Sunday 2 February, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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 Micah 6:1-8 The Lord’s case against Israel
    PSALM Psalm 15
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 God chooses the weak
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:1-12 The beatitudes- life in God’s kingdom
  • 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 reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 5 1-12 – year a – epiphany 4
  • 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 God,
    since you know that we are set in the midst
    of so many and great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of the frailty of our nature:
    Grant us strength and protection
    to support us in all dangers,
    and carry us through all temptations;
    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 God,
    you know that we are placed
    in the midst of such great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of our human frailty.
    Make us whole in mind and body.
    Support us in all dangers
    and carry us through all temptations.
    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 power to say and do what is right. [silence])
    In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
    teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
    Give to us,
    who can do nothing good without you,
    the power to speak the truth and do your will.
    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 for trust in God. [silence])
    Thank you, God,
    the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    for showing us your power
    in the weakness of the cross.
    Teach us to rely on you alone
    and to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    We ask this through your Son,
    who lives and reigns
    with you 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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming poor for our sakes.
    Bless us who are poor in spirit,
    and make us children of your kingdom.

  • Offering prayer:
    Wise and merciful God,
    thank you for choosing us to be your people.
    Teach us to yearn for what is right
    and to do what you want us to do.
    Use us and our possessions
    for your wise and good purposes.

  • 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: Micah 6:1-8
    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* (esp vv 4,5) G6
    362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
    301    Prayer of peace
    446    Mercy
    160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
    439    What shall we offer our good Lord
    618    What does the Lord require
    751    What does the Lord require of you?

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
    54      When I survey the wondrous cross G5
    153    One thing needful: this one treasure G9
    171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
    187    Glorious things of thee are spoken G9
    807    Lift high the cross GS
    465    How deep is the love
    466    I am aware
    192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
    262    When pain and terror strike by chance
    288    Not the powerful, not the privileged
    342    When I survey the wondrous cross
    343    Nature with open volume stands
    349    In the cross of Christ I glory
    351    Lift high the cross
    422    Come, Holy Spirit, come (esp vv 1,2,4)
    446    Glorious things of you are spoken
    717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

    Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
    148    Jesus, the very thought of Thee G6
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
    402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
    403    Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour blest* G5
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    858    Make me a channel of your peace G5
    95      Prayer of St Francis
    190    Low, the way is low
    300    Practise love
    436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
    183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
    474    Gather us in
    546    Lord Jesus, think on me
    566    Lord Jesus, if the same you are
    568    O for a heart to praise my God
    607    Make me a channel of your peace
    680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind
    697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

    Psalm 15
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 15 by David Schütz (alt.) may be sung to the tune ‘Anthes’ (LH 308). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, who shall be admitted
    into your holy tent?
    And who may find a dwelling
    upon your holy hill?
    All those whose life is blameless,
    the righteous and the just,
    who never stoop to slander,
    but speak with honest heart.

    They keep from doing evil,
    from doing harm to friends.
    They close their ears to rumours
    that harm their neighbours’ name.
    They show the greatest honour
    to those who fear the Lord,
    but in their eyes the evil
    are held in no regard.

    They always keep their promise,
    no matter what the cost.
    They lend their money freely
    and will not take a bribe.
    All these shall be admitted
    and shall not be removed,
    for they alone may enter
    God’s tent and know his love.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 15 p18 , Psalm 15 p19 , Psalm 15 p20

    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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