Sunday 14 January, 2018 – Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year B

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  1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) The Lord reveals himself to Samuel
PSALM Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
GOSPEL John 1:43-51 We have found the Messiah

Notes on the readings:
1 SAMUEL 3:1-10: The young boy Samuel, born in answer to prayer to aged Hannah and Elkanah, was given back to God by his mother to serve in the temple at Shiloh. Sleeping there one night, the little boy was called by God three times during the night. Thinking it was the priest Eli who called, Samuel wakened him on each occasion. Eli eventually instructed him to answer, ‘Speak Lord, your servant hears’. Samuel obeyed, and God told him many things which would happen in Israel.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20: Before hearing and believing the gospel, the Corinthian Christians had engaged in sexual immorality as part of their heathen religious worship. Some were still finding it hard not to be involved in sexual perversion. They knew that Christ had died for their sins to set them free from death. They thought they were free, however, to do what they pleased. St Paul here defines a very clear-cut teaching of how a Christian sees his/her body. Having been redeemed from sin, the body belongs to God.

JOHN 1:43-51: Just after John the Baptist had pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God, that is the Messiah, Jesus went the next day to Galilee. Jesus convinced Philip of Jesus’ messiahship. Philip brought Nathanael to Jesus. Jesus convinced and called Nathanael also. Jesus’ knowledge of Nathanael’s inner spiritual life authenticated Jesus’ divine sonship in Nathanael’s mind.

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 first reading : edited for lay reading sermon -1 samuel 3 1-10 – year b – epiphany 2 ; Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinth 6 19-20 – year b – epiphany 2
Based on Psalm 139: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 139 – year b – epiphany 2

Opening sentences:
Jesus found Philip and said to him:
Follow me!
Philip found Nathaniel and said to him:
Come and see!

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 that we follow Jesus. [silence])
Jesus Christ, Son of God,
we thank you for calling us to be your disciples.
Open our eyes to recognise you
as the promised Messiah,
and draw us to follow you
wherever you lead.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) ‘Very truly, I tell you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending
upon the Son of Man.’(John 1:51 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for calling us to be your followers.
Help us to listen to you and to believe in you.

Children’s Address Epiphany 2B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for calling us to be your followers.
Lead us to serve you in all that we do
by trusting you and doing your will.
Use us and our possessions for your purposes.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 2B

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.

See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, 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.

Go in peace, as followers of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 
OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images for the day: 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: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
371    O Jesus, I have promised  (esp v 3) G5 (mod – TIS 595)
373    Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5 (mod – TIS 437)
507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
595    O Jesus, I have promised (v 3)
597    Master, speak, Thy servant heareth
67    Let your word fill my days
223    When your Spirit moves
239    Breezes whisper without meaning

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (mod – TIS 398)
124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3 (mod – TIS 400)
130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* (vv 1,2) G4
131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
364    A new heart, Lord, create in me* G5 (mod – TIS 559)
398    Come down, O love divine
400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
448    Blest are the pure in heart
559    A new heart, Lord, create in me
563    Let him to whom we now belong
264    Spirit of God

Gospel: John 1:43-51
156    Jesus, our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
371    O Jesus, I have promised G5 (mod – TIS 595)
822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
158    God has spoken by his prophets
208    Jesus has come and brings joy as our Saviour
595    O Jesus, I have promised
244    We have seen the word of life
342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
413    The summons

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 by David Schütz could be sung to the tune ‘Dir, dir, Jehovah’ (LH 218). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O Lord, you’ve searched me and you know me,
you know when I sit down and when I rise.
From far away you know my thinking;
you watch me where I walk and where I lie.
You know my ways and all the things I do,
before I speak a word, it’s known to you.

On every side, you’re all around me;
your mighty hand is always over me.
So great your knowledge – far beyond me! –
its height and depth too great for me to see.
For it was you who made my inmost being
and knitted me together in the womb.

I praise you for my wondrous making –
I know that all your works are wonderful.
When I was hidden deep in darkness,
yet there you saw me and you made me whole.
And even then you numbered all my days –
my life unlived was written on your page.

Your thoughts, O God, are deep in mystery!
How vast they are is more than I can say.
Were I to count your thoughts, I’d stumble –
their number is far more than grains of sand!
If counting them, I were to fall asleep,
when I awoke you’d still be here with me.

Note that the songs AT 224 Where could I run from you, 394 Search me, O God, and 424 O God, you search me are song versions of Psalm 139.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 139 p233 , Psalm 139 p234

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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