Lectionary - Ordinary 11 - Year A

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Genesis 18:1-15 Sarah laughed at the promise of a child
Psalm 116:1-2,12-19 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Romans 5:1-8 We are justified by faith
Matthew 9:35 to 10:8 Labourer in the harvest; the twelve sent out

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)

A Yr. A: Hymns for Sunday 11, Yr.A TIS AHB SA
G A man there lived in Galilee 235 176
O All my 560 465
G Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
E And can it be that I should gain 209 138
Ps Awake my soul, and with the sun 557 469
O Begin my 116 32
E Come 398 310
Ps Come my way, my truth, my life 552 457
Ps Draw near and take the body of the Lord 498 C597
O Give to us laughter
G God forgave my sin in Jesus' name
Ps God merciful and righteous is 350
G Guide me, O my great Redeemer 569 478
E Hail our once-despised Jesus 373 291
O Happy the home that welcomes you 581 495
O I have made a covenant with my chosen
Ps I love the Lord who heard my prayer 71
Ps I love you Lord, and I lift my voice
O I need you Lord, for I have seen 625
G I the Lord of sea and sky 658
O Immortal invisible, God only wise 143 80
E In the cross of Christ I glory 349 265
E Lift high the cross 351 271
G Love divine, all loves excelling 217 148
E Morning glory, starlit sky 174
E O for a thousand tongues to sing 210 141
O O God of Bethel by whose hand 564 49
E O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
O O stay with us, Lord Jesus 551
E O thou who camest from above 572 486
E Peace with the Father, peace with Christ the Son 466 402
O Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him 93 58
Ps Praise to the Lord the Almighty 111 28
G Take my life, and let it be 599 520
G The day of resurrection 361 277
O The God of Abraham praise 125 53
G The kingdom is upon you 80
G The law of Christ alone can set us free 630 544
E We are your people, Spirit of grace 468 90
Ps We bring the sacrifice of praise
E We give immortal praise 118 38
G We have a gospel to proclaim 245 189
E When I survey the wondrous cross 342 258
Ps Why do you love me edven when I hurt you
G You servants of God, your Master proclaim 215 144

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia .)
SA 9 At the dawning of salvation
SA 11 Blessed are the poor in spirit
10 All people that on earth do dwell
14 Now thank we all our God
85 To God be the glory, great things he has done
138 And can it be that I should gain
144 Ye servants of God
333 Lord your word abiding [last week]
387 We come unto our father's God
477 God of all power and truth and grace
555 In faith and hope and love

Sermon summary (For complete sermon click here)

Put right with God by faith

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ -- Romans 5:1

Faith is so simple. There is nothing more to it than trusting in God rather than in ourselves. Why is it that it is so often misunderstood? You can never say to God, I have a right to expect this of you because I have done that for you. God's purpose for us is to become children of God [John 1:12; Romans 8:14]. The simple trust of a little child is perhaps the purest human example of faith [Mark 10:15]; and it is an unequal relationship [Acts 17:24-25,28].

Why is it so difficult when it is so simple?
We like to think that we deserve what we get. We like to pay our way, but it is all quite pointless if we are dealing with God. There is a way to accept our place with God without feeling that we have to earn it, and that is what Paul was writing about in his letter to the Romans. To bring that message a little closer to our time I would like to share with you something of its significance in the evangelical tradition of the People called Methodists which is part of our heritage.

John and Charles Wesley's experience
I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation ... That is the great change: a person who had not been able to trust in God, despite all his belief in God's goodness and his lasting commitment to serve him, is now able to trust because he accepts what Christ has done for him. [Romans 5:1-2,8-11.] Sharing with conviction this belief in the freely given saving grace of God, Wesley's preaching changed the lives an enormous number of people.

Varieties of experience
We find similar experience of sudden change recorded in the Celtic Tradition (Presbyterian). Be ready to accept such a gift. However, experience varies, for it can be a gentle process too, as Wesley recognized. It is not how we experience the grace of God that is most important, but the objective fact of his free gift to us. May we know it!John Wesley's Journal, 24 May 1738

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

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The Gathering of the People of God

What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me? -- Psalms 116:12
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD! -- Psalms 116:17-19

HYMN 10 All people that on earth do dwell

O God,
we confess the blindness that is not even aware of sinning;
the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong;
the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will;
the righteousness that knows no fault;
the callousness that has ceased to care;
the defiance that does not regret its own sins;
the evasion that always tries to make excuses;
the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent.
God, we are sinners; be merciful to us.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them...." -- John 20:21-23
By the authority of Jesus Christ I declare that God has mercy on you, pardons you and sets you free. Know that your sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ our Saviour. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 85 To God be the glory, great things he has done


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Justification by faith

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 18:1-15 Sarah laughed at the promise of a child
[PSALM 116:1-2,12-19 I will pay my vows to the Lord]
EPISTLE Romans 5:1-8 We are justified by faith
GOSPEL Matthew 9:35 to 10:8 Labourer in the harvest; the twelve sent out

HYMN 477 God of all power and truth and grace


A Methodist Hymn of the peace of God
Blessèd assurance [A popular Methodist hymn of earlier generations]

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine:
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God;
Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture burst on my sight;
Angles descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with his goodness, lost in his love.
Frances Jane van Alstyne, 1820-1915; [Methodist Hymn Book 1933 No. 422]

HYMN 138 And can it be that I should gain

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 555 In faith and hope and love
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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