Monday, August 21, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 12 (RCL Proper 21A, 27 August 2017)

On Sunday the 27th of August Saint Faith's welcomes the Rev'd Randolph Bruce as presider and preacher.  At Randolph's request we are using the semi-continuous reading and psalm from the Hebrew Scriptures.

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
27 August 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Announcements

Opening Hymn

‘Here in This Place New Light Is Streaming’  Common Praise #465

The Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

The Kyrie [i]

The Deacon offers the Bidding and the Community responds with the Kyrie.

Holy One, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us. [ii]

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

You make the torn and divided one by your Spirit.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

May the God of love and power forgive us
and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God,
with your faithful followers of every age,
we praise you, the rock of our life.
Be our strong foundation
and for us into the body of your Son,
so that we may gladly minister to all the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iv]


The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Exodus (1.8-2.10).

            1.8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.  9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we.  10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”  11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labour. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh.  12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.  13 The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labour.  They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

            15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.”  17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.  18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?”  19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”  20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.  21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.  22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

            2.1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman.  2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months.  3 When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.  4 His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

            5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river.  She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it.  6 When she opened it, she saw the child.  He was crying, and she took pity on him.  “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,”  she said.  7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”  8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother.  9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.”  So the woman took the child and nursed it.  10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son.  She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 124 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Our help is in the Name of the Holy One.

If the Holy One had not been with us ---
let Israel now say ---
“If the Holy One had not been with us
when enemies attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive,
so furious was their anger against us.
The waters would have swept us away,
the torrents crashed over us,
the raging waters drowned us”

Refrain:  Our help is in the Name of the Holy One.

Blessed be the Holy One,
who did not make us prey to their teeth.
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s snare;
the trap broke so we could escape.
Our help is in the name of the Holy One,
creator of heaven and earth.

Refrain:  Our help is in the Name of the Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans (12.1-8).

            12.1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

            3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.  6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #711 (refrain only, sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (16.13-20).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            16.13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.  18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #711 (refrain only, sung twice)

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

As our Lord Jesus Christ said, let us now affirm:

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these. [v]

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

‘We All Are One in Mission’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #576

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of all creation,
all you have made is good,
and your love endures forever.
You bring forth bread from the earth
and fruit from the vine.
Nourish us with these gifts,
so that we might be for the world
signs of your gracious presence
in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vi]


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;
who on this day overcame death and the grave,
and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. 
And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [vii]

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. [viii]

O God most mighty, O God most merciful, O God our rock and our salvation,
hear us as we praise, call us to your table, grant us your life.

When the world was a formless void, you formed order and beauty. 
When Abraham and Sarah were barren, you sent them a child. 
When the Israelites were enslaved, you led them to freedom. 
Ruth faced starvation, David fought Goliath, and the psalmists cried out for healing,
and full of compassion, you granted the people your life.

You entered our sorrows in Jesus our brother. 
He was born among the poor, he lived under oppression, he wept over the city. 
With infinite love, he granted the people your 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.

Remembering his death, we cry out Amen.  Amen.
Celebrating his resurrection, we shout Amen.  Amen.
Trusting his presence in every time and place, we plead Amen.  Amen.

O God, you are Breath:  send your Spirit on this meal. 
O God, you are Bread:  feed us with yourself. 
O God, you are Wine:  warm our hearts and make us one. 
O God, you are Fire:  transform us with hope.

O God most majestic, O God most motherly,
O God our strength and our song,
you show us a vision of a tree of life
with fruits for all and leaves that heal the nations. 
Grant us such life, the life of the Father to the Son,
the life of the Spirit of our risen Saviour,
life in you, now and forever.  Amen. [ix]

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. [x]

The Breaking of the Bread

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
give us your peace. [xi]

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

Communion

The Hymn after Communion

‘Come, O Lord, and Set Us Free’  Common Praise #113

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

God of abundance,
with this bread of life and cup of salvation
you have united us with Christ,
making us one with all your people.
Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit,
so that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world
and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen. [xii]

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

‘We Have This Ministry’  Songs for a Gospel People #76

Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.




[i] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[ii] Common Praise (1995), #678.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 135.

[iv] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 45 alt.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 53.  Introductory sentence prepared by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

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

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 180.

[viii] Common Praise (1995) #689.

[ix] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 69.

[x] Common Praise (1995) #744.

[xi] Common Praise (1995), #747 said.

[xii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 114 alt.