Sunday, 1 September 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. Today is also Father’s Day. Resources are provided through this post for congregations wishing to celebrate fathers.

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 2:4-13 God accuses Israel of turning away from him
Psalm: Psalm 81:1,10-16
Responsive Psalm 81 PPT   standard / widescreen


b)First Reading:  Proverbs 25:6,7 The wisdom of humility
Psalm: Psalm 112
Responsive Psalm 112 PPT standard / widescreen

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

Second reading: Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16 Obligations in community, home and church
Gospel: Luke 14:1,7-14 Humility and hospitality

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermons on the gospel: Sermon_Luke 14:1,7-14_Pr Vernon Kleinig ;   sermon – luke 14 1 7-14 – year c – proper 17
Sermons on the Hebrews reading: Sermon_Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; sermon – hebrews 13 1-8 – year c – pentecost 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 Sunday Word and Prayer. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

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


Opening Sentences

Through Jesus let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –
the fruit of lips that confess his name.  (Heb 13:15 NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Keep, O Lord, your church
with your continual mercy;
and because without you
we in our frailty cannot but fall,
keep us always by your help
from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things
profitable to our salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Watch over your church, Lord,
with your constant mercy,
because without your support
we would fall.
Keep us from what might hurt us,
and lead us to what is good for us.
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 we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
Lord God, your Son humbled himself
in obedience to your will
and gave up his life for us.
Transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
and do what pleases 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.

OR, new
(Let us pray for humility. [silence])
Jesus, our self-giving Saviour,
teach us to be like you.
Make us humble
and ready to put the needs of others
before our own.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 12: Proper 17

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for humbling yourself for our sake.
Help us to follow you in humility and service.

Offering Prayer

Merciful God,
help us to please you
by offering the true sacrifices
of doing good
and sharing what we have.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer-of-the-Church-Proper 17C

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.

Additional Prayers for Fathers’ Day

Whether or not there is a blessing for fathers, fatherhood and fathers should be remembered in prayers and thanksgiving. One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church.

Every family in heaven and on earth
receives its true name from you.
We thank you for our fathers
and for the gift of fatherhood.
Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
and provoke them to anger,
but to bring them up in the training and instruction
of your Son, Jesus Christ.

God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of fatherhood;
for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as fathers;
for those whose work keeps them from spending time with their children;
for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
for those who are unable to provide for their children through unemployment or sickness;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or death;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
and for those whose children have rejected their love.
Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

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:

Lord God,
as we have received the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
and do what pleases 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.

OR, use the fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Jesus, our Saviour,
you have given yourself to us
in this sacrament.
Teach us to be like you.
Make us humble
and ready to put the needs of others
before our own.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, and keep on loving one another.
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  / Set 5
Ordinary Time PPT Slides (Standard): General Use /Traditional/Modern / Modern 2/ Set 5

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 gospel could be read by two readers: narrator (the pastor/reader), 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 ‘Abraham’s three visitors (Genesis 18:1-15)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 14 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 17.


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 391  The King of love my shepherd is
Hymn 377  Take my life and let it be
Hymn 367  O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise
Hymn 347 Guide me O thou great Jehovah

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

Additional Songs for Fathers Day

There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

467    For the beauty of the earth G7
583    O Father, all creating G4
587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

137    For the beauty of the earth
328    Joseph, your love of life
581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

God gave fathers to protect us,
and to guide us in love’s way.
They stood by us from our cradle,
teaching us to watch and pray.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who gave us love so free.

As we grew they stayed beside us,
listening, loving constantly.
They spoke to us words of wisdom,
though, at times, so hard to see.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who taught us how to be.

(This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
be our helper and our guide.
Give us courage, bless our efforts,
let us live love deep and wide.
Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
teaching, leading, loving, true.
Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
they are precious to you too.

First reading (a): Jeremiah 2:4-13
347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
322    Lord, where have we left you?
486    Let’s praise the Lord
145    The king of love my shepherd is
461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son
569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

First reading (b): Proverbs 25:6,7
119    Come down, O Love divine G9
337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear*
857    Low, the way is low GS
190    Low, the way is low
436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
502    Patiently waiting for you
398    Come down, O Love divine
444    Dear shepherd of your people, hear
448    Blest are the pure in heart

Second reading: Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16
Hymns of praise as well as the following:
246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8
357    O God, thou faithful God* G3
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G6
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
388    All depends on our possessing* G3
392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
467    For the beauty of the earth G7
804    The church of Christ in every age G5
816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
859    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
197    When I needed a neighbour
265    For all your goodness, Lord, we give you thanks
301    Prayer of peace
373    Bound by love
429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
443    Like an angel
456    Everything we got
496    Don’t be afraid
499    It was me
137    For the beauty of the earth
169    Our God, we know your providence
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
553    In all my ways, in every task
556    All depends on our possessing
560    All my hope on God is founded
578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
599    Take my life, and let it be
629    When I needed a neighbour

Gospel: Luke 14:1,7-14
As for first reading (b)
475   Come to the banquet
598   Invitation


Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 81 p133 , Psalm 81 p134

Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
Their children will prosper in all that they do,
and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

All things will go well for the ones who are free
in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
they know they will conquer against all their foes.

The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
and they are exalted with honour and praise.
The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
but all of their evil will vanish away.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 112 p184 , Psalm 112 p185

    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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