Sunday 22 July, 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11), 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 7:1-14a God’s promise to David
OR Jeremiah 23:1-6 The Lord will gather his people
PSALM Psalm 89:20-37 OR Psalm 23 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 2:11-22 We are all one in Christ
GOSPEL Mark 6:30-34,53-56 Jesus has compassion on the crowd

Notes on the readings
JEREMIAH 23:1-6: The term ‘shepherds’ here refers to the kings of Israel and the rulers. There had been a record of unbelieving and unrighteous leadership which had resulted in the people being ‘scattered’, ‘driven away’, ‘not being attended to’. There could also be a reference here to a particular weak king, Zedekiah, whose name means ‘The Lord is my righteousness’. Jeremiah prophesies that the Messiah whom God would one day send to restore and regather his people will be called ‘the Lord is our righteousness’. Jesus Christ in his priestly and kingly roles has established his kingdom in which his own righteousness becomes ours through the shedding of his blood to cleanse from sin.

EPHESIANS 2:11-22: St Paul is writing to non-Jewish Christians who had become converts from paganism. There were some Jewish people, however, within the community of faith, which made for dissension because of cultural barriers. Paul here shows that in Christ there is only unity – not division. Jewish people had previously been kept from peace with God through their inability to keep their own Mosaic law. The previously Gentile members had been kept out through not having the covenant blessings given to the nation or Israel. Christ brought both groups into peace and unity with God through his reconciling and substitutionary death on the cross. Previous strangers and foreigners are now part of the spiritual building together with the former people of God. There is no separation between Christians, only unity in Christ – one holy and growing temple or house for God’s dwelling.

MARK 6:30-34,53-56: While Jesus and the disciples were in genuine need of seclusion both for respite and for personal training, yet the invasive needs of the crowds evoked a response of compassion to answer those needs. The miracles of Jesus are treated by the gospel accounts as an attestation to the genuineness of his Messiahship. St Mark shows here, however, that Jesus saw the most important need as teaching. We need to recognise that his compassion today can never be divorced from the teaching which his church carries out in his name.

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 second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 2 11-22 – year b – pentecost 8
Based on Samuel reading: Pr Tim Stringer
Based on all readings: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 6 30-34 – year b – proper 11 ; Pr Mark Greenthaner ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 6 30-34 – year b – proper 11 new

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
You who once were far off
have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
He is our peace;
in his flesh he has broken down the dividing wall.  (Eph 2:13,14 NRSV alt)

Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near;
for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.  (Eph 2:17,18 NRSV)

Jesus saw the great crowd; and he had compassion for them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  (Mark 6:34 NRSV alt)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Grant us, Lord,
the spirit to think and do always what is right,
so that we,
who cannot do anything that is good without you,
may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised raditional
Guide us, Lord,
to think and do always what is right.
Enable us, who cannot exist without you,
to live according to your will.
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 spread of the gospel. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have made your loving purpose known to us
through the good news of your salvation in Christ.
Make us faithful witnesses to the truth,
so that those who hear may believe
and be united with all the saints in glory.
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 guidance. [silence])
Loving God,
we thank you
that you lead us like a good shepherd,
caring for your sheep.
Let us hear your voice,
and guide us in safety
along your right path.
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.

(Jesus said:) ‘My sheep hear my voice.
I know them, and they follow me.'(John 10:27)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for having mercy
and feeding and healing us.
Help us to trust in you, and make us well.

Children’s Address: Proper 11B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord God,
that you have called us into the flock of Jesus.
Make us like our good Shepherd,
so that we have compassion on people,
helping them in their needs
and leading them to Jesus.
Use us and our possessions
in your service.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Proper 11B

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 made your loving presence known to us
in the sacrament of holy communion.
Make us faithful witnesses to the truth,
so that those who hear may believe
and be united with all the saints in glory.
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 fellow members of God’s family.
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 7:1-14a

16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (for modernised text see TIS 275)
17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name (tune Miles Lane TIS 224 (1)) G8
733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
878    Your love surrounds me GS
10    In the house of God
224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed

First reading (b): Jeremiah 23:1-6

9    Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes G6 (see TIS 269)
41    O Jesus, King of glory* G4
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
456    The God of Abraham praise G7 (see TIS 125)
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
867    Have no fear, little flock G6
55    His name is Wonderful
329    This kingdom
125    The God of Abraham praise
269    Hark the glad sound
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear

Second reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
188    Built on a rock, the Church doth stand* G4
232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations* G4
248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6 (see TIS 432)
799    In Christ there is no east or west G7
803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7
807    Lift high the cross GS (see TIS 351)
144    He came to bring peace
192    Spirit of peace
313    Christ, be our light
681    Prisoners of hope
335    To Christ, the Prince of peace
351    Lift high the cross
432    Christ is made the sure foundation
459    In Christ there is no east or west
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed
522    Christ is the heavenly food
533    I come with joy to meet my  lord
680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind
713    Dona nobis pacem

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34,53-56

162    In Jesus, I find peace and rest* G3
297    Thine for ever, God of love G6
308    Come unto Me, ye weary* G6
604    Saviour, like a shepherd lead us* G6
815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6
817    O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
818    O Son of God, in Galilee G7
226    When Jesus sat down on the lakeshore
263    Singing all praises
441    Jesus was sent
509    You hear the lambs a-cryin’
647    When the heart goes out
612    Dear Lord, for all in pain
620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
638    O Christ, the healer, we have come
737    Lord Jesus, lover of all


The following paraphrase of Psalm 89:20-37 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Yorkshire, LH 625 / Stockport, TIS 306. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

‘I’ve chosen David – he will be your king –
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand will give him help in all his ways,
my arm will give him strength through all his days.
He shall not be defeated by his foes,
for I will strike down those who hate his reign.

‘My faithfulness and love will be with him,
and he will be exalted in my name.
He’ll rule the land from river to the sea.
“You are my Father, God”, he’ll cry to me!’
I will appoint him as my firstborn son;
to reign supreme among the kings of earth.

I’ll always keep him in my steadfast love,
my covenant with him will always stand.
I will make sure his dynasty will last,
his throne will last as long as heaven endures.
I will not break my covenant with him,
or change one word my lips have sworn to him.

But if his children do not keep my law
and do not walk the path of righteousness,
then I will punish them for what they’ve done,
and chastise them according to their sin.
Still I will not remove my steadfast love,
or break my promise made in faithfulness.

Once and for all, upon my holiness,
I swear to David that I will not lie.
His dynasty forever shall endure,
his throne will shine before me like the sun.
It shall remain forever like the moon,
a lasting witness in the skies above.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : N/A

The following metrical versions of the psalm may be used:

The Lord’s my shepherd (LHS 387*, TIS 10)

The King of love my shepherd is (LHS 391*, TIS 145)
* Modernised version available

My shepherd is the Lord (TIS 11)

Geoff Strelan’s song Psalm 23 in Praise for All Seasons no 62

The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 23 that could be used on this day (page 12)

Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

David Schütz’s version sung to the tune ‘Shalom, my friends’ ATA 195.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
Shalom, shalom.
He makes me lie down in green pasture land,
Shalom, shalom.

He leads me beside the slow-running streams,
Shalom, shalom.
My soul he restores; he leads me aright,
Shalom, shalom.

And though I should walk through death’s valley dark,
Shalom, shalom,
there’s nothing I fear, for you, Lord, are near,
Shalom, shalom.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me,
Shalom, shalom.
You set me a place before all my foes,
Shalom, shalom.

My head you anoint, my cup overflows,
Shalom, shalom.
To me you always are loving and good,
Shalom, shalom,

My dwelling shall be the house of the Lord,
Shalom, shalom,
for all of my life, for all of my days,
Shalom, shalom.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 23 p35 , Psalm 23 p36 , Psalm 23 p38

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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