The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an *
Bold print, the community speaks as one. +, people may make the sign of the cross
Morning Prayer + 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
We have no good apart from God. That makes our Lord’s call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, and the like. This is the path of life.
NOTES ABOUT WORSHIP TODAY
This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal patter of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. Also, the services of daily prayer in community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of Daily Prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.
Today’s ordering is a version of Morning Song from the 1906 Presbyterian Book of Common Worship where the hymns move us into the presence of God in praise and worship and open us up to hear the Word and then be sent.
Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.
PRELUDE: Leoni- 17th century Jewish melody, setting by P. F. Tillen
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.
*OPENING SENTENCES AND PRAYER OF THE DAY
Then God said, Let the earth put forth vegetation:
plants yielding seed,
and fruit trees of every kind on earth
that bear fruit with the seed in it.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit:
fruit that will last.
In the same way, my friends, you have died
to the law
through the body of Christ,
so that you may belong to another,
to him who has been raised from the dead
in order that we may bear fruit for God.
And a harvest of righteousness is sown
in peace for those who make peace.
The ones sown on the good soil:
they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit,
thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.
For the tree is known by its fruit.
Holy and gracious God, you call us to ventures that cannot be foretold,
to paths we do not know. Be our guide, through your word, and feed us with your assurance that your way is truly the path of love, joy, and peace. Amen.
*GATHERING HYMNS # 49 The God of Abraham Praise (verses 1 & 3)
# 36 For the Fruit of All Creation (verses 1 & 3)
# 714 God of the Fertile Fields (verses 1 & 4)
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Merciful God, we give you thanks
that through the gift of our baptism
you offer the forgiveness of sin
and wash us clean from all evil.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
renew our lives and make us worthy
to enter into your eternal sanctuary;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Friends, let us remember our baptism and be thankful.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace
ALL SING # 853 We Are Marching in the Light of God
THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION (Ps. 90:14)
Satisfy us with your love in the morning,
and we will live this day in joy and praise.
giver of all good things:
For our home on earth
and for your unfailing mercy,
we give you thanks.
Christ, our redeemer:
For your sacrifice on the cross
and rising from death that we might live,
we give you thanks and praise.
Holy Spirit, giver of life:
For your abiding presence in our lives
and for comforting and guiding us,
we give you thanks, praise, and glory.
O triune God:
To you be glory and praise
now and forever. Amen.
Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.
A brief silence.
For all followers of Christ; for the church and its ministers; and for the mission of the gospel, that all will know the gifts of the Holy Spirit, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For the wilderness and deserts; for the rain forests and tundra; for native lands and farmland; and for all who tend the land, that God’s mighty work be seen in all creation, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For those who govern in Canada and the United States; for those responsible for peace among people and nations; and for those who strive for freedom, that all are guided by Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For refugees in need of protection; for the homeless in need of shelter; for those who work in the summer’s heat; for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit (especially), that God provide compassionate advocates and skilled medical professionals to aid them, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For those who travel this summer; for those celebrating significant events in their lives; and for this community of faith, that the love of Christ be present in our joy and pleasure, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
In thanksgiving for those who now rest in the hope of the resurrection, that with them we receive assurance that God does not abandon us in any time or place, especially this week as we commemorate: Westminster Assembly of Divines & the Westminster Confession & Catechisms (1643– 1649); Harriet Beecher Stowe; Swithun; Anatolius of Alexandria; the Prophet Hosea; John Witherspoon; Blanche; Jan Hus; and the Prophet Isaiah, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who taught us to pray:
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory, forever.
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
FIRST READING: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There the Lord reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha.
15Then the LORD said to [Elijah,] “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 19So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 16, Hymn # 810 When in the Night I Meditate
SECOND READING: Galatians 5:1, 13-25
For Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the invitation to be what we could not be otherwise. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit.
1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Luke 9:51-62
Jesus is unwavering in his commitment to his mission in Jerusalem and will not be swayed by pettiness. In a series of striking cases in point, he calls his disciples to a similar single-mindedness.
51When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then they went on to another village.
57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
*HYMNS # 688 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (verses 1 & 5)
# 721 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (verses 1 & 4)
*SENDING HYMN # 65 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (verses 1 & 2)
*BLESSING & DISMISSAL
POSTLUDE: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah- Huw Rowland Pritchard, setting by Pamela M. Robertson
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the online Glory to God Hymnal site (http://hymnal.pcusastore.com), Sundays and Seasons (Year C), the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018), and informed by the order of the 1906 Book of Common Worship. Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145.
Calendar of Commemorations:
30 First Martyrs of the Church at Rome (c. 64) – Christians murdered in the city of Rome during Nero’s persecution. In July of 64, more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero (“fiddling while Rome burned”), who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. According to the historian Tacitus, many Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims. This feast first came into the General Roman Calendar in the 1969 calendar reforms. The intention of the feast is to give a general celebration of early Roman martyrs.
1 Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643– 1649) & the Westminster Confession & Catechisms – a council of divines (theologians) and members of the English Parliament appointed from 1643 to 1653 to restructure the Church of England. It produced a new form of church government, a confession of faith, two manuals for religious instruction (the Shorter and Larger Catechisms), and a liturgical manual (the Directory for Public Worship), for the Churches of England and Scotland. The Confession and Catechisms were adopted as doctrinal standards in the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches, where they remain normative.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811– 1896) – American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans.
2 Swithun (or Swithin) (d. 862) – Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and patron saint of London’s Winchester Cathedral.
3 Anatolius* of Alexandria (d. c. 282) – aka Anatolius of Laodicea, bishop of Laodicea (Syria), one of the foremost scholars of his day in the physical sciences, mathematics, and philosophy.
4 Prophet Hosea (8th century BCE) – 8th-century BC prophet in Israel. He is one of the Twelve Prophets of the Jewish Hebrew Bible, also acknowledged as a prophet in Christian and Muslim scholarship.
John Witherspoon (1723– 1794) – Scottish-American Presbyterian minister, delegate from New Jersey to the Second Continental Congress, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Later, he signed the Articles of Confederation, and supported ratification of the Constitution. In 1789 he was convening moderator of the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
5 Blanche (5th century) – 5th century English.
6 Jan Hus* (c. 1369– 1415) – Czech theologian, philosopher, master, dean, and rector of the Charles University in Prague; Hus is considered the first church reformer, as precedes Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli; his writing had a strong influence on Martin Luther himself. He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church.
Prophet Isaiah (8th century BCE) – Within the text of the Book of Isaiah, Isaiah himself is referred to as “the prophet”, but the exact relationship between the Book of Isaiah and any historical Isaiah is complicated. The traditional view is that all 66 chapters of the book of Isaiah were written by one man, Isaiah, possibly in two periods between 740 BCE and c. 686 BCE. Another widely-held view is that parts of the first half of the book (chapters 1–39) originated with the historical prophet, interspersed with prose commentaries written a hundred years later, and that the remainder of the book dates from immediately before and immediately after the end of the exile in Babylon, almost two centuries after the time of the historic prophet. Thus, Isaiah could be two, three, or several writers, whose works are combined into one book.
*pronunciations: NOT for inclusion in the bulletin, just for liturgist and lay readers. Ann-ah-TOE-lee-us; YONN HOOS.
Presbyterian Church. Book of Common Worship. Presbyterian Publishing. Kindle Edition.