Sunday 11 November, 2018 – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), 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  Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Ruth and Boaz
OR 1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah and the widow of Zarephath
PSALM Psalm 127 OR Psalm 146 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ’s sacrifice takes away sins
GOSPEL Mark 12:38-44 The widow’s generous offering

Notes on the readings
1 KINGS 17:8-16: Elijah was directed for his own protection to a heathen region because of King Ahab’s determination to kill him.  The widow at Zarepath appears to have been a worshipper of the Lord God. Elijah’s request for her last reserve of food was not motivated by selfishness so much as a test of his faith (and hers) that God would somehow make good his promise that the widow would be able to continue to feed him regardless of the famine. Miracles are not frequently mentioned throughout the Old Testament. They do appear at particular times in the history of the plan of salvation when the maintenance of a people who could hold and pass down its truths was endangered.

HEBREWS 9:24-28: This reading repeats the substance of last week’s second reading. The Old Testament priests needed to offer up sacrifices for the sins of the people again and again. This was a human act commanded by God in an edifice built with human hands. Christ needed only to make one sacrifice once, thus paying for all sin once and for all. He entered the true sanctuary of God’s actual presence with a perfectly completed salvation. Otherwise his birth and death would have been needed repeatedly since Adam’s fall into sin, for human sin is continuous! Because his salvation is an accomplished fact, he will come again at the end of all things to take to himself his perfected waiting people.

MARK 12:38-44: Not all church officials who wear long robes and receive general approval are necessarily among God’s elect. Hypocrisy can exist among the seemingly ‘holy’ Christians. Beware!  There is such a thing as greater condemnation. In sharp contrast to the scribes is the widow at the temple. The importance of money in God’s kingdom is relative to what God does in blessing its use. Jesus’ comment about this widow’s gift shows that whether great or small, it is the loving motivation of the heart towards God which determines the generosity of the gift. This widow was similar to the widow at Zarepath in the demonstration of a total and implicit faith.

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 gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 12 38-44 – year b – pentecost 24; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on 1 Kings reading: edited for lay reading sermon -1 kings 17 8-16 – year b – proper 27 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 kings 17 8-16 – year b – proper 27

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
Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many,
will appear a second time,
not to deal with sin,
but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.  (Heb 9:28 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
Traditional
Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people,
that they may richly bear the fruit of good works,
and receive your rich reward;
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
Stir up, Lord, the wills of your faithful people.
Help us richly bear the fruit of good works,
and give us your rich reward.
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 vigilance. [silence])
Heavenly Father,
keep us watchful and alert
as we wait for the coming of your Son, our Lord.
When he stands at the door and knocks,
may he not find us asleep
in carelessness and sin,
but awake in hope and rejoicing,
so that we may live with you forever.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for faithfulness until Christ’s return. [silence])
Awaken us, Lord,
so that when your Son comes
we may be ready to receive him with joy
and serve you with clean hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ appeared once for all at the end of the age
to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Heb 9:26b 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 generosity to us.
Make our faith sincere,
so that we too give generously of ourselves.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Proper 27B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, God,
that through Jesus we can come to you.
Remind us that you have saved us
and you care for us,
so that we can generously give to others
as you have given to us.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper 27B

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.

Heavenly Father,
keep us watchful and alert
as we wait for the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Help us to hear his voice
when he stands at the door and knocks,
so that he may come in to us
and eat with us.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, for Christ has brought you to God.
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): Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

First reading (b): 1 Kings 17:8-16
LHS

389    God His watch is keeping*
400    From God shall naught divide me* G3
435    Christians, come praise ye G6
579    Where’er I go, whate’er my task* (see TIS 553)
AT
456    Everything we got
TIS
553    In all my ways, in every task

Second reading: Hebrews  9:24-28
LHS

108    The Lord ascendeth up on high G3
111    Hail the day that sees Him rise G5 (see TIS 369)
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3 (see TIS 373)
113    Crown Him with many crowns (see TIS 228)
160    Arise, my soul, arise
173    Before the throne of God above G5
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5 (see TIS 546)
477    I fall asleep in Jesus’ arms G5
AT
130    I am covered over
345    Nothing but the blood
TIS
228    Crown him with many crowns (vv 1-4)
344    Glory be to Jesus
369    Hail the day that sees him rise
371    God is gone up on high
373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
374    Entered the holy place above
520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (vv 1,2,4,5)
546    Lord Jesus, think on me

Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
LHS

362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
AT
265    For all your goodness, Lord
TIS
454    Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
599    Take my life, and let it be
774    For the life that you have given

PSALM 127
The following paraphrase of Psalm 127 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Jerusalem, TIS 416. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Unless the Lord God builds the house,
all those who labour build in vain.
Unless the Lord God keeps the watch
the watchers stay awake in vain.
In vain you rise at early hour,
in vain you go late to your beds,
eating the bread of anxious toil,
for he gives his beloved rest.

Your sons and daughters are a gift,
a heritage that’s from the Lord;
and every child born of the womb
God gives to you as his reward.
So are the children of your youth
like arrows in the warrior’s hand –
happy are those whose quiver’s full!
In confidence they take their stand.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 127 p223

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

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