Monday, February 11, 2013

A Liturgical Ordo for Lent 1 (17 February 2013)

Here is the liturgical ordo that Saint Faith's will be using this coming Sunday, the First Sunday in Lent.  I hope that it stimulates your thoughts as you plan worship for this Sunday.

The First Sunday in Lent
17 February 2013

The Gathering of the Community

The Prelude

The Greeting

We cast our burdens upon the Lord
who will sustain us.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence
and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Give us the joy of your saving help again
and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.
Blessed be the Lord day by day,
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens. [i]

Litany of Confession

Before we take the body of our Lord,
before we share his life in bread and wine,
we recognize the sorry things within ---
these we lay down.

The words of hope we often failed to give,
the prayers of kindness buried in our pride,
the sign of care we argued out of sight ---
these we lay down.

Our narrowness of vision and of mind,
the need for other folk to serve our will,
and every word and silence meant to hurt ---
these we lay down.

Of those around in whom we meet our Lord,
we ask their pardon and we grant them ours
that every contradiction to Christ’s peace ---
these we lay down. [ii]

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

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of deliverance and freedom,
you taught the people of Israel
to acknowledge that all things
come from your bountiful hand.
Deepen our faith
so that we may resist temptation
and, in the midst of trial,
proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
now and for ever.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Deuteronomy (26.1-11).

           1 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.  3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.”  4 When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, 5 you shall make this response before the Lord your God:  “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.  6 When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, 7 we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.  8 The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9 and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.   10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.”  You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God.  11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 91.1-2, 9-16 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One


1 Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, *
            abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 They shall say to the Lord,
“You are our refuge and our stronghold, *
         our God in whom we put our trust.”


9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
            and the Most High your habitation.
10 There shall no evil happen to you, *
         neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For the angels of God shall have charge over you, *
            to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, *
         lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
            you shall trample the young lion
         and the serpent under your feet.


14 “Because they are bound to me in love, *
            therefore will I deliver them;
I will protect them, *
         because they know my name.
15 They shall call upon me, *
            and I will answer them;
I am with them in trouble; *
         I will rescue them and bring them to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy them, *
         and show them my salvation.”


The Second Reading

A reading from Romans (10.8b-13).

8b “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”  12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘By the Holy Spirit Sent’  Common Praise #176 (sung to #569)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (4.1-13).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.  He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.  3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”  4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
            5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.  7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”
            9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11 and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”  12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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

The Sermon

            'Shining with the Glory of God That is in Us:  Adoration'

An Affirmation of Faith

Let affirm our faith in our God,
the holy and life-giving Trinity.

We believe and trust in God,
the source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist.

We believe and trust in Christ,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again.

We believe and trust in the Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world.

We believe and trust in one God,
the Source of all being,
the eternal Word and
the Holy Spirit.  Amen. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Come, O God of All the Earth’  Common Praise #589

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator of all,
may we who offer these gifts
be filled with your strength
so that we may resist the seductions of false desires
and the tempter’s vain delights,
so that we may walk in obedience and righteousness
with an upright heart before you.  Amen. [vi]

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who was tempted in every way, yet did not sin.
by his grace we are able to triumph over every evil,
and to live no longer for ourselves alone,
but for him who died for us and rose again.
Therefore with angels and archangels
and all who have served you in every age,
we raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name. [vii]

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

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

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
you have brought us this far along the way.
In times of bitterness you did not abandon us,
but guided us into the path of love and light.
In every age you sent prophets to make known
your loving will for all humanity.

The cry of the poor has become your own cry;
our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire.
In the fullness of time, you sent your chosen servant
to preach good news to the afflicted,
to break bread with the outcast and despised,
and to ransom those in bondage to prejudice and sin.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus Christ 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 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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we await the day when Jesus shall return
to free all the earth from the bonds of slavery and death.
Come, Lord Jesus!  And let the church say, Amen.

Send your Holy Spirit, our advocate, to fill the hearts of all
who share this bread and cup with courage and wisdom
to pursue love and justice in all the world.
Come, Spirit of freedom!  And let the church say, Amen.

Join our prayers and praise with prophets and martyrs of every age,
that, rejoicing in the hope of the resurrection,
we might live in the freedom and hope of your Son.
Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours almighty Father, now and for ever.
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

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.

The Communion

The Communion Hymn

‘Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather’  Common Praise #534

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Compassionate God,
you have fed us with the bread of heaven.
Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage:
may our fasting be hunger for justice;
our alms, a making of peace;
and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [xi]

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

‘Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church’  Common Praise #174

The Dismissal

At the discretion of the Deacon or the Assisting Minister.


[i] Introductory Response for ‘Repentance’, The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 97 alt.

[ii] ‘Before I Take the Body of My Lord’, Common Praise #610, words by John Bell, alt.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[iv] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 79.

[v] Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

[vi] Intercessory Prayer for Lent 1, Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 78 alt.

[vii] Second Preface for Lent, The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220-221.

[viii] Common Praise #722.

[ix] Thanksgiving at the Table VIII, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 67-68.

[x] Common Praise #744.

[xi] Prayer after Communion for Lent, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65.

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