Sunday 27 August, 2017 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16), 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) Exodus 1:8- 2:10 The slavery of Israel and the birth of Moses
OR (b) Isaiah 51:1-6 The earth will pass away, but God’s salvation is forever
PSALM (a) Psalm 124
OR (b) Psalm 138 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 12:1-8 The basis of ethics, and advice on gifts
GOSPEL Matthew 16:13-20 Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 1:8 – 2:10: Several centuries had passed since the influence of Joseph in Egypt, the Israelites no longer being viewed with favour. Rather, because of their numbers and geographic location they were seen as a potential threat to national security. The Pharaoh’s attempts to weaken the nation through harsh treatment and purposeful genocide did not succeed. Involving the whole populace to drown Hebrew male babes resulted in a gesture of desperation from Moses’ parents. God’s plans for the future again circumvented evil directed by human power structures. God ensured not only the rescue of the baby Moses, but also a rare specific upbringing and education which later would provide leadership abilities to serve God’s purposes as he shaped the plan of salvation for the world.

ISAIAH 51:1-6: There are two calls in this selection to ‘listen’ to what God says. The first, verse 1, calls believers to see what God has done in the past to raise a large nation from one man, Abraham. Therefore he will bring his people gladness. The second call, verse 4, calls believers to know that he will extend that number of believers ever wider into the world until the final glorious deliverance into an eternity of salvation.

ROMANS 12:1-8: The first eleven chapters of Romans contain Paul’s clear teaching that being saved comes through faith alone along with the free gift of Christ’s own righteousness being bestowed on the repentant sinner. Now he appeals through those very mercies of God (verse 1) for Christians to show outwardly by their personal holiness the complete change which God has made on them inwardly. This offering of spiritual sacrifices extends to using the differing spiritual gifts he has given each believer to build one another up.

MATTHEW 16:13-20: People of Jesus’ day were willing to identify him with Old Testament prophets whom they believed would return to earth beore the day of the Lord. It was only the disciples who believed him to be the promised Messiah (the Christ) and the Son of the living God, as expressed by Peter. It was the Father who revealed this. Today it is only by the power of the Spirit that Christians confess Jesus as the Christ. With his declared forgiveness the church is given power (the keys) to open heaven by forgiving sins or close it by retaining them.

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 Tim Stringer ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 16 13-20 – year a – proper 16
Based on second reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – romans 12v1-8 – year a – pentecost 10 ; edited for lay reading sermon – romans 12v1 – year a – proper 16
Based on Isaiah reading : Pr Roger Atze

Opening sentences:
Present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.  (Rom 12:1 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 eternal God,
grant that we may grow in faith, hope, and love;
and make us love what you command,
so that we may obtain what you promise;
through your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
help us to grow in faith, hope, and love.
Make us love what you command,
and give to us what you promise.
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 for faith to follow Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to 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.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for the church. [silence])
Thank you, Jesus Christ,
the Son of the living God,
that you have established your church on earth
and opened the door to your Father’s presence.
Build us up as your church
on the sure foundation of faith in you.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 16:18 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ,
thank you for revealing yourself as the Son of God.
Help us always to confess and proclaim you.
Amen.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for giving faith
to us and to your whole church,
and for the gift of forgiveness.
Help us in gratitude
to offer ourselves in your service.
Lead us to work in harmony with one another,
using the gifts you have given us for the common good.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 16A

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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD
If a loaf is being used for communion, it may be broken before the singing of the ‘Lamb of God’. As the bread is broken, the response may be said (recalling the words of the second reading):
We, who are many, are one body in Christ,
for we all share in the one bread.

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,
thank you for the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to 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.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace and humbly serve 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): Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
LHS
519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
AT
43    How shall I call you?
101    As we step from the edge of morning
529   God’s excellent adventure
TIS
104    While morning still is breaking
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun

First reading (b): Isaiah 51:1-6
LHS
12    ’Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
739    When the King shall come again G4
783    Christ is the world’s light G4
AT
196    You shall go out with joy
329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed
355    Freedom is coming
389    Light of the nations
403    God of Abraham (vv 1,2,3,9,17)
434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
454    Your God will come
TIS
246    Christ is the world’s light
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
616    O day of God, draw near
755    You shall go out with joy

Second reading : Romans 12:1-8
LHS
119    Come down, O Love divine G9
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
526    Glory to Thee who safe hast kept GS (819)
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
AT
265    Take us now, we are yours
372    Teach me your way
373    Bound by love
396    We come to you Father
464    Here you are Lord
TIS
236    Jesus’ hands were kind hands
398    Come down, O Love divine
440    Christ from who all blessings flow
442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
468    We are your people
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
599    Take my life, and let it be

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
LHS
70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3
179    Christ alone is our salvation* G3
188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
191    The Church’s one foundation G4
248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
421    Our Father, Thou in heaven above* G5
454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
795    They knew who he was GS
901    Our Father, you from heaven above G5
AT
31    God forgave my sin
146    They knew who he was
244    We have seen the Word of life
532   Jesus asks…
TIS
140    Firmly I believe and truly
215    You servants of God
261    Lord, you are the light of life to me
432    Christ is made the sure foundation
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
457    The church’s one foundation
550    Our Father, God in heaven above

PSALM 124
TIS 79, Now Israel, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 124. The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, may be sung to the contemporary tune and chorus of ‘God is on our side’ (LHS 861, ATN 21) by Peter Schmidt. If a traditional version is required, omit the chorus and sing to the tune of St Magnus [Nottingham] (LH 169, TIS 378). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

If God had not been on our side –
let Israel now say –
if God had not been on our side,
our foes had won the day!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

They would have swallowed us alive,
with anger hot as flames;
they would have tossed us like a flood,
and drowned us in their waves!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

So, blessed be the Lord our God,
who snatched us from their jaws!
We have escaped just as a bird
flies from the hunter’s claws!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

Our help is in God’s holy name,
the Lord of Israel,
for he made all of heav’n and earth,
and he does all things well!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 124 p214 , Psalm 124 p215

PSALM 138
TIS 86, With my whole heart I will praise you, is another version of this psalm.

Here are two metrical paraphrases of Psalm 138 by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The following may be sung to the tune of ‘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 thank and praise your holy name.
For you are loving, and faithful too;
your name and your word have been glorified.
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 second version could be sung 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.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 138 p231

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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