Sunday, 25 August 2019 – the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16), 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: Jeremiah 1:4-10 The Lord calls Jeremiah
Psalm: Psalm 71:1-6
Responsive Psalm 71 ppt standard/ widescreen


b)First Reading:  Isaiah 58:9b-14 The Lord calls on Israel to obey him
Psalm: Psalm 103:1-8
Responsive Psalm 103 ppt standard/ widescreen

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

Second Reading: Hebrews 12:18-29 Mount Sinai and Mount Zion contrasted
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17 Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on Isaiah reading: Sermon_Isaiah 58:9b-14_Pr Roger Atze
Sermon on Jeremiah reading: Sermon_Jeremiah 1:4-10_Pr Vince Gerhardy
Sermon on Psalm 71:  sermon – psalm 71 1-6 – year c – pentecost 14
Sermons on the Hebrews reading: Sermon_Hebrews 12:18-29_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Sermon_Hebrews 12:18-28_Pr Vernon Kleinig2
Sermons on  the gospel:  sermon – luke 13 10-17 – year c – proper 16

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

You have come to the city of the living God,
and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and to the assembly of the firstborn
who are enrolled in heaven.  (Heb 12:22,23 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Almighty and eternal God,
grant that we may grow in faith, hope, and love;
and make us love what you command,
so that we may obtain what you promise;
through your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
help us to grow in faith, hope, and love.
Make us love what you command,
and give to us what you promise.
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 faith to follow Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to eternal life.
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 please God with our worship. [silence])
Thank you, great and loving God,
for bringing us into your presence
with the angels and all your people.
Fill us with joy as we come
to receive good gifts from 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.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 11C: Proper 16C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and mercy
to people in need.
Help us to have the same compassion for others.

Offering Prayer

Loving Lord,
help us to trust in your care,
and place ourselves and all we have
in your hands,
to use according to your wisdom and goodness.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 16C

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,
thank you for the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to eternal life.
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.


Go in peace, and give thanks, for you are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
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

NEW! In order to add variety in this long season, a new PPT slide set will be offered from time to time. This week’s new set features a photo sourced from Ordinary Time Set 5 standard /widescreen

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

Sermon and Reading 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 Jeremiah could be read by two readers: narrator (Jeremiah), and the Lord; the gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus, and synagogue official.

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 heals a woman on the Sabbath (Luke 13:10-17)’. Material for this story may be found in the revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 16.


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 191  The Church’s One Foundation
Hymn 373  Lord, Speak to Me
Hymn 501  God Himself is Present
Hymn 159  O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

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

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): Jeremiah 1:4-10

227    O Spirit of the living God G5
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
103    Send your servant down the road
296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
305    Thuma mina
323    May the words of my mouth
448    Loving Spirit
405    O Spirit of the living God
417    Loving spirit, loving Spirit
658    I, the Lord of sea and sky
749    Thuma mina

First reading (b): Isaiah 58:9b-14
358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
814    For the fruits of his creation G6
272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
292    Because we bear your name
301    Prayer of peace
308    We are called to follow Jesus
168    For the fruits of all creation
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

Second reading: Hebrews 12:18-29
69    Glory be to Jesus* G6
191    The Church’s one foundation G4
251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
445    Ye holy angels bright G8
456    The God of Abraham praise G7
501    God Himself is present* G3
504    To Thy temple I repair G5
507    Open now Thy gates of beauty* G3
130    I am covered over
324    Saints of all time
345    Nothing but the blood
108    You holy angels bright
121    God himself is present
125    The God of Abraham praise
221    Glory to God on high
344    Glory be to Jesus
457    The Church’s one foundation

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
505    Father, who the light this day G4
817    O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7

210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising

Below is a song by John Kleinig, based on Hebrews 12:22-24, to be sung to a tune by Sue Collyer (see Music Package 9, pp 150,151).

Here we have come to a place that is holy,
the mountain of God,
the city of light.
Here we cross over from earth into heaven,
receiving by faith
things hidden from sight.

Here we can join with ten thousands of angels
who lead us in praise
for what Christ has done.
Here we are part of a world-wide assembly,
in which we are all
joint-heirs with God’s Son.

Here is our Father, the judge of all people
who pardons our sin
and shows us his face.
Here we are close to the saints gone before us
who rest in the light
of God’s holy place.

Here we have Jesus, our one mediator
who brings God to us
and us back to him.
Here is the blood that makes us sinners holy,
by giving us life
and washing us clean.

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 71:1-6 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ATN 84, I want Jesus to walk with me. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I take refuge in you, O Lord.
Let me never be put to shame.
In your justice, come and save me,
bend to hear me, and rescue me.

Be a rock, Lord, where I can hide;
be a fortress to shelter me.
Only you can be my fortress,
and the rock where you set me free.

Rescue me, Lord, out of the hands
of the wicked and the unjust.
Since my youth, Lord, you have been my
only hope and my only trust.

Lord, I’ve always relied on you;
since my birth from my mother’s womb,
you have helped me in my trouble.
So I always give praise to you.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 71 p118 , Psalm 71 p119

The hymn ‘O bless the Lord, my soul’ (LH 452, TIS 64) is a paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-7 or 1-9. A paraphrased version of Psalm 103 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 48.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A

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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