Monday, August 4, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Pentecost 9 (10 August 2014)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
10 August 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘At the Name of Jesus’  Common Praise #375 vv. 1, 2


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation. [i]

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hid:
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 Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Ever-faithful One,
you answer the cries of all who call upon your name.
Give us grace to trust in you,
so that we may walk faithfully amidst the storms of life;
through Jesus the Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Genesis (37.1-4, 12-28).

            Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan.  This is the story of the family of Jacob.

            Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves.  But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

            Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem.  And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem?  Come, I will send you to them.”  He answered, “Here I am.”  So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.”  So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

            He came to Shechem, and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”  “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”  The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’”  So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan.  They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him.  They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer.  Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”  But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”  Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” — that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father.  So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit.  The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

            Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.  Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?  Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”  And his brothers agreed.  When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.  And they took Joseph to Egypt.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 105.1-6, 16-22, 45c from Songs for the Holy One

Praise the Holy One, invoke the great Name;
proclaim among the peoples God’s amazing deeds.
Play and sing to the Holy One;
meditate on all the wonders.
Glorify the Holy Name!
You who seek God, rejoice with your whole heart.

Depend on the strength of the Holy One,
always seek the Presence.
Remember the great miracles,
the wonderful signs and just judgements.
Yes, you, offspring of Abraham, servants of God,
descendants of Jacob, chosen of God.

God called down famine on the land,
destroyed all bread, the staff of life.
The Holy One sent a man,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
They tormented his feet with fetters,
iron pierced his neck,
until his prophecy was fulfilled
and God’s word vindicated him.

The king sent to release him,
the ruler of nations set him free.
The king made him master of his household,
in command of all his possessions,
to instruct his princes as he wished,
to teach his elders wisdom.

Praise the Holy One!

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Romans (10.5-15).

            Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.”  But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)“ or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

            But what does it say?  “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

            But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?  And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’  Common Praise #567

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (14.22-33).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

            Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.”  So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.  But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  When they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God,
the Source of all life and love,
from whom every family
in heaven and earth is named.

We believe in God,
the eternal Word of redemption,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with steadfast love.

We believe in God,
the Spirit of wisdom and truth,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
Source of all being,
eternal Word and Holy Spirit.  Amen. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘For the Beauty of the Earth’  Common Praise #429

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

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. [iv]

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. [v]

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. [vi]

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 for the 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. [vii]

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

Creator of all,
you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered
and made into this one bread.
So may your Church be gathered
from the ends of the earth
into your reign of justice and peace. [viii]

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


Hymn after Communion

‘Father, We Thank Thee Who hast Planted’  Common Praise #81 (sung to #15)

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

God of abundance,
with this bread of life and cup of salvation
you have united us with Christ,
making us one with all your people.
Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit,
so that we may proclaim your redeeming love
to the world and continue forever
in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.  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

‘At the Name of Jesus’  Common Praise #375 vv. 3, 4, 5

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the People forth with a Dismissal for the occasion.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 95.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Year A:  Pentecost to the Reign of Christ’, 6.

[iii] ‘Affirmation of Faith 6’ in Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

[iv] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 107 alt.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1986), 218.

[vi] Common Praise #719.

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

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1986), 212 alt.

[ix] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 114 alt.

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