Wednesday, October 14, 2015

An Eucharistic Ordo for Pentecost 21 (Proper 29B, 18 October 2015)

The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
18 October 2015

The Gathering of the Community

The Opening Hymn

‘All Beautiful the March of Days’  Common Praise #427

The Introductory Responses

We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise.
The glorious company of the apostles praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. [i]

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory to God’  Common Praise #702

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Most glorious God,
In Jesus you call your people to true humility and servanthood.
Grant to the boldness to desire a place in your kingdom,
the courage to drink the cup of suffering,
and the grace to find in service the glory you promise;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Job (38.1-7, 34-41)

            38.1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:  2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.  4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.  5 Who determined its measurements — surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?  6 On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone 7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?”

                  34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that a flood of waters may cover you?  35 Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?  36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind?  37 Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?  Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, 38 when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together?

            39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens, or lie in wait in their covert?  41 Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 104.1-9, 24, 35b with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  O my soul, bless the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; *
            O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
            You are clothed with majesty and splendour.
2 You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *
            and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3 You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *
            you make the clouds your chariot;
            you ride on the wings of the wind.
4 You make the winds your messengers *
            and flames of fire your servants.

Refrain:  O my soul, bless the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

5 You have set the earth upon its foundations, *
            so that it never shall move at any time.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a mantle; *
            the waters stood higher than the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled; *
            at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *
            to the places you had appointed for them.

Refrain:  O my soul, bless the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

9 You set the limits that they should not pass; *
            they shall not again cover the earth.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
            In wisdom you have made them all;
            the earth is full of your creatures.

35b Bless the Lord, O my soul.  Hallelujah!

Refrain:  O my soul, bless the Holy One.  Hallelujah!

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (5.1-10).

            5.1 Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  2 He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3 and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.  4 And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

            5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; 6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

            7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (10.35-45).

            10.35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?”  37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”  38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.  Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”  39 They replied, “We are able.”  Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

            41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.  42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.  45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

The Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in the Holy One.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in the Holy One.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to all people
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in the Holy One.

This is our faith.
We believe and trust
in God the Author of all that is,
in God the Word through whom all things came into being,
in God the Spirit who enlivens the whole creation.  Amen. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

Confession and Absolution

Let us pray to God for the forgiveness of our sins.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful God;
in your compassion, forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honour and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn                                

‘Sister, Let Me Be Your Sister’  Common Praise #500

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Holy God,
gracious and merciful,
you bring forth food from the earth
and nourish your whole creation.
Turn our hearts toward those
who hunger in any way,
so that all may know your care;
and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [v]

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 sorrows,
and to give us his life on the cross,
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. [vi]

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,
that together we may praise you and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son,
with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever.  Amen. [vii]

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. [viii]

The Breaking of the Bread

Creator of all,
you gave us golden fields of wheat,
whose many grains we have gathered
and made into this one bread.
So may your Church be gathered
from the ends of the earth
into your reign of justice and peace. [ix]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Communion Hymn

Here, Lord, We Take the Broken Bread’  Common Praise #65

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

God of abundance,
with this bread of life and cup of salvation
you have united us with Christ,
making us one with all your people.
Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit,
so that we may proclaim
your redeeming love to the world
and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen. [x]

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.

Closing Hymn

‘Alleluia!  Sing to Jesus’  Common Praise #374 vv. 1, 3, 4, 5


With all the company of heaven above,
let us go forth in praise to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

[i] English Language Liturgical Consultation, Praying Together (1988), 33 alt.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects:  Propers 23B to 30B’, 5.

[iii] “Affirmation of Faith 1” in Common Worship, 144 alt.

[iv] Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[v] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects:  Proper 23B to 30B’, 7.

[vi] Common Praise #732.

[vii] ‘Eucharistic Prayer 2’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 918,

[ix] ‘The Breaking of Bread 3’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212 alt.

[x] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects:  Proper 23B to 30B’, 8.

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