Sunday 8 September, 2013- Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), Year C

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 18:1-11 The potter
    OR Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A choice between life and death
    PSALM Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 OR Psalm 1 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philemon 1-21 A personal appeal to Philemon
    GOSPEL Luke 14:25-33 The cost of being a disciple
  • 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 Heath Pukallus ;
    Based on Deuteronomy reading: Pr Roger Atze ;
    Based on Jeremiah reading : edited for lay reading sermon – jeremiah 18 1-11 – year c – pentecost 16
  • 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 that we follow Jesus. [silence])
    Jesus, our light and life,
    make us ready
    to turn away from everything else
    that claims our allegiance,
    and follow you as our only Saviour.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 16C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Help us, Lord,
    to commit our lives to you,
    and willingly to offer ourselves and our possessions
    for your purposes.
    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): Jeremiah 18:1-11
    Hymns of repentance plus:
    AT
    354    Change my heart, O God

    First reading (b): Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    LHS

    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
    168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
    294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
    471    Lord Jesus Christ, my life, my light G3
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    41    Father, we adore you
    250    Glorify your name
    267    Bread of heaven
    325    Sing to God with joy
    TIS
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    407    Breathe on me, Breath of God
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    526    Lord Jesus Christ

    Second reading: Philemon 1-21
    LHS

    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    177    Love one another
    503    Show me heaven
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    TIS
    434    Where there is charity and love
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    648    Help us accept each other

    Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
    LHS

    336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
    349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
    351    ‘Take up thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (alt tune 270, G3)
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    AT
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    372    Teach me your way
    401    Follow me
    413    The summons
    495    Come and follow me
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    527    All that is hidden
    579    Go and tell
    555     See Yourself
    TIS
    583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
    595    O Jesus, I have promised

    PSALM 139
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
    you know when I sit down and when I rise.
    From far away you know my thinking;
    you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
    You know my ways and all the things I do,
    before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

    On every side, you’re all around me;
    your mighty hand is always over me.
    So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
    its height and depth too great for me to see.
    For it was you who made my inmost being
    and knitted me together in the womb.

    I praise you for my wondrous making –
    I know that all your works are wonderful.
    When I was hidden deep in darkness,
    yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
    And even then you numbered all my days –
    my life unlived was written on your page.

    Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
    How vast they are is more than I can say.
    Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
    their number is far more than grains of sand!
    If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
    when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

    Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139. AT 534 I always will love you is also partly based on this psalm.
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

    PSALM 1
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
    those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
    those who don’t stand among the the sinful crowd,
    those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

    They meditate on God’s law day and night.
    They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
    they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
    they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

    But the ungodly – they are not like this!
    They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
    They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
    in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

    All those will perish who walk in the path
    of the ungodly, following their way.
    But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
    who love his law and live in righteousness.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4

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