Sunday, 4 August 2019 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13), 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: Hosea 11:1-11 God’s love for his rebellious people
Psalm: Psalm 107:1-9,43
NEW! Responsive Psalm PPT  standard / widescreen

b) First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23 Only in God does life have meaning
Psalm: Psalm 49:1-12
NEW! Responsive Psalm PPT  standard / widescreen

*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*one

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-11 The old life and the new
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 The parable of the rich fool.

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on gospel reading: Sermon_Luke 12:13-21_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Sermon_Luke 12:13-21_Pr Peter GhalayiniSermon_Luke 12:13-21_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Sermon_Luke 12:13-21_Pr Tim Ebbs
Sermon on Hosea reading: Sermon_Hosea11:1-11_Pr Vernon Kleinig
Sermon on Colossians reading: sermon – colossians 3 1-11 – year c – pentecost 11

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 standard /ppt widescreen )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Service without communion (pdf / doc /ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
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)

NEW! Ready to Go Resources

Please note that the resources below have been prepared for congregations with limited administrative support and represent only one combination of the available service orders, readings, etc. This week’s service has been prepared using the Service Without Communion order. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

Service Order     Word / PPT (standard) /PPT (widescreen)


Opening Sentence

Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth,
for you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
O God, since you declare your almighty power
chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
Mercifully grant us such a measure of your grace,
that we may run to obtain your promises,
and share in your heavenly glory;
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 reveal your almighty power
most of all in showing mercy.
In your loving kindness
let us run towards what you have promised,
and share in your heavenly treasure.
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 bread of life. [silence])
Loving Father,
your dear Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven
to be the true bread
which gives life to the world.
Give us this bread, so that he may live in us
and we in him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for wisdom in regard to wealth. [silence])
Thank you, loving Father,
for giving us so many good things.
Keep us from hoarding earthly riches for ourselves
and neglecting the needs of others.
Make us truly rich
in knowing and following your Son.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Proper 13, Year C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for caring for us
and for blessing us so richly.
Keep us from worry and from greed.

Offering Prayer

Generous God,
teach us to use our possessions wisely,
by offering them back to you
and helping other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 8C

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.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, 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.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, 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.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, 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.

Loving Father,
your dear Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven
to be the true bread
which gives life to the world.
As you have fed us with this bread,
may he live in us and we in him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace to seek the things that are above.
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 gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), a man, and Jesus.

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 ‘The parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 11 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 13.


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.

LHS 394 God is love let heaven adore him
AT 264 Spirit of God
AT 265 Take us now we are yours
LHS 799 In Christ there is no east or west
AT 194 Christmas Blessing   (x2)

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, Mark recommends the following:

Hymn 326 O how great is thy compassion
Hymn 407  If thou but suffer God to guide thee
Hymn 177 O my saviour lifted
Hymn 239 Son of God eternal saviour 

Backing tracks for these recommendations are available from ACR (the 647 hymns from the black hymnal, played on organ 25 favourite hymns with choir and organ  40 organ accompaniment hymns  – list on website  40 more accompaniments for congregational singing

First reading (a): Hosea 11:1-11

326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
394    God is love, let heaven adore Him G9
431    My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3


225    Why do you love me?


110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
153    God is love, let heaven adore him

First reading (b): Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23

346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
407    If Thou but suffer God to guide Thee* G6
870    Lord of all hopefulness G6


230    Christ the worker
242    Son of the Father
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
405    Lord of all hopefulness


554    If we will trust in God to guide us
571    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go
613    Lord of all hopefulness

Second reading: Colossians 3:1-11

102    Hallelujah, Hallelujah!* G5
106    Since Christ has gone to heaven, His home* G3
109    Draw us to Thee* G5
114    See, the Conqueror mounts in triumph (v 5) G4
170    Chief of sinners though I be (esp vv 1,4) * G5
173    Before the throne of God above (esp vv 1,3,6) G5
177    O my Saviour, lifted G5
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
798    Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round G6
799    In Christ there is no east or west G7
847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share G5 (alt tune 839, G7)


101    Jesus, please watch over us
148   Born for resurrection
171    Dying you destroyed our death
264    Spirit of God
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
393    Real food, real drink


248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
385    Now is eternal life
459    In Christ there is no east or west
475    If we have died to ourselves in Jesus (v 4)
600    O my Saviour, lifted
673    I set the Lord before my eyes

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
357    O God, thou faithful God* G3
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5


34     Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
265    Take us now, we are yours
358    Gift to the world


606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
611    God of grace and God of glory

PSALM 107:1-9,43

For musical settings of Psalm 107:1-9,43, see Music Package 9. TIS 67, Thus will say the Lord’s redeemed, is a version of Psalm 107:1-5,23-26,28-31.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 107:1-3 by David Schütz is sung to Dominus regit me (LH 391, TIS 145). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O thank the Lord for he is good,
his love endures forever.
Let this be said by those the Lord
redeemed from all their trouble.

Let those he gathered from the ends
of earth where they were scattered,
from north and south and east and west,
give thanks to him with praises.


For musical settings of Psalm 49:1-12, see Music Package 9. The following paraphrase of Psalm 49 may be sung to tune ‘Christum wir sollen loben’ (LH 313). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

All mortals of the world, come near,
hear this, you peoples, and give ear
both low and high, and rich and poor,
to understanding wise and sure.

In times of trouble, do not fear
those who hold wealth and riches dear.
There is no price that they can pay
to save their lives from death and grave.

Both fool and wise will one day die,
and leave their riches where they lie.
The splendid way of life they spend,
will vanish when they meet their end.

Be not afraid of earthly wealth,
it brings no happiness or health;
for God alone in your last hour
can shield and keep you from death’s power.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings:Psalm 49 p87Psalm 49 p88


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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