Sunday 8 October, 2017 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22), 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 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Ten Commandments
OR (b) Isaiah 5:1-7 The song of the vineyard
PSALM (a) Psalm 19
OR (b) Psalm 80:7-15 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Philippians 3:4b-14 Everything loss compared to Christ
GOSPEL Matthew 21:33-46 Parable of the tenants in the vineyard

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 20:1-4,7-9,12-20: This system of law is unique among religious formulations of humankind. The Ten Commandments were given not by the intermediary work of a human writer, but were voiced personally by God himself. Later they were written on stone tablets by God and given to Moses. Authority for them lies with God and therefore their validity extends to all times and peoples. The first three commandments deal with our duty towards God, the others lay down our duty to each other. Each of these commands is repeated and even enlarged on by our Lord in his teaching of love to God and the neighbour as recorded in the gospels.

ISAIAH 5:1-7: Right through history God had done a lot of work to fashion a nation of people (Abraham’s descendants) to shine to his glory amidst the darkness of fallen humanity. Isaiah here compares God’s love to a husband’s love for his wife and God’s work to the lavishment of care a vigneron freely gives the vines.  Thus God tended this people. Can anyone understand, then, the capricious sinfulness of God’s people? While you would expect right to prevail in Israel and Judah, you would only find innocents’ rights trampled on even with bloodshed. While you would expect holy obedience after all that work of God, all the evidence you would find was despair from the downtrodden. Sour grapes indeed, as the Lord surveyed his vineyard.

PHILIPPIANS 3:4-14: Some Jewish people in this Macedonian congregation at Philippi wanted to take these new Christians back into the old Jewish law. Paul points to his own former prominent standing as a leader in Jewish tradition and strict religious observance. It was worth nothing to him now, he says. The only thing finally worthwhile is possessing the gift of Christ’s righteousness which lasts into all eternity with God. Yet having that righteousness by faith, he needs still to hold onto it with every effort he can exert. He could gladly lose his home, family, social standing and count it merely as rubbish; but once having known Christ, he could never have peace under God if he let this eternal wonder go. Therefore he would strive with every breath to maintain his ‘perfection’ in Christ until it was finally and fully perfected in heaven.

MATTHEW 21:33-46: In this parable, the tenants controlling the Lord’s vineyard represent religious leaders of the day. This includes also those of the past who rejected, stoned, and even killed God’s messengers, the prophets. Now that God’s Son is finally sent, he too will meet with the same hardhearted rejection. However, those who stumble against this cornerstone do so to their own judgment. God would have a church of faithful believers. He will accordingly take the gospel from a ‘national’ church to a ‘spiritual’ body of believers. Hasn’t the same pattern showed itself in the history of the church and in our own time?

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
Based on second reading: Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – philippians 3 4b-14 – year a – proper 22
Based on Exodus reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 20v1-20 – year a – pentecost 16
Based on Isaiah reading : Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on Psalm 19: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 19 – year a – proper 22

Opening sentences:
We do not have a righteousness of our own that comes from the law,
but one that comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God based on faith.  (Phil 3:9 based on 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
O almighty and most merciful God,
in your bountiful goodness
keep us from all things that may hurt us,
that we may be ready both in body and soul
cheerfully to accomplish those things
that are according to your will;
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
Almighty and merciful God,
in your goodness defend us
from everything that might hurt us,
so that we may be ready in body and soul
to do cheerfully what is according to your will.
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 that we may live by faith. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have ordered our earthly life
that we must walk by faith and not by sight.
Give us such trust in your fatherly care
that we show our faith
by our courage in the face of all perplexities.
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 that we faithfully do God’s work. [silence])
Lord God,
you have planted your church
to be a flourishing fruitful vineyard.
Make us loyal and productive,
doing the work you have given us to do.
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes. (Matt 21:42 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for letting us work in your vineyard.
Help us to acknowledge you as God’s Son,
and be faithful and fruitful workers.

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for making us members of your kingdom
and calling us to be tenants in your vineyard.
Help us to remember that you are the owner of the vineyard,
the Lord of our lives,
and we are responsible to you.
Make us obedient and productive,
serving you and other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 22A

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.

Almighty and merciful God,
thank you for showing your love for us
in this sacrament.
As we walk throughout this earthly life by faith,
give us such trust in your fatherly care
that we show our faith
by our courage in the face of all perplexities.
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 as faithful servants of 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 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
261    How shall the young secure their hearts G6
264    How precious is the book divine G9
268    Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace G6
270    The law of God is good and wise G3
345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
39    My word
120    One God
246    Thy word is a lamp
325    Sing to God with joy
92    Sing to God with joy
102    Praise to the living God
428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
576    O for a closer walk
599    Take my life, and let it be
742    One God, one living God

First reading (b) : Isaiah 5:1-7
337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
519    While yet the morn is breaking* (esp vv 1,2,4,6) G4
571    Almighty Lord, before Thy throne
382    I am the vine
104    While morning still is breaking

Second reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
67    And can it be (alt tune TIS 209)
75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
148    Jesus, the very thought of Thee G6
149    Jesus, priceless treasure* G3
152    Fairest Lord Jesus G7
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
261    The Servant King
308    We are called to follow Jesus
203    Fairest Lord Jesus
209    And can it be, that I should gain
256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
342    When I survey the wondrous cross
347    We sing the praise of him who died
599    Take my life, and let it be
605    I am alone, yet not alone

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
70    Stricken, smitten, and afflicted* G3
248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
249    Christ is our cornerstone
344    Our God is love, and all his saints* G6
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
348    Jesus, Master, at Thy word G8
415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3
125    Man more than man
140    The building block
109    What God ordains is always good
355    Man more than man
432    Christ is made the sure foundation
433    Christ is our cornerstone
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-5, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-10.

The Iona song ‘May the words of my mouth’ in ATO 323 may be used as a congregational refrain, while a reader reads the verses of Psalm 19.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz is sung to either St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
The heavens are telling your glory and power,
your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
no language is heard in the words that they say.
And yet their voice goes throughout all of the world,
their words are conveyed to the end of the earth.

God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
it comes like a bridegroom on his wedding day,
and runs, like an athlete, from morning to night,
and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
in them both a warning and promise is told.

But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 19 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

TIS 42, O shepherd of Israel, is a version of Psalm 80:1-3,7,14-15,17-18. Note that the hymns ‘O come, O come Immanuel’ (LH 2, TIS 265), ‘The king of love my shepherd is’ (LH 391, TIS 145), and ‘Saviour, like a shepherd lead us’ (LH 604*), as well as the song ‘Help, O Lord, the thrown away’ (AT 272), are partly based on Psalm 80.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 80:7-16 may be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627, TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68(ii)). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Restore us once again, O God,
and show your smiling face;
O God of power, O God of might,
show us your saving grace.

From Egypt you have brought a vine,
and, by your mighty hand,
you cleared a place, and planted it.
It grew and filled the land.

It covered mountains with its shade,
the cedars with its leaves.
Its tendrils reached the river bank,
its branches reached the sea.

Why have you broken down its walls,
so all may pluck its fruit?
The forest boar has ravaged it,
and cattle eat it too.

Turn now again, O God, and see
the vine that you have sown.
May those who burnt and cut it down,
now pay for what they’ve done.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: N/A

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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