Sunday 29 May, 2016 – Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 4), Year C

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 1 Kings 18:20,21(22-29)30-39 Elijah’s triumph over the priests of Baal
    OR 1 Kings 8:22,23,41-43 Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple
    PSALM Psalm 96 OR Psalm 96:1-9 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Galatians 1:1-12 No other gospel
    GOSPEL Luke 7:1-10 The Roman officer’s faith
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – galatians 1 1-12 – year c – pentecost 2 ; NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on gospel reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 7 1-10 – year c – proper 4
  • Opening Sentences:
    Lord, hear in heaven your dwelling place,
    so that all the peoples of the earth
    may know your name and fear you.  (1 Kgs 8:43 NRSV)OR
    In order to set us free from this present evil age,
    Christ gave himself for our sins.  (Gal 1:4a TEV)
  • 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
    O God, the strength of all those
    who put their trust in you:
    Mercifully accept our prayers;
    and because through the weakness of our mortal nature
    we can do nothing good without you,
    grant us the help of your grace,
    that in keeping your commandments
    we may please you both in will and deed;
    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, the strength of all who trust in you,
    we cannot do anything without you.
    In mercy help us to obey your commandments
    and to please you in our intentions
    and in our actions.
    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 (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for perseverance in faith. [silence])
    Almighty and everliving God,
    increase in us your gift of faith in your Son.
    Teach us to forget what lies behind
    and reach out for what is ahead,
    and run to win the crown of eternal joy.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you
    for being ready to help and heal us.
    Strengthen our faith in you.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Merciful God,
    thank you for sending your Son to save us.
    Teach us to be compassionate like him,
    and to give of ourselves to help others.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Proper 4C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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.’ Come, for
    everything is ready.
    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.’
    Come, for everything is ready.
    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. Come, for everything is ready.PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and everliving God,
    as you have given us the gift
    of the body and blood of your Son,
    increase our faith in him.
    Teach us to forget what lies behind
    and reach out for what is ahead,
    and run to win the crown of eternal joy.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    Go in peace. Our Lord Jesus gave himself to set you free.
    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
    There are no songs based specifically on the readings for this Sunday; however, the following songs and hymns would be suitable for the themes of “Faith” and “Healing” that are brought out in the gospel:
    356      Lord of glory, who hast bought us
    359      Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure
    361      Let us ever walk with Jesus
    365      With the Lord thy task begin
    368       My faith looks up to Thee
    395       O for a faith that will not shrink
    388       All depends on our possessing
    871       My heart is filled with faith and wonder
    336       Faith is
    367       My heart is fixed on you
    376       Faith, hope and love
    466       I am aware
    554       Jesus, you’re the oneHEALING
    815      O Christ, the healer, we have come
    530      Healing is flowing
    572       In the shape of a crossPSALM 96
    For a song version, see ATW 468, ‘Sing a new song’. Or the following paraphrase of Psalm 96 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Church Triumphant’ (LH 227, TIS 98). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.Come, sing a new song to the Lord,
    come, sing a new song, all the earth.
    Sing to the Lord, and bless his name,
    that all may know his saving grace.

    Let heav’n be glad, let earth rejoice;
    let sea and all its creatures roar.
    Let field exult, and all in it;
    let trees and forests sing for joy.

    Rejoice before the coming Lord,
    for he shall come to judge the earth,
    to judge the earth with righteousness –
    he judges nations with his truth.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 96 p160

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

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