Sunday 27 July, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12), 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 29:15-28 Jacob works 14 years to marry Rachel
    OR (b) 1 Kings 3:5-12 Solomon’s prayer for wisdom
    PSALM (a) Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Note: Psalm 105 (for use with reading 1a) is listed again for use in a fortnight’s time (Proper 14). It might be preferable therefore to use the alternative psalm for today’s reading 1a, Psalm 128.
    OR (a) Psalm 128
    OR (b) Psalm 119:129-136 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 8:26-39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God
    GOSPEL Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Parables of the kingdom
  • 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 1 Kings reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 kings 3v5-12 – year a – pentecost 6
    Based on second reading: Pr Mark Greenthaner; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 8 26-39 – year a – proper 12
  • 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
    Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
    be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
    and make them ask for whatever pleases you,
    so that you may grant what they desire;
    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
    Listen in mercy to our prayers, Lord.
    Lead us to ask for whatever pleases you,
    so that you may grant what we desire.
    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 find peace in knowing God. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have made us for yourself,
    and our hearts are restless
    until they find their rest in you.
    Teach us to seek you
    and to rely on you in all our needs,
    so that our deepest desires may be satisfied,
    and we may finally see you face to face.
    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 that we treasure the kingdom of God. [silence])
    Lead us, great and loving God,
    to desire, above everything,
    the gifts of your kingdom.
    Make us ready to renounce anything else,
    for the sake of your most precious gift,
    your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you 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 kingdom of God to us.
    Keep us in your kingdom and help us to treasure it.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord,
    for giving us so many wonderful gifts,
    especially for calling us into your kingdom.
    Make us faithful and wise servants,
    giving of what you have given us
    to help others.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 12A
  • 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 29:15-28
    357    O God, thou faithful God* G3


    First reading (b): 1 Kings 3:5-12
    132    Spirit of wisdom (alt tune 245, G6)
    134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy People, hear* G6
    425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
    812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

    Second reading: Romans 8:26-39
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple (vv 1-3)* G4
    168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7
    394    God is love, let heaven adore him G9
    400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    423    Jehovah, let me now adore Thee* (esp vv 3,4,6) G5
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word G5
    504    To Thy temple I repair G5
    770    Yours is the glory
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    861    All those who live beneath God’s shade GS
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    21    All those who live beneath God’s shade
    64    Nothing can separate us
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    251    God sends us His Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    281    Nothing in all creation
    349    There is a redeemer
    364    In you is gladness
    438    It’s gonna be alright
    463    Goodness is stronger than evil
    521    New Day
    540   We belong to God
    144    Lord, you have been our dwelling-place
    153    God is love, let heav’n adore him
    169    Our God, we know your providence
    177    In suffering love the thread of life
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    200    In you is gladness
    380    Yours be the glory
    408    O breath of God
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    419    Like the murmur of the dove’s song
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    472    Father of mercy
    604    Make me a captive, Lord
    619    Have faith in God, my heart

    Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
    147    O Morning Star so bright and fair* G3
    149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
    153    One thing needful: this one treasure G9
    163    Would you know what most I prize* G9
    168    O blessed Sun whose splendour G4
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    34    Seek ye first
    149    I’ve got something
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    206    As the deer pants
    440    Heaven’s like a treasure
    447   Ordinary miracles
    164    The great God of love
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    703    As the deer pants
    745    Seek ye first

    PSALM 105
    TIS 66, O give thanks to God, is a version of Psalm 105:1-11. Alternatively, use the other Psalm (128, below) for reading 1a today, and use Psalm 105 (with slightly different verses) for Proper 14, when it is the Psalm for the first reading 1a.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 105 p177

    PSALM 128
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 128 p224

    PSALM 119
    LHS 345 and AT 246 are based in part on the psalm.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A

    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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