray that you would reveal Christ in love to us here as we bless and break this bread and drink from this cup. Send forth your Holy Spirit upon us, that we who receive from your hand the gifts of this table might be nourished to share his love with the world for whom he gave himself, the ultimate offering of redeeming love.

 

OR

  1. Loving God, we give you thanks for your life-giving Word, and the bread of life which is set before us in this meal.  As your Spirit has come upon your Church to do your bidding, so pour out your Spirit upon these gifts, that as we receive them we may be nourished to live as your body in the world, empowered for all good works through Christ our Lord.

 

  1. Your grace, O God, is abundant and freely poured out upon us.  The thirsting world yearns to drink deeply of the life that you alone can give. As we receive the cup of salvation in this offering of Christ for the world, may we be renewed in our conviction to serve you by a life of service to the needs of others, that the world may know you, and may celebrate your life-giving love.  This we pray in the name and spirit of  Jesus 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 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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All Saints Sunday

or Pentecost +21A, Proper 25A

Nov. 2

 

Recommendation: See also earlier entries of All Saints Sunday for added worship resource suggestions:

All Saints’ Day (or Sunday nearest Nov. 1) Year A

All Saints Day (or Sunday): Nov. 1 (Oct. 28 or Nov. 4) (for year B)

All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3

Preparing for All Saints’ Day/Sunday Celebration

Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the Editor)

And excellent resource provided by the Christian Church Foundation can be found here

Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

All Saints’ Sunday

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Revelation 7:9-17 Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 24:1-6

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

or Proper 26 A (Pentecost +21A)

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Joshua 3:7-17 or Micah 3:5-12

Roman Catholic reading: Malachi 1:14 – 2:2, 8-10 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 or Psalm 43 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 131:1-3 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 (see also study page for 1 Thess 2:9-13)

Matthew 23:1-12

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.

All Saints: See links to prior entries at top of page

Proper 25A: 622- Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

700-O day of God draw nigh

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 107 (Proper 25A) see p. 755; Psalm 34:1-10, 22 not available in Chalice Hymnal

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

On Micah 3:5-12

Caught in the vision of our God,

the way of peace and hope,

the judgment-crying prophet loathes

that easy way of voice.

Indeed, the favor of all wealth

distorts the sense of God,

discovers in the grist of greed

the word that profits well.

Immediate, the prophet’s call

cries for integrity,

for honesty and justice formed

to rectify desire.

Immersed into the word, God wields

a word of honor, justice,

equity, delight in mercy,

expenditure of peace.

CM      Suggested tune: Caithness

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.

Other Materials for Prayers and Service of the Table

See links above

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

For All Saints:

Collect

Almighty God,

you have knit together your elect

in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living

that we may come to those inexpressible joys

that you have prepared for those who truly love 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, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

For All Saints:

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one

communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son

Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those

ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love

you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

For Proper 25A:

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your

faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant

that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly

promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and

reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever. Amen.

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.

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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Pentecost +20 A

Proper 25A

Oct. 26

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18  Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 or Psalm 1 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46

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.

56 – For the beauty of the earth

487-Help us accept each other

405-In memory of the Savior’s love

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 90 is on page 746

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

On Matthew 22:34-46

The one great law is asked, O Lord;

the Lord your God you shall love – and

your neighbor as yourself love too.

Simplicity is borne at heart;

complicity of  upstart love

becomes life’s rhythm, life’s design.

The boldest words assault the view

of anger, insolence and rage,

the commonplace endowing thoughts.

Transfiguring these settled hearts,

commandments rattle off the tongue

and own their settlement within.

The son and master in the Lord,

as David calls Messiah Lord,

perpetual inversion wrought

within the mystery of joy

found in the gracious gift we find

in Jesus who commands our love.

8.8.8.D   Suggested tune: Stamford

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 from Psalm 24

L: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it; the world and those who dwell therein.

P: For it was he who founded it upon the seas and planted it firm upon the waters beneath.

L: Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in God’s holy place?

P: Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who have not set their minds on falsehood and have not committed perjury.

L: They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and justice from God their savior.

P: Such is the fortune of those who seek God, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

 

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

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…

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast

the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

God of all grace,

your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry

with the bread of his life

and the word of his kingdom:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your true and living bread;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Merciful God,

teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,

that trusting in your word

and obeying your will

we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of

faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you

promise, make us love what you command; 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)

Matthew 22:34-46

The greatest yields the greater love, O God,

the love abounding, so astounding, fully bound

in offering and measureless ascent.

For as we turn to you, in loving you, our God,

we find our neighbors,

those who happen near,

enticing hearts to greater love,

that love is lord and serves in awe,

the way you offer us in Jesus Christ.

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

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.

[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

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you not with our words only, but with our whole lives.

 

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.”]

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

O God, as a people seeking to learn the way of love, we pray that you would reveal Christ in love to us here as we bless and break this bread and drink from this cup. Send forth your Holy Spirit upon us, that we who receive from your hand the gifts of this table might be nourished to share his love with the world for whom he gave himself, the ultimate offering of redeeming love.

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 email for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ for more.

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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