Sunday 8 January, 2017 – First Sunday after Epiphany, Year A

Baptism of our Lord

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: White

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 42:1-9 The Lord’s servant is a light to the nations
PSALM Psalm 29
SECOND READING Acts 10:34-43 Jesus anointed with the Spirit and power
GOSPEL Matthew 3:13-17 The baptism of Jesus

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 the gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-matt-3-13-17-year-a-epiphany-1

Opening sentences:
God said, ‘Let there be light’;
and there was light.
And God saw that the light was good;
and God separated the light from the darkness. 
(Gen 1:3,4 NRSV)

John testified, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove,
and it remained on him.  (John 1:32 NRSV)

The Father’s voice bears witness to the Son.
God has shown himself to us.
The Son bows his head beneath the waters of the Jordan.
God has  shown himself to us.
The Spirit descends  upon the Son like a dove.
God has shown himself to us.
And God’s love is seen to the end of the world.
God has shown himself to us.


Orders of service:
Epiphany 1 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
O Lord,
mercifully receive the prayers of your people
who call on you;
and grant that they may perceive
the things they ought to do,
and may have the power
faithfully to fulfil them;
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
Lord, in your mercy
listen to the prayers of your people who call on you.
Help us to see what we ought to do,
and give us the strength to do it.
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.

OR, another traditional collect (modernised)
(Let us pray that God will keep us faithful to our baptismal calling. [silence])
Father in heaven,
you proclaimed Jesus as your dear Son
at his baptism,
and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.
May all who are baptised into Christ
remain faithful in their calling to be your children
and inherit eternal life with him.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray that we live as God’s baptised children. [silence])
Loving Father,
you anointed Jesus at his baptism
with the Holy Spirit,
and revealed him as your dear Son.
Thank you for making us your children
by water and the Spirit.
Keep us faithful to you
throughout our lives.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of  the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, Light of the world).
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for revealing yourself at your baptism as God’s dear Son.
Fill us, your baptised children, with your Spirit.

Offering prayer:
Gracious God, we thank you for Jesus
and for being made your own children.
Teach us to live as your precious people,
filled with your Holy Spirit,
doing what you want us to do.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Epiphany 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 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:

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.

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.

OR use the fourth prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Loving Father,
you anointed Jesus at his baptism
with the Holy Spirit,
and revealed him as your dear Son.
Thank you for making us your children
by water and the Spirit.
As we have received Christ’s body and blood
in this sacrament,
keep us faithful to you
throughout our lives.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who 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.
God the Father
show you the light of his glory
in the face of his Son,
so that you may be a light to the world; . . .

Go in peace. Live as new people, the baptised children of God.
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 42:1-9
45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations G4
789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G8
261    The Servant King
441    Jesus was sent
446    Mercy
450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
256    From heaven you came, helpless babe
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world

Second reading: Acts 10:34-43
47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
344    The new road
441    Jesus was sent
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
282    The voice of God goes out to all the world

Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
47    Songs of thankfulness and praise* G4
748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came (see also version below) G7
749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
831    O baptized people, one and all G3
118    Jesus went down to the water
250    Christ, when for us you were baptized

More song/hymn suggestions for Epiphany:
All of the hymns in the Epiphany sections of the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement (37-47, 747-751) will be suitable for this day, but be aware that they will also be applicable for the following Sundays, so don’t use them all at once! Here are a few suggestions for their use:
37    O wondrous type*     Use this one for Transfiguration.
38    In peace and joy I now depart*     Especially relevant to the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). It may also be used as a post-communion canticle.
39    O Christ, thou Lord eternal*    A beautiful, general Epiphany hymn, notable in that it is one of the few very early Reformation hymns written by a woman.
40    As with gladness men of old     The classic Epiphany carol. Use this one as an offertory or pre-communion hymn.
41    O Jesus, king of glory*     The heading in the Hymnal suggests that this is based on Matt 2:1-12, but really it is much more general, and can be used throughout the season.
42    Earth has many a noble city*   Use this one on Epiphany itself.
43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning    An opening hymn for use in a morning service.
44    Thou light of gentile nations*     A hymn for the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). Especially appropriate in the evening or as a closing hymn, it may also be used for the post-communion canticle.
45    Hail, thou source of every blessing*     Use this for an opening hymn, or for a pre-communion hymn.
46    Angels from the realms of glory   A Christmas carol that doubles for an Epiphany hymn on the basis of verse 3. Note the traditional French tune Iris, not in LH, with the refrain ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo!’ which is probably better known. See the Oxford Book of Carols, or other popular Christmas carol book, or TIS.
47    Songs of thankfulness and praise*    Use as a hymn of the day or even of the season. Covers all the Epiphany seasonal themes from the old 1-year lectionary.
747    How good, Lord, to be here    Save this one for Transfiguration
748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came    Save this one for First Sunday after Epiphany (Baptism of our Lord), unless observing Epiphany on this day.
749    When Christ’s appearing was made known   Covers the traditional Epiphany and post-Epiphany themes according to the old 1-year lectionary: Wise men, baptism of Jesus, changing water into wine.
750    When Jesus lived among us    Applicable for the whole season from Christmas to Transfiguration. Note especially the transition into the Lenten theme in the last verse. The last verse also makes it a good pre-communion hymn.
751    Wise men, they came    This one is probably best used on Epiphany itself. It could be a good offertory hymn.
*Modernised version available

17    Emmanuel: God is with us
104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go
126    The light of Christ    Any songs to do with the light of Christ are appropriate.
128    I am the light of the world   Probably the most appropriate of all the light-theme songs, this one is a good sending-out song.
132    Anna’s song
137    I heard the voice of Jesus
141    Mary’s child
162    King of kings and Lord of lords
165    He is the King of kings   These choruses are appropriate for Epiphany. If a procession is held at Epiphany, these are easy to remember and could be sung for as long as the procession takes.
199    I know where I’m going   Not a well-known song, but suitable for a soloist to sing at Epiphany.
214    The Lord is my light
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
221    They were waiting  This may seem like an Advent hymn, but the second half of each verse proclaims the Advent as an accomplished event. Verse three touches on the wise men.
239    Listen to him
244    We have seen the Word of life (v 4)
262    Shine on me, Lord
307    Walking in the light of God (It is a great thing)
313    Christ, be our light
315    Drawn to the light
344    The New Road (esp vv 1-4, 8 )
358    Gift to the world   Theme of gift-giving, a good offertory.
371    Singing glory   OK for Christmas, excellent for Epiphany. Perhaps could be used for the hymn of adoration (instead of Gloria).
389    Light of the nations   Especially good for the festival of the Presentation (2 Feb). Could be used as a response to prayers.
400    Deep peace
402    God has chosen me
409    We are marching in the light of God
425    God moving
441    Jesus was sent
604   No-one does the things my Lord…
623   Shine on us
673   Community in Christ

Psalm 29
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49

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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