Sunday 25 September, 2011- Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), Year A

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

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING (a) Exodus 17:1-7 God gives water from a rock
    OR (b) Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Individual responsibility for sin
    PSALM (a) Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
    OR (b) Psalm 25:1-9 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 2:1-13 The humility and exaltation of Christ
    GOSPEL Matthew 21:23-32 Which son obeyed his father?
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel: Pr Mark Greenthaner ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay-reading sermon – matt 21v23-32 – year a – pentecost 15
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch
  • Orders of service:
    After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord,
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for humility. [silence])
    Merciful God,
    give us the same attitude as Jesus,
    who emptied himself
    and was obedient to you
    all the way to his death on the cross.
    Make us eager to put others before ourselves,
    and their needs before our own.
    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Pentecost 15A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading (a): Exodus 17:1-7
    LHS

    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    AT
    339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
    353    Fill us, Lord
    483    Is the Lord with us, or not?
    TIS
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    First reading (b) : Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
    LHS

    302    Sinners, turn: why will you die?
    319    Before Thee, God, who knowest all
    364    A new heart, Lord* G4
    AT
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    269    Create in us
    354    Change my heart
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    TIS
    559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
    577    Come let us to the Lord our God
    712    Create in us a clean heart, O God

    Second reading: Philippians 2:1-13
    LHS
    62    My song is love unknown G5 (alt tune A8, G8)
    67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune TIS 209)
    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8
    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    174    All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine G7
    454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    794    What wondrous love is this GS
    AT
    26    He is Lord
    50    I will sing
    139    Christ humbled himself
    145    What wondrous love is this
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    261    From heaven you came
    363    Jesus is greater
    370    You are glorious
    554    Jesus, you’re the one
    TIS
    99    God, we praise you, God, we bless you
    178    Praise the God who changes places
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    209    And can it be, that I should gain
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    214    My heary is full of Christ, and longs
    215    You servants of God
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
    225    My heart and voice I raise
    231    At the name of Jesus
    247    Let all be one in mind and heart
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    341    My song is love unknown
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
    448    Blest are the pure in heart
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    622    Holy Father, God of might
    721    He became poor
    746    The heavens shall declare

    Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
    LHS

    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    394    God is love: let heaven adore Him G9
    AT
    329    This kingdom
    TIS
    153    God is love, let heav’n adore him
    259    Among us and before us

    PSALM 78

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 125

    PSALM 25
    TIS 14, O Lord, make me know your ways, is a version of Psalm 25:1,4-5,8-10,14.

    Alternatively, the following paraphrase of Psalm 25:1-10 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Die Sach ist dein’, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    My God, in you I trust;
    Do not let me be put to shame;
    don’t let my foes rejoice.
    Do not let those who wait for you
    be disappointed in their hope.
    Let them be disappointed who
    have openly rejected you.
    Show me your ways,
    O Lord, teach me your paths.

    Teach me and lead me in your truth,
    my Saviour and my God;
    I wait for you the whole day long,
    do not forget me, Lord.
    Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
    and of your steadfast love of old.
    Forget and wipe away my sins
    according to your steadfast love.
    Remember me,
    Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

    The Lord, my God, is good and just,
    therefore he shows the way
    to sinners who return to him
    and those with humble hearts.
    He shows the humble what is right,
    and teaches them to know his will.
    The paths of God are steadfast love
    and faithfulness for those who keep
    his covenant
    and listen to his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 41,   p 42, p 43

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