Sunday 2 September, 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), Year B

Father’s Day

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)  Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Springtime love song
OR (b) Deuteronomy 4:1,2,6-9 Moses urges Israel to keep the Lord’s commands
PSALM (a) Psalm 45:1,2,6-9 OR (b) Psalm 15 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING James 1:17-27 Listening and doing
GOSPEL Mark 7:1-8,14,15,21-23 What makes people unclean

Notes on the readings
DEUTERONOMY 4:1,2,6-9: Moses gives the people of Israel a code of law which will apply as a permanent reference for morality and justice in the land they are about to enter. God’s code for behaviour is also to serve as a witness among the surrounding nations through the life of the people. Their different conduct of life and distinctive national social justice should point clearly to the greatness of their God in the eyes of neighbouring peoples.

JAMES 1:17-21: If Old Testament Israel was expected to show forth righteousness by the proper observance of God’s law, how much more should Christians of the new era display genuine righteousness. God regards the believer as righteous for Christ’s sake, but also works righteousness in the life of the believer. The Christian has been set free from the results of sin through the gospel (the perfect law of liberty). Therefore one needs constantly to put off the sinful life and persevere in the power of God’s implanted word to live in patent sincerity to carry out works of generosity and purity.

MARK 7:1-8,14,15,21-23: The only violent language our Lord Jesus used was in response to hypocrisy. The religious leaders taught that external rituals were necessary to avoid contamination from other peoples’ sin and it was necessary to abstain from forbidden foods. Jesus clearly answered their criticism against his disciples by pointing to God’s own emphasis. He quoted Isaiah (29:13) to show that God’s first requirement is a heart which sorrows over sin but worships and obeys in purity. We can see clearly that our Lord upheld God’s law as not only binding for our conduct, but that the commands of God are to dwell within our heart. When the heart is right, outward deeds will follow in purity.

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 Tim Stringer Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon -james 1 17-27 – year b – proper 17
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 7 1-23 – year b – pentecost 14 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 7 1-23 – year b – proper 17

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
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
for the winter is past, and the time of singing has come.  (Song of Sol 2:10b,12a NRSV)
OR
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights.  (James 1:17) NRSV

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Keep, O Lord, your church
with your continual mercy;
and because without you
we in our frailty cannot but fall,
keep us always by your help
from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things
profitable to our salvation;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Watch over your church, Lord,
with your constant mercy,
because without your support
we would fall.
Keep us from what might hurt us,
and lead us to what is good 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.
Amen.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray that we may offer ourselves to God. [silence])
Lord God, your Son humbled himself
in obedience to your will
and gave up his life for us.
Transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
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.
Amen.

OR, new
Let us pray for sincerity. [silence])
Holy and faithful God,
keep us from a piety
that is only for show.
Wash us completely clean,
so that what flows out of us
may be pure and good.
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
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Father gave us birth by the word of truth,
so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. (James 1:18 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for telling us what God requires.
Create in us clean hearts.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 17B

Offering Prayer:
God of light and life,
let our faith be sincere and active,
so that we put your word into practice,
and live the lives you want us to.
Lead us to help people in need,
showing the same love that you have shown us.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 17B
Click here for additional prayer petitions concerning the upcoming LCA Synod

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS FOR FATHER’S DAY
One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church.

Every family in heaven and on earth
receives its true name from you.
We thank you for our fathers
and for the gift of fatherhood.
Help fathers not to be harsh with their children
and provoke them to anger,
but to bring them up in the training and instruction
of your Son, Jesus Christ.

OR
God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of fatherhood;
for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as fathers;
for those whose work keeps them from spending time with their children;
for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
for those who are unable to provide for their children through unemployment or sickness;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or death;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
and for those whose children have rejected their love.
Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

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.

Lord God,
as we have received the body and blood
of your Son Jesus Christ,
transform and renew us within.
Help us not to be conformed to this world,
but to dedicate ourselves to you,
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.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Accept the word that God has planted in you.
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): Song of Solomon 2:8-13
LHS

8    Rise, children of the kingdom* G5 (alt tune 107, G4)
15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
AT
114    Come my brother, come my sister
TIS

First reading (b): Deuteronomy 4:1,2,6-9
LHS

265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
268    Lamp of our feet, whereby we trace G6
345    O that the Lord would guide my ways G6
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
AT
246    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
TIS
430    Your words to me are life and health
581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

Second reading: James 1:17-27
LHS

157    Jesus, Lord and precious Saviour G4
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7 (see TIS 596)
563    We plough the fields and scatter (chorus) G4 (see TIS 130)
638    Great God, Thou giver of all good G6
828    I am baptized – O blessed day GS (alt tune 270, G3)
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (alt tune 109, G5) (TIS 496)
AT
300    Everyone should be quick to listen
330    A baby’s smile and a gentle rain
456    Everything we got
TIS
130    We plough the fields and scatter (chorus)
255    O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation
420    Holy Spirit, go before us
494    In water we grow
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
687    God gives us a future
697    All the sleepy

Gospel: Mark 7:1-8,14,15,21-23
LHS

129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
358    Renew me, O eternal light* G3
364    A new heart, Lord, create in me* G5 (see TIS 559)
AT
269    Create in us
423    Examine my heart
TIS
407    Breathe on me, Breath of God
476    As a chalice cast of gold
559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
712    Create in us

HYMNS AND SONGS FOR FATHER’S DAY
There are very few hymns and songs that concentrate on ‘fatherhood’ alone. The following hymns and songs which have as their theme ‘marriage’, ‘family’ or ‘home’ may be appropriate for Father’s Day. Of course, many hymns and songs have the fatherhood of God as their theme, and this may be appropriate for the day also.

LHS
467    For the beauty of the earth G7
583    O Father, all creating G4
587    O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available) G6
589    O blessed home where man and wife G3

TIS
137    For the beauty of the earth
328    Joseph, your love of life
581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (altered with permission by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164, TIS 233).

God gave fathers to protect us,
and to guide us in love’s way.
They stood by us from our cradle,
teaching us to watch and pray.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who gave us love so free.

As we grew they stayed beside us,
listening, loving constantly.
They spoke to us words of wisdom,
though, at times, so hard to see.
Precious Saviour, bless our fathers;
or our fathers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who taught us how to be.

(This verse may be sung by fathers who are present)
Now as fathers, Lord, we ask you
be our helper and our guide.
Give us courage, bless our efforts,
let us live love deep and wide.
Precious Saviour, keep us faithful.
teaching, leading, loving, true.
Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
they are precious to you too.

PSALM 45
Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 45:1-9 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of Hanover (LH 454, TIS 133). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

My heart overflows with beautiful verse,
in songs for the king my tongue pens its words,
you are the most handsome, your lips speak with grace,
and so God has blessed you throughout all your days.

With sword at your side, in majesty ride,
victorious and strong, defend right from wrong,
Your right hand is lifted t’ward our enemies,
your arrows fly swiftly, they fall to their knees.

The throne of our God will always endure.
You hate wickedness, with justice you rule,
and so God anoints you with gladness for oil,
above your companions, you rule over all.

In ivory halls, the harps make you sing.
Around you attend the daughters of kings.
The queen stands beside you in gold of Ophir,
and your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 45 p75 , Psalm 45 p76

PSALM 15

The following paraphrase of Psalm 15 by David Schütz (alt.) may be sung to the tune Anthes (LH 308). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, who shall be admitted
into your holy tent?
And who may find a dwelling
upon your holy hill?
All those whose life is blameless,
the righteous and the just,
who never stoop to slander,
but speak with honest heart.

They keep from doing evil,
from doing harm to friends.
They close their ears to rumours
that harm their neighbours’ name.
They show the greatest honour
to those who fear the Lord,
but in their eyes the evil
are held in no regard.

They always keep their promise,
no matter what the cost.
They lend their money freely
and will not take a bribe.
All these shall be admitted
and shall not be removed,
for they alone may enter
God’s tent and know his love.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 15 p18 , Psalm 15 p19 , Psalm 15 p20

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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