Sunday 28 September, 2014 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), 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 17:1-7 God gives water from a rock
    OR (b) Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Individual responsibility for sin
    PSALM (a) Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
    OR (b) Psalm 25:1-9 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 2:1-13 The humility and exaltation of Christ
    GOSPEL Matthew 21:23-32 Which son obeyed his father?
  • 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 Mark Greenthaner ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay-reading sermon – matt 21v23-32 – year a – pentecost 15
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – philip 2 1-5 – year a – proper 21 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on Ezekiel 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:
    O God, since without you
    we are not able to please you:
    Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
    may in all things
    direct and rule our hearts;
    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
    without you we are not able to please you.
    Direct our hearts
    by the working of your mercy.
    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 to be faithful stewards of our possessions. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    you have so generously given us
    all that we are
    and all that we call our own.
    Help us to serve you
    by managing our possessions wisely,
    so that they may not be a curse in our lives,
    but an instrument for blessing.
    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 humility. [silence])
    Merciful God,
    give us the same attitude as Jesus,
    who emptied himself
    and was obedient to you
    all the way to his death on the cross.
    Make us eager to put others before ourselves,
    and their needs before our own.
    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for coming and acting with the authority of God.
    Help us truly to obey you.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for all you have given us,
    especially the gift of your Son.
    Help us to accept his authority,
    trust in him, and obey him.
    Teach us to live our lives in service to you.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 21A
  • 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 17:1-7
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
    353    Fill us, Lord
    483    Is the Lord with us, or not?
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    First reading (b) : Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
    302    Sinners, turn: why will you die?
    319    Before Thee, God, who knowest all
    364    A new heart, Lord* G4
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    269    Create in us
    354    Change my heart
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
    577    Come let us to the Lord our God
    712    Create in us a clean heart, O God

    Second reading: Philippians 2:1-13
    62    My song is love unknown G5 (alt tune A8, G8)
    67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune TIS 209)
    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8
    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    174    All praise to Thee, for Thou, O King divine G7
    454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    794    What wondrous love is this GS
    26    He is Lord
    50    I will sing
    139    Christ humbled himself
    145    What wondrous love is this
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    261    From heaven you came
    363    Jesus is greater
    370    You are glorious
    554    Jesus, you’re the one
    671   Christ is Lord of all
    99    God, we praise you, God, we bless you
    178    Praise the God who changes places
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    209    And can it be, that I should gain
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    214    My heart is full of Christ, and longs
    215    You servants of God
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
    225    My heart and voice I raise
    231    At the name of Jesus
    247    Let all be one in mind and heart
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    341    My song is love unknown
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
    448    Blest are the pure in heart
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    622    Holy Father, God of might
    721    He became poor
    746    The heavens shall declare

    Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32
    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    394    God is love: let heaven adore Him G9
    329    This kingdom
    153    God is love, let heav’n adore him
    259    Among us and before us

    PSALM 78

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 78 p125

    PSALM 25
    TIS 14, O Lord, make me know your ways, is a version of Psalm 25:1,4-5,8-10,14.

    Alternatively, the following paraphrase of Psalm 25:1-10 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Die Sach ist dein’, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    My God, in you I trust;
    Do not let me be put to shame;
    don’t let my foes rejoice.
    Do not let those who wait for you
    be disappointed in their hope.
    Let them be disappointed who
    have openly rejected you.
    Show me your ways,
    O Lord, teach me your paths.

    Teach me and lead me in your truth,
    my Saviour and my God;
    I wait for you the whole day long,
    do not forget me, Lord.
    Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
    and of your steadfast love of old.
    Forget and wipe away my sins
    according to your steadfast love.
    Remember me,
    Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

    The Lord, my God, is good and just,
    therefore he shows the way
    to sinners who return to him
    and those with humble hearts.
    He shows the humble what is right,
    and teaches them to know his will.
    The paths of God are steadfast love
    and faithfulness for those who keep
    his covenant
    and listen to his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 25 p41 , Psalm 25 p42 , Psalm 25 p43

    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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