Monday, September 26, 2016

An Ordo for the Eucharist on Pentecost 20 (RCL Proper 27C, 2 October 2016)

Saint Faith's continues with the second Sunday 
in what we are calling the 'Michaelmas Ordo' for our Sunday celebrations (until 30 October).

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
2 October 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


The Opening Hymn

‘Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness’  Common Praise #397

The Greeting

Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
O people of God bless the Lord:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever.
Bless the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
praise and exalt the Holy One for ever. [i]

The Kyrie

God, be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Make known your salvation,
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. [ii]

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

you weep with those who are oppressed,
with those who are uprooted from their homeland
and with those who are without shelter or security.
Grant that your faithful love may reach out through us,
so that your healing mercy may rise like the dawn.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Lamentations (1.1-6).

            1.1 How lonely sits the city that once was full of people!  How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations!  She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal.  2 She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies.  3 Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.  4 The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter.  5 Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper, because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe.  6 From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty.  Her princes have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 137 from ‘A Liturgical Psalter’ [iv] with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Loving God, help us to free all people who are enslaved.

1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
            when we remembered you, O Zion.
2  As for our harps, we hung them up *
            on the trees in the midst of that land.
3  For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
            ”Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4  How shall we sing the Lord’s song *
            upon an alien soil?

Refrain:  Loving God, help us to free all people who are enslaved.

5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
            let my strong hand forget its skill.
6  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
            if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7  Remember the day of Jerusalem, O Lord,
against the people of Edom, *
            who said, ”Down with it!  Down with it! 
            Even to the ground!”
8  O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
            happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us!
9  Happy shall be the one who takes your little ones, *
            and dashes them against the rock!

Refrain:  Loving God, help us to free all people who are enslaved.

The Second Reading

A reading from the second letter to Timothy (1.1-14).

            2.1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my beloved child:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

            3 I am grateful to God — whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did — when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.  5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  6 For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7 for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

            8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.  This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12 and for this reason I suffer as I do.  But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.  13 Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  14 Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #710 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (17.5-10).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            17.5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

            7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’?  8 Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’?  9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?  10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #710 (sung twice)

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
all creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
sing in endless praise.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all praise,
the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.
In you is our hope:
let us never be put to shame.  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

‘People Draw Near to God in Their Distress’  Common Praise #201

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Merciful God,
as grains of wheat scattered upon the hills
were gathered together to become one bread,
so let your church be gathered together
from the ends of the earth in your kingdom,
for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ,
now and for ever.  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.

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 from the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature. 
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you,
the God and Creator of all.

In fulfilment 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,
so 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. [vii]

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,
Source of all being and eternal Word,
with the Holy Spirit
in the holy Church,
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. [ix]

The Breaking of the Bread

You gave your people angels’ food
and sent them bread from heaven,
so that your children might learn, O God,
that it is your word which sustains all who trust in you. [x]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘Can I See Another’s Woe’  Common Praise #544

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.
And 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 is 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. [xi]

The Closing Hymn

‘Amazing Grace’  Common Praise #352

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett from the Benedicite as translated in Common Worship (2000), 778-779.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 134 alt.

[iii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion’ (2016), 141.

[v] Adapted from the English Language Liturgical Consultation’s translation of the Te Deum laudamus by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[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), 196-197 alt.

[ix] Common Praise #744

[x] Canticle 12, ‘The Bread of Heaven’, as found in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 81-82 and adapted for use as a fraction anthem by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

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

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