Sunday 16 September, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19), 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 1:20-33 The call of wisdom
OR (b) Isaiah 50:4-9a The obedient servant of the Lord
PSALM (a) Psalm 19 OR (b) Psalm 116:1-9 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING James 3:1-12 Taming the tongue
GOSPEL Mark 8:27-38 Christ must suffer and die

Notes on the readings
ISAIAH 50:4-9a: The first verse (4) characterises a ‘Servant’ of God who cannot be excelled. Yet, for the sake of his servanthood, and because of it, he must suffer. Since the time of Cain and Abel those who serve God can and do suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. Yet in this instance the Servant is willing to commit himself in serene trust to come what may. He is sure of his ultimate vindication. God is stronger than his enemies. In this reading we can see our Lord Jesus here just a step short of the cross.

JAMES 3:1-12: People sometimes desire to exercise influence and power in the church through their ability to speak. James points out that the teacher in Christ’s kingdom is using a power to influence which can have eternal repercussions, even in condemnation. Because of human failure, it is essential then that the tongue be subject to the same Christian self-control that pertains to the rest of the body. Even then, human double-minded openness to evil threatens to permit Satan’s poison to work destruction. Our ordinary everyday speech should be in step with that of our worship.

MARK 8:27-38: Jesus from the beginning of his ministry knew of his messianic mission and the necessity of his eventual suffering and death. His question to the disciples revealed that they were beginning to see more clearly who he really was. Yet his private teaching to them concerning the necessity of suffering and death not only startled and staggered them, but was met with vigorous denial. There were two strands of prophecy in the Old Testament scriptures concerning the Messiah, namely, the suffering servant and the triumphant king. Jesus himself could not attain the crown without undergoing the cross. Any would-be  follower also needs to join him in suffering, even to death. Yet whatever loss is experienced in earthly terms is more than balanced in the ultimate glory Jesus will share with his own.

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 3 7-10 – year b – pentecost 16 Pr Tim Stringer
Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon -mark 8 35 – year b – proper 19 : NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 27-38 – year b – proper 19
Based on Psalm 116: 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
Jesus said: ‘If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’.  (Mark 8:34 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Lord, we pray that your grace
may always go before and follow after us,
so that we may continually be devoted
to all good works;
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
Lord, let your loving kindness
always go before us and follow us,
and lead us continually to do 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.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray that we may depend on God’s mercy. [silence])
Loving heavenly Father,
it is by your mercy that we are redeemed.
Help us always to remember
that you have forgiven and accepted us
only because of Christ,
and not because of ourselves
or anything that we have done.
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, new
(Let us pray for strength to follow Jesus’ path of suffering. [silence])
Jesus, the Christ,
we thank you that you obediently suffered and died
to give us life.
Strengthen us to carry our cross
and willingly to go where you lead us.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) Those who want to save their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake,
and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. (Mark 8:35 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for suffering and dying
for our sakes.
Help us to forget ourselves and follow you.

Children’s Address: Proper 19B

Offering Prayer:
Loving God,
we thank you for giving up your Son for us.
Help us to follow his way
of obedience and self-sacrifice,
willingly serving you and other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 19B
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 fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Jesus, the Christ,
we thank you that you obediently suffered and died
to give us life,
the life that we have again received in this sacrament.
Strengthen us to carry our cross
and willingly to go where you lead us.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace. Obediently follow our Lord.
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 1:20-33

132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6, alt tune 355, G3)
859    Seek, O seek the Lord

464    Seek, O seek the Lord
547    Be thou my vision
598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind
636    God has spoken to his people

First reading (b): Isaiah 50:4-9a

400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
411    If God be my defender* G3
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (see TIS 437)
64    Nothing can separate us
281    Nothing in all creation
601   Ka mana ‘o ‘i ‘o (Faithful, faithful is our God)
107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
636    God has spoken to his people

Second reading: James 3:1-12

337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7 (see TIS 596)
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (alt tune 109, G5) (see TIS 496)
300    Everyone should be quick to listen
476    As a chalice cast of gold
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
599    Take my life, and let it be

Gospel: Mark 8:27-38

60    Christ the life of all the living G5
336    ‘Come follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
351    ‘Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said (alt tune 270 G3, G9) (see TIS 583)
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord*
750    When Jesus lived among us G7
261    From heaven you came (The Servant King)
401    Follow me
413    Will you come and follow me
495    Come and follow me
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
532    Jesus asks
579   Go and tell
235    A man there lived in Galilee
251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
583    ‘Take up your cross’, the Saviour said
595    O Jesus I have promised
624    Christ be my leader by day as by night
625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
656    Jesus, my Lord

TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-5, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-10.

The Iona song ‘May the words of my mouth’ in ATO 323 may be used as a congregational refrain, while a reader reads the verses of Psalm 19. AT 518 ‘May the words’ would also be suitable.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz is sung to either St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
The heavens are telling your glory and power,
your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
no language is heard in the words that they say.
And yet their voice goes throughout all of the world,
their words are conveyed to the end of the earth.

God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
it comes like a bridegroom on his wedding day,
and runs, like an athlete, from morning to night,
and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
in them both a warning and promise is told.

But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 19 p26Psalm 19 p27Psalm 19 p28


Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 116 p196

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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