Monday, September 22, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Pentecost 16 (Proper 26A) 28 September 2014

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
28 September 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken’  Common Praise #388


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 in the Highest’  Common Praise #366

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Gracious God,
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
through the liberating love
of Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Exodus (17.1-7).

            From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded.  They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.  The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me?  Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”  So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people?  They are almost ready to stone me.”  The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.  I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb.  Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.”  Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.  He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 78.1-4, 12-16 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, give us the strength to trust you, as we strive for reconciliation and peace.

1 Hear my teaching, O my people; *
            incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; *
            I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3 That which we have heard and known,
and what our ancestors have told us, *
            we will not hide from their children.
4 We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
            who has done wonderful works.

Refrain:  Holy One, give us the strength to trust you, as we strive for reconciliation and peace.

12 God worked marvels in the sight of their ancestors, *
            in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan,
13 splitting open the sea and letting them pass through, *
            making the waters stand up like walls;
14 leading them with a cloud by day, *
            and all the night through with the glow of fire;
15 splitting hard rocks in the wilderness, *
            and giving them drink as from the great deep;
16 bringing streams out of the cliff, *
            and the waters gushing out like rivers.

Refrain:  Holy One, give us the strength to trust you, as we strive for reconciliation and peace.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Letter to the Philippians (2.1-13).

            If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete:  be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

            who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.  Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

            Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘From the Falter of Breath’  Common Praise #489

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (21.23-32).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”  Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.  Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?”  And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’  But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.”  And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

            “What do you think?  A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’  He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went.  The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?”  They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”

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

‘Word of God, Come Down on Earth’  Common Praise #446

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 branches.”
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, Oh, Take Me As I Am’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #814 (sung thrice)

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 free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [xi]

Closing Hymn

‘How Firm a Foundation’  Common Praise #527

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’, 10.

[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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