Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Order of Service for Pentecost 12 (11 August 2013)

Saint Faith's is following Series 2 (Thematic) of the Revised Common Lectionary as part of the on-going work of the Liturgy Task Force of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
11 august 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Processional Hymn

‘God, My Hope on You Is Founded’  Common Praise #529


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

O God, be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You have made known your salvation
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. [i]

Then the Presider says

God of love,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to your truth,
strengthen us to do your will
and give us life in Christ
and joy in the Spirit,
now and for ever.  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.

God of Abraham and Jesus,
you invite your people
to contemplate heavenly things
and urge us toward faith in you.
May your coming among us
find our doors open, our tables set,
and all your people ready to greet you.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

First Reading

A Reading from Genesis (15.1-6)

            After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.”  But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.”  He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”  Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 33.12-22 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  'Gracious God, may your faithful love be upon us.'

12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, *
            happy the people chosen to be God’s own.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven,
            and beholds all the people in the world.
14 Enthroned in the heavens God gazes *
            on all who dwell on the earth,
15 fashioning all the hearts of them *
            and understanding all their works.

Refrain:  'Gracious God, may your faithful love be upon us.'

16 There is no ruler that can be saved by a mighty army; *
            the strong are not delivered by their great strength.
17 The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
            for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear you, *
            on those who wait upon your love,
19 to pluck their lives from death, *
            and to feed them in time of famine.

Refrain:  'Gracious God, may your faithful love be upon us.'

20 Our soul waits for the Lord *
            who is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in God *
            in your holy name we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, *
            as we have put our trust in you.

Refrain:  'Gracious God, may your faithful love be upon us.'

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (11.1-3, 8-16)

            Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

            By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old — and Sarah herself was barren — because he considered him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

            All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them.  They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘De noche iremos’  Common Praise #350 (sung three times in English)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (12.32-40)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give alms.  Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

            “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.  If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

           “But know this:  if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

The Deacon or another Assisting Minister says to the People

Let us affirm our faith.

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

We believe and trust in God,
the Word of God incarnate,
who took our human nature,
who died for us and was raised
so that we might be children of God.

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

This is the God in whom we believe and trust. [iv]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Deacon or other Assisting Minister bids the People prepare for the Prayers.

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet’  Common Praise #309

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of all creation,
all you have made is good,
and your love endures forever.
You bring forth bread from the earth
and fruit from the vine.
Nourish us with these gifts,
so that we might be for the world
signs of your gracious presence
in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [v]

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. [vi]

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, you alone are holy, you alone are God.
The universe declares your praise:
beyond the stars; beneath the sea;
within each cell; with every breath.
We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness: 
through the water; by night and day;
across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.
We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:
at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;
beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.
We thank you, O God.

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 in remembrance of me. 

Remembering his love for us on the way,
at the table and to the end,
we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:
in our gathering; within this meal;
among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise and thanks to you, holy God,
through Christ Jesus, by your Spirit, in your church,
without end.  Amen. [viii]

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. [ix]

The Breaking of the Bread

All your creatures look to you, O Lord,
to give them their food in due season.
You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
We will sing to you as love as we live;
we will praise you while we have our being. [x]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Communion Hymn

‘Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless’  Common Praise #85

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

O God,
we give you thanks
hat you have set before us this feast,
the body and blood of your Son.
By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need
and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry,
through Jesus Christ our 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.

The Recessional Hymn

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

The Dismissal

The Deacon or other 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), 134 alt.

[ii] ‘Absolution 11’ in Common Worship (2000), 136 alt.

[iii] ‘Scripture Prayer for Proper 19C (Series 2)’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 173.

[iv] ‘Authorized Affirmation of Faith 1’ in Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

[v] ‘Offering Prayer 2’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 107.

[vi] ‘Preface for the Lord’s Day 1’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 218.

[vii] Proulx ‘Sanctus’, Common Praise #732

[viii] ‘Thanksgiving at the Table IX’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 68.

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

[x] Psalm 104.28-29 as adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[xi] ‘Prayer after Communion 2’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 114.

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