Sunday 1 July, 2018 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8), 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) 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27 David mourns for Saul and Jonathan
OR (b) Lamentations 3:22-33 The Lord’s goodness and mercy will not fail
PSALM (a) Psalm 130 OR (b) Psalm 30 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Paul encourages generous giving
GOSPEL Mark 5:21-43 Jesus restores a girl to life and heals a woman

Notes on the readings
LAMENTATIONS 3:22-33: The believer passes through different experiences as God dispenses his sovereign grace. While God is faithful to the promises of mercy to his covenant people, it does not always seem so. There are times when one languishes in the oppressive depression of feeling forgotten by him. There are also times when one hits lowest ebb through the conviction of guilt. However, while it is best to be moulded by God’s correcting hand, also in the formative time of youth, the infliction will pass for it does not represent the final word for the believer. For God still saves and gives his abundant gifts in his own gracious time.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:7-15: As background we need to understand that the Corinthian Christians had agreed some time before this to take up a significant collection to relieve poor Christians at Jerusalem adversely affected by a severe famine. St Paul now not only reminds them that the offering needs to be completed speedily to meet the need, but also in the process underlines some important principles which govern Christian giving. It should be in appropriate measure to the general gifts and abilities God has given to the local church; it should respond to the sacrificial love of the Lord Jesus Christ in leaving his majesty to save sinners; it should be in accord with the affluence and means God has granted; it should recognise God’s will for the church that shared means helps to equalise the difference between rich and poor; and it should be based on the trust that God will always see that one has enough.

MARK 5:21-43: St Mark here records two miracles which show powerfully that humble but absolute trusting faith receives Christ’s divine power otherwise humanly unattainable. The synagogue leader was prepared to go quite against the negative flow of the religious authorities’ reaction to Jesus to request healing for his daughter. Yet even after the news arrived that the child had died, Jesus saw Jairus’s need to overcome his possible temptation to fear through simply believing. The woman who was healed appropriated his power without firstly asking for his attention. Her utter faith moved her expectantly to touch his garment. Jesus then confirmed her healing, referring to her faith which saved her. For us the situation of our need may be different, but God’s gracious recognition of and response to our faith has not changed.

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 Tim Stringer ; Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 5 21-43 – year b – proper 8
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 8 7-15 – year b – pentecost 5 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 8 7-15 – year b – proper 8
Based on Lamentations reading: Pr Roger Atze

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 steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.  (Lam 3:22,23 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
O God, since you have prepared
for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love for you,
that we may love you above all things
and obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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 have prepared for those who love you
good things beyond our understanding.
Pour into our hearts such love for you
that we may love you in all things
and above all things,
and obtain what you have promised,
which is more than we can desire.
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 power to endure. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your dear Son willingly endured
the agony and shame of the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for healing and life. [silence])
Lord, our Saviour and healer,
lay your healing hand on each of us
and on all who are hurting.
Protect us from all that diminishes our lives,
and give us the life that overflows from you.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Our Saviour Christ Jesus has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Tim 1:10 NRSV alt)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for healing the sick and giving life to the dead.
Help us to trust in your saving power.

Children’s Address: Proper 8B

Offering Prayer:
Teach us, kind God, to be generous
as Jesus was generous to us,
becoming poor so that we can be rich.
Make us willing to help other people
wherever we can,
with our time, our abilities, and our money.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 8B

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

Almighty and merciful God,
your dear Son
willingly offered up
his body and blood on the cross
for our sake.
Give us courage and patience
to take up our cross and follow him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace, for the Lord’s goodness will not fail.
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): 2 Samuel 1:1,17-27

388    All depends on our possessing* G3 (see TIS 556)
405    In God, my faithful God* G4
212    Hush now, for I am your God
215    Even tho’ it’s often hard to cope
233    He will listen to you
556    All depends on our possessing
677    Christ’s is the world in which we move

First reading (b): Lamentations 3:22-33

390    Wait, my soul, with patience* G3
403    Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour blest* G5
415    Whatever God ordains is good* G3 (see TIS 109)
519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4 (see TIS 104)
530    Every morning mercies new*
13      Lord of the morning
123    Morning has broken
153    The steadfast love of the Lord
212    Hush now, for I am your God
104    While morning still is breaking
109    What God ordains is always good
128    Sometimes a light surprises
154    Great is your faithfulness
156    Thank you for giving me the morning
162    Morning has broken
617    By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

22    Let us all with gladsome voice (omit v 4) * G3
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
359    Thee will I love (vv 1,2,3,6)* G6
362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
265    For all your goodness, Lord
358    We bring the gifts that you have brought us
632    Gift
174    Morning glory, starlit sky
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
721    He became poor

Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4 (see TIS 211)
241    Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old G8
242    Thou to whom the sick and dying
332    Thy works, not mine, O Christ* G8
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9 (see TIS 584)
419    Jesus, Lord of life and glory G6
429    All creatures of our God and King G6 (see TIS 100)
438    All nations that on earth do dwell* G6
815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6 (alt tune 223, G6)
817    O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
188    They came, knew his name
256    I will exalt you, O Lord
428    Morning sunshine
429    Praise the Lord, O my soul
496    Don’t be afraid
100    All creatures of our God and King
211    Jesus, lover of my soul
584    Just as I am, without one plea
620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
638    O Christ the healer, we have come
661    Woman in the night
737    Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all

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


The following paraphrase of Psalm 30 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Bethany (‘Nearer my God to thee’, LHS 872). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I will exalt you, Lord;
you rescued me
from the deep grave of death
that threatened me.
You did not let my foes
gloat over me in death;
I called to you for help,
you spared my life.

Sing to the Lord, you saints,
and praise his name.
Weeping may last the night,
joy comes with dawn.
His anger is so short,
his favour is so long!
So I rejoice in him,
singing my song.

Feeling secure, I said:
‘I shan’t be moved!’
But when you hid your face,
I was dismayed!
To you, O Lord, I called;
‘Have mercy!’ was my cry.
‘What gain is there for you,
if I should die?’

‘How can I praise you, Lord,
if I am dust?
How, from the grave, can I
speak of your trust?
Hear and be merciful!
O Lord, come to my aid!’
I called to God for help,
and I was saved.

You turned my mournful tears,
into a dance.
You stripped me of my grief,
robed me with joy!
I will not hold my tongue!
Now I, with all my heart,
sing songs of thanks to you,
O Lord, my God.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 30 p51 , Psalm 30 p52 , Psalm 30 p53

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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