Sunday 20 September, 2015 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20), 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 31:10-31 A capable wife
    OR Jeremiah 11:18-20 A plot against Jeremiah’s life
    PSALM Psalm 1 OR Psalm 54 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING James 3:13 – 4:3,7,8a The wisdom from heaven
    GOSPEL Mark 9:30-37 The servant of all is the greatest
  • 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 gospel reading: Pr Lloyd Boughen ; Pr Simon Cooper ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 30-37 – year b – pentecost 17
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer; NEW edited for lay reading sermon -james 3 13-18 – year b – proper 20
  • Opening Sentences:
    Whoever wants to be first
    must be last of all and servant of all.
    (Mark 9:35b 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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    Lord, grant your people grace
    to avoid the contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds;
    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, help your people
    to avoid all contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds.
    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 a willingness to serve others. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful Father,
    your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
    that what we do for those in need
    we also do for him.
    As he became the servant of all,
    help us to be a servant to others.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we become more like Jesus. [silence])
    Loving and self-giving God,
    teach us to follow the example of your Son, Jesus,
    who was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.
    Lead us to be submissive to you,
    and kind and considerate to others.
    We ask this through 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 up everything,
    and dying and rising to life again.
    Help us also to serve others.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, God, for giving us so much,
    especially your Son, Jesus Christ.
    As you have loved and accepted us,
    teach us to love and accept others.
    Make us peace-loving
    and ready to serve.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 17B
    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 third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and merciful Father,
    thank you that your Son Jesus Christ
    has served us at his own table.
    As he became the servant of all,
    help us to be a servant to others.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, and serve the 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 31:10-31

    First reading (b): Jeremiah 11:18-20
    LHS

    198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
    386    In Thee is gladness* G AT 364, G7 (see TIS 200)
    399    In Thee, O Lord, have I put my trust G7
    AT
    364    In you is gladness
    TIS
    200    In you is gladness

    Second reading: James 3:13 – 4:3,7,8a
    LHS
    157    Jesus, Lord and precious Saviour G4
    177    O my Saviour, lifted G5 (see TIS 600)
    296    My Maker, be Thou nigh* G5
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* (esp vv 1,4,5,6) G6
    858    Make me a channel of your peace G AT 95
    860    When this earth was created GS
    AT
    95    Make me a channel of your peace
    99    When this earth was created (Pentecost Prayer)
    TIS
    430    Your words to me are life and health
    448    Blest are the pure in heart
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    600    O my Saviour, lifted
    607    Make me a channel of your peace
    680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind

    Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
    LHS

    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    600    Gentle Jesus, meek and mild
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6 (see TIS 246)
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    816    O Fount of good (alt tune 344, G6)
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    891    The silent moon has risen (vv 4,5)
    AT
    190    Low, the way is low
    261    The Servant King
    292    Because we bear your name
    475   Come to the banquet (Communion)
    504    The silent moon has risen (vv 3,4)
    TIS
    235    A man there lived in Galilee
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    256    From heaven you came
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you (Because we bear your name)

    PSALM 1
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
    those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
    those who don’t stand among the the sinful crowd,
    those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

    They meditate on God’s law day and night.
    They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
    they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
    they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

    But the ungodly – they are not like this!
    They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
    They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
    in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

    All those will perish who walk in the path
    of the ungodly, following their way.
    But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
    who love his law and live in righteousness.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings :  Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4

    PSALM 54

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 54 p97 , Psalm 54 p98

  • 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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