Sunday 19 January, 2014 – Second Sunday after Epiphany, 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: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 49:1-7 God’s servant a light to the nations
    PSALM Psalm 40:1-11
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Grace and peace from God in Christ
    GOSPEL John 1:29-42 Jesus the lamb of God
  • 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 second reading: Pr Lloyd Boughen
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus; edited for lay reading sermon – john 1 35-40 – year a – epiphany 2
  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany 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
    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 to be made clean. [silence])
    Jesus Christ, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world.
    Take away our sin
    and make us your holy people.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus Christ,
    thank you for revealing yourself as the Lamb of God.
    Help us to follow you and to lead others to you.

  • Offering prayer:
    Faithful God,
    we thank you for calling us to be your holy people,
    in fellowship with your Son.
    Take our lives and our possessions
    and use them for your service.

  • 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 49:1-7
    43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
    44    Thou Light of gentile nations* G4
    45    Hail, thou source of every blessing* G4
    215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
    232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations G4
    898    Now, Lord, you let your servant go GS
    103    Send your servant down the road (closing)
    104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go
    126    The light of Christ
    324    Lord, bid your servant go in peace
    733    Lord God, you now have set your servant free

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    617    Faithful Shepherd, feed me
    845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (closing) G5
    324    Saints of all time
    193    God, you are clothed in light
    496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (closing)

    Gospel: John 1:29-42
    48    Lamb of God most holy* G5
    57    A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth* G5
    335    Just as I am G9
    366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
    748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came* (esp vv 1,3,4) G7
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    17    Emmanuel: God is with us
    75    Jesus, Lamb of God (liturgical song)
    82    O Lamb of God (liturgical song)
    173    O Lamb of God (liturgical song)
    349    There is a redeemer
    566   Jesus Christ, lamb of God (liturgical song)
    570   Lamb of God (liturgical song)
    218    Jesus! the name high over all
    250    Christ, when for us you were baptized
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    576    O for a closer walk with God
    584    Just as I am
    589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
    700    Jesus, Lamb of God
    705    Behold the Lamb of God

    Psalm 40
    The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Moscow’ (LH 222, TIS 221). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I waited patiently;
    my heart yearned for the Lord
    to hear my prayer.
    He turned and heard my cry,
    he raised me from the pit,
    he set me on a rock,
    and helped me stand.

    He taught my mouth to sing
    new songs of joy and praise,
    thanking our God.
    Let all around me see
    what he has done for me,
    and let the hearts of all
    trust in the Lord.

    Those who trust in the Lord
    and who reject false gods,
    happy are they.
    You, Lord, have done great things,
    and plan great things for us.
    None can compare with you,
    O Lord our God.

    I could not hope to tell
    all that you’ve done for us,
    but this I know:
    you don’t want sacrifice
    for all the things you’ve done,
    yet you have given me
    an open ear.

    So I say, Here am I:
    your book contains my words:
    ‘I will delight
    to do your will, O Lord;
    your law is in my heart.’
    I will tell all the world
    of your good news.

    I do not seal my lips,
    I do not hide your help.
    I speak of you,
    and of your faithfulness,
    and of your steadfast love!
    Your mercy, truth and love
    will keep me safe.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 40 p69 , Psalm 40 p70

    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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