Sunday 13 September, 2015 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19), 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  Proverbs 1:20-33 The call of wisdom
    OR Isaiah 50:4-9a The obedient servant of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 19 OR Psalm 116:1-9 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING James 3:1-12 Taming the tongue
    GOSPEL Mark 8:27-38 Christ must suffer and die
  • 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 3 7-10 – year b – pentecost 16 ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon -mark 8 35 – year b – proper 19
    Based on Psalm 116: Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    Jesus said: ‘If any want to become my followers,
    let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’.
    (Mark 8:34 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
    Lord, we pray that your grace
    may always go before and follow after us,
    so that we may continually be devoted
    to all good works;
    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, let your loving kindness
    always go before us and follow us,
    and lead us continually to do good.
    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 we may depend on God’s mercy. [silence])
    Loving heavenly Father,
    it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
    Help us always to remember
    that you have forgiven and accepted us
    only because of Christ,
    and not because of ourselves
    or anything that we have done.
    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 strength to follow Jesus’ path of suffering. [silence])
    Jesus, the Christ,
    we thank you that you obediently suffered and died
    to give us life.
    Strengthen us to carry our cross
    and willingly to go where you lead us.
    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 suffering and dying
    for our sakes.
    Help us to forget ourselves and follow you.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving God,
    we thank you for giving up your Son for us.
    Help us to follow his way
    of obedience and self-sacrifice,
    willingly serving you and other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 19B
    Click here for additional prayer petitions concerning the upcoming LCA Synod
  • 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 fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Jesus, the Christ,
    we thank you that you obediently suffered and died
    to give us life,
    the life that we have again received in this sacrament.
    Strengthen us to carry our cross
    and willingly to go where you lead us.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace. Obediently follow our Lord.
    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 1:20-33
    LHS

    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6, alt tune 355, G3)
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT

    TIS
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    547    Be thou my vision
    598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind
    636    God has spoken to his people

    First reading (b): Isaiah 50:4-9a
    LHS

    400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (see TIS 437)
    AT
    64    Nothing can separate us
    281    Nothing in all creation
    601   Ka mana ‘o ‘i ‘o (Faithful, faithful is our God)
    TIS
    107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    636    God has spoken to his people

    Second reading: James 3:1-12
    LHS

    337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7 (see TIS 596)
    845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (alt tune 109, G5) (see TIS 496)
    AT
    300    Everyone should be quick to listen
    TIS
    476    As a chalice cast of gold
    496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
    596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
    599    Take my life, and let it be

    Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
    LHS

    60    Christ the life of all the living G5
    336    ‘Come follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    351    ‘Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said (alt tune 270 G3, G9) (see TIS 583)
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord*
    750    When Jesus lived among us G7
    AT
    261    From heaven you came (The Servant King)
    401    Follow me
    413    Will you come and follow me
    495    Come and follow me
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    532    Jesus asks
    579   Go and tell
    TIS
    235    A man there lived in Galilee
    251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
    595    O Jesus I have promised
    624    Christ be my leader by day as by night
    625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
    656    Jesus, my Lord

    PSALM 19
    TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-5, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-10.

    The Iona song ‘May the words of my mouth’ in ATO 323 may be used as a congregational refrain, while a reader reads the verses of Psalm 19. AT 518 ‘May the words’ would also be suitable.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz is sung to either St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
    the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
    The heavens are telling your glory and power,
    your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

    Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
    no language is heard in the words that they say.
    And yet their voice goes throughout all of the world,
    their words are conveyed to the end of the earth.

    God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
    it comes like a bridegroom on his wedding day,
    and runs, like an athlete, from morning to night,
    and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

    The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
    his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
    His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
    and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

    The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
    His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
    far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
    in them both a warning and promise is told.

    But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
    so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
    From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
    then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 19 p26Psalm 19 p27Psalm 19 p28

    PSALM 116

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 116 p196

  • 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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