Lectionary -- Ordinary 16 Year B

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a Not David but his offspring will build the Lord's house
Psalm 89:20-37 I have found my servant David
Ephesians 2:11-22 Members of the household of God
Mark 6:30-34,53-56 The crowds followed Jesus even into the wilderness

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 16, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
E Christ is made the sure foundation 432 343
E Christ is our cornerstone 433 344
E Christ is the world's light, he and none other 246 191
E Christ is the world's true light 238 179
G Dear Father, Lord of humankind 598 519
Ps Great is your faithfulness 154
Ps,E How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
O I am the church! You are the church! 467
E I come with joy to meet my Lord 533 452
Ps I will sing forever of your love, O Lord 46
G Immortal love, forever full 168
E In Christ there is no east or west 459 391
O Let all the world in every corner sings 242 13
G Let us talents and tongues employ 537 59
O Lord you have been our dwelling place 144 76
E Love divine all loves excelling 217 148
G O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising 620 553
E The church's one foundation 457 385
O The day you gave us, Lord, is ended 458 388
O The God of Abraham praise 125 53
O The Lord is my shepherd and I want to follow 659
E They lack not friends who have thy love 353
E To God be the glory great things he has done 147 85
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532
G Your arm, O Lord, in days of old 167

Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
16 (TIS 10) The Lord's my shepherd
56 (TIS 129) Amazing grace

81 (TIS 145) The king of love my shepherd is
98 (TIS 11) The Lord is my shepherd
120 To you, my Lord, I will sing praise
145 Let earth and heaven agree
150 (TIS 218) Jesus the name high over all
179 (TIS 238) Christ is the world's true value
365 Jesus united by thy grace
376 (TIS 448) Blest are the pure in heart
397 (TIS 464) Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
544 O crucified Redeemer

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)

What kind of shepherd do you need?

He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34) It is helpful in thinking about what is most needed in any ministry, to focus on the model of ministry that Jesus himself gave.

Jesus had sent the disciples out on mission two by two and when they returned (Mark 6:30) The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. This was an important time, for it prefigured their work as apostles. He needed time with them in rest and reflection, but they could not escape the crowds. It was typical of Jesus to respond with compassion rather frustration and annoyance to the fact that they could not escape.

We see then that the compassion of Jesus for the people who came to him is shown in several ways: in his teaching, the shared meal and healing the sick. These three ways of responding in compassion to the needs of the people -- teaching, sharing the meal and healing the sick -- model the essential forms of ministry which the apostles carried out in the early church and which have been found in the church throughout the ages since: the ministry of word, sacraments and pastoral care.

Different ministers have different gifts and God calls us to different tasks. Someone else may well be able to do things that I cannot do, or be able do better some things that I do not do very well. That is important, but it is not the most important thing about ministry.

There was time when you could go into a new parish and fit more or less easily into the role of the parish minister, of which everybody knew more or less what to expect, and was much the same from one place to another. These days parish ministry is a much more complex and demanding task. I hope that a congregation receiving a new minister will encourage him or her in those things which are their greatest gifts to any community of faith, whatever their age or experience, and whatever personality traits and talents they may have, that is, to encourage and receive what all ministers have in common in the central values of teaching the faith received from Jesus by the apostles, of celebrating it the sacraments and in the pastoral care of the people.

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Order of Service - Ordinary 16 Year B (Pentecost +5)

The Gathering of the People of God

Open our lips, O Lord:
And we shall declare your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, made haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Let us praise the Lord.
The Lord's name be praised.

HYMN 145 Let earth and heaven agree

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
Lord Jesus, preaching good tidings to the people, proclaiming release to captives, setting at liberty those who are bound:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, friend of the outcast and the poor, feeder of the hungry, healer of the sick:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, denouncing the oppressor, exposing the hypocrite, overcoming evil with good:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, pattern of gentleness, teacher of holiness, prophet of the kingdom:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, dying to save us from our sin, rising to give us eternal life, ascending to prepare our heavenly home:
We adore you.

Almighty and loving God, we have failed to love you with all our heart and to acknowledge you as our Creator: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take part as disciples of Christ in the new creation he has brought: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to open our lives to the renewing power of the Holy Spirit: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. As you hold this faith, I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Thanks be to God.


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: He taught them out of compassion
OLD TESTAMENT 2 Samuel 7:1-14a David not to build the Lord's house
PSALM 89:20-37 I have found my servant David
Choir: Alleluia! Alleluia! Opening our hearts to him, Alleluia
EPISTLE Ephesians 2:11-22 All members of the household of God
GOSPEL Mark 6:30-34,53-56 The crowds like sheep without a shepherd
HYMN 343 (TIS 432) Christ is made the sure foundation


HYMN 81 (TIS 145) The king of love my shepherd is
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
The Salvation of the whole world
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,
Look favourably on your whole church,
that wonderful and sacred mystery;
and by the peaceful operation of your providence,

carry out the work of our salvation.
And let the whole world feel and see
that things which were cast down are being raised up,
and things which had grown old are being made new,
and all things are returning to perfection
through him from whom they took their origin;
even through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Gelasian Sacramentary, 7th century.


Lord God most high, you have come in Christ to redeem your people. Graciously visit us now, that the radiance of your glory may light up our minds, and fill our hearts with joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 365 Jesus united by thy grace
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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