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From William Flewelling, (c)2016

On James 5:7-10
 
               Be patient for the coming day,
               the day awaited in the Lord,
               the day when all creation will
               arise in unison with joy.
               In all the urgency of life,
               restrain until the dawn of time.
 
               As waiting ever for the fruit
               while rain attends the nurtured ground
               and ever  longer comes the rise
               into the harvest – so behold,
               it is the coming of the Lord
               that lures thy generosity.
 
               It is in patience evermore
               we come to dally for the Lord;
               as prophets who endure allow,
               the weight of glory urges love.
               The judge awaits before the door:
               in joy attend this common zeal.
 
8.8.8.8.8.8.               Suggested tune: Melita
 
 
On Matthew 1:18-25
 
               Run against the grain of longing,
               finishing all too soon the test.
               Mary, his betrothed is pregnant:
               what is he to do with this?
               Certainly the anguish lingers,
               twists and writhes within the heart
               till the satisfaction withers
               and a quiet ebb is found.
 
               Certainly the message echoes
               in the carefulness of heart,
               echoes in the honor urging
               his decisive will to love.
               Never fearing life’s disaster,
               at the dreamt announcement’s theme:
               take her constantly and savor:
               this, the child, is of the Lord.
 
               Remembering long echoes ring,
               of how the woman answers,
               how conception echoes promise
               to endow the coming hour.
               There, in satisfaction sated,
               wakes the witness to the word
               that in honor’s equal stature
               life is certain in repose.
 
8.7.8.7.D           Suggested tune: Rustington
 
 
On Isaiah 9:2-7
 
               The darkness lay upon the eyes:
               now brightly shines this light,
               Deep darkness shrouded all desire:
               now God’s light dawns as joy.
 
               In multiplies, exultant joys
               we come in full delight,
               to sate our moment on the Lord
               who lifts the weighted yoke.
 
               Within this bated hour we prize
               the turn of life aspires
               to find in yearning all release
               into the coming day.
 
               For now is born to us this day
               the child, the son desired.
               To govern in full peace is his
               to hear and to provide.
 
               O zeal of God Most High, attend!
               This is the working day,
               the new surpassing day of joy
               that wreathes the kingdom come.
 
CM        Suggested tune: Irish
 
 
On Hebrews 2:10-18
 
                        Our Pioneer has come
                        to clear the path of love.
                        In his appearance, we
                        attend the promised care.
 
                        In cure of this delight,
                        as Jesus answers life,
                        we learn, O God, thy rich
                        elixir answers strife.
 
                         Become like us, he lends
                        our strides into delight
                        that by this currency
                        of hope we must alight.
 
                        As tempted in the throes
                        of suffering that writhes,
                        we find our faithful Lord
                        our own atoning joy.
 
6.6.6.6.          Suggested tune: St. Cecilia
 

On Matthew 24:36-44

 

               An unexpected hour arrives

               to find the readied heart.

               Expected by adoring lives,

               thy presence sifts this hour.

 

               Imagining the awesome time,

               the swift division comes,

               begins the awed, attentive hour

               wherein the hopeful lend.

 

               For all is as it always is,

               the daily run of toil.

               Yet in the lengthened run of heart

               is found a woven joy.

 

               For all unknowing comes: arise!

               Attend afresh to God.

               For readiness lives in the eyes

               that find life’s bliss sublime.

 

CM           Suggested tune: This Endris Nyght

 

On Isaiah 11:1-10

 

               In the coming of the Savior,

               in the dawn that comes so near,

               rises sheer delight and wonder

               for the measure of your day.

               God, our Savior, bring your Spirit,

               lay it as a mantle here

               that indeed the fresh rejoinder

               of your gracious day appear.

 

               Gone the wary eyes of blindness,

               come the true discernment’s edge;

               gone the rasp of anguished urges,

               come the grace of righteousness.

               All the missing tones of mercy

               seem arisen in his face,

               as the faithful bear the binding

               of the way the wayward come.

 

               With a sudden understanding

               in the realm of startled peace,

               come and find the safe appearing

               of the root of Jesse’s bloom.

               As the scourge of agitation

               and aggression on the move

               finds the dawn of new creation,

               thy mercy, care and favor.

8.7.8.7.D            Suggested tune: Corvedale

 

 

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The following hymns, created by Rev. William Flewelling, are offered for Propers 19-26, Year C, and are offered with gratitude to him for our use in worship on Sundays from Sep. 15 through Nov. 3. 

Sep. 15 – Proper 19

On 1 Timothy 1:12-17

 

Thanks to him who strengthens me,

judging faithfulness is true

in the ways of my release,

in sincerity of hope.

 

As the first of sinners now

so received and strengthened I

am become the sign of hope,

how the Lord lets mercy flow.

 

To the king of ages sing,

to Invisible and Sure,

the Immortal, only God:

honor, glory always be!

 

7.7.7.7.     Suggested tune: The Call

 

 

Sep. 22 – Proper 20

On Luke 16:1-13

 

Found in the wisdom of this hour,

the steward finds a niche,

transforming guile into a means

of spawning gratitude.

 

The single minded honor grows

to answer cleverly.

For in the toll of sudden straits

lie clues for clemency.

 

Although the favor we may choose

is blinded with a ruse,

the honor of the single heart

brings service to the Lord.

 

So faithful in the little now,

then faithful in the much,

we, Lord, acquire the mercy shown

in mercy flown around.

 

CM     Suggested tune: Nativity

 

 

Sep. 29 – Proper 21 (alt. text)

On Amos 6:1a, 4-17

 

In the mercy shown abounding

lies the mercy garnered near.

For the anger of the Savior

laves the ease of selfish cares.

So becoming all the earnest

of the Lord’s intending lure,

in release of blinded hoarding

now become the Lord’s desire.

 

How the ease of all the sturdy,

all the ignorant of need,

when the many needing mercy

are abounding in their place?

How shall dignity and mercy

be the ways of shared aplomb?

Come intent now on the Savior,

come, abandon to God’s love.

 

8.7.8.7.D     Suggested tune: Nettleton

 

 

Oct. 6 – Proper 22

On 2 Timothy 1:1-14

 

In the vision raised in faith, we

find the suffering is shared.

As the Lord trod on that journey,

so those following his way.

For the honing of the lost heart

is attended in this stead.

 

Gracefully in earnest measure

come, abide the Lord’s own way.

Called in holiness and honor

seen in Christ’s appearing frame,

we attend the depths of passion

in the yearning for our God.

 

In the furnace of affliction

shame is lost and hope endures.

As we honor him who saves us

and abide in faith’s allure,

come, attend the trusted message,

all the gospel urgency.

 

8.7.8.7.8.7.      Suggested tune: Neander

 

 

Oct. 13 – Proper 23

On Luke 17:11-19

 

Your faith has made you well, he says,

the Lord to him who comes, gives thanks.

Already cleansed when he draws near,

his faith has saved him, says the Lord.

 

Though ten begged mercy of the Lord

and ten were cleansed along the way

but one returned to offer thanks,

the others going as he said.

 

Ten lepers cleansed, their flesh made whole,

the one returning, showing thanks

with sparkling faith engaged the Lord.

And in that faith is this one saved.

 

LM     Suggested tune: Agincourt (Deo Gracias)

 

 

Oct. 20 – Proper 24 (alt. text) 

On Genesis 32:22-31

 

Confronted with the night of dread,

when all tomorrows threaten woe,

the waiting on the lapse of strength

confirms the writhing spirit’s breach.

In this malaise, O God, we find

the wrestling might of heaven come.

 

As Jacob at the Jabbok found,

alone in darkness to be felt,

the struggle of the flesh and mind

rends all capacity to frown.

When dawn approaches and the end

the blessing sought astounds the soul.

 

While limping, weary at first light,

when all the heart and soul is blight,

the blessing offered in the night

is echoing throughout the heart

and every muscle, sore and tired,

resounds in blessing’s flowing tide.

 

8.8.8.8.8.8.     Suggested tune: Melita

 

 

Oct. 27 – Proper 25 

On 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

 

Completed is the trek by day;

the life as lithe oblation stays

the flood of all that lies ahead

as promise known fulfills all hope.

 

Quite freely in this opulence

of satisfaction at the end,

as suffering has honed delight

deep satisfaction owns the hour.

 

The former losses, lean and spare,

are naught, considered less than life.

For in the lapse of everything,

the Lord sustains, and rescues yet.

 

Becoming then in earnest hope

the beacon of a life prepared,

we answer with a seemly joy

the eager confidence of God.

 

LM     Suggested tune: Warrington

 

 

Nov. 3 – Proper 26

On Luke 19:1-10

 

Meeting Jesus, come in wonder

at the challenge of delight.

For he sees the longing coming,

sees the anxious, all in fright,

knows the burden we unworthy

carry to the glimpse of joy.

Thus he calls to bring us near him,

calls to dine with us today.

 

All the weary, all the eager

come to find his welcome so.

All the sinning, all the fearful

find release, abound in joy.

Finding here the new creation,

joy abounds exultingly.

Every band of sin’s reflection

is released in love’s excess.

 

Hurry then to greet the Savior;

come to join in your sure fare.

Hasten every day to seek him.

Find extension to compare.

Richly yearn his eager answer

to the zeal of all repair.

For the son of man is coming

to seek and to save the lost

 

8.7.8.7.D     Suggested tune: Abbot’s Leigh

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Proper 18 C

16th Sunday after Pentecost
Sep. 8

 

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

 

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Jeremiah 18:1-11 or Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Roman Catholic reading: Wisdom 9:13-18
United Methodist reading: Jeremiah 18:1-11

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 or Psalm 1
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 90:3-17
United Methodist reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Philemon 1-21
Roman Catholic reading: Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17

Luke 14:25-33

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:  67-O God, our help in ages past;   or see Psalm 1, below

Hymn of Invitation:   608-I would be true

Communion Hymn:   391-These I lay down

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  433-Blest be the tie that binds; 108- Lift high the cross

 

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/    

This week:  Psalm 139 is offered in part on p. 765.

Alt:  Psalm 1, may be sung to the tune of “Holy Manna” (see Chalice Hymnal #231 for tune):

 

1. Blessed are they who love God’s teachings, and from sin restrain their feet,

Never standing with the wicked, nor rest in the scornful’s seat.

Blessed are they who make the statutes of the Lord their great delight,

In God’s law, divinely perfect, meditate both day and night.

 

2. They are like a tree well-planted by the flowing river’s sides

Ever green and ever fruitful: so shall all their works abide.

Like the ashes blown the wicked shall be swept from off the land;

With the just they shall not gather, nor shall in the judgment stand.

 

3. Well the Lord will guard the righteous, for their lives by God are known,

but the way of evil-doers shall by God be overthrown.

Glory be to God the Father, glory be to God the Son,

Glory to the Holy Spirit, ever-living Three in One.

 

from the Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church, altered by David T. Chafin ©2013 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia

 

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

Watch site for posting at a later date.

 

Words of Preparation  (from the Roman Mass, Penitential Rite, adapted)

(Note that this form is appropriate in any season, and may best be used for several weeks in a row as a time of preparation for the service, following the opening hymn in place of an invocation, as a response to the Word, or as otherwise desired.)

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

My brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. 

 – Silent Confession –

L: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:  Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.   

L: You came to call sinners:  Christ, have mercy.

P: Christ, have mercy.   

L: You are seated at the right hand of God  to intercede for us:  Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.   (again, silence may follow)

L: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

P: Amen.

 

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 139)

L: The Lord our God has searched us and known us.

P: When we sit down and when we rise up, God discerns our thoughts from far away.

L: Where can we go from God’s spirit?

P: Where can we flee from God’s presence?

L: Wonderful are your works, O God!

P: In this we rejoice.  In God is our trust.

 

Prayer of Approach (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that all may come to believe in Christ and receive true freedom as an everlasting inheritance.  This we celebrate as we gather in your name this day, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   (and who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)  Amen.

 

Intercessions for September (adapted by the editor)

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

        Intercessions (or Prayers of the People)

L: …we pray to you, O Lord.

          P:  Lord, hear our prayer.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This, or another Concluding collect should follow:

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

 

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

Let us pray:

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

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

Luke 14:25-33

 

Exhaustingly, O God,

we find you drawing us so near

to be among your many

in the life beyond all fear.

We find you urging us

that we disciples be,

though costing everything

for such a taste of joy.

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

Preparation (Invitation)

It would be foolish to ever imply that living faithfully as a disciple of Christ is an easy task.  It does not come naturally to lay aside all that we ever thought we wanted to follow a leader toward an unknown and unknowable future – one that can hold for it great rewards, yes, but also numerous perils.  For all who hear the gospel call today and come to the Table of the Lord with heavy burdens, with broken hearts, with unfulfilled dreams or expectations, listen again to the promise of the Lord:  I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Let us entrust our futures, even to the end of our days, to the One who is most able to guide us through them, toward a rich inheritance of joy and fullness.

[If the offering has not yet been received, add:  “as we prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]

 

Preface (to the Words of Institution)  – Today, it would be appropriate to use the Psalm text as used in the Call to Worship, if not previously used in the service, or:

L: Christ has called us in faith to receive the gift of life.

P:  But it comes at a cost – a cost we may not have counted.

L: Yet in his own life, Christ did weigh the cost of life for us, and counted it worthy of his own life.

P:  Our inheritance comes as a gift from God alone.  Our future is secure in God’s hands.

L: Let us now weigh the value of this free gift, and rejoice in this inheritance as we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)

 

Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

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

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

 

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

1. As we break the bread, O God, and receive the gift of life that is ours in Christ Jesus, help us to grow in gratitude and graciousness of spirit; so that by our living all your children might be fed.  Send down the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, upon this bread.  Let it be for us the body of Christ, that we who receive it might be nourished and strengthened for the journey with him through a future yet unknown, trusting in you alone for each new day, until the morning breaks with an unending light.

2. Pour out your Spirit, O God, upon us, O God, and upon the gift of this chalice, the blood of Christ given for us.  Refresh your people as we prepare to enter into each new day with hope and faith in you.  May your resurrection power be known among us, gathered in your love, that we may depart this day renewed in your Passion, rejoicing in your presence, and restored in your salvation, ready to serve at your calling through the days that lie ahead.

 

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

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

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

 

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

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

 

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;

and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,

keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,

and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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From Rev. William Flewelling, another set of hymns to complete August’s Sundays:

 

On Deuteronomy 30:15-20

  
              Making the choice of death or life,
 
              of blessing or of curse
 
              begins the covenantal grace
 
              at God’s providing word.
 
 
              We answer eagerly, O God,
 
              and seek to understand,
 
              to find commandments near to heart
 
              that we may answer life.
 
 
              Your voice imposes hope for us,
 
              allows our active play.
 
              So evermore may we attain
 
              the mercy of your joy.
 
 
              To you in eager longing, Lord,
 
              be our attentive pose.
 
              For in commandments laid to heart
 
              we yet discover love.
 
CM    Suggested tune: Richmond
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 On Jeremiah 23:23-29
 
  
              O God at hand and far away,
 
              spanning creation’s full array,
 
              we are not hidden from your care
 
              nor from the challenge of your hope.
 
 
              Intend in us the ready heart,
 
              the sort that will restore our hope
 
              and in the finding of your arm
 
              become the answering delight.
 
 
              No dreams attend us: Lord, we know.
 
              No satisfying longings reign.
 
              For you alone in righteousness
 
              become the mercy justice claims.
 
 
              The fire of your refining word
 
              appears in constancy and hope
 
              that we in answer steady stand
 
              to be the echo of your love.
 
LM   Suggested tune: Old Hundredth
 
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On Hebrews 12:18-29
 
 
              At once we find our standing, Lord,
 
              at once before your face.
 
              For in this living word you wield
 
              is our attending yield.
 
 
              We gather as we’re gathered, Lord,
 
              to find the earnest way,
 
              becoming in this mystery
 
              the wanton, offered weal.
 
 
              So shaking, ordinary, worn,
 
              we rise to greet you, Lord.
 
              We find we are together met
 
              with your impending word.
 
 
              So greet us in this mustering
 
              that we attend your will
 
              for we discover in our hope
 
              you are consuming fire.
 
CM       Suggested tune: St. Magnus

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The following hymns for Mid-July through Mid-August were generously offered by Rev. William Flewelling for our use and enjoyment.  We are grateful!

July 21

On Luke 10:38-42

 

The welcome found in friendly homes

lifts spirits, satisfies the soul.

Accompanied by graciousness

this pleasant sphere brings life to home.

 

With all the necessary want

fresh hospitality concerns

the busy hands, the flurry found

in anxious minds and worried scowls.

 

The welcome, face to face, informs

attention to the One who comes,

the One who welcomes first of all

and leads us to completion’s end.

 

Come, welcome warmly those who come,

admit to face these faces worn.

Attend the words as to the Lord

whose welcome is the better part.

 

LM     Suggested tune: St. Petersburg

 

 

July 28

On Genesis 18:20-23

 

Upon the brink of judgment, pause to hold

the moment on the passion to complete.

Consider all the few, the fewer, fewest –

how they become collateral at last.

Consider, yes, as then with Abraham

and, Lord, let mercy qualify your peace.

 

So eager, Lord, are we to justify

the anger that imbues our steady mind

that we become that zeal that will destroy

the few, the fewer, fewest in our spite.

Refresh in us the patience you allow

and tenderize the toughened hearts we own.

 

For at the brim of mercy we aspire

to hold the steadiness of your delight.

We would remain upon the hopeful pyre

until the last, the necessary style.

Become for us the lingering desire

to bathe in mercy, all for fewest sake.

 

10.10.10.10.10.10     Suggested tune: Finlandia

 

 

Aug 4

On Colossians 3:1-11

 

As all in all, O Christ our Lord,

be near to sanctify.

For in the wealth of your delight

do we attest your peace.

 

With you, Lord Christ, our life is hid,

with you in God alone.

So bring our limp attention near

to contemplate the throne.

 

Indeed, O Lord, we agitate

to satisfy all hope,

and learn at last to hone our joys

upon your willing lure.

 

In you, our Life, we live as one,

an undivided corps.

For we find qualified at last

the newness you restore.

CM     Suggested tune: Martyrdom

 

Aug 11

On Luke 12:32-40

 

Lord, your good pleasure is our pure delight;

here do we attend you in all gentle desire.

Open and eager do we yield to your way,

spendthrifts in joy as you in heaven’s design.

 

All these assemblies of measured replies

become only the baggage that burdens our days.

Where we find treasure, Lord, is in your approach.

Let all be found ready when you enter here.

 

Guided we stand fresh, awaiting delight,

steady now, earnest, eager, preparing to come.

For all we await is the opening door:

Lord, enter in joy and discover us here.

 

10.11.11.11.   Suggested tune: Slane

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Weekly collects for Sundays in summer, beginning June 23, are included below for those who enjoy using them for personal or corporate prayer.  We are grateful for the writing ministry of Rev. William Flewelling of Proctor, WV, who provides them to us freely.

23 June 2013                                                            Luke 8:26-39
            Our God,
 
                        in the confrontation with despair
 
                                    the gift of freedom threatens all.
 
                        Conspire in us to greet the freedom of the lost
 
                                    that in your mercy we be free
 
                                                and life exult in victory:
 
                                                            Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
30 June 2013                                                            Luke 9:51-62
  
            The trek of your desire, O God,
 
                        leads in an awesome way.
 
                        The strain confronts us
 
                                    as there is no place to lay the head,
 
                                    there is no turning back,
 
                                    there is but your acute and present passion
 
                                                            in our hearts.
 
                        So lead us now in freedom from despair.
 
  
7 July 2013                                                   Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
 
            As lambs we go, O God,
 
                        the unprepared who bear but peace
 
                                    and linger on the hospitality
 
                                                of strangers in the flight.
 
                        Yet in passing through by peace
 
                                    thy kingdom does draw near to all
 
                                                and you inscribe us
 
                                                            in the hope of your desire.
 
                        All thanks to you, O God.
 
14 July 2013                                                           Luke 10:25-37 
 
            Our God of love,
 
                        instilling in our lives the instinct of love,
 
                        provide us eyes to see the one
 
                                    presented to us on the way
 
                                    that here the bathing of your love
 
                                                be opulent in our fresh core.
 
21 July 2013                                                           Luke 10:38-42
 
            Confronting us in wonder, Lord God,
 
                        you find us busy and distracted.
 
                        Remind us to attend the One
 
                                    who comes to us,
 
                                    the One yet buoyant on our love.
 
 
28 July 2013                                                             Luke 11:1-13
            In all of our distress, O God,
 
                        we hound you with anxieties
 
                                    and clamor after wants and wishes.
 
                        Let the offerings be our gift
 
                                    and in that harbor of your presence
 
                                                let us begin afresh
 
                                                and seek the Spirit
 
                                                            you will never fail to send.
 
 
4 August 2013                                                        Luke 12:13-21
 
            In all of our concerns, O God,
 
                        for balance and for right,
 
                        you free us from the judge
 
                                    and from the want to gain
 
                                                our satisfaction.
 
                        For you weave of us your own desire
 
                                    that we be fitted by giving,
 
                                                opulent by emptying in grace.
 
11 August 2013                                                      Luke 12:32-40
 
            With prudence cast aside in zeal, O God,
 
                        we hasten without fear
 
                                    to learn the richness of your kingdom.
 
                        Within this strange, demanding world, O Lord,
 
                                    prepare in us the readiness
 
                                                to stand the sway
 
                                                and joy in your delight.
 
  
18 August 2013                                                      Luke 12:49-59
            Of all we recognize, O God,
 
                        we are so slow to know
 
                                    the signs of your impending fire.
 
                        We dally, dawdle, fear constraint
 
                                    when you are standing us afresh
 
                                                before the world by heaven’s gate.
 
                        In freedom, one with all, we stand, O Lord,
 
                                    as yours in wonder: lead us evermore.
 
25 August 2013                                                      Luke 13:10-17
 
            In holiness, O God, we come,
 
                        abiding and attending to your love.
 
                        Reform in us propriety
 
                                    that we be spent on loving as we are so loved
 
                                    and that the loosened bonds
 
                                                of our despondency
 
                                                be cause of all delight.

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Easter C

March 31

 

Easter Vigil:  For notes on a prior Easter Vigil posting, see https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/easter-b-vigil-service/

For an alternate service of Baptismal Renewal, see this post from earlier this year:  https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/baptism-of-christ-c-jan-13/

 

FOR EASTER SUNDAY:

For a selection of prayers for the day, and other common elements of Easter liturgy, see our post for Easter B.

 

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:

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
United Methodist reading: Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Roman Catholic reading: Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

I Corinthians 15:19-26or Acts 10:34-43
Roman Catholic reading: I Corinthians 15:19-26or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
United Methodist reading: I Corinthians 15:19-26

John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Roman Catholic reading: John 20:1-9

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

See entries of hymns for the day from Flewelling and from Chafin (below); also see 215-234

 

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

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  See page 758.

 

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

On 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

 

On the brightest Easter morn,

in the rising of the sun

as exposed are all delight,

all the freedom, all your joys,

here we know the urgent fact:

Christ indeed is raised to life.

All is in your beauty now.

All the fruits are readied, true.

 

For beyond our seeing shines

glory in the victory

all the peace and all the joy

at the resurrection peal.

Hear the bells of heaven’s gate!

Hear them ringing heaven’s joy!

Find the echo in the soul,

ringing, ringing, pealing now.

 

Here is everything we own.

Here is all creation’s throne.

Here we echo silent joys,

knowing how our God employs

every longing, every hope

in the measureless desire

owned in courts of risen praise,

owning in our hearts his throne.

 

7.7.7.7.D  Suggested tune: Salzburg

 

 

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

John 20:1-18

 

Intruding, O God, upon expectations,

you greet your own in sheer surprise.

We run to find the emptiness.

We seek the one who died.

Yet in the coming of the Magdalene to stay

you name her, send her that she say

I have seen the Lord.

In seeing let us answer with our hearts.

 

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

 

Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity.

 

Post Communion

 

God of Life,

who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

to the death of the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 

FOR EASTER EVENING

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Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 114

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8

Luke 24:13-49

 

Hymns:  Any of the Easter hymns noted above are appropriate; especially for evening 227 (In the Garden), 231 (Sing of One Who Walks Beside Us), and 636 (Abide with me)

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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