Sunday 28 August, 2016 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), 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:
    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 Jeremiah 2:4-13 God accuses Israel of turning away from him
    OR Proverbs 25:6,7 The wisdom of humility
    PSALM Psalm 81:1,10-16 OR Psalm 112 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16 Obligations in community, home and church
    GOSPEL Luke 14:1,7-14 Humility and hospitality
  • 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: Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 14 1 7-14 – year c – proper 17
    Based on second reading: Pr Peter Ghalayini ; edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 13 1-8 – year c – pentecost 15
  • Opening Sentences:
    Through Jesus let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –
    the fruit of lips that confess his name.  (Heb 13:15 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
    Keep, O Lord, your church
    with your continual mercy;
    and because without you
    we in our frailty cannot but fall,
    keep us always by your help
    from all things hurtful,
    and lead us to all things
    profitable to our salvation;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.OR, modernised traditional
    Watch over your church, Lord,
    with your constant mercy,
    because without your support
    we would fall.
    Keep us from what might hurt us,
    and lead us to what is good for us.
    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 we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
    Lord God, your Son humbled himself
    in obedience to your will
    and gave up his life for us.
    Transform and renew us within.
    Help us not to be conformed to this world,
    but to dedicate ourselves to you,
    and do what pleases you.
    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 for humility. [silence])
    Jesus, our self-giving Saviour,
    teach us to be like you.
    Make us humble
    and ready to put the needs of others
    before our own.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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 humbling yourself for our sake.
    Help us to follow you in humility and service.
    Amen.
     
  • Offering Prayer:
    Merciful God,
    help us to please you
    by offering the true sacrifices
    of doing good
    and sharing what we have.
    Amen.
     
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer-of-the-Church-Proper 17C
  • 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.’ Come, for
    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.’
    Come, for 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. 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.Lord God,
    as we have received the body and blood
    of your Son Jesus Christ,
    transform and renew us within.
    Help us not to be conformed to this world,
    but to dedicate ourselves to you,
    and do what pleases you.
    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, use the fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Jesus, our Saviour,
    you have given yourself to us
    in this sacrament.
    Teach us to be like you.
    Make us humble
    and ready to put the needs of others
    before our own.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL

    Go in peace, and keep on loving one another.
    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): Jeremiah 2:4-13
    LHS
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
    353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
    AT
    322    Lord, where have we left you?
    486    Let’s praise the Lord
    TIS
    145    The king of love my shepherd is
    461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    First reading (b): Proverbs 25:6,7
    LHS
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9
    337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear*
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    AT
    190    Low, the way is low
    436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    TIS
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    444    Dear shepherd of your people, hear
    448    Blest are the pure in heart

    Second reading: Hebrews 13:1-8,15,16
    Hymns of praise as well as the following:
    LHS
    246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8
    357    O God, thou faithful God* G3
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G6
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    388    All depends on our possessing* G3
    392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    804    The church of Christ in every age G5
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    AT
    197    When I needed a neighbour
    265    For all your goodness, Lord, we give you thanks
    301    Prayer of peace
    373    Bound by love
    429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
    443    Like an angel
    456    Everything we got
    496    Don’t be afraid
    499    It was me
    TIS
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    169    Our God, we know your providence
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    553    In all my ways, in every task
    556    All depends on our possessing
    560    All my hope on God is founded
    578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
    596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    629    When I needed a neighbour

    Gospel: Luke 14:1,7-14
    As for first reading (b)
    AT
    475   Come to the banquet
    598   Invitation

    PSALM 81

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 81 p133 , Psalm 81 p134

    PSALM 112
    Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
    who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
    Their children will prosper in all that they do,
    and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

    Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
    Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
    As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
    for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

    All things will go well for the ones who are free
    in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
    They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
    will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

    When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
    their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
    Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
    they know they will conquer against all their foes.

    The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
    and they are exalted with honour and praise.
    The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
    but all of their evil will vanish away.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 112 p184 , Psalm 112 p185

  • 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.
    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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