Sunday 23 September, 2018 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20), 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 31:10-31 A capable wife
OR (b) Jeremiah 11:18-20 A plot against Jeremiah’s life
PSALM (a) Psalm 1 OR (b) Psalm 54 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING James 3:13 – 4:3,7,8a The wisdom from heaven
GOSPEL Mark 9:30-37 The servant of all is the greatest

Notes on the readings
JEREMIAH 11:18-20: Jeremiah’s loyal obedience to the Lord resulted in a plot against his life from kinsmen and neighbours. His lament pre-figures the experiences of Jesus when his ministry and teaching fell foul of his own countrymen. Jeremiah’s innocence ‘like a gentle lamb’ in no way contradicts his plea for God’s retribution. His desire is not vengeance, but rather that God’s message might be shown thereby to be true.

JAMES 3:13 – 4:3,7,8a: Teachers in the church promote a wisdom which runs counter to that of the world. The Spirit of Christ is one of meekness, with openness to reason, backed up by the supreme teaching method – an exemplary expression of a life of genuine love (3:13,17). Teaching in arrogance for one’s own personal elevation serves only disruption and destruction among Christians (3:16). Ambitious teachers’ great failure is compounded by the absence of prayer. They are too selfish to pray (4:3). The struggle in reality is then between the devil and God. Therefore approach God in true repentance. He will provide the needed strength (4:7,8).

MARK 9:30-37: The ministry in Galilee now concluded, Jesus sets out with his disciples on the final journey to Jerusalem. They were unable to understand his clear teaching about his coming suffering and death. This was because they could not cope with any contradiction of their own fixed idea of his coming earthly political glory. Small wonder that they were subsequently pre-occupied with arguments as to their hierarchical order in the kingdom. Jesus quickly used the occasion to underline the proper priority of service in God’s ordering of his kingdom. It was most certainly not linked with pride. The object lesson of a little child should teach us all.

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 gospel reading:  Pr Simon Cooper ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 30-37 – year b – pentecost 17 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 9 30-37 – year b – proper 20
Based on second reading:  Pr Roger Atze ;  edited for lay reading sermon -james 3 13-18 – year b – proper 20

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
Whoever wants to be first
must be last of all and servant of all.  (Mark 9:35b NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Lord, grant your people grace
to avoid the contamination of the devil,
and to follow you, the only Lord,
with pure hearts and minds;
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, help your people
to avoid all contamination of the devil,
and to follow you, the only Lord,
with pure hearts and minds.
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 for a willingness to serve others. [silence])
Almighty and merciful Father,
your Son Jesus Christ has taught us
that what we do for those in need
we also do for him.
As he became the servant of all,
help us to be a servant to others.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we become more like Jesus. [silence])
Loving and self-giving God,
teach us to follow the example of your Son, Jesus,
who was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.
Lead us to be submissive to you,
and kind and considerate to others.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me
but the one who sent me.’ (Mark 9:37b NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving up everything,
and dying and rising to life again.
Help us also to serve others.

Children’s Address: Proper 20B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, God, for giving us so much,
especially your Son, Jesus Christ.
As you have loved and accepted us,
teach us to love and accept others.
Make us peace-loving
and ready to serve.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 20B
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 third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Almighty and merciful Father,
thank you that your Son Jesus Christ
has served us at his own table.
As he became the servant of all,
help us to be a servant to others.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, and serve the 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 31:10-31

First reading (b): Jeremiah 11:18-20

198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
386    In Thee is gladness* G AT 364, G7 (see TIS 200)
399    In Thee, O Lord, have I put my trust G7
364    In you is gladness
200    In you is gladness

Second reading: James 3:13 – 4:3,7,8a
157    Jesus, Lord and precious Saviour G4
177    O my Saviour, lifted G5 (see TIS 600)
296    My Maker, be Thou nigh* G5
337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* (esp vv 1,4,5,6) G6
858    Make me a channel of your peace G AT 95
860    When this earth was created GS
95    Make me a channel of your peace
99    When this earth was created (Pentecost Prayer)
430    Your words to me are life and health
448    Blest are the pure in heart
587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
600    O my Saviour, lifted
607    Make me a channel of your peace
680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
600    Gentle Jesus, meek and mild
783    Christ is the world’s light G6 (see TIS 246)
789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
816    O Fount of good (alt tune 344, G6)
857    Low, the way is low GS
891    The silent moon has risen (vv 4,5)
190    Low, the way is low
261    The Servant King
292    Because we bear your name
475   Come to the banquet (Communion)
504    The silent moon has risen (vv 3,4)
235    A man there lived in Galilee
246    Christ is the world’s light
256    From heaven you came
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you (Because we bear your name)

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
those who don’t stand among the the sinful crowd,
those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

They meditate on God’s law day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

But the ungodly – they are not like this!
They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

All those will perish who walk in the path
of the ungodly, following their way.
But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
who love his law and live in righteousness.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings :  Psalm 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4


Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 54 p97 , Psalm 54 p98

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.
LCA Music Resources Volume 3 – Psalm Settings – available for purchase through ACR here.

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