Sunday 7 September, 2014 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), Year A

Father’s Day

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 12:1-14 The Lord institutes the Passover
    OR (b) Ezekiel 33:7-11 God appoints Ezekiel as a watchman
    PSALM (a) Psalm 149
    OR (b) Psalm 119:33-40 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 13:8-14 The debt of love
    GOSPEL Matthew 18:15-20 Steps towards reconciliation
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18v15-20 – year a – pentecost 12
    Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 13 8-14 – year a – proper 18
    Based on Psalm 119: 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
    O Lord, let your continual pity
    cleanse and defend your church;
    and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
    preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
    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, in your constant mercy
    cleanse and defend your church.
    Guide it forever by your goodness
    because it cannot remain safe without 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.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
    Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
    so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
    and boldly in times of trouble.
    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 harmony in the church. [silence])
    Thank you, heavenly Father,
    that through your Son
    you have reconciled us to yourself
    and to one another.
    Teach us to follow his example
    by living at peace with each other.
    We ask this through 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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    that we can come to the Father in your name.
    Help us to be in harmony among ourselves.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for having mercy on us
    and accepting us as your people.
    Help us to be more and more like you,
    and work harmoniously with one another.
    Teach us to show love to each other,
    and to all people as they have needs.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 18A
  • 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 12:1-14
    89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* (revised words of old v3) G5
    834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing G3
    847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
    349    There is a redeemer

    First reading (b): Ezekiel 33:7-11
    302    Sinners turn: why will you die?
    304    Delay not, delay not, O sinner, draw near G7
    314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
    875    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy G9
    114    Come, my brother, come my sister
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    397    Before I take the body of my Lord (These I lay down)
    398    May the Holy Ghost lead you to repent (A child of God)
    446    Mercy
    136    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation

    Second reading: Romans 13:8-14
    1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
    203    Through the night of doubt and sorrow* G9
    205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5 (first tune)
    225    Soldiers of the cross, arise
    239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
    853    A new commandment I give unto you GS
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    65    A new commandment
    177    Love one another
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    301    May the Father of love
    373    Bound by love
    491    You call me to love
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    266    Wake, awake, for night is flying
    416    Great God, your Spirit
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    534    Love is his word, love is his way
    570    Soldiers of Christ, arise
    606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    699    A new commandment I give unto you

    Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
    246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8
    269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
    270    The law of God is good and wise G3
    271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    504    To Thy temple I repair G5
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
    797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
    800    May we be one GS
    802    One family, we’re together GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    31    Freely, freely
    62    One family
    172    May we be one
    313    Christ, be our light
    488    Open our eyes
    285    Your coming, Lord, to earth
    445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
    466    Peace with the Father
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    648    Help us accept each other

    PSALM 149
    TIS 95, Sing a new song to the Lord, is a version of Psalm 149:1-5.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 149 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Alles ist an Gottes Segen (LH 283, TIS 556). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Alleluia! Sing a new song
    to the Lord, our King and Maker,
    with his people gathered here!
    Let the children of Jerus’lem
    praise his name with dance and music,
    and with tambourine and lyre.

    God takes pleasure in his people,
    and the Lord adorns the humble
    with the crown of victory.
    Let the faithful rise in triumph,
    sing for joy at night and always
    praise our God continually.

    So, with swords of prayer and praises,
    bring God’s justice to the nations,
    bring his judgment on the world!
    To bind kings in chains of iron,
    and bring prisoners into freedom,
    is our glory! Praise the Lord!

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 149 p249

    PSALM 119

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p204

    There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    583    O Father, all creating G4
    587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

    137    For the beauty of the earth
    328    Joseph, your love of life
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

    God gave fathers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They stood by us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
    Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

    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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