Sunday 6 February, 2011- Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A

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 58:1-9a(9b-12) The Lord desires kindness and justice
    PSALM Psalm 112:1-9(10)
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16) Christ crucified- God’s power and wisdom
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:13-20 You are salt of the earth and light of the world

  • 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 the gospel reading: edited for lay reading doc ; commissioned sermon doc
  • 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

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 that we are light to those around us. [silence])

Faithful God,
you have called us to be a light shining in the world.
Make us reflect the light of Christ,
so that people see your love and goodness
in our words and actions.
We ask this through your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
    LHS
    355     May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    356     Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    804     The Church of Christ, in every age G5
    816     O Fount of good, for all your love G7
    817     O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
    819     Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    820     We thank you, God, for eyes to see GS
    AT
    110    Kyrie, good God
    128    I am the light of the world
    272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
    282    O Lord, hear my prayer
    300    Practise love
    301    Prayer for peace
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
    402    God has chosen me
    499    It was me
    TIS
    416    Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
    473    Community of Christ
    620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    657    God of freedom, God of justice
    697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
    LHS
    54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
    64     Here at Thy cross I hail Thee now
    75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5
    132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
    163    Would you know what most I prize?* G9
    171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
    379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word*
    776    Spirit of God, unseen as the wind GS
    812    The Lord of wisdom made the earth
    807    Lift high the cross GS
    823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp vv 4,6) G5
    AT
    218    Spirit
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    359    Holy Spirit, living water
    372    Teach me your way
    TIS
    342    When I survey the wondrous cross
    343    Nature with open volume stands
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    349    In the cross of Christ I glory
    351    Lift high the cross
    408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
    626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise
    Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
    LHS
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    516    O splendour of God’s glory bright G8
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
    AT
    175    The greatest commandment
    184    Love is the law
    205    What you hear in the dark
    292    Because we bear your name
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    582   Like a candle
    583   May you go well
    TIS
    102    Praise to the living God
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    474    Here in this place
    542    Far beyond our mind’s grasp and our tongues declaring
    622    Holy Father, God of might
    686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you


    PSALM 112:1-9(10)
    NEW!
    For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p184, p185

    Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
    who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
    Their children will prosper in all that they do,
    and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

    Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
    Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
    As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
    for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

    All things will go well for the ones who are free
    in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
    They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
    will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

    When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
    their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
    Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
    they know they will conquer against all their foes.

    The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
    and they are exalted with honour and praise.
    The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
    but all of their evil will vanish away.

First reading: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
LHS
355     May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
356     Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
804     The Church of Christ, in every age G5
816     O Fount of good, for all your love G7
817     O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
819     Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
820     We thank you, God, for eyes to see GS
AT
110    Kyrie, good God
128    I am the light of the world
272    Help, O Lord, the thrown away
282    O Lord, hear my prayer
300    Practise love
301    Prayer for peace
308    We are called to follow Jesus
310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
402    God has chosen me
499    It was me
TIS
416    Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
473    Community of Christ
620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
657    God of freedom, God of justice
697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
LHS
54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
64     Here at Thy cross I hail Thee now
75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5
132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
163    Would you know what most I prize?* G9
171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
379    Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word*
776    Spirit of God, unseen as the wind GS
812    The Lord of wisdom made the earth
807    Lift high the cross GS
823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp vv 4,6) G5
AT
218    Spirit
251    God sends us his Spirit
264    Spirit of God
359    Holy Spirit, living water
372    Teach me your way
TIS
342    When I survey the wondrous cross
343    Nature with open volume stands
347    We sing the praise of him who died
349    In the cross of Christ I glory
351    Lift high the cross
408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
412    God sends us his Spirit
413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
626    Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
LHS
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
345    O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
505    Father, who the light this day G4
516    O splendour of God’s glory bright G8
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
AT
175    The greatest commandment
184    Love is the law
205    What you hear in the dark
292    Because we bear your name
308    We are called to follow Jesus
TIS
102    Praise to the living God
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
474    Here in this place
542    Far beyond our mind’s grasp and our tongues declaring
622    Holy Father, God of might
686    Lord Jesus, we belong to you

PSALM 112:1-9(10)
For musical settings of Psalm 112:1-9(10), see Music Packages 1 and 9. See also TIS 69 Praise the Lord.

Here is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 112 by David Schütz to be sung to the tune of ‘O Father, my Father’ (LHS 850, ATN 6). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Sing praise to the Lord God! How happy are they
who honour the Lord and delight in his law.
Their children will prosper in all that they do,
and all their descendants will know the Lord’s love.

Their homes will be filled with far more than they need.
Their goodness and mercy will always endure.
As light in the darkness, their justice will shine,
for they are the merciful, righteous and kind.

All things will go well for the ones who are free
in giving and lending, who deal honestly.
They shall not be troubled; the kind things they do
will not be forgotten; they shall not be moved.

When evil things happen, their hearts will not fear,
their faith is made firm and secure in the Lord.
Their trust is well founded; they won’t be afraid;
they know they will conquer against all their foes.

The poor know their kindness; their justice will stand;
and they are exalted with honour and praise.
The wicked will view them with anger and rage,
but all of their evil will vanish away.

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