Sunday 26 January, 2014 – Third 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.

You may choose to celebrate Australia Day on this day – go here for Australia day resources (these resources can also be adapted for any National day).

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 9:1-4 People who have lived in darkness have seen a great light
    PSALM Psalm 27:1, 4-9
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 An appeal to avoid factions
    GOSPEL Matthew 4:12-23 Jesus begins his work- light has dawned
  • 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 reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 4 12-23 – year a – epiphany 3
  • 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
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for Christ’s light to shine on us. [silence])
    Thank you, Jesus,
    for coming as the light for the world.
    Shine into our darkness,
    so that we see God’s love,
    and follow in the way you show us.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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.
    Lord Jesus, the light of the world,
    thank you for calling us to be your disciples.
    Help us to follow you faithfully.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, saving God,
    for all the good things you have given us,
    especially for your Son, the light for the world.
    Teach us to live in his light,
    remaining in harmony with one another
    and reaching out in love to others.
    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 9:1-4
    LHS
    30          The people that in darkness sat
    156         Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    181         Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    217         O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    396         Lead Thou me on
    AT
    126         I am the light of the world
    217         Lord, the light of your love
    313         Christ be our light
    315         Drawn to the light
    TIS
    208         Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    274         The people that in darkness walked
    320         Never in all human story
    551         O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    552         Come, my way, my truth, my life
    621         O God of every nation

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
    LHS
    191         The Church’s one foundation G4
    217         O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    271         The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    344         Our God is love* G6
    798         Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    799         In Christ there is no east or west G7
    800         May we be one GS
    AT
    172         May we be one
    528       Gifts of grace
    TIS
    245         We have a gospel to proclaim
    457         The church’s one foundation
    459         In Christ there is no east or west
    648         Help us accept each other
    685         Lord, I come to you

    Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
    LHS
    30          The people that in darkness sat
    306         I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    336         Come follow me, the Saviour spake* G3
    366         Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
    AT
    137         I heard the voice of Jesus say
    311         Be still and know
    313         Christ be our light
    315         Drawn to the light
    344         The new road
    348         Sing hey for the carpenter
    413         The summons
    493         Follow the Saviour
    495         Come and follow me
    TIS
    274         The people that in darkness walked
    279         The King of glory comes
    585         I heard the voice of Jesus say
    589         Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
    598         Dear Father, Lord of humankind
    643         I want to walk as a child of the light

    Psalm 27
    TIS 15, God is my strong salvation, is a version of Psalm 27, and TIS 16, The Lord is my light and my help, is a version of verses 1, 4, 13-14. See also AT 209, Do Lord (Ps 27), and 214, The Lord is my light.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 27 p46 , Psalm 27 p47

    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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