Sunday 25 January, 2015 – Third 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.

25 January is also the ‘Festival of the Conversion of St Paul’ – download resources here (no sermons available).

  • Altar colour: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The city of Nineveh repents
    PSALM Psalm 62:5-12 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Living in the last times
    GOSPEL Mark 1:14-20 Repent and believe the good news
  • 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 Psalm 62 : edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 62 – year b – epiphany 3
    Based on first reading: Pr Heath Pukallus; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 14-20 – year b – epiphany 3
  • 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,
    look mercifully on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and defend 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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    look in mercy on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and protect us.
    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 the freedom of the new life God gives us. [silence])
    Lord God, set us free
    from the bondage of our sins,
    and give us the full life
    of your kingdom,
    which you have made known to us
    in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we heed Jesus’ call to discipleship. [silence])
    Merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to announce the coming of your kingdom.
    Make us ready to hear his call,
    to turn away from our sins,
    and to believe his good news.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for calling us
    to repent and believe the good news about you.
    Help us to catch other people for you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Lord, we thank you for making us your followers.
    Help us to give of ourselves wholeheartedly
    and serve you by witnessing to others of your love,
    through our lives and our words.
    Use our gifts for your good purposes.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 3B
  • 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:

    Lord God, set us free
    from the bondage of our sins,
    and give us the full life
    of your kingdom,
    which you have made known to us
    in this sacrament
    of the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace. Repent and believe the good news 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 : Jonah 3:1-5, 10
    LHS
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us*
    314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger
    326    O how great is Thy compassion*
    794    What wondrous love is this
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    TIS
    598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind
    AT
    6    O Father, my Father
    145    Wondrous love
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    332    We are sorry
    354    Change my heart, O God
    397    These I lay down
    537   Jonah’s lament

    Second reading : 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
    LHS
    380    O God of mercy, God of might
    397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us*
    543    Abide with me
    556    O God, our help in ages past (mod – TIS 47)
    TIS
    47    O God, our help in ages past
    580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
    586    Abide with me
    AT

    Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
    LHS
    217    O Christ our true and only light* G5
    221    Spread, O spread, thou Mighty word* G5 (mod – TIS 450)
    336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    351    ‘Take up Thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (mod – TIS 583)
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7 (mod – TIS 589)
    TIS
    450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
    583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
    589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
    AT
    128    I am the light of the world
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    329    This kingdom
    348    Sing hey for the carpenter
    413    The summons

    PSALM 62
    A paraphrased version of Psalm 62 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 33.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 62:5-12 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Eventide (LH 543, TIS 586). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    For God alone my soul in silence waits,
    from him alone I know salvation comes.
    He is my rock, salvation and defence,
    my faith and trust in him shall not be moved.

    My glory and salvation rest alone
    on God my rock; my refuge is in him.
    You people, put your trust in God always.
    Pour out your heart to God who keeps us safe.

    The poor are but a breath, the rich are false,
    weighed in the scales, they’re lighter than the air.
    Put not your hope in riches gained by stealth;
    don’t set your heart upon increasing wealth.

    God said it once, I heard him say it twice:
    all strength and might and power belong to him.
    Love, steadfast love, belongs to you, O Lord,
    for you reward each one for what they’ve done.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 62 p100 , Psalm 62 p101 , Psalm 62 p102

  • 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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