Sunday, August 18, 2013

Order of Service for Pentecost 14 (25 August 2013)

Here is the Order of Service for Pentecost 14 at Saint Faith's.  Just a reminder that we are using Series 2 of the Revised Common Lectionary.  Beginning in September there will be a number of special Sundays:  the 22nd of September ('Reconciliation Sunday' in the Diocese of New Westminster in conjunction with the visit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada) and the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels on the 29th (celebrated on the Sunday as directed by the Calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada).

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
25 august 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Processional Hymn

‘We Hail thee Now, O Jesus’  Common Praise #80


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.

Merciful God,
as we pour out the wealth you have entrusted to us,
the parched places are watered;
as we cease our evil talk,
the rising light of peace dawns in the darkness.
So lead us into faithful living
that your promises may unfold in us
as a woman’s back, long bent, unfolds at Christ’s command,
to the praise of your holy name.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

First Reading

A Reading from Isaiah (58.9b-14)

            If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.  The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.  Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.  If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honour it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 103.1-8 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  We bless you, O Holy One, from the depths of our being. 

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
            and all that is within me, bless the holy name of the Lord.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
            and forget not all the benefits of the Lord.
3 The Lord forgives all your sins *
            and heals all your infirmities;
4 redeeming your life from the grave *
            and crowning you with mercy and loving-kindness;

Refrain:  We bless you, O Holy One, from the depths of our being. 

5 satisfying you with good things, *
            and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness *
            and judgement for all who are oppressed.
7 You, O Lord, made your ways known to Moses *
            and your works to the children of Israel.
8 You are full of compassion and mercy, *
            slow to anger and of great kindness.

Refrain:  We bless you, O Holy One, from the depths of our being. 

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (12.18-29)

            You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.  (For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.”  Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”)  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

            See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who warns from heaven!  At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”  This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken — that is, created things — so that what cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘Healer of Our Every Ill’  Common Praise #612

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (13.10-17)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.  And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years.  She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight.  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.”  When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.  But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.”  But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites!  Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water?  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”  When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing

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

‘Sing Ye Praises to the Father’  Common Praise #391

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

‘Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness’  Common Praise #78

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

‘New Songs of Celebration Render’  Common Praise #316

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 21C (Series 2)’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002).

[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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