Sunday 5 November, 2017 – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26), 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.

All Saints may also be observed on this day – click here for All Saints resources.

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) Joshua 3:7-17 Crossing the Jordan to the promised land
OR (b) Micah 3:5-12 The prophet declares the ruin of Jerusalem
PSALM (a) Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
OR (b) Psalm 43*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Paul’s conduct among the Thessalonians
GOSPEL Matthew 23:1-12 Warnings against the scribes and Pharisees

Notes on the readings:
JOSHUA 3:7-17: Just as the Israelites were finally freed by the parting and closing of the waters of the Red Sea, so their entry and full commitment to taking the promised land is sealed by a similar, if lesser, miracle at the Jordan. The Ark of the Covenant served the double purpose of denoting the presence of the Lord and containing the tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Jordan, flowing a banker because of melting snow, banked back some probably 16 miles. As the priests bearing the ark entered the water it banked back until they stood on dry ground mid-river while the people passed over. The Lord indeed preceeded the people. His leadership would be paramount in their future in Canaan, and would be maintained insofar as the peoples’ worship remained constant and their obedience to his law faithfully lived out.

MICAH 3:5-12: The first section of this reading (vv 5-8) is addressed by the prophet Micah to those who claimed to be prophets, yet gave a false message of ‘peace’ in order to receive financial gain from the powerful, but ignored those who were too poor to give them anything. Because they were self-dependant and ignored the Lord, they were devoid of any meaningful message. Micah, on the other hand, was empowered by the spirit of the Lord and would therefore fearlessly preach God’s justice. Note that in this case justice meant dealing with the nation’s sin. The second part of the reading (vv 9-12) addresses the rulers who saw the point of administering judgment only when there was some kind of financial advantage. Yet they piously claimed God’s blessing upon themselves. Micah predicted the total destruction of Jerusalem and the temple because of their rejection of the Lord.

1 THESSALONIANS 2:9-13: Paul’s and his companions’ motives and actions had been misrepresented among the recent converts at Thessonalica after they left. Rather than exploit the people to whom they had brought the message of eternal life, they had worked hard with the gospel and supported themselves financially. In this section Paul reminds them of the life to which they have been called. Then he refers to the power which had turned their lives around and was still working in them. That power is the word of God, the message of Christ, which not only announces the good news but works faith and brings it into fruition in the heart and life of a believer.

MATTHEW 23:1-12: Our Lord here warns against the emphasis placed on following human authority in the teaching of God’s word rather than God and Christ himself. The scribes and Pharisees placed a great deal of importance on following burdensome and detailed outward activities not actually contained in the law of Moses itself. They assumed authority without setting a personal example. Their own recognition was based upon empty ritual such as wearing a leather container (phylactery) on the arms and forehead containing Bible texts, and seeking positions which elevated them in a social sense. The follower of Jesus is to permit the word of God to instruct in such a way that God can rule in one’s life in love to him and service to one’s neighbour.

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 Joshua reading: edited for lay-reading sermon – joshua 3v7-17 – year a – pentecost 20
Based on the gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – matt 23 1-12 – year a – proper 26

Opening sentences:
When you received the word of God which you heard from us,
you welcomed it as it is in truth, the word of God. 
(1 Thess 2:13 NKJV alt)

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 Lord,
free your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be released
from the net of our sins
which because of our frailty
has entangled us;
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 God, free your people from their offences.
Through your great goodness
release us all from the net of our sins
which has entangled us because of our frailty.
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 cleansing and renewal. [silence])
Almighty God, heavenly Father,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
so that we may perfectly love you
and worthily praise your holy 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, new
(Let us pray for the gift of humility. [silence])
Thank you, great God,
for the privilege of serving you.
Keep us from putting ourselves first.
Make us humble and considerate,
so that, like your Son,
we can be of service to others.
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)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and all who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matt 23:12 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for setting us free
from the burden of the law’s demands.
Make us humble and obedient like you.

Offering Prayer:
Lord, you have given us
forgiveness of sins and salvation,
and made us your own children.
Teach us that you alone are our Lord and our Father,
and that true greatness in your kingdom means service.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Proper 26A

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 God, heavenly Father,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
By this holy sacrament,
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
so that we may perfectly love you
and worthily praise your holy 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.

Go in peace to humbly serve God and 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): Joshua 3:1-17
347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G5
397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us* G4
407    If  thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
294    God give you joy
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

First reading (b): Micah 3:5-12
310    Out of the depths I cry to Thee* G9 (alt tune 404, G9)
383    O Lord, who hast my place assigned
774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling

Second reading: 1Thessalonians 2:9-13
228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
263    Father of mercies, in Thy word G6
265    How blest are they who hear God’s word* G3
822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
39    My word
67    Let your word fill my days
244    We have seen the word of life
158    God has spoken by his prophets
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
451    Pour out your Spirit from on high

Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
848    With deep humility, O Lord G5
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
857    Low, the way is low GS
875    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy G9
190    Low, the way is low
191    Brother, let me be your servant
136    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
288    Not the powerful, not the privileged
409    O breath of life, come sweeping through us
420    Holy Spirit, go before us
483    Lord, in the temple of grace
563    Let him to whom we now belong
595    O Jesus, I have promised
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you

TIS 67, Thus will say the Lord’s redeemed, is a version of Psalm 107:1-5,23-26,28-31.
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 107 p181

Psalm 43 is a continuation of Psalm 42. Therefore, it may be sung to the tune by Olga Radke given at LHS 869 (‘Like the deer’). The words of the verses here are by David Schütz. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Vindicate me, God,
defend my cause,
and deliver me
from unjust hands.

Since you are my God,
why cast me off?
Why should I be sad
and so weighed down?

Why should I be sad, why troubled so?
I will trust and praise my Saviour God.

O send out your light,
send out your truth;
let them bring me to
your holy hill.

So I will approach
your altar, Lord.
I will praise you, God,
upon the harp.

Why should I be sad, why troubled so?
I will trust and praise my Saviour God.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 43 p73 , Psalm 43 p74

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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