Sunday 24 June, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7), 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 17:(1a, 4-11, 17-23) 32-49 David and Goliath
OR (a) 1 Samuel 17:57- 18:5, 10-16 Saul tries to kill David
OR  (b) Job 38:1-11 The might of the Creator
PSALM  (a) Psalm 9:9-20 OR (a) Psalm 133 OR  (b) Psalm 107:1-3,23-32 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Paul’s sufferings as God’s servant
GOSPEL Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calms a storm

Notes on the readings
JOB 38:1-11: After losing all his material possessions, wealth, wife, family and then his health, Job, while heroically hanging on to his faith, finally exhausted all his mental and spiritual depths trying to find a meaning for his suffering. In the end he got to the stage where he virtually challenged God to give account. This reading shows God turning up, so to speak, in the terrifying guise of a whirlwind. His answer shows how little knowledge Job could really have of the way in which God could firstly create and, secondly, order the whole cosmos. It is the limitation of our insight which often prevents us from seeing God’s purposes and plans through the darkness of our troubles.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-13: St Paul had been a victim of a smear campaign by some power-brokers in the Corinthians congregation who were out to discredit him by constant criticism. He clearly showed in the previous chapter how God himself had brought about reconciliation between himself and rebellious humanity through the cross. Paul urges them not to permit this wondrous gift of God to lie idle in their lives. Their salvation is a present reality of which they should take the greatest advantage. Paul himself had survived a formidable array of obstacles to his ministry in order to serve them with the gospel. He therefore urges them to open their hearts to permit meaningful reconciliation to take place between themselves and him.

MARK 5:35-41: St Mark relates in this account how Jesus as a fully human being could be so overcome by weariness from his ministry that he fell asleep in exhaustion. This caused the disciples to accuse him of indifference to their danger. His response, simply to command successfully a totally terrifying life-threatening phenomenon of nature to desist, left them with such a sense of awe that they worshipped him! The teaching of Jesus’ fully divine nature is often emphasised by the gospel writers.

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 gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Simon Cooper ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 4 35-41 – year b – pentecost 4 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Heath Pukallus; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 4 35-41 – year b – proper 7
Based on Job reading: edited for lay reading sermon – job 38 1-11 – year b – proper 7

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
Now is the time of God’s favour,
now is the day of salvation 
(2 Cor 6:2b NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Grant, O Lord,
that the course of this world
may be so peaceably ordered
by your government,
that your church may joyfully serve you
in all godly quietness;
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, govern the world
and keep it in peace,
so that your church may joyfully serve you
in all quietness.
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 that we may desire the eternal blessings of God. [silence])
Strengthen our faith, Lord,
so that we do not set our hearts on earthly things,
but love the things of heaven.
As we are surrounded
by things that are passing away,
help us to cling to those that will last forever.
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
(Let us pray for a calm mind. [silence])
Almighty God, we thank you
that you love and care for all your people.
When storm-clouds loom and troubles threaten,
bring peace and calm to us,
because we know that everything is in your hands.
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia.
The disciples were filled with great awe and said to one another,
‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’ (Mark 4:41 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being with us
and keeping us safe in the storms of life.
Help us to keep trusting in you.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 7B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, our loving God,
for providing us with all we need,
and for watching over us day after day.
Help us to be your willing servants,
doing what you want us to do
and showing your love to other people.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 7B

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, for this healing gift.
Strengthen our faith,
so that we do not set our hearts on earthly things,
but love the things of heaven.
As we are surrounded
by things that are passing away,
help us to cling to those that will last forever.
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.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. The almighty Lord cares 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 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
LHS

195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3 (see TIS 103)
205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5 (see TIS 570)
411    If God be my defender* G3
861    All those who live beneath God’s shade GS
AT
21    All those who live beneath God’s shade
TIS
103    A mighty fortress is our God
561    Who would true valour see
570    Soldiers of Christ, arise

OR
Alternative (a): 1 Samuel 17: 57 – 18:5,10-16
LHS

357    O God, Thou faithful God *G3
AT

TIS

OR
First reading (b): Job 38: 1-11
LHS

143    Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright G6
461    When morning gilds the skies
463    O worship the King, all glorious above (alt tune 454, G6) (see TIS 133)
464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
810    Let all things now living G6
812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
AT
326    Shout for joy to God
629    Where were you
TIS
119    I sing the almighty power of God
133    O worship the King, all glorious above
187    Let all creation dance
227    When morning gilds the skies

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
LHS

239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
AT
265    For all your goodness, Lord
308    When the pain of the world surrounds us
TIS
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour

Gospel: Mark 4: 35-41
LHS

524   The golden morning
578    Eternal Father, strong to save G6
750    When Jesus lived among us G7
854    Be still, my soul
AT
185    Ever present help in trouble
203    Keeping my eyes on you
670    Calm the storm
TIS
123    Be still, my soul
138    Eternal Father, strong to save
254    O changeless Christ, for ever new
577    Come, let us to the Lord return

PSALM 9
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 9 p13 , Psalm 9 p14

PSALM 133
The following paraphrase of Psalm 133 by David Schütz is sung to the tune ‘A New Commandment’. Use the music in ATN 65; the tune at LHS 853 is slightly different. It is also at TIS 699. (Note: the word ‘oil’ is pronounced with one syllable here.) If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How good and pleasant it is when we live
just like brothers and sisters, together as one,
just like brothers and sisters, together as one.
It’s like precious oil poured out on the head of Aaron,
and down his beard onto his vestments.
It’s like dew of Hermon descending on Mount Zion,
where God gives life to those he blesses.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 133 p229 , Psalm 133 p230

PSALM 107
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 107 p180

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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