Sunday 18 September, 2016 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20), 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 8:18 – 9:1 Jeremiah mourns for the people
    OR Amos 8:4-7 Against swindlers and exploiters
    PSALM Psalm 79:1-9 OR Psalm 113 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Timothy 2:1-7 The church is to pray for all people
    GOSPEL Luke 16:1-13 The parable of the shrewd manager
  • 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 ; Pr Peter Ghalayini ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 16 1-13 – year c – pentecost 18 ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 16 1-13 – year c – proper 20
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    There is one God; and one mediator between God and human beings,
    the human being Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all. 
    (1 Tim 2: 5, 6a composite)
  • 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
    Lord, grant your people grace
    to avoid the contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds;
    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, help your people
    to avoid all contamination of the devil,
    and to follow you, the only Lord,
    with pure hearts and minds.
    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 a willingness to serve others. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful Father,
    your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
    that what we do for those in need
    we also do for him.
    As he became the servant of all,
    help us to be a servant to others.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we serve only God. [silence])
    Faithful God,
    your Son teaches us
    that we cannot serve two masters.
    Keep us from being led astray
    by greed or possessions,
    and help us to dedicate our lives to you
    as our one true treasure.
    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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you
    for all the good things you have given us.
    Lead us to use our gifts wisely
    in serving you and helping others.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Lord God,
    help us not to hoard our wealth and possessions,
    but gladly serve you, our only Master,
    by giving of ourselves and what we have.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 18C
  • 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.

    Almighty and merciful Father,
    thank you that your Son Jesus Christ
    has served us at his own table.
    As he became the servant of all,
    help us to be a servant to others.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, for God wants everyone to be saved.
    OR
    Go in peace to serve the Lord, your only Master.
    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 8: 18 – 9:1
    LHS
    12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    394    God is love, let heaven adore Him G9
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    AT
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people
    286    Sorrowing song
    483    Is the Lord with us?
    TIS
    153    God is love, let heaven adore him
    647    Comfort, comfort all my people
    679    God of Jeremiah, grieving
    689    Lord, hear my praying, listen to me

    First reading (b): Amos 8:4-7
    LHS
    357    O God, thou faithful God* G3
    AT

    TIS

    Second reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
    LHS
    141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
    160    Arise, my soul, arise G9
    173    Before the throne of God above G5
    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
    237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
    239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
    425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
    519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4
    566    Christ, by heavenly hosts adored G9
    572    O God of love, O king of peace* G5
    890    Praise God the Saviour G6
    AT
    168    Hear our prayer
    289    Thank you that you hear me
    385    If there ever was a time
    575    Lord, listen to your children praying
    TIS
    104    While morning still is breaking
    131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
    218    Jesus! The name high over all
    285    Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
    374    Entered the holy place above
    606    Son of God, eternal Saviour

    Gospel: Luke 16:1-13
    LHS
    153    One thing needful, this one treasure G9
    163    Would you know what most I prize?* G9
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    374    O Lord of heaven and earth and sea G9
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
    AT
    265    For all your goodness, Lord
    358    We bring the gifts that you have brought us
    464    Here you are, Lord
    TIS
    573    A charge to keep I have
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

    PSALM 79
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 79 p130

    PSALM 113
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 113 p186

  • 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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