Thursday, February 13, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Epiphany 6A (16 February 2014)

The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
16 February 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Opening Hymn

‘O Praise the Gracious Power’  Common Praise #396


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.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise

‘Glory, in the Highest Glory’  Common Praise #366

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Divine Gardener,
you give growth to our seeds
and to the towering forest trees;
you raise to abundant life that which seems dead.
Teach us to choose blessing and life rather than death,
so that we may walk blamelessly,
seeking your through reconciliation
with all of your children;
in Christ’s name we pray.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Sirach (15.15-20).

            If you choose, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.  He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.  Before each person are life and death, and whichever one chooses will be given.  For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything; his eyes are on those who fear him, and he knows every human action.  He has not commanded anyone to be wicked, and he has not given anyone permission to sin.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 119.1-8 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

1 Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
            who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Happy are they who observe your decrees *
            and seek you with all their hearts;
3 who never do any wrong, *
            but always walk in your ways.
4 You laid down your commandments, *
            that we should fully keep them.

Refrain:  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

5 Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
            that I might keep your statutes!
6 Then I should not be put to shame, *
            when I regard all your commandments.
7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
            when I have learned your righteous judgements.
8 I will keep your statutes; *
            do not utterly forsake me.

Refrain:  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

The Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (3.1-9).

            And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.  I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food.  Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh.  For as long as there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations?  For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

            What then is Apollos?  What is Paul?  Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labour of each.  For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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

Gradual Hymn

‘Let All the World in Every Corner Sing’  Common Praise #357

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (5.13-20).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire.  So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.  Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

            “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.  “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’  But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

            “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

The Deacon or an Assisting Minister leads the Community in the affirmation of faith.

Let us affirm our faith.

You, O God, are supreme and holy.
You create our world and give us life.
Your purpose overarches everything we do.
You have always been with us.
You are God.

You, O God, are infinitely generous,
good beyond all measure.
You came to us before we came to you.
You have revealed and proved
your love for us in Jesus Christ,
who lived and died and rose again.
You are with us now.
You are God.

You, O God, are Holy Spirit.
You empower us to be your gospel in the world.
You reconcile and heal; you overcome death.

You are our God.  We worship you. [ii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’  Common Praise #258

The Prayer over the Gifts

Holy God,
gracious and merciful,
you bring forth food from the earth
and nourish your whole creation.
Turn our hearts toward those
who hunger in any way,
so that all may know your care;
and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [iii]

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. [iv]

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]

You re indeed holy, almighty and merciful God.
You are most holy and great is the majesty of your glory.

You loved the world so much that you gave your only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish
but have eternal life.

We give you thanks for his coming into the world
to fulfill for us your holy will
and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Remembering , therefore, his salutary command,
his life-giving passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension,
and the promise of his coming again,
we give thanks to you, O Lord God almighty,
not as we ought but as we are able;
we ask you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving
and with your Word and Holy Spirit to bless us, your servants,
and these your own gifts of bread and wine,
so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ
may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace,
and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,
may be formed to live as your holy people
and be given our inheritance with all your saints.

To you, O God, Source of all being, eternal Word and Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory in your holy church, 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

“I am the bread which has come down from heaven,”
says the Lord.
Give us this bread for ever.

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”
May we dwell in Christ as he lives in us. [viii]

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

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring’  Common Praise #514

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Almighty God,
we give you thanks
that you have refreshed us
through the healing power of this gift of life.
In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift
in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another;
for the sake 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.

Closing Hymn

‘God Whose Giving Knows No Ending’  Common Praise #601 (sung to #331)


The Deacon or an Assisting Minister sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

Concluding Music

[i] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 64 alt.

[ii] A New Zealand Prayer Book, New ed. (2005), 481.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 129 alt.

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

[v] Common Praise #732.

[vi] ‘Thanksgiving at the Table 1’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 108-109 alt.

[vii] Common Praise #744.

[viii] ‘Breaking of the Bread 4’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212 alt.

[ix] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 136 alt.

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