Sunday 27 January, 2013- Third 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  Nehemiah 8:1-3,5,6,8-10 Ezra reads the law to the people
    PSALM Psalm 19 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a You are the body of Christ
    GOSPEL Luke 4:14-21 Jesus proclaims God’s word at Nazareth
  • 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 David Christian ; Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on Psalm: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 19 – year c – epiphany 3
  • 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,
    look mercifully on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and defend us;
    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,
    look in mercy on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and protect us.
    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 for the freedom of the new life God gives us. [silence])
    Lord God, set us free
    from the bondage of our sins,
    and give us the full life
    of your kingdom,
    which you have made known to us
    in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we live by God’s word. [silence] )
    Life-giving God,
    we thank you that your Son brought good news
    and set us free from captivity.
    Fill us with your Spirit,
    so that, as we are made holy,
    we live as your holy people.
    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 3C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Saving God,
    thank you for setting us free
    from darkness, captivity, and oppression,
    and making us part of Christ’s body.
    Help us to live harmoniously,
    serving and helping one another,
    and being your instruments to bring good news,
    healing, and liberty to others.

  • 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: Nehemiah 8:1-3,5,6,8-10

    259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
    263    Father of mercies, in Thy Word G7
    265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
    274    Lord, Thy Word abideth G7
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    207    As we gather here (The Call)
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    427    Lord, your word abiding
    430    Your words to me are life and health
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

    189    One is our God and Father* G6
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    797    Blest be the tie that binds  GS
    798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    800    May we be one GS
    802    One family, we’re together GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    12    We are family
    62    One family
    172    May we be one
    388    One body
    482    His love within the world
    419    Like the murmur of the dove’s song
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    457    The church’s one foundation
    466    Peace with the Father
    468    We are your people
    530    Now let us from this table rise (post-communion)

    Gospel: Luke 4:14-21

    4    Once He came in blessing* G4
    9    Hark the glad sound G6
    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    219    Jesus shall reign G3
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6
    241    Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old G7
    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    435    Christians, now praise ye G6
    465    Praise, my soul, the king of heaven G7
    750    When Jesus lived among us G7
    818    O Son of God in Galilee G7
    128    I am the Light of the world
    263    Singing all praises
    355    Freedom is coming
    389    Light of the nations
    407    God has chosen me
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    579    Go and tell
    134    Praise, my soul, the king of heaven
    179    Praise with joy the world’s Creator
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    207    Jesus shall reign
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    218    Jesus! the name high over all
    269    Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    474    Here in this place, new light is streaming
    688    Come to be our hope, O Jesus

    PSALM 19
    TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-6, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-11.

    A short song based on Psalm 19:14 by John Bell (of the Iona Community) may be found in ATO 323 (or in Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise, page 11). It could be used as a sung congregational response to spoken or chanted verses of Psalm 19. The same could be done with the last verse of the song ‘By the rivers of Babylon’ (ATA 117).

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS harmony edition A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
    the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
    The heavens are telling your glory and power,
    your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

    Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
    no language is heard in the words that they say.
    And yet their voice goes throughout all of the earth,
    their words are conveyed to the end of the world.

    God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
    it comes, like a bridegroom, on his wedding day,
    and runs, like a strong man, from morning to night,
    and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

    The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
    his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
    His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
    and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

    The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
    His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
    far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
    in them both a warning and promise is told.

    But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
    so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
    From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
    then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 19 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

1 comment to Sunday 27 January, 2013- Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

  • Naomi Tree

    Thankyou so much for providing these resources. Our congregation has been without a pastor since August and we are still trying to call a pastor – without success. This resource has made our planning for our lay-readings (and choosing appropriate music in my case) so much easier. Preparing for a church service shouldn’t be stressful – and now (along with the wonderful website it isn’t!!