Sunday 22 October, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24), 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 33:12-23 The Lord shows his glory to Moses
OR (b) Isaiah 45:1-7 The Lord appoints King Cyrus of Persia to do his will
PSALM (a) Psalm 99
OR (b) Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13) *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Serving God in faith, hope, and love
GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22 The question about paying taxes

Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 33:12-23: At this stage of the wilderness journey to the promised land, the accompanying presence of God had been withdrawn because of the people’s persistent stubborn resistance. Here Moses requests on the basis of the favour God has shown him in the past that God would go up to the promised land with them. Otherwise entry and possession would be meaningless. God’s favourable answer emboldens Moses further to ask for an appearance of God for his own reassurance and for the people that despite the seeming restriction of God’s presence God’s authentic activity was with them. God’s reply, made in human terms (‘my face’, ‘my back’) expresses the truth that no human being could see his full glory and live. Instead, the Lord promises Moses a partial but sufficient revelation made possible by his loving and protecting grace.

ISAIAH 45:1-7: King Cyrus ruled Babylon and its extensive empire. He probably didn’t regard the God of Israel (whose people were his captives) as being any more or less than all the local gods of the other subject peoples in his realm. Isaiah nonetheless prophesies that the only true God of the cosmos will make Cyrus both powerful and rich in order to display God’s glory. The high point of Cyrus’s reign will be to return God’s people to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. Even if Cyrus didn’t recognise it, God permits and places earthly power and rule as he sees fit to achieve his long-term ends.

1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-10: St Paul felt a tremendous kinship with congregations which had come to Christ through his ministry. We can feel his vibrant joy as he describes what he has been hearing of the Thessalonians’ Christian profession. He talks of the power of the word of the gospel which he had proclaimed. The Holy Spirit miraculously used it to effect a conviction in them which brought results. They not only embraced the gospel through this power by believing it, but continued with a life of faith, hope and love, of joy and steadfastness. They translated their faith into real life and witness which sounded strongly throughout the region.

MATTHEW 22:15-22: This attempt to entrap Jesus with a barbed question was aimed at either discrediting him in the general community or creating a reason to report him to the Roman authorities. The poll tax coin bore Caesar’s inscription and was a hated reminder to people of their subservience. Jesus’ brilliant answer recognised the reality of the governmental right to impose outward control over the population. However, the whole person belongs to God and therefore believers owe their first obedience to him in everything in which he calls for it. Only in that framework could obedience be given to government.

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; Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 thess 1v1-10 – year a – pentecost 18
Based on Exodus reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 33 12-23 – year a – proper 24
Based on Psalm 96: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 96 1-9 – year a – proper 24

Opening sentences:
The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
(Exod 34:6 NRSV)

From the rising of the sun to its setting there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.  (Isa 45:6,7 NKJV)

You have turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead.  (1 Thess 1:9,10 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
Lord, keep your family the church
in continual godliness,
that through your protection
it may be free from all evil,
and may devoutly serve you
in good works,
to the glory of your name;
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, keep your family faithful to you.
Protect us from all evil,
so that we may serve you
by doing good,
to the glory of your name.
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 approach God with confidence. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
the Lord of heaven and earth,
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and a sure faith
to draw near to you as our Father,
and to ask you for whatever we need.
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 good government. [silence])
Thank you, sovereign God,
for providing good order and government,
so that we can serve you peacefully.
Make us responsible citizens,
who honour you by
working for the common good
and respecting all lawful authorities.
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 message of the gospel came to you not in word only,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. (1 Thess 1:5 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for bringing us into your kingdom.
Make us obedient to earthly authorities,
and above all to our heavenly Father.

Offering Announcement
The offering may be announced with reference to the gospel in words similar to these:

Jesus said: ‘Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
and give to God the things that are God’s.’
All we have and all we are has come from God,
so let us worship him with our offerings.

Offering Prayer:
Our loving God,
we thank you for protecting us in our daily lives
by providing an ordered and peaceful existence.
Help us to obey and respect the governing authorities.
But above all, lead us to honour and obey you, our Lord,
and to serve you with all that you have given us.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Proper 24A

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,
through his body and blood
your Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and a sure faith
to draw near to you as our Father,
and to ask you for whatever we need.
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. Serve the Lord, and obey all lawful authorities.
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 33:12-23
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above (vv 1,2,4,5) G3
452    O bless the Lord, my soul
157    Jesus, name above all names
194    A Christmas blessing
292    Because we bear your name
324    Saints of all time
333    You are our God
372    Teach me your way
64    O bless the Lord, my soul
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
574    Captain of Israel’s host, and Guide
779    May the feet of God walk with you

First reading (b): Isaiah 45: 1-7
9    Hark the glad sound G6
219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
505    Father, who the light this day G4
885    Be still and know that I am God GS
9    Be still and know that I am God
311    Be still and know
207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
269    Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
452    God of mercy, God of grace
571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
101    Jesus, please watch over us
298    Let’s go out
309    When the Lord returns
376    Faith, hope and love
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
506    O let’s get up to love and serve
401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
431    Thanks to God whose word
456    Your hand, O God, has guided
472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
576    O for a closer walk

Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
265    Take us now, we are yours
308    We are called to follow Jesus
348    Sing hey for the carpenter
358    Gift to the world
361    Here we are
454    Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
599    Take my life, and let it be
774    For the life that you have given

TIS 58, The Lord reigns, is a version of Psalm 99:1-7,9.

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 99 by David Schütz could be used on this day. It is sung to the tune of the song ‘God is so good’, ATN 54. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

The Lord is King! Fear and tremble!
He is enthroned in his temple!
Let the earth shake in the fear of God.

The Lord is great in his city!
He is above all the nations!
Let them all praise his great awesome name.

Holy is he – loving justice!
Our mighty King – giving fairness!
He acts with justice and righteousness.

All praise the Lord! Alleluia!
Worship his name! He is holy!
Come, bow before the Lord God, our King!

His priests are Aaron and Moses,
Samuel himself called on his name.
They cried to God, and he answered them.

They heard his voice speaking to them;
they kept the laws that he gave them;
he spoke to them from the fire and cloud.

O Lord our God, when you answered
you were forgiving toward them,
but you avenged all the wrong they did.

Extol the Lord – he is our God;
bow down on his holy mountain;
for the Lord God is the Holy One.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 99 p166

For a song version, see ATW 468, ‘Sing a new song’. Or the following paraphrase of Psalm 96 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Church Triumphant’ (LH 227, TIS 98). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Come, sing a new song to the Lord,
come, sing a new song, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, and bless his name,
that all may know his saving grace.

Let heav’n be glad, let earth rejoice;
let sea and all its creatures roar.
Let field exult, and all in it;
let trees and forests sing for joy.

Rejoice before the coming Lord,
for he shall come to judge the earth,
to judge the earth with righteousness –
he judges nations with his truth.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 96 p157

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.

1 comment to Sunday 22 October, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24), Year A

  • Mrs Annette Stolz

    Wishing Bishop Henderson the best of health in the coming days as he takes part in these amazing celebrations.
    I wish I could take part in them somewhere but I am unable to on Norfolk Island unless you have something that I can take part in by email. However You have my prayers for peace and good will among Christ’s believers (and non -believers) that we spread the Word of the love of Jesus.
    Mrs A Stolz