Sunday 23 November, 2014 – Last Sunday of Church Year (Day of Fulfilment), 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:
    FIRST READING  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 The Lord himself will be the Shepherd King
    PSALM (a) Psalm 100
    OR (b) Psalm 95:1-7a*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ reigns at God’s right hand
    GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46 The King’s final judgment
  • 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 second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 1v15-23 – year a – last sunday of church year ; NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 25 31-46 – year a – proper 29
  • 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 God, heavenly Father:
    Grant that your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
    may come quickly
    and take to himself his bride, the church,
    so that together with all the redeemed
    we may enter into your glory;
    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, heavenly Father,
    let your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
    come quickly
    and take to himself his bride, the church.
    Bring us, together with all the redeemed,
    into your glory.
    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 for the coming of God’s kingdom. [silence])
    Almighty and everliving God,
    it is your will to restore all things
    in your dear Son.
    Bring together under his just and gentle rule
    all the peoples of the world,
    now divided and torn apart by sin.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new (revised second alternative)
    (Let us pray for confidence in the Day of Judgment. [silence])
    Merciful Saviour,
    you have taught us that those who believe in you
    will not be condemned,
    but have already passed from death to life.
    Give us faith in your forgiveness,
    so that we fearlessly wait for the time
    when you set us completely free.
    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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for the righteousness you give us
    and the promise of your heavenly kingdom.
    Help us faithfully to do your work on earth.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, Lord,
    for making us yours and caring for us
    as a good shepherd cares for the sheep.
    Help us to recognise Jesus
    in those who are poor and needy,
    and serve him humbly with what you have given us
    by serving them.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Last Sunday of the Church Year A
  • 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: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
    LHS

    184    How blest the flock of Jesus Christ
    194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
    387    The Lord’s my shepherd*
    391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
    602    I am Jesus’ little lamb* G8
    604    Saviour, like a shepherd lead us* G6
    607    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep* G5
    832    The gentle Shepherd calls G5
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
    865    God will take care of us G6
    867    Have no fear, little flock G6
    AT
    325    Sing to God with joy
    TIS
    10    The Lord’s my shepherd
    53    Come, sing praises to the Lord above
    145    The King of love my shepherd is
    233    I will sing the wondrous story
    237    Hail Redeemer, King divine
    456    Your hand, O God, has guided
    588    In heavenly love abiding
    659    The Lord is my shepherd

    Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
    LHS

    115    Rejoice, the Lord is King!
    118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
    AT
    26    He is Lord
    161    Majesty
    252    He is exalted
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    370    You are glorious
    487    Make your home in me
    499    It was me
    503    Show me heaven
    TIS
    164    The great love of God
    189    Glory to our boundless God
    192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    225    My heart and voice I raise
    231    At the name of Jesus
    371    God is gone up on high
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    457    The church’s one foundation
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
    549    God be in my head
    604    Make me a captive, Lord
    653    This is a day of new beginnings
    685    Lord, I come to you

    Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
    LHS

    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
    380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    819    Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    858    Make me a channel of your peace
    860    When this earth was created GS
    AT
    95    Make me a channel of your peace
    99    Pentecost prayer
    177    Love one another
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    197    When I needed a neighbour
    261    The Servant King
    278    Lord, hear our prayer
    286    Sorrowing song
    300    Practise love
    301    Prayer of peace (May the Father of love)
    310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
    313    Christ, be our light
    373    Bound by love
    397    Before I take the body of my Lord
    413    The Summons
    487    Make your home in me
    503   Show me heaven
    561   Community
    582   Like a candle
    TIS
    240    We go to God when we are sorely placed
    256    From heaven you came
    280    When he comes back
    414    There’s a spirit in the air
    607    Make me a channel of your peace
    608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
    629    When I needed a neighbour
    640    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    689    Lord, hear my praying

    PSALM 100
    TIS nos 59-62, LHS 433, 453, 879 and 882 are  based on Psalm 100, and so are AT 44, 56 and 107.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 100 p168Psalm 100 p169

    PSALM 95
    TIS 52, Let us sing to the God of salvation, and 53, Come, sing praises to the Lord above, are based on Psalm 95. So is ATA 116, Come, let us praise the Lord.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 95:1-7a is by David Schubert, from the Modern Matins. The song may be sung to the tune in the Modern Matins by Peter Schmidt.

    O come, let’s sing aloud to God,
    and shout for joy to the Rock who saves.
    Let’s come before him, giving thanks.
    With joyful songs let us praise the Lord.

    The Lord is great, the King of all.
    The depths of earth, the heights of hills,
    the sea he made, and all the land:
    they all are his, all made by him.

    O come, bow down and worship him,
    and kneel before the Lord our God.
    For he’s our maker, we are his;
    we are the flock that is led by him.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – N/A

    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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