Monday, June 11, 2018

An Ordo for Pentecost 4 (RCL Proper 11B, 17 June 2018)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

17 June 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High’  Common Praise #628 vv. 1, 2, 3, 4


Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who has come to us to set us free,
who has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born from the house of David.  Amen.

Kyrie [1]

The Deacon offers the biddings.

God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you have made known your salvation,
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Presider leads the Community in the following prayer.

God of healing and forgiveness, 
draw us to yourself and forgive our sins, 
so that we may behold the glory
of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen[2]

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Creating God,
you make all things new.
Plant seeds of confidence and gladness in our hearts,
so that, trusting in your word, we may live no longer for ourselves
but for him who died and was raised for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [3]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  1 Samuel 15.34-16.13

A reading from the First Book of Samuel.

            15.34[Samuel] went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.  35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul.  And the Lordwas sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

            16.1The Lordsaid to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul?  I have rejected him from being king over Israel.  Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”  2Samuel said, “How can I go?  If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”  And the Lordsaid, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’  3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”  4Samuel did what the Lordcommanded, and came to Bethlehem.  The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”  5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.”  And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

            6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.”  7But the Lordsaid to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lorddoes not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks on the heart.”  8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel.  He said, “Neither has the Lordchosen this one.”  9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by.  And he said, “Neither has the Lordchosen this one.”  10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lordhas not chosen any of these.”  11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”  And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.”  And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”  12He sent and brought him in.  Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome.  The Lordsaid, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”  13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lordcame mightily upon David from that day forward.  Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

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

The Psalm:  Psalm 20 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, into your hands we commit ourselves and our work for peace and justice.

May the Holy respond to you in your distressful day;
the name of Jacob’s God be your sure support,
send you help from the sanctuary,
from Zion support you!
May the Holy One remember your sacrifices,
respond with favour to your burnt offerings,
give you your heart’s desire,
fulfill all your plans.

Refrain: Holy One, into your hands we commit ourselves and our work for peace and justice.

May we shout for joy in your victory,
in the name of our God raise the banners.
May the Holy One fulfill all your entreaties.
Now I truly know
that the Holy One will give victory to the anointed king,
respond to him from holy heaven,
with a mighty and victorious hand.

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, into your hands we commit ourselves and our work for peace and justice.

Some trust in chariots, some in horses,
we will invoke the name of our God.
They will collapse and fall;
we will rise and be restored.
Holy One!  Give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call.

Refrain (sung twice):  Holy One, into your hands we commit ourselves and our work for peace and justice.

The Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.6-10, 14-17

A reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.

            5.6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord — 7for we walk by faith, not by sight.  8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  10For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.  15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

            16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.  17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise#715 (sung twice)

The Gospel:  Mark 4.26-34

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            4.26[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.  28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.  29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

            30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?  31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

            33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise#715 (sung twice)

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family 
in heaven and earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
the Author of creation, the Word of redemption
and the Spirit of wisdom.  Amen.[4]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

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

The 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.[5]

The Great Thanksgiving

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: [6]

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. [7]

You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God.
You are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him
may not perish but have eternal life.

We give you thanks for his coming into the world
to fulfill for us your holy will
and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died. Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Remembering, therefore, his life-giving passion and death,
his glorious resurrection and ascension,
and the promise of his coming again,
we give thanks to you, holy and gracious God.
Accept our praise and thanksgiving
and with your Word and Holy Spirit
bless us, your servants, and these your gifts of bread and wine,
so that we and all who share this bread and this cup
may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace,
receive the forgiveness of sin,
be formed to live as your holy people
and be given our inheritance with all your saints.

To you, Author of creation, with the Word of redemption
and the Spirit of wisdom, be all honour and glory in your holy church,
now and forever.  Amen. [8]

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.[9]

The Breaking of the Bread

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
Grant us peace.[10]

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

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘We Who Live by Sound and Symbol’  Common Praise#69 (sung to #585)

The Sending Forth of the Community

The 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.  Amen.[11]

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

‘Let Streams of Living Justice’  Common Praise#575

The Dismissal

Go forth as seeds of the kingdom of God.
Thanks be to God.

[1]Federizon Mass for Saint Faith (2018).

[2]Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[4]Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

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

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

[7]Federizon Mass for Saint Faith (2018).

[8]Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 108-109 alt.

[9]Federizon Mass for Saint Faith (2018).

[10]Federizon Mass for Saint Faith (2018).

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

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