Monday, October 20, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Pentecost 20 (Proper 30A) 26 October 2014

The twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
26 October 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’  Common Praise #528 vv. 1, 2, 3


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 to God’  Common Praise #702

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Lord of the teasing riddle,
whose questions undo our certainty
and set us on a different path:
give us a heart of passion,
a searching mind,
gentle strength of body
and unseen depths of soul,
so that we might love you wholly
and our neighbour as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ, the law of grace.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Deuteronomy (34.1-12).

            Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land:  Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain — that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees — as far as Zoar.  The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”  Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command.  He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day.  Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated.  The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.

            Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

            Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.  He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 90.1-6, 13-17 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Gracious God, strengthen our hands that we may serve.

1 Lord, you have been our refuge *
            from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
            from age to age you are God.
3 You turn us back to the dust and say, *
            “Go back, O child of earth.”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past *
            and like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep us away like a dream; *
            we fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
            in the evening it is dried up and withered.

Refrain:  Gracious God, strengthen our hands that we may serve.

13 Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
            Be gracious to your servants.
14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
            so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
            and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16 Show your servants your works *
            and your splendour to their children.
17 May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
            prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Refrain:  Gracious God, strengthen our hands that we may serve.

The Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians (2.1-8).

            You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition.  For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.  As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.  But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.  So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘What Does the Lord Require’  Common Praise #171

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (22.34-46).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            When the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it:  ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

            Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:  “What do you think of the Messiah?  Whose son is he?”  They said to him, “The son of David.”  He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?  If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”  No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith as we say,

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

‘For the Fruit of All Creation’  Common Praise #259

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 faith.
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

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

‘We Are Called’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #720

The Sending Forth of the Community

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

‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’  Common Praise #528 vv. 4, 5, 6

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 for Year A’, 12.

[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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