Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Ordo for the Eucharist on Pentecost 16 (RCL Proper 24B, 13 September 2015)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
13 September 2015

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God,
who forgives all our sin,
whose mercy endures forever.
Blessed be God forever. [i]

Collect for Purity

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ii]

Hymn of Praise

‘You Call Us, Lord, to Be’  Common Praise #450

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Wisdom of God,
from the street corners
and at the entrances to the city
you proclaim the way of life and of death.
Grant us wisdom to recognize your Messiah,
so that following in the way of the cross,
we may know the way of life and glory;
in the name of Christ we pray.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A reading from Proverbs (1.20-33).

            20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.  21 At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:  22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?  How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?  23 Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.  24 Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, 25 and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, 27 when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.  28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.  29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, 31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.  32 For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; 33 but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 19 with a refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
            and the firmament shows the handiwork of the Lord.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
            and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
            and their voices are not heard,
4 their sound has gone out into all lands, *
            and their message to the ends of the world.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

5 In the deep has God set a pavilion for the sun; *
            it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
            it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
            nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *
            the testimony of the Lord is sure
            and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *
            the commandment of the Lord is clear
            and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *
            the judgements of the Lord are true
            and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, *
            more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, *
            than honey in the comb.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
            and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often they offend? *
            Cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; *
            let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound, *
            and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable in your sight; *
            O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of James (3.1-12).

            1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  2 For all of us make many mistakes.  Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.  3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies.  4 Or look at ships:  though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

            How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  6 And the tongue is a fire.  The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.  7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8 but no one can tame the tongue — a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.  10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.  11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?  12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs?  No more can salt water yield fresh.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.
Those who trust in the Lord
stand fast for ever.
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia. [iv]

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (8.27-38).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            8.27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”  30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

            31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32 He said all this quite openly.  And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.  33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan!  For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

            34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.  36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?  37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?  38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
the holy and undivided Trinity.  Amen. [v]

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

‘Who Comes from God’  Common Praise #392

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, O Holy One of Israel, 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,
Creator of all things, seen and unseen,
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 of life,” says the Lord.
“Whoever comes to me will never be hungry;
whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are they who trust in him! [x]

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

We give you thanks, almighty God,
that you have refreshed us
through the healing power of this gift of life.
In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift,
in faith toward you
and in fervent love toward one another;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [xi]

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. [xii]

Closing Hymn

‘Take Up Your Cross, the Saviour Said’  Common Praise #431

The Dismissal

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

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 94 alt.

[ii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 185.

[iii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Proper 23B to Proper 30B’ 2015), 1.

[iv] Common Praise #710 with Sentence for Proper 24B sung by the presider.

[v] Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

[vi] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Proper 23B to Proper 30B’ (2015), 7.

[vii] Common Praise #732.

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

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), p. 918

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

[xi] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Proper 23B to Proper 30B’ (2015), 8.

[xii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214.

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