Lectionary -- Ordinary 24 Year C

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Jeremiah 4:11-12;22-28 The whole land shall be a desolation.
Psalm 14 Fools say in their hearts `There is no God.'
1 Timothy 1:12-17 The grace of God overflowed for me.
Luke 15:1-10 The parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

Suggested Hymns from Denis Towner (TIS = Together in Song; AHB = The Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
lesson Hymns for Sunday 24, Yr.C TIS AHB
G A woman and a coin - the coin is lost
Ps Abide with me, fast falls the eventide 586 502
G All people that on earth do dwell 59 10
O All who love and serve your city 634 562
E/G Amazing grace, how sweet the sound 129 56
G And can it be, that I should gain? 209 138
G Be thou my guardian and my guide 498
Ps Come down, O Love divine 398 310
E/G Come O fount of every blessing 152
G Come we that love the Lord 356
O Community of Christ who make the cross your own 473
O Creator of the earth and skies 556
O/Ps Dear Father, Lord of humankind 598 519
G Faithful Shepherd, feed me
E Father most holy, merciful and loving 4
G Father of heaven, whose love profound 131 60
G Giver of the perfect gift
E God forgave my sin in Jesus' name
O God has spoken by his prophets 158 92
God moves in a mysterious way 126 54
G God your glory we have seen in your Son 461 395
G Great is your faithfulness 154
G I heard the voice of Jesus say 585 500
G I will sing the wondrous story 233 173
E Immortal invisible, God only wise 143 80
G In heavenly love abiding 588 504
E It passes knowledge, that dear love of thine 230 172
E Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
G Jesus priceless treasure 463
E Jesus thy boundless love to me 462
E King of glory, King of peace 201 129
O Lord bring the day to pass 106
G Lord Christ at your first eucharist, you prayed 521 443
E My song is love unknown 341 257
O O crucified Redeemer 544
E O God of Bethel, by whose hand 564 49
G O love how deep, how broad, how high 194 6
G O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
G O the deep, deep love of Jesus 232
G O worship the King all glorious above 133 67
Ps/E Praise my soul, the King of heaven 134 68
E Sing praise to God who reigns above 110 27
G The king of love my shepherd is 145 81
O/Ps The Lord will come and not be slow 194
E/G There's a wideness in God's mercy 136 72
G We are marching in the light of God 666
E/G When all your mercies, O my God 39
G When I survey the wondrous cross 342 258
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532

Other possible hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book, TIS = Together in Song)
56 (TIS = 129) Amazing Grace
72 (TIS = 136) Souls of men why do you scatter
456 (TIS = 549) God be in my head
571 (TIS = 699) A new commandment
576 (TIS = 771) Now to him who loved us

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Sermon summary - Pentecost 17 (Ordinary 24) Year C (click here for complete sermon)

Joy in Heaven

There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance [Luke 15:7]. The two parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin are about joy. They were intended to show how God felt like the father in the parable of the lost son: his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him [Luke 15:20] God cares. He cares for each and every one. For one to be restored to the family is a cause for rejoicing.

The controversy
Jesus was constantly being accused of keeping bad company. These were not pious people who fell short, but outsiders who seemed not to care. They certainly changed their ways, if Matthew (Luke 5) and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) are examples but that seems to have been more because they were accepted than vice versa. Matthew called his friends to celebrate and the authorities were critical of Jesus for being in such company [Luke 5:29-32]. On another occasion, Jesus said Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. [Matthew 21:29-32].

Luke emphasises the way the gospel is good news for all: Samaritans [10:3-37 and 17:11-19]; women have a new place of importance [7:36-50; 8:3; 10:38-42]; Gentiles will have an opportunity to accept the gospel [2:23; 3:6; 24:27]. At the birth of Jesus there was an announcement: good news of great joy for all the people. [Luke 2:10]. [Compare Luke 15:4 and Matthew 18:3].

Implications for us
The message is clear: accepting the sinner, by the grace of God people are accepted not because they are good, but because God loves them [Ephesians 2:8]. It is amazing how little this teaching is heard and understood. It is a matter of faith. If God accepts sinners, who are we to question their acceptance? We look for repentance, of course, but acceptance comes first, and rejoicing comes afterwards.

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Order of Service - Pentecost 15 (Ordinary 24) Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Ephesians 1:2
In the name of Christ. Amen.
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen. -- 1 Timothy 1:17

HYMN Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143 AHB 80

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.

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the foremost. -- 1 Timothy 1:15
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen. -- 1 Timothy 1:17


Service of the Word

A word to the children and blessing

OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 4:11-12;22-28 The whole land shall be a desolation.
PSALM 14 Fools say in their hearts `There is no God.'
EPISTLE 1 Timothy 1:12-17 The grace of God overflowed for me.
GOSPEL Luke 15:1-10 The parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.
HYMN A new commandment TIS 699, AHB 571


HYMN All who love and serve the city TIS 634, AHB 562

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up you 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.

Almighty God,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts
we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be honour and glory throughout all ages.

Choir: I set the Lord before my eyes [SA 48]

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE [Prayers for those in need, for the church and the world]
The Shield of God
May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us.
May the way of God direct us.
May the shield of God defend us.
May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil
and the temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us,
Christ before us,
Christ in us,
Christ over us.
May your salvation, O Lord, be always ours,
this day and for evermore. Amen.
[Part of St. Patrick's breastplate 389-461]


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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 172 It passes knowledge, that dear love of thine TIS 230, AHB 172
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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