Sunday 28 December, 2014 – First Sunday after Christmas, Year B

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.

28 December is also the ‘Festival of the Innocents and Martyrs’ – download resources here (no sermons available).

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Isaiah 61:10- 62:3 The Lord will save his people
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Galatians 4:4-7 God sent his Son to free us
    GOSPEL  Luke 2:22-40 Simeon and Anna see Jesus
  • 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 Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 22-40 – year b – Christmas 1 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2v22-40 – year b – christmas 1

  • Orders of service:
    Christmas 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 and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
    that in the name of your beloved Son
    we may be made to abound in good works;
    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 and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure.
    Make us rich in good works,
    in the name of your dear Son,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we may love one another as God has loved us. [silence])
    Lord, help us,
    in all our dealings with one another,
    to be subject to you, the Father of all.
    May we follow the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who was obedient to your will,
    and gave up his life for us.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that through Jesus we share in God’s nature. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to become human like us,
    so that we might become your children.
    Make us who trust in Jesus
    to be more and more like him.
    For he 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 (, Light of the world).
    Lord Jesus, thank you for coming
    as the Messiah that God had promised.
    Help us to acknowledge you as our Saviour.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord,
    for sending your Son Jesus Christ to save us
    and to set us free from sin
    and the condemnation of the law.
    Lead us to live as people who are truly free to serve you.
    May your Spirit live in our hearts
    and guide us to do your will.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Christmas 1B
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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 61:10 – 62:3
    67    And can it be, that  I should gain (tune: TIS 209)
    215    Arise, O God, and shine*
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    209    And can it be
    675    Shine, Jesus, shine / Lord the light of your love
    130    I am covered over
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine / Lord the light of your love

    Second reading: Galatians 4:4-7
    25    To shepherds as they watched* G4
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4 (mod – TIS 298)
    32    O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly G7
    33    Hark, the herald angels sing G4
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    901    Our Father, you from heaven above G5
    298    Let all together praise our God
    303    Hark, the herald angels sing
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    448   Loving spirit

    Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7 (mod – TIS 290)
    38    In peace and joy I now depart* G4
    44    Thou Light of gentile nations* G4
    898    Now, Lord, you let your servant go GS
    900    O Lord, now let your servant G6
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    319    Child in the manger
    324    Lord, bid your servant
    733   Lord God, you now have set your servant free
    104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go

    FAMILY HYMNS AND SONGS- 1st Sunday after Christmas
    As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.
    82    Jesus, loving to the end (Pt III)
    467     For the beauty of the earth (esp. v 3)
    587     O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588     O blest the house, whate’er befall*
    589     O blessed home where man and wife
    802     One family
    805     We are heirs of the Father
    893     Our Father, by whose name
    12     We are heirs of the Father
    62     One family
    242     Son of the Father (offering song)
    284     Come in, come in and sit down (opening song)
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    288    Not the powerful
    530     Now let us from this table rise
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The medieval Coventry Carol (‘Lullay, thou little tiny child’) is well suited for singing on this day. The text is as follows, and the tune may be found in Together at Christmas (LPH 1987), the Oxford Book of Carols, or a similar Christmas carol book.

    Chorus:    Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Women:    O sisters, too, how may we do,
    for to preserve this day –
    this poor youngling, for whom we sing,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Men:    Herod the king, in his raging,
    charged he hath this day
    his men of might, in his own sight,
    all children young to slay.

    All:    Then woe is me, poor child, for thee!
    And ever morn and day,
    for thy parting nor say nor sing
    by by, lully, lullay.

A paraphrased version of Psalm 148 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 57 (also available in TIS 94). Another song version is ‘Great in power’, ATW 426.

There are also two hymns based partly on this psalm: ‘O praise ye the Lord’, LH 468 / ‘Sing praise to the Lord’, TIS 96; and ‘Praise the Lord, ye/you heavens adore him’, sung to Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). However, the second verse of the latter is not a paraphrase of the psalm. The Psalter (1912) gives two extra verses that are true paraphrases of the psalm, which are provided here in a modernised form. The first verse below is the modernised text from TIS.

Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him;
praise him, angels in the height;
sun and moon, rejoice before him,
praise him, all you stars and light.
Praise the Lord, for he has spoken,
worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
laws, that never shall be broken,
for their guidance he has made.

On the earth let all things praise him:
seas and all that they contain,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
hail and lightning, snow and rain.
Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
praise him, all you flocks and herds.
Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
praise him, creeping things and birds.

All you nations, come before him:
earthly rulers and all kings,
men and women, parents, children,
join with all created things.
Praise the God of our salvation,
who restores from sin and shame.
Heaven and earth and all creation,
praise and glorify his name.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 148 p247Psalm 148 p248

    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.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs 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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