Lectionary-- Ordinary Sunday 22 (Pentecost +12) Year B
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Song of Solomon 2:8-13 A love song
Psalm 45:1-2,6-9 Love of the king
James 1:17-27 Be doers of the word, not merely hearers
Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Human tradition and God's commandment
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Sunday 22, Yr.B|
|G||A mighty fortress is our God||103||8|
|E||Almighty God lift up our eyes||615||549|
|G||As a chalice, cast of gold||476|
|O/Ps||As man and woman we were made||645||7|
|O||As the deer pants for the water||703|
|G||Blest are the pure in heart||448||376|
|E||Father we give you thanks who planted||495||416|
|E/G||Fold to your heart your sister and your brother||587||503|
|G||For the beauty of the earth||137||77|
|E||Help us O Lord to learn||428||340|
|E||Holy Spirit go before us||420|
|Ps||How brightly beams the Morning Star||220|
|O||Joyful joyful we adore you||152|
|G||Just as I am without one plea||584||497|
|G||King of glory, King of peace||201||129|
|Ps||Lord Jesus our bright Morning Star||199|
|Ps||My heart is full of Christ and longs||214||143|
|E||O brother man fold to thy heart thy brother||587||503|
|G||O for a heart to praise my God||568||476|
|O||O Love that wilt not let me go||602||525|
|E||Sent forth by God's blessing||531||76|
|E||Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands||496||417|
|E||Take my life and let it be||599||520|
|E||The law of Christ alone can make us free||630||554|
|G||We limit not the truth of God||453||335|
|O||When love is found and hope comes home||654|
|E||Where there is charity and love||434||c591|
|O/Ps||Your love O God, has called us here||664|
Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 76 TIS 513 Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing
146 (TIS 563) Let him to whom we now belong
455 (TIS 547) Be thou my vision
456 (TIS 549) God be in my head
Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)
[For an alternative sermon on the reading for this Sunday from the Song of Solomon, see Arise, my love, my fair one.]
Tradition, good and not so good
Do you like things that are "traditional" or prefer what is "modern", or do you enjoy both? Have terms like "conservative" and "liberal" have lost much of their meaning? They certainly have different meanings in different situations. You can be both attacked and defended for trying to keep a tradition. What should be a Christian's attitude to tradition?
When Jesus was accused by the Pharisees of failing to follow the "tradition of the elders" (Mark 7:3), he counter attacked saying to them, (Mark 7:8) "You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition." He then went on to contrast their care in a small thing with the ease with which they arranged to break the commandments (Mark 7: 9-12). They made the scriptures subject to their teachings, (Mark 7:13).
There are many traditions in Western society today (and in the East, but with different emphases). We have a strong tradition of individual liberty which can be opposed to the acceptance of discipline in personal matters, thus making some words of scripture difficult. We also have a tradition of rule by law, which in contrast sometimes makes it difficult to allow sufficient freedom to another to accord with the requirements of love. Both these tendencies are human traditions, which might or might not agree with scripture.
Many of the controversies the early Christians faced came out of concern with the question of whether the Gentile Christians should follow Jewish practices. (See last week's Food for eternal life re: the concern with Jewish law among Gentile Christians.) So Mark later in this Chapter interprets the teaching of Jesus to address that question (Mark 7:18-19).
Paul at times made a distinction between what he thought and what he had received as the commands of the Lord in important pastoral matters like marriage, divorce and the status of women (1 Corinthians 7:39-40; 1 Corinthians 7:10-12). We even have some cases where nothing more than custom is advanced as a reason for certain things to be done in the Christian community. (For example 1 Corinthians 11:13-16) There was a custom of wearing hats. There is a more important piece about the role of women, which has raised major questions in recent times concerning leadership in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:33-35) Here Paul again appeals to custom, As in all the churches of the saints. It seems to me that Paul put his advice in terms of a culture not yet transformed by the gospel when he wrote about women being subject to men (1 Corinthians 11:3). It is at points like this that there is a danger that a liberal interpretation of scripture can substitute a recent preferred tradition for the word of the God, so we need to be careful. We do, however, have a lead from Paul himself in this particular case, for he had written in the previous verse (1 Corinthians 11:2) that they were maintaining traditions.
So here was a tradition handed on by Paul. Was it human tradition, the custom of that group of people, or was it more, the apostolic tradition witnessing to Christ as at other points in the same letter. We know that there was a tradition of the utmost importance in some things that he had handed on. (For example: 1 Corinthians 15:3 concerning salvation; and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 on the Lord's Supper). How do you know which is which, which is human tradition of limited value like the tradition of the Jewish teachers which Jesus questioned, and which is the great tradition through which the apostles made known the word of God in Christ? In the example from Mark 7, Jesus made it was a matter of the heart in which his commands prevailed (Mark 7:18-23; cf. Matthew 5:8). There are human traditions which might be good, bad or indifferent, but what matters is the tradition of the gospel that points us to Christ, and his love which inspires such love and thankfulness in human hearts that we can love and serve God.
Order of Service - Ordinary 22 Year B - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments | The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Let us worship God, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.
All honour and glory, praise and thanksgiving, we offer to you almighty and loving God.
HYMN For the beauty of the earth TIS 137 AHB 77
PRAYER OF ADORATION
CONFESSION [In three parts, concluding ...] Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS -- 1 Timothy 1:15
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY: 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.
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Love and tradition
OLD TESTAMENT Song of Solomon 2:8-13 A love song
PSALM 45:1-2,6-9 Love of the king
EPISTLE James 1:17-27 Be doers of the word, not merely hearers
GOSPEL Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Human tradition and God's commandment
HYMN My heart is full of Christ and longs TIS 214; AHB 143
NOTICES AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
HYMN Let him to whom we now belong TIS 563; AHB146
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....
THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing TIS 531; SA 76
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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