Sunday 10 January, 2016 – First Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Baptism of our Lord

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  Isaiah 43:1-7 The Lord will be with his people
    PSALM Psalm 29 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Acts 8:14-17 The people of Samaria receive the Holy Spirit
    GOSPEL Luke 3:15-17, 21, 22 The baptism of Jesus
  • 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 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 15-22 – year c – epiphany 1
    Based on first reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr David Christian
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 8 14-25 – year c – epiphany 1
  • Opening Sentences:
    John said: ‘One who is more powerful than I is coming:
    He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire’.
    (Luke 3:16 NRSV)

    OR, using several voices, eg pastor and two others:
    Thus says the Lord,
    1. he who created you,
    2. he who formed you:
    Do not fear,
    1. for I have redeemed you.
    Do not fear,
    2. for I am with you.
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
    Everyone who is called by my name,
    1. whom I created for my glory,
    2. whom I formed and made,
    I will gather you from the ends of the earth.
    (Verses from Isaiah 43)

    The Father’s voice bears witness to the Son.
    God has shown himself to us.
    The Son bows his head beneath the waters of the Jordan.
    God has shown himself to us.
    The Spirit descends upon the Son like a dove.
    God has shown himself to us.
    And God’s love is seen to the end of the world.
    God has shown himself to us.

  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany 1C Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / rtf / 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
    O Lord,
    mercifully receive the prayers of your people
    who call on you;
    and grant that they may perceive
    the things they ought to do,
    and may have the power
    faithfully to fulfil them;
    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
    Lord, in your mercy
    listen to the prayers of your people who call on you.
    Help us to see what we ought to do,
    and give us the strength to do it.
    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.

    OR, another traditional collect (modernised)
    (Let us pray that God will keep us faithful to our baptismal calling. [silence])
    Father in heaven,
    you proclaimed Jesus as your dear Son
    at his baptism,
    and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.
    May all who are baptised into Christ
    remain faithful in their calling to be your children
    and inherit eternal life with him.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we live as God’s baptised children. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    you anointed Jesus at his baptism
    with the Holy Spirit,
    and revealed him as your dear Son.
    Thank you for making us your children
    by water and the Spirit.
    Keep us faithful to you
    throughout our lives.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • 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 revealing yourself at your baptism
    as God’s dear Son.
    Fill us, your baptised children, with your Spirit.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Gracious God, we thank you for Jesus
    and for being made your own children.
    Teach us to live as your precious people,
    filled with your Holy Spirit,
    doing what you want us to do.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):   Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 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 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:

    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,
    in the beginning you created light
    and at the right time
    you sent your Son
    to be the true light of the world.
    Through the gift of his body and blood,
    shine in our hearts and lives,
    so that we may share
    in the inheritance of all the saints in the light.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

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

    Loving Father,
    you anointed Jesus at his baptism
    with the Holy Spirit,
    and revealed him as your dear Son.
    Thank you for making us your children
    by water and the Spirit.
    As we have received Christ’s body and blood
    in this sacrament,
    keep us faithful to you
    throughout our lives.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who 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.

    God the Father
    show you the light of his glory
    in the face of his Son,
    so that you may be a light to the world; . . .

    Go in peace. God has called you by name, and you are his.
    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 43:1-7

    392    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord G6 (modernised TIS 578)
    281    Nothing can separate us from the love of God
    408    May the Lord bless you today
    438    It’s gonna be alright
    465    How deep is the love
    116    Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme
    233    I will sing the wondrous story
    578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
    636    God has spoken to his people

    Second reading: Acts 8:14-17

    125    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5 (also TIS 402)
    127    Come, Holy Spirit, come* G4
    131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* (modernised TIS 481)
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
    406    Spirit divine, attend our prayers
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    420    Holy Spirit, go before us
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    710    Come, Holy Spirit
    750    Veni Creator Spiritus
    752    Veni, Sancte Spiritus

    Gospel: Luke 3:15-17,21,22

    12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (also TIS 270)
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise (esp vv 1,2) * G4
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
    748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (vv 1,3,4,5,7) G7
    (see below modified version to be sung to Greensleeves)
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    791    O love, how deep, how broad, how high (vv 1,2,3,7) G5 (also TIS 194)
    798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    828    I am baptised – O blessed day GS
    118    Jesus went down to the water
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    250    Christ, when for us you were baptised
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    493    Wash, O God, our sons and daughters

    The first Sunday after Epiphany is often observed as a baptismal festival. If a baptismal emphasis is desired, the hymns from the baptismal sections of the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement (275-80, 825-33) are appropriate, as are the following songs from the ‘All Together’ songbooks.

    4    Father welcomes
    118    Jesus went down to the water
    126    The light of Christ
    222    What a gift
    228    Amigos de Cristo
    316    From the air and from the light
    320    I was there to hear your borning cry
    417    Water and the Spirit
    421    Born forever
    432    M-M-M-Miracle

    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (LHS 748)
    This excellent Luther hymn is not easy to sing. Congregations may find the following version easier. It has been adapted by David Schütz from the text in the Supplement by Henry Proeve, and is sung to the tune of Greensleeves (LHS 746).

    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came,
    his Father’s will obeying,
    John baptised him beneath the waves,
    his mission thus portraying.
    This was his holy sign
    to cleanse us from transgression,
    and by his holy death
    he frees us from oppression.

    Hear then and mark the message well,
    God’s own clear declaration,
    what we must learn baptism is
    to keep from aberration.
    With water we baptise –
    this is God’s will and pleasure –
    connected with his word
    and Spirit without measure.

    To us this truth with ample proof
    through words and signs is given.
    From Jordan’s banks we clearly hear
    the Father’s voice from heaven:
    This is my own dear Son,
    with whom I am delighted;
    listen and follow him,
    all you by him invited.

    Now God’s own Son himself is here
    in youthful manhood standing;
    we see the Holy Spirit too,
    in form of dove descending.
    Here Father, Spirit, Son,
    makes promises compelling:
    in those who are baptised
    our God will make his dwelling.

    The Lord to his disciples says:
    Go out, teach every nation
    that lost in sin, they must repent,
    to flee from condemnation;
    believe and be baptised –
    you shall be saved forever;
    the kingdom now is yours –
    newborn and dying never.

    If lacking faith, we still reject
    this grace so freely given,
    we stay in sin, condemned to death,
    and to despair are driven.
    Good works will count for naught;
    whatever holy things we do,
    sin dwells in everyone;
    ourselves we cannot rescue.

    Our mortal eyes can only see
    mere water as we pour it,
    but faith in spirit sees the power
    of Jesus’ blood and merit.
    Here flows the crimson flood,
    dyed with the blood of Jesus;
    this washes Adam’s heirs
    from all our sin and frees us.

    PSALM 29
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
    now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
    now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
    and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

    The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
    the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
    and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

    The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
    the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
    while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

    The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
    the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
    the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
    the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49

    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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