Sunday 30 September, 2018 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21), 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)  Esther 7:1-6,9,10; 9:20-22 The Jews celebrate victory over their enemies
OR (b) Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29 Moses chooses 70 leaders
PSALM (a) Psalm 124 OR (b) Psalm 19:7-14 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING James 5:13-20 Prayer offered in faith
GOSPEL Mark 9:38-50 Acting in Jesus’ name; temptations to sin

Notes on the readings
NUMBERS 11:4-6,10-16,24-29: A small group of riff-raff, probably leaving Egypt with the Hebrews, managed to spread general dissatisfaction throughout the camp. The memory of previous home comforts became a more powerful factor in peoples’ minds than the present reality of God’s miraculous gracious guardianship and providence. Moses’ outraged plea to the Lord for relief, even through his own death, shows his overwrought state. Responsibilities of leadership were huge, and now this! The gathering of elders was to share the responsibility and to support Moses. The once-up ‘prophesying’ was no doubt an ecstatic experience inducting them into office. Moses’ delight is evident in his answer to Joshua’s objection.

JAMES 5:13-29: In times of suffering, prayer and praise are avenues of positive response in times of suffering. The section verses 14-16 has been interpreted variously. However, it is clear that St James associates sickness of the body with sickness of the soul. Prayers over the sick together with anointing (oil has an outward healing connotation) and mutual confession and forgiveness make for peace of conscience and a physical answer of healing from the Lord. Prayer in the light of righteousness bestowed through God’s forgiveness works effectively. Even more important is restoration of souls from death to life.

MARK 9:38-50: Exorcism is recorded in the New Testament as being performed by other agencies than Jesus. In this case he reproved John because the man was not a threat to the gospel ministry. However, even a much less spectacular service by way of a cup of cold water is given value by God in the work of the Kingdom. Leading another person into sin, especially infants in faith, produces such a stern and awesome warning because it leads that person to hell. Allowing one’s own comfort zones to lead into sin is equally serious because of the reality of hell as the outcome. A soul is so precious to God because it can be saved eternally. Therefore Christians are ‘salted’ – they are permitted the refinement exercised through suffering.

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 Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – james 5 13-20 – year b – pentecost 18 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy  ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – james 5 7-20 – year b – proper 21
Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon -mark 9 38-50 – year b – proper 21

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
Are any among you suffering?
They should pray.
Are any cheerful?
They should sing songs of praise.  (Jas 5:13 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
O God, since without you
we are not able to please you:
Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things
direct and rule our hearts;
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,
without you we are not able to please you.
Direct our hearts
by the working of your mercy.
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 to be faithful stewards of our possessions. [silence])
Loving Father,
you have so generously given us
all that we are
and all that we call our own.
Help us to serve you
by managing our possessions wisely,
so that they may not be a curse in our lives,
but an instrument for blessing.
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 a strong and sincere faith. [silence])
Holy God,
take away any obstacles
that cause us to stumble or fall
in our faith,
and keep us from causing others to stumble.
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.
(Jesus said:) ‘Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink
because you bear the name of Christ
will by no means lose the reward.’ (Mark 9:41 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for giving people power to do good in your name.
Help us not to cause any believers to stumble.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 21B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, loving God,
for uniting us with Christ
and with one another.
Lead us to help and pray for each other,
and to live our lives in praise to you
and in service to all in need.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 21B
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 fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Holy God,
we thank you for strengthening our faith
in this sacrament.
Take away any obstacles
that cause us to stumble or fall
in our faith,
and keep us from causing others to stumble.
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, because you bear the name of Christ.
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): Esther 7:1-6, 9,10; 9:20-22
LHS

405    In God, my faithful God* G4
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6 (seer TIS 554)
AT
150    Sing a new song unto the Lord
219    When I feel miserable
253    He turned my mourning into dancing
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
TIS
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
560    All my hope on God is founded

First reading (b): Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29
LHS

134    Come, O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
227    O Spirit of the living God G5 (see TIS 405)
244    Lord, pour your Spirit from on high* G5 (see TIS 451)
245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
AT
218    Spirit, spirit of gentleness
249    As a dream receive your history
251    God sends us his Spirit
TIS
402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
405    O Spirit of the living God
451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
574    Captain of Israel’s host, and guide

Second reading: James 5:13-20
LHS

237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6 (see TIS 444)
439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5 (see TIS 445)
780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6 (alt tune 223, G6)
AT
235    In your hand, my Saviour
272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
278    Lord, hear our prayer
385    If there ever was a time
418    We come by ones
503   Show me heaven
568    Kyrie Eleison
572   In the shape of a cross
TIS
240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
444    Dear Shepherd of  your people, hear
445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
638    O Christ the healer, we have come
737    Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all

Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
LHS

356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
803    Peace with the Father G7
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life (alt tune 373, G5)
AT
292    Because we bear your name
583    May you go well (benediction)
TIS
466    Peace with the Father
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

PSALM 124
TIS 79, Now Israel, is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 124. The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, may be sung to the contemporary tune and chorus of ‘God is on our side’ (LHS 861, ATN 21) by Peter Schmidt. If a traditional version is required, omit the chorus and sing to the tune of St Magnus [Nottingham] (LH 169, TIS 378). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

If God had not been on our side –
let Israel now say –
if God had not been on our side,
our foes had won the day!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

They would have swallowed us alive,
with anger hot as flames;
they would have tossed us like a flood,
and drowned us in their waves!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

So, blessed be the Lord our God,
who snatched us from their jaws!
We have escaped just as a bird
flies from the hunter’s claws!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

Our help is in God’s holy name,
the Lord of Israel,
for he made all of heav’n and earth,
and he does all things well!
If God is on our side,
God is on our side,
who can be against us?

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 124 p214Psalm 124 p215

PSALM 19
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 19:7-14.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 19:7-14 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.

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 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

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

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