Sunday 18 January, 2015 – Second Sunday after Epiphany, 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.

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) The Lord reveals himself to Samuel
    PSALM Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
    GOSPEL John 1:43-51 We have found the Messiah
  • 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 first reading : edited for lay reading sermon -1 samuel 3 1-10 – year b – epiphany 2 ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch
    Based on Psalm 139: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 139 – year b – epiphany 2
  • 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)
    NEW!
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    ruler of all things in heaven and earth:
    Mercifully hear the prayers of your people,
    and grant us your peace
    all the days of our life;
    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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you rule over everything in heaven and on earth.
    In mercy listen to the prayers of your people,
    and give us your peace in our times.
    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 that God will keep us true to our calling as his followers.[silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is by your loving kindness alone
    that you accept us
    and call us to serve you.
    Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
    and make us worthy of our calling.
    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 follow Jesus. [silence])
    Jesus Christ, Son of God,
    we thank you for calling us to be your disciples.
    Open our eyes to recognise you
    as the promised Messiah,
    and draw us to follow you
    wherever you lead.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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 calling us to be your followers.
    Help us to listen to you and to believe in you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord, for calling us to be your followers.
    Lead us to serve you in all that we do
    by trusting you and doing your will.
    Use us and our possessions for your purposes.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 2B
  • NEW! Resources for services with Holy Communion
    PREFACE

    For these non-festival Sundays after Epiphany, either no seasonal preface is used, as in the Service with Communion (LHS p 6), or the following Epiphany preface may be used.

    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    You have sent your only Son
    to appear among us as a human being,
    and through him
    you have fully revealed
    the light of your presence to us.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    The following Epiphany invitation or one of the two general invitations below may be used.

    Epiphany
    Jesus says:
    ‘The bread that God gives
    is he who comes down from heaven
    and gives life to the world.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    General
    1  Jesus says:
    ‘I am the bread of life.
    Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
    and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    2  Jesus says:
    ‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.
    Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
    remain in me, and I in them.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    If the third prayer listed above under ‘Prayer of the day’ has not already been used, it may be used in this modified form as a post-communion prayer.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is by your loving kindness alone
    that you accept us
    and call us to serve you.
    Strengthen us by this sacrament
    and make us worthy of our calling.
    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.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, as followers of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God. OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • 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: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
    LHS
    259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
    269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
    371    O Jesus, I have promised  (esp v 3) G5 (mod – TIS 595)
    373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (mod – TIS 437)
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    TIS
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    595    O Jesus, I have promised (v 3)
    597    Master, speak, Thy servant heareth
    AT
    67    Let your word fill my days
    223    When your Spirit moves
    239    Breezes whisper without meaning

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
    LHS
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (mod – TIS 398)
    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (mod – TIS 400)
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* (vv 1,2) G4
    131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    364    A new heart, Lord, create in me* G5 (mod – TIS 559)
    TIS
    398    Come down, O love divine
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    448    Blest are the pure in heart
    559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    AT
    264    Spirit of God

    Gospel: John 1:43-51
    LHS
    156    Jesus, our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5 (mod – TIS 595)
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    208    Jesus has come and brings joy as our Saviour
    595    O Jesus, I have promised
    AT
    244    We have seen the word of life
    342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
    413    The summons

    PSALM 139
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
    you know when I sit down and when I rise.
    From far away you know my thinking;
    you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
    You know my ways and all the things I do,
    before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

    On every side, you’re all around me;
    your mighty hand is always over me.
    So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
    its height and depth too great for me to see.
    For it was you who made my inmost being
    and knitted me together in the womb.

    I praise you for my wondrous making –
    I know that all your works are wonderful.
    When I was hidden deep in darkness,
    yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
    And even then you numbered all my days –
    my life unlived was written on your page.

    Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
    How vast they are is more than I can say.
    Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
    their number is far more than grains of sand!
    If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
    when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

    Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

  • 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.
    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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