Sunday, 11 August 2019 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14), 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: Isaiah 1:1,10-20 God tells his people: become clean
Psalm: Psalm 50:1-8,22,23
Responsive Psalm 50:1-8,22,23 PPT   standard/widescreen

OR
b) First reading: Genesis 15:1-6 Abraham justified by faith in God’s promise
Psalm: Psalm 33:12-22
Responsive Psalm 33:12-22 PPT           standard/widescreen

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

Second reading: Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 Living by faith in God’s promise
Gospel: Luke 12:32-40 Be ready for Christ’s return

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings

Sermons

Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on Genesis reading: Sermon_Genesis 15:1-6_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Sermon_Genesis 15:1-6_Pr Peter Ghalayini
Sermon on second reading: Sermon_Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 11 1 13 – year c – pentecost 12 ;
Sermons on the gospel:  Sermon_Luke 12:32-40_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Sermon_Luke 12:32-40_Pr Joshua Pfeiffer

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 After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer order. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

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

Liturgy

Opening Sentence

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.  (Heb 11:1 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
since you are always more ready to hear
than we to pray,
and are eager to give more
than we either desire or deserve:
Forgive us those things
of which our conscience is afraid,
and give us those things
which we are not worthy to ask,
except through the merits of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
you are always more ready to hear
than we are to pray,
and you are eager to give more
than we desire or deserve.
Forgive us those things
that make our conscience afraid,
and give us those things
that we are not worthy to ask for,
except through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray that we may be defended in doubt and difficulty. [silence])
Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ gave up his life
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
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.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we live by faith. [silence])
God, our protector and guide,
as we travel on through life,
teach us to trust in your loving direction,
knowing that you will bring us
safely home to you.
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.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Pentecost 9 (Proper 14), Year C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for promising us the kingdom of God.
Help us to be ready and waiting for your return.
Amen.

Offering Prayer

Lord God, our true treasure,
take us and our possessions
and use them for your kingdom.
Help us to trust in your generous care
for all our needs.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 14 Year C

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 Services with Holy Communion

Preface

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.

OR
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.

OR
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:

Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ
offered up his body and blood
in sacrifice to you
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Dismissal

Go in peace, and live by faith.
Thanks be to God. 

OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

VISUAL ARTS

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:

DRAMA

‘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, the Lord, and Abram.

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

CHILDREN

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.

‘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.

This week’s story is ‘The call of Abram (Genesis 12 and 15)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 12 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 14.

MUSIC AND SONG

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, Mark Simpfendorfer from the Music and Song team recommends the following:

Hymn 487 Wake awake for night is flying
Hymn 341  Jesus lead though on
Hymn 335 Just as I am
Hymn 525  Awake my soul and with the sun

These hymns have been used in the Resources Ready to Go above.

Backing tracks for these recommendations are available from ACR

https://www.acresources.com.au/products/music/product/1061-hymns-of-the-church-mp3 (the 647 hymns from the black hymnal, played on organ
https://www.acresources.com.au/products/music/product/1536-cd-hymns-i-remember 25 favourite hymns with choir and organ
https://www.acresources.com.au/products/music/product/708-together-in-song-cd1-cd2  40 organ accompaniment hymns  – list on website
https://www.acresources.com.au/products/music/cd-s/product/823-together-in-song-cd3-cd4  40 more accompaniments for congregational singing

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

First reading (a): Isaiah 1:1,10-20
LHS

315    Lord, to Thee I make confession* G6
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
850    O Father, my Father GS
AT
6    O Father, my Father
345    Nothing but the blood
TIS
584    Just as I am, without one plea
618    What does the Lord require

First reading (b): Genesis 15:1-6
LHS

321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
456    The God of Abraham praise G7
786    In faith and hope and love GS
AT
403    God of Abraham (esp vv 1,2)
TIS
116    Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme
125    The God of Abraham praise
139    O love of God, how strong and true
628    In faith and hope and love

Second reading: Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16
LHS

251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
353    Holy father, Thou hast taught me* G5
480    A pilgrim and a stranger* G6
AT
234    Hebrews 11:1
289    Thank you that you hear me (esp v 3)
336    Faith is
525    Travellers on the journey
TIS
114    Blessed be the everlasting God
462    Now we come, our heavenly Father
565    Author of faith, eternal word

Gospel: Luke 12:32-40
LHS

1    Hark, a herald voice is calling G7
149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
200    Thou little flock, be not dismayed
487    Wake, awake, for night is flying (esp v 1) * G6
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
856    Give me oil in my lamp GS
867    Have no fear, little flock G6
AT
85    Give me oil in my lamp
281    Nothing can separate us
303    Stay awake
440    Heaven’s like a treasure
TIS
264    Hark! A herald voice is calling
266    Wake, awake, for night is flying (esp v 1)
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
695    Fare well. We come to send you on the way

PSALM 50
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 50:1-8,22,23 by David Schütz could be used on this day. It is sung to the tune Morning Light (‘Stand up, stand up for Jesus’, LH 206, TIS 592). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

The God of gods is speaking,
he summons all the earth;
the Lord demands attention
from early dawn till night.
From Zion, the perfection
of beauty, God shines forth.
Our God does not keep silence,
he comes in glorious might.

The Lord appears before us,
an all-consuming fire;
a mighty wind is raging,
around his throne of light.
He calls for cosmic witness
to earth and to the sky,
that he may judge his people
made holy in his sight.

‘Come, gather now before me,
my steadfast, faithful ones,
and make your cov’nant with me
in sacrificial love.’
The heavens tell his glory
and justice to the world.
Come, gather now before him,
for God himself is judge.

Now, Israel, my people,
come listen to my word:
I testify against you,
for I am God, your God.
Your offerings are faultless –
for them, I’ve naught to say;
your sacrifice is always
before me every day.

But you who would forget me,
mark this, and listen well,
or else I will destroy you,
and there’ll be none to help:
All those who bring thanksgiving
as their off’ring to me,
and those who go the right way,
my salvation shall see.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 50 p90

PSALM 33
The following paraprhase of Psalm 3312-22 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Lobe den Herren’ (LH 442, TIS 111). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

The Lord destroys all the plans and the scheming of nations;
but what he plans in his heart stands unchallenged forever!
Happy are they who worship only the Lord.
He blesses his chosen people.

The Lord looks down from above and he sees all his creatures.
From his high throne he observes all the deeds of his people.
No land is saved by its great armies or strength,
but the Lord guards all who fear him.

The Lord delivers from famine and death all who trust him.
We put our hope in the Lord who protects us and helps us.
Our hearts are glad, we put our trust in his name.
Lord, let your love be upon us.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 33 p60 , Psalm 33 p61

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC

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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