Sunday, July 23, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 8 (RCL Proper 17A, 30 July 2017)

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
30 July 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘God, We Praise You for the Morning’  Songs for a Gospel People #79

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.

The Deacon offers the Bidding and the Community responds with 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.

Beloved and sovereign God,
through the death and resurrection of your Son
you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy.
By your Spirit, give us your wisdom,
so that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the First Book of Kings (3.5-12).

3.5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”  6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.  7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8 And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.  9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

            10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 119.129-136 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

Your decrees are wonderful;
I keep them with my whole being.
The unfolding of your words brings light,
gives understanding to the simple.
With open mouth I sigh,
longing for your commandments.
In your graicous mercy turn to me,
as you do for those who love you.

Refrain:  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

Steady my foosteps, as you promise.
Do not let evil dominate me.
Redeem me from hostile oppressors,
that I may observe your precepts.
May your face shine upon your servant;
teach me your laws.
Tears stream from my eyes
because people do not follow your teaching.

Refrain:  Holy One, teach us your way, and help us walk in it.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8.26-39).

            8.26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

            28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.  30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

            31 What then are we to say about these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?  33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  34 Who is to condemn?  It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

            36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

            37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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 (13.31-33, 44-52).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            13.31 [Jesus] put before them another parable:  “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

            44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

            47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.  49 So it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

            51 “Have you understood all this?”  They answered, “Yes.”  52 And [Jesus] said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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

‘God, Whose Almighty Word’  Common Praise #560

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. [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

‘I Come with Joy’  Common Praise #60

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

‘Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go’  Common Praise #467


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), 43 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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