Monday, February 17, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (23 February 2014)

The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
23 February 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Opening Hymn

‘We, the Lord’s People’  Common Praise #10


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.

O God most holy,
in Jesus Christ you have laid a foundation
upon which to build our lives.
Help us to follow your perfect law of love,
so that we may fulfill it
and observe it to the end;
through Christ your love embodied
and in the Spirit your love manifest.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Leviticus (19.1-2, 9-18).

         The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:  Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them:  You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

         When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien:  I am the Lord your God.

         You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another.

         And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God:  I am the Lord.

         You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning.

         You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God:  I am the Lord.

         You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great:  with justice you shall judge your neighbour.  You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour:  I am the Lord.

         You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself.  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself:  I am the Lord.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 119.33-40 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

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

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, *
         and I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
         I shall keep it with all my heart.
35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
         for that is my desire.
36 Incline my heart to your decrees *
         and not to unjust gain.

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

37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
         give me life in your ways.
38 Fulfil your promise to your servant, *
         which you make to those who fear you.
39 Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
         because your judgements are good.
40 Behold, I long for your commandments; *
         in your righteousness preserve my life.

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 (3.10-11, 16-23).

         According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it.  Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

         Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

         Do not deceive yourselves.  If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.

         For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

         So let no one boast about human leaders.  For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future — all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

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

Gradual Hymn

‘Ubi Caritas et Amor’  Common Praise #553 (sung three times)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (5.38-48).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

         [Jesus said,] “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

         “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

The Deacon 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, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Where Charity and Love Prevail’  Common Praise #487

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

‘Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angel’s’  Common Praise #494

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

‘How Firm a Foundation’  Common Praise #527


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

Concluding Music

[i] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 66 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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