Sunday 13 October, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23), 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 29:1,4-7 Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon
Psalm:  Psalm 66:1-12
Responsive Psalm 66 PPT standard / widescreen

OR b) First Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Naaman is cured
Psalm:Psalm 111
Responsive Psalm 111 PPT standard / widescreen
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-15 A call to endurance
The Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 Jesus heals ten lepers

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.

Sermon on Psalm 111: Sermon_Psalm 111_Pr Vernon Kleinig
Sermons on the Gospel: Sermon_Luke 17:11-19_Pr Heath Pukallus ; Sermon_Luke 17:11-19_Pr Vernon Kleinig 1 ; sermon – luke 17 11-19 – year c – pentecost 21 ; Sermon_Luke 17:11-19_Pr Vince Gerhardysermon-luke-17-11-19-year-c-proper-23 ; Sermon_Luke 17:11-19_Pr Vernon Kleinig 2

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 / doc/ ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Morning Praise (pdf / doc / 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 / doc/ 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

If we have died with Christ, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.  (2 Tim 2:11-13 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
Merciful Lord,
grant to your faithful people
pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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
Merciful Lord,
give pardon and peace to your faithful people.
Cleanse us from all our sins,
so that we may serve you with minds set at rest.
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. [silence])
Lord, you have called us to open our hands
so that you might fill them.
Open not only our hands,
but our hearts also,
so that we recognise your goodness,
count all things loss in comparison with you,
and desire to be made like 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 thankfulness. [silence])
God of our salvation,
thank you for healing us and making us whole.
Make us always thankful and ready to praise you,
rejoicing in your goodness.
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 18C: Proper 23C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for having mercy on us
and healing us of our sin.
Make us thankful in words and deeds.

Offering Prayer
Faithful God,
accept the gifts we bring
out of thankfulness for all you have done for us,
and use them for your service.

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

Lord, in this sacrament
you have placed into our open hands
the body and blood of Christ.
Open not only our hands,
but our hearts also,
so that we recognise your goodness,
count all things loss in comparison with you,
and desire to be made like 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.


Go in peace. God is always faithful.

OR Go in peace and thankfulness. God has made you whole.
Thanks be to God. 

OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.


Sermon and Reading Art Ideas with Sources   UPDATED WEEKLY! Images related to the readings and sermons for use in PowerPoints and other projections. The images are provided with permission. Please include the acknowledgements for any images you use.

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.

Other Visual Art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:


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 2 Kings could be read by six readers: narrator, servant girl, king of Israel, Elisha’s servant, Naaman, and Naaman’s servant; and the gospel from Luke could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), leper, and Jesus.

‘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.

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 ‘Jesus heals ten men (Luke 17:11-19)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 21 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 23.


This Week’s Top 5

There are many great songs and hymns to choose from each week. This list has been compiled by Mark Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship’s Music and Song team. Please make sure you check the copyright on any songs you use.

TIS 127 Holy God we praise your name
AT 301 Prayer of Peace
AT 361 Here we are
Amazing Grace, my chains are gone / Tomlin
LHS 223 How sweet the name of Jesus

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: (If a hymn is hyperlinked, modernised lyrics are available).

LHS 457 Mighty God we praise Thy name
LHS 572 O King of Love O King of peace
LHS 616 I am trusting Thee Lord Jesus
LHS 223 How sweet the name of 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 29:1,4-7
572    O God of love, O King of peace* G5
192    Spirit of peace
301    Prayer of peace
181    Come, O God of all the earth (esp v 5)
614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
616    O day of God, draw near
680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind

First reading (b): 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c
616    I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus* G9
877    Trust and obey GS


Second reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-15
4        Once He came in blessing* G4
169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5
171    Dying you destroyed our death
322    Where have we left you
347    O dearest Jesus
197    God’s Son came to bless us
245    We have a gospel to proclaim
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
481    Baptized into your name most holy
486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ
594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
611    God of grace and God of glory

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* G9 (alt tune 331, G5; alt tune 360, G9)
161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
431    My soul, now bless thy Maker* (vv 1,4) G6
437    Now thank we all our God* G6
451    When all Thy mercies, O my God G9
452    O bless the Lord, my soul
880    How shall I call you? GS
43    How shall I call you?
189    Thank you for life
289    Thank you that you hear me
325    Sing to God with joy and gladness
361    Here we are
429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
64    O bless the Lord, my soul
106    Now thank we all our God
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
584    Just as I am, without one plea

TIS 36, Joyfully shout, all you on earth, is a paraphrase of Psalm 66:1-12.
Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 66 p108 , Psalm 66 p109

Two metrical versions of Psalm 111 by David Schütz are given here. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Version I: may be sung to the tune Herzlich Lieb (LHS 385)

Alleluia! Alleluia!
With all my heart I thank the Lord
before the congregation.
The works of God are great and good,
and all who find their joy in him,
will seek to understand them.
His noble works and splendid ways,
have won him fame and glorious praise;
for evermore his righteousness
and grace and mercy never cease.
The Lord our God
provides for those who fear his name,
true to his word, always the same.

The Lord has shown his mighty power
by giving to his faithful ones
a good land to inherit.
The things he does are right and just,
and all his laws deserve our trust,
they will remain for ever.
He set his faithful people free,
when we were lost in slavery,
gave us his covenant and word –
holy and awesome is the Lord!
Be wise and learn to fear the Lord,
whose praise endures for evermore.

Version II: may be sung to the tune ‘I am covered over’ (ATA 130)

I will thank the Lord with all
my heart before the presence of
his holy ones.
Everything the Lord has done
is great and wonderful, and
I delight in it!
He is full of majesty
and honour, and his righteousness
will always last forever.
We will not forget him for
he always shows us tenderness
and mercy.

He provides the food for those
who fear him; he will not forget
his covenant;
he has shown his power to
his people and he’s given us
a heritage.
All he does is just and true;
and we can trust his precepts too,
for they are always steadfast,
they have been set down to be
performed in truth and righteousness
for ever.

He has freed his people from
their chains and he has given us
his covenant.
Holy is the Lord our God
and awesome is his holy name
for evermore.
Wisdom starts with fearing God
the Lord, and all who practise it
will reach true understanding.
Everyone who loves the Lord
our God will praise his name now
and forever.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 111 p182 , Psalm 111 p183

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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