Year C
Proper 28
Sunday 17 November 2019



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 you invite us to draw deeply from your well of salvation.

You created heaven and earth as the first of your works
and chose a people to be your delight.
Though we marred your creation
with war and insurrection,
you have given us a vision of a day beyond the terrors:
a day when the sound of weeping will give way to delight,
when all creation will live in peace
and people will long enjoy the fruits of their labours.

In your child, Jesus the Christ,
you have begun the re-creation of all things.
When he was betrayed by friends,
arrested, persecuted,
and put to death,
you raised him to new life
and through him, you strengthen us
so that we might not grow weary in doing what is right
but through endurance, gain our souls.

Therefore with .....

©2004 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




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

We thank you that in your Son, Jesus Christ,
you have begun the re-creation of all things,
and that through him you strengthen us
so that we might not weary in doing what is right
but through endurance gain our souls.

©2001 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 you invite us to draw deeply from your well of salvation.

You created heaven and earth as the first of your works
and chose a people to be your delight.
Though we marred your creation
with war and insurrection,
you have given us a vision of a day beyond the terrors:
a day when the sound of weeping will give way to delight,
when all creation will live in peace
and people will long enjoy the fruits of their labours.

In your child, Jesus the Christ,
you have begun the re-creation of all things.
When he was betrayed by friends,
arrested, persecuted,
and put to death,
you raised him to new life
and through him, you strengthen us
so that we might not grow weary in doing what is right
but through endurance, gain our souls.

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.

©2004 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net





Declaration of Grace / Absolution

Before we call, the Lord answers,
while we are still speaking, our saviour hears.
God has promised that our sins will not be remembered
nor come to mind again.

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

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net





Commission & Benediction

Go now and tell the world what God does.
Do not chase after self-proclaimed messiahs,
but draw deeply from God’s saving well
and speak the words the Spirit gives you.
Do not be weary in doing what is right.

And may God delight in you and give you strength;
May Christ Jesus lead you in the ways of new life;
And may the Holy Spirit give you the words and wisdom
to withstand all that would tear you down.

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

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net







Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for Proper 28 - Year C - Sunday 17 November 2019
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.



* Isaiah 65: 17-25

I, the LORD, have made myself available
    even to those who didn’t bother to ask.
I put myself on call, ready and waiting,
    even for those who were too lazy to look for me.
I kept waving and shouting, “Here I am!”
    to a nation who kept ignoring me.
I kept offering the hand of friendship, round the clock,
    to a people who kept spitting in my face.

Their behaviour has gone completely off the rails,
    and they don’t care about anything but themselves.
They are constantly in my face,
    needling me, stirring me up.
They play mix-and-match religion to spite me:
    an idol from here, a ritual from there;
a sacrifice to this, some incense for that;
    a seance in the cemetery to summon the dead.

If I say don’t eat something, they eat it.
    They’d cook and serve sewerage if they thought I’d react.
They promote themselves as the spiritual elite;
    too holy by far to mix with those they see as beneath them.
These people are a noxious stench.
    They get right up my nose.

Look, I’ve kept a record of what they’ve done.
    I’ll publish the lot and make them pay.
They’ll get all they deserve with interest,
    and an added bonus for the sins of their parents.
I, the LORD, guarantee all this,
    because they worship only what gives them a high
        and they spurn me to pursue their next hit.
I will see that they cop the full consequences
    of each and every despicable act.

But hear this from me, the LORD:
    there is still some good wine in the cellar.
And just as people say,
    “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”,
so for the sake of those who still serve me,
    I will not just wipe out the entire nation.

From among Jacob’s descendants
    I will raise my true children;
from the tribe of Judah
    I will raise people worthy of receiving my land.
Those I have chosen will inherit it;
    those who truly serve me will make their home there.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




* Isaiah 12

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, LORD!
    Your anger was roused against us,
        but you set it aside and comforted us instead.

You alone are able to set us free,
    so we put our trust in you, and have nothing to fear.
All our strength and power come from you, LORD GOD,
    you have become our hero, our saviour!

You will put your saving love on tap,
     deep draughts to be enjoyed by everyone.
On that day we will all say to one another,
    “Thank the LORD! Let God’s name be on everyone’s lips!”

We will tell the world what you have done,
    we will shout your name and declare you to be number one.
We will sing your praises because of all you have accomplished,
    and give you the glory all over the earth.
With all the citizens of Zion, we lift our voices to you
    with shouts and laughter and songs of celebration,
for you are the ultimate, the greatest, the Holy One,
    and you live among us, your people!

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




* 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13

    My dear friends, let me stand on the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ and spell out what you should do: sever ties with any members of the church who are bludging off the rest of you, and not pulling their weight the way we taught you. We set the pace when we were with you, as you well know, so keep it up. We did not slack off and we didn’t sponge off anyone’s hospitality. We worked our guts out and paid our own way so that we would not be a drain on you at all. This was not because we he had no fair claim on your support; we clearly did. But it was more important to us to set an example for you to follow. You remember the rule we all operated by when we were with you: If you don’t work you don’t eat. But now we are hearing reports that some of you have become bludgers who don’t lift a finger unless it’s to pry into someone else’s business. Well, since we all share in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, let me lay down the law to these people — and you know who you are. Pull your finger out and put your shoulder to the wheel. Take your fair share of the workload without making a big deal of it and you’ll have earned your keep. Brothers and sisters, don’t ever run out of steam for doing what is right.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




* Luke 21: 5-19

    Some people were talking about the temple and waxing lyrical about what a spectacular building it was with its ornate stonework and all the beautiful fixtures which had been donated and dedicated to God. Jesus spoke up, saying, “The days are coming when everything you see here will be flattened. There will be nothing left of these great stones but a heap of rubble.”
    “Can you tell us when these things are going to happen?” they asked, “and what warning sign should we watch for? What will tip us off that it is about to happen.”
    Jesus replied:

“Be on your guard. Don’t fall for all the doomsday madness. There will be no shortage of people bobbing up and saying, ‘Follow me! I’m the One!’ or ‘The world is about to end!’ Don’t even begin to take them seriously. Every time there’s a new war or a flare-up in some trouble-spot, the fanatics will crank up the speculation again. Keep your cool. These things will happen, but they are not an indication that the end is close. Nations will set out to destroy each other; there will be ethnic conflicts and civil wars; there will be horrendous natural disasters. In many places people will face starvation and there will be terrible outbreaks of disease. There will be terrifying signs, as though the sky itself was going to fall in.

But before all this happens, the world will turn against you. You will be harassed, arrested and locked up in detention centres. Because of your association with me, you will be dragged before the religious authorities, the civil magistrates, and even the political leaders. These hearings will give you an opportunity to speak out for the truth. Make up your minds now not to worry about it in advance. Don’t bother trying to plan what you will say in the witness box. When the time comes, I will give you the words. I will give you such wisdom that all the lawyers seeking to undo you will be left floundering, lost for words.

Even those closest to you may end up betraying you. Some of you will be dobbed in by members of your own family or close relatives and friends. People everywhere will despise you because of your association with me, and some of you will be killed. Nevertheless there is not even a hair on your head that is not safe in my care. By toughing it out you will gain your souls.”


©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Alternative Hebrew Bible Lections themed to the Gospel Lection


* Malachi 4: 1-2a

Hear what the LORD who rules over everything has to say:
Take note, the day is coming,
    raging towards you like a bushfire.
Those who are arrogant and corrupt
    will go up like tinder-dry grass.
The day that comes will incinerate them
    without leaving a trace.

But for you who love me and bring honour to my name,
    the day of peace and integrity will dawn.
The sun will shine on you warmly
    with gentle healing rays.
©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




* Psalm 98

We sing like we’ve never sung before, LORD,
    because you have done fantastic things.
With your sleeves rolled up you got stuck in
    and came out on top.

Your victory has made the headlines, LORD,
    now the whole world can see that you were right all along.

You have never defaulted on your rock-solid love,
    or your loyalty to your chosen people.
From one end of the earth to the other,
    everyone has seen your victory.

With all the world, LORD, we raise a noisy celebration,
    singing our lungs out and shouting your praise.

The bands strike up in your honour, LORD,
    filling the air with festive music.
With a brass fanfare and a dancing beat
    we loudly celebrate your reign over us.

The whole creation joins in the celebration:
    the ocean and its creatures roar their approval;
the land and its animals, cheer and stomp;
    rivers and lakes give a standing ovation,
        mountains and hills erupt in applause.

We put on the whole show in your presence, LORD,
    celebrating your arrival as you finally bring justice.
With you in charge we know things will be put right;
    now every one on earth will get a fair go.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net