Lectionary - Ordinary 12  Year A

| DB Home | RCL Resources Index |

Genesis 21:8-21 God blesses expelled Hagar and Abraham's child Ishmael
Psalm 86:1-10,16-17 Save the child of your serving girl
Romans 6:1-11 Dying and rising with Christ, as in baptism
Matthew 10:24-39 Take up the cross and follow me

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
 
A Yr. A: Hymns for Sunday 12, Yr.A TIS  AHB SA
E Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord 390 2
E Baptized into your name most holy 481
E Bread of the world in mercy broken 512 437
O/G By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered 617 15
E Christians, lift up your hearts… here God's  424
G God is my strong salvation 15 493
O God! When human hearts are broken 683
G Great is your faithfulness 154
O How shall I sing to God 667
G I'm not ashamed to own my Lord 562 470
O Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
G Jesus my Lord, let me be near you 656 54
E My God accept my heart this day 485 410
E Now is eternal life 385 305
E Now let us from this table rise 530 450
E O for a heart to praise my God 568 476
Ps O Lord, hear my prayer 741
G O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
O/G O Master let me walk with thee 601 522
Put all your trust in God 555 [464]
G Stand up, stand up for Jesus 592 509
G Take up your cross, the Saviour said 583 496
Ps The Lord will come and not be slow 194
E The strife is past, the battle done 367 287
There's a wideness in God's mercy 136 [72]
E They that believe and are baptized 479 [405]
O To us a child of royal birth 308 230
O Unto us a boy is born 293 218
E We know that Christ is raised 489
E When we to cleansing waters came 484 [409]
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532
G Who would true valour see 561 467
O You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord 48

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
SA 24 (TIS 53) Come sing praises to the Lord above
22 Lord, from the depths I cry to you
68 (TIS 134) Praise my soul the king of heaven
299 (TIS 376) I know that my redeemer lives
343 (TIS 432) Christ is made the sure foundation
535 For the might of your arm we bless you
541 Almighty God, who dost give / the gift of life to all who live

Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)

Ishmael: the name means "God hears him". Ishmael, the child left under a bush to die in the wilderness (Genesis 22:15-16), cries out and God hears him. (Genesis 21:17-21).

So began the tradition of the Bedouin tribes of the desert, who till this day, together with other Muslims of the Middle East, symbolically, trace their ancestry to Abraham through Ishmael, the one whom "God hears".

He too is a son of Abraham
God in his gracious love is able to hear the hopeless who are cast out of the covenant community, out of the family of God as we understand it. At this time in the history of international relations, of disturbing clashes of peoples of different ethnic and religious identities, when many in the West feel a threat from the people of Islam (that is, the followers of Mohammed, the "children of Ishmael"), it is time to think deeply about what purpose God may have still for those who identify with this other child of Abraham. Jesus said of another outcast He too is a son of Abraham. -- the tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:8-10). It was entirely an act of grace, not a matter of rights, which applies also to us. (Luke 19:5-7). Nor does it mean that faithful members of the household of God are forgotten (Luke 15:31-32).

The children of Ishmael today
In our present circumstances of a Western society that is in some respects Christian, but in many others deeply corrupted, Muslims may well say, that God still hears them, as he heard Ishmael. Christians and Jews can recognize the faith in God professed by Muslims; but the differences are profound and give rise to serious conflict, not only in what we believe privately or in the church, but in social, political and economic affairs.

The principal difference for Christians is our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, while in the Koran there is strong condemnation of those who say that he is the Son of God. There are profound differences and the basis for possible conflict runs deep. But, this is dangerous territory.

The effect of doubting God's promise
Ishmael was born because Abraham and Sarah did not trust God to fulfil his promise (Genesis 15:5-6) that their descendants would become a great nation. Sarah gave her slave Hagar (Genesis 16:2) to Abraham as a wife and she had a son called Ishmael, but it soon caused strife in the family (Genesis 16:3-12). Although God remained faithful to them in spite of their lack of trust in him he also blessed Ishmael (Genesis 21:8-10). Sarah's jealously compelled Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:11-14) and they nearly died in the desert - but God heard him cry out.

That symbol still stands, the children of Ishmael are still with us, as are the children of Israel, and God remains ever faithful whatever conflicts our lack of faith may bring upon us.
 [Note: alternative theme: on Romans 6:1-11, see the sermon for Easter 2 A]
 
| DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |
 
Order of Service - Ordinary 13 (Pentecost 4) Year A

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Incline your ear, O LORD,
and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God. (Psalms 86:1-2)

HYMN SA 24 Come sing praises to the Lord above
 
PRAYER OF ADORATION
 
CONFESSION [in three parts concluding]
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
 
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
If we confess our sins,
God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: (Hymn 576)
Now to him who loved us, gave us
every pledge that love could give,
freely shed his blood to save us,
gave his life that we might live,
be the kingdom, and dominion,
and the glory evermore.

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

 INTRODUCTION OF THEME: God hears the outcast.

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 21:8-21 God blesses expelled Hagar and Abraham's child Ishmael
PSALM 86:1-10,16-17 Save the child of your serving girl
EPISTLE Romans 6:1-11 Dying and rising with Christ, as in baptism
GOSPEL Matthew 10:24-39 Take up the cross and follow me

HYMN 22 Lord, from the depths I cry to you

SERMON

HYMN 541 Almighty God, who dost give / the gift of life to all who live

OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
A LITANY FOR WORLD PEACE
Remember, O Lord, the peoples of the world,
divided into many nations and tongues.
Deliver us from every evil
that gets in the way of your saving purpose;
and fulfil the promise of peace to your people on earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
[Silence ]

From the curse of war
and the human sin that causes war;
O Lord, deliver us.
 

From pride that turns its back on you,
and from unbelief that will not call you Lord;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From national vanity that poses as patriotism;
from loud-mouthed boasting,
and blind self-worship that admits no guilt;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From the self-righteousness that will not compromise,
and from selfishness that gains by the oppression of others;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From the lust for money or power
that drives people to kill;
O Lord, deliver us.

From trusting in the weapons of war,
and mistrusting the councils of peace;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From hearing and believing propaganda,
and speaking lies about other nations;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From groundless suspicions and fears
that stand in the way of reconciliation;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From words and deeds that encourage discord,
prejudice, and hatred;
from everything that prevents the human family
from fulfilling your promise of peace;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
O God our Father,
we pray for all your children on earth,
of every nation and of every race;
That they may be strong to do your will.
 
[Silence]

We pray for the church in all the world;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For the United Nations;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
 
For the leaders of the nations,
and for all politicians, ambassadors, and diplomats;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For international federations of labour,
industry, and commerce;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For worldwide agencies of compassion
which bind wounds and feed the hungry;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For the World Council of Churches and its agencies;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For all who, in any way,
work to further the cause of peace and goodwill;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For ordinary people in many lands who live in peace,
and who long for peace for all people;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

Eternal God,
use us, despite our ignorance and weakness,
to help bring about your holy will.
Hasten the day when all people shall live together
in your love;
for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen.

Short form PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Including a Litany for Peace:

Remember, O Lord, the peoples of the world, divided into many nations and tongues.
Deliver us from every evil that gets in the way of your saving purpose;
and fulfil the promise of peace to your people on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

[Silence]
 
From the curse of war and the human sin that causes war; from pride that turns its back on you, and from unbelief that will not call you Lord;
O Lord, deliver us.

From hearing and believing propaganda, and speaking lies about other nations; from groundless suspicions and fears that stand in the way of reconciliation;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
From words and deeds that encourage discord, prejudice, and hatred; from everything that prevents the human family from fulfilling your promise of peace;
O Lord, deliver us.
 
O God our Father, we pray for all your children on earth, of every nation and of every race;
That they may be strong to do your will.

[Silence]
 
We pray for the church in all the world; and for the World Council of Churches;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For the United Nations; for the leaders of the nations, and for all politicians;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

For all who, in any way, work to further the cause of peace and goodwill; for ordinary people in many lands who live in peace, and who long for peace for all people;
Give peace in our time, O Lord.

Eternal God, use us, despite our ignorance and weakness, to help bring about your holy will. Hasten the day when all people shall live together in your love; for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
Amen.
 

COLLECT FOR THE DAY
THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]
 
The Sending Forth of the People of God
 
HYMN 470 I'm not ashamed to own my Lord

WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

| DB Home | RCL Resources Index |
| Christian Beliefs | Family History | Public Affairs | Higher Ed Research | Hobbies and Interests | Issues in the UCA | Personal Background | Psychological Research | Templestowe UC | Worship and Preaching |