Sunday 18 November, 2018 – Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), Year B

2nd last Sunday of the Church Year

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  1 Samuel 1:4-20 The birth of Samuel
OR Daniel 12:1-3 The time of the end
PSALM 1 Samuel 2:1-10 OR Psalm 16 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 Let us confidently draw near to God
GOSPEL Mark 13:1-8 Signs of the end of the age

Notes on the readings
DANIEL 12:1-3: The book of Daniel foretells devastating times of suffering under the struggles of Greece and Persia in the region of Israel. At the time when this prophecy would come true an infamous tyrant, Antiochus Epiphanes (died 164 BC), will have just been overthrown and killed. The forces involved in the event, though identifiable as historical and earthly political powers, are seen as tools of the protective angel Michael. The prophet sees forward through that event much further into the future to the wider events associated with the end of the world. The ‘many’ who will rise from death actually means the same thing as ‘all’. Some will rise to everlasting shame through separation from God. Those who rise to glory can be described only in terms of the greatest brilliance in creation.

HEBREWS 10:11-14(15-18)19-25: While Old Testament priests had continually to stand at the sacrificial altar unable to see the end of sin, Jesus the risen and ascended Lord ‘sits’ after a task completed once and for all. At the right hand of God he is assured that all enemies will be finally subdued under his feet, for his believing people are perfected forever (vv 11-14). This is born out by the Holy Spirit’s triumphant testimony that Jeremiah 31:31-34 is truly fulfilled (vv 15-18). We can enter the holy place of God’s presence freely and confidently, for we believers are perfected to be New Testament priests. Therefore let us do so in strong faith, firm in conviction, frequently and regularly assembling for worship, and strengthening and building one another up in faith and loving deeds.

MARK 13:1-8: Verses 1 and 2 are an astounding prophecy about an astounding building. With stones ten metres in length, a gold facade, larger in size than most cathedrals, the temple at Jerusalem was a symbol of God’s lasting presence among his special people. Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question takes two separate events side by side, namely the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem in 70 AD, and the end of all things. This is because the first event is symbolic of the other. As in today’s first reading, the first prophecy is predictive, namely using an earlier future event to stretch out further and interpret the greater final catastrophic end of all things. In this way we see the signs in our own times (false teachers, wars, cataclysms of nature) heralding the final coming of our Lord.

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 1 Samuel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 samuel 1 4-20 – year b – 2nd last of church year
Based on gospel reading: Pr David Christian ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon -mark 13 1-8 – year b – proper 28
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 10 19-25 – year b – proper 28

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
The Lord says to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.’  (Ps 110:1 NRSV)
Beware that no one leads you astray.
The one who endures to the end will be saved.  (Mark 13: 5,13 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
O God,
so rule and govern our hearts and minds
by your Holy Spirit
that, being mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment,
we may be stirred up to holiness of living,
and dwell with you forever;
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 God,
govern our hearts by your Holy Spirit.
Make us mindful of the end of all things
and the day of your just judgment.
Stir us up to lead holy lives,
and let us live with you forever.
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, another traditional, modernised
Almighty God,
we cannot trust in our own goodness,
so deal with us,
not according to the severity of your judgment,
but according to 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.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray to be ready for Christ’s return. [silence])
Help us, Lord Jesus Christ,
to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) Do not be troubled; for such things must happen,
but the end is not yet.  (Mark 13:7b NKJV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for promising to be with us
in times of trial.
Help us to trust in you through all troubles.

Children’s Address: Proper 28B

Offering Prayer:
Eternal God,
we thank you for saving us through your Son Jesus.
Make us always confident in your love,
so that we can freely serve you and others
on our way to our heavenly home.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Proper28B -2nd-last

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.

Lord Jesus Christ,
as we have proclaimed your death
by eating this bread and drinking this cup,
help us to wait for you,
to wish for you,
and to watch for you,
so that when you come again
you will find us ready.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Go in peace. Hold firmly to your hope in 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): 1 Samuel 1:4-20

427    God of pity, God of grace* (3 vv mod) G6
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3 (see TIS 110)
219    When I feel miserable
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
454    Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

First reading (b): Daniel 12:1-3

144    Lord God, to Thee we give all praise
145    They come, God’s messengers of love
214    Hark, the sound of holy voices G5
485    The day is surely drawing near* (vv 1,2,4,5,6) G5
494    Jesusalem the golden G6
606    Around the throne of God a band

315    Mine eyes have seen the coming of the glory of the Lord
642    This day God gives me

Second reading: Hebrews 10:11-14(15-18)19-25

67    And can it be, that I should gain (see TIS 209)
81    O perfect life of love* G5
115    Rejoice, the Lord is King (see TIS 216)
160    Arise, my soul, arise
173    Before the throne of God above G5
282    Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord* (see TIS 498)
325    Approach, my soul, the mercy seat G5
331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
504    To Thy temple I repair G5
153    The steadfast love of the Lord
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
324    Saints of all time
325    Sing to God
345    Nothing but the blood
373    Bound by love
418    We come by ones
92    Sing to God with joy and gladness
154    Great is your faithfulness
209    And can it be, that I should gain
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
220    This, this is the God we adore
259    Among us and before us, Lord, you stand
498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (vv 1,2,4,5)
529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
533    I come with joy to meet my Lord
619    Have faith in God, my heart

Gospel: Mark 13:1-8

303   Stay awake


203   Through the night of doubt and sorrow
341    Jesus lead Thou on
386    In you is gladness
556    O God our help in ages past

47     O God our help in ages past
200   In you is gladness
560   All my hope on God is founded

The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune: ‘Now thank we all our God’, LH 437, TIS 101. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Protect me, Lord my God,
in you I find my refuge.
I say, ‘You are my Lord;
I’ve no good thing without you.’
And as for all your saints,
the righteous in the land,
they are the noble ones
in whom is my delight.

Those who choose other gods
will end their days in sorrow.
I will not speak their names,
or share in their blood off’rings.
The Lord maintains my lot,
my portion and my cup.
My future’s safe in him,
my heritage is good.

I bless the Lord my God,
who always gives me counsel.
At night he teaches me
and guides my heart to wisdom.
I let God lead the way,
and follow in his steps.
With God close by my side,
I never will be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad,
in you my soul rejoices.
My body rests secure,
when death and grave seem final.
For you won’t give me up
nor let me see decay.
You show the path of life
to joy with you always.

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