Sunday 14 August, 2016 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15), Year C

I’m back! Thanks for all the lovely well wishes for my time off – it was great to take a break.

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:
    Note: There are two sets of first readings (with accompanying Psalms) given for the Sundays after Pentecost: (a) a new semi-continuous set, and (b) a set related thematically to the gospels (as in the earlier form of the lectionary). It is intended that either one of these two sets be used throughout and that they not be mixed.
    FIRST READING Isaiah 5:1-7 The song of the vineyard
    OR Jeremiah 23:23-29 The word of the living God is active
    PSALM Psalm 80:1,2,8-19 OR Psalm 82 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 The great cloud of witnesses
    GOSPEL Luke 12:49-56 Jesus the cause of division
  • 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 Jeremiah reading:
    Based on second reading and gospel: Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on Isaiah reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 5 1-7 – year c – pentecost 13
    Based on gospel reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 12 49-56 – year c – proper 15
  • Opening Sentences:
    Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
    let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
    and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
    looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. 
    (Heb 12:1,2a 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
    Almighty and merciful God,
    since you give your faithful people grace
    to offer you true and acceptable service:
    Grant that we may so faithfully serve you in this life
    that we fail not finally to obtain your heavenly promises;
    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
    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is your gift
    that your faithful people serve you well.
    Help us to run without stumbling
    and reach what you have promised.
    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 that all people may find their fulfilment in Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have fulfilled our human longing
    for justice and peace
    in the coming of your Son as a human being.
    May he shine in our lives,
    so that all who see us
    are drawn to him
    as their only Saviour.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.OR, new
    (Let us pray for endurance. [silence])
    Jesus, our guide and our goal,
    keep our eyes fixed on you.
    Encourage us to persevere in running the race
    that you have set before us,
    and strengthen us to overcome all obstacles.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for calling us to follow you.
    Help us to put you first in our lives.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Living God,
    keep us faithful and committed to you.
    Help us willingly to give of ourselves
    and our possessions
    for use in your kingdom.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 13C
  • 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 merciful God,
    you fulfilled our human longing
    for justice and peace
    when your Son came as a human being.
    As we have received his body and blood in this sacrament,
    may he shine in our lives
    so that all who see us
    may be drawn to him
    as their only Saviour.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Go in peace. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
    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): Isaiah 5:1-7
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    571    Almighty Lord, before Thy throne G9 (alt tune 183, G6)
    301    Prayer of peace
    160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
    416    Great God, your Spirit, like the windFirst reading (b): Jeremiah 23:23-29
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G6
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
    822    God has spoken by His prophets G6
    824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew (alt tune 415, G3)
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    6    O Father, my Father
    239    Listen to him
    127    Holy God, we praise your name
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    567    God of all power, and truth, and graceSecond reading: Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2
    137    Triune God, be Thou our stay G9
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
    392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
    403    Lord Jesus Christ* G5
    807    Lift high the cross GS
    203    Keeping my eyes on you
    367    My heart is fixed on you
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    351    Lift high the cross
    392    At the dawning of salvation
    462    Now we come, our heavenly Father
    470    Rejoice in the Lord’s saints, today and all days
    565    Author of faith, eternal word
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
    594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    643    I want to walk as a child of the lightGospel: Luke 12:49-56
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    466    Peace with the Father

    PSALM 80
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 80:1,2,8-19 may be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627, TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68(ii)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Shepherd of Israel, hear us now;
    you once were Joseph’s guide.
    Enthroned on cherubim, shine forth:
    stir up your saving might.

    From Egypt you have brought a vine,
    and, by your mighty hand,
    you cleared a place, and planted it.
    It grew and filled the land.

    It covered mountains with its shade,
    the cedars with its leaves.
    Its tendrils reached the river bank,
    its branches reached the sea.

    Why have you broken down its walls,
    so all may pluck its fruit?
    The forest boar has ravaged it,
    and cattle eat it too.

    Turn now again, O God, and see
    the vine that you have sown.
    May those who burnt and cut it down,
    now pay for what they’ve done.

    Give blessing to the one who sits
    with you at your right hand;
    and give strength to your chosen one,
    the promised Son of Man.

    Give us again your gift of life,
    and we will praise your name.
    Restore us, God, and let your face
    shine on us once again.
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 80 p131 , Psalm 80 p132

    PSALM 82
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 82 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Aberystwyth (LH 302, TIS 211(i)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    In the council of the great,
    God sits in the judgment seat,
    calling nations to admit
    to the sins that they commit.
    ‘How much longer will you keep
    justice from the low and weak?
    Aid the cause of wrong no more,
    save the needy and the poor.’

    No-one knows or understands
    what our God in judgment plans;
    other judges all seem blind,
    but our God declares his mind:
    ‘Acting like the gods, most high,
    you, as mortals, still will die!’
    Rise, O God, give judgment true;
    all the earth belongs to you.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 82 p135 , Psalm 82 p136

    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.
    Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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