Year B
Proper 19
Sunday 12 September 2021



Eucharistic Preface

Let us lift up our 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.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for yours is the eternal Spirit of Wisdom
who renews everything and gives life to all.

The heavens and earth are your handiwork,
and you have made all people in your own likeness.
Through the law and prophets you revealed your wisdom,
and all who listen are safe in your care.

When we refused your counsel
and failed to offer you our respect,
you came to us in your anointed one, Jesus,
to be our rock and our redeemer.
Taking up the cross
and suffering rejection as one of us,
he was killed and cast into the pit of hell.
But after three days, you raised him to life,
lighting a fire of renewal that will never go out,
and he now calls us to take up the cross
and follow him on the road to resurrection.

Therefore with .....

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Short Preface
(for insertion into Eucharistic prayers with fixed prefaces)

We give thanks for your anointed one, Jesus,
who suffered rejection as one of us,
and who now lights a fire of renewal that will never go out,
as he calls us to take up the cross
and follow him on the road to resurrection.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




General Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Preface reformatted for use apart from communion)

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
for yours is the eternal Spirit of Wisdom
who renews everything and gives life to all.

The heavens and earth are your handiwork,
and you have made all people in your own likeness.
Through the law and prophets you revealed your wisdom,
and all who listen are safe in your care.

When we refused your counsel
and failed to offer you our respect,
you came to us in your anointed one, Jesus,
to be our rock and our redeemer.
Taking up the cross
and suffering rejection as one of us,
he was killed and cast into the pit of hell.
But after three days, you raised him to life,
lighting a fire of renewal that will never go out,
and he now calls us to take up the cross
and follow him on the road to resurrection.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Declaration of Grace / Absolution

No one knows all their faults
and none of us have brought sin under complete control.
But Christ is not ashamed to identify with us.
In his own suffering love, he offers us his life.

Sisters and Brothers,
    your sins are forgiven;
        be at peace.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Commission & Benediction

Go out with your minds set on the things of God.
Take up your cross and follow Jesus.
See to it that the words of your mouths
and the thoughts of your hearts
are acceptable to God and enlightening to all.

And may God make the holy Word known to you;
May Christ Jesus lead you in the ways of sacrificial love;
and may the Holy Spirit set you ablaze with divine wisdom.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net






Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for Proper 19 - Year B - Sunday 12 September 2021
Lections from The Revised Common Lectionary.
Copyright 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT)
P. O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, USA. Used with Permission.



* Proverbs 1: 20-33

Wisdom shouts aloud in the streets.
    Wherever people gather, her call rings out.
On the station steps at rush hour she sets up her soap box;
    over the roar of the traffic she raises her voice, crying:

“Are you thick-headed people determined to stay brainless forever?
    Is taking the mickey out of others the only thing you enjoy?
        How long will you mindless morons turn your backs
            on every opportunity to learn anything?

Listen up, and let me set you straight;
    I’m ready to let you in on my thinking;
        I’ll happily teach you everything I know.

But I’m at my wits end with you.
    You don’t answer my calls;
        you look away when I hold out my hand.
Whether I offer advice gently or scream blue murder,
    it makes no difference. You still take no notice.

So how do you expect me to be there for you?
    Why shouldn’t I turn my back when trouble come your way?
        Why shouldn’t I just laugh when it hits the fan?
Your turn will come.
    You’ll be looking up at rock bottom,
        with the broken pieces of your life
            falling through your fingers.

Why is it only then that anyone ever calls for me?
    They reach out for me in desperation, but it’s too late.
        They’d already told me where to go, and I’d gone.

They spat in the face of knowledge
    and thumbed their noses at the LORD.
They wouldn’t have a bar of any suggestions from me
    and they laughed in my face when I tried to set them straight.

So they’ve made their own beds,
    now they’ll have to lie in them.
They bit off what they wanted,
    and now it will stick in their throats.

Those who are stupid enough to wander off the path
    get run over in the street.
Those who never think ahead
    still have their feet up when the fire comes through.

But if you listen to me,
    you’ll be in safe hands.
You can relax
    without a care in the world.”

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 19


Your glory is written in the sky, God;
........your artistry is carved on the face of the earth.
From one day to another, the message passes on,
........and each night puts the next one in the know.

Not a word is spoken,
........not a sound do they make;
yet their silence reverberates around the earth
........and their unspoken message echoes from pole to pole.

You made the sun at home flying across the sky.
........It takes to its task with the eagerness of a bridegroom;
................as exultant as an athlete breasting the tape.
As your messenger, God, it does its rounds,
........from one end of the sky to the other,
................warming everything in its path.

Your revealed will is right on the mark, LORD;
........it gives our souls their second wind.
What you says goes,
........and any fool can wise up by taking note.

Your instructions are spot on, LORD;
........anyone who follows them will be glad they did.
What you direct us to do is easy to see,
........and once seen, everything become clear.

Respect for you keeps us true, LORD,
........nothing can corrupt it, now or ever.
What you decide is always accurate;
........a fair ruling, beyond dispute.

Your Word is worth far more
........than even diamond encrusted gold!
It is sweeter by far
........than any mouth watering delicacy,
................even chocolate dipped strawberries with cream!

But that’s not all!
........Your Word, O LORD, keeps me out of danger,
................and following it pays off richly.
Can anyone put their finger on all their own faults?
........LORD, eradicate the bugs I haven’t even identified yet.

Remind me not to entertain sour contemptuous thoughts,
........and don’t let them start pulling my strings.
Without them, I can stay on course,
........and keep my record clean.

That’s what I want, O LORD.
........I want all the things I say,
................and all the things I mull over in my heart,
........to be things I’d be proud to offer to you,
................for you are the bedrock of my life;
........................the one who puts me back where I belong.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

OR


* Wisdom of Solomom 7:26 - 8:1

The Spirit of Wisdom is like a polished mirror,
    reflecting bright light onto everything God is and does.
        In her we see a crystal clear image of God’s goodness.

Although there is only one of her,
    there is no limit to what she can do.
Without needing to change, she is always fresh,
    and she renews and refreshes everything she touches.

Agelessly passing from one generation to the next,
    she embraces those who dedicate themselves to God.
Making a home in their hearts,
    she nurtures their friendship with God.

She enables them to pass on God’s word to others,
    for God’s greatest delight is in those
        who are at home with wisdom.

The beauty of Wisdom outshines the sun,
    and the stars in the sky look pale by comparison.

She is more illuminating than light itself,
    because light is regularly subdued by the dark of night,
        but there is no evil that can ever get the better of Wisdom.

She stretches out her arms and embraces the whole earth.
    She uses her strength to set everything right for the benefit of all.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




* James 3: 1-12

........Sisters and brothers, don’t all go rushing off to set yourselves up as teachers. In the final evaluation, the required performance indicators will be much tougher for those of us who are teachers. None of us measure up perfectly. We all make mistakes, both in what we say and what we do. If you never got anything you said wrong, you’d be perfect, you’d have your whole life completely under control. It only takes a leash to keep a dog under control. A captain can control a huge ocean liner by turning one little rudder. In the same way, the tongue has an impact out of all proportion to its size. One little word can make a world of difference — for good or for bad!
........One careless spark can start a bushfire that will rage out of control from here to the border. One careless word can be just as explosive. The tip of your tongue carries a destructive payload. One word dropped in the wrong place and all hell breaks loose — inflaming hostilities, blackening reputations, incinerating trust. Before you know it, your whole life is a smouldering ruin. People manage to tame all kinds of animals — wild horses, eagles, even crocodiles — but the tongue can never be broken in. It is like a coiled snake, unpredictable and deadly.
........Blessings and curses can come out of the same mouth. One minute we are pouring out praise to the God who conceived us, and the next minute we are spitting out venom at someone made in God’s own image. Brothers and sisters, it’s not right. If we couldn’t turn on a tap without knowing whether we were going to get fresh water or sewerage, we’d never put up with it. You don’t go to an apple tree and find lemons, do you? And you don’t go to lemon tree looking for strawberries. If you’re an infested swamp, it’s no use anyone coming to you looking for fresh clean water.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Mark 8: 27-38

    Jesus and his followers made a trip out to the villages in the district of Caesarea Philippi. As they talked on the way, Jesus asked them, “What do people make of me?”
    “Some say you are John the baptiser,” they reported. “Others reckon you are Elijah or some other prophet from the past.”
    “Well, what about you?” he asked them. “Who do you think I am?”
    It was Peter who spoke up. “You are the messiah – God’s anointed one.”
    Jesus warned them to keep that opinion to themselves and not to breathe a word of it to anyone.
    Then he began to fill them in on what was going to happen to him. “The New Human is going to be put through the wringer. He’ll be done over by the politicians, the priests and the religious lawyers. They’ll have him executed, but after three days he’ll rise to life.”
    He didn’t beat about the bush on this – he spelt it out as clear as you like. But Peter would have none of it. He pulled Jesus aside and gave him a piece of his mind. Recognising that his followers were losing the plot, Jesus made an example of Peter, saying, “Get out of my face, you satan! You’ve got no idea what God is on about. You’re just pursuing the same things as everyone else.”
    Then he called everyone to gather round – his followers and the whole crowd – and he said to them, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to hand over the keys, sign their own death warrant, and then do as I do. If you try to hold on to control of your life you’ll end up losing the lot. But if you let go, even if you pay the ultimate price for your commitment to me and to our message, you’ll gain real life. What’s the point of getting control of the whole world if getting it kills you. There’s no trade-in on a burned out soul. There are some who find it embarrassing to be associated with me and with what I’m on about, when they’re hanging around with their deceitful and easily distracted peers. If they don’t sort themselves out, they’ll find that when the New Human arrives, full of the glory of God and surrounded by the angels, he’ll be too embarrassed to associate with them.”

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


Alternative Hebrew Bible Lections themed to the Gospel Lection


* Isaiah 50: 4-9a

The LORD God has given me the gift of the gab
    so that my words can teach others
    and put a spring in the step of the weary.

As I wake up each new day,
    God makes me hungry for learning.
The LORD cleaned out my ears
    so that I could hear every word.
I learned eagerly;
    I never rebelled or quit.

I was opposed by others,
    but I gritted my teeth and stood my ground.
I looked them in the eye
    when they insulted me and spat in my face.
I took it on the chin and did not fight back,
    when they gave me a belting and tore out my hair.

The Lord GOD is always there for me,
    so no disgrace ever gets to me.
I have steeled my jaw and dug in my heels,
    and I’m sure I’ll never be ashamed of my stand
        because I can trust God to back me up.

So, who thinks they can take me on?
    Let them stand up and face me!
Who are my opponents?
    Let’s see what they’re made of!

The Lord GOD is backing me;
    so who is going to accuse me of doing wrong?

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 116: 1-9

I love you, LORD!
........How could I not love you
................when you always respond to my cries?

You are always ready to listen to me,
........so I will bring my needs to you as long as I live.

Once death was closing in on me;
........the grave’s icy fingers had me in their grasp;
Tormented and desperate, I cried out to you,
........“Please, LORD. Help me! Save my life!”

You are so generous, LORD;
........you do the right thing by us
................whether we deserve it or not.

You side with the nobodies,
........and you bailed me out,
................when I hit rock-bottom.

I can let go of my fears and calm my mind;
........your goodness and love keep me safe.

You saved my life, LORD;
........you dried my tears;
................you supported me when I stumbled.

I can stand before you with my head held high;
........I’m back on my feet in the land of the living.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net