Monday, September 21, 2015

An Ordo for the Eucharist on Pentecost 18 (RCL Proper 26B, 27 September 2015)

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
27 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

‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’  Common Praise #384 vv. 1, 2, 4, 6

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God,
our guide and help in strange lands:
strengthen us by the faith and courage of Esther,
so that we may confront the oppressor
with the justice and unity of your reign,
freeing the oppressed
and proclaiming your glorious liberty;
in the name of Christ, our freedom.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A reading from Esther (7.1-6, 9-10; 9.20-22).

            7.1 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.  2 On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther?  It shall be granted you.  And what is your request?  Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.”  3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have won your favour, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me — that is my petition — and the lives of my people — that is my request.  4 For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated.  If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king.”  5 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?”  6 Esther said, “A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!”  Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.

9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.”  And the king said, “Hang him on that.”  10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.  Then the anger of the king abated.

9.20 Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21 enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, 22 as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 124 with a refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Our help is in the name of the Holy One.

1 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
            let Israel now say;
2 if the Lord had not been on our side, *
            when enemies rose up against us;
3 then would they have swallowed us up alive *
            in their fierce anger toward us;
4 then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
            and the torrent gone over us;
5 then would the raging waters *
            have gone right over us.

Refrain:  Our help is in the name of the Holy One.

6 Blessed be the Lord *
            who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
            the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, *
            the maker of heaven and earth.

Refrain:  Our help is in the name of the Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of James (5.13-20).

            5.13 Are any among you suffering?  They should pray.  Are any cheerful?  They should sing songs of praise.  14 Are any among you sick?  They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.  16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

            19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth; sanctify us in the truth.
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 (38-50).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            9.38 John said to [Jesus], “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  40 Whoever is not against us is for us.  41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

            42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.  47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

            49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.  50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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

‘We Lay Our Broken World’  Common Praise #613 (sung to #496)

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

‘For All Your Blessings’  Common Praise #440 (sung to #445)

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

‘How Firm a Foundation’  Common Praise #527 (sung to #393)

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.

[iv] Common Praise #710 with Sentence for Proper 26B sung by the presider.

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

[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.

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

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