Sunday: Ordinary 31A, Proper 26A

God's saving love

      The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12
      Merciful God, it is by your gift alone that your faithful people offer you true and acceptable service: grant that we may so faithfully serve you in this life that we fail not finally to obtain your heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP. Trinity 13
      Let us pray [that our lives may reflect our faith]
      God of power and mercy, only with your help can we offer you fitting service and praise. May we live the faith we profess and trust your promise of eternal life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      Creator God, you have filled the world with beauty: open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works, that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness, for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      Leaders and prophets rebuked.   Micah 3:5-12  
      God is my joy and my delight.   Psalm 43  
      Crossing the Jordan.   Joshua 3:1-17   3:7-17
      Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.   Psalm 107:1-9   107:1-7, 33-37
      Waiting for Christ's return / Purity.   1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 / 4:1-8   2:9-13   3:5-13 or 4:1-8
      Jesus warns against false teachers.   Matthew 23:1-12   23:1-12, (37-39)
Supplementary readings
      The twelve memorial stones.   Joshua 4:1-24   4:1-19
      The seven woes.   Matthew 23:13-36   23:13-26
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
CC 187
WSP 64
TIS 437
TIS 232
HTC 481
NLP 193
HTC 480
Hymn or Chorus first line
We want to bless you Lord
Lord teach you way unto me
Blessed Jesus at your word
O the deep deed love of Jesus
Love is his word, love is his way
O the love of the Lord is the essence
Lord God you love has called us here
Tunes and sources
Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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