Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ordo for Pentecost 2 (RCL Proper 9C, 29 May 2016)

With this Sunday we begin our journey through Ordinary Time.  During Year C the focus of the Hebrew Scripture readings is on the ministry and the message of the prophets.  To mark this transition from Easter to Ordinary Time:  

  • We are using the Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C, recently posted to the Anglican Church of Canada's website.   This document also provides Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion.  Each Sunday we will decide whether to use prayers from this resource or from the BAS
  • For the Psalm we are continuing to use 'A Liturgical Psalter', an version of the BAS Psalter emended for inclusive language.
  • As an Affirmation of Faith we've prepared an adapted version of an affirmation from Common Worship, the alternative liturgical book of the Church of England.  
  • We are also using 'Thanksgiving at the Table  VII' from Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  
  • To highlight our own ministry as a prophetic people we are using the fixed Prayer after Communion found on page 214 of The Book of Alternative Services.

Second Sunday after Pentecost
29 May 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath’  Common Praise #346


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.  Amen. [i]

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.


‘Glory, in the Highest Glory’  Common Praise #366

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of compassion,
whose Son brought healing to those in need,
help us to continue this work
as we proclaim the gospel message,
revealed in Jesus Christ, who died for us.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A reading from First Kings (18.20-39).

            18.20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.  21 Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”  The people did not answer him a word.  22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord ; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty. 23 Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it.  24 Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.”  All the people answered, “Well spoken!”  25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.”  26 So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, “O Baal, answer us!”  But there was no voice, and no answer.  They limped about the altar that they had made.  27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud!  Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”  28 Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them.  29 As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response.

            30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him.  First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”; 32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord.  Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed.  33 Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood.  He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.”  34 Then he said, “Do it a second time”; and they did it a second time.  Again he said, “Do it a third time”; and they did it a third time, 35 so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water.

                  36 At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding.  37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”  38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench.  39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.”

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 96 with Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (twice):  May the heavens rejoice and the earth dance with joy!

1 Sing to the Lord a new song; *
            sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.
2 Sing to the Lord and bless the divine name; *
            proclaim the good news of our salvation from day to day.
3 Declare the glory of the Lord among the nations *
            and the wonders of God among all peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, *
            more to be feared than all gods.

Refrain:  May the heavens rejoice and the earth dance with joy!

5 As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
            but it is you, O Lord, who made the heavens.
6 Oh, the majesty and magnificence of your presence! *
            Oh, the power and the splendour of your sanctuary!
7 Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; *
            ascribe to the Lord honour and power.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the honour due the divine name; *
            bring offerings and come into the courts of the Lord.

Refrain:  May the heavens rejoice and the earth dance with joy!

9 Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *
            let the whole earth tremble before God.
10 Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord reigns! *
            The Lord who made the world so firm that it cannot be moved
            will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *
            let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12 Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
            before the Lord who is coming, *
            who is coming to judge the earth.
13 The Lord will judge the world with righteousness *
            and the peoples with truth.

Refrain:  May the heavens rejoice and the earth dance with joy!

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (1.1-12).

            1.1 Paul an apostle — sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead — 2 and all the members of God’s family who are with me,

            To the churches of Galatia:

            3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

            6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed!  9 As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!

            10 Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval?  Or am I trying to please people?  If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

            11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12 for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Let All the World in Every Corner Sing’  Common Praise 357 v. 1

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (7.1-10).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            7.1 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.  2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.  3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave.  4 When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5 for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”  6 And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7 therefore I did not presume to come to you.  But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.  8 For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”  9 When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Let All the World in Every Corner Sing’  Common Praise 357 v. 2

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Creator,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in God.
the holy and undivided Trinity.

Do you believe and trust in God the Word,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in God.
the holy and undivided Trinity.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in God.
the holy and undivided Trinity.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
the holy and undivided Trinity. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made’  Common Praise #373

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Eternal God,
receive all we offer you this day.
Give us the wisdom of obedience
and help us to do your holy and life-giving will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

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, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on this overcame death and the grave,
and by his glorious resurrection opened the way of everlasting life.
And so, with all the choirs of angels,
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [v]

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 God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal: 
you we praise and glorify, you we worship and adore. 
You formed the earth from chaos; you encircled the globe with air;
you created fire for warmth and light; you nourish the lands with water. 
You moulded us in your image, and with mercy higher than the mountains,
with grace deeper than the seas,
you blessed the Israelites and cherished them as your own. 
That also we, estranged and dying, might be adopted to live in your Spirit,
you called to us through the life and death of Jesus.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: 
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Together as the body of Christ,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember your Son,
the first-born of your new creation. 
We remember his life lived for others,
and his death and resurrection, which renews the face of the earth. 
We await his coming, when, with the world made perfect through your wisdom,
all our sins and sorrows will be no more. 
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and compassionate,
send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit,
whose breath revives us for life, whose fire rouses us to love. 
Enfold in your arms all who share this holy food. 
Nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit,
so that we may be a living tree, sharing your bounty with all the world. 
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy and benevolent God, receive our praise and petitions,
as Jesus received the cry of the needy,
and fill us with your blessing, until, needy no longer and bound to you in love,
we feast forever in the triumph of the Lamb: 
through whom all glory and honour is yours,
O God, O Living One, with the Holy Spirit,
in your 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.

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 kingdom. [viii]

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


Hymn after Communion

‘We Cannot Measure How You Heal’  Common Praise #292

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.
And all 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. [ix]

Closing Hymn

‘God of Grace and God of Glory’  Common Praise #577

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 97 alt.

[ii] The Propers Working Group of the Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C’, 130.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 360.

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 180.

[vi] Common Praise #732.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 67 alt.

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

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214-215.

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