Lectionary -- Ordinary 31 Year A


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Joshua 3:7-17 Joshua leads the people across the River Jordan
Psalm 107:1-7 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 You remember our labour and toil
Matthew 23:1-12 The greatest among you will be your servant


Readings for All Saints Day:
Revelation 7:9-17 Before the throne of God
Psalm 34:1-10,22 I will bless the Lord at all times
1 John 3:1-3 See what love the Father has given us
Matthew 5:1-12 The Sermon on the Mount -- The Beatitudes


Suggested Hymns (TIS Together in Song; AHB Australian Hymn Book; SA Sing Alleluia)

A

Hymns for Sunday 31, Yr.A

 

 

 

lesson

Hymn

TiS

AHB

SA

 

A charge to keep I have

573

487

 

G

A mighty fortress is our God

103

[8]

 

G

All my hope on God is founded

560

465

 

Ps

All people that on earth do dwell

59

10

 

 

All praise to our redeeming Lord

442

367

 

E/G

All who love and serve your city

634

562

 

G

Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)

129

56

 

Ps

Beauty for brokenness

690

 

 

O/Ps/E

Because he lives

 

 

 

hc

Break now the bread of life

429

334

 

E/G

Brother, sister, let me serve you

650

 

14

Ps

Captain of Israel's host and guide

574

485

 

E/G

Christ be my leader by nght as by day

624

 

17

E

Christ from whom all blessings flow

440

364

 

 

Christ is our cornerstone

433

344

 

 

Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands

364

283

 

Ps

Come let us sing

 

 

 

G

Come thou long-expected Jesus

272

200

 

E

Comfort, comfort all my people

647

 

25

hc

Eat this bread, drink this cup

714

 

29

O/Ps

Eternal Father, strong to save

138

74

 

E

Fairest Lord Jesus

203

131

 

 

Father all-loving and ruling in majesty

160

104

 

 

Father we praise you, now the night is over

 

2

 

E

For ourselves no longer living

 

 

 

Ps

For the fruits of all creation

168

 

37

 

For the might of your arm we bless you

 

535

 

 

From all who dwell below the skies

72

42

 

E/G

From heaven you came, helpless babe

256

 

 

Ps

Give thanks with a grateful heart

717

 

 

Ps

Give thanks, give thanks unto the Lord

67

 

 

Ps

God is good, we sing and shout it

 

 

 

Ps

God is so good

 

 

 

G

Great is your faithfulness

154

 

 

O/Ps/E

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

569

478

 

 

Have faith in God, my heart

619

552

 

Ps

He has made me glad

 

 

 

E

Head of the Church, our risen Lord

 

380

 

E

Help us, O Lord, to learn

428

340

 

O

How firm a foundation, you people of God

578

491

 

G

I danced in the morning

242

183

 

O/G

I set the Lord before my eyes

673

 

48

 

I sing a song of the saints of God

 

551

 

O

If we will trust in God to guide us

554

[459]

 

Ps

I'm so secure

 

 

 

 

In faith and hope and love

628

555

 

Ps

Irresistible

 

 

 

G

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love

640

561

 

E

Jesus calls us here to meet him

477

 

 

 

Jesus friend of little children

 

524

 

 

Jesus' hands were kind hands

236

178

 

E

Jesus put this song into our hearts

670

 

 

G

Jesus thy boundless love to me

 

462

 

E

Jesus where'er thy people meet

445

372

 

G

Kneels at the feet of his friends

640

561

 

Ps

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

351

271

 

G

Lord Jesus we belong to you

686

 

 

 

Lord of creation, to you be all praise

626

557

 

G

Lord of light, whose name shines brighter

 

392

 

G

Lord, make me like you

 

 

 

E

Love divine, all loves excelling

217

148

 

G

Make me a channel of your peace

607

 

66

G

Make me your servant

 

 

 

 

May the mind of Christ my Saviour

609

537

 

E

My God how wonderful you are

 

71

 

G

My gracious Lord, I own thy right

 

483

 

O

Now in the name of him who sent

488

413

 

O

Now Israel may say, and that truly

79

23

 

G

O day of God, draw near

616

547

 

 

O God of truth, whose living word

 

507

 

G

O Jesus, I have promised

595

514

 

G

O Master, let me walk with thee

601

522

 

G

Our Father, by whose name

 

 

71

 

Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer

627

569

 

E/G

Purify my heart

 

 

 

E

Rejoice in God's saints, today and all days

470

 

73

G

Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness

503

[424]

 

E

Spread, O spread, almighty Word

450

 

 

Ps

Thank you, thank you, Lord

170

 

80

E

Thanks to God whose word was spoken

431

339

 

E

The church's one foundation

457

385

 

G

The Lord will come and not be slow

 

194

 

Ps

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases

 

 

 

Ps

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return

 

 

 

G

There's a spirit in the air

414

 

 

G

There's a wideness in God's mercy

136

[72]

 

 

Through all the changing scenes of life

112

30

 

Ps

Thus will say the Lord's redeemed

67

 

 

E

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

 

 

 

O

Wade in the water

 

 

 

G

Wake awake! For night is flying

266

195

 

E

We are one in the spirit

 

 

 

E

We are your people

468

 

90

G

We have this ministry

 

 

 

E

We limit not the truth of God

453

335

 

G

What does the Lord require of you

751

 

 

E

Worthy of my days

 

 

 

O

You are before me, Lord, you are behind

87

 

97

hc

You satisfy the hungry heart

539

 

 

E

You servants of God, your Master proclaim

215

144

 

O

Your hand, O God, has guided

456

389

 


Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)

SA 48 I set the Lord before my eyes

SA 73 Rejoice in God's saints, today and all days

2 Father, we praise you, now the night is over

30 Through all the changing scenes of life

42 From all who dwell below the skies

334 Break thou the bread of life

478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah

487 A charge to keep I have

507 O God of truth, whose living word

535 For the might of your arm we bless you, our God, our Father's God

537 May the mind of Christ my saviour

551 I sing a song of the saints of God

552 Have faith in God, my heart

555 In faith and hope and love


Hymns -- All Saints

8 A mighty stronghold is our God

46 O God, our help in ages past

87 Ye watchers and ye holy ones

179 Christ is the world's true light

384 For all the saints

385 The church's one foundation

389 Your hand, O God, has guided

452 I come with joy to meet my Lord

454 I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity

478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah

551 I sing a song of the saints of God

SA 73 Rejoice in God's saints, today and all days



Sermon summary ( Click here for complete sermon )

Learning from unworthy teachers

Who do you listen to when you want to learn something of spiritual value or something of faith? Or do you learn from what people do rather than what they say? Jesus was very critical of the teachers of Israel for their hypocrisy [Matthew 23:13], yet he told people to listen to them and do what they taught [Matthew 23:1-3]. Do what they say, not what they do! How was that possible? The hypocrisy of teachers and leaders does do damage: it is a barrier; it can lock people out of the kingdom [Matthew 18:6-7; Mark 9:42]. It is much easier to learn from good examples and a great responsibility rests on all teachers [James 3:1].

The authority of sound teaching

Yet in spite of their bad example Jesus told the crowds they should follow what the scribes and Pharisees taught. [Matt 23:2-3a]. They should still be followed because they followed Moses; that is, they presented the word of God from the law of Moses [See also Matt 5:17-20; John 4:22]. So it was too that the apostles were to be believed in their witness to the gospel in spite of their being charged too with hypocrisy and weakness [Gal. 2:11-14; 2 Timothy 3:13-17]. Nevertheless pastoral leaders in the church were expected to be people of good reputation [1 Timothy 3:7-9]. The human weakness of the messengers created obstacles to belief, but it did not render the whole enterprise invalid.

The need to be prepared to learn and grow in spite of difficulty

My fear is that we are going through a breakdown of authority and trust in the church. The big challenge today is to remain relevant and effectively involved without, in our relative weakness, being captured by special interest groups and used for their purposes rather than those of the gospel. You need then to be able to discern the truth in the midst of falsehood. [1 Thessalonians 5:20-22] Seek the truth from unworthy teachers, remembering the warnings Jesus gave about the authority of teachers [Matthew 23:9-10] and the contrast of good examples [1 Thessalonians 2:11-13.] We look then to "saints" more in hope than in confidence because we trust in God and not in humanity.


Order of service - Ordinary 31 (Pentecost 23) Year A

 

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever. -- Psalms 107:1

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

HYMN 42 From all who dwell below the skies

 

PRAYER OF ADORATION

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.

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

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. -- 1 Timothy 1:15

Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.


DOXOLOGY: Gloria in Excelsis [Sing Alleluia 100b]

 

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Learning from the saints -- and from sinners.

FIRST READING for Saints Day: Revelation 7:9-17 Before the throne of God

[PSALM 107:1-7 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good]

EPISTLE 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 You remember our labour and toil

GOSPEL Matthew 23:1-12 The greatest among you will be your servant

 

HYMN 551 I sing a song of the saints of God

 

SERMON

NICENE CREED

 

OFFERING

SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

For the Holy Catholic Church

Gracious Father,

we humbly beseech thee for thy holy catholic Church.

Fill it with all truth;

and in all truth with all peace.

Where it is corrupt, purge it;

where it is in error, direct it;

where it is superstitious, rectify it;

where anything is amiss, reform it;

where it is right, strengthen and confirm it;

where it is in want, furnish it;

where it is divided and rent asunder,

make up the breaches of it, 0 thou Holy One of Israel;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

[Archbishop William Laud, 1573-1645]

 

THE COLLECT FOR ALL SAINTS DAY

Eternal Father, from whose love neither death nor life can separate us: grant us grace to follow Christ as true saints, that here on earth we may serve you faithfully, and in heaven rejoice with all your saints who ceaselessly proclaim your majesty and glory; 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 Supper

THE PEACE

HYMN 384 For all the saints

 

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 great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]

BREAKING THE BREAD

THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

 

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 389 Your hand, O God, has guided

WORD OF MISSION

BLESSING

DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

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