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Pentecost +22, Proper 27C


Nov. 10


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Some suggestions from textweek.com for observance of Veterans Day

Suggestions for Observing Veterans’ Day in Worship, UMC GBOD.

“Remembrance Sunday Sermon,” PreacherRhetorica, 2012.

A Pacifist’s Dilemma on Veteran’s Day, J. Harader, Spacious Faith, 2012.

Memorial Day Call to Worship and Confession, The Fat Pastor, 2012.

Veterans Day Litany, The Fat Pastor, 2012.

Justice for Veterans and the Vulnerable, Bruce Epperly, Patheos, 2010.

Worship Offerings, thoughts, prayers, etc., Gord Waldie.

With Gratitude and Honor, UCC Worship Ways, 2008.

Remembrance Resources, Oremus, 2005.

Lectionary Hymns, Day of Mourning and Remembrance, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

“We Remember All Those…” UCC, 2003.

Sermon and Worship Resources for Remembrance Sunday, (Ordinary 32B), Rev. Kim Gilliland.

Service of Remembrance and Healing for those who have experienced armed conflict, Worship Resources by Lisa Frenz, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Portland, OR.

With Children: Remembrance Day Word Search, sermons4kids.com.


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:

Haggai 1:15b-2:9 or Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98 or Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

6-Sing praise to God who reigns above

464 – God of grace and God of glory

700-O Day of God draw nigh

472 – We Are living, we are dwelling

713-God of our life

390 – Lord of our highest love

66-God, whose giving knows no ending

517-Love Divine, all loves excelling

487-Help us accept each other

393-One bread, one body

422-Let us talents and tongues employ


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


Sung Psalm for the Day

Psalm 17 (vs. 1-4) – metrical setting by David T. Chafin

Lord, hear the just, regard my cry, my prayer from lips sincere;

Send your approval from on high, my righteousness make clear.

You tried my heart throughout the night and found it faithful in your sight.

Determined to in faithful speech and action now to live,

I choose the path of life for me, and all my self I give.

For help, O God, I pray and you will answer for your word is true.

You save from every terror those who trust in your command,

Protecting them from all their foes by your almighty hand.

Your lovingkindness let me see, your wondrous mercy, full and free.

O guard me well, as you would guard the apple of your eye;

While deadly foes are pressing in, to you, O God, I cry.

To me your rest and refuge bring, and shadow me within your wing.

C.H.M. (86.86.88) – “Auch jetzt macht Gott” is available online or in the UMC Hymnal


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

On Luke 20:27-38

God of Abraham and Isaac,

God of Jacob evermore:

be the lode of pure salvation,

all the purging sanctity.

Then, O God of all the living,

enter cleanly our delight

that in satisfaction nearly

we acquaint ourselves with joy.

God of the living, lure us free,

snatched in love to victory.

Evermore are we encouraged

by the wonder we adore.

Lord our God, our deepest longing,

draw us to your praise above

for the awe that joy abounding

seethes in majesty divine.

In oblation, heart’s rejoicing,

we attain your fertile care.

All is open that we see, Lord,

all is free in your delight.

Gather freshly our intent, Lord,

that we further our release,

our intending satisfaction

in your living majesty.   Suggested tune: Burythorpe


OR On Job 19:23-27a

Oh, words inscribed would answer so,

echo the passion I survive.

For in the reading of this text

the true Redeemer would confess.

In all, the standard of the flesh

the stumbling on the ground I thresh

becomes the witness of renown,

the one I will to see alone.

Becoming in this mystery

the font of possibility,

I answer warily the Lord

whom I confess and do adore.

The vision of delight becomes

the opening of savor won,

the thriving of the mystery

that spans the world before my eyes.

O word that’s written to be seen,

appear upon this holy ground

and satisfy for anger sight

to sanctify the willing heart.

LM   Suggested tune: Deep Harmony


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 98 is available on p. 750 or see Psalm 17 lyrics above


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

(adapted by the editor from the UCC)

L: Be still and know that God is.

P:  God was, also, in the beginning.

L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.

P:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.



L: The coming of our Lord is a sure thing.

P: It will be one which shakes heaven and earth, though our eyes and ears may not perceive it. 

L: How might the Lord come to us today?  In word?  In sign?  In this community?

P: We will hold fast to the sure presence of God, and join in praise as one people.



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

P: Mighty are the deeds of the Lord; great are the God’s works,

     studied by all who have pleasure in them.

L: Holy and awesome is God’s name!

To worship the Lord is the highest wisdom; those who do so know all that is good.

P: God’s praises will last forever.


Invocation or Prayer of Approach

You are holy, O Lord our Creator and God, giving us mercies beyond number.  You are holy, O Savior Jesus Christ, loving and setting us free.  You are holy, O Spirit of truth and peace, leading us in ways that are right.  O holy eternal Trinity, we praise you for ever and ever. (And we join the prayer of Christ who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



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…”)


Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

(Prayers from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland, on oremus.org)

Mighty and merciful God, may your kindness be known to all. Hear the prayers of all who cry to you; open the eyes of those who never pray for themselves; have mercy on those who are in misery; deal gently with those who sit in darkness; increase the number of those who love and serve you daily. Preserve our land from all things hurtful, preserve our Church from all dangerous error, preserve our people from forgetting that you are their Lord and Saviour. Be gracious to those countries that are made desolate by war, famine, disease, or persecution, and grant that the course of the world may be so ordered in obedience to your will that the people may live in security and freedom from want, and their children grow up to be makers of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayers from Common Worship*



Almighty Father,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Post Communion


God of peace,

whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom

and restored the broken to wholeness of life:

look with compassion on the anguish of the world,

and by your healing power

make whole both people and nations;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Additional Collect


God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might

destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God

and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may

purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again

with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his

eternal and glorious kingdom; where he 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 20:27-38


You know, O God, how we insist

to measure heaven in the dust.

Begin afresh in us, O God, that we may yet

take measure of our dust by heaven’s boon.

Herein Lord God, do we persist

and register your ways.

God of the living, to you is all our life this day.


Service of Table

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here. We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future.


Offertory / Invitation to Give

God has prepared a rich feast for those who desire to receive it – a coming reign of justice and peace, a life of promise without fear, a world made new. We participate in that blessed life to come, even today with our tithes and offerings, enabling Christ’s church to make a way in the world for the promises of God to be fulfilled.  Let us bring forth our gifts and offer our lives anew to God.


Offertory Prayer

Here, O God, your children offer to you the substance of our lives and labors.  We come humbly, recognizing that all that we are and all that we have belong to you; and we come boldly, recognizing that you alone have moved us to share of our substance for the sake of others.  Take and us these gifts and our lives, limited though they may be, for your great work for the sake of the future of your world. Amen.



Generous God, our lives are renewed as we remember your goodness. You have made us in your image and placed in our hearts the memory of your love made flesh in Jesus Christ. That memory calls us to give and to embrace your world as we offer these gifts. May our lives invested through these offerings create a new reality and extend your grace in remembrance of Jesus, in whose name we pray.


Invitation to the Table

Christ invites to this Table all who seek to know God and to walk in peace with God and their neighbor.  It is a place of welcome for you, all of you, with great faith and with little faith.  It is the faith of Christ which matters, and it is the faith of Christ which shall sustain us til the end of the age.


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. We praise you, O God, for your promised presence with us as we gather in your name.  We thank you for all the good gifts of life, and for the gift of this Table which offers your love for us in real bread, broken and shared.  Bless now, we pray, this bread which we offer to you.  May it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be remade as his body in the world, readied for faithful service.
  2. Send down the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, upon us gathered here, and upon these gifts.  As the cup of salvation is offered to us once again by the resurrected Christ, may we who drink of it be refreshed and renewed in his Spirit, so that all of our lives may glorify you in the Church and in the world forever.



Giver of life, receive this offering of our praise as we break this bread and bless this cup. Send your Spirit forth to dwell within them and so within us as we receive them. Open us to the wonder of new life in your presence, as we renew our faith at this your Table. We give you thanks and praise in the name and spirit of Jesus the Christ.  



Blessed are you, Lord our God; you bring forth bread from the earth, and wine in its season. Send your power and strength to us, Lord, as we gather here in love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we might be his true body, going about his work in our time and place; that in all things all glory might be given to you, Almighty God, now and forever.


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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