Sunday 2 November, 2014 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26), 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.

All Saints may be observed on this Sunday – please go here for All Saints 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) Joshua 3:7-17 Crossing the Jordan to the promised land
    OR (b) Micah 3:5-12 The prophet declares the ruin of Jerusalem
    PSALM (a) Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
    OR (b) Psalm 43*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Paul’s conduct among the Thessalonians
    GOSPEL Matthew 23:1-12 Warnings against the scribes and Pharisees
  • 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 Joshua reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – joshua 3v7-17 – year a – pentecost 20
    Based on the gospel reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 23 1-12 – year a – proper 26

  • 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 Lord,
    free your people from their offences,
    that through your bountiful goodness
    we may all be released
    from the net of our sins
    which because of our frailty
    has entangled us;
    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, free your people from their offences.
    Through your great goodness
    release us all from the net of our sins
    which has entangled us because of our frailty.
    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 cleansing and renewal. [silence])
    Almighty God, heavenly Father,
    to you all hearts are open,
    all desires known,
    and from you no secrets are hidden.
    Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
    by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
    so that we may perfectly love you
    and worthily praise your holy 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.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for the gift of humility. [silence])
    Thank you, great God,
    for the privilege of serving you.
    Keep us from putting ourselves first.
    Make us humble and considerate,
    so that, like your Son,
    we can be of service to others.
    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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for setting us free
    from the burden of the law’s demands.
    Make us humble and obedient like you.

  • Offering prayer
    Lord, you have given us
    forgiveness of sins and salvation,
    and made us your own children.
    Teach us that you alone are our Lord and our Father,
    and that true greatness in your kingdom means service.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 26A
  • 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): Joshua 3:1-17
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us* G4
    407    If  thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
    294    God give you joy
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
    580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

    First reading (b): Micah 3:5-12
    310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
    383    O Lord, who hast my place assigned
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    332    We are sorry
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling

    Second reading: 1Thessalonians 2:9-13
    228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
    244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
    260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
    263    Father of mercies, in Thy word G6
    265    How blest are they who hear God’s word* G3
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    39    My word
    67    Let your word fill my days
    244    We have seen the word of life
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    451    Pour out your Spirit from on high

    Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    848    With deep humility, O Lord G5
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    875    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy G9
    190    Low, the way is low
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    136    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
    288    Not the powerful, not the privileged
    409    O breath of life, come sweeping through us
    420    Holy Spirit, go before us
    483    Lord, in the temple of grace
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    595    O Jesus, I have promised
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you

    PSALM 107
    TIS 67, Thus will say the Lord’s redeemed, is a version of Psalm 107:1-5,23-26,28-31.
    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 107 p181

    PSALM 43
    Psalm 43 is a continuation of Psalm 42. Therefore, it may be sung to the tune by Olga Radke given at LHS 869 (‘Like the deer’). The words of the verses here are by David Schütz. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Vindicate me, God,
    defend my cause,
    and deliver me
    from unjust hands.

    Since you are my God,
    why cast me off?
    Why should I be sad
    and so weighed down?

    Why should I be sad, why troubled so?
    I will trust and praise my Saviour God.

    O send out your light,
    send out your truth;
    let them bring me to
    your holy hill.

    So I will approach
    your altar, Lord.
    I will praise you, God,
    upon the harp.

    Why should I be sad, why troubled so?
    I will trust and praise my Saviour God.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 43 p73 , Psalm 43 p74

    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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