Monday, July 15, 2013

Order of Service for Sunday the 21st of July (Proper 16C, Series 2)

The ninth Sunday after Pentecost
21 july 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Processional Hymn

‘To Abraham and Sarah’  Common Praise #468


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.

O God of Abraham and Sarah,
in due season, you fulfilled a promise almost too wonderful to imagine.
Awaken us to the workings of your will in our midst,
and keep us attentive to the things that matter,
until the day when your mystery,
hidden throughout the ages,
stands full revealed in the kingdom of all your saints.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

First Reading

A Reading from Genesis (18.1-10a).

            The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.  He looked up and saw three men standing near him.  When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.  He said, “My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant.  Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.  Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on — since you have come to your servant.”  So they said, “Do as you have said.”  And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”  Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.  Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

            They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”  And he said, “There, in the tent.”  Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 15 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice)

Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
            Who may abide upon your holy hill?
Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right, *
            who speak the truth from their heart.
There is no guile upon their tongue;
they do no evil to a friend; *
            they do not heap contempt upon a neighbour.
In their sight the wicked are rejected, *
            but they honour those who fear the Lord.
They have sworn to do no wrong *
            and do not take back their word.
They do not give their money in hope of gain,
nor do they take a bribe against the innocent. *
            Those who do these things shall never be overthrown.


The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Colossians (1.15-28).

            [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him.  He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

            And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him — provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

            I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.  I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

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

The Gradual Hymn

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

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (10.38-42).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Now as they went on their way, [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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

‘Father We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted’  Common Praise #81

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

‘Lord Jesus, Think on Me’  Common Praise #511

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

‘The God of Abraham Praise’  Common Praise #347

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 for Proper 16C, Series 2’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002).

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

[v] Proulx 'Sanctus' Common Praise #732.

[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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