Tuesday, November 8, 2016

An Ordo for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (RCL Pentecost 33C, 13 November 2016)

The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
13 November 2016

The Gathering of the Community

The Opening Hymn

‘Stand Up and Bless the Lord’  Common Praise #350

The All Saints Greeting

Blessed are you, Author of creation,
for all the saints who went before us,
who have spoken to our hearts and touched us with your fire.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, Word of redemption,
for all the saints who live beside us,
whose weaknesses and strengths are woven with our own.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, Spirit of wisdom,
for all the saints who live beyond us,
who challenge us to change the world with them.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Blessed are you, holy and undivided Trinity, one God.
Blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen. [i]

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory to God’  Common Praise #702

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God,
in Christ you give us hope
for a new heaven and a new earth.
Grant us wisdom to interpret the signs of our times,
courage to stand in the time of trial,
and faith to witness to your truth and love.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Isaiah (65.17-25).

         65.17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.  18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.  19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.  20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.  21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord — and their descendants as well.  24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.  25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent — its food shall be dust!  They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

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

The Canticle

‘Surely It Is God Who Saves Me’  Common Praise #361

The Second Reading

A reading from the second letter to the Thessalonians (3.6-13).

         3.6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.  7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8 and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you.  9 This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate.  10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.  11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.  12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.  13 Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Adoremus Te Jesu Christe’  Common Praise #338 (sung once in English)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (21.5-19).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

         21.5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

         7 They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?”  8 And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’  Do not go after them.

         9 “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.”  10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

         12 “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.  13 This will give you an opportunity to testify.  14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.  16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.  17 You will be hated by all because of my name.  18 But not a hair of your head will perish.  19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Adoremus Te Jesu Christe’  Common Praise #338 (sung once in English)

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Let us confess the faith of our baptism,
the faith we share with all the saints, past, present and future.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn                    

‘Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him’  Common Praise #59

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Holy God, gracious and merciful,
you bring forth food from the earth
and nourish your whole creation.
Turn our hearts toward those
who hunger in any way,
so that all may know your care;
and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and 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. 
By the witness of the saints you show us the hope of our calling,
and strengthen us to run the race set before us,
so that we may delight in your mercy, and rejoice with them in glory. 
And so, with all the saints with the choirs of angels 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, mighty Lord, gracious Father: 
Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign. 
You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We praise you for the grace shown to your people in every age: 
the promise to Israel, the rescue from Egypt, the gift of the promised land,
the words of the prophets; and, at this end of all the ages,
the gift of your Son, who proclaimed the good news in word and deed
and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup
we remember the life our Lord offered for us. 
And, believing the witness of his resurrection,
we await his coming in power to share with us the great and promised feast. 
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,
so that we who share in Christ’s body and blood
may live to the praise of your glory
 and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light. 
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest
until he comes as victorious Lord of all.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.  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. [viii]

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 reign of justice and peace. [ix]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Communion Hymn

‘As We Gather at Your Table’  Common Praise #61

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Lord of hosts,
we praise your glory reflected in your saints.
May we who share at this table
be filled with the joy of your eternal kingdom,
where Jesus is Lord, now and for ever.  Amen. [x]

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.

Closing Hymn      

‘Rejoice Today with One Accord’  Common Praise #318


With all the company of heaven above,
let us go forth in praise to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

[i] Adapted by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett from Janet Morley, All Desires Known, 3rd ed. (2006), 148.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion’ (2016), 145.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 105.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion’ (2016), 159.

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 193 alt.

[vi] Common Praise #689.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 66 alt.

[viii] Voices United (1996) #959.

[ix] ‘The Breaking of Bread 3’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212 alt.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 428-429 alt.

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