Sunday 13 February, 2011- Sixth 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 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The two ways- life or death
    PSALM Psalm 119:1-8
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Divisions in the Corinthian church
    GOSPEL Matthew 5:21-37 Jesus’ radical teaching of the law

  • 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
    Based on the Psalm: Pr Vernon Kleinig 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,
favourably hear the prayers of your people,
that we, who are justly punished for our offences,
may be mercifully delivered by your goodness,
for the glory of your name;
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 kindness
listen to the prayers of your people.
Have mercy on us
who are justly punished for our sins,
and save us,
for the glory of your name.
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 a fuller trust in God. [silence])

Most loving Father,
it is your will
that we should leave all our worries with you.
Keep us from faithless fears
and worldly anxieties,
that no cloud may hide from us
the light of your love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR,new

(Let us pray for obedience to God. [silence])

Thank you, Jesus our Saviour,
for keeping God’s law perfectly for us.
Teach us through your Spirit
to follow you
and fulfil the law by a life of love.
For you live and reign
with the Father 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: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
    LHS

    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    368    My faith looks up to Thee*
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    786    In faith and hope and love GS
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    877    Trust and obey GS
    AT
    1    Lord of our days
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    112    From heav’n the Lord looks down
    225    Why do you love me?
    254    I give you my joys and sorrows
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    TIS
    112    Through all the changing scenes of life
    122    What shall I do my God to love
    526    Lord Jesus Christ
    628    In faith and hope and love

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
    LHS

    185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    193    Jesus, with Thy church abide* G9
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    267    Almighty God, Thy word is cast* G6
    800    May we be one GS
    AT
    172    May we be one
    528   Gifts of grace
    TIS
    434    Where there is charity and love
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word

    Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37
    LHS

    337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    610    Do no sinful action
    803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7
    AT
    332    We are sorry
    TIS
    466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
    635    ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    645    As man and woman we were made
    648    Help us accept each other, Lord
    683    God! when human bonds are broken


    PSALM 119:1-8
    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: p 202, p203


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