Sunday 15 July, 2018 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10), 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 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 David brings the ark to Jerusalem
OR Amos 7:7-15 The plumb line; Amos and Amaziah
PSALM Psalm 24 OR Psalm 85:8-13 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 1:3-14 God praised for his secret plan now revealed
GOSPEL Mark 6:14-29 The death of John the Baptist

Notes on the readings
AMOS 7:7-15: After the death of King Solomon, the land of Israel was divided into two kingdoms, the Southern Kingdom with Jerusalem the capital, and the Northern Kingdom with Bethel (at the time of this prophecy) its capital. Amos’s vision of God presents him as a master builder checking with a plumbline. This suggests that both the religious and political structures of the Northern Kingdom were so ‘out of line with true’ that a major demolition and restructure was called for. The ‘high places’ were religious shrines for perverted cultic Baal worship. Bethel was the political and religious centre for King Jeroboam. The prophesied destruction of these places evokes the intensity of the priest Amaziah’s response to Amos’s prophecy. He tells Amos to go and make his living in the Southern Kingdom. Amos politely answers that he is not a prophet by training or profession but rather by the special choice and act of the Lord.

EPHESIANS 1:3-14: Here St Paul breaks out into praise as he treats the doctrine of election. This deep mystery is not meant to bewilder the Christian but rather to reassure and comfort. It shows how precious is our relationship with God by faith in Christ through the intricate workings of God, that he chose us from eternity and made us his own in time. All this hinges on God’s central historical act of Christ’s sacrificial death for our sin, verse 7. While the whole universe finds its ultimate rationale in Christ’s work for God the Father, yet God’s purpose for us is to reflect our election in the way our lives come into harmony with him and in living to his praise. The Spirit gives us all of this as a guarantee of the full and final glory of the heavenly redemption still to come.

MARK 6:14-29: Herod was in reality not a king but a puppet ruler under the Romans in the northern areas above Judea. His imprisonment of John the Baptist afforded him the opportunity to hear John, although without belief. His wife, Herodias, resented the Baptist’s criticism of the religiously unlawful marriage between Herod and herself. The same blackness of soul which later brought silence from Jesus (Luke 23: 7-11) caused the rashness of a lustful promise to combine with weakness of will to give in to Herodias’s vengeful bloodthirsty demand. Hence, when reports of Jesus’ ministry with his miracles reached him, Herod’s conscience allowed superstitious guilt-images to take hold in his mind that John the Baptist had come back to life embodied in Jesus.

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 14-29 – year b – pentecost 7 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 6 14-29 – year b – proper 10
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Stephen Pietsch
Based on 2 Samuel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 2 samuel 6 12-17 – year b – proper 10

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
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  (Eph 1:3 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
O God, whose never-failing providence
orders all things in heaven and earth:
Put away from us all hurtful things,
and give us whatever is profitable for us;
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, everything is in your care.
Put away from us all things that are harmful,
and give us whatever is profitable for us.
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 gift of spiritual growth. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have planted in us the seed of your word.
Help us by your Holy Spirit
to receive it with joy
and live according to it,
so that we may grow in faith, hope, and love.
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, new
(Let us pray for knowledge of what is right. [silence])
Holy and merciful God,
give us a clear vision
to see what is right and true,
and the courage to live by it,
whatever the cost may be.
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.

Among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matt 11:11 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
We thank you, Lord Jesus,
for sending prophets to proclaim God’s will.
Lead us to listen to what they say.

Children’s Address: Proper 10B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, eternal God,
for all you have given us through Christ.
You have made us holy as he is holy:
help us to live holy lives.
Let us show by our actions
and our lives of love and service
that we are your children.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 10B

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,
you have planted in us the seed of your word,
and nurtured us
with the body and blood of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Help us by your Holy Spirit
to grow in faith, hope, and love.
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.

Go in peace as the holy children of God.
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 6:1-5,12b-19

468    O praise ye the Lord (see TIS 96)
150    Sing a new song unto the Lord
208    In the presence of your people
96    Sing praise to the Lord
727    In the presence of your people

First reading (b): Amos 7:7-15

181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5 (see TIS 551)
207    Oft in danger, oft in woe
260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
215    Even tho’ it’s often hard to cope (My hiding place)
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

Second reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

67    And can it be, that I should gain (see TIS 209)
147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (see TIS 199)
154    Amazing love, that rent the heavens* G4
322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (see TIS 196)
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
337    God, from all eternity, v 1* (alt tune 276, G5)
400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
777    Father in heaven GS
805    We are heirs of the Father GS
871    My heart is filled with faith and wonder (vv 1-4) G6
12    We are family
31    Freely, freely
115    Father in heaven
145    What wondrous love is this
349    There is a Redeemer
448    Loving Spirit
534    I always will love you
96    Sing praise to the Lord
99    God, we praise you, God, we bless you
122    What shall I do, my God to love?
164    The great love of God
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
209    And can it be, that I should gain
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
343    Nature with open volume stands
410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
414    There’s a spirit in the air
417    Loving Spirit, loving Spirit
465    Father in heaven
482    Father of peace and God of love

Gospel: Mark 6:14-29
See selections for 1b above

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 24 p39 , Psalm 24 p40

Below is a metrical version by David Schütz of Psalm 85:8-13, which may be sung to the tune Ave virgo (LH 469. TIS 391). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Let me hear what God will say –
say to all his faithful.
He will speak his peace to us –
peace to all who trust him.
His salvation now is near –
near to all who fear him.
He in glory comes to us –
comes and makes his dwelling.

Love and faithfulness will meet –
meet in peace and justice.
Faithfulness will spring from earth,
righteousness from heaven.
God will give us what is good
and our land will prosper.
Righteousness will pave his way
as he comes to save us.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 85 p140 , Psalm 85 p141

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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