Sunday: Ordinary 17A, Proper 12A

Living for God now and forever

      Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.
      Almighty God, the protector of all who put their trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy, so that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ's sake. Amen. BCP. Trinity 4
      Let us pray [that we will make good use of the gifts that God has given us.]
      God our Father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing has value. Guide us to everlasting life by helping us to use wisely the blessings you have given to the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      O God, the fount of wisdom, you have revealed to us in Christ the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price: grant us your Spirit's gift of discernment, that, in the midst of the things of this world, we may learn to value the priceless worth of your kingdom, and be ready to renounce all else for the sake of the precious gift you offer. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      Solomon's prayer for understanding.   1 Kings 3:1-15   3:5-12
      Lord, have mercy on us, and write your law in our hearts by your Spirit.   Psalm 119:129-136  
      Jacob marries Leah and Rachel.   Genesis 29:15-30   29:15-28
      Let us remember the wonderful works the Lord our God has done.   Psalm 105:1-11  
      The Spirit pleads for us / the future glory / God did not spare his own Son / The love of God.
          Romans 8:26-27 / 8:28-30 / 8:31-34 / 8:35-39   8:26-39
      Parables of the Mustard Seed and Yeast / Parables of the Kingdom.   Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52   13:44-58
Supplementary readings
      Jacob's children.   Genesis 29:31-30:24   29:31-30:22
      The Christian confession of faith.   Romans 10:4-13   10:5-15
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
TIS 183
TIS 745
NH 178
TIS 437
TIS 545
TIS 643
AHB 472
TIS 446
Hymn or Chorus first line
Sing of he Lord's goodness
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
God make us your family
Blessed Jesus, at your word
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
I want to walk as a child of the light
Jesus, if still the same thou art
Glorious things of thee are spoken
Tunes and sources
Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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