Sunday 12 January, 2014 – First Sunday after Epiphany, Year A

Baptism of our Lord

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 42:1-9 The Lord’s servant is a light to the nations
    PSALM Psalm 29
    SECOND READING Acts 10:34-43 Jesus anointed with the Spirit and power
    GOSPEL Matthew 3:13-17 The baptism of 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.

    Based on the gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze
  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany 1 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
    Traditional
    O Lord,
    mercifully receive the prayers of your people
    who call on you;
    and grant that they may perceive
    the things they ought to do,
    and may have the power
    faithfully to fulfil them;
    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, in your mercy
    listen to the prayers of your people who call on you.
    Help us to see what we ought to do,
    and give us the strength to do it.
    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)
    (Let us pray that God will keep us faithful to our baptismal calling. [silence])
    Father in heaven,
    you proclaimed Jesus as your dear Son
    at his baptism,
    and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.
    May all who are baptised into Christ
    remain faithful in their calling to be your children
    and inherit eternal life with him.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we live as God’s baptised children. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    you anointed Jesus at his baptism
    with the Holy Spirit,
    and revealed him as your dear Son.
    Thank you for making us your children
    by water and the Spirit.
    Keep us faithful to you
    throughout our lives.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for revealing yourself at your baptism as God’s dear Son.
    Fill us, your baptised children, with your Spirit.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    God, our creator and redeemer,
    thank you for accepting us as your children.
    Lead us to live Spirit-filled lives,
    trusting in your dear Son.
    Teach us to help others, as he did,
    through our offerings and lives of service.
    Amen.

  • 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 42:1-9
    LHS
    45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
    232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations G4
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G8
    AT
    261    The Servant King
    441    Jesus was sent
    446    Mercy
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    TIS
    256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world

    Second reading: Acts 10:34-43
    LHS
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    AT
    344    The new road
    441    Jesus was sent
    TIS
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world

    Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
    LHS
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
    748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (see also version below) G7
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    831    O baptized people, one and all G3
    AT
    118    Jesus went down to the water
    TIS
    250    Christ, when for us you were baptized

    Psalm 29
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
    now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
    now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
    and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

    The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
    the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
    and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

    The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
    the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
    while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

    The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
    the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
    the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
    the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49

    OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    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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