Sunday 8 July, 2018 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9), 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 5:1-5,9,10 David becomes king over Israel
OR (b) Ezekiel 2:1-5 Prophet to a rebellious nation
PSALM (a) Psalm 48 OR (b) Psalm 123 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Paul boasts of his weaknesses
GOSPEL Mark 6:1-13 Jesus rejected in his home town; sends out the Twelve

Notes on the readings
EZEKIEL 2:1-5: The vision by which God appeared to Ezekiel to call him to be a prophet completely overwhelmed him. Even though he was a mere human creature (son of man), yet the Lord was raising him by his Spirit to be his mouthpiece. The ‘impudent and stubborn’ people to whom he was to go were at that time in captivity in Babylonia. They were nevertheless the remnant on whom God’s future covenant plans rested. Regardless of their response to Ezekiel’s message, they would know that Jahweh is God through the prophecy coming to full true fruition.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:2-10: There were people demolishing the gospel in the Corinthian congregation claiming special revelation for their authority. Paul turns the argument away from human strength in the manner in which he refers to his own direct revelation of the third heaven (ie the direct presence of God). He had been given revelations which could easily beget pride and conceit. That, of course, would just as much hinder the gospel proclamation. God accordingly gave him some kind of severe suffering (the ‘thorn’ is undefined) which incapacitated him personally, which Satan naturally tried to exploit for his own purposes. However, God showed in this way that it was not Paul’s strength which got the gospel out through Paul’s prodigious efforts. It was obvious that God’s strength was having perfect effect in spite of Paul’s weakness, but also through it.

MARK 6:1-13: God always calls for humble faith and shows himself and his works in answer to it. When Jesus the ‘local boy’ came back to his hometown, faith was completely lacking. The people rejected him. Hence Jesus could not do the works of his Father. When Jesus sent out his disciples among the villages, he sent them with obvious lack of human resources. They were thus able to see from their own experience that it is also necessary for those who minister the word and the Spirit’s power. Human approval of their message was secondary to simply proclaiming it. Demons were therefore subject to them, and many sick were cured.

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 ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 6 1-10 – year b – proper 9
Based on Ezekiel reading: Pr Roger Atze
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 12 2-10 – year b – pentecost 6 ; Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 2 corinthians 12 2-10 – year b – proper 9

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
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.  (2 Cor 12:9a NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
and increase our devotion;
nourish us with all goodness,
and by your mercy
preserve in us what you have nourished;
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 God,
the author and giver of all good things,
graft in our hearts a love for your name.
Nourish in us what is good,
and preserve in us what you have nourished.
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 for strength in weakness. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son revealed the wonder of your saving love
in signs and miracles.
Renew your people by your loving kindness,
and sustain us in all our weakness
by your mighty power.
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 God’s comforting presence. [silence])
Loving heavenly Father,
your Son brought hope and healing to people,
but was rejected.
Stay close beside us
when we are lonely and afraid,
and encourage us to keep going
when we face trouble.
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 called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.(Mark 6:7 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your ministry
of teaching, healing, and performing miracles.
Strengthen our faith so that we do not reject you.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 9B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, merciful God, for all you have given us,
especially for your word.
Help us continue to hear it and live by it,
and to give of ourselves in serving you and others.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 9B

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.

Almighty and merciful God,
your Son has revealed
the wonder of your saving love
in this sacrament.
Renew your people by your loving kindness,
and sustain us in all our weakness
by your mighty power.
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. Christ’s power works through your weaknesses.
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 5:1-5, 9,10

First reading (b):Ezekiel 2:1-5
LHS

234    Facing a task unfinished G4
334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
AT
296    I the Lord of sea and sky
TIS
158    God has spoken by his prophets
658    I, the Lord of sea and sky

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
LHS

158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6 (see TIS 626)
392    How firm a foundation G6 (see TIS 578)
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6 (see TIS 554)
414    God moves in a mysterious way G7 (see TIS 126)
416    Thy way, not mine, O Lord*
417    Submissive to Thy will* G6
579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* G6 (see TIS 553)
860    When this earth was created GS
AT
29    Wait on me
99    Pentecost Prayer
215    Even tho’ it’s often hard to cope
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
TIS
126    God moves in a mysterious way
198    I greet you my Redeemer sure
211    Jesus, lover of my soul
553    In all my ways, in every task
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
575    O Jesus, Saviour, grow in me
578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
754    You are my hiding place

Gospel: Mark 6:1-13
LHS

223    Look from Thy sphere of endless day G6
233    Lord of the harvest, hear (alt tune 127, G4)
247    Thou who the night in prayer didst spend*
AT
103    Send your servant
305    Thuma mina (Send me, Lord)
TIS
749    Thuma mina

PSALM 48
The following paraphrase of Psalm 48 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘Make my life to be’, ATN 81. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Our Lord God is great,
greatly to be praised,
on Mount Zion, in the city of our God.
Everybody’s joy
is his holy hill,
high and beautiful, the city of our King!
Inside its walls and towers,
God is our sure defence;
when the powers of earth attacked it, they all failed!
They were put to flight –
running in their fear –
tossing up and down like ships caught in a storm!

So we now have seen,
just as we have heard,
in the city of our God, the Lord of hosts:
God has made it strong!
Victory is his!
In your temple, God, our thoughts are of your love!
Your name is like your praise,
we hear it everywhere,
everyone rejoices when your judgment’s heard!
God will be our guide;
go around the town,
tell the children yet to come, this is our God!

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 48 p85 , Psalm 48 p86

PSALM 123

The following paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 123 may be sung to the tune Veni, Immanuel (LH 2, TIS 265) or Melita (LH 578, TIS 138) or another 8.8.8.8.8.8 tune. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

To you, O Lord, I lift my eyes,
to you, enthroned in heaven above.
As servants look up to their lord,
we lift our eyes to God the Lord,
until he turns his eyes t’ward us,
and shows his mercy and his love.

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray,
for we are treated with contempt.
We’ve had more than our fill of scorn
from those who live in ease and pride.
O turn, O Lord, be merciful
for we have put our trust in you.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 123 p212 , Psalm 123 p213

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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