Sunday 26 November, 2017 – Last Sunday of the Church Year (Day of Fulfilment), 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:
FIRST READING  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 The Lord himself will be the Shepherd King
PSALM (a) Psalm 100
OR (b) Psalm 95:1-7a*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ reigns at God’s right hand
GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46 The King’s final judgment

Notes on the readings:
EZEKIEL 34:11-16,20-24: Israel had been led by false shepherds, including their kings, into false worship and rapacious, unjust exploitation of the poorer by the richer. God had scattered the flock to bring his people back to spiritual reality. They had been captured by other false shepherds, kings of nations like Assyria and Babylon. Their life in foreign Babylon brought them back into a trusting relation with the Lord God of Israel. Ezekiel tenderly tells how God would lead his flock personally back to their own land once more. God personally would lead them as the one and only Good Shepherd. He would judge them personally as the Messiah, here called ‘my servant David’.

EPHESIANS 1:15-23: St Paul always rejoiced to see the faith and love of Christians interlocked with effective Christian life. He therefore also prays for the growth of that faith and love, which comes about by the working of the greatness of God’s power. Note that this is the same power as that which raised Jesus from the dead together with all the marvellous results which that event secured!

MATTHEW 25: 31-46: In this description of the final judgment, our Lord as the great shepherd divides all humanity as sheep and goats were separated at the end of the day. To those on his right hand he accords entry into the everlasting kingdom. Note that this is from the sheer grace of God, as they are called ‘blessed of the Father’ and they ‘inherit’ the kingdom. Again in this reading the close and vital interlocking of faith and love is pointed up by the allusion to the works of love from those on his right hand. Those on the left are dismissed into eternal punishment, as their assumed works of goodness were either actually absent or never done in relationship with Jesus.

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 second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 1v15-23 – year a – last sunday of church year ; Pr Roger Atze
Based on gospel reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 25 31-46 – year a – proper 29 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 25 31-46 – year a – last sunday

Opening sentences:
God raised Christ far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the age to come. 
(Eph 1:21 NRSV)

OR
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,
then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  (Matt 25:31 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 God, heavenly Father:
Grant that your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
may come quickly
and take to himself his bride, the church,
so that together with all the redeemed
we may enter into your glory;
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 God, heavenly Father,
let your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
come quickly
and take to himself his bride, the church.
Bring us, together with all the redeemed,
into your glory.
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 for the coming of God’s kingdom. [silence])
Almighty and everliving God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your dear Son.
Bring together under his just and gentle rule
all the peoples of the world,
now divided and torn apart by sin.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new (revised second alternative)
(Let us pray for confidence in the Day of Judgment. [silence])
Merciful Saviour,
you have taught us that those who believe in you
will not be condemned,
but have already passed from death to life.
Give us faith in your forgiveness,
so that we fearlessly wait for the time
when you set us completely free.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world. (Matt 25:34)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the righteousness you give us
and the promise of your heavenly kingdom.
Help us faithfully to do your work on earth.
Amen.

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord,
for making us yours and caring for us
as a good shepherd cares for the sheep.
Help us to recognise Jesus
in those who are poor and needy,
and serve him humbly with what you have given us
by serving them.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Last Sunday of the Church Year A

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.

Almighty and everliving God,
it is your will to restore all things
in your dear Son.
As you have gathered us as one
around the table of the Lord,
bring together under his just and gentle rule
all the peoples of the world,
now divided and torn apart by sin.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, humbly serving the Lord until he returns.
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: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
LHS

184    How blest the flock of Jesus Christ
194    Thy hand, O God, has guided G3
387    The Lord’s my shepherd*
391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
602    I am Jesus’ little lamb* G8
604    Saviour, like a shepherd lead us* G6
607    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep* G5
832    The gentle Shepherd calls G5
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
865    God will take care of us G6
867    Have no fear, little flock G6
AT
325    Sing to God with joy
TIS
10    The Lord’s my shepherd
53    Come, sing praises to the Lord above
145    The King of love my shepherd is
233    I will sing the wondrous story
237    Hail Redeemer, King divine
456    Your hand, O God, has guided
588    In heavenly love abiding
659    The Lord is my shepherd

Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
LHS

115    Rejoice, the Lord is King!
118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
191    The Church’s one foundation G4
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
782    At the name of Jesus G7
863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
AT
26    He is Lord
161    Majesty
252    He is exalted
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
370    You are glorious
487    Make your home in me
499    It was me
503    Show me heaven
TIS
164    The great love of God
189    Glory to our boundless God
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
225    My heart and voice I raise
231    At the name of Jesus
371    God is gone up on high
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
457    The church’s one foundation
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
549    God be in my head
604    Make me a captive, Lord
653    This is a day of new beginnings
685    Lord, I come to you

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
LHS

356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
819    Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
858    Make me a channel of your peace
860    When this earth was created GS
AT
95    Make me a channel of your peace
99    Pentecost prayer
177    Love one another
191    Brother, let me be your servant
197    When I needed a neighbour
261    The Servant King
278    Lord, hear our prayer
286    Sorrowing song
300    Practise love
301    Prayer of peace (May the Father of love)
310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
313    Christ, be our light
373    Bound by love
397    Before I take the body of my Lord
413    The Summons
487    Make your home in me
503   Show me heaven
561   Community
582   Like a candle
TIS
240    We go to God when we are sorely placed
256    From heaven you came
280    When he comes back
414    There’s a spirit in the air
607    Make me a channel of your peace
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
629    When I needed a neighbour
640    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
689    Lord, hear my praying

PSALM 100
TIS nos 59-62, LHS 433, 453, 879 and 882 are  based on Psalm 100, and so are AT 44, 56 and 107.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 100 p168Psalm 100 p169

PSALM 95
TIS 52, Let us sing to the God of salvation, and 53, Come, sing praises to the Lord above, are based on Psalm 95. So is ATA 116, Come, let us praise the Lord.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 95:1-7a is by David Schubert, from the Modern Matins. The song may be sung to the tune in the Modern Matins by Peter Schmidt.

O come, let’s sing aloud to God,
and shout for joy to the Rock who saves.
Let’s come before him, giving thanks.
With joyful songs let us praise the Lord.

The Lord is great, the King of all.
The depths of earth, the heights of hills,
the sea he made, and all the land:
they all are his, all made by him.

O come, bow down and worship him,
and kneel before the Lord our God.
For he’s our maker, we are his;
we are the flock that is led by him.

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

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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