Lectionary -- Ordinary 25 Year C

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Jeremiah 8:18 to 9:1 My joy is gone, grief is upon me
Psalm 79:1-9 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
1 Timothy 2:1-7 ... be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Luke 16:1-13 Parable of the dishonest manager.

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
lesson Hymns for Sunday 25, Yr.C TIS AHB SA
G A mighty fortress is our God 103 [8]
O Almighty Father who for us thy Son didst give 548
G At the name of Jesus 231 170
G Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart 547 542
G Brother sister, let me serve you 650 14
E Christ's is the world in which we move 677
O/Ps Dear Father, Lord of humankind 598 519
O Father eternal, ruler of creation 540
E Father of mercy, God of consolation 472 33
E God of many names 180
G God you have given us power to sound 550
E Head of the church, our risen Lord 380
G Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult 589 505
O Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
G Lord of light whose name shines brighter 392
Ps Lord of our life and God of our salvation 345
G Now thank we all our God 106 14
E O Christ our hope, our heart's desire 124
E O God of earth and altar 542
G O Jesus I have promised 595 514
G O Jesus my King and my Sovereign
O O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
G Our God's a fortress firm and sure [8]
G Praise with joy the world's Creator 179
G Seek ye first the kingdom of God 745 75
G Sing praise to God who reigns above 110 27
G Son of God, eternal Saviour 606 529
G Take my life, and let it be 599 520
E We all believe in God who made 435
G What does the Lord require? 618 568
G You servants of God your Master proclaim 215 144

Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)

SA 28 (TIS 16) Do not be afraid, I am with you
SA 41 (TIS 416) Great God, your Spirit like the wind
SA 42 (TIS 657) God of freedom, God of Justice
104 (TIS 160) Father all loving, thou rulest in majesty 11 Jun
112 (TIS 163) God, who stretched the spangled heavens [alt. tune Austria]
362 (TIS 439) What shall we offer our good Lord
365 Jesus, united by thy grace
482 How can a sinner know/ his sins on earth forgiven
499 Once to every man and nation
554 (TIS 630) The Law of Christ alone can make us free
576 (TIS 771) Now to him who loved us

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Sermon summary - Pentecost 18 (Ordinary 25) Year C (Click here for complete sermon)

Dishonest wealth and eternal homes

There is a message in the Gospel for today with implications for this life and the next: be prepared for the time when you will be asked to give an account of your life; and it follows that if, by the grace of God, you have served others well you will be rewarded. The parable of the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-8a) is unfortunately rather topical: the belief that only the bottom line matters has led to a good deal of concern with honesty in business; yet Jesus concluded: And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; and seemed to offer him as a good example (Luke 16:8,9).

Honesty and eternal rewards
These difficult words are followed by much more familiar sayings, encouraging honesty, concluding with You cannot serve God and wealth. [Luke 16:10-13]. But what are the eternal homes (Luke 16:11) into which people who made good use of worldly wealth might be received? [Compare with Luke 16:4.] Jesus is encouraging people to make use of money or worldly power in a way that will win eternal rewards. Compare with Matthew 25 about giving food to the hungry, or visiting those who are prison: people who do will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God [Matthew 25:33-40]. The use we make of worldly wealth will have an affect on our eternal destiny. These are the true riches [Luke 16:11]. [See Luke 12:33-34; Matthew 6:19-21 regarding treasure in heaven.]

Being prepared for the coming of the Kingdom -- and our mission
The dishonest steward/manager is commended for being wise enough to prepare for his day of judgement, so should we be ready to give an account of the way we have used our worldly wealth. We are stewards or managers of all that God has put into our hands. In our church we have a strong commitment to community service and social justice. Jesus taught us to combine an interest in worldly matters with an awareness of the riches of heaven. Our sense of stewardship, or management of what we have, should express that hope and prayer: Your Kingdom come!

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Order of Service - Pentecost 16 (Ordinary 25) Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God:
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever. -- Psalms 107:1

HYMN What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439, AHB 362


CONFESSION Loving God we confess .... through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake. -- Psalms 79:9

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.   -- John 3:16
This is the assurance of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 576 Now to him who loved us
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.


Service of the Word

A word to the children and blessing

OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 8:18 to 9:1 My joy is gone, grief is upon me
PSALM Psalm 79:1-9 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
EPISTLE 1 Timothy 2:1-7 ... be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL Luke 16:1-13 Parable of the dishonest manager.

HYMN Do not be afraid, I am with you TIS 16, SA 28


HYMN Jesus, united by thy grace TIS AHB 365

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

Social Justice Affirmation: Your kingdom Come

We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people; and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us, who died and rose again; and in the Holy Spirit, present with us to strengthen and comfort.
We believe. Lord, help our unbelief.

We rejoice in every sign of God's kingdom: in the upholding of human dignity and community; in every expression of love, justice and reconciliation; in each act of self-giving in behalf of others; in the abundance of God's gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough; in all responsible use of the earth's resources.
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God's people on earth.

We confess our sin, individual and collective, by silence or action: through the violation of human dignity based on race, age sex, nation or belief; through the exploitation of people by greed and indifference; through the misuse of power in personal, communal, national and international life; through the search for security by military and economic forces that threaten human existence: through the abuse of technology which endangers the earth and all life upon it.
Lord have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

We commit ourselves individually and as a community to the way of Christ; to take up the cross; to seek abundant life for all humanity; to struggle for peace with justice and freedom; to risk ourselves in faith, hope and love, praying that God's kingdom may come.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

15th World Methodist Council,
Nairobi, Kenya, 1986 [Uniting in Worship]

Choir: Living in a modern city


Almighty God,
without you we are not able to please you.
Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Once to every man and nation AHB 499
No servant can serve two masters; for a servant will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. -- Luke 16:13
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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