Monday, June 12, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 2: 18 June 2017 (RCL Proper 11A)

During the Sundays of Ordinary Time Saint Faith's will be using the complementary Hebrew Bible and Psalm stream in the Revised Common Lectionary.  This differs from the RCL as adopted by the Anglican Church of Canada and published in the most recent editions of The Book of Alternative Services.

There is an on-going debate about the relationship of the first reading and the gospel.  Some argue that the complementary stream relegates the Hebrew Scriptures to a role of prolegomenon to the New Testament and does not respect the integrity of the Hebrew texts.  Others maintain that it is possible to respect the integrity of the Hebrew texts even while using the complementary stream.

As a long-time participant in the Metro Vancouver Jewish-Christian Dialogue I have come to believe that the complementary approach honours both the continuity and the distinct character of God's revelation to the Jewish people and the Christian movement.  It is, after all, the approach taken in the Revised Common Lectionary for the lectionary texts from the Reign of Christ to Trinity.

The Second Sunday after Pentecost
18 June 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High’  Common Praise #628 vv. 1, 2, 6, 7

Introductory Responses

Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity:
the Author of creation,
the Word of redemption,
and the Spirit of wisdom,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Presider chants the biddings and the Community responds. [i]

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear and have mercy.
Lord, hear and have mercy.

For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear and have mercy.
Lord, hear and have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God,
and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear and have mercy.
Lord, hear and have mercy.

For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear and have mercy.
Lord, hear and have mercy.

Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.
Lord, hear and have mercy.
Lord, hear and have mercy.

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of compassion,
you have opened the way for us
and brought us to yourself.
Pour your love into our hearts,
so that, overflowing with joy,
we may freely share the blessings of your realm
and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Exodus (19.2-8a).

19.2 [The people of Israel] had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.  3 Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites:  4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  5 Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6 but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.  These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”

            7 So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him.  8 The people all answered as one:  “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 100 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

O all the world!
Raise glad shouts to the Holy One.
Worship God with joy!
Come into the Presence with ringing cries!
Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Be assured the Holy One is the God
who made us,
the shepherd to whom we belong,
who feeds us in green pastures.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

With thanksgiving enter the Holy One’s doors,
with praise, the divine courts.
Praise and bless the Holy Name.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Truly the Holy One is good,
forever true and loving,
from age to age ever faithful.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (5.1-8).

            5.1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

            6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘I Bind unto Myself Today’  Common Praise 436 v. 5 (line 1)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (9.35-10.8).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            9.35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

            10.1 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.  2 These are the names of the twelve apostles:  first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

            5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions:  “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  7 As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.  You received without payment; give without payment.”

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘I Bind unto Myself Today’  Common Praise 436 v. 5 (line 2)

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in the good news of God in Christ.

Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the one who is first over all creation.

All things were created by him:
both in the heavens and on the earth,
the things that are visible
and the things that are invisible.

Whether they are thrones or powers,
or rulers or authorities,
all things were created through him and for him.

Christ existed before all things,
and all things are held together in him.

He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
the one who is firstborn from among the dead
so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,
and he reconciled all things to himself through him —
whether things on earth or in the heavens. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘All People That on Earth Do Dwell’  Common Praise #349

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.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, for the gift of a world full of wonder, and for our life which comes from you.  By your power you sustain the universe.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

You created us to love you with all our heart, and to love each other as ourselves, but we rebel against you by the evil that we do.

In Jesus, your Servant, you bring healing to our world and gather us into one great family.  Therefore, with all who serve you on earth and in heaven, we praise your wonderful name, as we sing,

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. [v]

We give you thanks and praise, loving Creator, because in sending Jesus, your Beloved, to us you showed us how much you love us.  He cares for the poor and the hungry.  He suffers with the sick and the rejected.

Betrayed and forsaken, he did not strike back but overcame hatred with love.  On the cross he defeated the power of sin and death.  By raising him from the dead you show us the power of your love to bring new life to all your people.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

On the night before he gave up his life for us, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat it:  this is my body which is given for you.”

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which is shed for you and for all people.  Do this in memory of me.”
Glory to you for ever and ever.

Gracious God, with this bread and wine we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, and we offer ourselves to you in him.

Send your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts, so that we may know the presence of Jesus in the breaking of bread, and share in the life of the family of your children.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

Giver of life, you call us to be your servants; fill us with the courage and love of Jesus, so that all the world may gather in joy at the table of your kingdom.

We sing your praise, God our Creator, through Jesus, our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen. [vi]

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

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
We, being many, are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.

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


The Hymn after Communion

‘Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service’  Common Praise #585

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
we give you thanks
that you have refreshed us
through the healing power of this gift of life.
In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift,
in faith toward you and in love toward one another;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [vii]

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

‘You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord’  Common Praise #531


The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Litany Tone 5 in The Book of Alternative Services 1985.

[ii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006, 39 alt.

[iii] Colossians 1.16-20a (Common English Bible) arranged for liturgical use by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[iv] Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006, 107 alt.

[v] Common Praise 1995, #719.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services 1985, 204-206 alt.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006, 114 alt.

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