Sunday 9 October, 2011- Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23), 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 32:1-14 God’s people worship a golden calf
    OR (b) Isaiah 25:1-9 God swallows up death in the feast of victory
    PSALM (a) Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
    OR (b) Psalm 23 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 4:1-9 Rejoice in the Lord always
    GOSPEL Matthew 22:1-14 The parable of the wedding feast
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – matt 22v1-14 – year a – pentecost 17
    Based on Exodus reading: Pr Heath Pukallus;
    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
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we rejoice in the Lord. [silence])
    God of joy, keep us
    from being weighed down by worry.
    Encourage us instead to lay our burdens on you.
    Make us cheerful and glad
    because your Son Jesus is always with us.
    For he 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 17A
  • 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 32:1-14
    LHS

    131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
    310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
    314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
    AT
    225    Why do you love me?
    233    He will listen to you
    332    We are sorry
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    372    Teach me your way
    385    If there was ever a time
    446    Mercy
    TIS
    160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear

    First reading (b):  Isaiah 25:1-9
    LHS

    158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4
    201    Rise, ye children of salvation
    281    Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour G8
    387    The Lord’s my shepherd*
    388    All depends on our possessing* G3
    392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
    543    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide G8
    556    O God, our help in ages past (G, STJ 23)
    834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
    878    Your love surrounds me GS
    887    We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator
    AT
    10    In the house of God
    252    He is exalted
    256    I will exalt you
    285    A sign for the people
    326    Shout for joy
    368    Shelter (You give me shelter)
    479    For living, for dying
    TIS
    10    The Lord’s my shepherd
    47    O God, our help in ages past
    211    Jesus, lover of my soul
    471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
    474    Here in this place new light is streaming
    516    Here, gracious Lord, we see you face to face
    544    Since the world was young
    545    Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
    552    Come, my way, my truth, my life
    556    All depends on our possessing
    578    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
    586    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide

    Second reading: Philippians 4:1-9
    LHS

    115    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7
    402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
    437    Now thank we all our God G6
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
    AT
    8    Praise and thanksgiving
    34    Seek ye first
    168    Hear our prayer
    274    In Jesus’ name (When I call you)
    282    O Lord, hear my prayer
    300    Practise love (Everyone should be quick to listen)
    364    In you is gladness
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    471    You can tell the Lord
    TIS
    106    Now thank we all our God
    128    Sometimes a light surprises
    198    Glory to our boundless God
    200    In you is gladness
    201    King of glory, king of peace
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is king
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
    596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    613    Lord of all hopefulness
    713    Dona nobis pacem
    743    Praise and thanksgiving
    745    Seek ye first the kingdom of God

    Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
    LHS

    193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
    287    Deck thyself, my soul, in gladness* G5
    320    I come to Thee, O blessed Lord* G3
    487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
    841    O welcome, all you noble saints of old (God and man at table are sat down) G5
    AT
    77    O welcome, all you noble saints of old (God and man at table are sat down)
    130    I am covered over
    138    The wedding banquet
    277    Like a wedding feast
    296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    351    You are invited
    475    Come to the banquet
    TIS
    259    Among us and before us
    266    Wake, awake, for night is flying
    474    Here in this place
    503    Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness
    510    My God, your table now is spread
    544    Since the world was young
    545    Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
    658    I, the Lord of sea and sky

    PSALM 106
    Music Resources Vol. 3
    - Psalm settings – download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 178
    PSALM 23
    The following metrical versions of the psalm may be used:
    The Lord’s my shepherd (LHS 387*, TIS 10)
    OR
    The King of love my shepherd is (LHS 391*, TIS 145) * Modernised version available
    OR
    My shepherd is the Lord (TIS 11)
    OR
    Geoff Strelan’s song Psalm 23 in Praise for All Seasons no 62
    OR
    The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 23 that could be used on this day (page 12). Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.
    OR
    David Schütz’s version sung to the tune ‘Shalom, my friends’ ATA 195.

    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
    Shalom, shalom.
    He makes me lie down in green pasture land,
    Shalom, shalom.

    He leads me beside the slow-running streams,
    Shalom, shalom.
    My soul he restores; he leads me aright,
    Shalom, shalom.

    And though I should walk through death’s valley dark,
    Shalom, shalom,
    there’s nothing I fear, for you, Lord, are near,
    Shalom, shalom.

    Your rod and your staff, they comfort me,
    Shalom, shalom.
    You set me a place before all my foes,
    Shalom, shalom.

    My head you anoint, my cup overflows,
    Shalom, shalom.
    To me you always are loving and good,
    Shalom, shalom,

    My dwelling shall be the house of the Lord,
    Shalom, shalom,
    for all of my life, for all of my days,
    Shalom, shalom.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings – download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 35,   p 36, p 38

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