Sunday 21 September, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20), 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 16:2-15 Bread from heaven in the desert
    OR (b) Jonah 3:10- 4:11 Jonah is angered by God’s mercy
    PSALM (a) Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
    OR (b) Psalm 145:1-8 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 1:21-30 Living for Christ
    GOSPEL Matthew 20:1-16 The workers in the vineyard
  • 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 Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 20v1-16 – year a – pentecost 14 ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 20 1-16 – year a – proper 20
    Based on Jonah reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
  • 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
    Lord, grant your people grace
    to avoid the contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord, help your people
    to avoid all contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds.
    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 a willingness to serve others. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful Father,
    your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
    that what we do for those in need
    we also do for him.
    As he became the servant of all,
    help us to be a servant to others.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for the gift of generosity. [silence])
    Loving and righteous God,
    you are far more generous to us,
    and to all who work in your kingdom,
    than we desire or deserve.
    Make us generous to others
    as you have been to 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.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for your generosity,
    far beyond what we deserve.
    Teach us to be thankful, and not envious of others.
    Amen.
  • Offering prayer
    Lord, thank you for being so generous
    and merciful to us.
    Help us to remember what Christ has done for us,
    and to give ourselves in love and service
    as a response to his love.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 20A
  • 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 16:2-15
    LHS
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
    294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G5
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
    393    O God of Bethel, by whose hand*
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
    568    O Lord, whose bounteous hand again G9
    AT
    267    Bread of Heaven
    353    Fill us, Lord
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    474    The bread of angels
    TIS
    83    Let us with a gladsome mind
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    564    O God of Bethel, by whose hand
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    First reading (b) : Jonah 3:10 – 4:11
    LHS
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    AT
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    537   Jonah’s lament
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    674    Inspired by love and anger

    Second reading: Philippians 1:21-30
    LHS
    101    Jesus lives! thy terrors now* G5
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    340    Be thou faithful unto death* G8
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    352    Fight the good fight* G4
    365    With the Lord thy task begin
    383    O Lord, who hast my place assigned
    AT
    276    Into your death
    TIS
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    468    We are your people
    594    Fight the good fight with all your might

    Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
    LHS
    234    Facing a task unfinished G4
    326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    329    By grace I’m saved
    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
    AT
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    TIS
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    613    Lord of all hopefulness

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

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 105:1-6,37-45 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.

    God brought Israel out
    with much silver and gold,
    and not one of their many tribes fell.
    The Egyptians were glad
    when they went from their land,
    for they’d learnt to fear Israel’s God.

    The Lord spread out a cloud
    to protect them by day,
    and at night they were led by a fire.
    When they asked, the Lord gave
    them their food from the sky,
    sending birds in their thousands to eat.

    The Lord opened the rock,
    and the water gushed out;
    and it flowed like a stream on the sand.
    He remembered his word
    and the promise he made
    that his people would have their own land.

    So he brought Israel out,
    they went singing with joy,
    and he gave them the wealth of their foes.
    Now they had their own land
    as a gift from the Lord,
    that his laws may be kept for all time.

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

    PSALM 145
    TIS 89, O Lord, you are my God and King, is a paraphrase of Psalm 145:1-7,9-12. The following paraphrase of Psalm 145:1-8 by David Schütz may be sung to various tunes, including Quam dilecta (LH 503) and St Cecilia (LH 416). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I praise you, God and King,
    I bless your holy name,
    forever every day,
    I bless your name always.

    Great is the Lord our God,
    and greatly to be praised,
    his greatness is beyond
    all human power to know.

    And every age will tell
    each other of your works,
    and everyone declare
    the mighty things you do.

    And I will meditate
    upon your wondrous works,
    the beauty of your face,
    the splendour of your ways.

    Your awesome deeds are told
    and I declare you great!
    We know your righteousness;
    we sing and celebrate!

    For gracious is the Lord,
    and he is merciful,
    he’s slow to show his wrath,
    abounds in steadfast love.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 145 p236

    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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