Sunday, October 22, 2017

An Order for Pentecost 21 (RCL Proper 30A, 29 October 2017)

Some brief liturgical notes:

1.  This is the last Sunday of 'A Month of Thanksgiving'.  Next Sunday, All Saints' Sunday, we will begin using our 'Month of All Saints' ordo.

2.  We use the complementary series of readings from the Hebrew Scriptures and psalms.

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
29 October 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Announcements

Opening Hymn

‘Where Charity and Love Prevail’  Common Praise #487

The Greeting

Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
O people of God bless the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
Bless the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever. [i]

The Kyrie [ii]

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

God, be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison.

May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison.

Make known your salvation,
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison.

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.

Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Leviticus (19.1-2, 15-18).

            19.1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

            2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

            15 You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour.  16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour:  I am the Lord.

            17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself.  18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself:  I am the Lord.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 1 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Happy are they who trust the Holy One.

Happy are those who follow no evil counsellors,
nor stand in sinners’ ways,
nor sit with the insolent.
Rather, they delight in the Holy One’s teaching;
on that teaching they meditate day and night.
They shall be like trees beside flowing streams,
trees that yield fruit in due season,
whose leaves never wither.
All their work shall prosper.

Refrain:  Happy are they who trust the Holy One.

Not so for the wicked!
They are like chaff blown away by the wind.
Therefore the wicked shall not survive judgement,
nor sinners be among the just and faithful.
Truly, the Holy One knows the way of the just and faithful,
but the way of the wicked shall perish.

Refrain:  Happy are they who trust the Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (2.1-8).

            2.1 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.  3 For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.  5 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6 nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7 though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.  But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.  8 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (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 (22.34-46).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            22.34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  38 This is the greatest and first commandment.  39 And a second is like it:  ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

            41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:  42 “What do you think of the Messiah?  Whose son is he?”  They said to him, “The son of David.”  43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?  45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”  46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (refrain only, sung twice)

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in God.

We long for you, O God,
we confess our deep desire;
for the heavens are arrayed
with your unhidden beauty.

You are the source of our yearning, O Christ:
you are the way of glory.
Bearing our sweet and humble flesh,
fruit of a woman’s womb,
you were made and moulded as we are.

Spirit of discernment, integrity and fire:
breathe on our fearfulness,
refine our truthfulness,
and sing through our speechlessness;
so that we may daily refuse what is evil,
and be taken up with praise.

Merciful Creator, of an infinite tenderness;
wounded Redeemer, by whom all flesh is moved;
Comforter of fire, who leads us into truth;
we offer you our praise.  Amen. [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

‘For the Fruit of All Creation’  Common Praise #259

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.
Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts:
our selves, our time, and our possessions.
Use us, and what we have gathered,
in feeding the world with your love,
through the one who gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and 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 that we should praise you, gracious God,
for you created all things. 
You formed us in your own image: 
male and female you created us. 
When we turned away from you in sin,
you did not cease to care for us,
but opened a path of salvation for all people. 
You made a covenant with Israel,
and through your servants Abraham and Sarah
gave the promise of a blessing to all nations. 
Through Moses you led your people from bondage into freedom;
through the prophets you renewed your promise of salvation. 
Therefore, with them, and with all your saints
who have served you in every age,
we give thanks and raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

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. [vii]

Holy God, source of life and goodness,
all creation rightly gives you praise. 
In the fullness of time, you sent your Son Jesus Christ,
to share our human nature,
to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you,
the God and Creator of all. 
He healed the sick and ate and drank with outcasts and sinners;
he opened the eyes of the blind
and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom
to the poor and to those in need. 
In all things he fulfilled your gracious will.

On the night he freely gave himself to death,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread,
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said,
“Take, eat:  this is my body which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine;
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them, and said,
“Drink this, all of you: 
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Gracious God,
his perfect sacrifice destroys the power of sin and death;
by raising him to life you give us life for evermore. 

Therefore we proclaim our hope. 
Dying you destroyed our death. 
Rising you restored our life. 
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Recalling his death, proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, Source of all life, this bread and this cup. 
Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
so that all who eat and drink at this table
may be one body and one holy people,
a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, Author of creation, now and for ever.  Amen.

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. [viii]

The Breaking of the Bread

You gave your people angels’ food
and sent them bread from heaven,
so that your children might learn, O God,
that it is your word which sustains all who trust in you. [ix]

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

Communion

The Hymn after Communion

‘Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels’  Common Praise #494

The Sending Forth of the Community

Stewardship Moment

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

God of abundance,
with this bread of life and cup of salvation
you have united us with Christ,
making us one with all your people.
Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit,
so that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world
and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen. [x]

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

‘You Call Us, Lord, to Be’  Common Praise #450

Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.




[i] Adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett from the Benedicite omnia opera as translated in Common Worship (2000), 778-779.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 134 alt. with Kyrie from Songs for a Gospel People #51.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 135.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 388.

[v] Adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett from ‘Te Deum’ in Janet Morley, All Desires Known (2006), 53-54.

[vi] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 107 alt.

[vii] Common Praise (1995), #732.

[viii] Common Praise (1995) #744.

[ix] Adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett from Canticle 12 ‘The Bread of Heaven’ as found in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 81-82.

[x] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) 114 alt.