Sunday 12 August, 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14), 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 18:5-9,15,31-33 The death of David’s son Absalom
OR (b) 1 Kings 19:4-8 Elijah fed by God
PSALM (a) Psalm 130 OR (b) Psalm 34:1-8 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Be imitators of God
GOSPEL John 6:35, 41-51 Jesus the bread of  life

Notes on the readings
1 KINGS 19:4-8: After his triumphant witness for the true God over against the priests of Baal at Mount Carmel, Elijah had to flee for his life. It seems that he fell into a deep depression resulting from his reversal of circumstances. The appearance of the angel, the provision of sustenance, the strength for the 40 days and nights journey to Mount Horeb (Sinai) all bear witness to the miraculous intervention of the Lord’s hand when his plans are at stake.

EPHESIANS 4:25 – 5:2: From this list of ‘do nots’, accompanied by positive admonitions to holiness, it can be seen that the Christian still has the sinful capacity to drive the Holy Spirit away. The sins of anger and greed lead to destructive and divisive behaviour. There is vital importance in working at a loving and forgiving style of life. The love of God in Christ is the one model which can make the essential difference, which having saved us serves for us to imitate.

JOHN 6:35,41-51: These Jews had not been satisfied with the miracle of feeding the five thousand as a sign of Jesus’ messiahship. After all, God had provided ‘manna’ in the desert for forty years in Moses’ time. Jesus therefore makes it known that he IS the bread of life itself, and that the life which he gives is eternal (not just for forty years). ‘Eating his flesh’ and ‘drinking his blood’ here means becoming united with him through faith in his teaching. His death and resurrection will accomplish for the world the life which lasts forever. This is the bread which came down from heaven in his incarnation.

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 second reading:  Pr David Christian ; edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 4 25 – 5 2 – year b – pentecost 11 Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon -ephesians 4 30-32 – year b – proper 14  ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 4 25 – 5 2 – year b – proper 14
Based on gospel 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
Put away from you all bitterness and anger,
and be kind to one another,
forgiving one another,
as God in Christ has forgiven you.  (Eph 4:31,32 NRSV alt)

OR
Jesus said: ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,
and I will raise them up at the last day.’  (John 6:44 NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
since you are always more ready to hear
than we to pray,
and are eager to give more
than we either desire or deserve:
Forgive us those things
of which our conscience is afraid,
and give us those things
which we are not worthy to ask,
except through the merits of 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
Almighty and eternal God,
you are always more ready to hear
than we are to pray,
and you are eager to give more
than we desire or deserve.
Forgive us those things
that make our conscience afraid,
and give us those things
that we are not worthy to ask for,
except 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 be defended in doubt and difficulty. [silence])
Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ gave up his life
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
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 that we are joined to Jesus. [silence])
Lord Jesus, you are the bread of life from God.
Feed us with this heavenly bread.
Unite us more closely to yourself
and live within us forever.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia.
(Jesus said:) I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. (John 6:51 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for coming as the bread of life.
Give us eternal life through faith in you.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 14B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, loving God,
for giving us your Son,
who is our life-giving bread from heaven.
Make us more and more like you,
living a life of love and service.
Lead us to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 14B

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.

Merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ
offered up his body and blood
in sacrifice to you
so that we might die to self
and live in him.
Give us such close fellowship with him
that in all doubts and dangers
our faith may not fail.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Be imitators 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 18:5-9,15,31-33

First reading (b): 1 Kings 19: 4-8
LHS

347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G6 (see TIS 569)
439    I will sing my maker’s praises (vv 1-3) G5
579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* G6 (see TIS 553)
AT
474    Bread of angels
TIS
553    In all my ways, in every task
569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

Second reading: Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2
LHS

337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276 G5)
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
357    O God, Thou faithful God *G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* (v 1) G5
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
802    One family GS
803    Peace with the Father G7
816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands G5 (see TIS 496)
860    When this world was created GS
AT
31    Freely, freely
62    One family
80    Love is patient and kind
99    Pentecost Prayer
264    Spirit of God
276   Into your death
373    Bound by love
439    Forgiven
TIS
251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
420    Holy Spirit, go before us
422    Come Holy Spirit, come
434    Where there is charity and love
466    Peace with the Father
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
635    ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
648    Help us accept each other
656    Jesus my Lord

Gospel: John 6:35,41-51
LHS

161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
283    Zion to thy Saviour singing* G3
284    O living bread from heaven* G6
287    Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness (vv 1,3,6,7) *(vv 1,3,5,6) G5 (see TIS 503)
290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
292    The death of Christ, our blessed Lord G5
295    O Lord, we praise Thee* G3
780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
837    Feed us now, Bread of life GS
838    I am the Bread of life GS (see TIS 535)
AT
79    Feed us now
167    I am the Bread of life
267    Bread of heaven
270    Eat this bread
393    Real food, real drink
473    Bread for the world
476    Here is bread
478    This is the body
595   Gather us in (v3)
665   Table of plenty (v3)
TIS
197    God’s Son came to bless us
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
469    This is the truth we hold
499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
503    Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness (vv 1,3,5,6)
517    Hallelujah, sing to Jesus
520    Lord. enthroned in heavenly splendour
522    Christ is the heavenly food
535    I am the Bread of life
538    Feed us now, Bread of life
539    You satisfy the hungry heart
714    Eat this bread

PSALM 130
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

PSALM 34
The following metrical version of Psalm 34:1-8 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Llanfair (LH 11, TIS 388) with alleluias, or to the tune Gott sei Dank (LH 221, TIS 450) without alleluias. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I will bless the Lord always;
his praise always fills my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in God;
let the humble hear with joy.

Glorify the Lord with me,
let us praise his name as one;
I cried out, he heard my voice.
He freed me from all my fears.

Faces bright will look to him.
Never will we be ashamed.
In my helplessness, I prayed,
he saved me in time of need.

See, the angel of the Lord,
guards and saves his faithful ones.
Taste and see the Lord is good.
Blest are those who rest in him.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 34 p63

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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