Monday, July 8, 2013

An Order of Service for Pentecost 8 (14 July 2013)

Please note that Saint Faith's is experimenting with the Thematic Series (Series 2) of the Revised Common Lectionary as part of the on-going work of the Liturgy Task Force of the General Synod.

The eighth Sunday after Pentecost
14 july 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Processional Hymn

‘Blest Are the Pure in Heart’  Common Praise #439


The Presider greets the Community.

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 Deacon or an Assisting Minister then says

May your loving mercy come upon us, Lord,
and your salvation according to your word.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light to our path.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Let your mercy come upon us so that we may live,
for your law is our delight.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.  [i]

Then the Presider says

God of all healing and forgiveness,
draw us to yourself
and cleanse us from all our sins
that we may behold the glory of your Son,
the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.  [ii]

Let us now praise the God
who gives us new life
through the reconciling love of Christ
and the work of the Spirit.

Hymn of Praise

‘Glory to God’  Common Praise #702

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
you give the holy law to your people
so that it will always be near us and our children.
Through our Lord Jesus who has fulfilled the law in every way,
grant that we may love you with heart, soul, strength and mind,
and our neighbour as ourselves.  Amen.  [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

First Reading

A Reading from Deuteronomy (30.9-14)

The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil.  For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

            Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?”  Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?”  No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 25.1-10 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice)

To you, O Lord, *
            I lift up my soul;
My God, I put my trust in you; *
            let me not be humiliated,
            nor let my enemies triumph over me.
Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
            let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
Show me your ways, O Lord, *
            and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
            for you are the God of my salvation;
            in you have I trusted all the day long.


Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
            for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
            remember me according to your love
            and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
Gracious and upright are you, O Lord; *
            therefore you teach sinners in your way.
You guide the humble in doing right *
            and teach your way to the lowly.
All your paths, O Lord, are love and faithfulness *
            to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.


The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Colossians (1.1-14)

            Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

            To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

            In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.  You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you.  Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.  This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant.  He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

            For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘O God, Creation’s Secret Force’  Common Praise #4 (sung to #14)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (10.25-37)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.  “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the law?  What do you read there?”  He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”  And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

            But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.  Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’  Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”  Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

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.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

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

The 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:
ourselves, 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. [iv]

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
you are the source of light and life for all your creation,
you made us in your own image,
and call us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Therefore we praise you,
joining 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. [v]

Holy, mighty and merciful Lord,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
In great love you sent us Jesus, your Son,
who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,
who preached good news to the poor
and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.

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, therefore, his death, resurrection and ascension,
we await his coming in glory.

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,
and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,
the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord;
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all glory and honour, now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

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. [vii]

The Breaking of the Bread

You gave your people angels’ food
and sent us bread from heaven,
so that we might learn, O God,
that not by various crops are we fed,
but it is your word which sustains
all those who trust in you.  [viii]

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Communion Hymn

‘You Are God’s Work of Art’  Common Praise #39

The Sending Forth of the Community

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,
that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world
and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ix]

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.

The Recessional Hymn

‘Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ’  Common Praise #557 (sung to #362)

The Dismissal

The Deacon or an Assisting Minister sends the Community forth.  To these words the Community responds,

Thanks be to God.

Concluding Music

[i] ‘Kyrie Confession:  Word’ in Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[ii] ‘Absolution 1’ in Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[iii] ‘Scripture Prayer:  Proper 15C (Series 2)’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 161.

[iv] ‘Offering Prayer 3’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 107.

[v] Lang ‘Nicaea’ Sanctus.

[vi] ‘Thanksgiving at the Table V’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65-66.

[vii] Songs for a Gospel People #12 sung by the whole community without repeats.

[viii] ‘Canticle 12:  The Bread of Heaven’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 81-82 alt.

[ix] ‘Prayer after Communion 3’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 114.

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