Monday, September 4, 2017

An Ordo for Pentecost 14 (RCL Proper 23A, 10 September 2017)

Please note that at Saint Faith's we are using the complementary series 
for the First Reading and Psalm.

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 September 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Alleluia!  Glory to God’  Common Praise #457 (Ref; vv 1, 2; Ref; vv 3, 4; Ref; vv 5, 6; Ref)

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 Lord God,
enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy.
Without your help, we mortals will fail;
remove far from us everything that is harmful,
and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel (33.7-11).

            33.7 So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.  8 If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand.  9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

            10 Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said:  “Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?”  11 Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

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

The Psalm

Psalm 119.33-40 from Songs for the Holy One.

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

Holy One, teach me the course laid down in your laws
that I may always obey them.
Give me understanding so I may follow your teaching
and keep it with all my heart.

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

Direct me in the path you command.
That is my delight!
Turn my heart to your decrees,
not to love of wealth.

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

Prevent me from seeing falsehood;
grant me life in your own ways.
Fulfill your promise to your servant,
the promise you give to all who revere you.

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

Divert the disgrace I dread.
Your just rules are excellent.
How I long for your decrees!
By your true justice, give me life!

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

The Second Reading

A reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans (13.8-14).

            13.8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  10 Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

            11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.  For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near.  Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.  14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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 (18.15-20).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            18.15 [Jesus said,] “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.  If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.  16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.  19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

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

‘Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive’  Common Praise #614

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Great and holy God,
accept our offering of labour and love.
May we bring you true and spiritual worship
and be one with you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the 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

‘Jesus, the Joy of Loving Hearts’  Common Praise #70

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

‘To Show by Touch and Word’  Songs for a Gospel People #134


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] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 379.

[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.

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