Sunday 9 November, 2014 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), 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) Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Israel promises to serve the Lord
    OR (b) Amos 5:18-24 The day of the Lord
    PSALM (a) Psalm 78:1-7
    OR (b) Psalm 70*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Questions about the Lord’s coming
    GOSPEL Matthew 25:1-13 Parable of the wise and foolish girls
  • 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 the second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy; Pr Mark Greenthaner; edited for lay-reading sermon – 1 thess 4v13-18 – year a – 3rd last sunday
    Based on the gospel reading: NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 25 1-13 – year a – proper 27
  • 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:
    Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people,
    that they may richly bear the fruit of good works,
    and receive your rich reward;
    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
    Stir up, Lord, the wills of your faithful people.
    Help us richly bear the fruit of good works,
    and give us your rich reward.
    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 vigilance. [silence])
    Heavenly Father,
    keep us watchful and alert
    as we wait for the coming of your Son, our Lord.
    When he stands at the door and knocks,
    may he not find us asleep
    in carelessness and sin,
    but awake in hope and rejoicing,
    so that we may live with you forever.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for faithfulness until Christ’s return. [silence])
    Awaken us, Lord,
    so that when your Son comes
    we may be ready to receive him with joy
    and serve you with clean hearts.
    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, Lord Jesus,
    for promising to return as the heavenly bridegroom.
    Make us always watchful and ready.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts,
    and for giving us the privilege of serving you.
    Help us to be alert and ready for your coming,
    serving you faithfully and doing your will.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 27A
  • 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 24:1-3a, 14-25
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3
    454    Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim G6
    587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
    615    Who is on the Lord’s side?
    261    From heav’n you came (The Servant King)
    292    Because we bear your name
    110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
    215    You servants of God, your master proclaim
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    256    From heaven you came
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
    686    Because we bear your name

    First reading (b): Amos 5:18-24
    314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    332    We are sorry
    446    Mercy
    563    How long
    160    Father all-loving
    181    Come, O God of all
    416    Great God, your Spirit
    616    O day of God
    690    Beauty for brokenness

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    92    Christ the Lord is risen today (vv 4,5,6) (G, STJ 11)
    95    He is risen, he is risen* G3
    101    Jesus lives! thy terrors now* G5
    103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3)
    479    Jesus my Redeemer lives* G5
    485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
    486    Great God, what do I see and hear* G5
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    854    Be still, my soul
    150    Sing a new song
    155    We believe
    167    I am the Bread of Life
    179    Come let us eat (v 4)
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    268    Christ has died (Response)
    123    Be still, my soul
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is king (esp v 6)
    231    At the name of Jesus
    285    Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
    366    Jesus my Redeemer lives
    370    Christ the Lord is risen today
    372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
    376    I know that my Redeemer lives
    379    He is risen, he is risen!
    479    They that believe and are baptized

    Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
    287    Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness* (esp v 2) G5
    487    Wake, awake for night is flying* G6
    489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
    85    Give me oil in my lamp
    187    Help us, Lord, to wait for you
    309    When the Lord returns
    492   Bridegroom
    266    Wake, awake for night is flying
    280    When he comes back
    503    Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness

    PSALM 78
    TIS 41, Give ear, O my people, is a version of Psalm 78:1-4,12-16.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 78 p126

    PSALM 70

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 70 p117

    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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