Sunday 23 October, 2016 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25), 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 Joel 2:23-32 The coming day of the Lord for his people
    OR Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22 The people plead to the Lord for mercy
    PSALM  Psalm 65 OR Psalm 84:1-7 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Christian courage in the face of death
    GOSPEL Luke 18:9-14 Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector
  • 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 reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze ;   sermon – luke 18 9-14 – year c – pentecost 23 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-luke-18-9-14-year-c-proper-25
  • Opening Sentences:
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
    and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
    (Joel 2:28a;32a NRSV)

    You are among us, O Lord, and we bear your name:
    do not forsake us!  (Jer 14:9b 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
    O God, our refuge and strength,
    the author of all godliness:
    Be ready to hear
    the devout prayers of your church;
    and grant that what we ask in faith
    we may fully obtain;
    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 God, our refuge and strength,
    and the source of all true devotion,
    listen to the devout prayers of your church.
    Let us fully obtain
    what we pray for in faith.
    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 healing. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son showed your love
    by healing the sick and making them whole.
    Look with compassion on our broken world,
    and make us whole by his healing power,
    so that we also may show your love to others.
    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, new
    (Let us pray for humility. [silence])
    Lord God, be merciful to us and hear our prayers.
    Teach us to be humble,
    knowing both our own sin
    and your acceptance of us.
    Keep us from passing judgment on others.
    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for having mercy on us,
    even though we are sinners.
    Keep us from pride and self-righteousness.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Lord God,
    we cannot rely on our own goodness
    or offer you anything you have not first given us.
    Consecrate us for your service,
    and use us and our gifts
    according to your goodness.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 23C
  • Additional petition to be included in the Prayer of the Church
    During the month of October, congregations are encouraged to join with other Christian churches in Australia to pray for marriages and families. Today and throughout this week we pray for the national discussion on marriage.
    Lord God and Heavenly Father, grant that all Australians may show mutual respect for one another as we prepare for a national people’s vote. Guide the hearts and minds of all who vote so that our nation may uphold your plan for marriage and families as the greatest good for all people.
  • 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. 

    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 have given us the healing body of Christ
    in the breaking of the bread.
    Look with compassion on our broken world,
    and make us whole by his healing power,
    so that we also may show your love to others.
    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.

    Go in peace. The Lord will keep you safe.
    Go in peace. Fight the good fight, run the race and keep the faith.
    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): Joel 2:23-32
    Hymns of praise, esp:
    435    Christians, now praise ye G6
    567    Sing to the Lord of harvest* G9
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
    129    Everyone
    218    Spirit
    249    Dreams and visions
    91    Praise now the Lord, it’s good to raise
    404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
    416    Great God, your Spirit

    First reading (b): Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22
    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee (alt tune 260, G3)
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
    427    God of pity, God of grace* (3 vv mod) G6
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    6    O Father, my Father
    332    We are sorry
    546    Lord Jesus, think on meSecond reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
    206    Stand up, stand up for Jesus G6
    212    Lo, round the throne, a glorious band G4
    336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
    340    Be thou faithful unto death* G8
    351    ‘Take up thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (alt tune 270, G3)
    352    Fight the good fight* G4
    399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
    400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
    405    In God, my faithful God* G4
    267    Bread of heaven
    309    When the Lord returns
    583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
    592    Stand up, stand up for Jesus
    594    Fight the good fight with all thy might

    Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
    132     Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 355, G3; alt tune 245, G6)
    141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee (alt tune 260, G3)
    313    With broken heart and contrite sigh (alt tune 74, G3)
    848    With deep humility, O Lord G5 (holy communion)
    849    With holy joy my heart shall beat (alt tune 223, G6) (holy communion)
    903    Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord G7
    260    My soul is praising the Lord, Yes!
    379    Kyrie eleison (Ghana)
    392    Kyrie eleison (Russia)
    397    These I lay down
    439    Forgiven
    516     Lord, have mercy
    564    Kyrie Eleison (Empty, broken, here I stand)
    131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
    161    Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord
    734    Kyrie eleison (Ghana)
    735    Kyrie eleison (Berthier)
    736    Kyrie eleison (Russia)

    PSALM 65
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 65 p106

    PSALM 84
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 84:1-7 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Wie lieblich ists hienieden’ (LH 621). Note that verse 8 is added for the sake of versification. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.How lovely is your dwelling,
    O Lord of heav’nly hosts!
    I long with deepest yearning
    to stand inside its courts;
    for there with all my being
    I sing with joy to God.

    The sparrow makes her nest there
    and there she lays her young
    in safety by your altar,
    O Lord, my God and king.
    How happy those who live there –
    they never cease to sing.

    You strengthen those who journey
    to Zion, your abode;
    your gentle rain refreshes
    them on the desert road.
    They long to see your face there –
    O hear my prayer, O Lord.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A

    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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