Sunday 14 September, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19), 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 14:19-31 The crossing of the Red Sea
    OR (b) Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph is reconciled with his brothers
    PSALM (a) Psalm 114 or alternative “psalm” Exodus 15:1b-11,20,21
    OR (b) Psalm 103:(1-7)8-13 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 14:1-12 The strong and the weak faith
    GOSPEL Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the unforgiving servant
  • 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 – matt 18v21-35 – year a – pentecost 13 ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18 21-35 – year a – proper 19
    Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze
    Based on Genesis reading : NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • 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:
    Lord, we pray that your grace
    may always go before and follow after us,
    so that we may continually be devoted
    to all good works;
    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, let your loving kindness
    always go before us and follow us,
    and lead us continually to do good.
    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 depend on God’s mercy. [silence])
    Loving heavenly Father,
    it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
    Help us always to remember
    that you have forgiven and accepted us
    only because of Christ,
    and not because of ourselves
    or anything that we have done.
    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 forgive one another. [silence])
    Thank you, God,
    the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    that you have had mercy on us
    and have forgiven us through your Son.
    Make us more like him,
    so that we too
    forgive one another from the heart.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ,
    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 God forgives us for your sake.
    Help us to forgive one another.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for your great mercy
    in continuing to forgive us.
    Help us likewise to show mercy to our brothers and sisters
    and forgive them when they wrong us.
    Strengthen our faith and our love,
    and lead us to live in gratitude for all you have done for us,
    serving you and other people.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 19A
  • 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 14:19-31
    397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us* G4
    201    Wade in the water
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    36    Joyfully shout, all you on earth
    384    Through the Red Sea brought at last
    391    Come, God’s people, sing for joy
    462    Now we come, our heavenly Father
    580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

    First reading (b) : Genesis 50:15-21
    415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    109    What God ordains is always good

    Second reading: Romans 14:1-12
    24    All my heart this night rejoices (esp vv 2,3,6) G7
    101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy (esp vv 1,6)* G5
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    26    He is Lord
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    292    Because we bear your name
    364    In you is gladness
    540    We belong to God
    200    In you is gladness
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
    461    God, your glory we have seen
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    483    Lord, in the strength of grace
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

    Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
    61    Alas! And did my Saviour bleed
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    23    Freely, freely
    300    Practise love
    354    Change my heart, O God
    439    Forgiven
    466    Peace with the Father
    635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    648    Help us accept each other

    Stephen Pietsch has been writing hymns for some time, and he has given permission for congregations to reproduce and use the hymn printed below for worship. The tune is Monk’s Gate (LH 590, TIS 561).

    Lord, your suffering love to us
    has won salvation.
    Let our hearts forgiven thus
    gain inspiration.
    Our debtors to forgive;
    in harmony to live.
    In pardoning we receive
    the greater blessing.

    Cleanse our minds of bitterness,
    O gracious Father.
    Teach us truly to forget
    the sins of others;
    for every sinner’s price
    is Jesus’ sacrifice.
    So every sinner’s life
    is gained by mercy.

    Freedom to the heart you bring
    in prison living.
    From the lightened heart shall spring
    a sweet forgiving.
    At peace and justified,
    we labour side by side,
    in mercy unified,
    to bring you glory.

    PSALM 114
    Here is a metrical version of Psalm 114 by David Schütz. It is sung to the tune Warum sind der Tränen, LH 298. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    When Israel left Egypt, left that foreign land,
    where they’d been held prisoner under Pharaoh’s hand:
    God appointed Judah as his sanctuary,
    and he made a kingdom out of Israel.

    When the Red Sea saw them, it turned back and fled,
    and the flowing Jordan banked up at its head.
    When the mountains saw them, they skipped up like rams,
    and the hills before them, jumped about like lambs.

    Why, O Red Sea, did you turn and flee away?
    Why, O River Jordan, cease to flow that day?
    Why, O mountains, did you quake and skip like rams?
    Why, O hills, why did you jump about like lambs?

    Earth, now quake and tremble, here comes Jacob’s God;
    tremble as you see the coming of the Lord.
    He alone turns dry ground, flint and rock and stone
    into flowing rivers, he and he alone.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 114 p187

    PSALM 103
    The hymn ‘O bless the Lord, my soul’ (LH 452, TIS 64) is a paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-7 or 1-9. A paraphrased version of Psalm 103 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 48. AT 429 Praise the Lord, O my soul is also based on vs 1-5 of this Psalm.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 103 p171 , Psalm 103 p172

    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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