Sunday 4 October, 2015 – LCA & NZ Synod Sunday

Congregations may choose to observe Synod Sunday on 4 October and use some or all of the following resources from the Closing service in their worship.

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    Ephesians: 6:10-20
    Matthew 9:35-10:1
  • Sermon: edited for lay reading sermon -synod sunday – october 2015
  • Opening Sentences:
    Grace and peace to you
    from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
    to be holy and blameless in his sight.
    (Ephesians 1:2-4)

  • Order of service:
    Synod Sunday Word and Prayer (pdf)
    Synod Sunday Word and Prayer (ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect):
    God of our Lord Jesus Christ
    You have placed all things under Christ’s feet
    and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
    Open the eyes of our hearts,
    and give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation,
    so that we may know him better.
    In the name of Jesus.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise be 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.

  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Synod Sunday

  • Song/Hymn suggestions:
    (Used at the Closing Service in Rochedale)
    If We Will Trust in God to Guide  (TIS 544 or AT 384)
    What The Lord Has Done In Me (Morgan 1998)
    Be Thou My Vision  (TIS 547)
    10 000 reasons (Myrin & Redman 2011)
    Where Love Comes To Life   (AT 666 – Synod Song)
    Now Thank We All Our God  (TIS 106 or LHS 437)

    (Some other Hymns and Songs used at Synod)
    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty  (TIS 111 or LHS 442)
    Open the Eyes of My Heart (The Source 926)
    How Deep The Father’s Love  (The Source 185 or AT 635)
    In Christ Alone (The Source 1311 or AT 615)
    O The Mercy of God  (The Source 914)
    Above All  (The Source 611)
    Behold the Lamb (Getty and Townend 2007)
    Peace be with you (AT 410)
    God is love, let heaven adore him (TIS 153 or LHS 394)
    The Power of the Cross (Getty and Townend 2005)
    Your Strong Word  (LHS 823)
    Let your Word Fill My Days  (AT 67)
    Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer (TIS 569 or LHS 347)
    One God (AT 120)
    Spirit of God  (AT 264)
    Feed us now (AT 79 or LHS 837)
    May We Be One  (LHS 800 or AT 172)
    Fairest Lord Jesus  (TIS 203 or LHS 152)
    Mercy (Myrin and Redman 2013)
    Love Divine  (TIS 217 or LHS 164)

    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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