Sunday 17 January, 2016 – Second Sunday after Epiphany, 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: Green
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Isaiah 62:1-5 God will restore Zion and rejoice in her
    PSALM Psalm 36:5-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Gifts of the Spirit
    GOSPEL John 2:1-11 Jesus at the wedding in Cana
  • 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 Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 2 1-11 – year c – epiphany 2
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 62 4-6 – year c – epiphany 2 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
    a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
    As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
    so shall your God rejoice over you.
    (Isa 62:2,5 NRSV)

  • Orders of service:
    Epiphany 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
    Traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    ruler of all things in heaven and earth:
    Mercifully hear the prayers of your people,
    and grant us your peace
    all the days of our life;
    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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you rule over everything in heaven and on earth.
    In mercy listen to the prayers of your people,
    and give us your peace in our times.
    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 that God will keep us true to our calling as his followers.[silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is by your loving kindness alone
    that you accept us
    and call us to serve you.
    Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
    and make us worthy of our calling.
    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 receive God’s gifts with joy. [silence])
    Generous God,
    we thank you for all the good gifts
    you lavishly pour out on us.
    Teach us to enjoy what you have given us
    to the full,
    and bring us at last
    to feast with you in eternal joy.
    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for revealing your glory
    at the wedding feast in Cana.
    Help us to trust in your generous love.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, loving God,
    for all the good things of life,
    and for your Spirit and his gifts.
    Lead us to use the gifts we have
    in loving service to others,
    and for the common good.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):   Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 2C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    PREFACE
    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
    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.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

    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.
    Amen.

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

    Almighty and merciful God,
    it is by your loving kindness alone
    that you accept us
    and call us to serve you.
    Strengthen us by this sacrament
    and make us worthy of our calling.
    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.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, rejoicing in the gifts that God gives you.
    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 62:1-5
    LHS

    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (modernised TIS 275)
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4 (modernised TIS 297)
    30    The people that in darkness sat (also TIS 274)
    43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (modernised TIS 199)
    187    Glorious things of thee are spoken (modernised TIS 446)
    190    Zion stands, securely founded G6
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4 (also TIS 457)
    219    Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun G3 (also TIS 207)
    AT
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    428    Morning sunshine
    TIS
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    274    The people that in darkness walked
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    446    Glorious things of you are spoken
    457    The Church’s one foundation
    675    Lord, the light of your love (Shine, Jesus, shine)
    690    Beauty for brokenness

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
    LHS

    121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4 (modernised TIS 399)
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5 (modernised TIS 401)
    505    Father, who the light this day G4
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6 (also TIS 410)
    775    Let every Christian pray G7
    AT
    168    Hear our prayer
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God
    313    Christ, be our light
    TIS
    399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
    412    God sends us his Spirit
    413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    468    We are your people

    Gospel: John 2:1-11
    LHS

    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
    582    Lord, who at Cana’s wedding feast G7
    583    O Father all creating (v 2) G4
    589    O blessed home where man and wife G3
    749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
    AT
    425    God moving
    TIS


    PSALM 36

    The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Bethany’ (LH 257). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, your love extends to heaven
    and your truth draws to the sky;
    Lord, your judgments and your justice
    reach the depths and scale the heights.
    Precious is your loving kindness,
    caring for all living things;
    Everyone who truly seeks you
    finds protection ‘neath your wing.

    In your presence they are feasted
    with the riches you provide;
    from the stream of your good pleasures
    all their thirst is satisfied.
    For in you is life’s pure fountain;
    in your light we see the light.
    Show your love to those who know you;
    guard the righteous with your might.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 36 p65 , Psalm 36 p66

  • 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.
    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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