Sunday 9 September, 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) , 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)  Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23 Justice and generosity better then riches
OR (b) Isaiah 35:4-7a God will come to save
PSALM (a) Psalm 125 OR (b) Psalm 146 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17 Faith shown in love
GOSPEL Mark 7:24-37 A woman’s faith; Jesus heals a deaf mute

Notes on the readings
ISAIAH 35:4-7a: This prophecy has its initial setting in the Lord bringing his people home from captivity in Babylon. However, its total application flows much further than that. We see the fulfilment of the new age predicted in verses 5 and 6 (healing the lame, deaf, blind, dumb) when Jesus showed his messianic credentials by means of his miracles, as in today’s gospel reading. The full coming of the Lord, promised in 4b (in which ‘vengeance’ and ‘recompense’ is still to come). The note of glowing joy fits in with the Christian anticipation of God’s ultimate deliverance in our salvation.

JAMES 9:1-10,14-17: Here is a reading to jolt us, who belong to a material culture, out of our accustomed complacency. It is human nature to be impressed with and well disposed towards those who wear the outward trappings of success and achievement. It is also easy, unfortunately, to overlook or even ignore those people cast in a more ordinary or poorer mould. We are saved solely by faith in our Saviour, but a genuine saving faith CANNOT BUT show and express itself through attitudes and deeds of love. Partiality violates and smashes to smithereens our Lord’s law of love. A vital, active and living faith must produce works of love, otherwise it is no faith at all, and will not save.

MARK 7:24-37: These two miracles were performed outside of Jewish territory, but in both instances faith was elicited. With the Syrophoenecian woman Jesus left room for an eventual expectation of God’s grace. However, by her faith the woman extended it to the possibility of immediate help. Jesus answered her faith. With the deaf man Jesus used sign and body language to call forth the man’s expectancy and faith. In both instances the fulfilment of Isaiah 35 is seen.

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 : edited for lay reading sermon – james 2 1-13 – year b – pentecost 15 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – james 2 1-13 – year b – proper 18
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon -mark 7 24-30 – year b – proper 18
Based on Isaiah reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy

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
Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.
He will come and save you.  (Isa 35:4 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
O Lord, let your continual pity
cleanse and defend your church;
and because it cannot continue in safety without you,
preserve it forever by your help and goodness;
through 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
Lord, in your constant mercy
cleanse and defend your church.
Guide it forever by your goodness
because it cannot remain safe without 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, alternative
(Let us pray for guidance. [silence])
Guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
and boldly in times of trouble.
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 persistence in prayer. [silence])
Generous God,
like a loving parent
you always welcome us
when we come to you.
Encourage us to keep on approaching you
for whatever we need,
knowing that you supply what is best 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.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has done everything well;
he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. (Mark 7:37 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your great power and compassion in healing people.
Help us to trust in you for all our needs.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 18B

Offering Prayer:
Loving and merciful God,
thank you for your compassion on us
and on all people.
Lead us to show the same compassion to others,
whatever their background.
Use us and our gifts for your service.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 18B
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.

Through your gifts of word and sacrament,
guide and rule your church forever, Lord,
so that we may walk warily in times of quiet
and boldly in times of trouble.
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, for God has been merciful to 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): Proverbs 22:1,2,8,9,22,23
LHS

357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
AT
286    Lord, hear my praying
301    Prayer of peace
310    Yesu, Yesu
TIS
640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
689    Lord, hear my praying

First reading (b): Isaiah 35:4-7a
LHS

16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (see TIS 275 for modernised text)
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (see TIS 210)
222    Thou whose almighty word G6 (see TIS 447)
223    Look from Thy sphere of endless day G6
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
739    When the King shall come again G4
AT
25    Comfort, comfort all my people
205    What you hear in the dark
263    Singing all praises
416    We will rise up
454    Your God will come
496    Don’t be afraid
510    Advent news
TIS
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
447    Lord, your almighty word
633    Lord, we are blind
647    Comfort, comfort, all my people

Second reading: James 2:1-10(11-13)14-17
LHS

344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
804    The Church of Christ, in every age G5
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life (alt tune 373, G5)
AT
25    Comfort, comfort all my people
292    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
300    Everyone should be quick to listen
301    Prayer of peace
446    Mercy
503    Show me heaven
582    Like a candle
661    Law of Love
TIS
529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
647    Comfort, comfort all my people
648    Help us accept each other, Lord
657    God of freedom, God of justice
674    Inspired by love and anger
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
LHS

161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
242    Thou to whom the sick and dying
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9 (see TIS 584)
780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
796    When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5)
818    O Son of God, in Galilee (alt tune 848, G5)
AT
263    Singing all praises
441    Jesus was sent
TIS
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
254    O changeless Christ, forever new
584    Just as I am, without one plea

PSALM 125
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 125 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘Trust and obey’ (LHS 877). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Those who trust in the Lord,
they will never be moved,
but like Zion’s high mountain stand firm.
Now forever the Lord
will surround those he loves,
like the hills round Jerusalem’s walls.

Do good, O Lord,
to all those who are good,
and to those who are upright
in the depth of their hearts.

For the wicked won’t rule
in the land of the just,
lest the righteous reach out to do wrong.
Though the Lord leads away
those who wilfully stray,
may he bless Israel with his peace.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 125 p216Psalm 125 p217

PSALM 146

TIS 90, I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, is a paraphrase of Psalm 146:1,2,5-9. Or, either of the following paraphrases of the psalm by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first may be sung to the tune Adelaide, LH 461.

As long as I have breath,
I’ll sing my praise to God:
O praise the Lord, my soul!
Don’t trust in human strength,
in whom there is no help.
O praise the Lord, my soul!

When mortal breath is gone,
and strength returns to dust,
all human plans will end;
but Jacob’s God keeps faith –
he made the earth and sky
and all that they contain!

He gives the hungry food,
and justice to the poor
and sets the prisoners free.
The righteous know his love.
He lifts up those weighed down,
and makes the blind to see.

He cares for refugees,
for widows, orphans too,
but all who hate him fall!
Forever Zion’s God
is King of all the earth,
O praise the Lord, my soul!

This second version may be sung to the tune of ‘Now the green blade rises’ (LHS 764, AT 15, TIS 382).

Verses1-4
Praise the Lord, my soul! I’ll praise him all my days.
Trust no human leader – mortals bring no aid.
Their breath departs, their bodies turn to dust,
all their plans will perish, as all creatures must.

Verses 5,6
Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

Verses 7,8
The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
by his healing power the blind are made to see,
he gives his justice to all those oppressed,
lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

Verses 9,10
Strangers, widows, orphans know his loving grace.
But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 146 p239 , Psalm 146 p240

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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