Sunday 19 August, 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15), 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) 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Solomon prays for wisdom
OR (b) Proverbs 9:1-6 The invitation of Wisdom
PSALM (a) Psalm 111 OR (b) Psalm 34:9-14 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 5:15-20 Live as wise Spirit-filled people
GOSPEL John 6:51-58 Jesus’ flesh and blood gives life

Notes on the readings
PROVERBS 9:1-6: The pithy ‘wisdom’ sayings of the Old Testament (as in Proverbs) provided practical ways of applying God’s law to the whole of life. Here ‘wisdom’ is personified as a rich and generous hostess setting forth a feast and issuing a compelling general invitation for any and all to partake. All those who will lay aside their own intellectual pride and come may well be considered ‘simple’ (v 4) by the worldly, but will be amply nourished in the way of true holiness, growing and strengthening in a godly and righteous life.

EPHESIANS 5:15-20: The same wisdom depicted in the previous reading is urged here by St Paul for us, like his readers, to take up into our lives. Because we owe all of our new life to a gracious heavenly Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank him in and by our lives and worship (vv 19,20). The mark of true wisdom is knowing oneself in the light of God’s will. With that prominent value uppermost, we avoid the folly, immorality and drunkenness of our social surroundings. This is also a part of being filled with the Spirit.

JOHN 6:51-58: Eating and drinking the blood of Christ here means to receive everything he is and everything he did, does and will do in true and humble faith. In this way the miracle of eternal life is made ours and continues to nourish us. This excludes any ‘wisdom’ which is not God’s, any personal effort which human beings think empowers them to be a part of God and his purposes. The Jews thought that the ‘bread’ of eternal life was God’s law as they taught it. Hence the graphic and, to them, offensive imagery which Jesus employed to penetrate their stubborn complacency.

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 1 Kings reading: Pr Tim Stringer
Based on Psalm 34: Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 5 15-20 – year b – proper 15
Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 6 51-58 – year b – pentecost 12 ;  edited for lay reading sermon -john 6 51-58 – year b – proper 15

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
Wisdom has build her house, she has also set her table:
Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.  (Prov 9:1a,2b,5 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Almighty and merciful God,
since you give your faithful people grace
to offer you true and acceptable service:
Grant that we may so faithfully serve you in this life
that we fail not finally to obtain your heavenly promises;
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
Almighty and merciful God,
it is your gift
that your faithful people serve you well.
Help us to run without stumbling
and reach what you have promised.
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 that all people may find their fulfilment in Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you have fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
in the coming of your Son as a human being.
May he shine in our lives,
so that all who see us
are drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray for discernment. [silence])
Wise and all-knowing God,
give us your gift of wisdom.
When we don’t know which way to go,
open our eyes and hearts,
so that we see clearly
the right path to take,
and do what pleases you.
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:) ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
abide in me, and I in them.’ (John 6:56 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving your flesh and blood
for us to eat and drink.
Let us live with you forever.

Children’s Address: Proper 15B

Offering Prayer:
Living God,
thank you for sending Jesus,
so that we can live in him and he in us.
Let us always remain in him,
so that, filled with the Spirit,
we may know and do your will.
Help us to live lives of thankfulness and joy,
serving you and other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 15B
Click here for additional prayer petitions concerning the upcoming LCA Synod

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 fulfilled our human longing
for justice and peace
when your Son came as a human being.
As we have received his body and blood in this sacrament,
may he shine in our lives
so that all who see us
may be drawn to him
as their only Saviour.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace, filled with the Spirit.
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): 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes
134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit*
175    Thou art the way, to Thee alone*
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G AT 405, G6 (see TIS 626)
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright G6
462    God of mercy, God of grace G6 (see TIS 452)
812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
359    Holy Spirit, living water
226    Thou art the way: by thee alone
420    Holy Sprit, go before us
422    Come, Holy Spirit, come
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
452    God of mercy, God of grace
547    Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

First reading (b): Proverbs 9:1-6

265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
268    Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace G6
393    Real food, real drink
427    Lord, your word abiding
474    Here in this place
544    Since the world was young
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart

Second reading: Ephesians 5:15-20

121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4 (see TIS 399)
124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (see TIS 400)
132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 355,G3, alt tune 245, G6)
434    Let all the world in every corner sing G7
437    Now thank we all our God* G6 (see TIS 106)
439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
468    O praise ye the Lord (see TIS 96)
525    Awake, my soul, and with the sun G9
150    Sing a new song
276    Into your death we go
298    Let’s go out
325    Sing to God
326    Shout for joy
369    Shout to the Lord
393   Real food, real drink
96    Sing praise to the Lord!
105    Let all the world in every corner sing
106    Now thank we all our God
107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
557    Awake, my soul, and with the sun
646    God is our song, and every singer blest

Gospel: John 6:51-58

89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5 (see TIS 364)
251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
282    Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord* (see TIS 498)
284    O living Bread from heaven* G6
290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
838    I am the Bread of life GS (see TIS 535 for inclusive language)
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
843    Saviour, to the Father’s side
845    Strengthen for service, Lord (alt tune 109 G5) (see TIS 496)
167    I am the Bread of life (see TIS 535 for inclusive language)
183    Look beyond the bread you eat
270    Eat this bread
393    Real food, real drink
472    As we take this bread
473    Bread for the world
478    This is the body
498    We will take what you offer
530   Healing is flowing
364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
495    Father, we give you thanks, who planted
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
505    Jesus invites his saints
535    I am the Bread of life
714    Eat this bread

Two metrical versions of Psalm 111 by David Schütz are given here. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Version I: may be sung to the tune Herzlich Lieb (LHS 385)

Alleluia! Alleluia!
With all my heart I thank the Lord
before the congregation.
The works of God are great and good,
and all who find their joy in him
will seek to understand them.
His noble works and splendid ways
have won him fame and glorious praise;
for evermore his righteousness
and grace and mercy never cease.
The Lord our God
provides for those who fear his name,
true to his word, always the same.

The Lord has shown his mighty power
by giving to his faithful ones
a good land to inherit.
The things he does are right and just,
and all his laws deserve our trust,
they will remain for ever.
He set his faithful people free,
when we were lost in slavery,
gave us his covenant and word –
holy and awesome is the Lord!
Be wise and learn to fear the Lord,
whose praise endures for evermore.

Version II: may be sung to the tune ‘I am covered over’ (ATA 130)

I will thank the Lord with all
my heart before the presence of
his holy ones.
Everything the Lord has done
is great and wonderful, and
I delight in it!
He is full of majesty
and honour, and his righteousness
will always last forever.
We will not forget him for
he always shows us tenderness
and mercy.

He provides the food for those
who fear him; he will not forget
his covenant;
he has shown his power to
his people and he’s given us
a heritage.
All he does is just and true;
and we can trust his precepts too,
for they are always steadfast,
they have been set down to be
performed in truth and righteousness
for ever.

He has freed his people from
their chains and he has given us
his covenant.
Holy is the Lord our God
and awesome is his holy name
for evermore.
Wisdom starts with fearing God
the Lord, and all who practise it
will reach true understanding.
Everyone who loves the Lord
our God will praise his name now
and forever.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 111 p182Psalm 111 p183

The following metrical version of Psalm 34:9-14 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.

Fear the Lord, you saints of God.
Those who fear him have no want.
Many hunger though they’re strong;
yet the saints of God are filled.

Those among you who love life,
and who wish to live long years,
come to me, and hear my word;
I will help you fear the Lord!

Keep your tongue from evil words,
and your lips from speaking lies.
Turn from evil and do good.
Work for peace and seek its goals.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 34 p62

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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