Sunday 10 June, 2018 – Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5), 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 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14,15) The people of Israel demand a king
OR (b) Genesis 3:8-15 Human disobedience and God’s judgement
PSALM (a) Psalm 138 OR  (b) Psalm 130 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 The glory to come far exceeds our troubles
GOSPEL Mark 3:20-35 Questions about Jesus’ power

Notes on the readings
1 SAMUEL 8:4-11(12-15)16-20(11:14,15): Since kings were commonly regarded as gods in the ancient world, God initially did not provide His people with human kings as their leaders. He was their one and only King. So when the Israelites demanded a king “like the nations”, they thereby implicitly rejected God’s kingship. Nevertheless God agreed with their request. But He also warned them about the cost of kingship and declared that He would be deaf to their future pleas for deliverance from the inevitable abuse of royal power.

GENESIS 3:8-15: After Adam and Eve had rebelled against God in their attempt to become divine like Him, they hid themselves in abject fear and naked shame from God. But He did not leave them there in that terrible place. Instead He looked for them in order to confront them with what they have done. But they refused to take any responsibility for their sorry state. Adam shifted the blame on to Eve and through her onto God. She, in turn, blamed the snake. Rather surprisingly, God cursed the snake, the devil, by turning him into the enemy of humanity and declaring that his head would be crushed under the heel of Eve’s eventual offspring, Jesus.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:13-5:1: Here Paul spells out the comfort that Christians have from the bodily resurrection of Jesus and their present participation in his death and resurrection. Their bodies are compared to two kinds of houses. While their present bodies are like flimsy tents that provide temporary accommodation, their resurrected bodies will be like an eternal mansion for permanent residence.  At present Jesus is doing something amazing with them. Like a super-renovator he does not tear down the old building completely but renovates it from the inside to the outside. As their bodies age and decay, he makes new people of them, people for whom the best is yet to come.

MARK 3:20-35: Here Jesus raises two questions. The first is in answer to the claim that Jesus cast out demons by his use of superior demonic power, the power of the devil. He shows the absurdity of that kind of civil warfare. Instead, his deliverance of people from demons shows that he has come to bind the devil in order to plunder his house by freeing his slaves. Thus he is not empowered by an unclean spirit but the Holy Spirit. The second is in answer to attempt of his family to take him home because they thought that he had lost his mind (3:21). Instead of submitting to their demands, he asserts that his family consists of all those who do God’s will by listening to His word.

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 – year b – pentecost 2 ; edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinth 4 13-15 – year b – proper 5
Based on gospel reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 3 20-35- year b – proper 5
Based on Genesis reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy

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
(Jesus said:) ‘Whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.’ 
(Mark 3:35 NRSV)

OR
We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus.  (2 Cor 4:14a NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
O Lord, since you never fail to help and guide
those whom you bring up in your fear and love:
Give us continual fear and love
for your holy name;
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, you never fail to help and guide
those you bring up in your love.
Lead us always
to worship and love 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.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray for daily renewal. [silence])
Thank you, Lord God,
that you have cleansed us from sin
and saved us from the power of the enemy
through the death and resurrection of your Son.
Keep us drowning our sinful self
by repenting day after day,
and bring to life in us each day
a new self to live with you forever.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth,
will draw all people to myself.’ (John 12:31b,32 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for overcoming Satan for us.
Help us, as your family, to do your will.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 5B

Offering Prayer:
Lord, we thank you
for making us your people.
Help us to put ourselves and all we have
in your hands,
to be used for your service.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 5B

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
EITHER
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.
Amen.
OR
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.
Amen.

Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Thank you, Lord God,
that you have cleansed us from sin
through the death and resurrection of your Son
and have assured us of your forgiveness
in this healing sacrament.
Keep us drowning our sinful self
by repenting day after day,
and bring to life in us each day
a new self to live with you forever.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. God has prepared eternal glory for you.
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 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14,15)
LHS

11    The advent of our King G4 (see TIS 271)
572    O God of love, O King of peace* G5
573    Great King of nations, hear our prayer (alt tune 183, G6)
739    When the King shall come again G4
AT
309    When the Lord returns
TIS
271    The advent of our God

First reading (b): Genesis 3:8-15
LHS

14    Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (see TIS 196)
326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
785    In Adam we have all been one G5
AT

TIS
151    The love of God is greater far
196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
218    Jesus! the name high over all

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1
LHS

98    O death, where is thy cruel sting
142    We all believe in one true God* G3 (see TIS 435)
179    Christ alone is our salvation* G3
188   Built on a rock
322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (see TIS 196)
330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
386    In Thee is gladness* G7 (see TIS 200)
873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord G6 (see TIS 644)
AT
125    Celebration song (Man more than man)
364    In you is gladness
453    The world is waiting
TIS
196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
200    In you is gladness
222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
355    Man more than man
435    We all believe in God who made
588    In heavenly love abiding
644    Safe in the shadow of the Lord

Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
LHS

99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
311    O faithful God, we worship Thee (alt tune 260, G3)
320    I come to Thee, O blessed Lord* G3
875    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy G9
AT
31    Freely, freely
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
439    Forgiven
TIS
136    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind
635    Forgive our sins as we forgive

PSALM 138
Here are two metrical paraphrases of Psalm 138 by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The following may be sung to the tune of ‘The Greatest Commandment’ (ATA 175).

I give you thanks, Lord, with all my heart;
before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship you in your holy place
and always thank and praise your holy name.
For you are loving, and faithful too;
your name and your word have been glorified.
And when I called on your holy name,
you gave me your answer and made me strong.

All kings and rulers shall praise you, Lord,
when they have heard your words of truth and love;
and they shall sing of the ways of God:
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.
Yet, though exalted, he keeps his watch
with love and compassion upon the poor.
The rich and proud, he will still observe,
but like one that watches from far away.

And you preserve me throughout my life,
though trouble meets me everywhere I go.
You stretch your mighty right hand to save,
and fight the anger of my enemies.
The Lord fulfils his promise to me;
forever and ever your love endures.
Do not forsake what your hands have made,
remember you made me and I am yours.

This second version could be sung to the traditional tune Dir, dir, Jehovah (LH 218):

With all my heart, I give you thanks, Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship in your holy temple
and always thank and praise your holy name.
For you have shown your love and faithfulness,
Your holy name and word are glorified.

And on the day I called upon you,
you gave me answer and you made me strong.
The kings of all the earth shall praise you,
when they have heard your words of truth and love.
They all shall sing about your ways, O Lord:
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

Yet, though the Lord is high in heaven,
he still regards the lowly of the earth.
He does not overlook the haughty,
but watches them like one who’s far away.
Though trouble meets me everywhere I go,
your right hand saves me from my enemies.

The Lord will keep his promise to me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, will always last.
Stretch out your hand and come to save me!
Do not forsake the work your hands have made.
With all my heart, I give you thanks, O Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 138 p231

PSALM 130
The following is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz , which may be sung to the tune of Kingsfold (‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’, LH 306, TIS 585, AT 137). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Out of the depths, I cry to you,
Lord, hear my tearful prayer!
If you should mark iniquity,
O Lord God, who could stand?
But you forgive the sorry soul,
so all may fear your name.
I wait for you, for you I long,
and in your word I hope.

I wait for him far more than those
who wait for dawn to come.
O Isra-el, hope in the Lord!
With him is steadfast love.
He has great power to redeem,
and he alone can save
his people from their deadly sin
and raise them from the grave.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 130 p225 , Psalm 130 p226

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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