Sunday 9 September, 2012- Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), Year B

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  Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23 Justice and generosity better then riches
    OR Isaiah 35:4-7a God will come to save
    PSALM Psalm 125 OR Psalm 146 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17 Faith shown in love
    GOSPEL Mark 7:24-37 A woman’s faith; Jesus heals a deaf mute
  • 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 second reading : edited for lay reading sermon – james 2 1-13 – year b – pentecost 15 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer
  • 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 Lord, let your continual pity
    cleanse and defend your church;
    and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
    preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
    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, in your constant mercy
    cleanse and defend your church.
    Guide it forever by your goodness
    because it cannot remain safe without 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, alternative
    (Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
    Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
    so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
    and boldly in times of trouble.
    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 persistence in prayer. [silence])
    Generous God,
    like a loving parent
    you always welcome us
    when we come to you.
    Encourage us to keep on approaching you
    for whatever we need,
    knowing that you supply what is best for us.
    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 15B
  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving and merciful God,
    thank you for your compassion on us
    and on all people.
    Lead us to show the same compassion to others,
    whatever their background.
    Use us and our gifts for your service.
    Amen.
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading (a): Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23
    LHS

    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    AT
    286    Lord, hear my praying
    301    Prayer of peace
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    TIS
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    689    Lord, hear my praying

    First reading (b): Isaiah 35:4-7a
    LHS

    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6
    223    Look from Thy sphere of endless day G6
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    739    When the King shall come again G4
    AT
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people
    205    What you hear in the dark
    263    Singing all praises
    416    We will rise up
    454    Your God will come
    496    Don’t be afraid
    TIS
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    633    Lord, we are blind
    647    Comfort, comfort, all my people

    Second reading: James 2:1-10(11-13)14-17
    LHS

    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
    821    Where cross the crowded ways of life (alt tune 373, G5)
    AT
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people
    292    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
    300    Everyone should be quick to listen
    301    Prayer of peace
    446    Mercy
    503    Show me heaven
    TIS
    529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
    608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    647    Comfort, comfort all my people
    648    Help us accept each other, Lord
    657    God of freedom, God of justice
    674    Inspired by love and anger
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
    717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

    Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
    LHS

    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    242    Thou to whom the sick and dying
    335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
    796    When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5)
    818    O Son of God, in Galilee (alt tune 848, G5)
    AT
    263    Singing all praises
    441    Jesus was sent
    TIS
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
    254    O changeless Christ, forever new
    584    Just as I am, without one plea

    PSALM 125
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 125 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘Trust and obey’ (LHS 877). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Those who trust in the Lord,
    they will never be moved,
    but like Zion’s high mountain stand firm.
    Now forever the Lord
    will surround those he loves,
    like the hills round Jerusalem’s walls.

    Do good, O Lord,
    to all those who are good,
    and to those who are upright
    in the depth of their hearts.

    For the wicked won’t rule
    in the land of the just,
    lest the righteous reach out to do wrong.
    Though the Lord leads away
    those who wilfully stray,
    may he bless Israel with his peace.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 125 p216Psalm 125 p217

    PSALM 146
    TIS 90, I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, is a paraphrase of Psalm 146:1,2,5-9. Or, either of the following paraphrases of the psalm by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first may be sung to the tune Adelaide, LH 461.

    As long as I have breath,
    I’ll sing my praise to God:
    O praise the Lord, my soul!
    Don’t trust in human strength,
    in whom there is no help.
    O praise the Lord, my soul!

    When mortal breath is gone,
    and strength returns to dust,
    all human plans will end;
    but Jacob’s God keeps faith –
    he made the earth and sky
    and all that they contain!

    He gives the hungry food,
    and justice to the poor
    and sets the prisoners free.
    The righteous know his love.
    He lifts up those weighed down,
    and makes the blind to see.

    He cares for refugees,
    for widows, orphans too,
    but all who hate him fall!
    Forever Zion’s God
    is King of all the earth,
    O praise the Lord, my soul!

    This second version may be sung to the tune of ‘Now the green blade rises’ (LHS 764, AT 15, TIS 382).

    Verses1-4
    Praise the Lord, my soul! I’ll praise him all my days.
    Trust no human leader – mortals bring no aid.
    Their breath departs, their bodies turn to dust,
    all their plans will perish, as all creatures must.

    Verses 5,6
    Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
    Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
    He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
    He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

    Verses 7,8
    The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
    by his healing power the blind are made to see,
    he gives his justice to all those oppressed,
    lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

    Verses 9.10
    Strangers, widows, orphans know his loving grace.
    But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
    The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
    Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 146 p239 , Psalm 146 p240

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