Sunday 3 September, 2017 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), Year A

Father’s Day

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 3:1-15 The call of Moses
OR (b) Jeremiah 15:15-21 Jeremiah’s inner struggle
PSALM (a) Psalm 105:1-6,23-26,45c
OR (b) Psalm 26:1-8 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 12:9-21 Living in love
GOSPEL Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus speaks about his death and discipleship

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 3:1-15: The flaming bush, meant firstly to engage Moses’ attention, was the means by which the angel of the Lord, in this instance God himself, manifested himself to Moses. The flame which did not consume the bush but was energised from within itself, as in other Old Testament references, denoted the presence of God himself. God outlines to Moses what he will do to alleviate the sufferings of his people and rescue them. In this way future events would fall into place to confirm to Moses that what God had said in his word is the covenant working of his hand. Moses’ self-deprecation and reluctance shows that his former impulsiveness has been replaced by humility. The name revealed by God could not, of course, explain his full nature and being, but it does indicate his transcendence above all things and his covenant faithfulness with his people.

JEREMIAH 15:15-21: Jeremiah had announced dire warnings of the coming discipline of God on account of general national unfaithfulness. The response was whitehot hatred. So great a persecution caused him to fear death (v 1 5). He even thought God had forsaken him despite his joy in God’s word hitherto. He finds reassurance, however, in his own personal repentance over his doubts (v 19 on) and is convinced God’s word and promises will prevail over the present dangers.

ROMANS 12:9-21: An inescapable outcome of being saved by faith alone is God’s new creation of the inward and outward life of the Christian. In today’s selection from Romans 12, St Paul continues the long list of practical examples of this outcome. All of these activities give expression to the ‘law of love’. In other words, our love to one another is to be related to the love of God which lies behind the wonderful ‘mercies’ he has directed towards us (Rom 12:1).

MATTHEW 16:21-28: After the high point of Peter – confessing Jesus to be ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God’ – this week’s selection shows Jesus saying he ‘must’ go to Jerusalem to suffer and die. The disciples are bewildered. Their Messiah of God must fail? However, the Lord knows that the only way to glory for him and for us is through death. Both it and Satan must be conquered. So he went. If we then need to pick up our cross to follow him, let it so be. That which may stand in the way of salvation needs to be sacrificed.

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 Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 16 21-28 – year a – proper 17; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 16 21-28 – year a – proper 17
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on Exodus reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – exodus 3v1-15 – year a – pentecost 11

Opening sentences:
Jesus said: ‘If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’   (Matt 16:24 NRSV)

OR, if using the first reading (1a) from Exodus:
God called to Moses out of the bush: ‘Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’  
(Exod 3:5 NRSV)

OR, before ‘In the name’ if using the first reading (1a) from Exodus:
God said to Moses: ‘I am who I am; the Lord, the God of your ancestors,
This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.’  (based on Exod 3:14,15 NRSV)

Orders of service:
After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Sunday Word and Prayer – Time after Pentecost 2 (pdf / doc / ppt ) A more generic form of the order above allowing for weekly variations in psalms and prayers.
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)

Invitation to the confession of sins
Avoid using forms of confession of sin that ‘put sins into the mouths of’ fathers or others. It is preferable to use one of the standard forms of confession, with a special introduction. Here are some suggestions:

Friends in Christ:
The Lord our God has commanded us
to respect our father and mother.
We should honour and love God
and so we should not look down on our parents
and others in authority
or make them angry.
Instead, we should respect and love them,
and help and obey them.
We have failed to keep God’s commandment.
Therefore, let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
Then continue with the usual confession.

OR
Friends in Christ,
the Lord our God has told us to respect our father and mother.
We should honour and love God,
and so we should not look down on our parents and others in authority
or make them angry.
Instead, we should respect and love them, and help and obey them.
We have failed to keep God’s commandment.
So let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
Then continue with the usual confession.

OR
Friends in Christ:
St Paul writes:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
lest they become discouraged,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
We have not been faithful in our roles as parents or as children.
Therefore, let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
Then continue with the usual confession.

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Keep, O Lord, your church
with your continual mercy;
and because without you
we in our frailty cannot but fall,
keep us always by your help
from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things
profitable to our salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Watch over your church, Lord,
with your constant mercy,
because without your support
we would fall.
Keep us from what might hurt us,
and lead us to what is good for us.
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 we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
Lord God, your Son humbled himself
in obedience to your will
and gave up his life for us.
Transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
and do what pleases you.
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 dedication to Christ. [silence])
Thank you, loving Lord Jesus,
for freely giving your life for our sake.
Make us your faithful followers,
ready to take up our cross
and follow in your steps.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ADDITIONAL COLLECT
The following collect is not intended to replace the prayer of the day. However, it may be prayed immediately after the prayer of the day, at a special service for fathers, or at another appropriate time during the service.

Gracious Father,
every family in heaven and on earth
receives its true name from you.
We thank you for our fathers
and for the gift of fatherhood.
Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
and provoke them to anger,
but to bring them up in the training and instruction
of 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)(Matt 16:25 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) Those who want to save their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for giving up everything and dying for us.
Help us to forget ourselves, carry our cross, and follow you.
Amen.

Offering
When announcing the offering, this reminder from the second reading may be included:
St Paul encourages us to contribute to the needs of the saints and to extend hospitality to strangers.

Offering Prayer:
We thank you, Lord God,
that your Son gave up his life for our sake.
Lead us who are his followers
to take up our cross and follow him.
Help us to give of ourselves
and all we have in your service.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 17A

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.

Lord God,
as we have received the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
and do what pleases you.
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 to serve the Lord and love one another.
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 3:1-15
LHS
456    The God of Abraham praise G7
501    God himself is present* G3
506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
AT
296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
403    God of Abraham (esp vv 1, 3, 6)
TIS
125    The God of Abraham praise
445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
658    I, the Lord of sea and sky
688    Come to be our hope, O Jesus

First reading (b): Jeremiah 15:15-21
LHS
195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
316    Smite me not, O mighty God G4
411    If God be my defender* G3
556    O God, our help in ages past (G, STJ 23)
850    O Father, my Father GS
861    All those who live beneath God’s shade GS
AT
6    O Father, my Father
21    All those who live beneath God’s shade
331    Turn to me with all your heart
339    In ou, O Lord, I found refuge
480    On the day I called
TIS
47    O God, our help in ages past
103    A mighty fortress is our God

Second reading: Romans 12:9-21
LHS
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
803    Peace with the Father G7
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
858    Make me a channel of your peace
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
AT
95    Make me a channel of your peace
177    Love one another
191    Brother, let me be your servant
197    When I needed a neighbour
300    Practise love
301    May the Father of love
308    We are called to follow Jesus
463    Goodness is stronger than evil
491    You call me to love
507    Where you tread
TIS
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
466    Peace with the Father
587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
607    Make me a channel of your peace
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
650    Brother, sister, let mew serve you
672    Lord of earth, and all creation

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
LHS
336    ‘Come, follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
351    ‘Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said G9
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
AT
401    Follow me (Anyone who wants to follow me)
413    The Summons (Will you come and follow me)
443    Like an angel
495    Come and follow me
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
579     Go and tell
TIS
583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
595    O Jesus, I have promised
625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
656    Jesus, my Lord
681    Lord, let me see, more and more

PSALM 105
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: N/A

PSALM 26
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 26:1-10 by David Schütz is sung to the tune Trisagion, LHS 865. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Vindicate me, Lord, for I have been true,
and, without wavering, trusted in you.
Prove me, O Lord, and put me to the test,
try both my heart’s and my mind’s righteousness.

I keep your steadfast love always in sight;
I’ve lived in faithfulness through all my life.
I shun the worthless and vain hypocrite,
nor with the wicked will I ever sit.

I wash my hands to show you I am clean,
and, at your altar, I serve without sin,
singing to you a loud thanksgiving song,
telling your deeds to the world all day long.

I love the house where your glory abides!
Save me from all those who offer their bribes.
Those who do evil will be swept away –
save me from your righteous judgment that day.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 26 p44 , Psalm 26 p45

HYMNS AND SONGS FOR FATHER’S DAY
There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

LHS
467    For the beauty of the earth G7
583    O Father, all creating G4
587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

TIS
137    For the beauty of the earth
328    Joseph, your love of life
581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

God gave fathers to protect us,
and to guide us in love’s way.
They stood by us from our cradle,
teaching us to watch and pray.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who gave us love so free.

As we grew they stayed beside us,
listening, loving constantly.
They spoke to us words of wisdom,
though, at times, so hard to see.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who taught us how to be.

(This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
be our helper and our guide.
Give us courage, bless our efforts,
let us live love deep and wide.
Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
teaching, leading, loving, true.
Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
they are precious to you too.

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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