Sunday 7 October, 2018 – LCA & NZ Synod Sunday

Congregations may choose to observe Synod Sunday on 7 October and use some or all of the following resources from the Closing service in their worship.

Otherwise, resources for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) can be found here.

Altar colour: Green

Bible readings:
FIRST READING: Exodus 29:38-46
PSALM 84 – consider singing TIS 44 How lovely is your dwelling place which is a paraphrase of Psalm 84 to the tune of LHS 161
SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:19-25
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 18:19-20

Sermon: a sermon written by Bishop John Henderson can be downloaded here: Synod-Sunday-Sermon-J-Henderson[final]

Opening Sentences:
By faith in Jesus Christ
We have freedom and a future
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Order of service for lay reading:

LCA & NZ Synod Sunday 2018 (ppt)

Synod Sunday Word and Prayer 2018 (word – booklet layout)
Prayer of the Day (Collect):
Father of mercy and might,
you have ordered our earthly life
that we must walk by faith and not by sight.
Give us such trust in your fatherly care
that we show our faith
by our courage in the face of all perplexities.
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.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Synod Sunday

Song/Hymn suggestions:
(Used at the Closing Service at Rosehill Gardens)
Blessed be your name        Beth Redman | Matt Redman
Grace                                     Jonny Robinson | Niki Shepherd | Rich Thompson
Jesus take all of me            Brenton Brown | Charlotte Elliott | William Batchelder Bradbury
Behold the Lamb                Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend
New Doxology                     Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken | Thomas Miller

Other suggestions:
You are Glorious – AT 370
Doxology  – TIS 768 Melody 2
By Faith  – Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend
Where Love Comes to Life – AT 666
All Creatures of Our God and King – TIS 100
Shall we gather at the river – Robert Lowry (1864) Download the music score and lyrics here
Gracious God, our heavenly Father – LHS 236 (opening hymn)
To Thy most holy supper, Lord – LHS 285 (communion)
Blessed Jesus, at Thy word – LHS 500 (opening hymn)
Before the throne of God above – LHS 173 (Hebrews reading)
Where two or three are gathered – AT 73 (gospel)
Open our eyes – AT 488 (gospel)
Saints of all time – AT 324
You are our God – AT 333 (OT reading)

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