Monday, July 10, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 6 (RCL Proper 15A, 16 July 2017)

Please note that

(1) we are using the complementary series for the first reading and the psalm and

(2) we are beginning a different entrance rite for this Sunday as well as a different hymn before and after the Gospel.

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
16 July 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘All Creatures of Our God and King’  Common Praise #355 vv. 1, 2, 3, 4

Introductory Responses [i]

Blessed be God, the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
this is your world and we are your people;
blessed are you for ever and ever.  Amen.

After each bidding the Community sings the Kyrie.

When we have willfully misused your gifts of creation:
Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison. [ii]

When we have seen the ill-treatment of others
and have not gone to their aid:
Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison.

When we have condoned evil and dishonesty
and failed to strive for justice:
Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison.

When we have heard the good news of Christ
but have failed to share it with others:
Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison.

When we have not loved you with all our heart
nor our neighbours as ourselves:
Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison.

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word.
By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy,
live according to it, and grow in faith, hope and love,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Isaiah (55.10-13).

            55.10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

            12 For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 65.9-13 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  We praise and thank you, Holy One, for your gifts to us.

You visit the earth and it flourishes, greatly enriched.
The divine river is full of water.
You have prepared the earth to provide grain for everyone.
You drench earth’s furrows, smooth her ridges,
soften her with showers, and bless her growth.

Refrain:  We praise and thank you, Holy One, for your gifts to us.

You crown the year with your bounty
and your passing flows with fatness.
Even the desert pastures flow with fatness!
The hills are surrounded with joy!
The meadows are clothed with flocks;
the valleys are dressed in grain.
They shout and sing!

Refrain:  We praise and thank you, Holy One, for your gifts to us.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8.1-11).

            8.1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do:  by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law — indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

            9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #709 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (13.1-9, 18-23).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            13.1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.  2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.  3 And he told them many things in parables, saying:  “Listen!  A sower went out to sow.  4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.  6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.  7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  9 Let anyone with ears listen!”

            18 [Jesus said to his disciples,] “Hear then the parable of the sower.  19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.  20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.  22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.  23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #709 (sung twice)

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm 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 the perfect love which casts out fear.

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.  [iv]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

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

‘Sing Ye Praises to the Father’  Common Praise  #391

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 my know your care;
and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [v]

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. [vi]

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. [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

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

‘Breathe on Me, Breath of God’  Common Praise #649

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

O God,
we give you thanks
that you have set before us this feast,
the body and blood of your Son.
By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need
and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry,
through Jesus Christ our 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.

Closing Hymn

‘Sent Forth by God’s Blessing’  Songs for a Gospel People #96


The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Common Worship (2000), 127 alt.

[ii] Songs for a Gospel People (1987), #51.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 42 alt.

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

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 107 alt.

[vi] Common Praise (1995), #719.

[vii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 204-206 alt.

[viii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 114.

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