Sunday 21 January, 2018 – Third 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  Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The city of Nineveh repents
PSALM Psalm 62:5-12 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Living in the last times
GOSPEL Mark 1:14-20 Repent and believe the good news

Notes on the readings:

JONAH 3:1-5,10: Jonah had been told by God to go to Nineveh to preach repentance. Jonah took a ship in the other direction. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria – the nation threatening the life of Israel. After being vomited from the belly of a big fish Jonah was redirected to Nineveh. This time Jonah went. The task seemed insuperable. God teaches that he reaches to people regardless of nationality. The most important thing to God is that his mercy be extended to whoever will repent.

1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31: Christians need always to remember that this world is both fleeting and temporary. While living in this world we cannot avoid being part of it. However, Paul teaches that we live in a manner that always fits in with the life which will be ours when Jesus comes again. When we see life in its relation to eternity we see the world’s emphases as insignificant. We persevere in faith and holiness.

MARK 1:14-20: After his baptism and after John’s arrest, Jesus began his own earthly ministry. He preached from the context that the Kingdom is entered through repentance and believing the gospel. The call of the four disciples brings home to us the truth that the unbelieving world is outside the Kingdom, like fish, which are there to be netted in. The gospel needs therefore to be worked to bring people in.

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 Psalm 62 : edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 62 – year b – epiphany 3
Based on first reading: Pr Heath Pukallus; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – jonah 3 1-10 – year b – epiphany 3
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 14-20 – year b – epiphany 3

Opening sentences:
Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short.
For the present form of this world is passing away.
(1 Cor 7:29a, 31b 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,
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.

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.

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.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we heed Jesus’ call to discipleship. [silence])
Merciful God,
we thank you for sending your Son
to announce the coming of your kingdom.
Make us ready to hear his call,
to turn away from our sins,
and to believe his good news.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;
repent, and believe in the good news. (Mark 1:15 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for calling us
to repent and believe the good news about you.
Help us to catch other people for you.

Children’s Address: Epiphany 3B

Offering Prayer:
Lord, we thank you for making us your followers.
Help us to give of ourselves wholeheartedly
and serve you by witnessing to others of your love,
through our lives and our words.
Use our gifts for your good purposes.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 3B

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:


The following Epiphany invitation or one of the two general invitations below may be used.

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.

1  Jesus says:
‘I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

2  Jesus says:
‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
remain in me, and I in them.’
(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.

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.

Go in peace. Repent and believe the good news 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 : Jonah 3:1-5, 10
305    Today Thy mercy calls us*
314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger
326    O how great is Thy compassion*
794    What wondrous love is this
850    O Father, my Father GS
598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind
6    O Father, my Father
145    Wondrous love
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
354    Change my heart, O God
397    These I lay down
537   Jonah’s lament

Second reading : 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
380    O God of mercy, God of might
397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us*
543    Abide with me
556    O God, our help in ages past (mod – TIS 47)
47    O God, our help in ages past
580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
586    Abide with me

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
217    O Christ our true and only light* G5
221    Spread, O spread, thou Mighty word* G5 (mod – TIS 450)
336    ‘Come, follow me,’ the Saviour spake* G3
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
351    ‘Take up Thy cross,’ the Saviour said G9 (mod – TIS 583)
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7 (mod – TIS 589)
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
583    ‘Take up your cross,’ the Saviour said
589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
128    I am the light of the world
308    We are called to follow Jesus
329    This kingdom
348    Sing hey for the carpenter
413    The summons

A paraphrased version of Psalm 62 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 33.

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 62:5-12 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Eventide (LH 543, TIS 586). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

For God alone my soul in silence waits,
from him alone I know salvation comes.
He is my rock, salvation and defence,
my faith and trust in him shall not be moved.

My glory and salvation rest alone
on God my rock; my refuge is in him.
You people, put your trust in God always.
Pour out your heart to God who keeps us safe.

The poor are but a breath, the rich are false,
weighed in the scales, they’re lighter than the air.
Put not your hope in riches gained by stealth;
don’t set your heart upon increasing wealth.

God said it once, I heard him say it twice:
all strength and might and power belong to him.
Love, steadfast love, belongs to you, O Lord,
for you reward each one for what they’ve done.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 62 p100 , Psalm 62 p101 , Psalm 62 p102

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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