Sunday 9 July, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9), 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 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac
OR (b) Zechariah 9:9-12 The humble king
PSALM (a) Psalm 45:10-17 OR Song of Solomon 2:8-13
OR (b) Psalm 145:8-14*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 7:15-25a The struggle of the sinner- saint
GOSPEL Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Jesus reveals the Father, and the weary find rest in him

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 24:34-38,42-49,58-67: This charming but lengthy account complements the intricate weaving together of events leading up to the birth of Isaac. The promise to Abraham of descendants occupying the land of Canaan prevented Isaac leaving himself, yet marriage to a godly wife required a return to Haran (Abraham’s place of origin). A marriage from among the Canaanites would mean a future generation’s confusion of loyalty to God, not to mention interference with God’s long-term plans against the Canaanites. Hence the importance of the servant’s mission. This reading serves to illustrate that God guides through signs and minor miracles involving even the smaller details of life. It also reminds us that a godly marriage highly enhances a true loving marriage relationship.

ZECHARIAH 9:9-12: Zechariah is speaking to people in exile whom God is promising soon to restore to their homeland, the old promised land of Israel. Zechariah’s prophecy in today’s reading predicts security and peace through rule on their return, but looks further to a future King as an absolute ideal ruler. He is a figure who has suffered but comes in triumph and victory. Although without obvious outward resources of power, he will establish peace, not only in respect to the split kingdoms of the northern Israel (Ephraim) and the southern Judah (Jerusalem), but will bring about a universal peace through the earth. Instruments of war will not exist in this messianic kingdom. The reason for the Lord’s promise of freedom for his people lies in his own faithfulness to the ancient covenant he made with their forebears.

ROMANS 7:15-25a: The fact that Paul doesn’t want to do the things which are wrong shows that he agrees that God’s law is right, even though he fails to obey it. This demonstrates that in his innermost soul he is still motivated and controlled by his own inborn sinfulness. Even his honest desire to do what he knows to be right is thwarted because of this. On the one hand he delights in God’s law, but at the same time this propensity to evil leads him into wretched misery. Rescue from this contradictory spiritual upheaval can only come from Christ. For this he gives thanks.

MATTHEW 11:16-19,25-30: By ‘this generation’ Jesus is referring to people generally the world over at all times. Many people want the word of God personally to please them and to fit into their own expectations. The word of God is wisdom which permeates the deeds of those who receive it aright (vv 16-19). God’s word reveals his will to those who like children accept and trust it for what it is. The word of the Father is revealed explicitly by Jesus as the Son of the Father. Therefore those heavily laden under the burden of sin can come to him to find satisfying rest.

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 Roger Atze ;  edited for lay reading sermon – matt 11 28 – year a – proper 9
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – romans 7v15-25 – year a – pentecost 3 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 7 15-25a – year a – proper 9

Opening sentences:
Jesus says: ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.’  (Matt 11:28,29 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
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
and increase our devotion;
nourish us with all goodness,
and by your mercy
preserve in us what you have nourished;
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,
the author and giver of all good things,
graft in our hearts a love for your name.
Nourish in us what is good,
and preserve in us what you have nourished.
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 strength in weakness. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son revealed the wonder of your saving love
in signs and miracles.
Renew your people by your loving kindness,
and sustain us in all our weakness
by your mighty power.
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 gentleness. [silence])
Thank you, Jesus, our gentle king,
that you became a servant to all,
and gave up your life for us.
As your followers,
make us humble, so that, like you,
we serve others.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 11:25 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.’

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing the Father.
Help us to take your yoke
and find rest in you.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for coming to us as a gentle king
and bringing us victory over sin and death.
Make us more and more like you,
humble and gentle and serving others.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 9A

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 Son has revealed
the wonder of your saving love
in this sacrament.
Renew your people by your loving kindness,
and sustain us in all our weakness
by your mighty power.
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. Be humble in spirit, and take the yoke 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): Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* G6
587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
589    O blessed home where man and wife G3
800    May we be one GS
892    Hear us now, our God and Father G3
172    May we be one
280    Make us a family
320    I was there to hear your borning cry
403    God of Abraham (selected verses)
553    In all my ways, in every task
581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
654    When love is found and hope comes home
664    Your love, O God, has called us here

First reading (b): Zechariah 9:9-12

5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4
9    Hark the glad sound! G6
11    The advent of our King G4
115    Rejoice, the Lord is King!
733    Daughter of Zion G6
220    There’ll be peace
328    Tell the city
355    Freedom is coming
434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
269    Hark the glad sound
271    The advent of our God
336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
621    O God of every nation

Second reading: Romans 7:15-25a

125    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5
141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
177    O my Saviour, lifted G5
309    Ah, Lord and God G5
312    In Thee alone, O Christ, my Lord
345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
96    Don’t give up
171    Dying you destroyed our death
200    One more step
215    My hiding place
219    Then I will praise you
251    God sends us his Spirit
345    Nothing but the blood
349    There is a redeemer
131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
600    O my Saviour, lifted

Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
308    Come unto Me, ye weary* G6
335    Just as I am G9
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
426    What a friend we have in Jesus (G, STJ 26)
513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
781    As water to the thirsty
137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
230    Christ the worker
243    Wander in the sun
277    Like a wedding feast
284    Part of the family
465    How deep is the love
178    Praise the God who changes places
183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
563    Let him to whom we now belong
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
584    Just as I am, without one plea
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
590    What a friend we have in Jesus
600    O my Saviour, lifted
614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning


Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 45 p78

TIS 89, O Lord, you are my God and King, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 145:1-7,9-12. The following paraphrase of Psalm 145:8-14, by David Schütz, may be sung to the tune of ‘Sent by the Lord am I’ (ATO 412), or to Quam dilecta (LH 503) or St Cecilia (LH 416). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How gracious is the Lord;
the Lord is merciful.
He’s slow to show his wrath,
abounds in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,
compassionate and kind.
Now all your works give thanks,
your faithful bless your name.

The whole world shall be told;
your kingdom be made known.
Your glory and your power,
from age to age endures.

He’s faithful in his words,
and gracious in his deeds.
He lifts up those who fall,
he holds up those weighed down.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 145 p238

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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