Sunday 1 January, 2017 – First Sunday after Christmas, Year A

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.

This Sunday may also be observed as New Year’s Day/ Name of Jesus or Epiphany

Altar colour: White

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 63:7-9 The kindness of the Lord
PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this psalm, please see the song suggestions below
SECOND READING Hebrews 2:10-18 Jesus, our brother, pioneer of salvation
GOSPEL Matthew 2:13-23 The escape into Egypt

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; Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 2 10-18 – year a – Christmas 1; Pr Stephen Pietsch

Opening sentences:
The Word became flesh and lived among us.
We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.
[From the fullness of his grace
we have all received one blessing after another.]
(John 1:14,16 comp)

In all our distress, the presence of the Lord saved us.
In his love and mercy he redeemed us;
he lifted us up
and carried us all the days of old.  (Isa 63:9 NIV alt)

Orders of service:
Christmas 1 Sunday Word and Prayer ( pdf / doc/ 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
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, the light of the world.
Lord Jesus, thank you for becoming a human being
and living among danger and hardship for us.
Be with us in all our troubles.

Offering prayer:
Our protecting Father,
thank you for making us your children
and taking care of us.
Help us to respond in thankfulness
by giving ourselves in service
to you and to other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Christmas 1 A

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 use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) 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. You are brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images: 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 63:7-9

431     My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6
462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
466    Rejoice today with one accord
468    O praise ye the Lord
325    Sing to God with joy
333    You are our God
365    Lord of all
92    Sing to God with joy
96    Sing praise to the Lord
107    Sing praise and thanksgiving
127    Holy God, we praise your name
452    God of mercy, God of grace

Second reading: Hebrews 2:10-18

19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
24    All my heart this night rejoices G7
25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully* G7
426    What a friend we have in Jesus
623    Now sing we, now rejoice
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
805    We are heirs of the Father GS
12    We are family
24    God’s love
127    Because He lives
132    Anna’s song
133    Jesus set us free
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
295    Saviour of the nations, come
297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
298    Let all together praise our God
313    Good Christians all, rejoice
377    Where high the heavenly temple stands
477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
590    What a friend we have in Jesus

Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23

399    In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust G7
414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
481    When children, young and tender G7
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2)
38    One by one you call us home
132    Anna’s song
141    Mary’s child
231    A cry in the night
404    Let nothing trouble you
126    God moves in a mysterious way
293    Unto us a boy is born
319    Child in the manger

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

As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.
82    Jesus, loving to the end (Pt III)
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

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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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