Sunday 1 February, 2015 – Fourth 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  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 The Lord promises a prophet like Moses
    PSALM Psalm 111 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Freedom and the conscience of your fellow believer
    GOSPEL Mark 1:21-28 Jesus teaches with authority
  • 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 : edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 21-28 – year b – epiphany 4; Pr Stephen Pietsch; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Roger Atze; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 21-28 – year b – epiphany 4
  • 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 God,
    since you know that we are set in the midst
    of so many and great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of the frailty of our nature:
    Grant us strength and protection
    to support us in all dangers,
    and carry us through all temptations;
    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 God,
    you know that we are placed
    in the midst of such great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of our human frailty.
    Make us whole in mind and body.
    Support us in all dangers
    and carry us through all temptations.
    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 power to say and do what is right. [silence])
    In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
    teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
    Give to us,
    who can do nothing good without you,
    the power to speak the truth and do your will.
    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 accept the authority of Jesus. [silence])
    Great and loving God,
    we thank you for sending your Son Jesus
    with authority to teach and to heal.
    Make us ready to listen to him
    in all our doubts and confusion,
    and to trust in him
    in all our troubles.
    For he 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 coming
    with God’s authority and power.
    Help us to listen to what you say and to obey you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord, for sending your prophets,
    and especially for sending your Son Jesus,
    with your own authority and power
    to save us from sin and evil.
    Help us to listen to Jesus,
    and to serve him by serving and helping other people.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 4B
  • 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 p6), 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.

    In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
    teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
    As we have received
    the body and blood of Christ
    in this sacrament,
    give us the power
    to speak the truth and do your will.
    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. Be guided by love, and serve the Lord in freedom.
    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 : Deuteronomy 18:15-20
    LHS
    194    Thy hand, O God, has guided (mod – TIS 456)
    244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* (mod – TIS 451)
    245    Lord of the Church, we humbly pray*
    822    God has spoken by His prophets G6 (see also TIS 158)
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour
    431    Thanks to God, whose word
    451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
    456    Your hand, O God, has guided
    AT
    239    Breezes whisper without meaning
    244    We have seen the Word of Life

    Second reading : 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
    LHS
    139    We all believe in one true God*
    337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    853    A new commandment GS (mod – TIS 699)
    860    When this earth was created GS
    TIS
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you
    699    A new commandment
    742    One God
    AT
    65    A new commandment
    99    Pentecost prayer
    120    One God
    292    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

    Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
    LHS
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G4
    452    O bless the Lord, my soul
    795    When Jesus came the demons cried GS
    815    O Christ the healer, we have come G6
    TIS
    64    O bless the Lord, my soul
    210    O for a thousand tongues
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    638    O Christ the healer
    AT
    148    They knew who he was

    PSALM 111
    Two metrical versions of Psalm 111 by David Schütz are given here. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Version I: may be sung to the tune Herzlich Lieb (LHS 385)

    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    With all my heart I thank the Lord
    before the congregation.
    The works of God are great and good,
    and all who find their joy in him,
    will seek to understand them.
    His noble works and splendid ways,
    have won him fame and glorious praise;
    for evermore his righteousness
    and grace and mercy never cease.
    The Lord our God
    provides for those who fear his name,
    true to his word, always the same.

    The Lord has shown his mighty power
    by giving to his faithful ones
    a good land to inherit.
    The things he does are right and just,
    and all his laws deserve our trust,
    they will remain for ever.
    He set his faithful people free,
    when we were lost in slavery,
    gave us his covenant and word –
    holy and awesome is the Lord!
    Alleluia!
    Be wise and learn to fear the Lord,
    whose praise endures for evermore.

    Version II: may be sung to the tune ‘I am covered over’ (ATA 130)

    I will thank the Lord with all
    my heart before the presence of
    his holy ones.
    Everything the Lord has done
    is great and wonderful, and
    I delight in it!
    He is full of majesty
    and honour, and his righteousness
    will always last forever.
    We will not forget him for
    he always shows us tenderness
    and mercy.

    He provides the food for those
    who fear him; he will not forget
    his covenant;
    he has shown his power to
    his people and he’s given us
    a heritage.
    All he does is just and true;
    and we can trust his precepts too,
    for they are always steadfast,
    they have been set down to be
    performed in truth and righteousness
    for ever.

    He has freed his people from
    their chains and he has given us
    his covenant.
    Holy is the Lord our God
    and awesome is his holy name
    for evermore.
    Wisdom starts with fearing God
    the Lord, and all who practise it
    will reach true understanding.
    Everyone who loves the Lord
    our God will praise his name now
    and forever.
    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 111 p182 , Psalm 111 p183

  • 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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