25 June – Commemoration of the Augsburg Confession, Years A,B and 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.

THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
The Augsburg Confession was written largely by Philipp Melanchthon in language of studied moderation and was presented at Augsburg to the Emperor Charles V on 25 June 1530. In 1580, when the Book of Concord was drawn up, the unaltered Augsburg Confession was included as the principal Lutheran confession. In several ways this day, rather than 31 October, is the suitable occasion to remember the Reformation.
(From Contemporary Worship 6: The Church Year, Calendar and Lectionary, 1973)

SYMBOLS
Any symbols of the Word or the Church may also be used for the festival of the Augsburg Confession.

Altar colour: Red

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 55:6-11 The word of God will not return empty
PSALM Psalm 46 OR Psalm 138 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Timothy 6:11b-16 Fight the good fight of faith
GOSPEL Matthew 10:26-33 What you hear in the dark, speak in the light

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 the first reading: sermon – isaiah 55 6-11 – year a b c – augsburg confession

Opening sentences:
I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
and shall not be put to shame. 
(Ps 119:46 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
Modernised traditional
Almighty God, in your unfailing mercy
keep your church safe and holy.
Rule and guide your people always,
so that they remain in peace.
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
Lord God,
you have given all holy Scriptures for our learning.
Lead us to hear them,
read, note, learn, and inwardly digest them.
Encourage and support us by your holy word,
so that we may always hold onto
the joyful hope of eternal life,
which you have given us
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 10:32 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others,
I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.’
Alleluia.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Augsburg Confession

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)
Hymns and songs in the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement under the topics of ‘The Word of God’, ‘The Church’, or ‘The Church Militant’ could be considered, and also those listed in the Together in Song index of subjects under ‘Church’, pp 1036-7 in the harmony edition.

The following suggestions are based on the readings for the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-11
LHS 226 Winter reigns o’er many a region
LHS 236 Gracious God our heavenly Father
AT 39 My Word
AT 331 Turn to me with all your heart
TIS 464 Seek, O seek the Lord
TIS 663 Isaiah the prophet has written of old
Other: As the heavens are higher than the earth by Richard Simpkin Lyrics and sheet music available here: http://www.music-ministry.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/As-the-heavens-in-C.pdf

Second reading: 1 Timothy 6:11b-16
LHS 185 Son of righteousness divine
LHS 194 Thy hand, O God, has guided
LHS 213 For all the saints
LHS 352 Fight the good fight with all thy might
TIS 456 Your hand, O God, has guided

Gospel reading: Matthew 10:26-33
LHS 194 Thy hand, O God, has guided
LHS 874 The will of God is always best
AT 205 What you hear in the dark
AT 496 Don’t be afraid
AT 527 All that is hidden
TIS 103 A mighty fortress
TIS 169 Our God, we know your providence
TIS 197 God’s Son came to bless us
TIS 198 I greet you my Redeemer sure, who lives
Other: His eye is on the sparrow by Civilla D Martin  Lyrics and sheet music available here:http://hymnary.org/text/why_should_i_feel_discouraged; mp3 file download here:http://www.smallchurchmusic2.com/Song_Display-New.php?SID=643
I will run to you by Darlene Zschech

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)
199  Christ, Thou strong guardian, e’er The Chucrh defending
690  God is our refuge and strength
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
526   God is our shelter and strength
TIS
103    A mighty fortress
120   God is the refuge of his saints

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!’
Psalm 138

TIS 86, With my whole heart I will praise you, is a version of this psalm.

Either of the following metrical versions of Psalm 138 by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

This version is sung to the tune ‘The Greatest Commandment’ (ATA 175).

I give you thanks, Lord, with all my heart,
before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship you in your holy place
and always praise and thank your holy name.
For by your love and your faithfulness
you set up your name above ev’rything.
And when I called on your holy name,
you gave me your answer and made me strong.

All kings and rulers shall praise you, Lord,
when they have heard your words of truth and love;
and they shall sing of the ways of God:
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.
Yet, though exalted, he keeps his watch
with love and compassion upon the poor.
The rich and proud he will still observe,
but like one that watches from far away.

And you preserve me throughout my life,
though trouble meets me everywhere I go.
You stretch your mighty right hand to save,
and fight the anger of my enemies.
The Lord fulfils his promise to me;
forever and ever your love endures.
Do not forsake what your hands have made,
remember you made me and I am yours.

This version is to the traditional tune Dir, dir, Jehovah, LH 218:

With all my heart, I give you thanks, Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship in your holy temple
and always thank and praise your holy name.
For you have shown your love and faithfulness,
your holy name and word are glorified.

And on the day I called upon you,
you gave me answer and you made me strong.
The kings of all the earth shall praise you,
when they have heard your words of truth and love.
They all shall sing about your ways, O Lord,
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

Yet, though the Lord is high in heaven,
he still regards the lowly of the earth.
He does not overlook the haughty,
but watches them like one who’s far away.
Though trouble meets me everywhere I go,
your right hand saves me from my enemies.

The Lord will keep his promise to me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, will always last.
Stretch out your hand and come to save me!
Do not forsake the work your hands have made.
With all my heart, I give you thanks, O Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.

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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