Sunday 3 June, 2018 – Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 4), Year B

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 new 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)1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) The Lord reveals himself to Samuel OR
(b) Deuteronomy 5:12-15 God’s provision of rest in the third commandment
PSALM: (a) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 OR,
(b) Psalm 81:1-10
SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Spiritual treasure hidden in ordinary clay jars
GOSPEL: Mark 2:23 – 3:6 The purpose of the Sabbath as a time for healing by Jesus

Notes on the readings
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10: The young boy Samuel, born in answer to prayer to aged Hannah and Elkanah, was given back to God by his mother to serve in the temple at Shiloh. Sleeping there one night, the little boy was called by God three times during the night. Thinking it was the priest Eli who called, Samuel wakened him on each occasion. Eli eventually instructed him to answer, ‘Speak Lord, your servant hears’. Samuel obeyed, and God told him many things which would happen in Israel.

DEUTERONOMY 5:12-15: Here the Lord God provides a weekly, work-free holiday for his people. It was to be a holy day of rest for the whole household – parents and children, male and female servants, the beasts of burden and all foreign employees. The accent here is on the weekly commemoration of the liberation from slavery in Egypt by providing a time of rest and refreshment for their servants.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-12: St. Paul speaks explains how he and all Christ’s ministers display the light of Christ to their hearers. He uses three graphic pictures of himself and them as preachers: God’s creation of light out of darkness, treasure that has been hidden in a clay pot, and the clay lamps that provided light at night in the ancient world. Just as God spoke to create light our darkness, so he now speaks his word to shine the light of Christ in their hearts. Like humble clay lamps their mortal bodies contain the hidden treasure of Jesus and his all-surpassing power; like the oil in clay lamps which is expended to provide light, so the life-giving power of Jesus is displayed in their bodies as they share in Christ’s death and resurrection.

MARK 2:23 – 3:6: Both these stories have to do with the Sabbath. When the Pharisees criticize Jesus for allowing his disciples to pick some wheat to eat on the Sabbath, Jesus recalls the provision of the most holy show bread by the high priest for David and his companions as if they too were priests in 1 Sam 21:1-6. Since Jesus is the new high priest as the Son of Man, he provides holy food for his disciples to show that he is the Lord of the Sabbath who fulfils it by what he says and does. In the second story he as the Lord of the Sabbath heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath with his word, so that he could once again be fit to do his daily work.

Lay-readers please note: as this set of readings has not occurred in the lectionary for many years, there are no online sermon links.
Based on the Deuteronomy reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – deuteronomy 5 12-15 – year b – proper 4
Based on the 1 Samuel reading: sermon -1 samuel 3 1-10 – year b – epiphany 2
Based on the second reading: 2 Corinthians 4.5-12 LCA Lay Reading Sermon[2227]

Orders of service:
After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
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)

Opening Sentences
God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  (2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
We thank you, eternal God, that your Son has provided a heavenly time and place of rest for us. Help us to keep each day holy by gladly hearing your word, so that we may find our rest in him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

We thank you, almighty and ever-living God, that your Son healed those who were disabled and unable to work with their hands. Look with compassion on us and all those who have been disabled by sin and make us whole by your healing word, so that we can serve you as your holy people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ
Lord Jesus heal our crippled souls and set our restless hearts at rest by speaking your words of comfort to us.

Children’s Address: Proper 4B

Offering Prayer:
We thank you, heavenly Father, that all good gifts come from you.
Help us to be compassionate like Jesus and always ready to help others in need.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer-of-the-Church-Proper-4B

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.

Let us pray. We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed
us through this healing gift; and we pray that through it you would
graciously strengthen us in faith toward you and in love toward one
another; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, as you did not spare your own Son, but
gave him up for us all: Grant that we who have received his body and
blood in the sacrament may live in him and he in us, so that, as your
children, we may walk in your ways and serve you all the days of our
life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Go in peace. Let the life of Jesus be revealed in your bodies.
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): 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father* G4
371    O Jesus, I have promised  (esp v 3) G5
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
507    Open now thy gates of beauty* Add verse 1 as attachment G3
67    Let your word fill my days
223    When your Spirit moves
239    Breezes whisper without meaning
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
595    O Jesus, I have promised (v 3)
597    Master, speak, Thy servant heareth

First reading (b): Deuteronomy 5:12-1
285    To Thy most holy supper,Lord * G5
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say  G7
Hymns of praise, for example:
440     Sing praise to God who reigns above  G3
441    With joyful hearts your praises bring G3
469    Come ye people, rise and sing G4
502    This is the day the Lord hath made G6
505    Father, who the light this day G4
137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
593    Come to me, all you who are weary
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
368    This is the day the Lord has made
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
245    Lord of the church, we humbly pray* G6
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
358    Renew me, O eternal light G3
411    If God be my defender* G3
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word * (see guitar chord book)
126    The light of Christ
137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
313    Christ, be our light (omit verse5)
428    Morning sunshine
400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
548     Eternal light, shine in my heart
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
643    I want to walk as a child of the light

Gospel: Mark 2:23 – 3:6
161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
162    In Jesus I found peace and rest* G3
780    We go to God when we are sorely placed
815    O Christ, the healer, we have come G6
835    Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
174    Come let us eat
267    Bread of Heaven
473    Bread for the world
658    Jesus, you are the bread
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
240    We go to God when we are sorely placed
513    Bread of heaven, on you we feed
529    By your priestly power, O risen Christ
531    Sent forth by your blessing
539    You satisfy the hungry heart
638    O Christ the healer, we have come

PSALM 139:1-6,13-18
For musical settings of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18, see Music Packages 4 and 9. See also TIS 88 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me.

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
you know when I sit down and when I rise.
From far away you know my thinking;
you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
You know my ways and all the things I do,
before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

On every side, you’re all around me;
your mighty hand is always over me.
So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
its height and depth too great for me to see.
For it was you who made my inmost being
and knitted me together in the womb.

I praise you for my wondrous making –
I know that all your works are wonderful.
When I was hidden deep in darkness,
yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
And even then you numbered all my days –
my life unlived was written on your page.

Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
How vast they are is more than I can say.
Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
their number is far more than grains of sand!
If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139.

Music Resources Vol 3 – Psalm settings: Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

PSALM 81:1-10
TIS 43 Sing to the Lord a new song is based on this Psalm.
Another metrical setting can be found here:
Other metrical settings can be found here:

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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