Sunday 13 August, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14), 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 37:1-4, 12-28 Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt
OR (b) 1 Kings 19:9-18 The Lord appears to Elijah
PSALM (a) Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
OR (b) Psalm 85:8-13 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 10:5-15 The word of the Lord is near you
GOSPEL Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus walks on the water

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 37:1-4,12-28: Anger, jealousy and animosity took hold of Joseph’s brothers in reaction to his dream of subjection of his peers and parents, the mark of favour signified by the coat given by his father, together with his report of his brothers’ misconduct to Jacob. Their malevolence, expressed in the plot to murder him but diverted by Reuben, still resulted in an extreme infliction of evil – namely selling him callously into slavery. Here, the hand of God seemingly absent in terms of protection, was still present to lay the foundation for future blessings, not just for Joseph and his family, but for the nation descended from them and for those who are spiritually God’s covenant people. Thus God’s covenant with Abraham was not thwarted by human evil but accomplished over and above and despite it.

1 KINGS 19:9-18: The plans and workings of God are infinitely intricate and subtle. Therefore they are more often unseen through human perception. Even the believer can feel abandoned and at the whim of the world of evil. The still, small voice brought home to Elijah that God was not impressed by numbers or human ideas of power, and that he responded to the faithfulness of believers.  Seven thousand yet remained in Israel. God’s purposes would not exclude their welfare.

ROMANS 10:5-15: People are saved from hell only when the saving gospel of truth brings free forgiveness and healing through Christ’s death and resurrection through faith. Hence the importance of faithful preaching and teaching in the church. Faith in that message which is needed to be saved is only possible when the message itself is truly presented. Indeed how beautiful the feet of those who bring it!

MATTHEW 14:22-33: As the God of Israel showed his almighty power by dividing the Red Sea to save his people, so the man Jesus in this miracle shows his power as God over the elements of nature. No less today he looks for the implicit trust of his people as they are beset by the storms of life’s events. While our faith might often waver, yet his hand will raise us up. We therefore trustingly await his reassuring, ‘Peace, be still!’

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 Heath Pukallus; Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay-reading sermon – matt 14v31-32 – year a – pentecost 8; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 14 22-33 – year a – proper 14
Based on 1 Kings reading: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – 1 kings 19 9-18 – year a – proper 14
Based on Romans reading : Pr Heath Pukallus

Opening sentences:
The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart,
because if your confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. 
(Rom 10:8,9 NRSV)

The same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  
(Rom 10:12b,13 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
Almighty and eternal God,
since you are always more ready to hear
than we to pray,
and are eager to give more
than we either desire or deserve:
Forgive us those things
of which our conscience is afraid,
and give us those things
which we are not worthy to ask,
except through the merits of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
you are always more ready to hear
than we are to pray,
and you are eager to give more
than we desire or deserve.
Forgive us those things
that make our conscience afraid,
and give us those things
that we are not worthy to ask for,
except 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 be defended in doubt and difficulty. [silence])
Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ gave up his life
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
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 the preaching of God’s word. [silence])
Ever-loving God,
send out messengers to proclaim
your victory over death to the whole world,
so that people everywhere
hear the good news,
and receive 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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 14:26,27 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
The disciples cried out in fear; but Jesus said,
‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for showing yourself as the Son of God.
Help us always to trust and worship you.

Offering Prayer
Lord, thank you for caring for us
and providing us with all we need and much more.
Strengthen our faith as we live our everyday lives.
Make us bold and confident
in trusting you
and serving you and other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 14A

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.

Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ
offered up his body and blood
in sacrifice to you
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace. Trust the Lord as you step out boldly.
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 37:1-4, 12-28
Many of the song/hymn suggestions for the gospel reading would also be suitable for this reading plus others from the ‘Trust’ sections of the hymnal. You might also like to check out the suggestions provided by the Together to celebrate and Singing from the Lectionary websites listed below.

First reading (b): 1 Kings 19:9-18
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
212    Hush now, for I am your God
215    Even though it’s often hard to cope (My hiding place)
415    Praise the Spirit in creation
595    O Jesus, I have promised
598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind

Second reading: Romans 10:5-15
138    The Lord my God be praised
139    We all believe in one true God, Father*
142    We all believe in one true God, Maker* G3
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
504    To Thy temple I repair G5
782    At the name of Jesus G7
793    To God be the glory (G, STJ, 50)
26    He is Lord
103    Send your servant down the road
244    We have seen the Word of life
349    There is a redeemer
362    I believe, I do
446    Mercy
455    All this I believe
466    I am aware
527   All that is hidden
140    Firmly I believe and truly
143    Immortal, invisible, God only wise
147    To God be the glory, great things he has done
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
231    At the name of Jesus
248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
420    Holy Spirit, go before us
435    We all believe in God who made
477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
301    Take Thou my hand and lead me* G3
524    The golden morning (esp vv 4,5)*
578    Eternal Father, strong to save G6
854    Be still, my soul
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
878    Your love surrounds me GS
10    Your love surrounds me
101    As we step from the edge of morning
203    Keeping my eyes on you
235    In your hand, my Saviour
123    Be still, my soul
138    Eternal Father, strong to save
593    Lord, take my hand and lead me

TIS 66, O give thanks to God, is a version of Psalm 105:1-11.
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 105:1-6 by David Schütz is sung to the tune of ‘Trust and obey’, LHS 877. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O give thanks to the Lord,
as you call on his name,
and make known all his deeds to the world.
Sing your praises to him,
as you tell what he’s done,
as you glory in his holy name.

Let the hearts of all those
who approach him rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength at his throne.
And remember his works
and the judgments he gave,
O you chosen of Abraham’s line.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 105 p176

TIS 45, I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, is a version of Psalm 85:7-13.
Below is a metrical version by David Schütz of Psalm 85:8-13, which may be sung to the tune Ave virgo (LH 469. TIS 391). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Let me hear what God will say –
say to all his faithful.
He will speak his peace to us –
peace to all who trust him.
His salvation now is near –
near to all who fear him.
He in glory comes to us –
comes and makes his dwelling.

Love and faithfulness will meet –
meet in peace and justice.
Faithfulness will spring from earth,
righteousness from heaven.
God will give us what is good
and our land will prosper.
Righteousness will pave his way
as he comes to save us.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 85 p140 , Psalm 85 p141

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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