Lectionary - Ordinary 33 Year B

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1 Samuel 1:4-20 Hannah's prayer is answered with the birth of Samuel
1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah's song: 'My heart exults in the Lord.'
Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18) 19-25 We have a great high priest
Mark 13:1-8 About the end; beware that no one leads you astray

Alternate Reading for Christian Religious Education Sunday:
Romans 10:10:18 How are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 33, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G A charge to keep I have 573 487
O A prophet woman broke a jar 696
G All my hope on God is founded 560 465
And can it be 209 138
G Christ is our corner-stone 433 344
E Come God's people, sing for joy 391 26
E Crown him with many crowns 228 163
G Fight the good fight with all thy might 594 511
O Give thanks with a grateful heart 717
G Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
E God's Paschal Lamb is sacrificed for us 543
O Great is your faithfulness 154
E Hail our once-despised Jesus 373 295
O I'll praise my Maker while I've breath 90 44
E Jesus has come and brings joy as our saviour 208
O Long ago, prophets knew 283 61
G Lord Christ when first you came to men/earth 208
Lord Jesus think on me 546 122
Ca My soul gives glory to my God 172
Ca Now thank we all our God 106 14
E O Lord my God when I, in awesome wonder 155
O Our God our help in ages past 47 46
E Praise my soul, the King of heaven 134 68
O/Ca Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord 161 109
E/G The head that once was crowned with thorns 378 301
E The King of glory comes 279
G There's a wideness in God's mercy 136 [72]
This is the day the Lord has made 368 289
E This is the truth we hold 469
G Through all the changing scenes of life 112 30
E Where high the heavenly temple stands 377 298

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
God of goodness, grace and glory [Religious Education Hymn; tune AHB 92- see order of service below]
67 (TIS 133) O worship the King, all glorious above
82 (TIS 146) God who made the earth
124 O Jesus, King most wonderful
164 O hear the good news
166 (TIS 229) Jesus loves me
194 The Lord will come and not be slow
205 (TIS 315) Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
377 (TIS 406) Spirit divine, attend our prayers

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)
[Note: This is on the gospel for today and is not the homily given with the Order of Service below which was prepared for a special occasion and is retained here as a resource of others with similar needs to which the note on Christian Education in Schools also applies in Australia and particularly the State of Victoria].

Who can be trusted to lead?

How easily we believe things for which we hope! The common human hopes for and belief in peace, and in justice for all, will excite interest at almost any time, but when there has been oppression, pain and exploitation inflicted by a great power it is understandable that people will be aroused. Such was the situation of the Jews at the time when Jesus was teaching in Galilee and when he made his final journey to Jerusalem. Some looked to Jesus to restore the ancient kingdom of his ancestor David (Mark 11:10). There were others too who excited interest, even at the same time as his trial (Mark 15:7-15). We know from history that a great rebellion of the Jews against the Romans began about 30 years after the crucifixion of Jesus, and that the Temple was destroyed in AD 70.

That Jesus did predict the destruction of the Temple seems fairly certain. There are numerous relics of what he said about it at various places in the New Testament ( John 2:19; Mark 14:57f; 15:29; Matthew 26:59-61; 27:40 and Acts 6:14) as well as the verses with which today's gospel reading begins (Mark 13:1-2). There was a prophetic tradition in which others long before him had spoken of the temple's destruction (Micah 3:12; Jeremiah 7:14; 26:6) Others at the time had the same idea according to the Jewish Tulmud. There was something quite natural about it, to see that disaster was ahead.We do not need to step out of ordinary human affairs to find the power of God at work.(cf Ruth 4:13).

Jesus sat and looked back over the city. (Mark 13:3-4). It was and is a real life scene and it is no accident that Jesus spoke of those things right there. Was he talking of the kind of cataclysmic outcome of the struggle between good and evil forces that some see in a great battle at the end of the world, or perhaps of struggles between nations and peoples generally. Or did his talk of the end time have nothing to do with politics and power struggles in human history? That the kingdom of which he was the king was "not of this world" (John 18:36 and cf John 4:21) There are many layers of meaning in such sayings of Jesus, but it is clear that Mark writes of a struggle within this world even if it has other meaning also. There were many claiming to be the one who would offer new hope (Mark 13:5-7) The warning Beware that no one leads you astray, quite properly applied both in the immediate historical circumstances and in a later more general, otherworldly or symbolic sense. But we do not get the full meaning unless we see its immediate application as well as any other. For it is excitement of all sorts of human hopes and the promise of their fulfilment by messiahs and demagogues of one sort or another which has brought countless human tragedies.

"The end" is not simply the point in time when things stop happening, but it here it contains more of the idea of a conclusion in the sense of the goal towards which things are moving. There is a warning here about false hopes, about seeking ends which are unworthy, as well as the warning about putting one's trust in false messiahs. We should see any limited human crisis as no more than signs of greater things to come by way of a new age, and a new birth (Mark 13:8). The drama of human life is not quite endless, but it is immensely varied and far more wonderful and unpredictable than people imagine; and yet there is the promise of fulfilment in "the end". In the meantime don't sell your precious trust too easily, Beware that no one leads you astray. There is only one Lord worthy of your trust.

A bulletin note on the Council for Christian Education in Schools (Victoria, Australia)

Today we recognize the work carried out by some members of this congregation who teach as volunteers in the Christian Religious Education program in State Schools.... [Local members named and work briefly described] They teach to a curriculum designed by the Council for Christian Education in Schools (CCES), and use teaching materials produced by CCES....

It is a most significant outreach in mission carried out in co-operation with the members of other local churches. The CCES, an interchurch body, accredits CRE teachers who must also be recommended by their local churches. The extent of co-operation between the churches in this program in Victoria is unusual, both in its voluntary character and in fact that it has been possible to have an agreed curriculum acceptable to all the churches and of an educational quality which can hold its own in the state system, and which can retain the confidence of the State Government. It is noteworthy that it has been possible to maintain co-operation over several decades and to include churches which were not original members. Although parents can remove their children from the classes most of the pupils take part in those classes for which accredited CRE teachers are available, and for very many of them it is the only explicitly Christian teaching they receive.

The CCES also appoints chaplains to state secondary schools where there is sufficient local support to fund the position and where the school council is happy to have a chaplain appointed. Not all schools agree to have a chaplain and local funding on a voluntary basis is always a challenge, but the general experience of those who do have a chaplain is that his or her pastoral work is highly valued by both teachers and students. | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |

Order of Service - Ordinary 33 Year B (Pentecost +23) and Religious Education Sunday

The Gathering of the People of God

We come to you O God Almighty,
Let us shout, Praise the Lord,
You lead and guide us with simplicity.
Let us follow with trust.
You dwell within us by your holy Spirit,
Let us follow you leading;
You demand, go to all people.
Let us communicate your love and truth.

HYMN 67 O worship the King, all glorious above
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thank you 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: Religious Education Sunday: Recognition of teachers of Christian Religious Education in schools.
HYMN 166 Jesus loves me
OLD TESTAMENT 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Hannah's prayer is answered
FOR THE PSALM 1 Samuel 2:1-10 'My heart exults in the Lord.'
HYMN 109 Tell out my soul
EPISTLE [ For CRE recognition] Romans 10:10-18 How are they to believe?
For Ordinary Sunday 33B: Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18) 19-25 We have a great high priest
GOSPEL Mark 13:1-10 The end: the good news must first be proclaimed to all


ANTHEM We believe

Introduction to Christian Religious Education in Schools [Local CRE teachers are introduced]

Litany and blessing of teachers
God said , "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness."
Lord God, we are overwhelmed by your love and grace that decrees we be crowned with glory and honour, and named as children of yours.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs."
Your love and grace reach out to us whether we are young or old, whether we are mature or immature in faith. Thank you God for loving the children and us so much.

Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them ... and teaching them ... And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
O God equip us to be your ambassadors, to share the Gospel of Jesus. We thank you for the service given by those among us who are called to teach about you in our schools.

We thank you for the work of the Council for Christian Education in Schools and the support given to its work by members of this congregation. Bless O Lord these your servants who teach the gospels in school. May they continue in the assurance of your love and inspiration, and in the prayers of your people.

HYMN 164 O hear the good news
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests; welcome to Kath Barnard]
THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN God of goodness, grace and glory [tune 92]
God of goodness grace and glory,
Father, Spirit, Christ the Son,
We delight to sing the story
Of the great things you have done.
You created, are redeeming
All we are and all we see;
Humankind and all creation
Long for you to set us free.

Children learn in schools and churches
More of God who made us all;
He who yearns and she who searches
Call on God, and hear the call.
Chaplains, parents, pastors, teachers -
Many help to make God known
In classroom, schoolyard, on beaches
Christ is taught, the Gospel sown.

Could we all but see the glory
Of the Father's much loved son
We would gladly tell the story
Tirelessly as some have done.
Yes, we know that in our weakness
We've been given God's own Word;
Somehow through our work and witness
God's love-song can still be heard.

Let us join in celebration
For the good that's gone before
Young and old throughout our nation
Worship, serve and love God more.
Christians all will stand before God
Clothed in Christ's own righteousness,
But for now still let us labour
In Christ's name to do our best.

Repeat verse 1.

DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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