Sunday 25 June, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7), 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 21:8-21 God’s promise to Hagar and Ishmael
OR (b) Jeremiah 20:7-13 Jeremiah struggles with his calling
PSALM (a) Psalm 86:1-10,16,17
OR (b) Psalm 69:7-10(11-15)16-18 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 6:1b-11 Dead to sin, but alive to Christ
GOSPEL Matthew 10:24-39 Do not be afraid; take up your cross and follow Christ

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 21:8-21: As the infant Isaac grew, jealousy prompted Sarah to demand the expulsion of the older slave-born son of Abraham. Ishmael under current custom had certain rights of inheritance. Abraham’s natural affection also made him unwilling to send Ishmael and Hagar away. God, however, once again transcended human frailty to enhance the practical long-term unfolding of his will. The further intervention of God to save Hagar and Ishmael in the desert underscores also God’s purposes interplaying in the development of a future race of people, namely Ishmael’s descendants.

JEREMIAH 20:7-13: After having faithfully carried out the Lord’s charge to preach doom which would overtake the nation in forced exile to Babylon, Jeremiah finds his soul in turmoil. He stands alone among both his friends and his enemies. The united derision voiced in the mocking mimicry, ‘terror is all around us’, fills him with the depressive conviction that he carries the backlash of people’s ill-will alone. Yet the drive, like a burning fire in his bones, to give voice to the Lord’s judgment affords him no peace of soul. Even as he hears the whispered plots to do away with him, however, he becomes nonetheless convinced that the Lord will overcome his enemies, and so is able to sing a joyful song of praise.

ROMANS 6:1-11: Paul had experienced criticism from hostile listeners to the teaching of salvation purely through the gracious declaration of God that all sin was forgiven in Christ’s substitutionary death. They sneeringly inferred, ‘Surely, then, the more you feel free to sin the more God’s grace can be exercised to forgive you.’ In this section Paul argues decisively that it is an impossibility to continue living in sin if you have received God’s grace. Each Christian has been taken back at his/her baptism and made to be present, so to speak, with Christ on the cross at Golgotha, dying together with him. Christ’s own death meant a permanent break with the possibility of sin ever effecting him. His resurrection meant a permanent life in glory with the Father. Therefore, sharing these benefits and blessings, how can any believer return to the life of sin to which he/she has died with Christ? Being set free, the believer is alive in Christ.

MATTHEW 10:24-39: This reading belongs to a lengthy discourse of instruction by Jesus about what his disciples should expect and do when taking the gospel out into the world. If the master is maligned and rejected, the disciples should expect the same  experience. Yet they will not need to be afraid even of those who have the power of physical death. That which Jesus was teaching them in private, God’s word, would fearlessly be made known by them under the Father’s gracious keeping. Acknowledgment, or on the other hand denial, of Jesus would bring on them either eternal continuation of the loving relationship in glory or eternal rejection and punishment. Christ’s message divides people, and will therefore result in hostility and rejection at even the closest family levels. Discipleship means first loyalty and total attachment to Christ himself over against all people and things. To love Jesus means to follow him regardless of the pain, rejection or persecution which may result.

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 the gospel : edited for lay reading sermon – matt 10 28-30 – year a – proper 7 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 10 24-39 – year a – proper 7
Based on the second reading: Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Heath Pukallus

Opening sentences:
If we have been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
(Rom 6:5 NRSV)

Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered,
and nothing is secret that will not become known.
What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light;
and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.  
(Matt 10:26,27 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
Grant, O Lord,
that the course of this world
may be so peaceably ordered
by your government,
that your church may joyfully serve you
in all godly quietness;
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, govern the world
and keep it in peace,
so that your church may joyfully serve you
in all quietness.
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 that we may desire the eternal blessings of God. [silence])
Strengthen our faith, Lord,
so that we do not set our hearts on earthly things,
but love the things of heaven.
As we are surrounded
by things that are passing away,
help us to cling to those that will last 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, new
(Let us pray for new life in Christ. [silence])
Thank you, loving God,
that we have been baptised into Christ’s death.
We pray that, as you raised him from death,
we too live a new life,
dead to sin,
but alive for you in Jesus Christ.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 10:39 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Those who find their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for giving up your life for us.
Help us to trust in you more than everything else.

Offering Prayer
Lord, you have given us the privilege
of being your servants,
telling other people about you
and showing your compassion through our actions.
Give us courage to serve you
and not to count the cost.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 7A

Resources for services with Holy Communion

The confession of sins could be introduced as follows.

St Paul says:
Do you not know that all of us
who have been baptised into Christ Jesus
were baptised into his death?
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
so we too might walk in newness of life.
Let us therefore confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us
and help us to live our new life of faith.

The third question of the confession could be reworded as follows.

Do you intend, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to walk in newness of life, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father?
I do.

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.

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.

Thank you, Lord, for this healing gift.
Strengthen our faith,
so that we do not set our hearts on earthly things,
but love the things of heaven.
As we are surrounded
by things that are passing away,
help us to cling to those that will last 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.

Go in peace to take up your cross and follow 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): Genesis 21:8-21

400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
401    When in the hour of utmost need G3
406    God still lives, and His compassion G7
408    Beloved, it is well*
414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3
452    O bless the Lord, my soul
465    Praise, my soul, the King of heaven G7
212    Hush now
233    He will listen to you
333    You are our God
375    Come and hear
399    Holding out your hand
64    O bless the Lord, my soul
109    What God ordains is always good
126    God moves in a mysterious way
134    Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

First reading (b): Jeremiah 20:7-13

195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
413    Why should cross and trial grieve me? G5
824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew G7
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
876    When our confidence is shaken G9
101    Jesus, please watch over us
209    Do Lord (Psalm 27)
219    Then I will praise you, my Saviour, again
225    Why do you love me?
339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
103    A mighty fortress is our God
262    When pain and terror strike by chance
644    Safe in the shadow of the Lord

Second reading: Romans 6:1b-11

277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3)
360    O Love, who formedst me to wear G9
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
828    I am baptized – O blessed day GS
829    I was made a Christian G5
831    O baptized people, one and all G3
833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5
13    Lord of the morning
118    The baptism song
190    The way is low
268    Christ has died
276    Into your death
316    From the air and from the light
320    I was there to hear your borning cry
417    Water and the Spirit
421    Born forever
432    M-m-m-miracle
495    Come and follow me
502    Patiently waiting for you
522    New Life (Baptism)
475    If we have died to ourselves
479    They that believe and are baptized
481    Baptized into your name most holy
484    When we to cleansing water came
486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ
487    Lord Jesus Christ, on this your day
488    Now in the name of him who sent
489    We know that Christ is raised
492    Take this water and please bless it, Lord
493    Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
494     In water we grow

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39

4        Once He came in blessing* G4
149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
200    Thou little flock, be not dismayed
300    Let me be Thine for ever* G5
349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
351    ‘Take up thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
384    Who trusts in God, a strong abode G9
867    Have no fear, little flock G6
96    Don’t give up
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
205    What you hear in the dark
401    Follow me
404    Let nothing trouble you
495    Come and follow me
527    All that is hidden
103    A mighty fortress is our God
169    Our God, we know your providence
197    God’s Son came to bless us
198    I greet you, my Redeemer sure
583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
656    Jesus, my Lord

The following paraphrase of Psalm 86:1-10,16,17 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Readhead 76 [Petra] (LH 330, TIS 222). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Listen, Lord, and answer me,
I am poor and need your help.
Save my life! I trust in you.
I’m your servant; you’re my God.
All day long, I pray to you.
So be gracious, Lord, to me.

Make your servant glad, O Lord,
for I lift my prayer to you.
You, O Lord, forgive my sins,
and your love is always there
for all those who pray to you.
Listen, Lord, and hear my prayer.

In distress I pray to you,
for you always answer me.
There’s no other god like you!
None can do the things you do!
All the nations you have made
shall bow down and praise your name.

Lord, our great and awesome God,
turn to me and strengthen me!
Since I am your servant’s child,
prove your love and grace to me!
Let all those who hate me see
how you help and comfort me.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 86 p142 , Psalm 86 p143

TIS 39, Let not those who hope in you, is a version of Psalm 69:6-15.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 69 p116

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.

Comments are closed.