Wednesday, June 22, 2016

An Ordo for Pentecost 6 (26 June 2016)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
26 June 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Will You Come and Follow Me’  Common Praise #430 vv. 1, 2, 3


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.

you step upon on our guarded shore
and confront our chaos:
may we who are divided and overwhelmed by the forces of death
learn from you to speak our own name
and proclaim your works of life;
through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A reading from Second Kings (2.1-2, 6-14).

            2.1 Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.  2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.”  But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”  So they went down to Bethel.

            6 Then Elijah said to [Elisha], “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”  But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”  So the two of them went on.  7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.  8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

            9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.”  Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”  10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”  11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.  12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father!  The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!”  But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

            13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.  14 He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?”  When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 77.1-2, 11-20 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, help us always to remember your love.

1 I will cry aloud to God; *
            I will cry aloud, and God will hear me.
2 In the day of my trouble *
            I sought the Lord;
my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire; *
            I refused to be comforted.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us always to remember your love.

11 I will remember your works, O Lord, *
            and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12 I will meditate on all your acts *
            and ponder your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy; *          
            who is so great a god as our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders *
            and have declared your power among the peoples.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us always to remember your love.

15 By your strength you have redeemed your people, *
            the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and trembled; *
            the very depths were shaken.
17 The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; *
            your arrows flashed to and fro;
18 the sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world; *
            the earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, *
            yet your footsteps were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock *
            by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us always to remember your love.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (5.1, 13-25).

            5.1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

            13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.  14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”  15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

            16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.  17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.  18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.  19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:  fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before:  those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

            22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Come, Ever Blessed Spirit, Come’  Common Praise #251 vv. 1, 2  (sung to #353)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (9.51-62).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            9.51 When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.  52 And he sent messengers ahead of him.  On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.  54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”  55 But he turned and rebuked them.  56 Then they went on to another village.

            57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”  59 To another he said, “Follow me.”  But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”  60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”  62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Come, Ever Blessed Spirit, Come’  Common Praise #251 vv. 3, 4  (sung to #353)

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

We 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 Word,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again.

We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world.

This is the faith we affirm.
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

‘New Songs of Celebration Render’  Common Praise #316

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of wisdom,
receive all we offer you this day.
Enrich our lives with the gifts of your Spirit,
so that we may follow the way of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and serve one another in freedom.
We ask this in his name.  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 day 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

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

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

‘Will You Come and Follow Me’  Common Praise #430 vv. 4, 5

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’, 132.

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

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 365 alt.

[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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