Sunday, 15 September 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19), Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to use whatever meets 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.
First Reading: Jeremiah 4:11,12,22-28 The coming destruction of Judah and Jerusalem
Psalm: Psalm 14
Responsive Psalm 14 PPT standard / widescreen


First Reading:Exodus 32:7-14 Moses pleads for the people and the Lord relents
Psalm:  Psalm 51:1-10
Responsive Psalm 51 PPT standard / widescreen

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

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Gratitude for God’s mercy
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10 The lost sheep and the lost coin

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermons on  gospel: Sermon_Luke 15:1-10_Pr Tim Ebbs; Sermon_Luke 15:1-10_Pr Heath Pukallus ; Sermon_Luke 15:1-10_Pr Vince Gerhardy ;   sermon – luke 15 1-10 – year c – proper 19; Sermon_Luke 15:1-10_Pr Vernon Kleinig

Sermon on  second reading : Sermon_1 Timothy 1:12-17_Pr Vernon Kleinig ;  sermon – 1 timothy 1 12-17 – year c – pentecost 17

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

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 
(1 Tim 1:15 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
Lord, we pray that your grace
may always go before and follow after us,
so that we may continually be devoted
to all good works;
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, let your loving kindness
always go before us and follow us,
and lead us continually to do good.
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 depend on God’s mercy. [silence])
Loving heavenly Father,
it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
Help us always to remember
that you have forgiven and accepted us
only because of Christ,
and not because of ourselves
or anything that we have done.
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 show compassion to others. [silence])
Jesus, the Saviour of sinners,
thank you that like a shepherd
you search for those who are lost,
to bring them safely home to God.
Give us the same care and concern for others
as you have shown for us.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 14C: Proper 19C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for loving and caring for each one of us.
Lead us to repent and to show love to others.

Offering Prayer

Loving Father,
you sent your Son to save us lost sinners.
Teach us to give of ourselves in gratitude.
Use us and our possessions,
so that other sinners may be found and saved.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 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.

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, the Saviour of sinners,
thank you that like a shepherd
you search for those who are lost,
and that you have again come to us in love
in this holy meal.
Give us the same care and concern for others
as you have shown for us.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, for Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
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 reading from Exodus could be read by three readers: narrator, the Lord, Moses. The gospel could be read by two readers: narrator (the pastor), 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 ‘The parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15: 1-10)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year 2, Semester 2, 17 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year 2, Semester 2, Proper 19.


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 500 Blessed Jesus at thy word
Hymn 170 Chief of sinners though I be (tune 330 can also be used)
Hymn 305 Today thy mercy calls us
Hymn 440 Sing praise to God who reign above 

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. Click on the hyperlinks to see the modernised lyrics (please click here to browse 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 4:11,12,22-28
314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
431    My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
332    We are sorry for the foolish things we do
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word

First reading (b): Exodus 32:7-14
131     Holy Ghost with light divine* G5
170    Chief of sinners though I be* G5
314    Turn, Lord, thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above (esp v 5) G3
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
84    Give to our God immortal praise
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above

Second reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
4        Once He came in blessing* G4
170    Chief of sinners though I be* G5
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
31    God forgave my sin, in Jesus’ name
376    Faith, hope and love
446    Mercy
455    All this I believe
84    Give to our God immortal praise
143    Immortal, invisible, God only wise
197    God’s Son came to bless us
213    Father, whose everlasting love

Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
144    Lord God, to Thee we all give praise (esp v 3) G6
165    One there is, above all others* G8
170    Chief of sinners though I be* G5
305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
424    Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire (esp v 3 – v 2 in mod) * G5
465    Praise my soul, the King of heaven G7
841    O welcome, all you noble saints of old GS
851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
77    God and man at table are sat down
131    Amazing grace
470    I’m so secure
509   You hear the lambs a-cryin’
129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
134    Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
145    The king of love my shepherd is
233    I will sing the wondrous story

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 14 p16 , Psalm 14 p17

The following paraphrases of the psalm are by David Schütz. Note that verses 11 and 12 have been added in both cases to complete the verse structure. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first is sung to the tune Aus tiefer Not (Luther), LHS 310.

Have mercy on me, O my God,
according to your steadfast love;
wipe my transgressions from your sight,
according to your gen’rous grace.
O wash me from iniquity,
and cleanse me from the stain of sin;
for I know my transgressions.

I’ve sinned against you, Lord, alone,
and done what’s evil in your sight,
so you are right to sentence me,
and blameless when you judge my sin.
Indeed, a sinner I was born,
but you seek truth within my heart;
so make me know your wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, make me clean;
O wash me, make me white as snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy again;
and give me gladness in my soul.
O let the bones you crushed be healed.
and turn your face from all my sins,
blot out all my transgressions.

Create in me a clean heart, God,
and let my spirit be renewed.
Don’t cast me out away from you,
or take your spirit from my heart.
Restore to me the joy I knew
when first you saved me from my sin.
Uphold me with your spirit.

This second version may be sung to the tune Delay not, LH 304. Note that verse 13 is added to complete the song verse

Have mercy upon me, O God, in your love;
blot out my transgressions, O merciful God;
O wash me and cleanse me from all of my guilt,
for I know my sin and I know what I’ve done.

Against you, O Father, alone, I have sinned,
and done what is evil, condemned by your law.
I know that your judgment is righteous and true;
I know I am guilty, that’s how I was born.

But you look for truth in my innermost thoughts;
so give me your wisdom deep down in my heart.
Oh, purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean,
and wash me and make me far whiter than snow.

That I may be glad, let me hear your good news;
and let me rejoice when my bones have been healed.
Don’t let your eyes rest on the sins I have done;
blot out from your memory the things I’ve done wrong.

Create a clean heart within me, O my God,
and put a right spirit within me, O Lord.
Don’t chase me away from your presence, I pray,
and don’t take your life-giving spirit away.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 51 p92 , Psalm 51 p93 , Psalm 51 p94

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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