Sunday 9 February, 2014 – Fifth 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 58:1-9a(9b-12) The Lord desires kindness and justice
    PSALM Psalm 112:1-9(10)
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16) Christ crucified- God’s power and wisdom
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:13-20 You are salt of the earth and light of the world
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 5 13-20 – year a – epiphany 5 ; sermon – commissioned – year a – epiphany 5
  • 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
    O Lord,
    watch over your family
    with your constant loving-kindness,
    so that those who rely solely
    on the hope of your heavenly grace
    may always be defended by your protection;
    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
    Lord, in your constant goodness
    watch over your family.
    May we who rely solely
    on your undeserved love for us
    always be defended by your power.
    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 faith in Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you sent your only Son as the word of life
    for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
    Help us to believe with joy
    what the Scriptures proclaim.
    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 that we are light to those around us. [silence])
    Faithful God,
    you have called us to be a light shining in the world.
    Make us reflect the light of Christ,
    so that people see your love and goodness
    in our words and actions.
    We ask this through your Son, our Lord,
    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 fulfilling the law and the prophets.
    Make us faithful in doing what God requires,
    so that we may be salt and light in the world.

  • Offering prayer:
    Almighty God,
    we thank you that you have revealed your wisdom,
    the wisdom of Christ crucified.
    Teach us to live as your people.
    Make us salt and light in the world,
    and help us to give of ourselves to those in need.

  • 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 58:1-9a (9b-12)
    355     May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    356     Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    804     The Church of Christ, in every age G5
    816     O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    817     O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
    819     Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    820     We thank you, God, for eyes to see GS
    110    Kyrie, good God
    128    I am the light of the world
    272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
    282    O Lord, hear my prayer
    300    Practise love
    301    Prayer for peace
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
    402    God has chosen me
    499    It was me
    416    Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
    473    Community of Christ
    620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    657    God of freedom, God of justice
    697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
    54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
    64     Here at Thy cross I hail Thee now
    75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5
    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
    163    Would you know what most I prize?* G9
    171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word*
    776    Spirit of God, unseen as the wind GS
    812    The Lord of wisdom made the earth
    807    Lift high the cross GS
    823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp vv 4,6) G5
    218    Spirit
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    372    Teach me your way
    342    When I survey the wondrous cross
    343    Nature with open volume stands
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    349    In the cross of Christ I glory
    351    Lift high the cross
    408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

    Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    516    O splendour of God’s glory bright G8
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
    175    The greatest commandment
    184    Love is the law
    205    What you hear in the dark
    292    Because we bear your name
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    582   Like a candle
    583   May you go well
    102    Praise to the living God
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    474    Here in this place
    542    Far beyond our mind’s grasp and our tongues declaring
    622    Holy Father, God of might
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

    Psalm 112
    Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
    who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
    Their children will prosper in all that they do,
    and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

    Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
    Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
    As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
    for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

    All things will go well for the ones who are free
    in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
    They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
    will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

    When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
    their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
    Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
    they know they will conquer against all their foes.

    The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
    and they are exalted with honour and praise.
    The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
    but all of their evil will vanish away.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 112 p184 , Psalm 112 p185

    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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