Sunday 13 November, 2016 – Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), Year C

2nd last Sunday of the Church year

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 65:17-25 God’s glorious new creation
OR Malachi 4:1,2a The day of the Lord
PSALM Isaiah 12 OR Psalm 98 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 The obligation to work
GOSPEL Luke 21:5-19 Signs of the end of the age
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 Malachi reading: Pr Roger Atze
Based on gospel reading: Pr Peter Ghalayini sermon – luke 21 5-19 – year c – 2nd last sunday ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-luke-21-5-19-year-c-proper-28
Opening Sentences:
The Lord says: I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 
(Isa 65:17 NRSV)
The sun of righteousness shall rise,
with healing in its wings.  (Mal 4:2a 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
O God,
so rule and govern our hearts and minds
by your Holy Spirit
that, being mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment,
we may be stirred up to holiness of living,
and dwell with you forever;
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,
govern our hearts by your Holy Spirit.
Make us mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment.
Stir us up to lead holy lives,
and let us live with you forever.
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, another traditional, modernised
Almighty God,
we cannot trust in our own goodness,
so deal with us,
not according to the severity of your judgment,
but according to your mercy.
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 (revised alternative)
(Let us pray to be ready for Christ’s return. [silence])
Help us, Lord Jesus Christ,
to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
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.
Lord Jesus, thank you for promising to be with us
when we face times of trial.
Help us not to be afraid, but to stand firm.

Offering Prayer:
Great and merciful God,
help us not to get tired of doing what is right,
but to give of ourselves in serving you
and helping others.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Pentecost 26C
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.
As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, 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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
as we have proclaimed your death
by eating this bread and drinking this cup,
help us to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace and stand firm in 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): Isaiah 65:17-25

464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
739    When the King shall come again G4
25    Comfort, comfort all my people
254    I give you my joys and sorrows
480    On the day I called
647    Comfort, comfort all my people
663    Isaiah the prophet has written of old

First reading (b): Malachi 4:1,2a

1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
33    Hark! the herald angels sing (v 3) G4
43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
488    That day of wrath, that dreadful day
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
576    Judge eternal, throned in splendour G9
152    I have made a covenant with my chosen
214    The Lord is my light
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
262    Shine on me, Lord
128    Sometimes a light surprises
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
303    Hark! the herald angels sing
675    Shine, Jesus, shine

Second reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
348    Jesus, Master, at Thy word G8
383    O Lord, who hast my place assigned (alt tune 443, G7; alt tune 350, G9)
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
811    Praise and thanksgiving GS
813    For strength to work till close of day
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
856    Give me oil in my lamp GS
85    Give me oil in my lamp
168    Hear our prayer
230    Christ the worker
242    Son of the Father
294    God give you joy
297    Let us talents and tongues employ
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
537    Let us talents and tongues employ
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
627    Praise and thanksgiving
634    All who love and serve your city

Gospel: Luke 21:5-19

4    Once He came in blessing* G4
134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
340    Be thou faithful unto death* G8
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
790    O Lord of light, who made the stars (alt tune 346, G5)
889    Each morning with its newborn light (alt tune 270, G3)
20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
221    They were waiting
300    Practise love (v 4)
309    When the Lord returns
197    God’s Son came to bless us
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
451     Pour out your Spirit from on high
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

This canticle (in Latin Confitebor tibi) may be found in LHS, no. 655. It is particularly suitable for Epiphany, but may be used at any time.

Here is a paraphrase by Stephen Pietsch, sung to the tune Foundation (Supplement to Lutheran Hymnal, Harmony ed, A4; also TIS 578)

I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me.
You were angry with me, but your wrath turned away!
You have comforted me by forgiving my sin.
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me!

My strong saviour is he; I will not be afraid.
God, my strength and my song: I will sing of his love.
Living waters I draw from salvation’s deep well.
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me!

To the nations proclaim the great name of the Lord.
To the ends of the earth tell his glorious deeds!
O Jerusalem, sing: in your midst is the king!
I will praise you, O God, for your mercy to me.

Now all glory to God: to the Father of all,
to our Saviour, the Son, at the Father’s right hand,
to the Spirit of life be all glory and praise,
as it was, and is now, and shall be evermore.

Here is a paraphrase of Isaiah 12:1-6 by John Kleinig. It is sung to a tune by Alan Collyer, available in Music Packages 2 and 7.

The Lord our God is holy;
the Lord is with us here.
The Lord has made us holy;
the Lord our God is great.

I thank you, gracious Father,
for saving me from death.
I fear no condemnation,
since you have pardoned me.

I trust in you, my Saviour,
and I am not afraid.
You rescue me from ruin;
you are my strength and song.

You citizens of Zion,
rejoice and sing for joy!
Be bold and tell all people
what God has said and done!

The reign of death is over;
the time for joy has come.
From springs of living water
you draw your life and health.

The Lord is your strong fortress;
so call on him for help.
He cares for all the nations;
proclaim his name to them!

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

TIS 56 O sing a new song to the Lord and 57 Sing to the Lord a new song are versions of this psalm.

The chorus of ‘Sing a new song unto the Lord’ (ATA 150) by Dan Schutte is based on Psalm 98. The song could be used for the psalm, although the verses are not really a translation of the psalm itself.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 98 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wir pflügen (‘We plough the fields and scatter’, LH 563, TIS 130). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
great wonders he has done!
For he has shown the victory
his mighty power has won.
The ends of earth have all seen
the saving acts of God.
Let all the earth shout praises;
ring out your song with joy!

Sing the Lord a new song,
from earth to heaven above:
‘Alleluia, alleluia,

Sing psalms and play the harp, and
with music praise the Lord!
Come, blow the trumpet! Sound the horn!
Acclaim the Lord your King!
Let seas and all that fills them,
with earth rise up and roar,
let rivers clap their hands, and
let hills ring out their joy!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 98 p163 , Psalm 98 p164 , Psalm 98 p165
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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