Sunday 27 December, 2015 – First Sunday after Christmas, Year C

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: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 The boy Samuel in the service of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Colossians 3:12-17 Christian life in the world
    GOSPEL Luke 2:41-52 The boy Jesus in his Father’s house
  • 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: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 49-50 – year c – christmas 1 ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 41-52 – year c – christmas 1
    Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze ;
  • Opening Sentences:
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
    since as members of one body you were called to peace.
    (Col 3:15 NIV)
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas  1C Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Almighty and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
    that in the name of your beloved Son
    we may be made to abound in good works;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    direct our actions according to your good pleasure.
    Make us rich in good works,
    in the name of your dear Son,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that we may love one another as God has loved us. [silence])
    Lord, help us,
    in all our dealings with one another,
    to be subject to you, the Father of all.
    May we follow the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ,
    who was obedient to your will,
    and gave up his life for us.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that through Jesus we share in God’s nature. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to become human like us,
    so that we might become your children.
    Make us who trust in Jesus
    to be more and more like him.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, one of the collects for Christmas Day

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
    Lord Jesus, thank you for growing up
    obedient to your earthly parents and to your heavenly Father.
    Help us to enjoy being in the Father’s house.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
    for sending your Son to live among us.
    Teach us to trust in him,
    to forget about ourselves,
    and to follow his example of humility and service,
    doing everything in his name.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):   Prayer of the Church – Christmas 1C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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 revealed your glorious presence to us
    in a new way
    through the mystery of the Word made flesh,
    so that as we see you in your Son,
    we are drawn to love you
    whom we cannot see.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    Jesus says: ‘I am the living bread
    that came down from heaven.
    The bread that I will give you is my flesh,
    which I give so that the world may live.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.


    Heavenly Father, renew our lives
    as we celebrate the beginning
    of your Son’s life on earth,
    and strengthen us
    who have taken his body and blood.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    Father, in this good, beautiful world,
    where chaos and disorder
    sometimes threaten to overwhelm
    all that you have made:
    let us see in the cradle and the cross of Jesus
    the proof of your endless care
    and the extent of your faithfulness;
    and thus, empowered by your commitment
    to all that you have made,
    may we continue to seek
    and to do your will,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Lord, as we have received
    the body and blood of your Son
    in this sacrament,
    help us to be subject to you,
    the Father of all,
    and follow the pattern of Christ,
    who, in obedience to your will,
    gave up his life for us,
    yet lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    Christ the Son of God give you joy and peace by his presence with you; . . .

    Go in peace. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
    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: 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26

    587    O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7

    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    Second reading: Colossians 3:12-17

    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4 (also TIS 297)
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (also TIS 398)
    434    Let all the world in every corner sing G7 (also TIS 105)
    777    Father in heaven GS (also TIS 465)
    797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7 (also TIS 466)
    67    Let your word fill my days
    115    Father in heaven
    174    Bind us together
    258    Jesus put this song into our hearts
    390    Put on love
    400    Deep peace
    439    Forgiven
    505   Whatever you do
    105    Let all the world in every corner sing
    152    Joyful, joyful we adore you
    162    Thank you for giving me the morning
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    434    Where there is charity and love
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    465    Father in heaven
    466    Peace with the Father
    471    In praise of God meet duty and delight
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed (holy communion)
    533    I come with joy to meet my Lord (holy communion)
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour
    635    Forgive our sins as we forgive
    646    God is our song, and every singer blest
    670    Jesus put this song into our hearts

    Gospel: Luke 2:41-52

    26    Praise God thye Lord ye sons of men ( modernised version in TIS 298)
    39    O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
    750    When Jesus came among us (v 1) G7
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2,3) G7
    893    Our Father, by whose name G6
    208    In the presence of your people
    298   Let all together praise our God
    428    Help us, O Lord, to learn
    727    In the presence of your people

    As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.

    82 (Pt III)    Jesus, loving to the end
    467     For the beauty of the earth (esp. v 3)
    587     O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
    588     O blest the house, whate’er befall*
    589     O blessed home where man and wife
    802     One family
    805     We are heirs of the Father
    893     Our Father, by whose name
    12     We are heirs of the Father
    62     One family
    242     Son of the Father (offering song)
    284     Come in, come in and sit down (opening song)
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    288    Not the powerful
    530     Now let us from this table rise
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The medieval Coventry Carol (‘Lullay, thou little tiny child’) is well suited for singing on this day. The text is as follows, and the tune may be found in Together at Christmas (LPH 1987), the Oxford Book of Carols, or a similar Christmas carol book.

    Chorus: Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.
    Lullay, thou little tiny child,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Women: O sisters, too, how may we do,
    for to preserve this day –
    this poor youngling, for whom we sing,
    by by, lully, lullay.

    Men: Herod the king, in his raging,
    charged he hath this day
    his men of might, in his own sight,
    all children young to slay.

    All: Then woe is me, poor child, for thee!
    And ever morn and day,
    for thy parting nor say nor sing
    by by, lully, lullay.

    PSALM 148
    A paraphrased version of Psalm 148 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 57 (also available in TIS 94). Another song version is ‘Great in power’, ATW 426.

    There are also two hymns based partly on this psalm: ‘O praise ye the Lord’, LH 468 / ‘Sing praise to the Lord’, TIS 96; and ‘Praise the Lord, ye/you heavens adore him’, sung to Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). However, the second verse of the latter is not a paraphrase of the psalm. The Psalter (1912) gives two extra verses that are true paraphrases of the psalm, which are provided here in a modernised form. The first verse below is the modernised text from TIS.

    Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him;
    praise him, angels in the height;
    sun and moon, rejoice before him,
    praise him, all you stars and light.
    Praise the Lord, for he has spoken,
    worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
    laws, that never shall be broken,
    for their guidance he has made.

    On the earth let all things praise him:
    seas and all that they contain,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
    hail and lightning, snow and rain.
    Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
    praise him, all you flocks and herds.
    Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
    praise him, creeping things and birds.

    All you nations, come before him:
    earthly rulers and all kings,
    men and women, parents, children,
    join with all created things.
    Praise the God of our salvation,
    who restores from sin and shame.
    Heaven and earth and all creation,
    praise and glorify his name.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 148 p247 , Psalm 148 p248

    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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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