Sunday 19 October, 2014 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24), 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 33:12-23 The Lord shows his glory to Moses
    OR (b) Isaiah 45:1-7 The Lord appoints King Cyrus of Persia to do his will
    PSALM (a) Psalm 99
    OR (b) Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13) *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Serving God in faith, hope, and love
    GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22 The question about paying taxes
  • 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; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; edited for lay reading sermon – 1 thess 1v1-10 – year a – pentecost 18
    Based on Exodus reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 33 12-23 – year a – proper 24
  • 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, keep your family the church
    in continual godliness,
    that through your protection
    it may be free from all evil,
    and may devoutly serve you
    in good works,
    to the glory of your name;
    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, keep your family faithful to you.
    Protect us from all evil,
    so that we may serve you
    by doing good,
    to the glory of your name.
    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 that we may approach God with confidence. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    the Lord of heaven and earth,
    your Son has opened for us
    a new and living way into your presence.
    Give us pure hearts and a sure faith
    to draw near to you as our Father,
    and to ask you for whatever we need.
    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, new

    (Let us pray for good government. [silence])
    Thank you, sovereign God,
    for providing good order and government,
    so that we can serve you peacefully.
    Make us responsible citizens,
    who honour you by
    working for the common good
    and respecting all lawful authorities.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for bringing us into your kingdom.
    Make us obedient to earthly authorities,
    and above all to our heavenly Father.
    Amen.
  • Offering prayer
    Our loving God,
    we thank you for protecting us in our daily lives
    by providing an ordered and peaceful existence.
    Help us to obey and respect the governing authorities.
    But above all, lead us to honour and obey you, our Lord,
    and to serve you with all that you have given us.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 24A
  • 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 33:12-23
    LHS
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    440    Sing praise to God who reigns above (vv 1,2,4,5) G3
    452    O bless the Lord, my soul
    AT
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    194    A Christmas blessing
    292    Because we bear your name
    324    Saints of all time
    333    You are our God
    372    Teach me your way
    TIS
    64    O bless the Lord, my soul
    110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    574    Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide
    779    May the feet of God walk with you

    First reading (b): Isaiah 45: 1-7
    LHS
    9    Hark the glad sound G6
    219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    885    Be still and know that I am God GS
    AT
    9    Be still and know that I am God
    311    Be still and know
    TIS
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    269    Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
    452    God of mercy, God of grace
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
    LHS
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    AT
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    298    Let’s go out
    309    When the Lord returns
    376    Faith, hope and love
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    506    O let’s get up to love and serve
    TIS
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    431    Thanks to God whose word
    456    Your hand, O God, has guided
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    576    O for a closer walk

    Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
    LHS
    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    AT
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    348    Sing hey for the carpenter
    358    Gift to the world
    361    Here we are
    TIS
    454    Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    774    For the life that you have given

    PSALM 99
    TIS 58, The Lord reigns, is a version of Psalm 99:1-7,9.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 99 by David Schütz could be used on this day. It is sung to the tune of the song ‘God is so good’, ATN 54. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    The Lord is King! Fear and tremble!
    He is enthroned in his temple!
    Let the earth shake in the fear of God.

    The Lord is great in his city!
    He is above all the nations!
    Let them all praise his great awesome name.

    Holy is he – loving justice!
    Our mighty King – giving fairness!
    He acts with justice and righteousness.

    All praise the Lord! Alleluia!
    Worship his name! He is holy!
    Come, bow before the Lord God, our King!

    His priests are Aaron and Moses,
    Samuel himself called on his name.
    They cried to God, and he answered them.

    They heard his voice speaking to them;
    they kept the laws that he gave them;
    he spoke to them from the fire and cloud.

    O Lord our God, when you answered
    you were forgiving toward them,
    but you avenged all the wrong they did.

    Extol the Lord – he is our God;
    bow down on his holy mountain;
    for the Lord God is the Holy One.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 99 p166

    PSALM 96
    For a song version, see ATW 468, ‘Sing a new song’. Or the following paraphrase of Psalm 96 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Church Triumphant’ (LH 227, TIS 98). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Come, sing a new song to the Lord,
    come, sing a new song, all the earth.
    Sing to the Lord, and bless his name,
    that all may know his saving grace.

    Let heav’n be glad, let earth rejoice;
    let sea and all its creatures roar.
    Let field exult, and all in it;
    let trees and forests sing for joy.

    Rejoice before the coming Lord,
    for he shall come to judge the earth,
    to judge the earth with righteousness –
    he judges nations with his truth.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 96 p157

    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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