Sunday 16 August, 2015 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15), Year B

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 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Solomon prays for wisdom
    OR Proverbs 9:1-6 The invitation of Wisdom
    PSALM Psalm 111 OR Psalm 34:9-14 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Ephesians 5:15-20 Live as wise Spirit-filled people
    GOSPEL John 6:51-58 Jesus’ flesh and blood gives life
  • 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 1 Kings reading: NEW Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on Psalm 34: Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 6 51-58 – year b – pentecost 12 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon -john 6 51-58 – year b – proper 15
  • Opening Sentences:
    Wisdom has build her house, she has also set her table:
    Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
    (Prov 9:1a,2b,5 NRSV)

  • Orders of service:
    After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    NEW Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    Almighty and merciful God,
    since you give your faithful people grace
    to offer you true and acceptable service:
    Grant that we may so faithfully serve you in this life
    that we fail not finally to obtain your heavenly promises;
    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
    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is your gift
    that your faithful people serve you well.
    Help us to run without stumbling
    and reach what you have promised.
    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 that all people may find their fulfilment in Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have fulfilled our human longing
    for justice and peace
    in the coming of your Son as a human being.
    May he shine in our lives,
    so that all who see us
    are drawn to him
    as their only Saviour.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for discernment. [silence])
    Wise and all-knowing God,
    give us your gift of wisdom.
    When we don’t know which way to go,
    open our eyes and hearts,
    so that we see clearly
    the right path to take,
    and do what pleases you.
    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for giving your flesh and blood
    for us to eat and drink.
    Let us live with you forever.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Living God,
    thank you for sending Jesus,
    so that we can live in him and he in us.
    Let us always remain in him,
    so that, filled with the Spirit,
    we may know and do your will.
    Help us to live lives of thankfulness and joy,
    serving you and other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 12B
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    (On this day)*
    he overcame death by his resurrection
    and opened up for us
    the way to eternal life with you.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:
    * The words ‘on this day’ are used only on Sundays.

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Jesus says: ‘I am the bread of life.
    Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
    and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    OR
    Jesus says: ‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.
    Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    OR
    This cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks
    is a communion in the blood of Christ.
    This bread that we break
    is a communion in the body of Christ.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    OR, the following invitation may be used:
    Jesus said: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
    Whoever eats of this bread will live forever;
    and the bread that I will give for the life of the world
    is my flesh.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    The third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    you fulfilled our human longing
    for justice and peace
    when your Son came as a human being.
    As we have received his body and blood in this sacrament,
    may he shine in our lives
    so that all who see us
    may be drawn to him
    as their only Saviour.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, filled with the Spirit.
    Thanks be to God.
    OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • 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): 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
    LHS

    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes
    134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit*
    175    Thou art the way, to Thee alone*
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G AT 405, G6 (see TIS 626)
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
    425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
    462    God of mercy, God of grace G6 (see TIS 452)
    812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
    AT
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    TIS
    226    Thou art the way: by thee alone
    420    Holy Sprit, go before us
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    452    God of mercy, God of grace
    547    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

    First reading (b): Proverbs 9:1-6
    LHS

    265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
    268    Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace G6
    AT
    393    Real food, real drink
    TIS
    427    Lord, your word abiding
    474    Here in this place
    544    Since the world was young
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart

    Second reading: Ephesians 5:15-20
    LHS

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4 (see TIS 399)
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (see TIS 400)
    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 355,G3, alt tune 245, G6)
    434    Let all the world in every corner sing G7
    437    Now thank we all our God* G6 (see TIS 106)
    439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
    468    O praise ye the Lord (see TIS 96)
    525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
    AT
    150    Sing a new song
    276    Into your death we go
    298    Let’s go out
    325    Sing to God
    326    Shout for joy
    369    Shout to the Lord
    393   Real food, real drink
    TIS
    96    Sing praise to the Lord!
    105    Let all the world in every corner sing
    106    Now thank we all our God
    107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
    557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
    646    God is our song, and every singer blest

    Gospel: John 6:51-58
    LHS

    89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5 (see TIS 364)
    251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
    282    Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord* (see TIS 498)
    284    O living Bread from heaven* G6
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
    838    I am the Bread of life GS (see TIS 535 for inclusive language)
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
    843    Saviour, to the Father’s side
    845    Strengthen for service, Lord (alt tune 109 G5) (see TIS 496)
    AT
    167    I am the Bread of life (see TIS 535 for inclusive language)
    183    Look beyond the bread you eat
    270    Eat this bread
    393    Real food, real drink
    472    As we take this bread
    473    Bread for the world
    478    This is the body
    498    We will take what you offer
    530   Healing is flowing
    TIS
    364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
    495    Father, we give you thanks, who planted
    496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
    498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
    505    Jesus invites his saints
    535    I am the Bread of life
    714    Eat this bread

    PSALM 111
    Two metrical versions of Psalm 111 by David Schütz are given here. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Version I: may be sung to the tune Herzlich Lieb (LHS 385)

    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    With all my heart I thank the Lord
    before the congregation.
    The works of God are great and good,
    and all who find their joy in him
    will seek to understand them.
    His noble works and splendid ways
    have won him fame and glorious praise;
    for evermore his righteousness
    and grace and mercy never cease.
    The Lord our God
    provides for those who fear his name,
    true to his word, always the same.

    The Lord has shown his mighty power
    by giving to his faithful ones
    a good land to inherit.
    The things he does are right and just,
    and all his laws deserve our trust,
    they will remain for ever.
    He set his faithful people free,
    when we were lost in slavery,
    gave us his covenant and word –
    holy and awesome is the Lord!
    Alleluia!
    Be wise and learn to fear the Lord,
    whose praise endures for evermore.

    Version II: may be sung to the tune ‘I am covered over’ (ATA 130)

    I will thank the Lord with all
    my heart before the presence of
    his holy ones.
    Everything the Lord has done
    is great and wonderful, and
    I delight in it!
    He is full of majesty
    and honour, and his righteousness
    will always last forever.
    We will not forget him for
    he always shows us tenderness
    and mercy.

    He provides the food for those
    who fear him; he will not forget
    his covenant;
    he has shown his power to
    his people and he’s given us
    a heritage.
    All he does is just and true;
    and we can trust his precepts too,
    for they are always steadfast,
    they have been set down to be
    performed in truth and righteousness
    for ever.

    He has freed his people from
    their chains and he has given us
    his covenant.
    Holy is the Lord our God
    and awesome is his holy name
    for evermore.
    Wisdom starts with fearing God
    the Lord, and all who practise it
    will reach true understanding.
    Everyone who loves the Lord
    our God will praise his name now
    and forever.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 111 p182Psalm 111 p183

    PSALM 34
    The following metrical version of Psalm 34:9-14 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Llanfair (LH 11, TIS 388) with alleluias, or to the tune Gott sei Dank (LH 221, TIS 450) without alleluias. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Fear the Lord, you saints of God.
    Those who fear him have no want.
    Many hunger though they’re strong;
    yet the saints of God are filled.

    Those among you who love life,
    and who wish to live long years,
    come to me, and hear my word;
    I will help you fear the Lord!

    Keep your tongue from evil words,
    and your lips from speaking lies.
    Turn from evil and do good.
    Work for peace and seek its goals.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 34 p62

  • 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.
    NEW! Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.

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