Sunday 6 September, 2015 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), Year B

Father’s Day

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  Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23 Justice and generosity better then riches
    OR Isaiah 35:4-7a God will come to save
    PSALM Psalm 125 OR Psalm 146 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17 Faith shown in love
    GOSPEL Mark 7:24-37 A woman’s faith; Jesus heals a deaf mute
  • 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 – james 2 1-13 – year b – pentecost 15 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on gospel reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon -mark 7 24-30 – year b – proper 18
    Based on Isaiah reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.
    He will come and save you.
    (Isa 35:4 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
    O Lord, let your continual pity
    cleanse and defend your church;
    and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
    preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
    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, in your constant mercy
    cleanse and defend your church.
    Guide it forever by your goodness
    because it cannot remain safe without 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.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
    Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
    so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
    and boldly in times of trouble.
    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
    (Let us pray for persistence in prayer. [silence])
    Generous God,
    like a loving parent
    you always welcome us
    when we come to you.
    Encourage us to keep on approaching you
    for whatever we need,
    knowing that you supply what is best for us.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for your great power and compassion in healing people.
    Help us to trust in you for all our needs.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving and merciful God,
    thank you for your compassion on us
    and on all people.
    Lead us to show the same compassion to others,
    whatever their background.
    Use us and our gifts for your service.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 15B
    Click here for additional prayer petitions concerning the upcoming LCA Synod

    ADDITIONAL PRAYERS FOR FATHER’S DAY
    One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church.Every family in heaven and on earth
    receives its true name from you.
    We thank you for our fathers
    and for the gift of fatherhood.
    Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
    and provoke them to anger,
    but to bring them up in the training and instruction
    of your Son, Jesus Christ.

    OR
    God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
    for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of fatherhood;
    for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as fathers;
    for those whose work keeps them from spending time with their children;
    for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
    for those who are unable to provide for their children through unemployment or sickness;
    for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
    for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
    for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
    for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or death;
    for those who care for the children of others;
    for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
    and for those whose children have rejected their love.
    Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
    and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
    living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

  • 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.

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

    Through your gifts of word and sacrament,
    guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
    so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
    and boldly in times of trouble.
    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.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, for God has been merciful to you.
    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): Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23
    LHS

    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    AT
    286    Lord, hear my praying
    301    Prayer of peace
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    TIS
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    689    Lord, hear my praying

    First reading (b): Isaiah 35:4-7a
    LHS

    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (see TIS 275 for modernised text)
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (see TIS 210)
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6 (see TIS 447)
    223    Look from Thy sphere of endless day G6
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    739    When the King shall come again G4
    AT
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people
    205    What you hear in the dark
    263    Singing all praises
    416    We will rise up
    454    Your God will come
    496    Don’t be afraid
    510    Advent news
    TIS
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    633    Lord, we are blind
    647    Comfort, comfort, all my people

    Second reading: James 2:1-10(11-13)14-17
    LHS

    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
    821    Where cross the crowded ways of life (alt tune 373, G5)
    AT
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people
    292    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
    300    Everyone should be quick to listen
    301    Prayer of peace
    446    Mercy
    503    Show me heaven
    582    Like a candle
    661    Law of Love
    TIS
    529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
    608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    647    Comfort, comfort all my people
    648    Help us accept each other, Lord
    657    God of freedom, God of justice
    674    Inspired by love and anger
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
    717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

    Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
    LHS

    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    242    Thou to whom the sick and dying
    335    Just as I am, without one plea G9 (see TIS 584)
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
    796    When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5)
    818    O Son of God, in Galilee (alt tune 848, G5)
    AT
    263    Singing all praises
    441    Jesus was sent
    TIS
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
    254    O changeless Christ, forever new
    584    Just as I am, without one plea

    PSALM 125
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 125 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘Trust and obey’ (LHS 877). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Those who trust in the Lord,
    they will never be moved,
    but like Zion’s high mountain stand firm.
    Now forever the Lord
    will surround those he loves,
    like the hills round Jerusalem’s walls.

    Do good, O Lord,
    to all those who are good,
    and to those who are upright
    in the depth of their hearts.

    For the wicked won’t rule
    in the land of the just,
    lest the righteous reach out to do wrong.
    Though the Lord leads away
    those who wilfully stray,
    may he bless Israel with his peace.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 125 p216Psalm 125 p217

    PSALM 146

    TIS 90, I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, is a paraphrase of Psalm 146:1,2,5-9. Or, either of the following paraphrases of the psalm by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first may be sung to the tune Adelaide, LH 461.

    As long as I have breath,
    I’ll sing my praise to God:
    O praise the Lord, my soul!
    Don’t trust in human strength,
    in whom there is no help.
    O praise the Lord, my soul!

    When mortal breath is gone,
    and strength returns to dust,
    all human plans will end;
    but Jacob’s God keeps faith –
    he made the earth and sky
    and all that they contain!

    He gives the hungry food,
    and justice to the poor
    and sets the prisoners free.
    The righteous know his love.
    He lifts up those weighed down,
    and makes the blind to see.

    He cares for refugees,
    for widows, orphans too,
    but all who hate him fall!
    Forever Zion’s God
    is King of all the earth,
    O praise the Lord, my soul!

    This second version may be sung to the tune of ‘Now the green blade rises’ (LHS 764, AT 15, TIS 382).

    Verses1-4
    Praise the Lord, my soul! I’ll praise him all my days.
    Trust no human leader – mortals bring no aid.
    Their breath departs, their bodies turn to dust,
    all their plans will perish, as all creatures must.

    Verses 5,6
    Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
    Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
    He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
    He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

    Verses 7,8
    The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
    by his healing power the blind are made to see,
    he gives his justice to all those oppressed,
    lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

    Verses 9,10
    Strangers, widows, orphans know his loving grace.
    But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
    The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
    Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 146 p239 , Psalm 146 p240

    HYMNS AND SONGS FOR FATHER’S DAY
    There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

    LHS
    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    583    O Father, all creating G4
    587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

    TIS
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    328    Joseph, your love of life
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

    God gave fathers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They stood by us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
    Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

  • 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.
    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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