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Pentecost +5, Proper 9A

 

July 5

 

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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):

 

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 or Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

725-God of the Ages

265-Spirit of God

480-I love to tell the story

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

420-I come with joy

 

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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Zechariah 9:9-12

 

Rejoicing greatly, O daughter of Zion,

come now, prepare to celebrate your Lord.

He, humble and triumphant, comes unto you;

our king over all: victorious is he!

 

Cut off the warriors, and undo the mighty;

cut off the battle bow and sow for peace.

For now our Lord commands peace rise above

and take dominion in the joy of God.

 

In all our pride, in all our consequences,

now we abide in setting captives free,

in ending degradation of the broken

to rouse us all, we prisoners of hope!

 

11.10.11.10.     Suggested tune: Bede

 

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 45 is not available in the hymnal.  

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship   

L: We hear the voice of one who calls to us to come and find rest.

P: We come burdened with much, but will heed the voice of Jesus.

L: We have much to learn from him, and he will give us all that we need.

P: May we be made ready to receive the yoke of Christ, and empowered to live in it.

 

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.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Come to the Lord, all you people!
P: We come, seeking God’s healing love.
L: Make your hearts ready to discover God’s power in your lives.
P: We open our hearts and spirits to receive God’s loving gifts.
L: Hallelujah!
P: AMEN.

OR from ministrymatters.com

L: Welcome this day to a time of rest.
P: We come, bearing burdens and cares.
L: Place your lives in the loving hands of God
P: May God heal our spirits and strengthen us.
L: Trust in God who is always with you.
P: Lord, this day we come to you in faith and trust for your healing mercies.  


OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: What shall we do? Our hearts are heavy; our spirits are worn with care.
P: To whom can we turn for soothing and healing?

L: Bring your cares to the Lord
P: God hears our cries.

L: Come, now the time is ready for worship.
P: We bring our lives to you, O Lord.  

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, you pour out the spirit of grace and supplication on all who desire it. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

We gather together this morning, O Lord, eager to feel your healing touch for our wounded spirits and weary souls. Flood our lives with your peace. Shine your light of joy in our souls this day, for we pray in Christ’s name (as he 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, 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…”)

 

OR

Creator of all worlds, we lift up our souls to you. All the earth is yours, all who dwell here are your children. We seek once more to experience your truth, to receive your blessing, to ascend above the limitations we have known. You are strong and mighty beyond our imagining. We aspire to become more than we have believed ourselves to be, individually and together. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of all grace and mercy, you have made an amazing and beautiful world – diverse and teeming with the bounty and beauty of your artful hand.  You have made us mortals in your own image, and given us such a marvelous variety of gifts by which to praise and serve you, and to serve the common good.  Hear our varied expressions of thanksgiving, as we look to you for care and guidance to use every skill and art with which you’ve blessed us for the blessing of humanity.

 

We seek new ways, O Lord, to reach into the lives of others who are searching for meaning in their lives and to discover their own giftedness, and to give them encouragement, love, and peace on that journey.  We look to you to guide us as partners with Christ as we minister to those who are hurting, lonely, sick, grieving, or in any danger.  May our openness to your Spirit at work within us as your people be a sign of your ministries at work within us, your church.  Make of this community a home of peace and empowerment for those who are struggling to find their future, and a place of compassion and justice for those who need it most.

 

Hear our prayers, O God, for those whose lives are closely linked with our own, whose names cross our hearts and our lips so often, and whose needs are many.  Help us to entrust them to your care, as we offer up our own needs and our hearts’ desires to you in silence…

 

As Jesus prayed that all who follow him might be one, reshape us as your faithful disciples, and knit us tightly with all those who profess Christ into his one body.  May our unity and our diversity proclaim his name to all the world, as we glorify you together, offering our varied gifts for your use.  For we pray in his name and in his spirit.

 

OR from ministrymatters.com

Welcoming Lord, we come before your throne of grace today. It’s been quite a week for some, filled with busyness and exciting activities; for others it has been a long and lonely week. Still others have experienced ongoing troubles and frustrations, sorrows and sadness. Throughout all these conditions and at all times, you are with each one of us, giving us strength, calming our spirits; healing our wounds, celebrating the delights and triumphs.

 

This morning we name in our hearts and by our voices loved ones who struggle with issues of health, loneliness, sorrow; we name in our hearts and by our voices those who have found great joy. Be with each person, giving strength and courage for all the times ahead. Help each one of us to remember that we can always come to you with our burdens and you will take them from us.

 

OR 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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord 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

 

Eternal God,

comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

that all the world may acknowledge

the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

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

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments

by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your

Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole

heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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 (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

 

As those unknowing do, we come, O God,

come and play awkwardly

about the scenery of life.

Yet simply are we bid to stay

the answer plainly as might babes

and savor in the rest you bring

the easy yoke and burden light.

Thus keep us, O God.

 

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

Gratitude is born of the heart that can truly take in the goodness of God all around it.  All of us have been blessed beyond measure by the abundance of God’s love and provisions.  Let us bring forth offerings that stand as living witness of our faith – faith resting in the extravagance of God’s grace.

 

OR

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.

 

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

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

 

OR

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

When Jesus sat at table with tax collectors and sinners, he proclaimed God’s care knows no bounds. We proclaim again the comfort and challenge of that witness: All of you are invited now to share God’s table and be nourished by the Bread of Life.

 

OR

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)

 

  1. You, O Lord, have brought us to this table as a people ready to receive from your hand all that we could ever need or ask for. As we break this bread, open our hearts to receive the Bread of Heaven, that we may never hunger again.
  2. Pour out your spirit, O God, upon this bread and upon this cup. May we who receive the Cup of Salvation never know thirst, but rather be refreshed to bear your gifts to the world in all its needs, so that Christ may ever be made presence in our lives.

 

OR

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 2019.  Calendar for 2020

Sun 1 Dec 2019. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2019-20. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2019. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2019 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2019 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2019.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Pentecost +5, Proper 9A

 

July 9

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 or Zechariah 9:9-12 Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Psalm 145:8-14 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

725-God of the Ages

265-Spirit of God

480-I love to tell the story

420-I come with joy

 

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 Zechariah 9:9-12

 

On the hope of your salvation

come we to the Lord of love,

certain that in this confusion

you will lead us to your way.

In the stronghold of your vision,

there to see restored our joy:

come we now, O Lord our Savior,

in the way of your increase.

 

Now the moment of compassion,

now the victory of grace:

certain is the riding Savior

to attest triumphant love.

In the humble victor coming,

now astride the simple ass,

find we know the ample coming

of the victory surprise.

 

All the scatter of the tumult

all the firming of your realm:

come O Lord and hold dominion

from the sea unto the sea.

By the covenant of mercy,

by the blood splashed on the land,

here provided is occasion

to be snatched to freedom’s glen.

 

8.7.8.7.D    Suggested tune: Nettleton

 

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 45 is not available in the hymnal.

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship  

L: We hear the voice of one who calls to us to come and find rest.

P: We come burdened with much, but will heed the voice of Jesus.

L: We have much to learn from him, and he will give us all that we need.

P: May we be made ready to receive the yoke of Christ, and empowered to live in it.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, you pour out the spirit of grace and supplication on all who desire it. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

God of all grace and mercy, you have made an amazing and beautiful world – diverse and teeming with the bounty and beauty of your artful hand.  You have made us mortals in your own image, and given us such a marvelous variety of gifts by which to praise and serve you, and to serve the common good.  Hear our varied expressions of thanksgiving, as we look to you for care and guidance to use every skill and art with which you’ve blessed us for the blessing of humanity.

We seek new ways, O Lord, to reach into the lives of others who are searching for meaning in their lives and to discover their own giftedness, and to give them encouragement, love, and peace on that journey.  We look to you to guide us as partners with Christ as we minister to those who are hurting, lonely, sick, grieving, or in any danger.  May our openness to your Spirit at work within us as your people be a sign of your ministries at work within us, your church.  Make of this community a home of peace and empowerment for those who are struggling to find their future, and a place of compassion and justice for those who need it most.

Hear our prayers, O God, for those whose lives are closely linked with our own, whose names cross our hearts and our lips so often, and whose needs are many.  Help us to entrust them to your care, as we offer up our own needs and our hearts’ desires to you in silence…

As Jesus prayed that all who follow him might be one, reshape us as your faithful disciples, and knit us tightly with all those who profess Christ into his one body.  May our unity and our diversity proclaim his name to all the world, as we glorify you together, offering our varied gifts for your use.  For we pray in his name and in his spirit.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts

whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought

to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

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

 

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Alternative Collect

 

God our saviour,

look on this wounded world

in pity and in power;

hold us fast to your promises of peace

won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

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

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments

by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your

Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole

heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

 

Create in us fond hearts, O God,

alert to all the motions Spirit lures

in human hearts,

revealing in diversity the coming of your own desire

to babes and such as find your rest

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

Gratitude is born of the heart that can truly take in the goodness of God all around it.  All of us have been blessed beyond measure by the abundance of God’s love and provisions.  Let us bring forth offerings that stand as living witness of our faith – faith resting in the extravagance of God’s grace.

 

Offertory Prayer

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

 

Invitation to the Table

When Jesus sat at table with tax collectors and sinners, he proclaimed God’s care knows no bounds. We proclaim again the comfort and challenge of that witness: All of you are invited now to share God’s table and be nourished by the Bread of Life.

 

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)

  1. You, O Lord, have brought us to this table as a people ready to receive from your hand all that we could ever need or ask for. As we break this bread, open our hearts to receive the Bread of Heaven, that we may never hunger again.
  2. Pour out your spirit, O God, upon this bread and upon this cup. May we who receive the Cup of Salvation never know thirst, but rather be refreshed to bear your gifts to the world in all its needs, so that Christ may ever be made presence in our lives.

 

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

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

 

MORE…

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

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

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

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

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Pentecost +4

Proper 9A

July 6

 

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:

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 or Zechariah 9:9-12 Roman Catholic reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Psalm 145:8-14Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 145:1-14 United Methodist reading: Psalm 45:10-17 or Psalm 72

Romans 7:15-25a Roman Catholic reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 (see also page for Romans 8:12-25)

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Roman Catholic reading: Matthew 11:25-30

 

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.

725-God of the Ages

265-Spirit of God

480-I love to tell the story

420-I come with joy

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 45 is not available in the hymnal.

 

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

On Romans 7:15-25a

 

Conflicted in the throes of will,

as jumbled issue shred

desires for good in ill results

against all effort shown:

 

thus, in the discontent of days,

the turbulent of heart

begins, continues, overwhelms

the one desire of hope.

 

Torn hither, thither in a flush

by all that does not fit,

the failure of contented rush

leaves life to cry for more.

 

This body known in midst of death

bids fresh deliv’rance  rise.

All thanks to God in Jesus Christ,

the victory of hope!

 

CM       Suggested tune: St. Magnus

 

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: We hear the voice of one who calls to us to come and find rest.

P: We come burdened with much, but will heed the voice of Jesus.

L: We have much to learn from him, and he will give us all that we need.

P: May we be made ready to receive the yoke of Christ, and empowered to live in it.

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Almighty God, you pour out the spirit of grace and supplication on all who desire it. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

for July

Let us turn to the risen Lord, who gives us the Spirit to make all things new, saying: renew us in your love.

O Word of life, one God with the Father and the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.

O eternal Light, who through the working of the Holy Spirit received from the Virgin our human nature: Allrenew us in your love.

O crucified Redeemer, by the eternal Spirit you offered yourself to the Father for us: Allrenew us in your love.

You breathed on the apostles the Spirit of your love, that sinners might come to know the mercy of God: Allrenew us in your love.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father, from whom we receive the gifts of the Spirit: Allrenew us in your love.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit you wash away our sins in the waters of baptism and open our hearts to the guiding hand of the Father: Allrenew us in your love.

 

or for National Holiday:

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 thope 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.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you have broken the tyranny of sin

and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts

whereby we call you Father:

give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,

that we and all creation may be brought

to the glorious liberty of the children of God;

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

 

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining

and whose power we cannot comprehend:

show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,

and shield us from knowing more than we can bear

until we may look upon you without fear;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Alternative Collect

 

God our saviour,

look on this wounded world

in pity and in power;

hold us fast to your promises of peace

won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

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

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments

by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your

Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole

heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through

Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

 

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

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

 

In exuberance of life, O God,

you sent Jesus, our Way.

Seen a glutton, a wine bibber,

you show wisdom justified in him.

To the living One, full of joy, we come,

knowing the ease of the yoke,

the feather of his burden.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

for July

When Jesus sat at table with tax collectors and sinners, he proclaimed God’s care knows no bounds. We proclaim again the comfort and challenge of that witness: All of you are invited now to share God’s table and be nourished by the Bread of Life.

[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

for July

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

 

Preface to Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P: We lift them up to the Lord.

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

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

 

Preface (to the Words of Institution)

(For July)

L: You are the exalted One:

P: Holy are you, O God!

L: You are to be forever praised:

P: Holy are you, O God!

L: You alone are to be worshiped and glorified:

P: Holy are you, O God!

L: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

P: Hosanna in the highest heaven!

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

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

1. You, O Lord, have brought us to this table as a people ready to receive from your hand all that we could ever need or ask for. As we break this bread, open our hearts to receive the Bread of Heaven, that we may never hunger again.

2. Pour out your spirit, O God, upon this bread and upon this cup. May we who receive the Cup of Salvation never know thirst, but rather be refreshed to bear your gifts to the world in all its needs, so that Christ may ever be made presence in our lives.

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

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

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

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

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

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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