Sunday 20 October, 2019 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24), Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

This Sunday begins the Season of Prayer, a LCANZ focus on prayer for Church planting and renewal. The Season of Prayer will run for six weeks, from 20 October to 24 November 2019. Liturgy Helps for the season are available here. A selection from these resources has been incorporated into the worship resources below. Feel free to substitute other choices from the material provided to best suit your congregation’s needs. You may like to screen Bishop John Henderson’s video introduction, downloadable from the New & Renewing Churches website.

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: Joel 2:23-32 The coming day of the Lord for his people
Note: This reading from Joel is used in the place of Jeremiah 31:27-34 usually scheduled for Proper 24, Year C, because next week is Reformation Sunday, which uses the same reading from Jeremiah.
Psalm:  Psalm 119:97-104
Responsive Psalm 119 PPT standard / widescreen

b) First Reading: Genesis 32:22-31 Jacob wrestles with God
Psalm: Psalm 121
Responsive Psalm 121 PPT standard / widescreen

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

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 Responsibilities of the pastor
The Gospel: Luke 18:1-8 Parable of the widow and the judge

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.
Sermon on the First Reading : Sermon_Genesis 32 22-32 Pr Josh Pfeiffer ;
Sermon on the Second Reading:
Sermon_2 Timothy 3 15-17_Pr Vince Gerhardy
Sermons on the Gospel: Sermon_Luke 18_1-18_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Sermon_Luke 18_1-18_Pr Heath Pukallus ; Sermon _Luke 18 _Pr Joshua Pfeiffer sermon – luke 18 1-8 – year c – pentecost 22sermon-luke-18-1-8-year-c-proper-24

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 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 Lord says: I will forgive your iniquity,
and remember your sin no more. 
(Jer 31:34b alt)

I have seen God face to face,
and yet my life is preserved. 
(Gen 32:30b NRSV)


Season of Prayer

We gather in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit
In whom our lives are hidden, and in whom we are sent out.

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
Lord, keep your family the church
in continual godliness,
that through your protection
it may be free from all evil,
and may devoutly serve you
in good works,
to the glory of your name;
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, keep your family faithful to you.
Protect us from all evil,
so that we may serve you
by doing good,
to the glory of your name.
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 approach God with confidence. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and a sure faith
to draw near to you as our Father,
and to ask you for whatever we need.
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 persistence in prayer. [silence])
Merciful Lord of heaven and earth,
teach us to come to you with confidence
in all our needs,
and rely on your help and protection.
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.


Season of Prayer

Let us pray.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you have made us and the whole world for your glory and our blessing.
We freely acknowledge that we have neither lived fully to your glory, nor always been agents of blessing in the world.
Renew us through the gifts of repentance and faith,
Revive us through the fullness of your Holy Spirit,
Refresh us through the healing power of the gospel, and
Re-send us to those you love as you gather your harvest.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 19C: Proper 24C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for encouraging us to pray.
Help us to persist in prayer,
knowing that God wants what is good for us.

Offering Prayer

Caring God,
help us joyfully and confidently
to place all we are and all we have
in your hands.
Use us and our possessions
according to your will.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 24C

Additional Prayer Points

  • Season of Prayer
    Heavenly Father, we pray for the church planters already working across the Church, and for those you are still raising up. Please encourage them, empower them, send them help from your own holy Presence, and protect them from the evil one. In Jesus name, Amen.
  • 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 God,
through his body and blood
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and a sure faith
to draw near to you as our Father,
and to ask you for whatever we need.
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. Continue in what you have learnt and firmly believed.

OR Go in peace. Keep praying and don’t become discouraged.
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 Genesis could be read by three readers: narrator, the man, and Jacob.

‘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 ‘The parable of the widow and the judge (Luke 18:1-8a)’, Material for this story may be found in: Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 22 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 24.


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.

Be still for the presence…/Evans (CCLI)
AT 115   Father in Heaven  (One License)
TIS 456 Your hand O God has guided (Public Domain)
AT 219  Then I will praise you  (One Licence/CCLI)
LHS 426 What a friend we have in Jesus (Public Domain)

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 500 Blessed Jesus at Thy word
LHS 221 Spread o spread Thy mighty word
LHS 16 Hail to the Lords’ anointed vs 1,3,5
LHS 426 What a friend we have in 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): Joel 2:23-32

Hymns of praise, esp:
435         Christians, now praise ye G6
567         Sing to the Lord of harvest* G9
774         Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6

129         Everyone
218         Spirit
249         Dreams and visions

91          Praise now the Lord, it’s good to raise
404         Lord God, the Spirit blest
410         Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
416         Great God, your Spirit

First reading (b): Genesis 32:22-31
146    Thee, O Jesus, I’ll not leave G8
310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
404    Lord, as Thou wilt, deal Thou with me G9
777    Father in heaven GS
90    Father, bless us as we go
115    Father in heaven
342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
465    Father in heaven
781    Father, bless us as we go

Second reading: 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9 (alt tune 82, G5)
194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word*
245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
261    How shall the young secure their hearts? G6
265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
272    O Word of God incarnate G6
273    We have a sure, prophetic Word G7
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew G7
103    Send your servant
415    Praise the Spirit in creation (vv 3,5,6)
425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
426    Spirit of truth, essential God
431    Thanks to God whose word was spoken
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
456    Your hand, O God, has guided

Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
16      Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
390   Wait, my soul, with patience* G3
395    O for a faith that will not shrink* G7
409    Commit whatever grieves thee* G6
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
426    What a friend we have in Jesus
168    Hear our prayer
219    Then I will praise you
485    Praying
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
555    Put all your trust in God
590    What a friend we have in Jesus
621    O God of every nation

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A
TIS 76, I to the hills will lift my eyes, and 77, Lifting my eyes up to the hills, are paraphrases of Psalm 121. Songs ATO 407 and LHS 868 are also based on this psalm.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 121 p208 , Psalm 121 p209

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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