CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
8th Sunday after Pentecost
The Book of Common Worship (2018)
Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Matt. 5:3)
Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
HYMN # 716 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who forgives all our sin,
whose mercy endures forever. Amen.
Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
God of mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
against one another,
and against the earth entrusted to our care.
We are worried and distracted by many things,
and we fail to love you above all else.
We store up treasures for ourselves
and turn away from our neighbors in need.
Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us all our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross.
For freedom Christ has set us free: Rejoice in this good news! Amen.
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
SUNG PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION # 461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn
FIRST READING: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift from God.
2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. 14I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
2:18I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me 19—and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? 23For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SECOND READING: Colossians 3:1-11
Life in Christ includes a radical reorientation of our values. Just as the newly baptized shed their old clothes in order to put on new garments, so Christians are called to let go of greed and take hold of a life shaped by God’s love in Christ.
1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Luke 12:13-21
In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.
13Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
The Gospel of Our Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ!
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Unaltered Nicene Creed (AD 325)
With the faithful of every time and place, especially with our Orthodox siblings, we remember our inheritance of faith as expressed in the original words of the Ecumenical Council of Nicene:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Treasuring your promise to hear us when we call, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of your creation.
A brief silence.
Your people struggle with the weariness and toil of living in a broken world. Work through your church to restore justice and mercy, and send rest and comfort to all who are bowed down. Trusting in God, our abundant provider, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Your creation longs for generous care. Give growth to the fields, strength to farmers, ranchers, and laborers who toil in summer’s heat, and wisdom to us to respect earth’s bounty. Trusting in God, our loving creator, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Your world reflects your image in billions of unique ways. Touch every life—low and high, rich and poor—and sway every heart toward your merciful will. Trusting in God, our Sovereign, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Your people in this congregation praise you and pray for your almighty help. Comfort those who suffer from anxiety, depression, or stress. Provide for those in need (especially). Trusting in God, our purpose and goal, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Your communities near and far lack basic resources. Supply work, food, and health care for all who are in need. Bring relief to those who are overworked. Trusting in God, our help, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Your saints who have died now rest in your merciful care. Comfort us in faith and love as we continue our labor on earth. Trusting in God, who gives life to the dead, we commemorate this week: John Vianney; Oswald of Northumbria; the Victims of Atomic Holocaust; John Mason Neale; Dominic; Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; and Lawrence of Rome, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
All these things and more we ask in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ, by the power of your Holy Spirit.
OFFERING (Acts 2:44–46)
In the spirit of the first believers,
we are called to share our goods in common
and contribute to the needs of the poor
with glad and generous hearts.
Let us lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
During this time of the offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?
Offerings will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.
Children bring in elements and help set the communion table
*SUNG PRAYER OF DEDICATION
# 708 We Give Thee But Thine Own (verses 1-2, 4)
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
God invites you to this table of bounty.
Come, the banquet is ready.
GREAT PRAYER OF 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.
Blessed be your name, God most holy,
For your steadfast love endures forever.
You called Israel to be your child,
And out of Egypt you brought forth your son.
When Israel turned away and refused you,
Your compassion grew warm and strong
And ruled over your anger,
And you led him with cords of kindness
And wrapped him in bands of love.
Because you could no withdrawal, in your great mercy,
You sent your infant Son, eternally begotten of you,
Not on for the children of Israel
But for all whom you would embrace as your daughters and sons.
By his sacrifice, you turned toward the whole world in everlasting love.
And so we give you thanks with the angels and archangels
And all the company of heaven, joining the unending hymn:
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,
hosanna in the highest.
Inexhaustible God, you have not stored up treasure for yourself
But instead have been rich toward us;
You did not keep your Son in heaven
But sent him among us to share your boundless inheritance of grace.
Send your Spirit upon your Church,
That grace freely received may be freely shared.
Sanctify this bread and cup
That they may be for us the body and blood of your Son;
Who, at supper with his disciples, took bread, gave you thanks,
Broke the bread, and give it to them saying:
“Take eat: this is my body which his given for you;
Do this in remembrance of me.”
After supper, he took the cup.
Again, he gave you thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
“Drink this, all of you: This is my blood of the new covenant,
Which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Great is the mystery of faith!
Christ has died; Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.
Creating God, in Christ you make a new family of faith
Where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free.
Revive your Church in the very places
Where human differences threaten to keep your disciples divided.
Wherever your Church is in dispute with itself
And your disciples are in conflict with one another,
Stir our hearts to repentance,
Give us humility to discover what loves means,
And open our imagination to the life made possible in you.
Renew us and all creation in your image,
Until the day when Christ is all and is in all,
Trinity of love and power, one God, now and forever.
Amen, amen, amen.
As our Savior Christ has taught us,
we are bold 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.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
God invites you to this table of bounty.
Come, the banquet is ready.
Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup.
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.
PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING
O God, in this holy communion you have welcomed us into your presence,
nourished us with words of mercy and fed us at your table. Amid the cares of this life, strengthen us to love you with all our heart, serve our neighbors with a willing spirit, and honor the earth you have made; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God of tender compassion, as you healed the sick and welcomed the stranger, bless those who leave this assembly to share the gifts of this table
with our sisters and brothers who are sick, homebound or imprisoned. May they be sustained by the love and prayers of this community, and by the Bread of life that satisfies all hunger, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Friends, as you have been nourished at the Lord’s Table, may you live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up in him, and abound in thanksgiving; and the blessing of the Holy Trinity, one God, be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.
HYMN # 643 Now Thank We All Our God
POSTLUDE: Now Thank We All Our God- Johann Crüger, setting by Michael Woytiuk
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal online, Eucharist Prayers by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).
COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:
4 – Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney (1786–1859) Vianney was from a humble peasant background and had limited education. With special tutoring, he managed to enter seminary where he was a miserable student. Nevertheless, even with serious reservations on the part of his superiors, he was ordained and shipped off to a tiny remote village. There, it was thought, he could not do too much damage. He took on this charge with zeal, and though his sermons were simple, even naïve, he won the hearts of his people by his ability to hear their confessions and open to them the healing forgiveness of God. This gift gained him fame and brought many visitors, both of which he found a burden.
5 – Oswald of Northumbria (604–642) When his father’s throne was seized, Oswald fled to Scotland and took refuge on the island of Iona. There he embraced the Christian faith. When he returned to claim the throne for himself, his concern was to bring the gospel to his people. A monk from Iona was summoned, but he did not speak Anglo-Saxon. So Oswald translated for him as he preached. Other missionaries came, the church flourished, and the faith spread. Oswald was killed in battle with the pagans of Mercia; as he died he offered prayers for the people of Northumbria and for his pagan enemies.
6 – Victims of Atomic Holocaust (1945) On this day in 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. The men, women, and children who died are remembered as innocent victims of warfare. In Hiroshima each year, people commemorate the bombing by floating lanterns containing prayers and messages of peace down the rivers.
7 – John Mason Neale (1818–1866) Ordained an Anglican priest in 1842, he was unable to accept a parish because of ill health. He became warden of a college, holding that position for the rest of his life. He regretted the disuse of ancient
Greek and Latin hymns and proceeded to translate them into poetic English for congregational singing. Several of these hymn texts are published in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.
8 – Dominic (1170–1221) A Spanish monk, Dominic was given the mission of preaching to heretics in southern France. At first he had little success, and had difficulty in getting ecclesiastical approval for a new order of preachers that he had founded. Soon, however, the Order of Preachers (or “Dominicans”) achieved great success as they applied Dominic’s insight of harmonizing intellectual concepts with popular concerns. Dominic’s personal qualities won him the affection of those who served in his order.
9 – Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891–1942) Edith Stein was born on Yom Kippur to Orthodox Jewish parents in Germany. She grew to be headstrong and highly intelligent, devoting herself to the study of philosophy. After abandoning her Jewish faith and declaring herself an atheist, she came upon the autobiography of Teresa of Avila (see December 14), the reading of which led to her conversion to Christianity. Even after her conversion, she would go to synagogue with her mother, for in accepting Christ she felt mysteriously reconnected with her Jewish roots. When the Nazis came to power, however, she was treated as a Jew, arrested, and imprisoned—dying in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942.
10 – Lawrence of Rome (d. 258) Lawrence was responsible for funds dispensed to care for the poor. When he was commanded by the Roman emperor Valerian to turn over the treasures of the church, he arrived with a crowd of sick and needy people and other outcasts, announcing to the emperor that they were the treasures of the church. For his audacity, Lawrence was executed, according to legend, by being roasted alive on a gridiron. Of all the many Roman martyrs, Lawrence has been and continues to be among the most celebrated.