Sunday 22 January, 2017 – Third 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 9:1-4 People who have lived in darkness have seen a great light
PSALM Psalm 27:1, 4-9
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 An appeal to avoid factions
GOSPEL Matthew 4:12-23 Jesus begins his work- light has dawned

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 gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 4 12-23 – year a – epiphany 3 ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-matt-4-18-20-year-a-epiphany-3

Opening sentences:
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
(1 Cor 1:18 NRSV)

OR
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.  (Isa 9:2 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
Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
look mercifully on our weakness,
and stretch out your mighty hand
to help and defend us;
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,
look in mercy on our weakness,
and stretch out your mighty hand
to help and protect us.
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 the freedom of the new life God gives us. [silence])
Lord God, set us free
from the bondage of our sins,
and give us the full life
of your kingdom,
which you have made known to us
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for Christ’s light to shine on us. [silence])
Thank you, Jesus,
for coming as the light for the world.
Shine into our darkness,
so that we see God’s love,
and follow in the way you show us.
For you live and reign
with the Father 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, the light of the world,
thank you for calling us to be your disciples.
Help us to follow you faithfully.
Amen.

Offering prayer:
Thank you, saving God,
for all the good things you have given us,
especially for your Son, the light for the world.
Teach us to live in his light,
remaining in harmony with one another
and reaching out in love to others.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 3 A

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

Lord God, set us free
from the bondage of our sins,
and give us the full life
of your kingdom,
which you have made known to us
in this sacrament
of the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
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.
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; . . .

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, and live in the light of Christ.
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 9:1-4
LHS
30          The people that in darkness sat
156         Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
181         Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
217         O Christ, our true and only light* G5
396         Lead Thou me on
AT
126         I am the light of the world
217         Lord, the light of your love
313         Christ be our light
315         Drawn to the light
TIS
208         Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
274         The people that in darkness walked
320         Never in all human story
551         O stay with us, Lord Jesus
552         Come, my way, my truth, my life
621         O God of every nation

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
LHS
191         The Church’s one foundation G4
217         O Christ, our true and only light* G5
271         The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
344         Our God is love* G6
798         Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
799         In Christ there is no east or west G7
800         May we be one GS
AT
172         May we be one
528       Gifts of grace
TIS
245         We have a gospel to proclaim
457         The church’s one foundation
459         In Christ there is no east or west
648         Help us accept each other
685         Lord, I come to you

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
LHS
30          The people that in darkness sat
306         I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
336         Come follow me, the Saviour spake* G3
366         Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
AT
137         I heard the voice of Jesus say
311         Be still and know
313         Christ be our light
315         Drawn to the light
344         The new road
348         Sing hey for the carpenter
413         The summons
493         Follow the Saviour
495         Come and follow me
TIS
274         The people that in darkness walked
279         The King of glory comes
585         I heard the voice of Jesus say
589         Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
598         Dear Father, Lord of humankind
643         I want to walk as a child of the light

Psalm 27
TIS 15, God is my strong salvation, is a version of Psalm 27, and TIS 16, The Lord is my light and my help, is a version of verses 1, 4, 13-14. See also AT 209, Do Lord (Ps 27), and 214, The Lord is my light.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 27 p46 , Psalm 27 p47

More song/hymn suggestions for Epiphany:
EPIPHANY SECTIONS OF ‘LUTHERAN HYMNAL WITH SUPPLEMENT’
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

‘ALL TOGETHER’ SONGS SUITABLE FOR EPIPHANY
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

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.

2 comments to Sunday 22 January, 2017 – Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A

  • Nene Buckland

    How about a special service for Australia Day, AnzacDayand e,g, Refugee Sunday?

  • Trudi

    Hi Nene. I usually only post resources for these ‘other’ occasions if they happen to fall on a Sunday. Australia Day did fall on a Sunday in 2014 so resources are available here. Likewise, Anzac Day fell on a Monday last year, so a short remembrance rite for use on the Sunday prior can be found here. The Commission on Worship could look at producing some resources for Refugee Sunday – watch this space!

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