Sunday 20 August, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15), 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 45:1-15 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers
OR (b) Isaiah 56:1,6-8 God’s people will include foreigners
PSALM (a) Psalm 133
OR (b) Psalm 67 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 11:1,2a,29-32 The salvation of the Jews as well as the Gentiles
GOSPEL Matthew 15:(10-20)21-28 The healing of an unclean woman’s daughter

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 45:1-15: If anyone might have been tempted to exact pay-back from someone who had wronged him it would surely be Joseph. Rather, now in the position of power, he chose the higher ground of loving generosity expressed in total forgiveness of his brothers. They, full of evil intentions, had sold him to foreigners into slavery. Wrongful imprisonment followed. Joseph could see that it was the hand of God which had brought him to Egypt to save many people from starvation over and above his brothers’ evil intentions. His whole life was governed by his love for God, hence his care for the family.

ISAIAH 56:1,6-8: Those who enjoyed the blessedness of God’s covenant could do so because they had deliverance from their sin.  Isaiah is saying that regardless of whether they were born among God’s people, or whether they came into it as converted strangers (foreigners), this blessedness should make it impossible to insult God by breaking his commandments. Those who honour his covenant in this way will be given the further blessings of being included on his holy mountain.

ROMANS 11:1,2a,29-32: The Jews had often rejected God right through their history.  Had God therefore abandoned them?  Paul’s answer is a definite NO. He himself was a proof of this (vv 1,2). He also feels sure that just as their rejection of Christ led to the inclusion of the Gentiles (heathen), so God will also save the Jews one day through Gentile believers.  God’s kingdom is open to all unrighteous people, Jews or Gentiles, to all who will but repent and believe the gospel.

MATTHEW 15:(10-20)21-28: The Canaanite woman’s initial piteous cry for help was met by silence from the Lord. Her faith was further put to the test by his seeming heavy rebuff. A Gentile, she yet continued to call on him as ‘Messiah’ (Son of David) to help.  Jesus honoured that persistent expression of faith. Faith is the key to receiving the blessings of Christ, regardless of race, sex, colour or ability.

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 gospel: Pr Roger Atze ;  edited for lay-reading sermon – matt 15v21-28 – year a – pentecost 9Pr Vince GerhardyPr Tim Stringer
Based on Genesis 45 reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 45 1-15 – year a – proper 15
Based on Psalm 67 : edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 67v1 – year a – proper 15

Opening sentences:
Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.’
(Isa 56:8a,7b 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
Traditional
Almighty and merciful God,
since you give your faithful people grace
to offer you true and acceptable service:
Grant that we may so faithfully serve you in this life
that we fail not finally to obtain your heavenly promises;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and merciful God,
it is your gift
that your faithful people serve you well.
Help us to run without stumbling
and reach what you have promised.
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
(Let us pray that all people may find their fulfilment in Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
in the coming of your Son as a human being.
May he shine in our lives,
so that all who see us
are drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for boldness in prayer. [silence])
Thank you, God of the nations,
for calling all kinds of people into your kingdom,
even though none of us deserve your great love.
Make us confident in praying to you
for our own needs
and for the needs of others.
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Isaiah 56:8)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your mercy to all people.
Give us faith to ask for your help in all our needs,
knowing your great love for us.
Amen.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for accepting us
and people from all backgrounds into your kingdom –
Gentiles as well as Jews,
the outsiders
as well as those who have grown up in the church.
Help us to accept other people
and welcome them, as you do.
Use us and our gifts to reach out to those in need.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 15A

Resources for services with Holy Communion

SEASONAL PREFACE
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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
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,
you fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
when your Son came as a human being.
As we have received his body and blood in this sacrament,
may he shine in our lives
so that all who see us
may be drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, trusting in the Lord for all you need.
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 45:1–15
LHS
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3
442    Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
579    Where’er I go, what’er my task* G6
AT
254    I thank you for life (I give you my joys and sorrows)
TIS
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
111    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
553    in all my ways, in every task

First reading (b): Isaiah 56:1,6-8
LHS
503    We love the place, O God
506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
AT
325    Sing to God, with joy and gladness
TIS
92    Sing to God with joy and gladness
441    Behold! the mountain of the Lord
445    Jesus, where’er your people meet

Second reading: Romans 11:1,2a, 29-32
LHS
433    All people that on earth do dwell G6
435    Christians now praise ye G6
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
794    What wondrous love is this, O my soul
AT
145    What wondrous love is this, O my soul
352    Your love keeps following me
446    Mercy
450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
TIS
59    All people that on earth do dwell
127    Holy God, we praise your name
452    God of mercy, God of grace

Gospel: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28
LHS
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8
219    Jesus shall reign where’re the sun G3
326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
392    How firm a foundation G6
399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
793    To God be the glory (G, STJ 50)
AT
130    I am covered over
145    What wondrous love is this
386    Jesus and me
516    Lord have mercy
564    Kyrie eleison (Empty, broken, here I stand)
568    Kyrie eleison
TIS
147    To God be the glory
207    Jesus shall reign where’re the sun
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
254    O changeless Christ
578    How firm a foundation
729    Jesus Christ, Son of God

PSALM 133
The following paraphrase of Psalm 133 by David Schütz is sung to the tune ‘A New Commandment’. Use the music in ATN 65; the tune at LHS 853 is slightly different. It is also at TIS 699. (Note: the word ‘oil’ is pronounced with one syllable here.) If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How good and pleasant it is when we live
just like brothers and sisters, together as one,
just like brothers and sisters, together as one.
It’s like precious oil poured out on the head of Aaron,
and down his beard onto his vestments.
It’s like dew of Hermon descending on Mount Zion,
where God gives life to those he blesses.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 133 p229 , Psalm 133 p230

PSALM 67
LH 216, May God bestow on us his grace, is a paraphrase by Luther of Psalm 67, although the traditional tune is difficult for congregations to sing. TIS 37, our God, be gracious unto us, is also a paraphrase of this psalm.

The following  paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune at ATO 331. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

God be gracious and bless us,
make your face shine upon us,
then the earth will know your way,
nations know your saving.

Let the peoples praise you, God;
all humanity praise you.
Let the nations all rejoice,
let them sing with gladness.

You guide every race on earth,
and you judge us with justice.
Let the peoples praise you, God;
all the peoples praise you.

Earth has yielded its reward,
God, our own God, has blessed us.
May God bless us always and
all the earth revere him.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 67 p110 , Psalm 67 p111 , Psalm 67 p112

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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