Sunday, 18th August 2019 – the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15), 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 5:1-7 The song of the vineyard
Psalm: Psalm 80:1,2,8-19
Responsive Psalm 80 ppt      standard/widescreen


b) First Reading: Jeremiah 23:23-29 The word of the living God is active
Psalm:Psalm 82
Responsive Psalm 82 ppt       standard/widescreen
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 The great cloud of witnesses
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56 Jesus the cause of division

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.

Sermon on Isaiah reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 5 1-7 – year c – pentecost 13
Sermon on Hebrews reading and the gospel: Sermon_Hebrews 11 & Luke 12_Pr Heath Pukallus
Sermons on the gospel: Sermon_Hebrews 11:29-12:2_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Sermon_Hebrews 11:29-12:2_Pr Vernon Kleinig;  edited for lay reading sermon – luke 12 49-56 – year c – proper 15

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)

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 Sentences

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. 
(Heb 12:1,2a NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Almighty and merciful God,
since you give your faithful people grace
to 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 your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and merciful God,
it is your gift
that your faithful people serve you well.
Help us to run without stumbling
and reach what you have promised.
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 that all people may find their fulfilment in Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
in the coming of your Son as a human being.
May he shine in our lives,
so that all who see us
are drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for endurance. [silence])
Jesus, our guide and our goal,
keep our eyes fixed on you.
Encourage us to persevere in running the race
that you have set before us,
and strengthen us to overcome all obstacles.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 10C: Proper 15C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for calling us to follow you.
Help us to put you first in our lives.

Offering Prayer

Living God,
keep us faithful and committed to you.
Help us willingly to give of ourselves
and our possessions
for use in your kingdom.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 10C_Proper_15C

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 fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
when your Son came as a human being.
As we have received his body and blood in this sacrament,
may he shine in our lives
so that all who see us
may be drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
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 Isaiah could be read by two readers: narrator (vv 1,2,7), the friend/beloved (vv 3-6).

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 ‘Abram and Lot (Genesis 13 and 14)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 13 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 15.


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

Top 4 Public Domain

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

Hymn 337  God from all eternity (Tune 276 is easier if you have a musician)
Hymn 197  Lord keep us steadfast in thy word
Hymn 392 How firm a foundation
Hymn 457  Mighty God we praise thy name

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): Isaiah 5:1-7

337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
571    Almighty Lord, before Thy throne G9 (alt tune 183, G6)
301    Prayer of peace
160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
416    Great God, your Spirit, like the wind

First reading (b): Jeremiah 23:23-29
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G6
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
822    God has spoken by His prophets G6
824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew (alt tune 415, G3)
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
239    Listen to him
127    Holy God, we praise your name
158    God has spoken by his prophets
428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
567    God of all power, and truth, and grace

Second reading: Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2
137    Triune God, be Thou our stay G9
339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
403    Lord Jesus Christ* G5
807    Lift high the cross GS
203    Keeping my eyes on you
367    My heart is fixed on you
502    Patiently waiting for you
351    Lift high the cross
392    At the dawning of salvation
462    Now we come, our heavenly Father
470    Rejoice in the Lord’s saints, today and all days
565    Author of faith, eternal word
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
643    I want to walk as a child of the light

Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
803    Peace with the Father G7
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
466    Peace with the Father

The following paraphrase of Psalm 80:1,2,8-19 may be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627, TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68(ii)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Shepherd of Israel, hear us now;
you once were Joseph’s guide.
Enthroned on cherubim, shine forth:
stir up your saving might.

From Egypt you have brought a vine,
and, by your mighty hand,
you cleared a place, and planted it.
It grew and filled the land.

It covered mountains with its shade,
the cedars with its leaves.
Its tendrils reached the river bank,
its branches reached the sea.

Why have you broken down its walls,
so all may pluck its fruit?
The forest boar has ravaged it,
and cattle eat it too.

Turn now again, O God, and see
the vine that you have sown.
May those who burnt and cut it down,
now pay for what they’ve done.

Give blessing to the one who sits
with you at your right hand;
and give strength to your chosen one,
the promised Son of Man.

Give us again your gift of life,
and we will praise your name.
Restore us, God, and let your face
shine on us once again.
Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 80 p131 , Psalm 80 p132

The following paraphrase of Psalm 82 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Aberystwyth (LH 302, TIS 211(i)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

In the council of the great,
God sits in the judgment seat,
calling nations to admit
to the sins that they commit.
‘How much longer will you keep
justice from the low and weak?
Aid the cause of wrong no more,
save the needy and the poor.’

No-one knows or understands
what our God in judgment plans;
other judges all seem blind,
but our God declares his mind:
‘Acting like the gods, most high,
you, as mortals, still will die!’
Rise, O God, give judgment true;
all the earth belongs to you.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 82 p135 , Psalm 82 p136

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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