Sunday 17 June, 2018 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6), 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 15:34 – 16:13 David anointed as king
OR (b) Ezekiel 17:22-24 God’s promise of hope
PSALM (a) Psalm 20 OR (b) Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 5:6-10(11-13)14-17 Living for Christ by faith
GOSPEL Mark 4:26-34 The growing seed; the mustard seed

Notes on the readings
1 SAMUEL 15:34-16:13: Unlike pagan kings the kings of Israel were not divine. They were God’s servants who were empowered by God’s Spirit, so that they could rule God’s people under His direction. Their unique status was conferred on them by the rite of anointment with holy oil. They thereby became an anointed servant of God, a ‘christ’. In a normal cases of succession within a royal dynasty they were anointed by the high priest (eg. 1 Kings 1:34). But since David did not belong the family of Saul, he was anointed by Samuel the prophet. By God’s grace which overruled the legal rights of succession by the oldest son of a king David, the youngest son of Jesse became an anointed king, the forefather of Jesus as the Christ, God’s Anointed King.

EZEKIEL 17:22-24: This is a prophecy of Jesus as the Christ, God’s anointed King. The kings of Israel were often compared with the cedars of Lebanon, the king of the trees that grew on Mt. Lebanon the king of the mountains, and the nations of the world were compared with various classes of birds. Earlier in this chapter God had told Ezekiel that He would use the King of Babylon to lop down the dynasty of David. Here God promises that He Himself would take a twig from that tree and plant it on His holy mountain. There this new king who would make God known to all the kings on earth, would produce good fruit and provide a place of shelter for all the nations.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-9(11-13)14-17:  By faith Christians already now live heavenly lives on earth. But that is not something that they can see. They have a hidden identity. They are new creatures, part of God’s mysterious new creation. As such their one aim is to please Jesus. So they no longer live for themselves but for him. They also regard others as potential or actual new creatures. Their task is to serve Christ as his ambassadors by bringing the good news of his death and resurrection to the world around them, the good news that Jesus has taken on their sin as a sin offering for them to give them his righteousness, the good news by which sinners are reconciled to God and each other.

MARK 4:26-34: In these two parables about the mysterious extension of God’s kingly rule on earth, Jesus compares God’s word to the seed sown by a farmer. In the first he teaches his impatient disciples to be patient, like farmers, and to let the seed of God’s word sprout, grow and produce God’s harvest without human intervention. In the second he teaches them that the little mustard seed of God’s word would eventually grow into a large shelter for many people in God’s garden. That shelter is the church which grows large from small beginnings.

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 Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 4 26-34 – year b – proper 6 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 4 26-34 – year b – proper 6 new
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 5 6-17 – year b – pentecost 3

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
The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the Lord. 
(Ps 92:12,13a NRSV)

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come! 
(2 Cor 5:17 NIV)


Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
Multiply your mercy upon us that,
with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through good things temporal
that we finally lose not those that are eternal;
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, you protect all who trust in you,
and without you
nothing is strong and nothing is holy:
In your great mercy
guide us through the good things of this life,
so that in the end
we do not lose the things of eternal life.
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 the compassion of Christ. [silence])
Merciful Father,
you have freed us from guilt
through your Son
and called us to work with him
in your kingdom.
Help us to be as compassionate with others
as he has been with us.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for dedication in following Jesus. [silence])
Jesus, our Saviour,
thank you for giving up everything for us,
and making us your people.
Live within us,
and teach us to follow you
without counting the cost.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

The one who sows the good seed
is the Son of Man. (Matt 13:37 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for calling us into your kingdom.
Help us to grow in faith and bear fruit.

Children’s Address: Proper 6B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for sending your Son
to establish your kingdom among us.
Teach us to live by faith in him,
and gladly serve you
with all that we are and all that we have.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 6B

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.

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

Jesus, our Saviour,
in this sacrament,
you have given yourself for us,
and have strengthened us
as your people.
Live within us,
and teach us to follow you
without counting the cost.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace. In Christ you are a new creation (, living by faith).
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 15:34 – 16:13

122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine*
337    God, from all eternity*
358    Renew me, O eternal Light*
364    A new heart, Lord, create in me* (see TIS 559)
269    Create in us
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
685    Lord, I come to you

First reading (b): Ezekiel 17:22-24


744    Refresh my heart

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17

228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine*
296    My Maker, be Thou nigh*
339    Praise to Thee and adoration*
358    Renew me, O eternal Light*
103    Send your servant down the road
182    Christ is changing everything
200   One more step
521    New Day
218    Jesus! the name high over all
414    There’s a spirit in the air
489   We know that Christ is raised
509    Come now, everlasting Spirit
744    Refresh my heart

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

226    Winter reigns o’er many a region
267    Almighty God, Thy Word is cast
564    Come, ye thankful people, come (vv 2,3,4)
814    For the fruits of his creation
844   Sent out by God’s blessing
181    Faith, hope and love
168    For the fruits of all creation
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 20 p29

TIS 50, It is good to give thanks to the Lord, is a version of Psalm 92:1-2,5,12-13.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 92 p153

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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