Sunday 2 July, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8), 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 22:1-14 The sacrifice of Isaac: God tests Abraham
OR (b)  Jeremiah 28:5-9 Jeremiah and the false prophet Hananiah
PSALM (a) Psalm 13
OR (b) Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 6:12-23 You have become slaves to righteousness
GOSPEL Matthew 10:40-42 Whoever welcomes you welcomes me

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 22:1-14: This chapter presents us with a climax in Abraham’s life of faith. With a long-awaited son and heir arriving beyond any human expectation in his old age, Abraham’s love for Isaac could well have threatened and consumed his hitherto first love and loyalty to God. He therefore needed a soul-shaking test to help him correctly balance his spiritual priorities. Isaac was a miraculous gift to Abraham and Sarah. Although they were the parents in every sense, yet Isaac was really purely given by God. This means that if Abraham really believed that, then he would be prepared to give Isaac back to God. This test called on Abraham to set aside all the promises connected with future descendants, the land and blessing to the world, which presumed an heir to carry on his line. Abraham placed his reason second to his faith in this test and was graciously given the means of making a normal sacrifice.

JEREMIAH 28: 5-9: Jeremiah, like all the true prophets of God before him, had prophesied doom and despair for God’s people unless they returned to the obedience God required in the terms of his covenant. Hananiah, a self-appointed prophet, was predicting a quick return of both people and the sacred objects of the temple with peace for the nation. While Jeremiah genuinely wished for that very thing, in loyalty and obedience to God he faced the hostile mob in the temple with the truthful reminder that prophets’ words are only shown truly to be God’s message when they find their fulfilment in fact.

ROMANS 6:12-23: This is the second part of St Paul’s answer to his enemies’ criticism that salvation through faith in Christ’s work of redemption encourages more and more sin in order to receive more of God’s grace. He answers here that not only did Christ die to set us free from sin and its terrible consequences, but the purpose of this freedom is to enable believers to cease allowing sin its power in their bodies, yielding them rather to be ‘instruments of righteousness’. Being under the freedom of grace, opposed to slavery under strict and harsh law, means placing oneself under willing service to God with growth in personal holiness. The so-called freedom of sin brings death. The freedom of service in righteousness brings eternal life.

MATTHEW 10:40-42: This reading contains the final words of Jesus to the twelve upon sending them out to the surrounding towns. It can be seen that these words can be applied also more generally to the continuing work of the church. When a representative of Christ proclaims his word, it is as though the Lord himself is being received. A ‘prophet’ here describes someone who proclaims the gospel. A ‘righteous person’ is someone who sincerely demonstrates faith by the manner of life. ‘These little ones’ are people who are lightly thought of, often unnoticed. The reward so clearly promised for even slight deeds of love is a reward granted by God’s grace and not deserved by personal merit.

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 gospel: Pr Mark Greenthaner ;
Based on Genesis reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 22v1-14 – year a – pentecost 2 ; Pr Heath Pukallus sermon – genesis 22 1-14 – year a – proper 8 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 22 1-14 – year a – proper 8-new
Based on second reading: NEW Pr Andrew Brook

Opening sentences:
The wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
(Rom 6:23 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, since you have prepared
for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love for you,
that we may love you above all things
and obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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, you have prepared for those who love you
good things beyond our understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love for you
that we may love you in all things
and above all things,
and obtain what you have promised,
which is more than we can desire.
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 for power to endure. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your dear Son willingly endured
the agony and shame of the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for the gift of compassion. [silence])
Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
for setting us free from sin,
so that we can willingly serve you.
Open our eyes and hearts
to see the needs of others
and show them your compassion.
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 10:40 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘ Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to us from God.
Help us to serve you by serving others.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for making us your people
and for letting us hear your word.
Help us gladly to receive your message
and your messengers,
and to give of ourselves and our possessions
for your kingdom.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 8A

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.

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 merciful God,
your dear Son
willingly offered up
his body and blood on the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, not to serve sin, but to serve God.
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 22:1-14

298    In the hour of trial G8
301    Take Thou my hand and lead me* G3
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
352    Fight the good fight* G4
363    O God, forsake me not
390    Wait, my soul, with patience* G3
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
84    I want Jesus to walk with me
101    Jesus, please watch over us
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
233    He will listen to you
339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
399    In the darkest night you’re there
560    All my hope on God is founded
578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
593    Lord, take my hand and lead me
594    Fight the good fight with all thy might

First reading (b): Jeremiah 28:5-9

337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
679    God of Jeremiah, grieving

Second reading: Romans 6:12-23

65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5
67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune TIS 209)
74    Enslaved by sin, and bound in chains G3
296    My Maker, be Thou nigh* G5
333    All that I was, my sin, my guilt* G9
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
375    Thy life was given for me*
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
846    The candles are lit and the table is laid GS
71    Face to face
156    He set us free
232    He set me free
265    Take us now, we are yours
373    Bound by love
522    New Life (baptism)
202    I know that my Redeemer
209    And can it be, that I should gain
563    Let him to whom we now belong
567    God of all truth and power and grace
568    O for a heart to praise my God
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42

351    ‘Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said G3
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
191    Brother, let me be your servant
197    When I needed a neighbour
292    Because we bear your name
373    Bound by love
561    Community
583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
656    Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

AT 565,  How long, O Lord, is based on this Psalm.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 13 p15

TIS 46, I will sing forever of your love, O Lord, is a setting of Psalm 89:1-6,13-16.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 89 p144 , Psalm 89 p145

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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