Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Holy Cross Day (14 September 2014)

Holy Cross Day
14 September 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Today I Awake’  Common Praise #9


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

Fountain of living water,
for the times when we have used your gifts carelessly
and acted ungratefully;
have mercy upon us.

Rock who gave us birth,
we enjoy the fruits of the harvest,
but sometimes forget that you have given them to us;
have mercy upon us.

Light that brightens our darkness,
we belong to a people who are full and satisfied,
but ignore the cry of the hungry;
have mercy upon us.

Salvation that restores us,
we are thoughtless,
and do not care enough for the world you have made;
have mercy upon us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
we store up goods for ourselves alone,
as if there were no God and no promised reign of justice and peace;
have mercy upon us. [ii]

Gracious God,
you loved the world so much
that you sent your Son to be our Saviour.
Forgive our sins
and make us ready to serve you in all times and in all places;
through your Beloved, Jesus Christ.  Amen. [iii]


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

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of compassion,
Jesus was lifted up on the cross,
a sign of your steadfast love
and a pledge of your will to save.
Grant healing of soul and life eternal
to those who look upon the cross in faith;
through Jesus Christ, our peace and our salvation.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Numbers (21.4-9).

            From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way.  The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”  Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.  The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.”  So Moses prayed for the people.  And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”  So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 98 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Sing to the Holy One!  Sing a new song!

1 Sing a new song to the Lord,
who has done marvellous things, *
            whose strong hand and holy arm have won the victory.
2 O Lord, you have made known the victory; *
            you have openly shown your righteousness in the sight of the nations.

Refrain:  Sing to the Holy One!  Sing a new song!

3 You remember your mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
            and all the ends of the earth have seen your victory, O God.
4 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands; *
            lift up your voice, rejoice and sing.

Refrain:  Sing to the Holy One!  Sing a new song!

5 Sing to the Lord with the harp, *
            with the harp and the voice of song.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
            shout with joy before our sovereign, the Lord.

Refrain:  Sing to the Holy One!  Sing a new song!

The Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1.18-25).

            For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

            Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing’  Common Praise #211 vv. 1, 3, 4

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (3.13-17).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

            “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

            “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in folly of God
made known in the cross of Christ.

The cross is the way of the lost;
the cross is the staff of the lame;
the cross is the guide of the blind;
the cross is the strength of the weak;
the cross is the hope of the hopeless;
the cross is the freedom of the slaves;
the cross is the water of the seeds;
the cross is the consolation of the bonded labourers;
the cross is the source of those who seek water;
the cross is the cloth of the naked. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

The Prayers of the People

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy’  Common Praise #631

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God,
maker of all things.
Through your goodness
you have blessed us with these gifts:
our selves, our time and our possessions.
Use us, and what we have gathered,
in feeding the world with your love,
through the one who gave himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vi]

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.

It is indeed right
that we should praise you, gracious God,
for you created all things.
You formed us in your own image:
male and female you created us.
When we turned away from you in sin,
you did not cease to care for us,
but opened a path of salvation for all people.
You made a covenant with Israel,
and through your servants Abraham and Sarah
gave the promise of a blessing to all nations.
Through Moses you led your people
from bondage into freedom;
through the prophets
you renewed your promise of salvation.
Therefore, with them and with all your saints
who have served you in every age,
we give thanks and raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

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, source of life and goodness,
all creation rightly gives you praise.
In the fullness of time,
you sent your Son Jesus Christ,
to share our human nature,
to live and die as one of us,
to reconcile us to you,
the God and Creator of all.
He healed the sick
and ate and drank with outcasts and sinners;
he opened the eyes of the blind
and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom
to the poor and to those in need.
In all things he fulfilled your gracious will.

On the night he freely gave himself to death,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread,
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, “Take, eat:
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine;
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them,
and said, “Drink this, all of you:
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people
for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it,
do this for the remembrance of me.”

Gracious God,
his perfect sacrifice
destroys the power of sin and death;
by raising him to life
you give us life for evermore.

Therefore we proclaim our hope.
Dying you destroyed our death, 
rising you restored our life.  
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Recalling his death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, God of abundance, this bread and this cup.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon these gifts,
so that all who eat and drink at this table
may be one body and one holy people,
a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, Holy One of Israel,
now and for ever.  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

We break this bread,
communion in Christ’s body once broken.

Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm,
we shall reign with him.

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


Hymn after Communion

‘May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour’  Common Praise #481

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Healer of the nations,
your beloved was lifted on the wood of the cross
and exalted as Lord of all creation.
Grant that all who believe in him
may have the gift of eternal life
and share in the glory
of your promised reign of justice and peace.  Amen. [x]

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

‘Lift High the Cross’  Common Praise #602

The Dismissal

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

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

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 126 alt.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 136 alt.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ Year A’, 16.

[v] Janet Morley, ed., Bread of Tomorrow:  Prayers for the Church Year (1992), 96.

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

[vii] Common Praise #726.

[viii] Eucharistic Prayer 1 in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 193-195 alt.

[ix] ‘Our Father in Heaven’, Common Praise #744.

[x] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects from Pentecost to the Reign of Christ Year A’, 16.

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