Sunday 12 February, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (Proper 1)

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 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The two ways- life or death
PSALM Psalm 119:1-8
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Divisions in the Corinthian church
GOSPEL Matthew 5:21-37 Jesus’ radical teaching of the law

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: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 5 21-37 – year a – epiphany 6 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 5 21-37 – year a – epiphany 6
Based on the Psalm: sermon – psalm 119 – year a – epiphany 6
Based on the second reading: NEW Pr Heath Pukallus

Opening sentences:
I have set before you today life and prosperity,
death and adversity.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God,
then you shall live and become numerous. 
(Deut 30:15,16 NRSV)

Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.  (Ps 119:1 NRSV)

We are God’s servants, working together;
you are God’s field, God’s building.  (1 Cor 3:9 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
O Lord,
favourably hear the prayers of your people,
that we, who are justly punished for our offences,
may be mercifully delivered by your goodness,
for the glory of your name;
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 kindness
listen to the prayers of your people.
Have mercy on us
who are justly punished for our sins,
and save us,
for the glory of your name.
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 a fuller trust in God. [silence])
Most loving Father,
it is your will
that we should leave all our worries with you.
Keep us from faithless fears
and worldly anxieties,
that no cloud may hide from us
the light of your love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

(Let us pray for obedience to God. [silence])
Thank you, Jesus our Saviour,
for keeping God’s law perfectly for us.
Teach us through your Spirit
to follow you
and fulfil the law by a life of love.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Alleluia Verse  (to be used after the second reading):
Alleluia, alleluia.
Choose life
so that you and your descendants may live. (Deut 30:19b NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your obedience
to your heavenly Father.
Give us your righteousness,
so that we may truly obey God’s laws.


Offering prayer:
Lord our God,
we thank you for making us yours.
Teach us to live as your holy people,
obeying your commands in our hearts,
and giving ourselves
in loving service to others.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Epiphany 6 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.

Most loving Father,
you have shown how much you care for us
by feeding us with the body and blood
of your dear Son, Jesus Christ.
Keep us from faithless fears
and worldly anxieties,
that no cloud may hide from us
the light of your love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Go in peace, for you are God’s field, God’s building.
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: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
368    My faith looks up to Thee*
381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
786    In faith and hope and love GS
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
877    Trust and obey GS
1    Lord of our days
101    Jesus, please watch over us
112    From heav’n the Lord looks down
225    Why do you love me?
254    I give you my joys and sorrows
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
112    Through all the changing scenes of life
122    What shall I do my God to love
526    Lord Jesus Christ
628    In faith and hope and love

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
193    Jesus, with Thy church abide* G9
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
267    Almighty God, Thy word is cast* G6
800    May we be one GS
172    May we be one
528   Gifts of grace
434    Where there is charity and love
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word

Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37
337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
610    Do no sinful action
803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7
332    We are sorry
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
635    ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
645    As man and woman we were made
648    Help us accept each other, Lord
683    God! when human bonds are broken

Psalm 119
TIS 75, Blessed are those whose way is blameless, is a version of Psalm  119:1-2,105-6,108,110-112.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 119 p202 , Psalm 119 p203

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.

1 comment to Sunday 12 February, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A (Proper 1)

  • Margaret Houston.

    Thank you for the lovely prayers, I pray you will continue to be on the website I love to read and meditate and learn how to compose the intercessions, and try to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Margaret.