Sunday 31 August, 2014 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), 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 3:1-15 The call of Moses
    OR (b) Jeremiah 15:15-21 Jeremiah’s inner struggle
    PSALM (a) Psalm 105:1-6,23-26,45c
    OR (b) Psalm 26:1-8 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 12:9-21 Living in love
    GOSPEL Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus speaks about his death and discipleship
  • 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 Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 16 21-28 – year a – proper 17
    Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on Exodus reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – exodus 3v1-15 – year a – pentecost 11
  • 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
    Keep, O Lord, your church
    with your continual mercy;
    and because without you
    we in our frailty cannot but fall,
    keep us always by your help
    from all things hurtful,
    and lead us to all things
    profitable to our salvation;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Watch over your church, Lord,
    with your constant mercy,
    because without your support
    we would fall.
    Keep us from what might hurt us,
    and lead us to what is good for us.
    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 that we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
    Lord God, your Son humbled himself
    in obedience to your will
    and gave up his life for us.
    Transform and renew us within.
    Help us not to be conformed to this world,
    but to dedicate ourselves to you,
    and do what pleases 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, new
    (Let us pray for dedication to Christ. [silence])
    Thank you, loving Lord Jesus,
    for freely giving your life for our sake.
    Make us your faithful followers,
    ready to take up our cross
    and follow in your steps.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for giving up everything and dying for us.
    Help us to forget ourselves, carry our cross, and follow you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    We thank you, Lord God,
    that your Son gave up his life for our sake.
    Lead us who are his followers
    to take up our cross and follow him.
    Help us to give of ourselves
    and all we have in your service.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 17A
  • 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 3:1-15
    LHS
    456    The God of Abraham praise G7
    501    God himself is present* G3
    506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    AT
    296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    403    God of Abraham (esp vv 1, 3, 6)
    TIS
    125    The God of Abraham praise
    445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
    658    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    688    Come to be our hope, O Jesus

    First reading (b): Jeremiah 15:15-21
    LHS
    195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
    198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
    199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
    316    Smite me not, O mighty God G4
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    556    O God, our help in ages past (G, STJ 23)
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    861    All those who live beneath God’s shade GS
    AT
    6    O Father, my Father
    21    All those who live beneath God’s shade
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    339    In ou, O Lord, I found refuge
    480    On the day I called
    TIS
    47    O God, our help in ages past
    103    A mighty fortress is our God

    Second reading: Romans 12:9-21
    LHS
    193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
    349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
    797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    858    Make me a channel of your peace
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    95    Make me a channel of your peace
    177    Love one another
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    197    When I needed a neighbour
    300    Practise love
    301    May the Father of love
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    463    Goodness is stronger than evil
    491    You call me to love
    507    Where you tread
    TIS
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    466    Peace with the Father
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    607    Make me a channel of your peace
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
    650    Brother, sister, let mew serve you
    672    Lord of earth, and all creation

    Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
    LHS
    336    ‘Come, follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
    351    ‘Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said G9
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    AT
    401    Follow me (Anyone who wants to follow me)
    413    The Summons (Will you come and follow me)
    443    Like an angel
    495    Come and follow me
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    579     Go and tell
    TIS
    583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
    595    O Jesus, I have promised
    625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
    656    Jesus, my Lord
    681    Lord, let me see, more and more

    PSALM 105
    TIS 66, O give thanks to God, is a version of Psalm 105:1-11.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 105:1-6 by David Schütz is sung to the tune of ‘Trust and obey’, LHS 877. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O give thanks to the Lord,
    as you call on his name,
    and make known all his deeds to the world.
    Sing your praises to him,
    as you tell what he’s done,
    as you glory in his holy name.

    Let the hearts of all those
    who approach him rejoice.
    Seek the Lord and his strength at his throne.
    And remember his works
    and the judgments he gave,
    O you chosen of Abraham’s line.

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

    PSALM 26
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 26:1-10 by David Schütz is sung to the tune Trisagion, LHS 865. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Vindicate me, Lord, for I have been true,
    and, without wavering, trusted in you.
    Prove me, O Lord, and put me to the test,
    try both my heart’s and my mind’s righteousness.

    I keep your steadfast love always in sight;
    I’ve lived in faithfulness through all my life.
    I shun the worthless and vain hypocrite,
    nor with the wicked will I ever sit.

    I wash my hands to show you I am clean,
    and, at your altar, I serve without sin,
    singing to you a loud thanksgiving song,
    telling your deeds to the world all day long.

    I love the house where your glory abides!
    Save me from all those who offer their bribes.
    Those who do evil will be swept away –
    save me from your righteous judgment that day.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 26 p44 , Psalm 26 p45

    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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