Sunday 11 January, 2015 – First Sunday after Epiphany, Year B

Baptism of our Lord

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: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God creates light
    PSALM Psalm 29 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Acts 19:1-7 Paul baptises believers in Ephesus
    GOSPEL Mark 1:4-11 The baptism of 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 second reading : edited for lay reading sermon – acts 19 1-7 – year b – epiphany 1
    Based on gospel reading: Pr David Christian ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading  sermon – mark 1 4-11 – year b – epiphany 1
  • 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,
    mercifully receive the prayers of your people
    who call on you;
    and grant that they may perceive
    the things they ought to do,
    and may have the power
    faithfully to fulfil them;
    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 mercy
    listen to the prayers of your people who call on you.
    Help us to see what we ought to do,
    and give us the strength to do it.
    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, another traditional collect (modernised)
    (Let us pray that God will keep us faithful to our baptismal calling. [silence])
    Father in heaven,
    you proclaimed Jesus as your dear Son
    at his baptism,
    and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.
    May all who are baptised into Christ
    remain faithful in their calling to be your children
    and inherit eternal life with him.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we live as God’s baptised children. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    you anointed Jesus at his baptism
    with the Holy Spirit,
    and revealed him as your dear Son.
    Thank you for making us your children
    by water and the Spirit.
    Keep us faithful to you
    throughout our lives.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ 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 (, Light of the world).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for revealing yourself at your baptism as God’s dear Son.
    Fill us, your baptised children, with your Spirit.

  • Offering prayer:
    Gracious God, we thank you for Jesus
    and for being made your own children.
    Teach us to live as your precious people,
    filled with your Holy Spirit,
    doing what you want us to do.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 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: Genesis 1:1-5
    133    O Holy Ghost, Thy people bless
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6 (mod – TIS 447)
    278    O Father, Thou who hast created all
    429    All creatures of our God and King G6 (mod – TIS 100)
    430    From all that dwell below the skies G6 (mod – TIS 72)
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    810    Let all things now living G6
    812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
    823    Your strong word broke through the darkness G5
    864    God, who made the earth
    72    From all that dwell below the skies
    100    All creatures of our God and King
    101    Come, you people, come adore him
    138    Eternal Father, strong to save
    146    God, who made the earth
    156    Morning has broken
    255    O laughing light
    415    Praise the Spirit in creation (v 1)
    425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    123    Morning has broken
    316    From the air and from the light (vv 1,2)
    456    Everything we got
    623   Shine on us

    Second reading: Acts 19:1-7
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod – TIS 481)
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3) (see TIS 479)
    479    They that believe and are baptized (alt tune TIS 196)
    481    Baptized into Your name most holy
    493    Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
    222    What a gift
    316    From the air and from the light (vv 3,4)
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    417    Water and the Spirit

    Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise *G4
    748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (vv 1-4)* G7 (See D Schütz version below)
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    250    Christ when for us you were baptised
    252    When he was baptized
    253    O Lord Jesus
    118    Baptism song

    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (LHS 748)
    This excellent Luther hymn is not easy to sing. Congregations may find the following version easier. It has been adapted by David Schütz from the text in the Supplement by Henry Proeve, and is sung to the tune of Greensleeves (LHS 746).

    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came,
    his Father’s will obeying,
    John baptised him beneath the waves,
    his mission thus portraying.
    This was his holy sign
    to cleanse us from transgression,
    and by his holy death
    he frees us from oppression.

    Hear then and mark the message well,
    God’s own clear declaration,
    what we must learn baptism is
    to keep from aberration.
    With water we baptise –
    this is God’s will and pleasure –
    connected with his word
    and Spirit without measure.

    To us this truth with ample proof
    through words and signs is given.
    From Jordan’s banks we clearly hear
    the Father’s voice from heaven:
    This is my own dear Son,
    with whom I am delighted;
    listen and follow him,
    all you by him invited.

    Now God’s own Son himself is here
    in youthful manhood standing;
    we see the Holy Spirit too,
    in form of dove descending.
    Here Father, Spirit, Son,
    makes promises compelling:
    in those who are baptised
    our God will make his dwelling.

    The Lord to his disciples says:
    Go out, teach every nation
    that lost in sin, they must repent,
    to flee from condemnation;
    believe and be baptised –
    you shall be saved forever;
    the kingdom now is yours –
    newborn and dying never.

    If lacking faith, we still reject
    this grace so freely given,
    we stay in sin, condemned to death,
    and to despair are driven.
    Good works will count for naught;
    whatever holy things we do,
    sin dwells in everyone;
    ourselves we cannot rescue.

    Our mortal eyes can only see
    mere water as we pour it,
    but faith in spirit sees the power
    of Jesus’ blood and merit.
    Here flows the crimson flood,
    dyed with the blood of Jesus;
    this washes Adam’s heirs
    from all our sin and frees us.

    PSALM 29
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
    now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
    now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
    and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

    The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
    the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
    and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

    The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
    the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
    while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

    The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
    the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
    the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
    the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49 , Psalm 29 p50

    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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