Sunday 27 September, 2015 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), 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  Esther 7:1-6,9,10; 9:20-22 The Jews celebrate victory over their enemies
    OR Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 Moses chooses 70 leaders
    PSALM Psalm 124 OR Psalm 19:7-14 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING James 5:13-20 Prayer offered in faith
    GOSPEL Mark 9:38-50 Acting in Jesus’ name; temptations to sin
  • 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: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – james 5 13-20 – year b – pentecost 18 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon -mark 9 38-50 – year b – proper 21
  • Opening Sentences:
    Are any among you suffering?
    They should pray.
    Are any cheerful?
    They should sing songs of praise.
    (Jas 5:13 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
    O God, since without you
    we are not able to please you:
    Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
    may in all things
    direct and rule our hearts;
    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,
    without you we are not able to please you.
    Direct our hearts
    by the working of your mercy.
    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 to be faithful stewards of our possessions. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    you have so generously given us
    all that we are
    and all that we call our own.
    Help us to serve you
    by managing our possessions wisely,
    so that they may not be a curse in our lives,
    but an instrument for blessing.
    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 a strong and sincere faith. [silence])
    Holy God,
    take away any obstacles
    that cause us to stumble or fall
    in our faith,
    and keep us from causing others to stumble.
    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 giving people power to do good in your name.
    Help us not to cause any believers to stumble.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, loving God,
    for uniting us with Christ
    and with one another.
    Lead us to help and pray for each other,
    and to live our lives in praise to you
    and in service to all in need.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 18B
    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.

    Holy God,
    we thank you for strengthening our faith
    in this sacrament.
    Take away any obstacles
    that cause us to stumble or fall
    in our faith,
    and keep us from causing others to stumble.
    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, because you bear the name of Christ.
    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): Esther 7:1-6, 9,10; 9:20-22
    LHS

    405    In God, my faithful God* G4
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6 (seer TIS 554)
    AT
    150    Sing a new song unto the Lord
    219    When I feel miserable
    253    He turned my mourning into dancing
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    TIS
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    560    All my hope on God is founded

    First reading (b): Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29
    LHS

    134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5 (see TIS 405)
    244    Lord, pour your Spirit from on high* G5 (see TIS 451)
    245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
    AT
    218    Spirit, spirit of gentleness
    249    As a dream receive your history
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    TIS
    402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
    574    Captain of Israel’s host, and guide

    Second reading: James 5:13-20
    LHS

    237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6 (see TIS 444)
    439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
    506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5 (see TIS 445)
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
    815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6 (alt tune 223, G6)
    AT
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
    278    Lord, hear our prayer
    385    If there ever was a time
    418    We come by ones
    503   Show me heaven
    568    Kyrie Eleison
    572   In the shape of a cross
    TIS
    240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
    444    Dear Shepherd of  your people, hear
    445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    638    O Christ the healer, we have come
    737    Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all

    Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
    LHS

    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    821    Where cross the crowded ways of life (alt tune 373, G5)
    AT
    292    Because we bear your name
    583    May you go well (benediction)
    TIS
    466    Peace with the Father
    608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

    PSALM 124
    TIS 79, Now Israel, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 124. The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, may be sung to the contemporary tune and chorus of ‘God is on our side’ (LHS 861, ATN 21) by Peter Schmidt. If a traditional version is required, omit the chorus and sing to the tune of St Magnus [Nottingham] (LH 169, TIS 378). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    If God had not been on our side –
    let Israel now say –
    if God had not been on our side,
    our foes had won the day!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    They would have swallowed us alive,
    with anger hot as flames;
    they would have tossed us like a flood,
    and drowned us in their waves!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    So, blessed be the Lord our God,
    who snatched us from their jaws!
    We have escaped just as a bird
    flies from the hunter’s claws!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    Our help is in God’s holy name,
    the Lord of Israel,
    for he made all of heav’n and earth,
    and he does all things well!
    If God is on our side,
    God is on our side,
    who can be against us?

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 124 p214Psalm 124 p215

    PSALM 19
    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 19:7-14.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 19:7-14 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.

    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 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

  • 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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