Sunday 1 September, 2013- Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), Year C

Father’s Day

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:
    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.
    FIRST READING Jeremiah 2:4-13 God accuses Israel of turning away from him
    OR Proverbs 25:6,7 The wisdom of humility
    PSALM Psalm 81:1,10-16 OR Psalm 112 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16 Obligations in community, home and church
    GOSPEL Luke 14:1,7-14 Humility and hospitality
  • 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 Tim Stringer
    Based on second reading: Pr Peter Ghalayini ; edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 13 1-8 – year c – pentecost 15
  • 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
    Keep, O Lord, your church
    with your continual mercy;
    and because without you
    we in our frailty cannot but fall,
    keep us always by your help
    from all things hurtful,
    and lead us to all things
    profitable to our salvation;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Watch over your church, Lord,
    with your constant mercy,
    because without your support
    we would fall.
    Keep us from what might hurt us,
    and lead us to what is good 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.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
    Lord God, your Son humbled himself
    in obedience to your will
    and gave up his life for us.
    Transform and renew us within.
    Help us not to be conformed to this world,
    but to dedicate ourselves to you,
    and do what pleases 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.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for humility. [silence])
    Jesus, our self-giving Saviour,
    teach us to be like you.
    Make us humble
    and ready to put the needs of others
    before our own.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 15C
    Whether or not there is a blessing for fathers, fatherhood and fathers should be remembered in prayers and thanksgiving. One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church.

    Every family in heaven and on earth
    receives its true name from you.
    We thank you for our fathers
    and for the gift of fatherhood.
    Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
    and provoke them to anger,
    but to bring them up in the training and instruction
    of your Son, Jesus Christ.

    God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
    for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of fatherhood;
    for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as fathers;
    for those whose work keeps them from spending time with their children;
    for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
    for those who are unable to provide for their children through unemployment or sickness;
    for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
    for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
    for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
    for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or death;
    for those who care for the children of others;
    for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
    and for those whose children have rejected their love.
    Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
    and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
    living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Merciful God,
    help us to please you
    by offering the true sacrifices
    of doing good
    and sharing what we have.

  • 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): Jeremiah 2:4-13

    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
    322    Lord, where have we left you?
    486    Let’s praise the Lord
    145    The king of love my shepherd is
    461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    First reading (b): Proverbs 25:6,7

    119    Come down, O Love divine G9
    337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear*
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    190    Low, the way is low
    436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    444    Dear shepherd of your people, hear
    448    Blest are the pure in heart

    Second reading: Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16
    Hymns of praise as well as the following:
    246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8
    357    O God, thou faithful God* G3
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G6
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    388    All depends on our possessing* G3
    392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    804    The church of Christ in every age G5
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    197    When I needed a neighbour
    265    For all your goodness, Lord, we give you thanks
    301    Prayer of peace
    373    Bound by love
    429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
    443    Like an angel
    456    Everything we got
    496    Don’t be afraid
    499    It was me
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    169    Our God, we know your providence
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    553    In all my ways, in every task
    556    All depends on our possessing
    560    All my hope on God is founded
    578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
    596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    629    When I needed a neighbour

    Gospel: Luke 14:1,7-14
    As for first reading (b)
    475   Come to the banquet

    There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    583    O Father, all creating G4
    587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

    137    For the beauty of the earth
    328    Joseph, your love of life
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

    God gave fathers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They stood by us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
    Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

    PSALM 81

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 81 p133 , Psalm 81 p134

    PSALM 112
    Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
    who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
    Their children will prosper in all that they do,
    and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

    Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
    Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
    As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
    for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

    All things will go well for the ones who are free
    in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
    They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
    will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

    When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
    their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
    Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
    they know they will conquer against all their foes.

    The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
    and they are exalted with honour and praise.
    The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
    but all of their evil will vanish away.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 112 p184 , Psalm 112 p185

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