Monday, August 14, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 11 (RCL Proper 20A, 20 August 2017)

For the last two Sundays in August and the first two Sundays in September we are using the following Ordo for our 8.00 and 10.00 eucharists.

  • In accordance with the rubrics of The Book of Alternative Services we will begin with a penitential rite.  We have chosen to use a rite adapted from Common Worship.
  • We continue to use the complementary reading and psalm from the Hebrew Scriptures rather than the semi-continuous series.
  • As our Affirmation of Faith we are using the 'Hear, O Israel' as printed in The Book of Alternative Services.  This is appropriate given the focus in Romans on the relationship between the Gentiles and the Jewish people in Christ.
  • We have chosen to use 'Prayer at the Table X' from Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
20 August 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘God of Mercy, God of Grace’  Common Praise #341 (sung to #160)

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.

God of all peoples,
your arms reach out to embrace
all those who call upon you.
Teach us as disciples of your Son
to love the world with compassion and constancy,
so that your name may be known throughout the earth,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Isaiah (56.1, 6-8).

            56.1 Thus says the Lord:  Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

            6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant — 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.  8 Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 67 from Songs for the Holy One.

Refrain (sung twice):  Be gracious to us and bless us, O Holy One.

O Holy One, be gracious to us and bless us;
let your face shine among us
so your way may be known in the world,
your saving help among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God.
Indeed, let all peoples praise you.

Refrain:  Be gracious to us and bless us, O Holy One.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge with truth and justice,
and guide the nations of the world.
Let the peoples praise you, Holy One.
Indeed, let all peoples praise you.

Refrain:  Be gracious to us and bless us, O Holy One.

May the earth yield its harvest.
May the Holy One, our God, bless us.
May God bless us,
and all the ends of the earth revere the Holy One.

Refrain:  Be gracious to us and bless us, O Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans (11.1-2a, 29-32).

            11.1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people?  By no means!  I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.  2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

29 . . . for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.  32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

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 (15.21-28).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            15.21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.”  23 But he did not answer her at all.  And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.”  24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”  26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done for you as you wish.”  And her daughter was healed instantly.

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 Cannot Measure How You Heal’  Common Praise #292

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. [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

‘Soli Deo Gloria’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #878

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

O God, our life, our strength, our food,
we give you thanks for sustaining us
with the body and blood of your Son.
By your Holy Spirit,
enliven us to be his body in the world,
so that more and more we will give you praise
and serve your earth and its many peoples,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and 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

‘For the Healing of the Nations’  Common Praise #576


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), 65 alt.

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