Sunday, 22 September 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20), 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) The First Reading: Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1 Jeremiah mourns for the people
Psalm: Psalm 79:1-9
Responsive Psalm 79 PPT standard / widescreen


b) The First Reading: Amos 8:4-7 Against swindlers and exploiters
Psalm: Psalm 113
Responsive Psalm 113 PPT standard / widescreen

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

The Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 The church is to pray for all people
The Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 The parable of the shrewd manager

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: all of the following sermons have been edited for lay-reading.
Sermons on the Gospel: Sermon_Luke 16:1-13_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Sermon_Luke 16:1-3_Pr Tim Ebbssermon – luke 16 1-13 – year c – pentecost 18sermon – luke 16 1-13 – year c – proper 20
Sermon on the Second Reading: Sermon_1 Timothy 2:1-7 Pr Vince Gerhardy

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

There is one God; and one mediator between God and human beings,
the human being Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all. 
(1 Tim 2: 5, 6a composite)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
Lord, grant your people grace
to avoid the contamination of the devil,
and to follow you, the only Lord,
with pure hearts and minds;
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, help your people
to avoid all contamination of the devil,
and to follow you, the only Lord,
with pure hearts and minds.
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 a willingness to serve others. [silence])
Almighty and merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for those in need
we also do for him.
As he became the servant of all,
help us to be a servant to others.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we serve only God. [silence])
Faithful God,
your Son teaches us
that we cannot serve two masters.
Keep us from being led astray
by greed or possessions,
and help us to dedicate our lives to you
as our one true treasure.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address Pentecost 15C: Proper 20C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you
for all the good things you have given us.
Lead us to use our gifts wisely
in serving you and helping others.

Offering Prayer

Lord God,
help us not to hoard our wealth and possessions,
but gladly serve you, our only Master,
by giving of ourselves and what we have.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 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 Father,
thank you that your Son Jesus Christ
has served us at his own table.
As he became the servant of all,
help us to be a servant to others.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, for God wants everyone to be saved.

OR Go in peace to serve the Lord, your only Master.
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 Jeremiah could be read by three readers: narrator (Jeremiah), one of the people (vv 19b,20), and the Lord (v 19c); and the gospel from Luke could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), one of the people (vv 5b-6), and the Lord (v 7b).

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 pleads for Sodom (Genesis 18:16 – 19:29)’. Material for this story may be found in: Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 18 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 20.


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 394 God is love let heaven adore him
Hymn 141  Father of Heaven whose love profound
Hymn 173 Before the throne of God above
Hymn 379  Lord of creation to thee be all praise

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 8: 18 – 9:1
12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
394    God is love, let heaven adore Him G9
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
25    Comfort, comfort all my people
286    Sorrowing song
483    Is the Lord with us?
153    God is love, let heaven adore him
647    Comfort, comfort all my people
679    God of Jeremiah, grieving
689    Lord, hear my praying, listen to me

First reading (b): Amos 8:4-7
357    O God, thou faithful God* G3


Second reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
160    Arise, my soul, arise G9
173    Before the throne of God above G5
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4
566    Christ, by heavenly hosts adored G9
572    O God of love, O king of peace* G5
890    Praise God the Saviour G6
168    Hear our prayer
289    Thank you that you hear me
385    If there ever was a time
575    Lord, listen to your children praying
104    While morning still is breaking
131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
218    Jesus! The name high over all
285    Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
374    Entered the holy place above
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour

Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
153    One thing needful, this one treasure G9
163    Would you know what most I prize?* G9
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
374    O Lord of heaven and earth and sea G9
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
265    For all your goodness, Lord
358    We bring the gifts that you have brought us
464    Here you are, Lord
573    A charge to keep I have
599    Take my life, and let it be
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 79 p130

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 113 p186

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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