Sunday, 30th June 2019 – Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8), Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Altar colour: Green

Orders of service

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.
After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)

Bible readings

Note: There are two sets of first readings (with accompanying Psalms) given for the Sundays after Pentecost: (a) a new semi-continuous set, and (b) a set related thematically to the gospels (as in the earlier form of the lectionary). It is intended that either one of these two sets be used throughout and that they not be mixed.

First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14 Elijah taken to heaven
Psalm 77:1,2,11-20 

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:15,16,19-21 The call of Elisha
Psalm 16
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1,13-25 Freedom in Christ to live by the Spirit
The Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 The cost of following Jesus

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on the Readings

Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading:
Sermons on Luke 9:51-62 : Sermon_Luke 9:51-62_Pr Tim Ebbssermon – luke 9 51-62 – year c – pentecost 6sermon – luke 9 51-62 – year c – proper 8


Opening Sentences

Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit,
let us also be guided by the Spirit. 
(Gal 5:24,25 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
O God, since you have prepared
for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love for you,
that we may love you above all things
and obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Lord God, you have prepared for those who love you
good things beyond our understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love for you
that we may love you in all things
and above all things,
and obtain what you have promised,
which is more than we can desire.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative:
(Let us pray for power to endure. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your dear Son willingly endured
the agony and shame of the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we are led by the Holy Spirit. [silence])
Christ our Saviour,
thank you for setting us free
from slavery to sin
and the condemnation of the law.
Make us alive by your Spirit,
and ready to follow and serve you.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 3 (Proper 8)

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for giving up everything for us.
Help us wholeheartedly to follow you.

Offering Prayer

Help us, God,
as followers of Christ
to offer ourselves and our possessions
for your service.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 6C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the LCA International Mission website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin.

Resources for services with Holy Communion


It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(On this day)*
he overcame death by his resurrection
and opened up for us
the way to eternal life with you.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

* The words ‘on this day’ are used only on Sundays.

Communion Invitation

Jesus says: ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’ Come, for
everything is ready.
Jesus says: ‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those
who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.’
Come, for everything is ready.
This cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks is a communion in
the blood of Christ. This bread that we break is a communion in the body
of Christ. Come, for everything is ready.

Prayer after Communion

See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows:

Almighty and merciful God,
your dear Son
willingly offered up
his body and blood on the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.
Thanks be to God.


In the name of Christ. Amen.


You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year on the Visual Arts website. The image used on the Traditional and General Use slides below was taken with permission from the Visual Arts site, and was created by Faye Lienert.

Ordinary Time PPT Slides (Widescreen) General Use/Traditional / Modern / Modern 2
Ordinary Time PPT Slides (Standard): General Use /Traditional/Modern / Modern 2

Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

NEW Sermon Art Ideas with Sources

Other Visual Art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:


‘Mega Drama’
See a drama for the day in Mega Drama  resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

dramatising the READINGS
The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading from 2 Kings could be read by three readers: narrator, Elijah, and Elisha. The first reading from 1 Kings could be read by four readers: narrator, the Lord, Elisha, and Elijah. The gospel could be read by five readers: narrator (the pastor), James/John, first man, second man, third man.

Play scripts and scores for a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park. There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys


In addition to the Children’s Address included in the Liturgy above, you can find excellent resources for children’s ministry at Grow Ministries, the Child, Youth and Family Ministry of the LCA.

Fruits of the Spirit

Nine children, each with a placard on which is written in large letters one of the fruits of the Spirit, line up as the second reading is read, and as the fruits of the Spirit are mentioned hold up their placards. The placards could be cut in the shape and colour of fruit: for instance, apples, pears, strawberries.

‘Come and See Jesus’

The Come and See Jesus curriculum published by Openbook Publishers has a wealth of material and ideas that may be adapted for use in worship. Please note that a new edition of this material is currently available for the Revised Common Lectionary.


Song/Hymn suggestions

* = Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

This Week’s Top 5

There are many great songs and hymns to choose from each week. This list has been compiled by Mark Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship’s Music and Song team. Please make sure you check the copyright on any songs you use.

AT 191 Brother Sister let me serve you
LHS 883 He set me free
LHS 371 O Jesus I have promised (use tune ‘Morning Light LHS 206)
Amazing Grace (My chains are gone) / Tomlin
TIS 168 For the fruits of his creation

First reading (a): 2 Kings 2:1,2,6-14

First reading (b): 1 Kings 19:15,16,19-21

Second reading: Galatians 5:1,13-25

58     Lord, little can I offer (Pt II) G3
130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
295    O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee and adore Thee* G3
296    My maker, be Thou nigh* G5
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
381    O God, our Father, throned on high G7 (alt tune 391, G9)
773    Filled with the Spirit’s power G7
774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
775    Let every Christian pray G7
814    For the fruits of his creation G6
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS


156    He sets us free
184     Love is the law
191    The servant song
192    Spirit of peace
264    Spirit of God
481    Free to dance


168    For the fruits of all creation
250    O Christ, when for us you were baptized
410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
411    Filled with the Spirit’s power
420    Holy Spirit, go before us
563    Let him to whom we now belong
601    O Master, let me walk with Thee
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you

Gospel: Luke 9:51-62

151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* G5
336    ‘Come, follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus * G5
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8


307    Walking in the light
372    Teach me your way
401    Follow me
413    The summons
586   We will love
588   With eyes wide open


561    Who would true valour see
595    O Jesus, I have promised


Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 77 p124

The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune: ‘Now thank we all our God’, LH 437, TIS 101. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Protect me, Lord my God,
in you I find my refuge.
I say, ‘You are my Lord;
I’ve no good thing without you.’
And as for all your saints,
the righteous in the land,
they are the noble ones
in whom is my delight.

Those who choose other gods
will end their days in sorrow.
I will not speak their names,
or share in their blood off’rings.
The Lord maintains my lot,
my portion and my cup.
My future’s safe in him,
my heritage is good.

I bless the Lord my God,
who always gives me counsel.
At night he teaches me
and guides my heart to wisdom.
I let God lead the way,
and follow in his steps.
With God close by my side,
I never will be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad,
in you my soul rejoices.
My body rests secure,
when death and grave seem final.
For you won’t give me up
nor let me see decay.
You show the path of life
to joy with you always.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 16 p21 , Psalm 16 p22 , Psalm 16 p23

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate:lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary:has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words:: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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