Sunday 8 November, 2015 – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), 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  Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Ruth and Boaz
    OR 1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah and the widow of Zarephath
    PSALM Psalm 127 OR Psalm 146 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ’s sacrifice takes away sins
    GOSPEL Mark 12:38-44 The widow’s generous offering
  • 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 38-44 – year b – pentecost 24; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on 1 Kings reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon -1 kings 17 8-16 – year b – proper 27
  • Opening Sentences:
    Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,
    will appear a second time,
    not to deal with sin,
    but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
    (Heb 9:28 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
    Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people,
    that they may richly bear the fruit of good works,
    and receive your rich reward;
    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
    Stir up, Lord, the wills of your faithful people.
    Help us richly bear the fruit of good works,
    and give us your rich reward.
    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 vigilance. [silence])
    Heavenly Father,
    keep us watchful and alert
    as we wait for the coming of your Son, our Lord.
    When he stands at the door and knocks,
    may he not find us asleep
    in carelessness and sin,
    but awake in hope and rejoicing,
    so that we may live with you forever.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for faithfulness until Christ’s return. [silence])
    Awaken us, Lord,
    so that when your Son comes
    we may be ready to receive him with joy
    and serve you with clean hearts.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for your great generosity to us.
    Make our faith sincere,
    so that we too give generously of ourselves.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, God,
    that through Jesus we can come to you.
    Remind us that you have saved us
    and you care for us,
    so that we can generously give to others
    as you have given to us.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 24B
  • 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.

    OR
    As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
    you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
    (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.

    Heavenly Father,
    keep us watchful and alert
    as we wait for the coming of your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Help us to hear his voice
    when he stands at the door and knocks,
    so that he may come in to us
    and eat with us.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, for Christ has brought you to 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 3:1-5; 4:13-17

    First reading (b): 1 Kings 17:8-16
    LHS

    389    God His watch is keeping*
    400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
    435    Christians, come praise ye G6
    579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* (see TIS 553)
    AT
    456    Everything we got
    TIS
    553    In all my ways, in every task

    Second reading: Hebrews  9:24-28
    LHS

    108    The Lord ascendeth up on high G3
    111    Hail the day that sees Him rise G5 (see TIS 369)
    112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3 (see TIS 373)
    113    Crown Him with many crowns (see TIS 228)
    160    Arise, my soul, arise
    173    Before the throne of God above G5
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5 (see TIS 546)
    477    I fall asleep in Jesus’ arms G5
    AT
    130    I am covered over
    345    Nothing but the blood
    TIS
    228    Crown him with many crowns (vv 1-4)
    344    Glory be to Jesus
    369    Hail the day that sees him rise
    371    God is gone up on high
    373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
    374    Entered the holy place above
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (vv 1,2,4,5)
    546    Lord Jesus, think on me

    Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
    LHS

    362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    AT
    265    For all your goodness, Lord
    TIS
    454    Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    774    For the life that you have given

    PSALM 127
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 127 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Jerusalem, TIS 416. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Unless the Lord God builds the house,
    all those who labour build in vain.
    Unless the Lord God keeps the watch
    the watchers stay awake in vain.
    In vain you rise at early hour,
    in vain you go late to your beds,
    eating the bread of anxious toil,
    for he gives his beloved rest.

    Your sons and daughters are a gift,
    a heritage that’s from the Lord;
    and every child born of the womb
    God gives to you as his reward.
    So are the children of your youth
    like arrows in the warrior’s hand –
    happy are those whose quiver’s full!
    In confidence they take their stand.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 127 p223

    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 p239 ; Psalm 146 p240

  • 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.
    NEW! Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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