Sunday 8 February, 2015 – Fifth 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 Isaiah 40:21-31 The incomparable greatness of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 147:1-11, 20c *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Free to be all things to all people
    GOSPEL Mark 1:29-39 Jesus heals many people
  • 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 : Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 40 21-31 – year b – epiphany 5
    Based on Psalm 147: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 29-39 – year b – epiphany 5
  • 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
    O Lord,
    watch over your family
    with your constant loving-kindness,
    so that those who rely solely
    on the hope of your heavenly grace
    may always be defended by your protection;
    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
    Lord, in your constant goodness
    watch over your family.
    May we who rely solely
    on your undeserved love for us
    always be defended by your power.
    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 faith in Christ. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you sent your only Son as the word of life
    for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
    Help us to believe with joy
    what the Scriptures proclaim.
    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 for God’s healing. [silence])
    God our Saviour,
    thank you that your Son healed the sick,
    drove out demons,
    and brought your good news of salvation.
    Make us whole in body and spirit,
    so that we are free to serve you.
    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 healing people
    and driving out demons.
    Remain with us with your healing presence.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    We thank you, Lord, for your greatness
    and for your care for us.
    You have set us free;
    lead us to use our freedom and our gifts
    to look beyond ourselves
    and sympathise with other people and help them
    wherever we can.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 5B
  • 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 it has not been used already, the third prayer under ‘Prayer of the day’ above may be modified as follows and used as a post-communion prayer.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    you sent your only Son as the word of life
    for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
    Help us by your gifts of word and sacrament
    to believe with joy what they proclaim.
    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.

    CLOSING SENTENCE (for use before or with the blessing)
    The following sentence may be spoken entirely by the minister or responsively as indicated.

    Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31 NRSV)

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace. Be all things to all people for the sake of 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 : Isaiah 40:21-31
    LHS
    352   Fight the good fight* G4
    442   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (mod – see TIS 111)
    456   The God of Abraham praise G7 (see TIS 125 for additional verses)
    808   Go out, my heart, and seek delight
    810   Let all things now living G6
    864   God, who made the earth
    881   O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
    TIS
    48   You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord (On eagle’s wings)
    111   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (use setting in LHS 442)
    125   The God of Abraham praise
    146   God, who made the earth
    155   O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    594   Fight the good fight (not modernised)
    685   Lord, I come to you
    AT
    249   As a dream receive your history
    333   You are our God
    411   On eagle’s wings (TIS 48)
    416   We will rise up
    644  Thank God you’re here

    Second reading : 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
    LHS
    234   Facing a task unfinished
    245   Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
    804   The Church of Christ in every age G5
    806   It only takes a spark GS
    855   Brother, let me be your servant GS (see TIS 650 for inclusive text)
    TIS
    650   Brother, sister, let me serve you
    AT
    31   Freely, freely
    83   It only takes a spark
    93   Pass my love around
    191   Brother, let me be your servant

    Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
    LHS
    158   Jesus, lover of my soul G4
    161   How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    242   Thou to whom the sick and dying
    462   God of mercy, God of grace G6
    547   At even when the sun was set G6
    795   When Jesus came, the demons cried GS
    815   O Christ, the healer, we have come G6
    818   O Son of God in Galilee G7
    TIS
    211   Jesus, lover of my soul
    223   How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    452   God of mercy, God of grace
    638   O Christ, the healer
    AT
    146   When Jesus came
    226   When Jesus sat down
    308   We are called to follow Jesus
    441   Jesus was sent
    443   Like an angel

    PSALM 147
    Versions of selected verses of Psalm 147 may  be found in TIS (nos 91 and 92). The second of these, by John Bell, is also in AT 325.

    A paraphrased version of Psalm 147 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 54.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 147 p244 , Psalm 147 p245

  • 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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