Sunday 6 July, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9), 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:
    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 (a) Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac
    OR (b) Zechariah 9:9-12 The humble king
    PSALM (a) Psalm 45:10-17 OR Song of Solomon 2:8-13
    OR (b) Psalm 145:8-14*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 7:15-25a The struggle of the sinner- saint
    GOSPEL Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Jesus reveals the Father, and the weary find rest in him
  • 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 Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 11 28 – year a – proper 9
    Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – romans 7v15-25 – year a – pentecost 3
  • 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
    Lord of all power and might,
    the author and giver of all good things:
    Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
    and increase our devotion;
    nourish us with all goodness,
    and by your mercy
    preserve in us what you have nourished;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord God,
    the author and giver of all good things,
    graft in our hearts a love for your name.
    Nourish in us what is good,
    and preserve in us what you have nourished.
    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 for strength in weakness. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son revealed the wonder of your saving love
    in signs and miracles.
    Renew your people by your loving kindness,
    and sustain us in all our weakness
    by your mighty power.
    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 gentleness. [silence])
    Thank you, Jesus, our gentle king,
    that you became a servant to all,
    and gave up your life for us.
    As your followers,
    make us humble, so that, like you,
    we serve others.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing the Father.
    Help us to take your yoke
    and find rest in you.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for coming to us as a gentle king
    and bringing us victory over sin and death.
    Make us more and more like you,
    humble and gentle and serving others.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 9A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading (a): Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

    579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* G6
    587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3
    800    May we be one GS
    892    Hear us now, our God and Father G3
    172    May we be one
    280    Make us a family
    320    I was there to hear your borning cry
    403    God of Abraham (selected verses)
    553    In all my ways, in every task
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
    654    When love is found and hope comes home
    664    Your love, O God, has called us here

    First reading (b): Zechariah 9:9-12

    5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4
    9    Hark the glad sound! G6
    11    The advent of our King G4
    115    Rejoice, the Lord is King!
    733    Daughter of Zion G6
    220    There’ll be peace
    328    Tell the city
    355    Freedom is coming
    434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    269    Hark the glad sound
    271    The advent of our God
    336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
    621    O God of every nation

    Second reading: Romans 7:15-25a

    125    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5
    141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
    177    O my Saviour, lifted G5
    309    Ah, Lord and God G5
    312    In Thee alone, O Christ, my Lord
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
    525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
    96    Don’t give up
    171    Dying you destroyed our death
    200    One more step
    215    My hiding place
    219    Then I will praise you
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    345    Nothing but the blood
    349    There is a redeemer
    131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
    402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
    557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
    600    O my Saviour, lifted

    Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    308    Come unto Me, ye weary* G6
    335    Just as I am G9
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    426    What a friend we have in Jesus (G, STJ 26)
    513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
    781    As water to the thirsty
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    230    Christ the worker
    243    Wander in the sun
    277    Like a wedding feast
    284    Part of the family
    465    How deep is the love
    178    Praise the God who changes places
    183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    584    Just as I am, without one plea
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    590    What a friend we have in Jesus
    600    O my Saviour, lifted
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning

    PSALM 45

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 45 p78

    PSALM 145
    TIS 89, O Lord, you are my God and King, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 145:1-7,9-12. The following paraphrase of Psalm 145:8-14, by David Schütz, may be sung to the tune of ‘Sent by the Lord am I’ (ATO 412), or to Quam dilecta (LH 503) or St Cecilia (LH 416). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    How gracious is the Lord;
    the Lord is merciful.
    He’s slow to show his wrath,
    abounds in steadfast love.

    The Lord is good to all,
    compassionate and kind.
    Now all your works give thanks,
    your faithful bless your name.

    The whole world shall be told;
    your kingdom be made known.
    Your glory and your power,
    from age to age endures.

    He’s faithful in his words,
    and gracious in his deeds.
    He lifts up those who fall,
    he holds up those weighed down.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 145 p238

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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