Sunday 5 October, 2014 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22), 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 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Ten Commandments
    OR (b) Isaiah 5:1-7 The song of the vineyard
    PSALM (a) Psalm 19
    OR (b) Psalm 80:7-15 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 3:4b-14 Everything loss compared to Christ
    GOSPEL Matthew 21:33-46 Parable of the tenants 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 Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook
    Based on Exodus reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 20v1-20 – year a – pentecost 16
    Based on Isaiah reading : NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on Psalm 19: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 19 – year a – proper 22
  • 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 almighty and most merciful God,
    in your bountiful goodness
    keep us from all things that may hurt us,
    that we may be ready both in body and soul
    cheerfully to accomplish those things
    that are according to your will;
    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
    Almighty and merciful God,
    in your goodness defend us
    from everything that might hurt us,
    so that we may be ready in body and soul
    to do cheerfully what is according to your will.
    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 live by faith. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have ordered our earthly life
    that we must walk by faith and not by sight.
    Give us such trust in your fatherly care
    that we show our faith
    by our courage in the face of all perplexities.
    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 faithfully do God’s work. [silence])
    Lord God,
    you have planted your church
    to be a flourishing fruitful vineyard.
    Make us loyal and productive,
    doing the work you have given us to do.
    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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for letting us work in your vineyard.
    Help us to acknowledge you as God’s Son,
    and be faithful and fruitful workers.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for making us members of your kingdom
    and calling us to be tenants in your vineyard.
    Help us to remember that you are the owner of the vineyard,
    the Lord of our lives,
    and we are responsible to you.
    Make us obedient and productive,
    serving you and other people.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 22A
  • 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 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
    261    How shall the young secure their hearts G6
    264    How precious is the book divine G9
    268    Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace G6
    270    The law of God is good and wise G3
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    39    My word
    120    One God
    246    Thy word is a lamp
    325    Sing to God with joy
    92    Sing to God with joy
    102    Praise to the living God
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    576    O for a closer walk
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    742    One God, one living God

    First reading (b) : Isaiah 5:1-7
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    519    While yet the morn is breaking* (esp vv 1,2,4,6) G4
    571    Almighty Lord, before Thy throne
    382    I am the vine
    104    While morning still is breaking

    Second reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
    54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
    67    And can it be (alt tune TIS 209)
    75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
    148    Jesus, the very thought of Thee G6
    149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
    152    Fairest Lord Jesus G7
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    261    The Servant King
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    203    Fairest Lord Jesus
    209    And can it be, that I should gain
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    342    When I survey the wondrous cross
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    605    I am alone, yet not alone

    Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
    70    Stricken, smitten, and afflicted* G3
    248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
    249    Christ is our cornerstone
    344    Our God is love, and all his saints* G6
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    348    Jesus, Master, at Thy word G8
    415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3
    125    Man more than man
    140    The building block
    109    What God ordains is always good
    355    Man more than man
    432    Christ is made the sure foundation
    433    Christ is our cornerstone
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

    PSALM 19
    TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-5, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-10.

    The Iona song ‘May the words of my mouth’ in ATO 323 may be used as a congregational refrain, while a reader reads the verses of Psalm 19.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz is sung to either St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
    the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
    The heavens are telling your glory and power,
    your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

    Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
    no language is heard in the words that they say.
    And yet their voice goes throughout all of the world,
    their words are conveyed to the end of the earth.

    God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
    it comes like a bridegroom on his wedding day,
    and runs, like an athlete, from morning to night,
    and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

    The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
    his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
    His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
    and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

    The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
    His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
    far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
    in them both a warning and promise is told.

    But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
    so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
    From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
    then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 19 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

    PSALM 80
    TIS 42, O shepherd of Israel, is a version of Psalm 80:1-3,7,14-15,17-18. Note that the hymns ‘O come, O come Immanuel’ (LH 2, TIS 265), ‘The king of love my shepherd is’ (LH 391, TIS 145), and ‘Saviour, like a shepherd lead us’ (LH 604*), as well as the song ‘Help, O Lord, the thrown away’ (AT 272), are partly based on Psalm 80.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 80:7-16 may be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627, TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68(ii)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Restore us once again, O God,
    and show your smiling face;
    O God of power, O God of might,
    show us your saving grace.

    From Egypt you have brought a vine,
    and, by your mighty hand,
    you cleared a place, and planted it.
    It grew and filled the land.

    It covered mountains with its shade,
    the cedars with its leaves.
    Its tendrils reached the river bank,
    its branches reached the sea.

    Why have you broken down its walls,
    so all may pluck its fruit?
    The forest boar has ravaged it,
    and cattle eat it too.

    Turn now again, O God, and see
    the vine that you have sown.
    May those who burnt and cut it down,
    now pay for what they’ve done.

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

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    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.
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