Sunday 29 January, 2017 – Fourth 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 Micah 6:1-8 The Lord’s case against Israel
PSALM Psalm 15
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 God chooses the weak
GOSPEL Matthew 5:1-12 The beatitudes- life in God’s kingdom

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 reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 5 1-12 – year a – epiphany 4 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-matt-5-1-12-year-a-epiphany-4
Based on second reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze

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)

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.  (Matt 5:8 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 God,
since you know that we are set in the midst
of so many and great dangers
that we cannot stand upright
because of the frailty of our nature:
Grant us strength and protection
to support us in all dangers,
and carry us through all temptations;
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 God,
you know that we are placed
in the midst of such great dangers
that we cannot stand upright
because of our human frailty.
Make us whole in mind and body.
Support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations.
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 for power to say and do what is right. [silence])
In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
Give to us,
who can do nothing good without you,
the power to speak the truth and do your will.
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 for trust in God. [silence])
Thank you, God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for showing us your power
in the weakness of the cross.
Teach us to rely on you alone
and to live by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We ask this through your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Alleluia Verse  (to be used after the second reading):
Alleluia, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven.
Alleluia. (Matt 5:12 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for becoming poor for our sakes.
Bless us who are poor in spirit,
and make us children of your kingdom.


Offering prayer:
Wise and merciful God,
thank you for choosing us to be your people.
Teach us to yearn for what is right
and to do what you want us to do.
Use us and our possessions
for your wise and good purposes.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 4 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.

In all our doubts, dangers, and confusion,
teach us, Lord, what we ought to say and do.
As we have received
the body and blood of Christ
in this sacrament,
give us the power
to speak the truth and do your will.
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, for Christ is the power of God and the wisdom 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: Micah 6:1-8
356    Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* (esp vv 4,5) G6
362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
789    My Lord, you wore no royal crown G6
301    Prayer of peace
446    Mercy
160    Father all-loving and ruling in majesty
439    What shall we offer our good Lord
618    What does the Lord require
751    What does the Lord require of you?

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
54      When I survey the wondrous cross G5
153    One thing needful: this one treasure G9
171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
187    Glorious things of thee are spoken G9
807    Lift high the cross GS
465    How deep is the love
466    I am aware
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
262    When pain and terror strike by chance
288    Not the powerful, not the privileged
342    When I survey the wondrous cross
343    Nature with open volume stands
349    In the cross of Christ I glory
351    Lift high the cross
422    Come, Holy Spirit, come (esp vv 1,2,4)
446    Glorious things of you are spoken
717    Give thanks with a grateful heart

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
148    Jesus, the very thought of Thee G6
398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
403    Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour blest* G5
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8
857    Low, the way is low GS
858    Make me a channel of your peace G5
95      Prayer of St Francis
190    Low, the way is low
300    Practise love
436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
474    Gather us in
546    Lord Jesus, think on me
566    Lord Jesus, if the same you are
568    O for a heart to praise my God
607    Make me a channel of your peace
680    God! As with silent hearts we bring to mind
697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep

Psalm 15
The following paraphrase of Psalm 15 by David Schütz (alt.) may be sung to the tune ‘Anthes’ (LH 308). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, who shall be admitted
into your holy tent?
And who may find a dwelling
upon your holy hill?
All those whose life is blameless,
the righteous and the just,
who never stoop to slander,
but speak with honest heart.

They keep from doing evil,
from doing harm to friends.
They close their ears to rumours
that harm their neighbours’ name.
They show the greatest honour
to those who fear the Lord,
but in their eyes the evil
are held in no regard.

They always keep their promise,
no matter what the cost.
They lend their money freely
and will not take a bribe.
All these shall be admitted
and shall not be removed,
for they alone may enter
God’s tent and know his love.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 15 p18 , Psalm 15 p19 , Psalm 15 p20

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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