Sunday, August 11, 2013

Order of Service for Pentecost 13 (18 August 2013)

Saint Faith's is using 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 thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
18 august 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Processional Hymn

‘Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones’  Common Praise #320


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 all the nations,
you rescued your people out of the Red Sea
and delivered Rahab from battle;
you rescue the lowly and needy from injustice and tribulation.
Surround us with so great a cloud of witnesses
so that we may have faith to live by your word in our time,
courage to persevered in the race set before us
and endurance in the time of trial.  Amen.  [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

First Reading

A Reading from Jeremiah (23.23-29)

            Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off?  Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord.  Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.  I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!”  How long?  Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back — those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart?  They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal.  Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully.  What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord.  Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

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

The Psalm

Psalm 82 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice)

1 God stands in the council of heaven *
            and gives judgement in the midst of the gods:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly, *
            and show favour to the wicked?
3 Save the weak and the orphan; *
            defend the humble and needy;
4 Rescue the weak and the poor; *
            deliver them from the power of the wicked.


5 They do not know, neither do they understand;
            they go about in darkness; *
            all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 Now I say to you, ‘You are gods, *
            and all of you children of the Most High;
7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
            and fall like any prince.’”
8 Arise, O God, and rule the earth, *
            for you shall take all nations for your own.


The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (11.29-12.2)

            By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned.  By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days.  By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

            And what more should I say?  For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  Women received their dead by resurrection.  Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection.  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented — of whom the world was not worthy.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

            Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

            Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘Lord, Let Your Servant Go in Peace’  Common Praise #266

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (12.49-56)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!  Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division!  From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:  father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in- law and daughter-in-law against mother- in- law.”

            He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens.  And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.  You hypocrites!  You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time.”

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

‘Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs’  Common Praise #319

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 long 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

‘How Blessed Are All the Saints’  Common Praise #277

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 Are Salt for the Earth’  Common Praise #502

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 20C (Series 2)’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), alt.

[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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