Sunday 18 June, 2017 – Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6), Year A

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 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 (a)Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) The Lord appears to Abraham to announce the birth of Isaac
OR (b)Exodus 19:2-8a A kingdom of priests, a holy nation
PSALM (a)Psalm 116:1,2,12-19 OR (b)Psalm 100 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 5:1-8 Christ died for the ungodly
GOSPEL Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (9-23) Jesus sends out the Twelve

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 18:1-15 (21:1-7): This account reverberates with an intense fervour on Abraham’s part to please his guests. The three men are identified later in the chapter. One is the Lord (Jahweh) (verse 13), and two are angels (Chapter 19:1). This event occurs soon after God’s detailed revelation to Abraham of the coming miraculous birth of a son to him and Sarah (Chapter 17). Abraham’s meticulous attention to detail as he turns from task to task in the preparations suggests his awareness of the true identity of his guests and a possible covenantal aspect to the meal. The uncustomary enquiry after Sarah and announcement about her coming motherhood powerfully suggest the importance and nearness of the birth. The Lord’s promise to return after a year (most translations) not only pinpoints expressly the time, but also indicates it will not come to pass of itself but by the Lord’s own agency. Despite the initial laughter of Sarah, the birth transpires according to God’s promise, marked by Abraham’s obedience to observe the covenant command (circumcision) and Sarah’s invitation to join her delighted subsequential laughter.

EXODUS 19:1-8a: The Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai the third month after they had left Egypt. Moses had been commanded at the burning bush to bring the people there. Though they were dispossessed of even the meagre security of their former slavery, God reminded them through his commands to Moses on the mountain that they were his special possession because of his miraculous rescue from the Egyptians, and because of his ownership of the whole earth. He would bestow on them the special privilege of individual access to himself (as priests). The people’s quick response was assent. They in turn  were to keep his commands and serve him only as a holy nation set apart from the idolatry of the surrounding peoples.

ROMANS 5:1-8: In this reading Paul continues on from the teachings of the previous chapters on ‘justification’. He enlarges now upon its results in the new life of the believer. There is now the experience of peace with God and access to him by his freely given favour (grace). Even suffering produces a positive outcome in terms of endurance, character and hope. All of this new relationship is based not on feeling but on fact. The fact that Christ died not for good people but for sinners establishes assurance of salvation and ensures God’s forgiven people of the removal of his wrath. A Christian’s boasting is indeed only in God.

MATTHEW 9:35-10:8 (9-23): The Lord saw the confused condition of people who were neglected by their religious leaders and felt compassion for them. His first emphasis to alleviate this distress was to teach and preach the message of salvation, backed up by comprehensive physical healing. When he enlisted the twelve disciples and sent them out on a special mission he also gave them special apostolic authority. They were given authority to preach the same message of the kingdom as he, and also the authority to heal and cast out demon spirits. The meticulous instructions which follow are in the form of principles to be applied so as to facilitate the urgent need to get the message out quickly.

Sermons:
Lay-readers please note: Proper 6 has not come up in the 3 year lectionary since 2008 so there are no online sermons offered for this Sunday.
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – romans 5 1-8 – year a – proper 6

Opening sentences:
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s own people,
in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
(1 Pet 2:9 NRSV)

OR
At just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Rom 5:6,8 NIV)

OR
The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few;
therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.  (Matt 9:37,38 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
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
Multiply your mercy upon us that,
with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through good things temporal
that we finally lose not those that are eternal;
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, you protect all who trust in you,
and without you
nothing is strong and nothing is holy:
In your great mercy
guide us through the good things of this life,
so that in the end
we do not lose the things of eternal life.
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 compassion of Christ. [silence])
Merciful Father,
you have freed us from guilt
through your Son
and called us to work with him
in your kingdom.
Help us to be as compassionate with others
as he has been with us.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for dedication in following Jesus. [silence])
Jesus, our Saviour,
thank you for giving up everything for us,
and making us your people.
Live within us,
and teach us to follow you
without counting the cost.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 10:7 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Go and proclaim the good news:
The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your compassion.
Lead us to work for you
and proclaim your kingdom.
Amen.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for calling us
and giving us so many gifts,
both physical and spiritual.
Help us to go out and serve you
by showing your compassion and love to others.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 6A

Resources for services with Holy Communion
SEASONAL 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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
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 Saviour,
in this sacrament,
you have given yourself for us,
and have strengthened us
as your people.
Live within us,
and teach us to follow you
without counting the cost.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

BLESSING
The following verse may be used before the final blessing and dismissal.

Do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say;
for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matt 10:19,20 NRSV)

DISMISSAL
Go in peace to work in the Lord’s kingdom.
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): Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7)
LHS
409    Commit whatever grieves thee* G6
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3
456    The God of Abraham praise G7
458    Praise the Lord! ye heavens, adore Him G8
893    Our Father, by whose name G6
903    Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord G7
AT
253    He turned my mourning into dancing
326    Shout for joy
333    You are our God
403    God of Abraham (vv 1,2)
TIS
93    Praise the Lord, ye heavens, adore him
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
125    The God of Abraham praise
161    Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

First reading (b): Exodus 19:2-8a
LHS
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
376    Jesus, Master, whose I am
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
442    Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
456    The God of Abraham praise G7
804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
AT
119    Come and praise him, royal priesthood
313    Christ, be our light
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
358    Gift to the world
411    On eagle’s wings
414    Take this moment
416    We will rise up
TIS
48    You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
83    Let us with a gladsome mind
111    Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
125    The God of Abraham praise
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Second reading: Romans 5:1-8
LHS
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
154    Amazing love, that rent the heavens asunder* G4
170    Chief of sinners though I be* G5
295    O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee, and adore Thee* G3
321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
329    By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless
333    All that I was, my sin, my guilt* G9
402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
405    In God, my faithful God* G4
413    Why should cross and trial grieve me? G5
785    In Adam we have all been one GS
787    Jesus was born for us GS
794    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul GS
803    Peace with the Father G7
851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
854    Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side
AT
130    I am covered over
131    Amazing grace
133    Jesus set us free
145    What wondrous love
240    My peace I give
336    Faith is
345    Nothing but the blood
349    There is a redeemer
352    Your love keeps following me
376    Faith, hope, and love
465    How deep is the love
TIS
118    We give immortal praise
123    Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side
129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
139    O love of God, how strong and true
154    Great is your faithfulness
155    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
202    I know that my Redeemer
249    No weight of gold or silver
373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
466    Peace with the Father
683    God, when human bonds are broken

Gospel: Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 (9-23)
LHS
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
218    Arouse, O Lord, that zeal inspiring G5
221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5
227    O Spirit of the living God G5
233    Lord of the harvest, hear
349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
795    When Jesus came, the demons cried GS
796    When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5)
804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
AT
31    Freely, freely
146    They knew who He was
226    All is nearness (When Jesus sat down on the lake-shore)
305    Thuma mina
313    Christ, be our light
348    Sing hey for the carpenter
402    God has chosen me
412    Sent by the Lord am I
413    The summons
450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
TIS
405    O Spirit of the living God
409    O breath of life, come sweeping through us
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
460    The call of God resounding
461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son

PSALM 116:1,2,12-19
For musical settings of Psalm 116:1,2,12-19, see Music Packages 2, 3, 5 and 8. TIS 71, I love the Lord who has heard my prayer, is a version of Psalm 116:1-5,12-20.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune Melita (LH 400, TIS 138) or to the tune of the Song of Mary in the Modern Vespers of Worship Today. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I love the Lord! He hears my prayers,
so all I my life I’ll call on him.
When snares of death entangled me,
and pangs of hell laid hold of me,
I called upon God’s holy name:
‘I beg you, Lord, to save my life!’

What shall I offer to the Lord
for all his goodness shown to me?
I will lift up salvation’s cup
and call upon God’s holy name,
I’ll keep my promises to him
among his people gathered here.

O Lord, how dearly you are pained
when one of your true people dies!
I am your slave, your slavegirl’s child,
so, Lord, I’ll serve you all my days.
For you have freed me from the chains
that made me captive to the grave.

I pay my sacrifice of thanks,
and call upon God’s holy name.
I pay my vows unto the Lord
among his people gathered here,
here in the holy house of God,
here in your midst, Jerusalem.

Music Resources Vol 3 (Psalm settings): Psalm 116 p188, Psalm 116 p189, Psalm 116 p190

PSALM 100
For musical settings of Psalm 100, see Music Packages 3 and 7. See also TIS nos 59-62. LHS 433, 453, 879 and 882 are also based on Psalm 100, and so are AT 44, 56, and 107.

Music Resources Vol 3 (Psalm settings): Psalm 100 p168, Psalm 100 p169

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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