Sunday 1 November, 2015 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26), 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.

All Saints may also be observed on this day: please click here for NEW All Saints resources.

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Ruth 1:1-18 Ruth goes with Naomi
    OR Deuteronomy 6:1-9 The great commandment
    PSALM Psalm 146 OR Psalm 119:1-8 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 9:11-14 The blood of Christ cleanses us
    GOSPEL Mark 12:28-34 The great commandment
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 12 28-34 – year b – pentecost 23 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on Ruth reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on Psalm 119 and Hebrews reading: NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on Deuteronomy reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on Hebrews reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon -hebrews 9 11-14 – year b – proper 26
  • Opening Sentences:
    Hear, O Israel:
    The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    (Deut 6:4 NIV)

  • 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 Lord,
    free your people from their offences,
    that through your bountiful goodness
    we may all be released
    from the net of our sins
    which because of our frailty
    has entangled us;
    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 God, free your people from their offences.
    Through your great goodness
    release us all from the net of our sins
    which has entangled us because of our frailty.
    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 cleansing and renewal. [silence])
    Almighty God, heavenly Father,
    to you all hearts are open,
    all desires known,
    and from you no secrets are hidden.
    Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
    by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
    so that we may perfectly love you
    and worthily praise your holy name.
    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 that we love God and our neighbour. [silence])
    Everliving God,
    we thank you for giving yourself in love
    through your Son Jesus.
    Lead us by your great love
    to love you with all our heart,
    soul, mind, and strength,
    and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
    We ask this through 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 your great love.
    Help us to love God completely,
    and to love others as we love ourselves.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, holy God,
    for sending Jesus as our high priest,
    whose blood makes us pure and holy.
    Inspire us by the great love you have shown,
    so that we may love you
    more than anything else,
    and serve you by loving other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 23B
  • 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 God, heavenly Father,
    to you all hearts are open,
    all desires known,
    and from you no secrets are hidden.
    By this holy sacrament,
    cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
    so that we may perfectly love you
    and worthily praise your holy name.
    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, to love and serve the living God.
    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): Ruth 1:1-18
    LHS


    AT
    507    Where you tread
    TIS

    First reading (b): Deuteronomy 6:1-9
    LHS

    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
    462    God of mercy, God of grace (see TIS 452)
    587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
    AT
    120    One God
    174    Bind us together
    175    The Greatest Commandment
    TIS
    121    God himself is present
    122    What shall I do my God to love
    140    Firmly I believe and truly
    452    God of mercy, God of grace
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    Second reading: Hebrews 9:11-14
    LHS

    69    Glory be to Jesus* G6 (see TIS 344)
    112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G5 (see TIS 373)
    114    See, the Conqueror mounts in triumph G4
    330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    793    To God be the glory GS
    AT
    163    Hymn of Glory
    345    Nothing but the blood
    530    Healing is flowing
    TIS
    118    We give immortal praise
    147    To God be the glory
    222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    249    No weight of gold or silver
    344    Glory be to Jesus
    373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
    374    Entered the holy place above

    Gospel: Mark 12:28-34
    LHS

    151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* (alt tune 331, G5)
    178    Dearest Saviour, hear my promise G3
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    344    Our God is love, and all his saints* G4
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
    370    Saviour, Thy dying love*
    381    O God, our Father, throned on high
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love (alt tune 344, G6)
    819    Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    AT
    175    The greatest commandment
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    TIS
    201    King of glory, King of peace
    589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    656    Jesus, my Lord
    676    A spendthrift lover is the Lord
    677    Christ’s is the world
    742    One God

    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 p239Psalm 146 p240

    PSALM 119
    TIS 75, Blessed are those whose way is blameless, is a version of Psalm  119:1-2,105-6,108,110-112.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 119 p202 , Psalm 119 p203

  • 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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