Sunday 20 July, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11), 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 28:10-19a Jacob dreams of a ladder from heaven to earth
    OR (b) Isaiah 44:6-8 God is the first and last- the only God
    PSALM (a) Psalm 139:1-12,23,24
    OR (b) Psalm 86:11-17*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 8:12-25 Our future glory is beyond compare
    GOSPEL Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 The parable of the weeds
  • 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 ; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 13v24-30,36-43 – year a – pentecost 5 ; NEW Pr Lloyd Boughen ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 13 24-30 36-43 – year a – proper 11
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Roger Atze;
    Based on Isaiah reading: Pr Roger Atze
  • 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
    Grant us, Lord,
    the spirit to think and do always what is right,
    so that we,
    who cannot do anything that is good without you,
    may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
    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
    Guide us, Lord,
    to think and do always what is right.
    Enable us, who cannot exist without you,
    to live according to your will.
    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 the spread of the gospel. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have made your loving purpose known to us
    through the good news of your salvation in Christ.
    Make us faithful witnesses to the truth,
    so that those who hear may believe
    and be united with all the saints in glory.
    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 hope for our final redemption. [silence])
    Teach us, Jesus our Saviour,
    to live with patience here on earth,
    confident that you will finally take us,
    with all your faithful people,
    to be with you forever.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for sowing good seed
    in the world.
    May we be like wheat, not weeds.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    We thank you, Lord, for giving us your Spirit
    and making us your own.
    Help us to live as your children
    among those around us.
    Keep us faithful,
    serving you and other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 11A
  • 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 28:10-19a
    LHS

    250    How blessed is this place, O God G5
    251    Only-begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
    400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
    456    The God of Abraham praise G7
    501    God Himself is present* G3
    503    We love the place, O God
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    888    May the feet of God walk with you GS
    AT
    10    In the house of God
    90    Father, bless us as we go
    194    May the feet of God walk with you
    399    Holding out your hand
    433    You were in this place
    TIS
    121    God himself is present
    125    The God of Abraham praise
    779    May the feet of God walk with you

    First reading (b): Isaiah 44:6-8
    LHS

    124    O Holy Spirit, enter thou* G3
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
    156    Jesus, our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    179    Christ alone is our salvation* G3
    322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice (esp v 6, revised v 5)* G3
    330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    AT
    349    There is a redeemer
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    196    Dear Christians one and all rejoice
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in

    Second reading: Romans 8:12-25
    LHS

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
    134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
    228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
    265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    353    Holy Father, Thou has taught me* G5
    469    Come ye people, rise and sing (esp v 4)* G4
    503    We love the place, O God
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
    777    Father in heaven GS
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    828    I am baptised, O blessed day GS
    829    I was made a Christian G5
    846    The candles are lit GS
    AT
    10     In the house of God
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    71    Face to face
    105    Spirit of God
    115    Father in heaven
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    396    We come to you, Father
    398    A child of God
    425    God moving
    448    Loving Spirit
    453    The world is waiting
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    512    All things new
    TIS
    177    In suffering love the thread of life
    178    Praise the God who changes places
    238    Christ is the world’s true light
    276    There’s a light upon the mountains
    386    By your kingly power
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    417    Loving Spirit, loving Spirit
    465    Father in heaven
    493    Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
    621    O God of every nation

    Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
    LHS

    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word* G5
    228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is thine* G3
    260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
    353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    564    Come, ye thankful people, come G4
    AT

    TIS
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    461    God, your glory we have seen
    636    God has spoken to his people

    PSALM 139
    TIS 87, You are before me, Lord, is a paraphrase of Psalm 139:5-10,23-24. AT 224, 275 and 394 are also partly based on Psalm 139.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 139 p235

    PSALM 86

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 86 p143

    OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    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.

TIS 87, You are before me, Lord, is a paraphrase of Psalm 139:5-10,23-24. AT 224, 275 and 394 are also partly based on Psalm 139.

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