Sunday 29 December, 2013 – First Sunday after Christmas, Year A

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 Isaiah 63:7-9 The kindness of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this psalm, please see the song suggestions below
    SECOND READING Hebrews 2:10-18 Jesus, our brother, pioneer of salvation
    GOSPEL Matthew 2:13-23 The escape into Egypt
  • 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; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 2 10-18 – year a – Christmas 1; Pr Stephen Pietsch
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas 1 Sunday Word and Prayer ( pdf / doc/ rtf / 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,
    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.

    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.

    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.

    OR, one of the collects for Christmas Day

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ, the light of the world.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for becoming a human being
    and living among danger and hardship for us.
    Be with us in all our troubles.

  • Offering prayer:
    Our protecting Father,
    thank you for making us your children
    and taking care of us.
    Help us to respond in thankfulness
    by giving ourselves in service
    to you and to other people.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 63:7-9

    431     My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
    462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
    466    Rejoice today with one accord
    468    O praise ye the Lord
    325    Sing to God with joy
    333    You are our God
    365    Lord of all
    92    Sing to God with joy
    96    Sing praise to the Lord
    107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
    127    Holy God, we praise your name
    452    God of mercy, God of grace

    Second reading: Hebrews 2:10-18

    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    24    All my heart this night rejoices G7
    25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully* G7
    426    What a friend we have in Jesus
    623    Now sing we, now rejoice
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    12    We are family
    24    God’s love
    127    Because He lives
    132    Anna’s song
    133    Jesus set us free
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    298    Let all together praise our God
    313    Good Christians all, rejoice
    377    Where high the heavenly temple stands
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    590    What a friend we have in Jesus

    Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23

    399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
    414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
    481    When children, young and tender G7
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2)
    38    One by one you call us home
    132    Anna’s song
    141    Mary’s child
    231    A cry in the night
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    126    God moves in a mysterious way
    293    Unto us a boy is born
    319    Child in the manger

    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

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

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more modern songs (eg. Hillsongs) by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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