Sunday 10 September, 2017 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), 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 12:1-14 The Lord institutes the Passover
OR (b) Ezekiel 33:7-11 God appoints Ezekiel as a watchman
PSALM (a) Psalm 149
OR (b) Psalm 119:33-40 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 13:8-14 The debt of love
GOSPEL Matthew 18:15-20 Steps towards reconciliation

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 12:1-14: The Passover was an annual festival for family observance to remember the deliverance God brought about for his people enslaved in Egypt. The blood of the lamb sprinkled on door lintels saved the readied and believing people from death visited upon every Egyptian family. The angel of death ‘passed over’ these homes. The punishment of God upon the Egyptians enabled the Hebrews at last to leave. The strict observance of detail in preparation and partaking signified God’s complete commitment and the peoples’ reception of life and liberty solely from his hands in sincere repentance. The Passover continued annually to remind Jewish families of their need for deliverance from sin through the substitutionary blood of the lamb.

EZEKIEL 33:7-11: God’s prophets held an awesome responsibility. How could the people of Israel know that their sin had separated them from God if they were not told? Hence Ezekiel’s answerability to God’s command, with his own life in God’s kingdom at stake, if he didn’t tell the unpopular truth. If the people rejected the call to repentance after Ezekiel’s faithful preaching, though, they would be cut off from the kingdom by their own fault. The passage vividly shows God’s grief over the loss of souls and his prime wish to save. An eternity cut off from God tragically thwarts his central wish.

ROMANS 13:8-14: ‘Don’t let us get too religious’, is a commonly heard cry. Why? We might put people off! God sees his own commandments as an expression of perfect love. We are called to live the commandments in every moment of our lives. Live them perfectly and you will love perfectly. The works of darkness shut us off from God’s light. Self-gratification chokes spiritual life. Therefore put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

MATTHEW 18:15-20: The church is a saved band of believers who support and help each other also to reach eternal life. Therefore sin in a fellow believer becomes a deep concern within the body. Our Lord puts forward the strategy we are to use to build each other up when sin threatens an individual. Christ says to speak with your brother/sister alone in order to gain him/her. If that fails, others are to help. If that in turn fails, the congregation is to act. The three steps described are meant to promote, express and achieve the unity of the body of believers. Forgiveness declared by the church or by a believer is the power of opening heaven’s door (vv 18,19). Rejection of such spiritual approach and care closes it.

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: edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18v15-20 – year a – pentecost 12 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18 15-20 – year a – proper 18
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus Pr Roger Atze ;  edited for lay reading sermon – romans 13 8-14 – year a – proper 18
Based on Psalm 119: Pr Roger Atze

Opening sentences:
Owe no one anything, except to love one another,
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
(Rom 13:8 NRSV)

Jesus said: ‘Where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.’  (Matt 18:20 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)

Introduction to the confession of sins
One of the following may be used.

Friends in Christ,
Jesus said: ‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’
Let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

OR, if using the alternative first reading (1b):
Friends in Christ: The Lord says:
As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked,
but that the wicked turn from their ways and live;
turn back, turn back from your evil ways;
for why will you die, O house of Israel?
Let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
O Lord, let your continual pity
cleanse and defend your church;
and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
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, in your constant mercy
cleanse and defend your church.
Guide it forever by your goodness
because it cannot remain safe without 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.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
and boldly in times of trouble.
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 harmony in the church. [silence])
Thank you, heavenly Father,
that through your Son
you have reconciled us to yourself
and to one another.
Teach us to follow his example
by living at peace with each other.
We ask this through 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)(2 Cor 5:19 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
that we can come to the Father in your name.
Help us to be in harmony among ourselves.

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for having mercy on us
and accepting us as your people.
Help us to be more and more like you,
and work harmoniously with one another.
Teach us to show love to each other,
and to all people as they have needs.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 18A

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.

Lord, through this holy meal of Jesus’ body and blood,
strengthen your church,
so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
and boldly in times of trouble.
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 to live in harmony with 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 12:1-14
89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* (revised words of old v3) G5
834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing G3
847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
349    There is a redeemer

First reading (b): Ezekiel 33:7-11
302    Sinners turn: why will you die?
304    Delay not, delay not, O sinner, draw near G7
314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
875    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy G9
114    Come, my brother, come my sister
331    Turn to me with all your heart
397    Before I take the body of my Lord (These I lay down)
398    May the Holy Ghost lead you to repent (A child of God)
446    Mercy
136    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
472    Father of mercy, God of consolation

Second reading: Romans 13:8-14
1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
203    Through the night of doubt and sorrow* G9
205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5 (first tune)
225    Soldiers of the cross, arise
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
853    A new commandment I give unto you GS
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
65    A new commandment
177    Love one another
191    Brother, let me be your servant
301    May the Father of love
373    Bound by love
491    You call me to love
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour
264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
266    Wake, awake, for night is flying
416    Great God, your Spirit
464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
534    Love is his word, love is his way
570    Soldiers of Christ, arise
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
699    A new commandment I give unto you

Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
270    The law of God is good and wise G3
271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
504    To Thy temple I repair G5
505    Father, who the light this day G4
506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
800    May we be one GS
802    One family, we’re together GS
803    Peace with the Father G7
31    Freely, freely
62    One family
172    May we be one
313    Christ, be our light
488    Open our eyes
285    Your coming, Lord, to earth
445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
466    Peace with the Father
477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
648    Help us accept each other

TIS 95, Sing a new song to the Lord, is a version of Psalm 149:1-5.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 149 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Alles ist an Gottes Segen (LH 283, TIS 556). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Alleluia! Sing a new song
to the Lord, our King and Maker,
with his people gathered here!
Let the children of Jerus’lem
praise his name with dance and music,
and with tambourine and lyre.

God takes pleasure in his people,
and the Lord adorns the humble
with the crown of victory.
Let the faithful rise in triumph,
sing for joy at night and always
praise our God continually.

So, with swords of prayer and praises,
bring God’s justice to the nations,
bring his judgment on the world!
To bind kings in chains of iron,
and bring prisoners into freedom,
is our glory! Praise the Lord!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 149 p249


Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p204

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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