Sunday, 21 July 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11), 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

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.
a) First reading: Amos 8:1-12 The basket of fruit; Israel’s doom
Psalm: Psalm 52


b) First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a A son promised to old Abraham and Sarah
Psalm: Psalm 15
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*

Second reading: Colossians 1:15-28 The supremacy of Christ; Paul a servant
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits Mary and Martha

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on Genesis reading: Sermon_Genesis 18:1-10a_Pr Vernon Kleinig
Sermon on Colossians reading:  sermon – colossians 1 15-28 – year c – pentecost 9
Sermons on Gospel reading: Sermon_Luke 10:38-42_Pr Tim EbbsSermon_Luke 10:38-42_Pr Peter Ghalayini ; Sermon_Luke 10:38-42_Pr Vernon Kleinig

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)


Opening Sentences

The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations
has now been revealed to the saints of God.  (Col 1:26 NRSV alt)


The Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.
Give thanks to the Lord; he is good,
and his mercy lasts forever.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Grant us, Lord,
the spirit to think and do always what is right,
so that we,
who cannot do anything that is good without you,
may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
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
Guide us, Lord,
to think and do always what is right.
Enable us, who cannot exist without you,
to live according to your will.
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 the spread of the gospel. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have made your loving purpose known to us
through the good news of your salvation in Christ.
Make us faithful witnesses to the truth,
so that those who hear may believe
and be united with all the saints in glory.
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, new
(Let us pray that we gladly hear the words of Christ. [silence])
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for coming from God
and reconciling us to him.
Teach us to listen to your words,
and treasure them more than anything else.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 6, Proper 11, Year C

Prayer after the Gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your words of comfort and help.
Keep us from being too busy to listen to you.

Offering Prayer:
Great God,
you have rescued us and made us yours to serve you.
Help us willingly
to give of ourselves and all we have,
and use our gifts for your good purposes.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 9C

The regular response, OR

Lord, we call to you for help;
in the morning, we pray to you.

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,
you have made your loving presence known to us
in the sacrament of holy communion.
Make us faithful witnesses to the truth,
so that those who hear may believe
and be united with all the saints in glory.
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.


You have sat at the feet of the Lord. Go in peace to serve him.
Thanks be to God. 

OR  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.

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 Genesis could be read by three readers: narrator, Abraham and the Lord; and the gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus and Martha.

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.


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.

This week’s story is ‘Jesus visits Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 9 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 11.


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.

TIS 626 Lord of creation to you be all praise
AT 67 Let your words fill my days
LHS 148 Jesus the very thought of thee
AT 34 Seek ye first
God ever loving / de Lacy (tune: Morning has broken – blue 123)

First reading (a): Amos 8:1-12

260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
824    Your word, O Lord, is gentle dew G7



431    Thanks to God, whose Word was spoken

First reading (b): Genesis 18:1-10a

456    The God of Abraham praise G7


403    God of Abraham (esp vv 1,2)


125    The God of Abraham praise

Second reading: Colossians 1:15-28

21     Of the Father’s love begotten G7
39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
50    Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (alt tune A9, G9)
65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to thee* G5
176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise
454    Ye servants of God (see TIS 215 for revised words) G6
790    O Lord of light, who made the stars


17    Emmanuel
157    Jesus, name above all names
220    There’ll be peace
242    Son of the Father
267    Bread of heaven


165    Praise our God, the great creator
174    Morning glory, starlit sky
215    You servants of God
219    Jesus comes, with all his grace
255    O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation
290    Of the Father’s love begotten
308    To us a child of royal birth
331    Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle
469    This is the truth we hold
528    The Son of God proclaim
565    Author of faith, eternal word
626     Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42

148    Jesus, the very thought of Thee G6
149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
153    One thing needful: this one treasure G9
259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
265    How blest are they who hear God’s word* G3
587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6


34    Seek ye first
67    Let your words fill my days
100    St Patrick’s prayer
239    Listen to him
304    Stay with me
367    My heart is fixed on you, Lord
547    Fill our hearts


581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
748    There once was a man (v 3)

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 52 p95 , Psalm 52 p96

The following paraphrase of Psalm 15 by David Schütz (alt.) may be sung to the tune Anthes (LH 308). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, who shall be admitted
into your holy tent?
And who may find a dwelling
upon your holy hill?
All those whose life is blameless,
the righteous and the just,
who never stoop to slander,
but speak with honest heart.

They keep from doing evil,
from doing harm to friends.
They close their ears to rumours
that harm their neighbours’ name.
They show the greatest honour
to those who fear the Lord,
but in their eyes the evil
are held in no regard.

They always keep their promise,
no matter what the cost.
They lend their money freely
and will not take a bribe.
All these shall be admitted
and shall not be removed,
for they alone may enter
God’s tent and know his love.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 15 p18 , Psalm 15 p19 , Psalm 15 p20


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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