Monday, August 22, 2016

An Ordo for Pentecost 15 (RCL Proper 22C, 28 August 2016)

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
28 August 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


The Opening Hymn

‘From All the Wind’s Wide Quarters’  Common Praise #43

The Greeting and Litany

Blessed be God:  Wisdom, Love, Might.
Blessed be God for ever and ever. [i]

May your loving kindness come to us, O Lord,
and your salvation according to your word:
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light to our path:
Christ, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

O let your mercy come to us so that we may live,
for your law is our delight:
Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy. [ii]

God of the prophets,
in every generation you call your people
to do justice, love kindness  and walk humbly with you.
Give us ears to hear you, hearts to love you,
and hands to serve you; through Christ your Word
and in the life of the Spirit.  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.

God of power and justice,
like Jeremiah you weep over those who wander from you
and who enter into chaos and destruction.
By your tears and through your mercy,
teach us your ways and write them on our hearts,
so that we may follow faithfully the path you show us.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah (2.4-13).

            2.4 Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.

            5 Thus says the Lord:  What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?  6 They did not say, “Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?”  7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things.  But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.  8 The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?”  Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.

            9 Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children.  10 Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing.  11 Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods?  But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.  12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, 13 for my people have committed two evils:  they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 81.1,10-16 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, help us learn from our past mistakes.

1 Sing with joy to God our strength *
            and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
            ‘Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.’
11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
            and Israel would not obey me.
12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
            to follow their own devices.

Refrain:  Holy One, help us learn from our past mistakes.

13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
            That Israel would walk in my ways!
14 I should soon subdue their enemies *
            and turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before me, *
            and their punishment would last for ever.
16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
            and satisfy them with honey from the rock.”

Refrain:  Holy One, help us learn from our past mistakes.

The Second Reading

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews (13.1-8, 15-16).

            13.1 Let mutual love continue.  2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.  3 Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.  4 Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.  5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

            6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can anyone do to me?”

            7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

15 Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.  16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘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 Luke (14.1, 7-14).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            14.1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

            7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable.  8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.  10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.  11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

            12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.  13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714 (sung twice)

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

‘The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy’  Common Praise #631

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. [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 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. [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.

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

‘Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness’  Common Praise #78

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. [ix]

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

‘Let My People Seek Their Freedom’  Common Praise #471

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Adapted from John Merriott, ‘God Whose Almighty Word’, Common Praise #560.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[iii] Micah 6.6-8 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), 139.

[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] Common Praise #732.

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

[ix] 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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