Saturday, April 9, 2011

Some Liturgical Elements for Lent V

 [Here are some belated liturgical suggestions for Lent V.  I shall post my liturgical re-arrangement for Palm Sunday today.]

Introductory Responses

Christ became obedient unto death for us,
     Even death upon a cross.
He was pierced for our sins,
     bruised for no fault but ours.
His punishment has won our peace,
     and by his wounds we are healed.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom,
     strength, honour, glory and praise.  Amen.

Hymn of Confession

“We Lay Our Broken World”  (Common Praise #613, sung to Southwell #511)


May God who loved the world so much that he sent the Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and make you holy to serve as Christ served.  Amen.
(Common Worship revised)

Collect of the Day

God of all consolation and compassion, your Son comforted the grieving sisters, Martha and Mary; your breath alone brings life to dry bones and weary souls.  Pour out your Spirit upon us, that we may face despair and death with the hope of resurrection and faith in the One who called Lazarus forth from the grave, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.
(Revised Common Lectionary Prayers with trinitarian ending added)

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
the Source of all life and love,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
the incarnate Word of redemption,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the Breath of life eternal,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.
 (Common Worship revised)

Prayer over the Gifts

God who gives life to dry bones, receive what we offer you this day and empower us to relieve those who suffer, to respond to those in need and to aid those who seek reconciliation.  We ask this in Christ’s name.  Amen.
(Revised Common Lectionary Prayers revised)

General Synod Eucharistic Prayer S-2

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.

Eternal God, Source of all being, we give you thanks and praise for your faithful love.  You call us into friendship with you and one another to be your holy people, a sign of your presence in the world.

When those we trust betray us, unfailingly you remain with us.  When we injure others, you confront us in your love and call us to the paths of righteousness.  You stand with the weak, and those, broken and alone, whom you have always welcomed home, making the first last, and the last first.  Therefore we raise our voices with angels and archangels, forever praising you and saying (singing):

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

Blessed in the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O Holy One:  when Hagar was driven into the wilderness you followed her and gave her hope.  When Joseph was sold into bondage, you turned malice to your people’s good.  When you called Israel out of slavery, you brought them through the wilderness into the promised land.  When your people were taken into exile you wept with them by the river of Babylon and carried them home.
Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

At the right time you sent your Anointed One to stand with the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed.  Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.

He accepted water from a woman of Samaria and offered her the water of new life.  Christ knew the desolation of the cross and opened the way for all humanity into the redemption of your reconciling love.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “Take and 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 many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Loving and Holy One, recalling Christ’s death and resurrection, we offer you these gifts, longing for the bread of tomorrow and the wine of the age to come.  Therefore we proclaim our hope.
Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.  Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Pour out your Spirit on these gifts that through them you may sustain us in our hunger for your peace.  We hold before you all whose lives are marked by suffering, our sisters and brothers.  When we are broken and cast aside, embrace us in your love.
Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O Source of all life, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread,
     Communion in Christ’s body once broken.
Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
     If we have died with him,
     we shall live with him;
     if we hold firm,
     we shall reign with him.
The gifts of God for the People of God.
     Thanks be to God.

Prayer after Communion

God of compassion, you know our faults and yet you promise to forgive.  Keep us in your presence and give us your wisdom.  Open our hearts to gladness, call dry bones to dance, and restore to us the joy of your salvation.  Amen.

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, forever and ever.  Amen.


Go forth in the name of the God who brings life out of death.
     Thanks be to God.

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