Sunday 30 December, 2012- First Sunday after Christmas, Year C

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.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 The boy Samuel in the service of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Colossians 3:12-17 Christian life in the world
    GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 The boy Jesus in his Father’s house
  • 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

    Based on gospel: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 49-50 – year c – christmas 1
    Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze ;
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas  1C Sunday Word & 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
    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.

    OR, one of the collects for Christmas Day

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Christmas 1C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
    for sending your Son to live among us.
    Teach us to trust in him,
    to forget about ourselves,
    and to follow his example of humility and service,
    doing everything in his name.
    Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26
    LHS

    587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
    AT

    TIS
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    Second reading: Colossians 3:12-17
    LHS

    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9
    434    Let all the world in every corner sing G7
    777    Father in heaven GS
    797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    AT
    67    Let your word fill my days
    115    Father in heaven
    174    Bind us together
    258    Jesus put this song into our hearts
    390    Put on love
    400    Deep peace
    439    Forgiven
    505   Whatever you do
    TIS
    105    Let all the world in every corner sing
    152    Joyful, joyful we adore you
    162    Thank you for giving me the morning
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    434    Where there is charity and love
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    465    Father in heaven
    466    Peace with the Father
    471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed (holy communion)
    533    I come with joy to meet my Lord (holy communion)
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    635    Forgive our sins as we forgive
    646    God is our song, and every singer blest
    670    Jesus put this song into our hearts

    Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
    LHS

    39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
    750    When Jesus came among us (v 1) G7
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2,3) G7
    893    Our Father, by whose name G6
    AT
    208    In the presence of your people
    TIS
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    727    In the presence of your people

    FAMILY HYMNS AND SONGS
    As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.

    LHS
    82 (Pt III)    Jesus, loving to the end
    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.

    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 p247 , Psalm 148 p248

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