Sunday 20 January, 2013- Second Sunday after Epiphany, 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: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Isaiah 62:1-5 God will restore Zion and rejoice in her
    PSALM Psalm 36:5-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Gifts of the Spirit
    GOSPEL John 2:1-11 Jesus at the wedding in Cana
  • 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 Tim Stringer
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 62 4-6 – year c – epiphany 2 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany 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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    ruler of all things in heaven and earth:
    Mercifully hear the prayers of your people,
    and grant us your peace
    all the days of our life;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you rule over everything in heaven and on earth.
    In mercy listen to the prayers of your people,
    and give us your peace in our times.
    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.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that God will keep us true to our calling as his followers.[silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is by your loving kindness alone
    that you accept us
    and call us to serve you.
    Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
    and make us worthy of our calling.
    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.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we receive God’s gifts with joy. [silence])
    Generous God,
    we thank you for all the good gifts
    you lavishly pour out on us.
    Teach us to enjoy what you have given us
    to the full,
    and bring us at last
    to feast with you in eternal joy.
    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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 2C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, loving God,
    for all the good things of life,
    and for your Spirit and his gifts.
    Lead us to use the gifts we have
    in loving service to others,
    and for the common good.

  • 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: Isaiah 62:1-5

    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    30    The people that in darkness sat
    43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
    187    Glorious things of thee are spoken
    190    Zion stands, securely founded G6
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    219    Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun G3
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    428    Morning sunshine
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    274    The people that in darkness walked
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    446    Glorious things of you are spoken
    457    The Church’s one foundation
    675    Lord, the light of your love (Shine, Jesus, shine)
    690    Beauty for brokenness

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
    775    Let every Christian pray G7
    168    Hear our prayer
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    313    Christ, be our light
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    468    We are your people

    Gospel: John 2:1-11

    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
    582    Lord, who at Cana’s wedding feast G7
    583    O Father all creating (v 2) G4
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    425    God moving

    PSALM 36
    The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Bethany’ (LH 257). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, your love extends to heaven
    and your truth draws to the sky;
    Lord, your judgments and your justice
    reach the depths and scale the heights.
    Precious is your loving kindness,
    caring for all living things;
    Everyone who truly seeks you
    finds protection ‘neath your wing.

    In your presence they are feasted
    with the riches you provide;
    from the stream of your good pleasures
    all their thirst is satisfied.
    For in you is life’s pure fountain;
    in your light we see the light.
    Show your love to those who know you;
    guard the righteous with your might.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 36 p65 , Psalm 36 p66

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