Sunday 26 August, 2018 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16), 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 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10,11)22-30,41-43 Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple
OR Joshua 24:1,2a,14-18 Joshua affirms: We will serve the Lord
PSALM Psalm 84 OR Psalm 34:15-22 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on God’s armour
GOSPEL John 6:56-69 Jesus has the words of eternal life

Notes on the readings
JOSHUA 24:1,2,14-18: As Joshua’s days were coming to an end, he gathered the people of Israel together at Shechem which was the  location of the tabernacle worship. They had just entered the promised land under his leadership. His call to renew the covenant which God had made at Mount Sinai was in the light of his experience of their tendency to glibness in their profession of  loyalty to the Lord. Joshua reminded them that the Lord stipulates absolute and exclusive loyalty. His demand that they ‘choose’ whom they will serve was in order to emphasise the overwhelming presence of idol worship among their neighbours. He therefore called on the people to serve only the Lord by a freely worked out and strongly resolved decision.

EPHESIANS 6:10-20: Just as the Israelites were surrounded by temptation from neighbouring nations, so Christians are threatened by powerful and real enemies in Satan’s spiritual realm and from the surrounding unbelieving world. The weapons of defence, pictured as the various components of a soldier’s armour, all stem from God and his gift of salvation: truth, righteousness, the message of the gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God. Prayers for personal strength and for the successful outreach of the gospel are also of prime importance.

JOHN 6:56-59: Eating ‘me’ (v 57) (ie eating and drinking Jesus’ ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’) denotes a personal union with the one who had come down from the Father and from heaven. Not only the Jews, but also some of the wider group of Jesus’ disciples could not believe that, and so drew back from following him. Jesus had foreseen this from the time of his very first miracle. He said that even if some people saw him ascending into heaven they would still not believe. Jesus’ question to the disciples, and Peter’s solid answer, show how vital trusting faith in Jesus’ exclusive  teaching of eternal life is to being saved.

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 6 10-20 – year b – pentecost 13Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon -ephesians 6 10-20 – year b – proper 16
Based on gospel reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 6 56-69 – year b – proper 16

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
Jesus said: ‘It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.
The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.’ 
(John 6:63 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
grant that we may grow in faith, hope, and love;
and make us love what you command,
so that we may obtain what you promise;
through your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
help us to grow in faith, hope, and love.
Make us love what you command,
and give to us what you promise.
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 faith to follow Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ
is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to eternal life.
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 strengthened for prayer. [silence])
Make us strong, almighty God,
to stand firm in your word
against all spiritual attacks,
so that we are equipped
to keep praying for your people.
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Note: Consider using the setting for this verse given in the Service—Alternative Form or the one in Setting One of Sing the Feast.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your words that bring eternal life.
Help us to believe in you.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 16B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, loving God,
for the gift of eternal life
through your Son Jesus Christ.
Strengthen our faith in him.
Protect us through your love in Christ,
and help us to show that love to others.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 16B
Click here for additional prayer petitions concerning the upcoming LCA Synod

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,
thank you for the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Help us to follow him
and walk along the way
that leads to eternal life.
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. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
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 8:(1,6,10,11)22-30,41-43
LHS

188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6 (see TIS 432)
249    Christ is our cornerstone G6 (TIS 433)
427    God of pity, God of grace* (3 vv mod) G6
434    Let all the world in every corner sing G7 (see TIS 105)
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (see TIS 127)
503    We love the place, O God
899    O Lord, hear my prayer
AT
208    In the presence of your people
282    O Lord, hear my prayer
289    Thank you that you hear me
TIS
105    Let all the world in every corner sing
127    Holy God, we praise your name
432    Christ is made the sure foundation
433    Christ is our cornerstone
741    O Lord, hear my prayer

First reading (b): Joshua 24:1,2a, 14-18
LHS

300    Let me be Thine for ever*
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
AT
292    Because we bear your name
TIS
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

Second reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
LHS

137    Triune God, be Thou our stay G9
195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3 (see TIS 103)
205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5 (see TIS 570)
206    Stand up, stand up for Jesus G6
207    Oft in danger, oft in woe
225    Soldiers of the cross, arise!
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
AT
100    St Patrick’s Prayer
101    As we step
410    Peace be with you
471    You can tell the Lord
485    Praying
TIS
103    A mighty fortress is our God
214    My heart is full of Christ and longs
478    I bind unto myself today
547    Be thou my vision
570    Soldiers of Christ, arise
592    Stand up, stand up for Jesus
594    Fight the good fight with all your might
642    This day God gives me

Gospel: John 6:56-69
LHS

175    Thou art the way; to Thee alone* G6
259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* (tune 12, G4)
284    O living Bread from heaven* G6
290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5 (see TIS 595)
516    O Splendour of God’s glory bright G8
838    I am the Bread of life GS (see TIS 535 for inclusive language)
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
AT
167    I am the Bread of life
183    Look beyond
270    Eat this bread
442    Alleluia! Where shall we go?
478    This is the body
498    We will take what you offer
660    Jesus Speak
TIS
266    Thou art the way: by thee alone
430    Your words to me are life and health
535    I am the Bread of life
595    O Jesus, I have promised
714    Eat this bread

PSALM 84
TIS 44, How lovely is your dwelling-place, is a paraphrase of Psalm 84:1-7,10-12. Or, the following paraphrase of Psalm 84 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wie lieblich ists hienieden, LH 621. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling,
O Lord of heav’nly hosts!
I long with deepest yearning
to stand inside its courts;
for there with all my being
I sing with joy to God.

The sparrow makes her nest there
and there she lays her young
in safety by your altar,
O Lord, my God and king.
How happy those who live there –
they never cease to sing.

You strengthen those who journey
to Zion, your abode;
your gentle rain refreshes
them on the desert road.
They long to see your face there –
O hear my prayer, O Lord.

We pray for your anointed,
our king, who shields us well.
One day within your temple,
if only at the door,
is worth a thousand elsewhere,
where sin and evil dwell.

You honour us with favour,
you are our sun and shield.
You keep no good thing from those
who joy to do your will.
O Lord of hosts, how happy
are those who trust in you.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 84 p137 , Psalm 84 p138

PSALM 34
The following metrical version of Psalm 34:15-22 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.

Our Lord keeps his eyes on us,
and his ears will hear our cry.
But he shuns those who do wrong,
and cuts off all thought of them.

He will mend the broken heart;
he will heal the battered soul.
Though the righteous suffer much,
yet he rescues them from all.

He will guard his righteous ones,
not one of their bones will break.
Sin will reap the wage of death;
those who hate the good are doomed.

But he pays the ransom price,
for the lives of all his saints.
All whose refuge is in him
shall not ever be condemned.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 34 p64

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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