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Pentecost +3, Proper 8C

 

June 30

 

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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:

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 or 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 or Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

For observance of Independence Day (U.S.), note indices of the hymnal.

64-We sing your mighty power, O God

450-God the Spirit, guide and guardian

81-Let the whole creation cry

257-There’s a spirit in the air

357-We call ourselves Disciples

602-O Master, let me walk with thee

665-Where cross the crowded ways of life

398-Be known to us in breaking bread

400-When you do this, remember me

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 (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Luke 9:51-62

 

Christ in the days of his intent,

when time had grown completely right,

set firmly, flint-like, his fair face

to journey to Jerusalem.

 

He takes the step in pilgrimage

with life laid naked in his sight

and brings along his chosen band

to savor as new pilgrims must.

 

With all distresses set aside,

with rude deflection at a nod,

the Savior in this pilgrimage

sets retribution from all sight.

 

Immediate is his desire,

the Lord set to Jerusalem,

the followers who set aside

whatever may project their pride.

 

O Lord, we journey unto you,

accept the kingdom in your ways

and follow restlessly along

to learn your pilgrim’s constancy.

 

LM            Suggested tune: O Amor Quam Ecstaticus

 

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 16:5-11 on p. 730  

 

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: Christ has called us onto the road of discipleship. Often that road has been stony and hard. Sometimes we have stumbled and even fallen.

P: But God has been our friend and our guide. We have no cause to be alarmed. God is faithful to us, even when we are faithless.

L: Today we rejoice in God’s faithful love, and together ask for strength and signs of hope and life.

P: And again we are drawn together to celebrate the life that is ours in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God!

 

OR

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P:  Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P:   May we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ, and share in the joy of life with God.

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: Throughout the ages, disciples have said, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
P: Lord, give us the freedom to follow you in the ways of love.
L: We come from busy homes, filled with little time to consider Christ in our lives.
P: Lord, give us the strength to follow you in the ways of peace.
L: In times of struggle, we look to God for help.
P: Lord, give us the opportunity to follow you in the ways of kindness.
L: Today, we celebrate life in the Spirit, showing us the joy of following Christ.
P: May God give us the patience to follow faithfully in Christ’s path.  

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: Great is our God and greatly to be praised!
P: The whole earth reflects God’s power and might.
L: When we recall the wonders of God’s creation.
P: We rejoice at the awesome complexity of it all.
L: God has brought us up from fear to hope.
P: Let us worship and praise God for all God’s faithfulness.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Following Jesus is difficult. So many things have laid claim to our lives.
P: We don’t know if we can let go and truly follow him.
L: Lord, search our hearts and speak to our spirits. Encourage us to freely follow you.
P: Help us to be dependable disciples, joyfully proclaiming your transforming power and love.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: We are called together this day to praise God.
P: We ask that God will put us in pathways to service to others.
L: The Lord will walk with us as we faithfully witness to Christ’s love.
P: Open our hearts, Lord, to receive your words and will.
L: Come, let us worship God!
P: Let us sing our praises to God our Redeemer and Healer.

 

OR  for Independence Day

L: We have come to sing, rejoicing in the good that walks this land by day.

P: We have come to be silent, repenting of the evil that stalks it by night. 

L: We have come to this place because here we are reminded that God is our Creator and our only hope in the world.

P: Here we pledge our loyalty to God, so that our citizenship might be more responsible, our nation more just and humble, and our world more at peace.

   may add:

L: Let us celebrate our freedoms as people of faith, as well as conscience.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

OR for Independence Day from ministrymatters.com

L: In the midst of celebration, we are also in sorrow.

P: Lord, hear our cries.

L: For all those who have given their lives so that we may have our freedom,

P: Lord, hear our cries.

L: For all those who struggle and strive against great difficulties,

P: Lord, hear our cries.

L: We praise God who has blessed us with freedom and peace.

P: Let our lives be a blessing to others as we serve God in this world.  

 

OR for Independence Day, adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: Independence Day is this week.

P: We celebrate a time when our country declared its independence from foreign domination.

L: But many things dominate our hearts: fear, apathy, intolerance, anger.

P: May God hear our celebrations, but also our cries for help.

L: Remember how God has blessed you, and be a blessing to others.

P: May God keep our hearts and minds open to the word and the way of faithfulness.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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, so that we may live with purpose, enthusiasm, and courage in the way of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Most gracious and loving God, you fill our hearts with praise for renewed life in Christ Jesus. Fill our minds with meditations which are noble and true, that we may be strengthened in our union with Him, for we offer our prayers and our worship in his name (for we pray as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Lord, we want to follow you whoever you lead. Reach out to us this day, stirring our souls and spirits with the winds of your power that we may faithfully be your disciples. For we ask this in Jesus’ name (praying as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR for Independence Day

We have come to sing, rejoicing in the good that walks this land by day.  We have come to be silent, repenting of the evil that stalks it by night.  We have come to this place because here we are reminded that you are both our creator and our conscience.  Here all our loyalties are put in their proper place, ordered behind our allegiance to you.  Be with us in our celebration and our confession, that our citizenship might become more responsible, our nation more humble, and our world more dependable.  In the name of Christ we pray (as he taught us, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

for Independence Day:

Almighty God, in your eyes a nation is neither favored nor foreign.  You are the sole creator and sovereign judge of us all.  We pray that our nation would not dare approach you as if you were our patron and protector.  Yet we boldly approach you as our God and Savior, seeking the assurance of your presence and the guidance of your Spirit.  Teach us to love our land in a way that will help others love theirs.  Lead us in the knowledge that love of country can coexist with love for the world.

 

We pray for your world and its peoples.  Especially we lift to you those who are in need, those who are suffering, those whose lives are subject to the whims of others.  Those people are not just in far away places, but are ever so near.

 

We pray for the sick and the dying, for those whose lives are filled with hope at the promise of healing and wholeness, and for those who feel cut off from all promise.  With gratitude, we trust your promises, and we hold before you those whose lives are closely linked with our own, and our own needs…

 

Take our prayers for greatness, O God, and turn them into prayers for goodness.  Take our prayers for success and turn them into prayers of service.  So that we in all things might glorify you our sovereign God, even as we honor you in Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

 

OR for Independence Day

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us.  Open our hearts to a far-reaching compassion that extends around the world, to the most obscure corners of this troubled planet.  Let us remember you are God of all people: the beautiful and the homely; the well-dressed and the naked; the rich & the hungry; the ones who speak loudly and those who barely utter a word; the ones who have bodies of steel and those whose bodies are broken and bent; the very young and the very old.  God of time and space, give us time to grow up in your spirit; give us room to grow up in our faith so that our ears may hear the knock at the door, the cry for help, the whimper of weakness, the sigh of loneliness and so our hands will reach out with the love of your Son.  Teach us the meaning of this kind of love which knows no boundary and no second thoughts but springs forth like a fountain.  And may the source of this love remember us as we remember him in our responses of faithfulness.  Amen

 

OR adapted as an beginning of intercessions, from ministrymatters.com (for week of Independence Day)

For our country, O God, we give thanks. For our immigrant ancestors who came here across an ocean that seemed so wide; for their years of struggle against obstacles that we have never faced; for the sacrifices of others who built our country and defended it against all the things that would go wrong; for opportunities in our own lifetimes to do something that would really make a difference; for a place in which to raise a family, to seek to do well in our work, to worship you in freedom, and to cherish the hopes and dreams for the years ahead—for these and for all, O God, we are deeply thankful.

 

OR adapted as an beginning of intercessions, from ministrymatters.com (for week of Independence Day)

God of Celebrations and Sorrows, we will wave the flag this week and our hearts beat with pride at the stirring sounds of the bands. Fireworks emblazon the skies, and families gather for celebrations. But in too many places there is little to celebrate. Our spirits ache for people both far and near who suffer and struggle just to have the basic necessities of life, while we live in abundance. Forgive us when our celebration clouds the needs of others. It is important for us to celebrate, but we must never forget that you have given us a ministry and mission to perform here and now. Help us be mindful of the many ways in which we can reach out to others. By our attitudes and our actions, may we be those who would bring hope, comfort, healing, and peace in the name of Christ.

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com (for week of Independence Day)

Patient and Loving God, we are looking toward a national holiday in which we celebrate freedom and independence. We will hear the mighty strains of marching bands and see the banners unfurled. May our hearts be moved by the events. And yet may we hear your call to us to remember that it is you who gives true independence and hope in your healing and restoring love.

 

The oppression of disease, poverty, terrorism pours into our lives and lays claim to our spirits. We feel as though we are again in bondage. Free us, O Lord. Open our hearts to receive your healing words of comfort and hope. Enable us to be people who offer compassion in the presence of sorrow; hope in the presence of desolation; light in the presence of darkness.

 

Walk with us and strengthen us. Give us spirits of eagerness to serve and witness to your love. As we have brought names of those near and dear to us to this day, asking your healing mercies and blessings, help us to remember that we stand in need of those blessings as well. Help us to receive the blessings and to use the gifts which we have been given to serve you in all that we say, think, and do. This we pray in the one who brings us the freedom of life in your Spirit, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com (for week of Independence Day)

What a weekend it is, Lord. It is time to gather and celebrate, time to reflect on the blessings of the freedoms that have been so sorely fought for and won, time to commit ourselves to offering the freedoms we cherish to others. We have gathered here in the midst of the business of the summer season to seek your will, to find peace and directions for our lives.

 

Bless us, O Lord, with wisdom tempered with compassion. Remind us that we have such freedom because others who have gone before have stood for principles of hope. Do not let our pride of country overwhelm the needs that still abound within our walls and our land. Where there is hatred, help us to bring your words of love. Where there are injustices, help us to correct unjust systems and become advocates for the voiceless and powerless. Where there is apathy, empower us to bring the good news of your gracious transforming love. Be with us this day and all our days as we seek to follow you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

OR

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 as individual disciples and as a 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

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

In the dry times of life, O God, as well as the fresh summer mornings, your Spirit comes to us with soul-quenching refreshment. Our longings for your help grow languid and tiresome in those harsher days, and we seek your strength to remind us, again and again, to trust in you, to drink deeply of the life you give, and to keep our hope keenly focused on the future you have promised. Yours is a future of a world made right, of bodies made whole, of relationships healed, of abiding peace and justice. Help us to seek it, to pray for it, to work for it, even as we pray for those troubles close to home and far away which burden our hearts this day.

 

We pray for those whose lives are endangered by war and unrest, those who struggle for justice, and those who seek after peace. We pray for the suffering, the imprisoned, the hungry, homeless poor. We pray for the sick and those who tend to their needs, who bring a cup of cold water to those who are thirsty. Hear our prayers, gracious God, for those we have named this day, ________________, and for those we name in the silence of our hearts.

 

Be near to us, Lord, and refresh our spirits as we gather again at your table. May we carry from this place a sure faith and a confidence in your wellspring of goodness, made known to us in Jesus the Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Lord, you have taught us

that all our doings without love are nothing worth:

send your Holy Spirit

and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,

the true bond of peace and of all virtues,

without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.

Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Loving Father,

we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:

sustain us with your Spirit,

that we may serve you here on earth

until our joy is complete in heaven,

and we share in the eternal banquet

with Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the

foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself

being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together

in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a

holy temple acceptable to you; 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 9:51-62

 

Set surely there, O Lord our God,

the face unto Jerusalem,

the face unto the flourishing of love

intensely joyed by your design,

confronting life too deeply now.

We know the fever in the face

as we begin where many fade.

Lead us in lope, forgiveness, peace

unto the moment of the cross.

 

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

Every time we come to the table, we are called to share in the offering. Christ’s body and blood was and is the offering of all offerings. That alone ought to appeal to us to give. Our giving will aid others in remembering him and give them the good news of life in Christ.

 

If our offering enables us to feed the hungry, give a drink of clean water to the thirsty, welcome a stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, then Christ himself will bless that offering. Hear him say, “Come, blessed ones of my Father, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for as you did it for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.”

 

OR

Love is a powerful force in the world, stronger than hatred or fear or greed. The love of Jesus inspires us and makes us able to share generously the gifts we have received from God. Our gifts are one way that we love one another and the world around us, the world God loves.  Let us be as generous with our giving as our God has been with love, with mercy, and with gifts poured into our lives.

 

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

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts and pray that we may safeguard them for your children. Help us to use the gifts of work and service to your glory and grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundance, to the honor and glory of your name. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

Christ invites to his supper all those who desire to be nourished by the food of God – this bread, his body; this cup, his blood. This is not an easy thing for us to grasp, and yet the simplest of all things – that in Christ Jesus, God was reconciling the world to God’s own self. As those who seek to grow in faithful discipleship, let us prepare our hearts to receive the gifts of God that are given for all the people of God.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

As the prophets of old knew, so may we also know: When we live by the Spirit, we will inherit the kingdom of God. The Spirit of love and forgiveness grows on the tree of life. This Spirit is available to all who seek it. Eat of this fruit, for it is the body of Christ, given for you.

 

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 come to us in Christ Jesus to teach by example the way of faithful living. As Christ’s disciples, we pray that you would make yourself known to us now in these gifts of bread and wine. Send forth your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may indeed be the Body of Christ, cleansed by his blood, strengthened to love you and serve you in this world by serving others in the Spirit of him who was made perfect, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Holy One, you speak to us in silence, yet all languages interpret you. Because you call us into this community, we are able to become a gift to one another. We pray for your Holy Spirit to descend upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that in sharing them we may discern your presence which becomes our life. We thank you for your anointed one, Jesus, who through his life, crucifixion, death and resurrection lived fully the promise of redemptive wholeness that is available to all who would obey your creating will. We celebrate his gifts, we rejoice in your presence, loving God, now and always.

 

OR

  1. Loving and life-giving God, you have called us toward living faithfully by giving what we have received at your hand. Bless now this bread which we break, that as we receive it we may freely give ourselves as bread for the sake of all who hunger.
  2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon this wine which we bless, that as we receive it from your hand we may be ever ready to pour out our lives for the sake of others who thirst for you, in the spirit of Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Our God, you sent your brooding Spirit upon the deep when creation dawned upon your Word. You sent your brooding Spirit upon Mary when you came Incarnate in Jesus, your Word made flesh. You sent your brooding Spirit upon the Church when you created of us a people devoted in Jesus to your love in this time and in this place.

 

Send now your Spirit to brood on us that we may be full of your love as the waters cover the sea. As Jesus claimed bread and wine  to reveal himself anew, send now Holy Spirit upon this day that our communion  may build of us the Body of Christ, that our meeting with you may feed our souls on heaven’s food, that our joy may be complete in the love your give to us for one another.  Include us wholly in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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…’

 

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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.

 

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Pentecost +6, Proper 8C

 

June 26

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:

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 or 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 or Psalm 16 Galatians 5:1, 13-25  Luke 9:51-62

 

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.

450-God the Spirit, guide and guardian

602-O Master, let me walk with thee

400-When you do this, remember me

357-We call ourselves Disciples

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 16:5-11 on p. 730

 

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

On Galatians 5:1, 13-25

 

For freedom are we free,

the gift of Christ our Lord.

Let slavery never bind the heart:

stand fast in Jesus’ name.

 

The call that leads us forth

is to Christ’s freedom’s aim.

Our freedom makes us servants all,

to one another’s gain.

 

So freed are we in Christ

that we arise as one;

we see the Spirit’s awesome lure

to purity and joy.

 

SM         Suggested tune: Doncaster

 

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: Christ has called us onto the road of discipleship. Often that road has been stony and hard. Sometimes we have stumbled and even fallen.

P: But God has been our friend and our guide. We have no cause to be alarmed. God is faithful to us, even when we are faithless.

L: Today we rejoice in God’s faithful love, and together ask for strength and signs of hope and life.

P: And again we are drawn together to celebrate the life that is ours in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. 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, so that we may live with purpose, enthusiasm, and courage in the way of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

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 as individual disciples and as a 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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church

is governed and sanctified:

hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,

that in their vocation and ministry

they may serve you in holiness and truth

to the glory of your name;

through our Lord and 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

 

Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,

that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered

by your governance,

that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Almighty God,

send down upon your Church

the riches of your Spirit,

and kindle in all who minister the gospel

your countless gifts of grace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the

foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself

being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together

in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a

holy temple acceptable to you; 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 9:51-62

 

O Set our faces with Jesus, O God,

unto Jerusalem,

unto the center of your allure.

For in this setting of the face

do we discover purpose laden at the heart.

The hand is upon the plow now: O God,

hold firm our steps

that we do not turn back

from your commanding grace.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)

Every time we come to the table, we are called to share in the offering. Christ’s body and blood was and is the offering of all offerings. That alone ought to appeal to us to give. Our giving will aid others in remembering him and give them the good news of life in Christ.

If our offering enables us to feed the hungry, give a drink of clean water to the thirsty, welcome a stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, then Christ himself will bless that offering. Hear him say, “Come, blessed ones of my Father, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for as you did it for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.”

 

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.

 

Invitation to Commune

Christ invites to his supper all those who desire to be nourished by the food of God – this bread, his body; this cup, his blood. This is not an easy thing for us to grasp, and yet the simplest of all things – that in Christ Jesus, God was reconciling the world to God’s own self. As those who seek to grow in faithful discipleship, let us prepare our hearts to receive the gifts of God that are given for all the people of God.

 

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 come to us in Christ Jesus to teach by example the way of faithful living. As Christ’s disciples, we pray that you would make yourself known to us now in these gifts of bread and wine. Send forth your Spirit upon us, and upon these gifts, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we may indeed be the Body of Christ, cleansed by his blood, strengthened to love you and serve you in this world by serving others in the Spirit of him who was made perfect, 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…’”]

 

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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.

 

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