Sunday 26 October, 2014 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25), 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.

The Commemoration of the Reformation may be observed on this Sunday – please go here for Reformation resources.

  • 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) Deuteronomy 34:1-12 The death of Moses
    OR (b) Leviticus 19:1,2,15-18 Be holy as the Lord is holy
    PSALM (a) Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
    OR (b) Psalm 1 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Paul does not speak to please people
    GOSPEL Matthew 22:34-46 The great commandment
  • 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; Pr Mark Greenthaner ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 22 33-40 – year a – proper 25
    Based on Psalm 90: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 90 – year a – pentecost 19
    Based on Deuteronomy reading : 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:
    O God, our refuge and strength,
    the author of all godliness:
    Be ready to hear
    the devout prayers of your church;
    and grant that what we ask in faith
    we may fully obtain;
    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 God, our refuge and strength,
    and the source of all true devotion,
    listen to the devout prayers of your church.
    Let us fully obtain
    what we pray for in faith.
    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 for healing. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son showed your love
    by healing the sick and making them whole.
    Look with compassion on our broken world,
    and make us whole by his healing power,
    so that we also may show your love to others.
    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 love God and our neighbour. [silence])
    Thank you, everliving God,
    for giving us your only Son.
    Move us to love you with all our heart,
    soul, mind, and strength,
    and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
    We ask this through 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, Jesus, for coming as Lord
    and showing us God’s love.
    Teach us to love God and our neighbour.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for sending your Son Jesus to us
    and for all that he has brought us.
    As you have loved us so much,
    help us to love you more than anything else,
    and our neighbour as ourselves,
    and to live lives of service.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 25A
  • 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): Deuteronomy 34:1-12
    393    O God of Bethel, by whose hand*
    480    A pilgrim and a stranger* G6
    846    The candles are lit and the table is laid (Face to face) GS
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    6    O Father, my Father
    71    Face to face
    120    One God
    152    Psalm 89
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    564    O God of Bethel, by whose hand
    574    Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide

    First reading (b): Leviticus 19:1,2,15-18
    140    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty G5
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    819    Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    119    Come and praise him, royal priesthood
    177    Love one another
    184    Love is the law
    191    The servant song
    292    Because we bear your name
    300    Practise love
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    132    Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
    640    Yesu, Yesu
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

    Second reading: 1Thessalonians 2:1-8
    220    Speed Thy servants, Saviour, speed them G6
    236    Gracious God, our heavenly Father G6
    239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
    83    Pass it on
    103    Send your servant
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ
    402    God has chosen me
    413    The summons
    439    What shall we offer our good Lord
    473    Community of Christ
    537    Let us talents and tongues employ
    606    Son of God, eternal Saviour

    Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46
    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* G5
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
    381    O God, our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
    853    A new commandment GS
    65    A new commandment
    177    Love one another
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    301    May the Father of love
    310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
    329    This kingdom
    506    O let’s get up to love and serve
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends (Yesu, Yesu)
    699    A new commandment

    PSALM 90
    The hymn ‘O God, our help in ages past’ (LH 556, TIS 47) is a paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-6. The following paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-6,13-17 may be sung to any well-known tune, such as Hyfrydol (LH 349, TIS 233), Friend (LH 426), or Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, throughout all generations
    you have been our dwelling place,
    long before the birth of mountains,
    long before the world was made,
    you were God then, now and ever,
    everlasting still the same,
    but one word returns us mortals
    back to dust from whence we came.

    For a thousand years of history
    are as nothing in your sight,
    they’re like yesterday now passing,
    like an hour in the night;
    they are swept away on waking
    like a dream at break of day,
    they’re like grass that grows in morning,
    and in evening fades away.

    Turn, O Lord, and have compassion!
    How long will your people wait?
    Fill our hunger in the morning
    with your steadfast love and grace,
    so that we may rise rejoicing
    and be glad through all our days.
    For as long as we have suffered,
    give us joy and happiness.

    Let the work of your salvation
    be made plain in human sight;
    show your people and their children
    the great splendour of your might.
    Let your blessing and your favour
    be on us, O Lord our God:
    bless our passing small achievements
    with your everlasting word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 90 p146

    PSALM 1
    For a hymn version, see TIS 1 Happy are they who walk in God’s wise way.

    The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 1 (p 4).
    Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
    those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
    those who don’t stand among the sinful crowd,
    those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

    They meditate on God’s law day and night.
    They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
    they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
    they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

    But the ungodly – they are not like this!
    They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
    They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
    in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

    All those will perish who walk in the path
    of the ungodly, following their way.
    But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
    who love his law and live in righteousness.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4

    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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