Sunday 23 February, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 2), 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 Leviticus 19:1,2,9-18 Be holy- the Lord is God
    PSALM Psalm 119:33-40
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 3:10,11,16-23 Built on Christ alone- God’s wisdom
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:38-48 Loving your enemies
  • 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 38-48 – year a – epiphany 7 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • 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
    O God,
    since you know that we cannot put our trust
    in anything that we do:
    mercifully defend us by your power
    against all the evil that opposes 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
    Lord God,
    you know that we cannot put our trust
    in anything that we do.
    I mercy defend us by your power
    from all the evil we face.
    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 love, to fulfil God’s law. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you have taught us through your Son
    that to love is to fulfil the law.
    Help us to love you with our whole heart,
    and our neighbours as ourselves.
    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, new
    (Let us pray that we love our enemies. [silence])
    Loving heavenly Father,
    thank you that your Son loved us
    even when we were enemies,
    and that he prayed for those who killed him.
    Teach us to be merciful like you,
    and do good to all people,
    even to those who do us harm.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you 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, thank you for loving even your enemies.
    Make us perfect like you,
    and give us your love for all people.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Holy God,
    we thank you for making us your temple
    and giving us your Holy Spirit.
    Teach us to love all people,
    even our enemies,
    and to give ourselves in loving service.
    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: Leviticus 19:1,2,9-18
    LHS
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    853    A new commandment GS
    AT
    65    A new commandment
    177    Love one another
    TIS
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    657    God of freedom, God of justice
    699    A new commandment

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10,11,16-23
    LHS
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
    179    Christ alone is our salvation* G3
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
    249    Christ is our cornerstone (alt tune 182, G8)
    253    In the name which earth and heaven (esp vv 1,2) G3
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    AT
    313    Christ, be our light
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    TIS
    432    Christ is made the sure foundation
    433    Christ is our cornerstone
    461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son (v 5)

    Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
    LHS
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    380    O God of mercy, God of might G9
    AT
    177    Love one another
    301    Prayer of peace
    499    It was me
    515    All are welcome
    543    All the world
    TIS
    648    Help us accept each other
    677    Christ’s is the world in which we move
    681    Lord, let me see, see more and more
    697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

    Psalm 119: 33-40

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p204

    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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