Sunday 17 September, 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19), 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 14:19-31 The crossing of the Red Sea
OR (b) Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph is reconciled with his brothers
PSALM (a) Psalm 114 or alternative “psalm” Exodus 15:1b-11,20,21
OR (b) Psalm 103:(1-7)8-13 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 14:1-12 The strong and the weak faith
GOSPEL Matthew 18:21-35 Parable of the unforgiving servant

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 14:19-31: Having left Egypt under Moses’ leadership, the Israelite slaves found themselves hemmed in by hills, swamp, the Egyptian army right behind them and impassable waters in front of them. Despite their questioning of God’s ways, he miraculously opened the waters in such a way that the people of Israel could pass through to safety while the heavily equipped Egyptians became bogged behind them. The cloud which gave light to them gave darkness to the Egyptians. Ultimate judgment on the Pharaoh who had hardened himself again inflicted in turn a further hardening which led him and his army to disastrous destruction. For the Israelites gazing back upon the waters which covered the might of Egypt, it was an impression of deliverance set so deeply that it never left the national consciousness.

GENESIS 50:15-21: If ever there was a man who could not have been blamed for exacting vengeance on his brothers, it would surely be Joseph! Heartlessly sold as a slave, they wiped him off as a family member. Now that he held power after years of unjust slavery and imprisonment in Egypt, he could well have taken it out on his brothers. Most people would. Would you? This account offers us a superb example of full and free forgiveness based on heartfelt fear and love of God and trust in him.

ROMANS 14 :1-12: How often doesn’t it happen that matters neither forbidden nor commanded by God can cause anger, division and hatred even among Christians? Paul admonishes the Roman Christians not to permit the eating or non-eating of meat, nor the observance or non-observance of particular holy days, to colour their judgment of each other. It is of utmost importance to think of each other as individually saved by God’s gracious forgiveness in order to live and die for him. Then we will respect one another.

MATTHEW 18:21-35: Jesus’ story about the two debts emphasises that it isn’t the number of time one forgives, but the extent to which one forgives which is critical. As we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, so this story teaches that we are to forgive those who sin against us in the same measure as the heavenly Father has forgiven us. Jesus’ strong warning at the conclusion of the story surely teaches how refusal to forgive cuts one off from God.

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; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18v21-35 – year a – pentecost 13Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18 21-35 – year a – proper 19; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 18 21-35 – year a – proper 19
Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze
Based on Genesis reading : Pr Vince Gerhardy

Opening sentences:
If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, we die to the Lord;
so then, whether we live or whether we die,
we are the Lord’s. 
(Rom 14:7,8 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)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Lord, we pray that your grace
may always go before and follow after us,
so that we may continually be devoted
to all good works;
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
Lord, let your loving kindness
always go before us and follow us,
and lead us continually to do good.
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 depend on God’s mercy. [silence])
Loving heavenly Father,
it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
Help us always to remember
that you have forgiven and accepted us
only because of Christ,
and not because of ourselves
or anything that we have done.
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 that we forgive one another. [silence])
Thank you, God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you have had mercy on us
and have forgiven us through your Son.
Make us more like him,
so that we too
forgive one another from the heart.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)(Matt 18:18 NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(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.
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
that God forgives us for your sake.
Help us to forgive one another.
Amen.

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for your great mercy
in continuing to forgive us.
Help us likewise to show mercy to our brothers and sisters
and forgive them when they wrong us.
Strengthen our faith and our love,
and lead us to live in gratitude for all you have done for us,
serving you and other people.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 19A

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.

Loving heavenly Father,
it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
Through the gift of the body and blood of your Son
in this sacrament,
help us always to remember
that you have forgiven and accepted us
only because of Christ,
and not because of ourselves
or anything that we have done.
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, forgiving one another as the Lord has forgiven you.
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 14:19-31
LHS
397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us* G4
AT
201    Wade in the water
502    Patiently waiting for you
TIS
36    Joyfully shout, all you on earth
384    Through the Red Sea brought at last
391    Come, God’s people, sing for joy
462    Now we come, our heavenly Father
580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

First reading (b) : Genesis 50:15-21
LHS
415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3
AT
235    In your hand, my Saviour
TIS
109    What God ordains is always good

Second reading: Romans 14:1-12
LHS
24    All my heart this night rejoices (esp vv 2,3,6) G7
101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
277    Baptized into Thy name most holy (esp vv 1,6)* G5
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
386    In Thee is gladness* G7
782    At the name of Jesus G7
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
AT
26    He is Lord
101    Jesus, please watch over us
292    Because we bear your name
364    In you is gladness
540    We belong to God
TIS
200    In you is gladness
202    I know that my Redeemer
251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
461    God, your glory we have seen
481    Baptized into your name most holy
483    Lord, in the strength of grace
563    Let him to whom we now belong
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
LHS
61    Alas! And did my Saviour bleed
305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
803    Peace with the Father G7
AT
31    Freely, freely
300    Practise love
354    Change my heart, O God
439    Forgiven
TIS
466    Peace with the Father
635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
648    Help us accept each other

NEW HYMN BY STEPHEN PIETSCH
Stephen Pietsch has been writing hymns for some time, and he has given permission for congregations to reproduce and use the hymn printed below for worship. The tune is Monk’s Gate (LH 590, TIS 561).

Lord, your suffering love to us
has won salvation.
Let our hearts forgiven thus
gain inspiration.
Our debtors to forgive;
in harmony to live.
In pardoning we receive
the greater blessing.

Cleanse our minds of bitterness,
O gracious Father.
Teach us truly to forget
the sins of others;
for every sinner’s price
is Jesus’ sacrifice.
So every sinner’s life
is gained by mercy.

Freedom to the heart you bring
in prison living.
From the lightened heart shall spring
a sweet forgiving.
At peace and justified,
we labour side by side,
in mercy unified,
to bring you glory.

PSALM 114
Here is a metrical version of Psalm 114 by David Schütz. It is sung to the tune Warum sind der Tränen, LH 298. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

When Israel left Egypt, left that foreign land,
where they’d been held prisoner under Pharaoh’s hand:
God appointed Judah as his sanctuary,
and he made a kingdom out of Israel.

When the Red Sea saw them, it turned back and fled,
and the flowing Jordan banked up at its head.
When the mountains saw them, they skipped up like rams,
and the hills before them, jumped about like lambs.

Why, O Red Sea, did you turn and flee away?
Why, O River Jordan, cease to flow that day?
Why, O mountains, did you quake and skip like rams?
Why, O hills, why did you jump about like lambs?

Earth, now quake and tremble, here comes Jacob’s God;
tremble as you see the coming of the Lord.
He alone turns dry ground, flint and rock and stone
into flowing rivers, he and he alone.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 114 p187

PSALM 103
The hymn ‘O bless the Lord, my soul’ (LH 452, TIS 64) is a paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-7 or 1-9. A paraphrased version of Psalm 103 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 48. AT 429 Praise the Lord, O my soul is also based on vs 1-5 of this Psalm.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 103 p171 , Psalm 103 p172

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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