Sunday 4 September, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), Year C

Father’s Day

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 18:1-11 The potter
    OR Deuteronomy 30:15-20 A choice between life and death
    PSALM Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 OR Psalm 1 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philemon 1-21 A personal appeal to Philemon
    GOSPEL Luke 14:25-33 The cost of being a disciple
  • 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 Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 14 25-33 – year c – proper 18
    Based on Deuteronomy reading: Pr Roger Atze ;
    Based on Jeremiah reading : edited for lay reading sermon – jeremiah 18 1-11 – year c – pentecost 16 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    Return now everyone from your evil way,
    and make your ways and your doings good. 
    (Jer 18:11c NKJV alt)OR
    The Lord has set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
    Choose life so that you may live.  (Deut 30:19 NRSV alt)
  • 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 Lord, let your continual pity
    cleanse and defend your church;
    and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
    preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord, in your constant mercy
    cleanse and defend your church.
    Guide it forever by your goodness
    because it cannot remain safe without 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.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
    Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
    so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
    and boldly in times of trouble.
    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 follow Jesus. [silence])
    Jesus, our light and life,
    make us ready
    to turn away from everything else
    that claims our allegiance,
    and follow you as our only Saviour.
    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 giving up everything for us.
    Help us to love you more than anything else,
    and to follow you to the end.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Help us, Lord,
    to commit our lives to you,
    and willingly to offer ourselves and our possessions
    for your purposes.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 16C
  • 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.

    See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Jesus, our light and life,
    thank you for strengthening us in this sacrament.
    Make us ready
    to turn away from everything else
    that claims our allegiance,
    and follow you as our only Saviour.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    Go in peace. Love and obey the Lord.
    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 18:1-11
    Hymns of repentance plus:
    354    Change my heart, O God

    First reading (b): Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
    168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
    294    O God, unseen yet ever near* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
    471    Lord Jesus Christ, my life, my light G3
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    41    Father, we adore you
    250    Glorify your name
    267    Bread of heaven
    325    Sing to God with joy
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    407    Breathe on me, Breath of God
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    526    Lord Jesus Christ

    Second reading: Philemon 1-21
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    177    Love one another
    503    Show me heaven
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    434    Where there is charity and love
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    648    Help us accept each otherGospel: Luke 14:25-33
    336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
    349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
    351    ‘Take up thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (alt tune 270, G3)
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    372    Teach me your way
    401    Follow me
    413    The summons
    495    Come and follow me
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    527    All that is hidden
    579    Go and tell
    555     See Yourself
    583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
    595    O Jesus, I have promised

    PSALM 139
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
    you know when I sit down and when I rise.
    From far away you know my thinking;
    you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
    You know my ways and all the things I do,
    before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

    On every side, you’re all around me;
    your mighty hand is always over me.
    So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
    its height and depth too great for me to see.
    For it was you who made my inmost being
    and knitted me together in the womb.

    I praise you for my wondrous making –
    I know that all your works are wonderful.
    When I was hidden deep in darkness,
    yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
    And even then you numbered all my days –
    my life unlived was written on your page.

    Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
    How vast they are is more than I can say.
    Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
    their number is far more than grains of sand!
    If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
    when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

    Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139. AT 534 I always will love you is also partly based on this psalm.
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

    PSALM 1
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
    those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
    those who don’t stand among the the sinful crowd,
    those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

    They meditate on God’s law day and night.
    They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
    they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
    they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

    But the ungodly – they are not like this!
    They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
    They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
    in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

    All those will perish who walk in the path
    of the ungodly, following their way.
    But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
    who love his law and live in righteousness.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4

  • Resources for Father’s Day
    Whether or not there is a blessing for fathers, fatherhood and fathers should be remembered in prayers and thanksgiving. One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church.

    Every family in heaven and on earth
    receives its true name from you.
    We thank you for our fathers
    and for the gift of fatherhood.
    Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
    and provoke them to anger,
    but to bring them up in the training and instruction
    of your Son, Jesus Christ.

    God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
    for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of fatherhood;
    for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as fathers;
    for those whose work keeps them from spending time with their children;
    for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
    for those who are unable to provide for their children through unemployment or sickness;
    for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
    for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
    for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
    for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or death;
    for those who care for the children of others;
    for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
    and for those whose children have rejected their love.
    Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
    and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
    living not for themselves, but for God and for others.HYMNS AND SONGS FOR FATHER’S DAY
    There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    583    O Father, all creating G4
    587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

    137    For the beauty of the earth
    328    Joseph, your love of life
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

    God gave fathers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They stood by us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
    or our fathers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
    Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

    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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