Sunday 17 November, 2016 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), Year C

2nd last Sunday of the Church year

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

This is the fifth 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) First Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25 God’s glorious new creation
Psalm: Isaiah 12
Responsive Isaiah 12 PPT standard / widescreen

OR b) First Reading:  Malachi 4:1,2a The day of the Lord
Psalm:   Psalm 98
Responsive Psalm 98 PPT standard / widescreen

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

Second Reading 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 The obligation to work
Gospel:  Luke 21:5-19 Signs of the end of the age

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings


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

Sermons on the Gospel: Sermon_Luke 21_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Sermon_Luke 21_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; sermon-luke-21-5-19-year-c-proper-28 ; sermon – luke 21 5-19 – year c – 2nd last sunday
Sermon on the Second Reading: Sermon_2 Thessalonians 3_6-13_Pr Vernon Kleinig
Sermon on First Reading: Sermon_Malachi 4_1-2a_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 Without Communion. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

Service Order     Word / PPT (standard) /PPT (widescreen)


Opening Sentences

The Lord says: I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 
(Isa 65:17 NRSV)
The sun of righteousness shall rise,
with healing in its wings.  (Mal 4:2a NRSV)

Season of Prayer

We meet in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Who has united us to himself for the sake of the world he loves.

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following
O God,
so rule and govern our hearts and minds
by your Holy Spirit
that, being mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment,
we may be stirred up to holiness of living,
and dwell with you forever;
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,
govern our hearts by your Holy Spirit.
Make us mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment.
Stir us up to lead holy lives,
and let us live with you forever.
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, another traditional, modernised
Almighty God,
we cannot trust in our own goodness,
so deal with us,
not according to the severity of your judgment,
but according to 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, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray to be ready for Christ’s return. [silence])
Help us, Lord Jesus Christ,
to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR Season of Prayer

Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
you have opened your divine life to us
to make us partakers of your divine nature.
Mercifully fill us with the power of your Triune life
that the nations may hear
and be glad for the gift of your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: Proper 28C

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for promising to be with us
when we face times of trial.
Help us not to be afraid, but to stand firm.

Offering Prayer

Great and merciful God,
help us not to get tired of doing what is right,
but to give of ourselves in serving you
and helping others.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 28C

Additional Prayer Points

  • Season of Prayer
    Dear heavenly Father. We pray for the new believers coming to faith in our churches and church plants. Please keep them in your truth; your word is truth. Please protect them from the backlash of the world, the flesh and the devil. Call and equip them to become mature believers and fruitful servants in your kingdom. Use them to bring many others to know you love and raise them up to speak of your deeds among the nations. 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.
As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, 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:
Lord Jesus Christ,
as we have proclaimed your death
by eating this bread and drinking this cup,
help us to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace and stand firm in the Lord
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.

‘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



Children could make/display/colour a symbol of the sun of righteousness. This could be the focus of a children’s address, speaking about the way we wait during the night for sunrise and a new day. We know that it certainly will come, but sometimes it seems like a long time waiting. Other connections between Jesus and the sun could be thought of: eg warm rays, light, brilliance, rising/resurrection.

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 end of the world (Luke 21:5-19)’. Material for this story may be found in: Original Edition, Year B, Semester 2, Last Pentecost OR Revised RCL Edition, Year C, Semester 2, Proper 28.


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.

10000 reasons / Redman
I give you my joys and sorrows AT 254 (orange)
Shine Jesus shine  AT 217  (orange)
God give you joy  AT 294 (orange)
Send out by God’s blessing  LHS 844

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 464 Songs of praise the angels sang
LHS 528 Christ whose glory fills the skies
LHS 342 Watch my soul and pray
LHS 340 Be thou faithful unto death 

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): Isaiah 65:17-25

464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
739    When the King shall come again G4
25    Comfort, comfort all my people
254    I give you my joys and sorrows
480    On the day I called
647    Comfort, comfort all my people
663    Isaiah the prophet has written of old

First reading (b): Malachi 4:1,2a

1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
33    Hark! the herald angels sing (v 3) G4
43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
488    That day of wrath, that dreadful day
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
576    Judge eternal, throned in splendour G9
152    I have made a covenant with my chosen
214    The Lord is my light
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
262    Shine on me, Lord
128    Sometimes a light surprises
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
303    Hark! the herald angels sing
675    Shine, Jesus, shine

Second reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
348    Jesus, Master, at Thy word G8
383    O Lord, who hast my place assigned (alt tune 443, G7; alt tune 350, G9)
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
811    Praise and thanksgiving GS
813    For strength to work till close of day
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
856    Give me oil in my lamp GS
85    Give me oil in my lamp
168    Hear our prayer
230    Christ the worker
242    Son of the Father
294    God give you joy
297    Let us talents and tongues employ
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
537    Let us talents and tongues employ
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
627    Praise and thanksgiving
634    All who love and serve your city

Gospel: Luke 21:5-19

4       Once He came in blessing* G4
134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
340    Be thou faithful unto death* G8
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
790    O Lord of light, who made the stars (alt tune 346, G5)
889    Each morning with its newborn light (alt tune 270, G3)
20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
221    They were waiting
300    Practise love (v 4)
309    When the Lord returns
197    God’s Son came to bless us
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
451     Pour out your Spirit from on high
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

This canticle (in Latin Confitebor tibi) may be found in LHS, no. 655. It is particularly suitable for Epiphany, but may be used at any time.

Here is a paraphrase by Stephen Pietsch, sung to the tune Foundation (Supplement to Lutheran Hymnal, Harmony ed, A4; also TIS 578)

I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me.
You were angry with me, but your wrath turned away!
You have comforted me by forgiving my sin.
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me!

My strong saviour is he; I will not be afraid.
God, my strength and my song: I will sing of his love.
Living waters I draw from salvation’s deep well.
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me!

To the nations proclaim the great name of the Lord.
To the ends of the earth tell his glorious deeds!
O Jerusalem, sing: in your midst is the king!
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me.

Now all glory to God: to the Father of all,
to our Saviour, the Son, at the Father’s right hand,
to the Spirit of life be all glory and praise,
as it was, and is now, and shall be evermore.

Here is a paraphrase of Isaiah 12:1-6 by John Kleinig. It is sung to a tune by Alan Collyer, available in Music Packages 2 and 7.

The Lord our God is holy;
the Lord is with us here.
The Lord has made us holy;
the Lord our God is great.

I thank you, gracious Father,
for saving me from death.
I fear no condemnation,
since you have pardoned me.

I trust in you, my Saviour,
and I am not afraid.
You rescue me from ruin;
you are my strength and song.

You citizens of Zion,
rejoice and sing for joy!
Be bold and tell all people
what God has said and done!

The reign of death is over;
the time for joy has come.
From springs of living water
you draw your life and health.

The Lord is your strong fortress;
so call on him for help.
He cares for all the nations;
proclaim his name to them!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A

TIS 56 O sing a new song to the Lord and 57 Sing to the Lord a new song are versions of this psalm.

The chorus of ‘Sing a new song unto the Lord’ (ATA 150) by Dan Schutte is based on Psalm 98. The song could be used for the psalm, although the verses are not really a translation of the psalm itself.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 98 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wir pflügen (‘We plough the fields and scatter’, LH 563, TIS 130). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
great wonders he has done!
For he has shown the victory
his mighty power has won.
The ends of earth have all seen
the saving acts of God.
Let all the earth shout praises;
ring out your song with joy!

Sing the Lord a new song,
from earth to heaven above:
‘Alleluia, alleluia,

Sing psalms and play the harp, and
with music praise the Lord!
Come, blow the trumpet! Sound the horn!
Acclaim the Lord your King!
Let seas and all that fills them,
with earth rise up and roar,
let rivers clap their hands, and
let hills ring out their joy!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 98 p163 , Psalm 98 p164 , Psalm 98 p165
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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