Sunday 4 February, 2018 – Fifth 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 Isaiah 40:21-31 The incomparable greatness of the Lord
PSALM Psalm 147:1-11, 20c *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Free to be all things to all people
GOSPEL Mark 1:29-39 Jesus heals many people

Notes on the readings:

ISAIAH 40:21-31: All human beings, including their princes, have only a transitory nature and insignificant power compared to the Lord, who has ordered all things. The Lord himself is above comparison, being both the architect and creator of the universe.  God’s people are therefore wrong to question his significant involvement and influence over events which affect their wellbeing. Those who will but trust him and turn to him are strengthened and sustained.

1 CORINTHIANS 9: 16-23: The gospel of salvation is the only means by which people may be saved from sin and have eternal peace with God.  Paul therefore waived his right at Corinth to be paid for proclaiming the gospel. His sincerity was emphasised by his self-denial. If the gospel is of God, then Paul was primarily under divine obligation to make it known, regardless of his own legitimate interests. He was also willing to make himself a slave to all, conforming to people’s cultural standards and outlook to win as many as possible to saving faith in Christ.

MARK 1: 29-39: Jesus’ miracles of healing and power over demonic spirits demonstrated his rightful mission as the long-promised Messiah. However, he needed no ‘manifestation’ (epiphany) or demonstrated ‘appearance’ to the evil spirits. The demons already knew him and knew also of his divine mission. While the miracles in the reading precipitated pressure from the crowds of people who actively sought him out, Jesus’ first priority was to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins.

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 first reading : Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 40 21-31 – year b – epiphany 5
Based on Psalm 147: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 29-39 – year b – epiphany 5; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 29-39 – year b – epiphany 5

Opening sentences:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.  (Isa 40:28 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
O Lord,
watch over your family
with your constant loving-kindness,
so that those who rely solely
on the hope of your heavenly grace
may always be defended by your protection;
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
Lord, in your constant goodness
watch over your family.
May we who rely solely
on your undeserved love for us
always be defended by your power.
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 faith in Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you sent your only Son as the word of life
for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
Help us to believe with joy
what the Scriptures proclaim.
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, new
(Let us pray for God’s healing. [silence])
God our Saviour,
thank you that your Son healed the sick,
drove out demons,
and brought your good news of salvation.
Make us whole in body and spirit,
so that we are free to serve you.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus went throughout Galilee,
proclaiming the message and casting out demons. (Mark 1:39 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for healing people
and driving out demons.
Remain with us with your healing presence.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Epiphany 5B

Offering Prayer:
We thank you, Lord, for your greatness
and for your care for us.
You have set us free;
lead us to use our freedom and our gifts
to look beyond ourselves
and sympathise with other people and help them
wherever we can.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Epiphany 5B

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

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

Epiphany
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.

General
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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
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,
you sent your only Son as the word of life
for our eyes to see and our ears to hear.
Help us by your gifts of word and sacrament
to believe with joy what they proclaim.
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.

CLOSING SENTENCE (for use before or with the blessing)
The following sentence may be spoken entirely by the minister or responsively as indicated.

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.  (Isa 40:31 NRSV)

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Be all things to all people for the sake of 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 : Isaiah 40:21-31
LHS
352   Fight the good fight* G4
442   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (mod – see TIS 111)
456   The God of Abraham praise G7 (see TIS 125 for additional verses)
808   Go out, my heart, and seek delight
810   Let all things now living G6
864   God, who made the earth
881   O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
TIS
48   You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord (On eagle’s wings)
111   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (use setting in LHS 442)
125   The God of Abraham praise
146   God, who made the earth
155   O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
594   Fight the good fight (not modernised)
685   Lord, I come to you
AT
249   As a dream receive your history
333   You are our God
411   On eagle’s wings (TIS 48)
416   We will rise up
644  Thank God you’re here

Second reading : 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
LHS
234   Facing a task unfinished
245   Lord of the Church, we humbly pray* G6
804   The Church of Christ in every age G5
806   It only takes a spark GS
855   Brother, let me be your servant GS (see TIS 650 for inclusive text)
TIS
650   Brother, sister, let me serve you
AT
31   Freely, freely
83   It only takes a spark
93   Pass my love around
191   Brother, let me be your servant

Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
LHS
158   Jesus, lover of my soul G4
161   How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
242   Thou to whom the sick and dying
462   God of mercy, God of grace G6
547   At even when the sun was set G6
795   When Jesus came, the demons cried GS
815   O Christ, the healer, we have come G6
818   O Son of God in Galilee G7
TIS
211   Jesus, lover of my soul
223   How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
452   God of mercy, God of grace
638   O Christ, the healer
AT
146   When Jesus came
226   When Jesus sat down
308   We are called to follow Jesus
441   Jesus was sent
443   Like an angel

PSALM 147
Versions of selected verses of Psalm 147 may  be found in TIS (nos 91 and 92). The second of these, by John Bell, is also in AT 325.

A paraphrased version of Psalm 147 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 54.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 147 p244 , Psalm 147 p245

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.

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