Monday, September 15, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Pentecost 15 (Proper 25A) 21 September 2014

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
21 September 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Let My People Seek Their Freedom’  Common Praise #471


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.

O God,
from your providing hand
even the dissatisfied and grumbling
receive what they need for their lives.
Teach us your ways of justice
and lead us to practice your generosity,
so that we may live a life worthy of the gospel
made known through your Son
Jesus Christ, our Saviour.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Exodus (16.2-15).

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

            Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day.  In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.  On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.”  So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord.  For what are we, that you complain against us?”  And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him — what are we?  Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

          Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining. ’”  And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.  The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God. ’”

            In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.  When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground.  When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”  For they did not know what it was.  Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 105.1-6, 37-45 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Praise the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon the divine name; *
            make known the deeds of the Lord among the peoples.
2 Sing to the Lord, sing praises, *
            and speak of all the marvellous works of the Lord.
3 Glory in the holy name; *
            let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the strength of the Lord; *
            continually seek the divine face.
5 Remember the marvels the Lord has done, *
            the wonders and the judgements of the mouth of the Lord,
6 O offspring of Abraham the servant of God, *
            O children of Jacob the chosen of the Lord.

Refrain:  Praise the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

37 You led out your people with silver and gold; *
            in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad of their going, *
            because they were afraid of them.
39 You spread out a cloud for a covering *
            and a fire to give light in the night season.
40 They asked, and quails appeared, *
            and you satisfied them with bread from heaven.

Refrain:  Praise the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

41 You opened the rock, and water flowed, *
            so the river ran in the dry places.
42 For you, O God, remembered your holy word *
            and Abraham your servant.
43 So you led forth your people with gladness, *
            your chosen with shouts of joy.
44 You gave your people the lands of the nations, *
            and they took the fruit of others’ toil,
45 that they might keep your statutes *
            and observe your laws.  Hallelujah!

Refrain:  Praise the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Philippians (1.21-30).

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer.  I am hard pressed between the two:  my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.  Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

            Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents.  For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation.  And this is God’s doing.  For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Through the Red Sea Brought at Last’  Common Praise #226ß

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (20.1-16).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’  So they went.  When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.  And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’  They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’  He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’  When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.  And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or are you envious because I am generous?’  So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these. [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

‘God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock’  Common Praise #526

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

“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 braches.”
May we dwell in Christ, as he dwells in us. [x]

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


Hymn after Communion

‘Take My Life and Let It Be’  Common Praise #435

The Sending Forth of the Community

Stewardship Reflection

The Prayer after Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.
And your faithful servants bless you.

Gracious God
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son
Jesus Christ.
May we, who share his body,
live his risen life;
we, who drink his cup,
bring life to others;
we, whom the Spirit lights,
give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be freed,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [xi]

Closing Hymn

‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’  Common Praise #565

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’, 9.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 53.

[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] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212 alt.

[xi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214-215.

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