Sunday 20 November, 2016 – Last Sunday of the Church Year (Proper 29), Year C

Last Sunday of the Church year – Day of Fulfillment

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 23:1-6 The Lord will raise up a righteous Branch
PSALM Luke 1:68-79 OR Psalm 46 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Colossians 1:11-20 The supremacy of Christ (If using NIV, begin: ‘May you be strengthened . . . and joyfully give thanks . . .’)
GOSPEL Luke 19:11-27 The parable of the gold coins OR Luke 23:33-43 The crucified King
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 Luke 23 reading: Pr Roger Atze
Based on Luke 19 reading: edited for lay reading sermon – luke 19 11-27 – year c – last sunday ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
Based on Colossians reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
Opening Sentences:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
and he shall reign as king and deal wisely,
and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  (Jer 23:5  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
Traditional
Lord God, heavenly Father:
Grant that your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
may come quickly
and take to himself his bride, the church,
so that together with all the redeemed
we may enter into your glory;
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 God, heavenly Father,
let your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
come quickly
and take to himself his bride, the church.
Bring us, together with all the redeemed,
into your glory.
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 the coming of God’s kingdom. [silence])
Almighty and everliving God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your dear Son.
Bring together under his just and gentle rule
all the peoples of the world,
now divided and torn apart by sin.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new (revised second alternative)
(Let us pray for confidence in the Day of Judgment. [silence])
Merciful Saviour,
you have taught us that those who believe in you
will not be condemned,
but have already passed from death to life.
Give us faith in your forgiveness,
so that we fearlessly wait for the time
when you set us completely free.
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.

Then, EITHER, for the gospel from Luke 19:
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your gifts to us.
Help us to be good servants.
Amen.

OR, for the gospel from Luke 23:
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for showing yourself as our King on the cross.
Rule over us forever.
Amen.

Offering Prayer:
Our heavenly Father,
help us always to acknowledge
that Jesus is our Lord,
who will finally come in power to save us.
Teach us to dedicate our lives to him,
and to serve you through what we do
and what we have.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Last Sunday of Church Year C
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.
OR
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.

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 everliving God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your dear Son.
As you have gathered us as one
around the table of the Lord,
bring together under his just and gentle rule
all the peoples of the world,
now divided and torn apart by sin.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, and be strong with the power of 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 23:1-6
LHS
9    Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes G6
11    The advent of our King G4
41    O Jesus, King of glory* G4
215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
271     The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
867    Have no fear, little flock G6
AT
55    His name is Wonderful
329    Jesus, God’s righteousness (This kingdom)
TIS
269    Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
271    The advent of our God
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear

First reading (b)
Same as (a) – see above

Second reading: Colossians 1:11-20
LHS
21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7
39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5
176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
299    My God, accept my heart this day G5
454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
755    O Christ, our king, creator, Lord
783    Christ is the world’s light G6
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8
AT
17    Emmanuel: God is with us
157    Jesus, name above all names
267    Bread of heaven
TIS
165    Praise our God, the great creator
215    You servants of God
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
246    Christ is the world’s light
255    O Laughing light, O first-born of creation
290    Of the Father’s love begotten
305    Let earth and heaven combine
485    My God, accept my heart this day
528    The Son of God proclaim

Gospel (a): Luke 19:11-27
LHS
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
AT
265    Take us now, we are yours
358    Gift to the world
TIS

Gospel (b): Luke 23:33-43
LHS
53    Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
60    Christ, the life of all the living G5
68    There is a fountain filled with blood G6
75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
82    Jesus, in Thy dying woes (Parts I, II)* (3 vv mod) G5
85    According to Thy gracious word G5
169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
755    O Christ, our King, creator, Lord
759    When his time was over GS
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 5,6) G8
790    O Lord of light who made the stars (alt tune 346, G5)
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
AT
147    When his time was over
279    And so we meet again
387    Jesus, remember me
TIS
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
347    We sing the praise of him who died
357    When his time was over
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
515    According to thy gracious word
730    Jesus, remember me

LUKE 1:68-79,  THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH
This canticle is given in Matins on page 42 of the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement, and three further settings are provided in LHS 652-654. A metrical paraphrase is in Morning Praise (originally from Worship Today) and another song version is TIS 284.

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

PSALM 46
TIS 28, God is our strength and refuge, is a paraphrase of the psalm.

The following songs and hymns have some basis in Psalm 46 – although none of them are actually paraphrases of the psalm itself.

LHS
195    A mighty fortress* (* modernised version available)
854    Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side
AT
9    Be still and know that I am God   As the reader speaks the verses of Psalm 46, the congregation may respond after every few verses with the singing of the first verse of ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (LHS 885, ATN 9).
311    Be still and know that I am God    Most appropriate for an opening song.
339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
458    God is our refuge and strength
TIS
103    A mighty fortress

The following paraphrase of Psalm 46, by David Schütz, may be sung to the tune of ‘A mighty fortress’ (LH 195, TIS 103). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

God is our refuge and our strength
a present help in trouble.
And so we will not be afraid,
though all the earth may tremble.
Though mountains may fall,
though seas roar and foam,
though all the earth quakes,
still we are not afraid.
The Lord of hosts is with us!

A flowing river brings great joy
throughout God’s holy city,
for God himself is always there,
and it will not be shaken.
God’s help comes at dawn,
the nations will roar,
the kingdoms will fall,
his voice will melt the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us!

O come and see the fearsome things
the Lord has made to happen.
He makes wars cease; he shatters shields;
he breaks the spears and arrows.
‘Now be still, and know
that I am your God.
Throughout all the earth,
I am exalted high!’
The Lord of hosts is with us!

OR, the following paraphrase by David Schütz, may be sung to the tune of ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (LHS 885, ATN 9). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

A mighty fortress is our God,
A mighty fortress is our God,
A mighty fortress is our God,

And so we will not be afraid;
and so we will not be afraid;
and so we will not be afraid.

The Lord of hosts is with us now,
The Lord of hosts is with us now,
The Lord of hosts is with us now.

He makes wars cease throughout the earth;
He makes wars cease throughout the earth;
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.

‘Be still, and know that I am God!’
‘Be still, and know that I am God!’
‘Be still, and know that I am God!’

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 46 p79 , Psalm 46 p80 , Psalm 46 p81

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.

2 comments to Sunday 20 November, 2016 – Last Sunday of the Church Year (Proper 29), Year C

  • Paul Schubert

    Re song suggestions for Psalm 46, can I also suggest ATFG 526, ‘God is our shelter and strength’ – this is a more complete paraphrase of the Psalm than most/all of the other suggestions.

  • Trudi

    Good suggestion, Paul! Must remember that one for Reformation too…

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