Tuesday, September 19, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 16 (RCL Proper 25A, 24 September 2017)

Just a reminder that Saint Faith's is using the complementary series for the First Reading and Psalm during Ordinary Time rather than the semi-continuous series printed in the BAS.

The sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
24 September 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Announcements

Opening Hymn

‘Praise, My Soul’  Common Praise #381

The Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

The Kyrie [i]

The Deacon offers the Bidding and the Community responds with the Kyrie.

Holy One, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. [ii]

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

You make the torn and divided one by your Spirit.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

May the God of love and power forgive us
and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God,
from your providing hand
even the dissatisfied and grumbling
receive what they need for their lives.
Teach us your ways of justice
so that we may live a life worthy of the gospel
made known through your Son
Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen. [iv]


The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Jonah (3.10-4.4).

            3.10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

            4.1 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.  2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord!  Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?  That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.  3 And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”  4 And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 145.1-8 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Great and loving are you, O Holy One. 
We praise you with all our hearts.

My sovereign God, I must exalt you;
I must bless your Name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and everlastingly praise your Name.
Great are you, Holy One, most worthy of praise,
grand beyond all knowing.

Refrain:  Great and loving are you, O Holy One. 
We praise you with all our hearts.

Generation on generation shall praise your works,
and proclaim your mighty power.
They will declare your glorious majesty.
I will meditate on your marvellous works.
They will speak of the power of your awesome acts.

Refrain:  Great and loving are you, O Holy One. 
We praise you with all our hearts.

I will proclaim your greatness.
They will pour out memories of your great goodness
and loudly praise your true justice.
You are gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and filled with faithful love.

Refrain:  Great and loving are you, O Holy One. 
We praise you with all our hearts.

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (1.21-30).

1.21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.  22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer.  23 I am hard pressed between the two:  my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.  25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

            27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation.  And this is God’s doing.  29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #711 (refrain only, sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (20.1-16).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            20.1 [Jesus told this parable,] “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.  2 After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’  So they went.  5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.  6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’  7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’  He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’  8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’  9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.  11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or are you envious because I am generous?’  16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #711 (refrain only, sung twice)

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

As our Lord Jesus Christ said, let us now affirm:

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending’  Common Praise #601 (sung to #374)

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of power,
the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe.
Accept our offering this day,
and help us to live in peace and harmony
with all your creation,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [vi]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you,
almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on this day overcame death and the grave,
and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. 
And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [vii]

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [viii]

O God most mighty, O God most merciful, O God our rock and our salvation,
hear us as we praise, call us to your table, grant us your life.

When the world was a formless void, you formed order and beauty. 
When Abraham and Sarah were barren, you sent them a child. 
When the Israelites were enslaved, you led them to freedom. 
Ruth faced starvation, David fought Goliath, and the psalmists cried out for healing,
and full of compassion, you granted the people your life.

You entered our sorrows in Jesus our brother. 
He was born among the poor, he lived under oppression, he wept over the city. 
With infinite love, he granted the people your life.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: 
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering his death, we cry out Amen.  Amen.
Celebrating his resurrection, we shout Amen.  Amen.
Trusting his presence in every time and place, we plead Amen.  Amen.

O God, you are Breath:  send your Spirit on this meal. 
O God, you are Bread:  feed us with yourself. 
O God, you are Wine:  warm our hearts and make us one. 
O God, you are Fire:  transform us with hope.

O God most majestic, O God most motherly,
O God our strength and our song,
you show us a vision of a tree of life
with fruits for all and leaves that heal the nations. 
Grant us such life, the life of the Father to the Son,
the life of the Spirit of our risen Saviour,
life in you, now and forever.  Amen. [ix]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [x]

The Breaking of the Bread

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
give us your peace. [xi]

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

Communion

The Hymn after Communion

‘Take My Life, and Let It Be’  Common Praise #435

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Ruler of the universe,
all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son.
May we who have shared in holy things
grow into maturity in him.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [xii]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath’  Common Praise #346

Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.




[i] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[ii] Common Praise (1995), #678.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 135.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force (2016), 45.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 53.  Introductory sentence prepared by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 382.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 180.

[viii] Common Praise (1995) #689.

[ix] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 69.

[x] Common Praise (1995) #744.

[xi] Common Praise (1995), #747 said.

[xii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 382.