Sunday 16 February, 2014 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 1), 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 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The two ways- life or death
    PSALM Psalm 119:1-8
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Divisions in the Corinthian church
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:21-37 Jesus’ radical teaching of the law
  • 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 21-37 – year a – epiphany 6
    Based on the Psalm: sermon – psalm 119 – year a – epiphany 6
  • 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,
    favourably hear the prayers of your people,
    that we, who are justly punished for our offences,
    may be mercifully delivered by your goodness,
    for the glory of your name;
    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 kindness
    listen to the prayers of your people.
    Have mercy on us
    who are justly punished for our sins,
    and save us,
    for the glory of your name.
    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 a fuller trust in God. [silence])
    Most loving Father,
    it is your will
    that we should leave all our worries with you.
    Keep us from faithless fears
    and worldly anxieties,
    that no cloud may hide from us
    the light of your love
    in Jesus Christ our Lord.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    (Let us pray for obedience to God. [silence])
    Thank you, Jesus our Saviour,
    for keeping God’s law perfectly for us.
    Teach us through your Spirit
    to follow you
    and fulfil the law by a life of love.
    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, thank you for your obedience
    to your heavenly Father.
    Give us your righteousness,
    so that we may truly obey God’s laws.

  • Offering prayer:
    Lord our God,
    we thank you for making us yours.
    Teach us to live as your holy people,
    obeying your commands in our hearts,
    and giving ourselves
    in loving service to others.

  • 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: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    368    My faith looks up to Thee*
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    786    In faith and hope and love GS
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    877    Trust and obey GS
    1    Lord of our days
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    112    From heav’n the Lord looks down
    225    Why do you love me?
    254    I give you my joys and sorrows
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    112    Through all the changing scenes of life
    122    What shall I do my God to love
    526    Lord Jesus Christ
    628    In faith and hope and love

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    193    Jesus, with Thy church abide* G9
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    267    Almighty God, Thy word is cast* G6
    800    May we be one GS
    172    May we be one
    528   Gifts of grace
    434    Where there is charity and love
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word

    Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37
    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    610    Do no sinful action
    803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7
    332    We are sorry
    466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
    635    ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    645    As man and woman we were made
    648    Help us accept each other, Lord
    683    God! when human bonds are broken

    Psalm 119
    TIS 75, Blessed are those whose way is blameless, is a version of Psalm  119:1-2,105-6,108,110-112.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p202 , Psalm 119 p203

    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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