Monday, July 25, 2016

An Ordo of Service for Pentecost 11 (RCL Proper 18C, 31 July 2016)

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
31 July 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


The Opening Hymn

‘Womb of Life and Source of Being’  Common Praise #390 (sung to #391)

The Greeting and Litany

Blessed be the one, holy and living God.
Glory to God for ever and ever. [i]

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy. [ii]

Holy One,
lift from us every burden
that hinders us from walking in the way of Jesus
and renew in us his joy and confidence
in your love and mercy;
through Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.  Amen. [iii]

The Hymn of Praise

‘Bless the Lord, My Soul’  Common Praise #360 (sung three times)

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Living God,
you have placed in our hands the wealth we call our own:
give us wisdom, so that our possessions may not be a curse,
but a means of blessing in our lives and the lives of others.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Hosea (11.1-11).

            11.1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.  2 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.

            3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.  4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks.  I bent down to them and fed them.

            5 They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me.  6 The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes.  7 My people are bent on turning away from me.  To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.

            8 How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, O Israel?  How can I make you like Admah?  How can I treat you like Zeboiim?  My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.  9 I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.

            10 They shall go after the Lord, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west.  11 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says the Lord.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 107.1-9, 43 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

1 Give thanks to the Lord who is good, *
            and whose mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
            that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

Refrain:  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

3 The Lord gathered them out of the lands; *
            from the east and from the west,
            from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *
            they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5 They were hungry and thirsty; *
            their spirits languished within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
            who delivered them from their distress.

Refrain:  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

7 The Lord put their feet on a straight path *
            to go to a city where they might dwell.
8 Let them give thanks to you, O Lord, for your mercy *
            and the wonders you do for your children.
9 For you satisfy the thirsty *
            and fill the hungry with good things.

43 Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
            and consider well the mercies of the Lord.

Refrain:  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

The Second Reading

A reading from the letter to the Colossians (3.1-11).

            3.1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

            5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).  6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.  7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.  8 But now you must get rid of all such things — anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth.  9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.  11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Nada Te Turbe’  Common Praise  #368 (sung twice in English)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (12.13-21).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            12.13 Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus], “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”  14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?”  15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”  16 Then he told them a parable:  “The land of a rich man produced abundantly.  17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’  18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’  20 But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life is being demanded of you.  And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Nada Te Turbe’  Common Praise  #368 (sung twice in English)

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Creator,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth has its being.

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

We believe in God the Spirit of counsel and wisdom,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
now and until the ages of ages.  Amen. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’  Common Praise #258

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace,
the eyes of all wait upon you,
and you open your hand in blessing.
Fill us with good things at your table,
so that we may come to the help of all in need,
through Jesus Christ, our redeemer 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.

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 the mystery of faith. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will comes again.

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, Source of all life, 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

‘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!

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘What Wondrous Love Is This’  Common Praise #400

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Gracious God,
in this meal you have drawn us to your heart,
and nourished us at your table with food and drink,
the body and blood of Christ.
Now send us forth to be your people in the world,
and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [viii]

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.

The Closing Hymn

‘God, Who Touchest Earth with Beauty’  Common Praise #422

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Enriching Our Worship 1 (1998), 50.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 133.

[iii] Hebrews 12.1-12 as adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion’ (2016), 136.

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

[vi] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion,’ 160.

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

[viii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion,’ 163.

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