Sunday 16 November, 2014 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), 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) Judges 4:1-7 Deborah, one of the judges
    OR (b) Zephaniah 1:7,12-18 The day of the Lord is near
    PSALM (a) Psalm 123
    OR (b) Psalm 90:1-8 (9-11) 12 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Be ready for the Lord’s coming
    GOSPEL Matthew 25:14-30 The parable of the talents
  • 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 Psalm 123: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 123 – year a – 2nd last sunday
    Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ;  NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 25 14-30 – year a – proper 28
  • 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
    O God,
    so rule and govern our hearts and minds
    by your Holy Spirit
    that, being mindful of the end of all things
    and the day of your just judgment,
    we may be stirred up to holiness of living,
    and dwell with you forever;
    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 God,
    govern our hearts by your Holy Spirit.
    Make us mindful of the end of all things
    and the day of your just judgment.
    Stir us up to lead holy lives,
    and let us live with you forever.
    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, another traditional, modernised
    Almighty God,
    we cannot trust in our own goodness,
    so deal with us,
    not according to the severity of your judgment,
    but according to your mercy.
    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 (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray to be ready for Christ’s return. [silence])
    Help us, Lord Jesus Christ,
    to wait for you,
    to wish for you,
    and to watch for you,
    so that when you come again
    you will find us ready.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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 entrusting each of us with various gifts.
    Help us to be faithful servants.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord,
    for all the gifts you have entrusted to us.
    Help us to remember
    that all we have comes from you
    and is to be used to serve you.
    Make us faithful and trustworthy servants,
    always ready for your return.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- 2nd last (Proper 28A)
  • 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): Judges 4:1-7
    LHS
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
    199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
    202    Help us to conquer, Thou Prince everliving* G3
    205    Soldiers of the cross, arise G5
    AT
    266    Victory song (Through our God we shall do valiantly)
    TIS
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    570    Soldiers of the cross, arise

    First reading (b): Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
    LHS
    485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
    486    Great God, what do I see and hear* G6
    490    O Son of God, we wait for thee* G3
    AT
    302    Soon and very soon
    309    When the Lord returns
    TIS

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
    LHS
    205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5
    206    Stand up, stand up for Jesus G6
    338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
    352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    AT
    187    Help us, Lord, to wait for you
    300    Practise love (Everyone should be quick to listen)
    313    Christ be our light (Longing for light)
    485    Praying
    TIS
    266    Wake, awake, for night is flying
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    478    I bind unto myself
    570    Soldiers of Christ, arise
    592    Stand up, stand up for Jesus
    594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
    642    This day God gives me
    643    I want to walk as a child of the light

    Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
    LHS
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
    299    My God, accept my heart this day G5
    367    O bring to the Lord thy tribute of praise* G6
    373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    792    They came, knew his name GS
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    858    Make me a channel of your peace
    AT
    95    Make me a channel of your peace
    188    Reaching out with open arms
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    265    For all your goodness, Lord
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    358    Gift to the world (Offertory)
    TIS
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    485    My God, accept my heart this day
    537    Let us talents and tongues employ
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    607    Make me a channel of your peace
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    652    Come to us, creative Spirit

    PSALM 123
    The following paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 123 may be sung to the tune Veni, Immanuel (LH 2, TIS 265) or Melita (LH 578, TIS 138) or another 8.8.8.8.8.8 tune. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my eyes,
    to you, enthroned in heaven above.
    As servants look up to their lord,
    we lift our eyes to God the Lord,
    until he turns his eyes t’ward us,
    and shows his mercy and his love.

    Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray,
    for we are treated with contempt.
    We’ve had more than our fill of scorn
    from those who live in ease and pride.
    O turn, O Lord, be merciful
    for we have put our trust in you.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 123 p212Psalm 123 p213

    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 90:1-12 may be sung to any well-known 8.7.8.7D 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.

    Lord, your angry indignation
    has consumed us all with fear,
    for our sin and our transgression
    by your light has been made clear.
    Lord, your wrath has been our burden,
    as our short lives pass away.
    All our lives are filled with suff’ring,
    and our years end with a sigh.

    We may live for seven decades –
    if we’re strong, then maybe eight –
    but their span is grief and sorrow
    when they’re gone, we fade away.
    Yet before your mighty anger,
    should we not all be afraid?
    So that we might have true wisdom,
    teach us how to count our days.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 90 p147

    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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