Sunday 15 January, 2017 – Second Sunday after Epiphany, 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.

Altar colour: Green

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 49:1-7 God’s servant a light to the nations
PSALM Psalm 40:1-11
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Grace and peace from God in Christ
GOSPEL John 1:29-42 Jesus the lamb of God

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 Lloyd Boughen
Based on gospel reading: Pr Heath Pukallus; edited for lay reading sermon – john 1 35-40 – year a – epiphany 2 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-john-1-29-42-year-a-epiphany-2

Opening sentences:
The Lord says: ‘I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’
(Isa 49:6 NRSV)

Orders of service:
Epiphany 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
Almighty and eternal God,
ruler of all things in heaven and earth:
Mercifully hear the prayers of your people,
and grant us your peace
all the days of our life;
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,
you rule over everything in heaven and on earth.
In mercy listen to the prayers of your people,
and give us your peace in our times.
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, alternative
(Let us pray that God will keep us true to our calling as his followers.[silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
it is by your loving kindness alone
that you accept us
and call us to serve you.
Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
and make us worthy of our calling.
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, new
(Let us pray to be made clean. [silence])
Jesus Christ, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world.
Take away our sin
and make us your holy people.
For you live and reign
with the Father 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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
thank you for revealing yourself as the Lamb of God.
Help us to follow you and to lead others to you.

Offering prayer:
Faithful God,
we thank you for calling us to be your holy people,
in fellowship with your Son.
Take our lives and our possessions
and use them for your service.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 2 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 third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Almighty and merciful God,
it is by your loving kindness alone
that you accept us
and call us to serve you.
Strengthen us by this sacrament
and make us worthy of our calling.
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.


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. Our Lord Jesus Christ will keep you strong to the end.
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 49:1-7
43    Gentiles, rise to greet the morning G7
44    Thou Light of gentile nations* G4
45    Hail, thou source of every blessing* G4
215    Arise, O God, and shine* G9
232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations G4
898    Now, Lord, you let your servant go GS
103    Send your servant down the road (closing)
104    Now, Lord, you let your servant go
126    The light of Christ
324    Lord, bid your servant go in peace
733    Lord God, you now have set your servant free

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
353    Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
617    Faithful Shepherd, feed me
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (closing) G5
324    Saints of all time
193    God, you are clothed in light
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (closing)

Gospel: John 1:29-42
48    Lamb of God most holy* G5
57    A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth* G5
335    Just as I am G9
366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came* (esp vv 1,3,4) G7
749    When Christ’s appearing was made known G6
17    Emmanuel: God is with us
75    Jesus, Lamb of God (liturgical song)
82    O Lamb of God (liturgical song)
173    O Lamb of God (liturgical song)
349    There is a redeemer
566   Jesus Christ, lamb of God (liturgical song)
570   Lamb of God (liturgical song)
218    Jesus! the name high over all
250    Christ, when for us you were baptized
264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
576    O for a closer walk with God
584    Just as I am
589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
700    Jesus, Lamb of God
705    Behold the Lamb of God

Psalm 40
The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Moscow’ (LH 222, TIS 221). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I waited patiently;
my heart yearned for the Lord
to hear my prayer.
He turned and heard my cry,
he raised me from the pit,
he set me on a rock,
and helped me stand.

He taught my mouth to sing
new songs of joy and praise,
thanking our God.
Let all around me see
what he has done for me,
and let the hearts of all
trust in the Lord.

Those who trust in the Lord
and who reject false gods,
happy are they.
You, Lord, have done great things,
and plan great things for us.
None can compare with you,
O Lord our God.

I could not hope to tell
all that you’ve done for us,
but this I know:
you don’t want sacrifice
for all the things you’ve done,
yet you have given me
an open ear.

So I say, Here am I:
your book contains my words:
‘I will delight
to do your will, O Lord;
your law is in my heart.’
I will tell all the world
of your good news.

I do not seal my lips,
I do not hide your help.
I speak of you,
and of your faithfulness,
and of your steadfast love!
Your mercy, truth and love
will keep me safe.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 40 p69 , Psalm 40 p70

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

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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