Sunday 1 January, 2012- New Year’s Day/Name of Jesus/First Sunday after Christmas, Year B

Happy New Year!

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

This Sunday may be observed as New Year’s Day, Name of Jesus or 1st Sunday after Christmas. Please choose the appropriate readings and resources for your chosen theme.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    New Year’s Day:
    FIRST READING  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 For everything there is a time
    PSALM Psalm 8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Revelation 21:1-6a A new heaven and a new earth
    GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46 The last judgment
    Name of Jesus:
    FIRST READING Numbers 6:22-27 The priestly blessing
    PSALM Psalm 8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING  Galatians 4:4-7 God’s Son, born of woman under the law
    OR Philippians 2:5-11 At the name of Jesus every knee will bow
    GOSPEL Luke 2:15-21 The naming and circumcision of Jesus
    1st Sunday after Christmas:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 61:10- 62:3 The Lord will save his people
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Galatians 4:4-7 God sent his Son to free us
    GOSPEL  Luke 2:22-40 Simeon and Anna see Jesus
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    For New Year’s Day/ Name of Jesus: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 15-21- new years day-name of jesus
    For 1st Sunday after Christmas: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 22-40 – year b – Christmas 1
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas Sunday Word and Prayer (pdf/ doc/ ppt)
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    New Year’s Day
    Traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    as you have in the past year given us
    so much that is good:
    Grant that the new year
    may also be filled with your blessing;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    we thank you for all the good things
    you have given us in the past year.
    Let the new year
    also be filled with your blessings.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we may use our time wisely. [silence])
    Heavenly Father,
    you have set the times and seasons
    of our lives.
    Teach us to live wisely here on earth
    and make the most of our opportunities,
    until we reach our heavenly home.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    Or, for beginning the new year in the name of Jesus
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    you have given your dear Son for our salvation.
    Help us to begin the new year
    in the name of Jesus,
    and praise you, our Father, in all that we do.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever
    Amen.

    Name of Jesus
    Traditional
    O Lord God,
    since your blessed Son, our Saviour,
    became obedient to the Law for us,
    and received the circumcision of the flesh:
    Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit,
    that our hearts may be purified
    from all sinful desires;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Lord God,
    your Son, our Saviour, became obedient to the law for us,
    and was circumcised.
    Give us the true circumcision of the Spirit,
    so that our hearts may be purified
    from all sinful desires.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, another traditional collect modernised
    Lord God, heavenly Father,
    you have given your dear Son for our salvation.
    Help us to begin the new year
    in the name of Jesus,
    and praise you, our Father, in all that we do.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you
    and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we proclaim the name of Jesus. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son was circumcised
    and given the name that is above every name.
    May we who bear his name
    worship him in the freedom of the Spirit
    and proclaim him as Saviour of the world.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    1st Sunday after Christmas
    Traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
    that in the name of your beloved Son
    we may be made to abound in good works;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure.
    Make us rich in good works,
    in the name of your dear Son,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we may love one another as God has loved us. [silence])
    Lord, help us,
    in all our dealings with one another,
    to be subject to you, the Father of all.
    May we follow the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who was obedient to your will,
    and gave up his life for us.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that through Jesus we share in God’s nature. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to become human like us,
    so that we might become your children.
    Make us who trust in Jesus
    to be more and more like him.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- New Years-Name of Jesus B ; Prayer of the Church- Christmas 1B
  • Offering prayer:
    New Year’s Day
    Lord God, thank you for the blessings
    you have given us year after year.
    Help us to wisely use the time you have given us.
    Lead us, while we remain here on earth,
    to serve you through all the people around us
    who are in need.
    Amen.

    Name of Jesus
    Lord, we thank you for blessing us
    by revealing yourself to us through your Son.
    Help us always to honour the name of Jesus, our Saviour,
    and do everything in his name.
    May our lives, as Christians,
    lead others to worship his name.
    Amen.

    1st Sunday after Christmas
    Thank you, Lord,
    for sending your Son Jesus Christ to save us
    and to set us free from sin
    and the condemnation of the law.
    Lead us to live as people who are truly free to serve you.
    May your Spirit live in our hearts
    and guide us to do your will.
    Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the modernised text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    New Year’s Day
    First reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
    LHS

    414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
    467    For the beauty of the earth G7
    493    Brief life is here our portion G6
    555    While with ceaseless course the sun G7
    558    Great God, we sing that mighty hand G6
    813    For strength to work till close of day
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
    AT
    180    A time for building bridges
    230    Christ the worker
    242    Son of the Father
    337    The grass withers
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    427    God’s time
    TIS
    102    Praise to the living God
    124    Great God, we sing that mighty hand
    126    God moves in a mysterious way
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    613    Lord of all hopefulness

    Second reading: Revelation 21:1-6a
    LHS

    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    494    Jerusalem the golden G6
    854    Be still, my soul (esp v 4)
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    479    For living, for dying
    512   All things new
    519   New Beginning
    TIS
    123    Be still, my soul
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say

    Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
    LHS

    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
    487    Wake, awake* G6
    492    And will the Judge descend G7
    780     We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
    804    The church of Christ in every age G5
    816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7
    855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
    AT
    148    Born for resurrection
    191    Brother, let me be your servant
    197    When I needed a neighbour
    286    Lord, hear my praying
    376    Faith hope and love
    487    Make your home in me
    499    It was me
    503    Show me heaven
    561    Community
    582    Like a candle
    TIS
    240    All go to God
    256    From heaven you came
    266    Wake, awake
    608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
    629    When I needed a neighbour
    650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
    689    Lord, hear my praying

    OTHER HYMNS
    Lutheran Hymnal and Supplement

    See the section ‘Opening and close of the year’ LH 551-559
    Also:
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus*
    301    Take Thou my hand and lead me*
    343    Heavenward still our pathway tends
    396    Lead thou me on

    All Together Books
    NB Some of these are ‘morning’ songs for a new day, but are also appropriate for a new year.
    1    Lord of our days
    13    Lord of the morning (Could sing ‘here is the new year’ in the first verse)
    18    From the rising of the sun
    67    Let your word fill my days
    87    Walking down the road
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    103    Send your servant
    123    Morning has broken
    153    The steadfast love of the Lord
    180    A time for building bridges
    290    We are gathering
    294    God give you joy
    320    I was there to hear your borning cry
    337    The grass withers
    385    If there was ever a time

    Together in Song
    5    O Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle
    14    O Lord, make me know your ways
    47    Our God, our help in ages past
    112    Through all the changing scenes of life
    124    Great God, we sing that mighty hand
    284    O bless the God of Israel
    478    I bind unto myself today
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    573    A charge to keep I have
    582    Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom
    593    Lord, take my hand and lead me
    617    By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
    637    Lord of the living, in your name assembled

    Name of Jesus
    First reading : Numbers 6:22-27
    LHS

    462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
    512    Lord, Thy blessing send us* G7
    514    Saviour, again to Thy dear name* G7
    521    O holy, blessed Trinity G5
    AT
    94    The Benediction
    408    May the Lord bless you today
    TIS
    452    God of mercy, God of grace
    776    The Lord bless you

    Second reading (a) : Galatians 4:4-7
    LHS

    25    To shepherds as they watched* G4
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
    32    O rejoice, ye Christians loudly G7
    33    Hark! the herald angels sing G4
    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord
    322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    324    Salvation unto us has come*
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    901    Our Father, you from heaven above
    AT
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    448    Loving Spirit
    TIS
    195    Salvation  now to us has come
    196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
    298    Let all together praise our God
    303    Hark! the herald angels sing
    308    To us a child of royal birth
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    412    God sends us his Spirit

    Second reading (b): Philippians 2:5-11
    LHS

    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8
    174    All praise to Thee G7
    219    Jesus shall reign G3
    454    Ye servants of God
    782    At the name of Jesus (alt tune 298, G8)
    AT
    26    He is Lord
    31    Freely, freely
    50    I will sing (v 5)
    55    His name is Wonderful
    139    Christ humbled himself
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    261    From heav’n you came
    370    You are glorious
    554    Jesus, you’re the one
    TIS
    202    I know that my redeemer
    207    Jesus shall reign
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    215    You servants of God
    218    Jesus! the name high over all
    224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
    231    At the name of Jesus
    247    Let all be one in mind and heart
    256    From heav’n you came

    Gospel:  Luke 2:15-21
    LHS

    25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
    35    To the name of our salvation G8
    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    514    Saviour, again to your dear name* G7
    625    Christians awake, salute the happy morn
    AT
    58    Praise the name of Jesus
    TIS
    113    Now to the Lord a noble song
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    306    Christians awake, salute the happy morn

    1st Sunday after Christmas
    First reading: Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3
    LHS
    67    And can it be, that  I should gain (tune: TIS 209)
    215    Arise, O God, and shine*
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    AT
    130    I am covered over
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    TIS
    209    And can it be

    Second reading: Galatians 4:4-7
    LHS

    25    To shepherds as they watched* G4
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
    32    O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly G7
    33    Hark, the herald angels sing G4
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    901    Our Father, you from heaven above G5
    AT
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    448   Loving spirit
    TIS
    298    Let all together praise our God
    303    Hark, the herald angels sing

    Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
    LHS

    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7
    38    In peace and joy I now depart* G4
    44    Thou Light of gentile nations* G4
    898    Now, Lord, you let your servant go GS
    900    O Lord, now let your servant G6
    AT
    104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go
    TIS
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    319    Child in the manger
    324    Lord, bid your servant

    PSALM 8
    Versions of Psalm 8 may be found in TIS, 3 Lord, our Lord, your glorious name, and 4 O Lord, our Governor.

    A paraphrased version of Psalm 8 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 8.

    The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, is sung to the tune Portland, LHS 374. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
    your glorious name is ever praised.
    Even on lips of infant babes
    your song is raised.

    When I look at the sun and moon,
    the stars and all in heav’n above,
    how is it that we humans know
    your saving love?

    How can it be that you should care
    for us poor creatures of the dust?
    Yet you have made us like yourself
    and honoured us.

    Over all creatures great and small
    you let us share your power to reign.
    O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
    we praise your name.

    Music Resources Vol 3- Psalm settings- Psalm 8 p11 , Psalm 8 p12

    PSALM 148
    A paraphrased version of Psalm 148 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 57 (also available in TIS 94). Another song version is ‘Great in power’, ATW 426.

    There are also two hymns based partly on this psalm: ‘O praise ye the Lord’, LH 468 / ‘Sing praise to the Lord’, TIS 96; and ‘Praise the Lord, ye/you heavens adore him’, sung to Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). However, the second verse of the latter is not a paraphrase of the psalm. The Psalter (1912) gives two extra verses that are true paraphrases of the psalm, which are provided here in a modernised form. The first verse below is the modernised text from TIS.

    Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him;
    praise him, angels in the height;
    sun and moon, rejoice before him,
    praise him, all you stars and light.
    Praise the Lord, for he has spoken,
    worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
    laws, that never shall be broken,
    for their guidance he has made.

    On the earth let all things praise him:
    seas and all that they contain,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
    hail and lightning, snow and rain.
    Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
    praise him, all you flocks and herds.
    Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
    praise him, creeping things and birds.

    All you nations, come before him:
    earthly rulers and all kings,
    men and women, parents, children,
    join with all created things.
    Praise the God of our salvation,
    who restores from sin and shame.
    Heaven and earth and all creation,
    praise and glorify his name.

    Music Resources Vol 3- Psalm settings- Psalm 148 p247Psalm 148 p248

    FAMILY HYMNS AND SONGS- 1st Sunday after Christmas
    As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.
    LHS
    82    Jesus, loving to the end (Pt III)
    467     For the beauty of the earth (esp. v 3)
    587     O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588     O blest the house, whate’er befall*
    589     O blessed home where man and wife
    802     One family
    805     We are heirs of the Father
    893     Our Father, by whose name
    AT
    12     We are heirs of the Father
    62     One family
    242     Son of the Father (offering song)
    284     Come in, come in and sit down (opening song)
    TIS
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    288    Not the powerful
    530     Now let us from this table rise
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    COVENTRY CAROL
    The medieval Coventry Carol (‘Lullay, thou little tiny child’) is well suited for singing on this day. The text is as follows, and the tune may be found in Together at Christmas (LPH 1987), the Oxford Book of Carols, or a similar Christmas carol book.

    Chorus:    Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Women:    O sisters, too, how may we do,
    for to preserve this day -
    this poor youngling, for whom we sing,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Men:    Herod the king, in his raging,
    charged he hath this day
    his men of might, in his own sight,
    all children young to slay.

    All:    Then woe is me, poor child, for thee!
    And ever morn and day,
    for thy parting nor say nor sing
    by by, lully, lullay.

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