Sunday, 8 September 2019 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), 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 18:1-11 The potter
Psalm: Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Responsive Psalm 139 PPT standard/ widescreen


b) First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A choice between life and death
Psalm:Psalm 1
Responsive Psalm 1 PPT standard/ widescreen
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*

Second Reading: Philemon 1-21 A personal appeal to Philemon
The Gospel: Luke 14:25-33 The cost of being a disciple

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 14:25-33_Pr Heath Pukallussermon – luke 14 25-33 – year c – proper 18
Sermon on Psalm 139: Sermon_Psalm 139_Pr Tim Ebbs
Sermon on Deuteronomy reading: Sermon_Deuteronomy 30:15-20_Pr Roger Atze
Sermon on Jeremiah reading:  sermon – jeremiah 18 1-11 – year c – pentecost 16 ; Sermon_ Jeremiah 18:1-11_Pr Vince Gerhardy
Sermon on Philemon reading: Sermon_Philemon 1-21_Pr Vernon Kleinig

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 of the Word. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

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


Opening Sentences

Return now everyone from your evil way,
and make your ways and your doings good. 
(Jer 18:11c NKJV alt)

The Lord has set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
Choose life so that you may live.  (Deut 30:19 NRSV alt)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
O Lord, let your continual pity
cleanse and defend your church;
and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
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, in your constant mercy
cleanse and defend your church.
Guide it forever by your goodness
because it cannot remain safe without 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, alternative
(Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
and boldly in times of trouble.
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 follow Jesus. [silence])
Jesus, our light and life,
make us ready
to turn away from everything else
that claims our allegiance,
and follow you as our only Saviour.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 13C: Proper 18C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving up everything for us.
Help us to love you more than anything else,
and to follow you to the end.

Offering Prayer

Help us, Lord,
to commit our lives to you,
and willingly to offer ourselves and our possessions
for your purposes.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 18C

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

Jesus, our light and life,
thank you for strengthening us in this sacrament.
Make us ready
to turn away from everything else
that claims our allegiance,
and follow you as our only Saviour.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace. Love and obey the Lord.
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 ‘Philemon and his runaway slave (Philemon)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 16 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 18.


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 128 O Spirit of Life O spirit of God
Hymn 344 Our God is love and all his saints
Hymn 294  O God unseen yet ever near
Hymn 371 O Jesus I have promised (tune 206)

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 18:1-11
Hymns of repentance plus:
354    Change my heart, O God

First reading (b): Deuteronomy 30:15-20
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G6
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
471    Lord Jesus Christ, my life, my light G3
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
41    Father, we adore you
250    Glorify your name
267    Bread of heaven
325    Sing to God with joy
401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
407    Breathe on me, Breath of God
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
526    Lord Jesus Christ

Second reading: Philemon 1-21
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
177    Love one another
503    Show me heaven
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
434    Where there is charity and love
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
648    Help us accept each other

Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
351    ‘Take up thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (alt tune 270, G3)
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
265    Take us now, we are yours
372    Teach me your way
401    Follow me
413    The summons
495    Come and follow me
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
527    All that is hidden
579    Go and tell
555     See Yourself
583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
595    O Jesus, I have promised

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
you know when I sit down and when I rise.
From far away you know my thinking;
you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
You know my ways and all the things I do,
before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

On every side, you’re all around me;
your mighty hand is always over me.
So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
its height and depth too great for me to see.
For it was you who made my inmost being
and knitted me together in the womb.

I praise you for my wondrous making –
I know that all your works are wonderful.
When I was hidden deep in darkness,
yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
And even then you numbered all my days –
my life unlived was written on your page.

Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
How vast they are is more than I can say.
Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
their number is far more than grains of sand!
If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139. AT 534 I always will love you is also partly based on this psalm.
Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
those who don’t stand among the the sinful crowd,
those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

They meditate on God’s law day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

But the ungodly – they are not like this!
They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

All those will perish who walk in the path
of the ungodly, following their way.
But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
who love his law and live in righteousness.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4

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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