Monday, July 20, 2015

An Order for the Eucharist on Pentecost 9 (RCL Proper 17B, 26 July 2015)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
26 July 2015

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee’  Common Praise #617


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Kyrie [i]

May your loving mercy come to us, O Lord,
and your salvation according to your word.
Kyrie eleison.  Christe eleison.  Kyrie eleison. [ii]

Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light to our path.
Kyrie eleison.  Christe eleison.  Kyrie eleison. [iii]

O let your mercy come to us,
so that we may live fully and freely.
Kyrie eleison.  Christe eleison.  Kyrie eleison. [iv]

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Sustainer of the hungry,
like a mother you feed your children
until each is satisfied.
Turn our eyes to you alone,
so that, aware of our own deepest longings,
we reach out with Christ
to feed others with the depth of your love.  Amen. [v]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A reading from the Second Book of Samuel (11.1-15).

            1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

            2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.  3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman.  It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her.  (Now she was purifying herself after her period.)  Then she returned to her house.  5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

            6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.”  And Joab sent Uriah to David.  7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going.  8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.”  Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king.  9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.  10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey.  Why did you not go down to your house?”  11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife?  As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”  12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.”  So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day.  On the next day, 13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

            14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 51.1-13 with a refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, give us clean hearts and steadfast spirits.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
            in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
            and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, *
            and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned *
            and done what is evil in your sight.

Refrain:  Holy One, give us clean hearts and steadfast spirits.

And so you are justified when you speak *
            and upright in your judgement.
5 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
            a sinner from my mother’s womb.
6 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
            and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
7 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
            wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Refrain:  Holy One, give us clean hearts and steadfast spirits.

8 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
            that the body you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins *
            and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
            and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence *
            and take not your holy Spirit from me.
12 Give me the joy of your saving help again *
            and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
13 I shall teach your ways to the wicked, *
            and sinners shall return to you.

Refrain:  Holy One, give us clean hearts and steadfast spirits.

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Ephesians (3.14-21).

            14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

            20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #710 (Scripture sentence sung by the Presider)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (6.1-21).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick.  3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.  4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.  5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”  6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.  7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”  8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?”  10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.”  Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.  11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.  12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”  13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.  14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

            15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

            16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.  19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.  20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

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

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Where Charity and Love Prevail’  Common Praise #487

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of grace,
accept all we offer you this day,
as we look toward the glory you have promised.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our 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.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Redeemer.
He is your living Word,
through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit
he took flesh of the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature.
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you,
the God and Father of all.

In fulfillment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering,
to bring release to those who place their hope in you;
and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrow,
and to give up his life on the cross,
so that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,
and banish the darkness of sin and despair.
By his resurrection
he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we 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 and gracious God,
accept our praise,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on the night he was handed over
to suffering and death,
took bread and gave you thanks,
saying, “Take, and eat:
this is my body which is broken for you.”
In the same way he took the cup,
saying, This is my blood which is shed for you.
When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you this bread and this cup,
giving thanks that you have made us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of your holy Church.
Gather into one
all who share in these sacred mysteries,
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
so that together we may praise you
and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,
Author of life and Word of redemption,
with the Holy Spirit
in the holy Church,
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

Be known to us, Lord Jesus,
in the breaking of the bread.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus,
in the breaking of the bread.
The bread which we break, alleluia,
is the communion of the body of Christ.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus,
in the breaking of the bread.
One body are we, alleluia,
for though many, we share one bread.
Be known to us, Lord Jesus,
in the breaking of the bread. [x]

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


Hymn after Communion

‘Lord Jesus, Think on Me’  Common Praise #511

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

God of grace,
we have received the memorial
of the death and resurrection of your Son.
May your love, poured into us,
bring us to your promises.
We ask this in the name of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.  Amen. [xi]

Closing Hymn

‘More Than We Can Ask or Imagine’  Common Praise #86 (replaces the closing doxology)

The Dismissal

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

[i] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[ii] Common Praise #706.

[iii] Common Praise #706.

[iv] Common Praise #706.

[v] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects, Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion:  Propers 10 to 22’ (2015), 4.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 371.

[vii] Common Praise #732.

[viii] ‘The Great Thanksgiving 2’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197 alt.

[ix] Songs for a Gospel People #12.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 227.

[xi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 371;

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