Sunday 31 January, 2016 – Fourth 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  Jeremiah 1:4-10 God appoints Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations
    PSALM Psalm 71:1-6 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 The way of love
    GOSPEL Luke 4:21-30 Jesus is rejected by his home town
  • 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 second reading: Pr Peter Ghalayini ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 13 – year c – epiphany 4 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 13 1-13 – year c – epiphany 4
  • Opening Sentences:
    The Lord says: ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,
    and before you were born, I consecrated you’.
    (Jer 1:5 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 God,
    since you know that we are set in the midst
    of so many and great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of the frailty of our nature:
    Grant us strength and protection
    to support us in all dangers,
    and carry us through all temptations;
    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 God,
    you know that we are placed
    in the midst of such great dangers
    that we cannot stand upright
    because of our human frailty.
    Make us whole in mind and body.
    Support us in all dangers
    and carry us through all temptations.
    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 power to say and do what is right. [silence])
    In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
    teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
    Give to us,
    who can do nothing good without you,
    the power to speak the truth and do your will.
    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 for the gift of love. [silence])
    Everloving God,
    we thank you that you sent your own Son
    to bring us life,
    and that through him you give us many gifts.
    Teach us to desire your greatest gift,
    the gift of love,
    so that we love others as you have loved us.
    We ask this through 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 teaching with God’s authority.
    Lead us to accept your message of God’s love.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Eternal God,
    make us ready to tell and show others your love,
    even if we are rejected.
    Let your great love fill our lives,
    so that we give ourselves and our possessions
    in service to you and other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 4C
  • 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.

    In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
    teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
    As we have received
    the body and blood of Christ
    in this sacrament,
    give us the power
    to speak the truth and do your will.
    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.

    CLOSING SENTENCE
    This sentence from the end of the second reading could be used as a responsive sentence before the blessing, or instead of the ‘Give thanks to the Lord . . .’ response in the Service with Communion.

    And now faith, love and hope abide. [Hallelujah].
    And the greatest of these is love. [Hallelujah].

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, and love one another.
    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: Jeremiah 1:4-10
    LHS

    227    O Spirit of the living God G5 (also TIS 405)
    269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
    373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
    AT
    103    Send your servant down the road
    296    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    305    Thuma mina
    448    Loving Spirit
    TIS
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    658    I, the Lord of sea and sky
    749    Thuma mina

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
    LHS

    118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (also TIS 398)
    151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* G5
    295    O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee, and adore Thee* G3
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    354    Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost G6
    356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
    385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
    584    O perfect love, all human thought transcending (marriage) G7 (also TIS 603)
    800    May we be one GS
    802    One family, we’re together
    900    O Lord, now let your servant G6
    AT
    62    One family
    80    Love is patient and kind
    172    May we be one
    181    Faith, hope and love (Prewer/Simpson)
    373    Bound by love
    376    Faith, hope, and love (Watts)
    491    You call me to love
    TIS
    251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    434    Where there is charity and love
    500    Here we adore you, hidden Saviour, Lord (holy communion)
    603    O perfect love, all human thought transcending (marriage)
    625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
    685    The power of your love

    Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
    LHS

    4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (modernised TIS 197)
    AT
    125    Man more than man
    TIS
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    355    Man more than man

    PSALM 71
    TIS 40, In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge, is a version of Psalm 71:1-4,6-8.

    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 71:1-6 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ATN 84, I want Jesus to walk with me. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I take refuge in you, O Lord.
    Let me never be put to shame.
    In your justice, come and save me,
    bend to hear me, and rescue me.

    Be a rock, Lord, where I can hide;
    be a fortress to shelter me.
    Only you can be my fortress,
    and the rock where you set me free.

    Rescue me, Lord, out of the hands
    of the wicked and the unjust.
    Since my youth, Lord, you have been my
    only hope and my only trust.

    Lord, I’ve always relied on you;
    since my birth from my mother’s womb,
    you have helped me in my trouble.
    So I always give praise to you.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 71 p118 , Psalm 71 p119

  • 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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