Monday, July 17, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 7 (RCL Proper 16A, 23 July 2017

Please note the following dimensions of this Ordo:

1.  We are using the complementary series of RCL readings for the First Reading and the Psalm.

2.  We are beginning with an act of contrition, a 'Kyrie' litany adapted from Common Worship.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
23 July 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘The Love of Jesus Calls Us’  Common Praise #434

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.

Faithful God, most merciful judge,
you care for your children with firmness and compassion.
By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom,
so that we may be rooted in the way of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (12.13, 16-19).

            12.13 For neither is there any god besides you, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly.

            16 For your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all.  17 For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it.  18 Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose.

            19 Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 86.11-17 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Bring joy into our lives, O Holy One.

Teach me your ways, Holy One,
that I may journey with your truth,
revering your name with undivided heart.
Your faithful love for me is boundless;
you deliver my life from the depths of the grave.

Refrain:  Bring joy into our lives, O Holy One.

O God, the arrogant have risen against me,
a ruthless gang seeks my life.
They have no respect for you!
But you, Holy One, a compassionate and gracious God ---
slow to anger, full of true and faithful love ---
turn to me and be gracious to me.

Refrain:  Bring joy into our lives, O Holy One.

Give your strength to your servant!
Save your handmaid’s child!
Show me a sign that all will be well,
so those who hate me may find to their shame
that you, Holy One, have helped and comforted me.

Refrain:  Bring joy into our lives, O Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8.12-25).

            8.12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.  When we cry, “Abba! Father!”  16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

            18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.  19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  24 For in hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what is seen?  25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

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 (13.24-30, 36-43).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            13.24 [Jesus] put before them another parable:  “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.  26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.  27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?  Where, then, did these weeds come from?’  28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’  The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’  29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.  30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

            36 Then [Jesus] left the crowds and went into the house.  And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”  37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.  40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.  41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Let anyone with ears listen!”

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

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

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

‘Dear Shepherd of Your People, Hear’  Common Praise #521 (sung to #519)

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

‘O God of Every Nation’  Common Praise #593


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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