Sunday 3 November, 2019 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26), 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 also marks All Saints Day. For the service resources for All Saints, please click here.

This is the third Sunday in 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.

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: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 The righteous will live by faith
Psalm:  Psalm 119:137-144
Responsive Psalm 119 PPT standard / widescreen


b) The First Reading: Isaiah 1:10-18 God tells his people: Become clean
Psalm:  Psalm 32:1-7
Responsive Psalm 32 PPT standard / widescreen

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

The Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11,12 Paul’s thanksgiving and prayers for the Thessalonians
The Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Jesus and Zacchaeus

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


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

Sermon on Habakkuk: Sermon_Habakkuk 1_Pr Roger Atze
Sermon on Psalm 32:   sermon-psalm-32-1-7-year-c-proper-26
Sermon on the Gospel:  sermon – luke 19 1-10 – year c – pentecost 24 ; Sermon_Luke 19_Pr Roger Atze

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

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  (Isa 1:18 NRSV)

OR Season of Prayer

We gather in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one eternal God.
Who preaches an eternal gospel to the nations, through us, his beloved children.

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
O Lord,
free your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be released
from the net of our sins
which because of our frailty
has entangled us;
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 God, free your people from their offences.
Through your great goodness
release us all from the net of our sins
which has entangled us because of our frailty.
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 cleansing and renewal. [silence])
Almighty God, heavenly Father,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
so that we may perfectly love you
and worthily praise your holy 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, new
(Let us pray for Jesus to live in us. [silence])
Holy and merciful God,
we thank you for sending your Son Jesus
to save those who are lost.
Lead us eagerly to seek him,
gladly to accept his invitation,
and joyfully to receive him into our lives.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR Season of Prayer

Almighty God,
whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony
and shame of the cross for the world’s redemption,
give us courage to follow him
to the ends of the earth for which he died,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address, Pentecost 21C: Proper 26

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for coming to seek and save the lost.
Have mercy, and help us to live repentant lives.

Offering Prayer

God our Saviour, lead us,
out of thankfulness for your mercy and goodness,
to dedicate our lives and all we have
to your service.

Prayer of the Church – Proper 26C

Additional Prayer Points

  • Season of Prayer
    Father, we pray for the Sending Churches across the LCANZ. Enable them to hear your voice and discern the right time to move in the development of their missional communities and church plants. We pray for the Partner Churches, that you would reveal ever more ways in which they can serve alongside the Church planter teams you have laid on their hearts. Grant to us all generous hearts, open spirits and the deep joy of seeing many people come to faith in your Son. 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 God, heavenly Father,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
By this holy sacrament,
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
so that we may perfectly love you
and worthily praise your holy 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.


Go in peace. The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.
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

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 Habakkuk could be read by three readers: narrator, Habakkuk, and the Lord; and the gospel from Luke could be read by four readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus, one of the people, and Zacchaeus.

‘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 and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)’. Material for this story may be found in Original Edition, Year C, Semester 2, 24 Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 26.


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.

How great is our God / Tomlin
Nothing but the blood  AT 345 (red)
Glorify your name  AT 250 (orange)
Take my life and let it be LHS 377
Forth in Thy name O Lord I go LHS 346

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).

O Son of God we wait for Thee LHS 490
Just as I am without one plea  LHS 335
Today Thy mercy calls us  LHS 305
Take my life and let it be  LHS 377 

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): Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

1         Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* (esp v 4) G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee * G3

264    Hark! A herald voice is calling
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world

First reading (b): Isaiah 1:10-18
315    Lord, to Thee I make confession* G6
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
32    Thou wilt rest him
301    Prayer of peace
345    Nothing but the blood
160    Father, all loving, and ruling in majesty
584    Just as I am, without one plea
618    What does the Lord require

Second reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4,11,12
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9 (alt tune 82, G5)
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
177    Love one another
250    Glorify your name
301    Prayer of peace
428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
165    One there is, above all others* G8
305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
377    Take my life and let it be* G6
188    Reaching out
304    Stay with me
548    Filled my life with grace
553    Jesus, my Lord and my friend
195    Salvation now to us has come
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
599    Take my life, and let it be
677    Christ’s is the world in which we move

PSALM 119Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p207

TIS 20, How blest are those whose great sin, is a paraphrase of Psalm 32. The following paraphrase of Psalm 32:1-7, by David Schütz, may be sung to the American folk tune at AT 407, or each verse may be split into two four line verses and sung to St Clement (LH 549, TIS 458). As the psalm is quite long, a selection of verses may be made. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How blest are those who are forgiven,
whose sin is covered by God’s grace.
How blest are those the Lord calls righteous,
who look to him with honest face.
My soul and body groaned in anguish,
while I stayed silent through the day;
for day and night your hand was on me,
and in the end, my strength gave way.

Then I confessed my sin before you;
I did not hide my guilt with words.
I said that I would make confession,
of my transgression to the Lord.
Then you forgave all my wrongdoing,
and you forgave me all my sin;
my pain is gone, my guilt is ended,
and now a new day can begin.

So then let all your faithful people
lift up to you their heartfelt prayers.
The raging waters shall not reach them,
they won’t be swamped by endless cares.
You are my hiding place and refuge,
I run to you in times of need,
and you preserve me from all trouble,
and now I sing, for I am free.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 32 p57 , Psalm 32 p58 , Psalm 32 p59

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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