Sunday 24 August, 2014 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16), 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) Exodus 1:8- 2:10 The slavery of Israel and the birth of Moses
    OR (b) Isaiah 51:1-6 The earth will pass away, but God’s salvation is forever
    PSALM (a) Psalm 124
    OR (b) Psalm 138 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 12:1-8 The basis of ethics, and advice on gifts
    GOSPEL Matthew 16:13-20 Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ
  • 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 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on second reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – romans 12v1-8 – year a – pentecost 10 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 12v1 – year a – proper 16
    Based on Isaiah reading : NEW Pr Roger Atze
  • Orders of service:
    After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Sunday Word and Prayer – Time after Pentecost 2 (pdf / doc / ppt ) A more generic form of the order above allowing for weekly variations in psalms and prayers.
    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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    grant that we may grow in faith, hope, and love;
    and make us love what you command,
    so that we may obtain what you promise;
    through your Son,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    help us to grow in faith, hope, and love.
    Make us love what you command,
    and give to us what you promise.
    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 faith to follow Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son Jesus Christ
    is the way, the truth, and the life.
    Help us to follow him
    and walk along the way
    that leads to eternal life.
    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 the church. [silence])
    Thank you, Jesus Christ,
    the Son of the living God,
    that you have established your church on earth
    and opened the door to your Father’s presence.
    Build us up as your church
    on the sure foundation of faith in you.
    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 Christ,
    thank you for revealing yourself as the Son of God.
    Help us always to confess and proclaim you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for giving faith
    to us and to your whole church,
    and for the gift of forgiveness.
    Help us in gratitude
    to offer ourselves in your service.
    Lead us to work in harmony with one another,
    using the gifts you have given us for the common good.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 16A
  • 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): Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
    LHS
    519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4
    525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    AT
    43    How shall I call you?
    101    As we step from the edge of morning
    529   God’s excellent adventure
    TIS
    104    While morning still is breaking
    557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun

    First reading (b): Isaiah 51:1-6
    LHS
    12    ’Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    739    When the King shall come again G4
    783    Christ is the world’s light G4
    AT
    196    You shall go out with joy
    329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed
    355    Freedom is coming
    389    Light of the nations
    403    God of Abraham (vv 1,2,3,9,17)
    434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
    454    Your God will come
    TIS
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    616    O day of God, draw near
    755    You shall go out with joy

    Second reading : Romans 12:1-8
    LHS
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    526    Glory to Thee who safe hast kept GS (819)
    844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
    AT
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    372    Teach me your way
    373    Bound by love
    396    We come to you Father
    464    Here you are Lord
    TIS
    236    Jesus’ hands were kind hands
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    440    Christ from who all blessings flow
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    468    We are your people
    531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    599    Take my life, and let it be

    Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
    LHS
    70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3
    179    Christ alone is our salvation* G3
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
    421    Our Father, Thou in heaven above* G5
    454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
    795    They knew who he was GS
    901    Our Father, you from heaven above G5
    AT
    31    God forgave my sin
    146    They knew who he was
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    532   Jesus asks…
    TIS
    140    Firmly I believe and truly
    215    You servants of God
    261    Lord, you are the light of life to me
    432    Christ is made the sure foundation
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    457    The church’s one foundation
    550    Our Father, God in heaven above

    PSALM 124
    TIS 79, Now Israel, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 124. The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, may be sung to the contemporary tune and chorus of ‘God is on our side’ (LHS 861, ATN 21) by Peter Schmidt. If a traditional version is required, omit the chorus and sing to the tune of St Magnus [Nottingham] (LH 169, TIS 378). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    If God had not been on our side –
    let Israel now say –
    if God had not been on our side,
    our foes had won the day!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    They would have swallowed us alive,
    with anger hot as flames;
    they would have tossed us like a flood,
    and drowned us in their waves!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    So, blessed be the Lord our God,
    who snatched us from their jaws!
    We have escaped just as a bird
    flies from the hunter’s claws!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    Our help is in God’s holy name,
    the Lord of Israel,
    for he made all of heav’n and earth,
    and he does all things well!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 124 p214 , Psalm 124 p215

    PSALM 138
    TIS 86, With my whole heart I will praise you, is another version of this psalm.

    Here are two metrical paraphrases of Psalm 138 by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The following may be sung to the tune of ‘The Greatest Commandment’ (ATA 175).

    I give you thanks, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the angels I will sing your praise.
    I worship you in your holy place
    and always thank and praise your holy name.
    For you are loving, and faithful too;
    your name and your word have been glorified.
    And when I called on your holy name,
    you gave me your answer and made me strong.

    All kings and rulers shall praise you, Lord,
    when they have heard your words of truth and love;
    and they shall sing of the ways of God:
    ‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.
    Yet, though exalted, he keeps his watch
    with love and compassion upon the poor.
    The rich and proud, he will still observe,
    but like one that watches from far away.

    And you preserve me throughout my life,
    though trouble meets me everywhere I go.
    You stretch your mighty right hand to save,
    and fight the anger of my enemies.
    The Lord fulfils his promise to me;
    forever and ever your love endures.
    Do not forsake what your hands have made,
    remember you made me and I am yours.

    This second version could be sung to the traditional tune Dir, dir, Jehovah (LH 218):

    With all my heart, I give you thanks, Lord.
    Before the angels I will sing your praise.
    I worship in your holy temple
    and always thank and praise your holy name.
    For you have shown your love and faithfulness,
    Your holy name and word are glorified.

    And on the day I called upon you,
    you gave me answer and you made me strong.
    The kings of all the earth shall praise you,
    when they have heard your words of truth and love.
    They all shall sing about your ways, O Lord:
    ‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

    Yet, though the Lord is high in heaven,
    he still regards the lowly of the earth.
    He does not overlook the haughty,
    but watches them like one who’s far away.
    Though trouble meets me everywhere I go,
    your right hand saves me from my enemies.

    The Lord will keep his promise to me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, will always last.
    Stretch out your hand and come to save me!
    Do not forsake the work your hands have made.
    With all my heart, I give you thanks, O Lord.
    Before the angels I will sing your praise.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 138 p231

    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.

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