Sunday 24 January, 2016 – Third 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  Nehemiah 8:1-3,5,6,8-10 Ezra reads the law to the people
    PSALM Psalm 19 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a You are the body of Christ
    GOSPEL Luke 4:14-21 Jesus proclaims God’s word at Nazareth
  • 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 David Christian ; Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 4 14-21 – year c – epiphany 3
    Based on Psalm: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 19 – year c – epiphany 3
    Based on first reading: NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
  • Opening Sentences:
    This day is holy to the Lord your God;
    do not mourn or weep.
    This day is holy to our Lord;
    do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
    (Neh 8: 9b,10b NRSV alt)

  • 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,
    look mercifully on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and defend us;
    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,
    look in mercy on our weakness,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to help and protect us.
    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 the freedom of the new life God gives us. [silence])
    Lord God, set us free
    from the bondage of our sins,
    and give us the full life
    of your kingdom,
    which you have made known to us
    in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we live by God’s word. [silence] )
    Life-giving God,
    we thank you that your Son brought good news
    and set us free from captivity.
    Fill us with your Spirit,
    so that, as we are made holy,
    we live as your holy people.
    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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for fulfilling the Scriptures
    and bringing God’s good news.
    Lead us to enjoy your salvation.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Saving God,
    thank you for setting us free
    from darkness, captivity, and oppression,
    and making us part of Christ’s body.
    Help us to live harmoniously,
    serving and helping one another,
    and being your instruments to bring good news,
    healing, and liberty to others.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 3C
  • 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.

    Lord God, set us free
    from the bondage of our sins,
    and give us the full life
    of your kingdom,
    which you have made known to us
    in this sacrament
    of the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    From the first reading and the gospel:
    Go in peace, for your strength is the joy of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

    OR, from the second reading:
    Go in peace; you each belong to the body of Christ.
    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: Nehemiah 8:1-3,5,6,8-10
    LHS

    259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
    263    Father of mercies, in Thy Word G7
    265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
    274    Lord, Thy Word abideth G7 (modernised TIS 427)
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (modernised TIS 437)
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    AT
    207    As we gather here (The Call)
    262    Shine on me, Lord
    TIS
    427    Lord, your word abiding
    430    Your words to me are life and health
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
    LHS

    189    One is our God and Father* G6
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4 (also TIS 457)
    441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    797    Blest be the tie that binds  GS
    798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    800    May we be one GS
    802    One family, we’re together GS
    803    Peace with the Father G7 (also TIS 466)
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    AT
    12    We are family
    62    One family
    172    May we be one
    388    One body
    482    His love within the world
    TIS
    419    Like the murmur of the dove’s song
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    457    The church’s one foundation
    466    Peace with the Father
    468    We are your people
    530    Now let us from this table rise (post-communion)

    Gospel: Luke 4:14-21
    LHS

    4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (modernised TIS 197)
    9    Hark the glad sound G6 (also TIS 269)
    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (modrnised TIS 275)
    219    Jesus shall reign G3 (also TIS 207)
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6 (modernised TIS 447)
    241    Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old G7
    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    435    Christians, now praise ye G6
    465    Praise, my soul, the king of heaven G7 (also TIS 134)
    750    When Jesus lived among us G7
    818    O Son of God in Galilee G7
    AT
    128    I am the Light of the world
    263    Singing all praises
    355    Freedom is coming
    389    Light of the nations
    407    God has chosen me
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    579    Go and tell
    TIS
    134    Praise, my soul, the king of heaven
    179    Praise with joy the world’s Creator
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    207    Jesus shall reign
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    218    Jesus! the name high over all
    269    Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    474    Here in this place, new light is streaming
    688    Come to be our hope, O Jesus

    PSALM 19
    TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-6, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-11.

    A short song based on Psalm 19:14 by John Bell (of the Iona Community) may be found in ATO 323 (or in Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise, page 11). It could be used as a sung congregational response to spoken or chanted verses of Psalm 19. The same could be done with the last verse of the song ‘By the rivers of Babylon’ (ATA 117).

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS harmony edition A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
    the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
    The heavens are telling your glory and power,
    your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

    Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
    no language is heard in the words that they say.
    And yet their voice goes throughout all of the earth,
    their words are conveyed to the end of the world.

    God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
    it comes, like a bridegroom, on his wedding day,
    and runs, like a strong man, from morning to night,
    and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

    The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
    his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
    His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
    and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

    The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
    His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
    far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
    in them both a warning and promise is told.

    But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
    so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
    From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
    then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 19 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

  • 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.

1 comment to Sunday 24 January, 2016 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

  • Bronwyn

    Thankyou very much for this assistance, it helps immensely to have resources available to use, when we have to organise our own services regularly. I am from the Macedon Ranges Uniting church Partnership where we have 12 churches within the group and currently only two ministers.