Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 13 (RCL Proper 22A, 3 September 2017)

On Sunday, 3 September 2017, Saint Faith's welcomes Dr Tara Gaertner as our musician and the Rev'd Graham Witcher as our presider and preacher.

Just a reminder to my regular readers, we're using the complementary series of readings and psalms from the Hebrew Bible during Ordinary Time.

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
3 September 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Son of God, Eternal Saviour’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #655

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,
we thank you for your Son,
who chose the path of suffering
for the sake of the world.
Humble us by his example,
point us to the path of obedience,
and give us strength to follow your commands,
through Jesus Christ, our saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah (15.15-21).

            15.15 O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors.  In your forbearance do not take me away; know that on your account I suffer insult.  16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.  17 I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; under the weight of your hand I sat alone, for you had filled me with indignation.  18 Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?  Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail.

            19 Therefore thus says the Lord:  If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me.  If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth.  It is they who will turn to you, not you who will turn to them.  20 And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord.  21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 26.1-8 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Faithful God, may we always serve you with integrity.

Judge me, Holy One!
I have truly lived by my integrity.
I have trusted you, never wavering.
Examine me, prove me,
test my mind and feelings.

Refrain:  Faithful God, may we always serve you with integrity.

Your faithful love is always with me
and I live by your truth.
I never sit with criminals,
nor consort with deceitful people.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
nor do I consort with the wicked.

Refrain:  Faithful God, may we always serve you with integrity.

I wash my hands in innocence
to process around your altar, Holy One;
to hear the sound of praise
and proclaim all your wonders.
I love the house where you dwell,
the place where your glory abides.

Refrain:  Faithful God, may we always serve you with integrity.

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans (12.9-21).

            12.9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.  11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.  12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.  13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

            14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.  17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.  18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”  21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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 (16.21-28).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            16.21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord!  This must never happen to you.”  23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

            24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.  26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?  Or what will they give in return for their life?

            27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.  28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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

‘O Christ, the Master Carpenter’  Common Praise #479

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.
Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts:
our selves, our time and our possessions.
Use us, and what we have gathered,
in feeding the world with your love,
through the one who gave himself for us,
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.


The Hymn after Communion

‘Where Charity and Love Prevail’  Common Praise #487

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

‘Teach Me, My God and King’  Common Praise #496


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), 46 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.