Sunday 15 October, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23), 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 32:1-14 God’s people worship a golden calf
OR (b) Isaiah 25:1-9 God swallows up death in the feast of victory
PSALM (a) Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
OR (b) Psalm 23 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Philippians 4:1-9 Rejoice in the Lord always
GOSPEL Matthew 22:1-14 The parable of the wedding feast

Notes on the readings:
ISAIAH 25:1-9: With striking imagery the first section of this reading points to the long-term counsels of almighty God bringing the enemies of his kingdom and all their power to final and utter devastation. Not only that, but he also has equal plans to provide refuge and solace to his people who are currently downtrodden. Here is powerful comfort. The second section of the reading talks of the spiritual kingdom, Mount Zion (‘this mountain’ – also the church), wherein God will remove the power of death over his people. Herewith a ‘feast’ is foreshadowed to include all nations of the earth in this church! All tears and disgrace will disappear in the glory of final salvation.

PHILIPPIANS 4:1-9: Two prominent faithful and active women members at Philippi, Euodia and Syntyche, were living in disturbing acrimonious disagreement. Paul urges his fellow workers to help them find agreement ‘in the Lord’. This will be aided by 1) standing firm in resurrection hope (3:21); 2) living in gentleness and being active in prayer (vv 5,6); 3) permitting God’s peace to guard them (v.7); 4) living in the honour and purity associated with a gospel-engendered faith (v 8); and 5) imitating Paul’s own peaceable example.

MATTHEW 22:1-14: God never forces people into his kingdom. He graciously invites. When people like the Jewish nation as such, characterised as those first invited to the wedding banquet, refuse and reject God’s call to come into his spiritual kingdom, he turns to others. However, because salvation, like the wedding banquet, is an accomplished fact, absolutely free, available simply for the taking, God expects all who have come always to be ‘clothed’ with the wedding garment of faith. Not thus to be prepared means rejection of God’s loving offer, and therefore in turn invites ultimate rejection by him. We therefore need always to live in and by his word of life.

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: edited for lay reading sermon – matt 22v1-14 – year a – pentecost 17 ; Pr Andrew Brook
Based on Exodus reading: Pr Heath Pukallus;
Based on second reading:  sermon – philippians 4 4-6 – year a – proper 23 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – philippians 4 1-9 – year a – proper 23
Based on Isaiah reading: Pr Roger Atze

Opening sentences:
This is the Lord for whom we have waited.
Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation!  (Isa 25:9b NRSV)

OR
Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.  (Phil 4:4,5 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
Merciful Lord,
grant to your faithful people
pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
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
Merciful Lord,
give pardon and peace to your faithful people.
Cleanse us from all our sins,
so that we may serve you with minds set at rest.
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. [silence])
Lord, you have called us to open our hands
so that you might fill them.
Open not only our hands,
but our hearts also,
so that we recognise your goodness,
count all things loss in comparison with you,
and desire to be made like 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 that we rejoice in the Lord. [silence])
God of joy, keep us
from being weighed down by worry.
Encourage us instead to lay our burdens on you.
Make us cheerful and glad
because your Son Jesus is always with us.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Look, I have prepared my dinner, and everything is ready;
come to the wedding banquet. (Matt 22:4 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for inviting us to your wedding feast.
Make us acceptable and grateful guests.
Amen.

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for inviting us to your feast,
and showering on us so many good things.
Help us to value the privilege
of being your people and serving you.
Lead us gladly to accept your call,
and use us to bring others to your banquet.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 23A

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, in this sacrament
you have placed into our open hands
the body and blood of Christ.
Open not only our hands,
but our hearts also,
so that we recognise your goodness,
count all things loss in comparison with you,
and desire to be made like 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. Rejoice in the Lord, and serve him with the power that he gives.
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 32:1-14
LHS
131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy spare us G4
358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
AT
225    Why do you love me?
233    He will listen to you
332    We are sorry
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
372    Teach me your way
385    If there was ever a time
446    Mercy
TIS
160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear

First reading (b):  Isaiah 25:1-9
LHS
158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4
201    Rise, ye children of salvation
281    Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour G8
387    The Lord’s my shepherd*
388    All depends on our possessing* G3
392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6
543    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide G8
556    O God, our help in ages past (G, STJ 23)
834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
878    Your love surrounds me GS
887    We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator
AT
10    In the house of God
252    He is exalted
256    I will exalt you
285    A sign for the people
326    Shout for joy
368    Shelter (You give me shelter)
479    For living, for dying
TIS
10    The Lord’s my shepherd
47    O God, our help in ages past
211    Jesus, lover of my soul
471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
474    Here in this place new light is streaming
516    Here, gracious Lord, we see you face to face
544    Since the world was young
545    Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
552    Come, my way, my truth, my life
556    All depends on our possessing
578    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
586    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide

Second reading: Philippians 4:1-9
LHS
115    Rejoice, the Lord is King
378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7
386    In Thee is gladness* G7
402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
437    Now thank we all our God G6
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
AT
8    Praise and thanksgiving
34    Seek ye first
168    Hear our prayer
274    In Jesus’ name (When I call you)
282    O Lord, hear my prayer
300    Practise love (Everyone should be quick to listen)
364    In you is gladness
405    Lord of all hopefulness
471    You can tell the Lord
TIS
106    Now thank we all our God
128    Sometimes a light surprises
198    Glory to our boundless God
200    In you is gladness
201    King of glory, king of peace
216    Rejoice, the Lord is king
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
613    Lord of all hopefulness
713    Dona nobis pacem
743    Praise and thanksgiving
745    Seek ye first the kingdom of God

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
LHS
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
287    Deck thyself, my soul, in gladness* G5
320    I come to Thee, O blessed Lord* G3
487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
841    O welcome, all you noble saints of old (God and man at table are sat down) G5
AT
77    O welcome, all you noble saints of old (God and man at table are sat down)
130    I am covered over
138    The wedding banquet
277    Like a wedding feast
296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
351    You are invited
475    Come to the banquet
TIS
259    Among us and before us
266    Wake, awake, for night is flying
474    Here in this place
503    Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness
510    My God, your table now is spread
544    Since the world was young
545    Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
658    I, the Lord of sea and sky

PSALM 106

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 106 p178

PSALM 23
The following metrical versions of the psalm may be used:
The Lord’s my shepherd (LHS 387*, TIS 10)
OR
The King of love my shepherd is (LHS 391*, TIS 145) * Modernised version available
OR
My shepherd is the Lord (TIS 11)
OR
Geoff Strelan’s song Psalm 23 in Praise for All Seasons no 62
OR
The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 23 that could be used on this day (page 12). Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.
OR
David Schütz’s version sung to the tune ‘Shalom, my friends’ ATA 195.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
Shalom, shalom.
He makes me lie down in green pasture land,
Shalom, shalom.

He leads me beside the slow-running streams,
Shalom, shalom.
My soul he restores; he leads me aright,
Shalom, shalom.

And though I should walk through death’s valley dark,
Shalom, shalom,
there’s nothing I fear, for you, Lord, are near,
Shalom, shalom.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me,
Shalom, shalom.
You set me a place before all my foes,
Shalom, shalom.

My head you anoint, my cup overflows,
Shalom, shalom.
To me you always are loving and good,
Shalom, shalom,

My dwelling shall be the house of the Lord,
Shalom, shalom,
for all of my life, for all of my days,
Shalom, shalom.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 23 p35 , Psalm 23 p36 , Psalm 23 p38

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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