1 January – New Year’s Day/ Name of Jesus

Happy New Year!

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 be observed as New Year’s Day or Name of Jesus. Please choose the appropriate readings and resources for your chosen theme.

Altar colour: White

Bible readings:
New Year’s Day:
FIRST READING  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 For everything there is a time
PSALM Psalm 8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Revelation 21:1-6a A new heaven and a new earth
GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46 The last judgment
Name of Jesus:
FIRST READING Numbers 6:22-27 The priestly blessing
PSALM Psalm 8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING  Galatians 4:4-7 God’s Son, born of woman under the law
OR Philippians 2:5-11 At the name of Jesus every knee will bow
GOSPEL Luke 2:15-21 The naming and circumcision 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

For New Year’s Day/ Name of Jesus: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 15-21- new years day-name of jesus ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-luke-2-21-year-abc-name-of-jesus ; NEW Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek

Opening Sentences:
New Year’s Day

A thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.  (Psalm 90:4 NRSV)

OR
With the Lord one day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like one day.  (2 Peter 3:8 NRSV)

OR
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven.  (Eccl 3:1 NRSV)

OR
Jesus said: ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end.’  (Rev 21:6a NRSV)

Name of Jesus
At the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  (Phil 2:10,11 NRSV)

Orders of service:
Christmas Sunday Word and 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
New Year’s Day
Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
as you have in the past year given us
so much that is good:
Grant that the new year
may also be filled with your blessing;
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,
we thank you for all the good things
you have given us in the past year.
Let the new year
also be filled with your blessings.
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 we may use our time wisely. [silence])
Heavenly Father,
you have set the times and seasons
of our lives.
Teach us to live wisely here on earth
and make the most of our opportunities,
until we reach our heavenly home.
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, for beginning the new year in the name of Jesus
Lord God, heavenly Father,
you have given your dear Son for our salvation.
Help us to begin the new year
in the name of Jesus,
and praise you, our Father, in all that we do.
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.

Name of Jesus
Traditional
O Lord God,
since your blessed Son, our Saviour,
became obedient to the Law for us,
and received the circumcision of the flesh:
Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit,
that our hearts may be purified
from all sinful desires;
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
Lord God,
your Son, our Saviour, became obedient to the law for us,
and was circumcised.
Give us the true circumcision of the Spirit,
so that our hearts may be purified
from all sinful desires.
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, another traditional collect modernised
Lord God, heavenly Father,
you have given your dear Son for our salvation.
Help us to begin the new year
in the name of Jesus,
and praise you, our Father, in all that we do.
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 we proclaim the name of Jesus. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son was circumcised
and given the name that is above every name.
May we who bear his name
worship him in the freedom of the Spirit
and proclaim him as Saviour of the world.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer after the gospel:
New Year’s Day

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for preparing your kingdom for us.
Make us faithful servants throughout this year and forever.
Amen.

Name of Jesus
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you
for coming for our salvation.
Help us always to call on your name.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- New Years-Name of Jesus B

Offering prayer:
New Year’s Day
Lord God, thank you for the blessings
you have given us year after year.
Help us to wisely use the time you have given us.
Lead us, while we remain here on earth,
to serve you through all the people around us
who are in need.
Amen.

Name of Jesus
Lord, we thank you for blessing us
by revealing yourself to us through your Son.
Help us always to honour the name of Jesus, our Saviour,
and do everything in his name.
May our lives, as Christians,
lead others to worship his name.
Amen.

Resources for services with Holy Communion:
SEASONAL 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 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:

COMMUNION INVITATION
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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
New Year’s Day
The third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be modified as follows.

Heavenly Father,
you have set the times and seasons
of our lives.
May this sacrament
which we have received here on earth
prepare us for our heavenly home.
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.

Name of Jesus
The fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) may be modified as follows.
Almighty and  merciful God,
your Son was circumcised
and given the name that is above every name.
May we who have received his body and blood
worship him in the freedom of the Spirit
and proclaim him as Saviour of the world.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

SEASONAL BLESSING
This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) Christ the Son of God give you joy and peace by his presence with you; . . .

DISMISSAL
New Year’s Day
Go in peace, living as people made righteous through Christ.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Name of Jesus
Go in peace, as people who have seen the Lord’s salvation.
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 pagee) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
New Year’s Day
First reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13
LHS

414    God moves in a mysterious way G7
467    For the beauty of the earth G7
493    Brief life is here our portion G6
555    While with ceaseless course the sun G7
558    Great God, we sing that mighty hand G6
813    For strength to work till close of day
870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
AT
180    A time for building bridges
230    Christ the worker
242    Son of the Father
337    The grass withers
405    Lord of all hopefulness
427    God’s time
TIS
102    Praise to the living God
124    Great God, we sing that mighty hand
126    God moves in a mysterious way
137    For the beauty of the earth
613    Lord of all hopefulness

Second reading: Revelation 21:1-6a
LHS

147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
494    Jerusalem the golden G6
854    Be still, my soul (esp v 4)
859    Seek, O seek the Lord
AT
137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
479    For living, for dying
512   All things new
519   New Beginning
TIS
123    Be still, my soul
199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
217    Love divine, all loves excelling
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
LHS

356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
487    Wake, awake* G6
492    And will the Judge descend G7
780     We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
804    The church of Christ in every age G5
816    O Fount of good, for all your love G7
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS
AT
148    Born for resurrection
191    Brother, let me be your servant
197    When I needed a neighbour
286    Lord, hear my praying
376    Faith hope and love
487    Make your home in me
499    It was me
503    Show me heaven
561    Community
582    Like a candle
TIS
240    All go to God
256    From heaven you came
266    Wake, awake
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life
629    When I needed a neighbour
650    Brother, sister, let me serve you
689    Lord, hear my praying

OTHER HYMNS
Lutheran Hymnal and Supplement

See the section ‘Opening and close of the year’ LH 551-559
Also:
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus*
301    Take Thou my hand and lead me*
343    Heavenward still our pathway tends
396    Lead thou me on

All Together Books
NB Some of these are ‘morning’ songs for a new day, but are also appropriate for a new year.
1    Lord of our days
13    Lord of the morning (Could sing ‘here is the new year’ in the first verse)
18    From the rising of the sun
67    Let your word fill my days
87    Walking down the road
101    Jesus, please watch over us
103    Send your servant
123    Morning has broken
153    The steadfast love of the Lord
180    A time for building bridges
290    We are gathering
294    God give you joy
320    I was there to hear your borning cry
337    The grass withers
385    If there was ever a time

Together in Song
5    O Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle
14    O Lord, make me know your ways
47    Our God, our help in ages past
112    Through all the changing scenes of life
124    Great God, we sing that mighty hand
284    O bless the God of Israel
478    I bind unto myself today
563    Let him to whom we now belong
573    A charge to keep I have
582    Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom
593    Lord, take my hand and lead me
617    By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
637    Lord of the living, in your name assembled

Name of Jesus
First reading : Numbers 6:22-27
LHS

462    God of mercy, God of grace G6
512    Lord, Thy blessing send us* G7
514    Saviour, again to Thy dear name* G7
521    O holy, blessed Trinity G5
AT
94    The Benediction
408    May the Lord bless you today
TIS
452    God of mercy, God of grace
776    The Lord bless you

Second reading (a) : Galatians 4:4-7
LHS

25    To shepherds as they watched* G4
26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men G4
32    O rejoice, ye Christians loudly G7
33    Hark! the herald angels sing G4
121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord
322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
324    Salvation unto us has come*
805    We are heirs of the Father GS
901    Our Father, you from heaven above
AT
12    We are heirs of the Father
251    God sends us his Spirit
448    Loving Spirit
TIS
195    Salvation  now to us has come
196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
298    Let all together praise our God
303    Hark! the herald angels sing
308    To us a child of royal birth
399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
412    God sends us his Spirit

Second reading (b): Philippians 2:5-11
LHS

159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
166    All hail the power of Jesus’ name G8
174    All praise to Thee G7
219    Jesus shall reign G3
454    Ye servants of God
782    At the name of Jesus (alt tune 298, G8)
AT
26    He is Lord
31    Freely, freely
50    I will sing (v 5)
55    His name is Wonderful
139    Christ humbled himself
157    Jesus, name above all names
261    From heav’n you came
370    You are glorious
554    Jesus, you’re the one
TIS
202    I know that my redeemer
207    Jesus shall reign
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
215    You servants of God
218    Jesus! the name high over all
224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
231    At the name of Jesus
247    Let all be one in mind and heart
256    From heav’n you came

Gospel:  Luke 2:15-21
LHS

25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
35    To the name of our salvation G8
36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
514    Saviour, again to your dear name* G7
625    Christians awake, salute the happy morn
AT
58    Praise the name of Jesus
TIS
113    Now to the Lord a noble song
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
306    Christians awake, salute the happy morn

PSALM 8
Versions of Psalm 8 may be found in TIS, 3 Lord, our Lord, your glorious name, and 4 O Lord, our Governor.

A paraphrased version of Psalm 8 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 8.

The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, is sung to the tune Portland, LHS 374. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
your glorious name is ever praised.
Even on lips of infant babes
your song is raised.

When I look at the sun and moon,
the stars and all in heav’n above,
how is it that we humans know
your saving love?

How can it be that you should care
for us poor creatures of the dust?
Yet you have made us like yourself
and honoured us.

Over all creatures great and small
you let us share your power to reign.
O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
we praise your name.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 8 p11 , Psalm 8 p12

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

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