Sunday, 29 September 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), 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 32:1-3a,6-15 Jeremiah buys some land
Psalm: Psalm 91:1-6,14-16
Responsive Psalm 91 PPT standard / widescreen

OR b) The First Reading:  Amos 6:1a,4-7 Woe to the complacent
Psalm: Psalm 146
Responsive Psalm 146 PPT standard / widescreen

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

The Second Reading:  1 Timothy 6:6-19 Pastoral advice to Timothy
The Gospel:  Luke 16:19-31 Parable of the rich man and Lazarus

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: all of the following sermons have been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on Psalm 91:1-6: Sermon_Psalm 91:1-6_Pr Vernon Kleinig
Sermons on the Second Reading:  sermon – 1 timothy 6 6-10 – year c – pentecost 19
Sermon on the Second Reading and Gospel: Sermon_1 Timothy 6_6-10 _ Luke 16_19-31_ Pr Roger Atze
Sermons on  Gospel: Sermon_Luke 16:19-31_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; sermon – luke 16 19-31 – year c – proper 21

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

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,
whom no one has seen or can see:
to him be honour and might forever. Amen.  (1 Tim 6:15,16 NIV alt)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
O God, since without you
we are not able to please you:
Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things
direct and rule our hearts;
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
without you we are not able to please you.
Direct our hearts
by the working of your mercy.
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 to be faithful stewards of our possessions. [silence])
Loving Father,
you have so generously given us
all that we are
and all that we call our own.
Help us to serve you
by managing our possessions wisely,
so that they may not be a curse in our lives,
but an instrument for blessing.
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 help other people. [silence])
God, the giver of all good gifts,
teach us to be understanding and compassionate
to all people, whatever their needs,
and to share with them
the good things you have provided.
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 16C: Proper 21C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your great generosity to us.
Lead us to reflect your love
by sharing our wealth with those in need.

Offering Prayer

Merciful God,
you have given us so many good things.
Make us generous and willing to share with others,
and use us and our possessions
for your purposes.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 21C

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:

God, the giver of all good gifts,
you have fed our hunger for you
with the bread of life.
Teach us to be understanding and compassionate
to all people, whatever their needs,
and to share with them
the good things you have provided.
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 be rich in good works.
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 Luke could be read by three readers: narrator (words of Jesus – which could be read by the pastor), rich man, and Abraham.

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 rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 19 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 21.


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 119  Come down O Love divine
Hymn 352  Fight the good fight
Hymn 101  Jesus lives thy terrors now
Hymn 206  Stand up stand up for Jesus

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 32:1-3a, 6-15
First reading (b): Amos 6:1a,4-7
119    Come down, O Love divine G9
310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
315    Lord, to Thee I make confession* G6
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
279    Create in us a clean heart, O God
398    Come down, O Love divine
476    As a chalice cast of gold
712    Create in us a clean heart, O God

Second reading: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
206    Stand up, stand up for Jesus G6
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord*
405    In God, my faithful God* G4
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
801    O Lord Jesus, hand in hand GS
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
602   Kingdom kids
117    The Lord Jehovah reigns
142    Glory be to God the Father
143    Immortal, invisible, God only wise
547    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
560    All my hope on God is founded
592    Stand up, stand up for Jesus
594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
611    God of grace and God of glory
690    Beauty for brokenness

Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord*
239    Listen to him
263    Singing all praises
372    Jesus lives! Your terrors now
416    Great God, your Spirit

Michael Joncas’s paraphrase of Psalm 91 ‘On eagle’s wings’ in ATO 411, TIS 48 is also suitable for use today.
The song ‘All those who live beneath God’s shade’, LHS 861, AT 21, is also a paraphrase of part of Psalm 91.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 91 p152

TIS 90, I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, is a paraphrase of Psalm 146:1,2,5-9. Or, either of the following paraphrases of the psalm by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first may be sung to the tune Adelaide, LH 461.

As long as I have breath,
I’ll sing my praise to God:
O praise the Lord, my soul!
Don’t trust in human strength,
in whom there is no help.
O praise the Lord, my soul!

When mortal breath is gone,
and strength returns to dust,
all human plans will end;
but Jacob’s God keeps faith –
he made the earth and sky
and all that they contain!

He gives the hungry food,
and justice to the poor
and sets the prisoners free.
The righteous know his love.
He lifts up those weighed down,
and makes the blind to see.

He cares for refugees,
for widows, orphans too,
but all who hate him fall!
Forever Zion’s God
is King of all the earth,
O praise the Lord, my soul!

This second version may be sung to the tune of ‘Now the green blade rises’ (LHS 764, AT 15, TIS 382).

Praise the Lord, my soul! I’ll praise him all my days.
Trust no human leader – mortals bring no aid.
Their breath departs, their bodies turn to dust,
all their plans will perish, as all creatures must.

Verses 5,6
Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

Verses 7,8
The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
by his healing power the blind are made to see,
he gives his justice to all those oppressed,
lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

Verses 9,10
Strangers, widows, orphans know his loving grace.
But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!
Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 146 p239 , Psalm 146 p240

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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