Sunday 10 February 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

Sentence – may be used before the invocation

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.  (Isa 6:3 NRSV)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (COLLECT)

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 that we will be faithful followers of Jesus. [silence])

Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
you died for our sins
and were raised from death,
and you call people to follow you.
Make us faithful disciples,
and use us to draw others to you.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

FIRST READING
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13)
Isaiah’s call to be a prophet

PSALM
Psalm 138

SECOND READING
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The resurrection of Christ

ALLELUIA VERSE (Luke 5:10b NRSV)
Alleluia, alleluia.
Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching people.
Alleluia.

GOSPEL
Luke 5:1-11
Jesus calls the first disciples

PRAYER AFTER THE GOSPEL

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for revealing God’s generosity.
Help us to show God’s love to others.
Amen.

SERMON

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Pastor Josh Pfeiffer)
Luke 5:1-11 (Pastor Adrian Kitson)

OFFERING PRAYER

Great and loving God,
thank you for making us your holy people.

Strengthen our faith,
and make us ready to go out
and do whatever you want us to do,
knowing that with you we can do anything.

Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Call to prayer

As people who have been cleansed of our guilt, let us come into the presence of God in the name of Jesus, to pray for the needs of the church and the whole world.

The regular response, OR:

Lord, hear us.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Suggested intercessions

  • for the church, that it may be faithful to the tradition which it has received from the apostles
  • for all members of our congregation, that we might be fishers of people
  • for those who are called to serve as prophets in our land today, that they may be faithful to their calling even if their message is not welcome
  • for all who are burdened by guilt and sin, that they may know the forgiveness of Christ
  • for all people, that they may be diligent in their proper vocation
  • for those who are seeking employment, and for those who are preparing to enter the work force
  • for the fishing industry, that it may use the resources of the sea wisely
  • for those who are sick or dying, that they may know the presence of the Lord.

Concluding prayer

Lord, let us hear you as you call us into your service, so that wherever we live or work, we may be witnesses to you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

OR

Call to prayer

As people who have been forgiven – cleansed of our guilt, let us come into the presence of God in the name of Jesus, to pray for the needs of the church and the whole world.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, keep us faithful to your word; keep us faithful to life as church together according to the patterns of life together we have received from the apostles.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus sends us out as His living presence in the world. Give us courage and purpose to be fishers of people. Sharing your kingdom with them.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for all those you call to serve as prophets in our land today: inspire them to be faithful to their calling, even if their message is not welcome. Keep them strong in faith and bold in proclaiming your Word.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on all those who are burdened by guilt and sin. Call them back to you that they may know the forgiveness of Christ.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Lord, for those of us serving in a vocation, keep us diligent. Keep alive in us that sense of serving and honouring you in all our work

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask for the unemployed and the under employed, that you guide them into ways of serving; that you open doors so that they can gain employment; that even without a job, they have peace and trust in you.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

There are so many industries in our nation. Today as we remember your call to those fishermen, we ask your blessing on the fishing industry. Bless them with wisdom to use the resources of the sea wisely.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Please have mercy of those who are sick or dying, especially (you may name people here from your congregation that you are publicly aware of). Let them know your presence dear Lord. Comfort and heal them according to your good and gracious will.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Concluding prayer

Lord, let us hear you as you call us into your service, so that wherever we live or work, we may be witnesses to you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

PREFACE

For these non-festival Sundays after Epiphany, either no seasonal preface is used, as in the Service with Communion (LHS p6), or the following Epiphany preface may be used.

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

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.

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

If it has not been used already, the third prayer under ‘Prayer of the day’ above may be modified as follows and used as a post-communion prayer.

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.

BLESSING – from Growing Faith at home

May the Lord fulfil His purposes for you, now and always.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Hold firmly to the word of God.

Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

HYMNS AND SONGS

FOR THE READINGS

Please note:                 * =  Modernised version available

G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .

GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

 

First reading: Isaiah 6:1-8(9-13)

LHS

140         Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty G5

143         Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright G6

246         Father, be Thy blessing shed* G8

269         Speak forth Thy Word, O Father G4

373         Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5

428         We sing Thy praise, O God (see Matins, LHS)

456         The God of Abraham praise G7

457         Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6

501         God Himself is present* G3

822         God has spoken by his prophets G6

845         Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (post-communion) G5

884         We worship you, O God of might G7

896         Isaiah, mighty seer, in days of old

 

AT

63          Holy, holy, holy Lord (Ylvisaker)

78          Holy, holy, holy Lord (Schmidt)

273         Holy, holy (Beaumont)

295         Here I am, Lord (Newton)

296         Here I am, Lord (Schutte)

305         Thuma mina

380         Holy, holy (Iona)

381         Holy, holy, holy (trad. Argentina)

 

TIS

98          We praise, we worship you, O God

99          God, we praise you, God, we bless you

121         God himself is present

125         The God of Abraham praise

127         Holy God, we praise your name

132         Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty

158         God has spoken by his prophets

193         God, you are clothed with light

426         Spirit of truth, essential God

449         Stand up and bless the Lord

461         God, your glory we have seen in your Son

496         Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (post-communion)

497         Let all mortal flesh keep silence (pre-communion)

658         I, the Lord of sea and sky

722         Holy, holy, holy Lord (Taize)

723         Holy, holy, holy (trad. Argentina)

749         Thuma mina

764         Holy, holy (Iona)

 

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

LHS

142         We all believe in one true God* G3

156         Jesus, our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3

296         My Maker, be Thou nigh* G5

300         Let me be Thine forever* G5

763         Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)

767         This joyful Eastertide G7

791         O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5

 

AT

227         Allelu!

338         God in human shoes

344         The New Road

455         All this I believe

 

TIS

194         O love, how deep, how broad, how high

208         Jesus has come and brings joy as our Saviour

381         This joyful Eastertide

385         Now is eternal life

435         We all believe in God, who made

 

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

LHS

366         Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7

519         While yet the morn is breaking (esp vv 1,5)* G4

AT

348         Sing hey for the carpenter

401         Follow me

413         The summons

TIS

104         While morning still is breaking

589         Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult

598         Dear Father, Lord of humankind

 

PSALM 138

For musical settings of Psalm 138, see Music Packages 7, 9 and 10. TIS 86, With my whole heart I will praise you, is another version of this psalm.

Here are two metrical paraphrases of Psalm 138 by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The following may be sung to the tune of ‘The Greatest Commandment’ (ATA 175).

 

I give you thanks, Lord, with all my heart;

before the angels I will sing your praise.

I worship you in your holy place

and always thank and praise your holy name.

For you are loving, and faithful too;

your name and your word have been glorified.

And when I called on your holy name,

you gave me your answer and made me strong.

 

All kings and rulers shall praise you, Lord,

when they have heard your words of truth and love;

and they shall sing of the ways of God:

‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

Yet, though exalted, he keeps his watch

with love and compassion upon the poor.

The rich and proud, he will still observe,

but like one that watches from far away.

 

And you preserve me throughout my life,

though trouble meets me everywhere I go.

You stretch your mighty right hand to save,

and fight the anger of my enemies.

The Lord fulfils his promise to me;

forever and ever your love endures.

Do not forsake what your hands have made,

remember you made me and I am yours.

 

This second version could be sung to the traditional tune Dir, dir, Jehovah (LH 218):

 

With all my heart, I give you thanks, Lord.

Before the angels I will sing your praise.

I worship in your holy temple

and always thank and praise your holy name.

For you have shown your love and faithfulness,

Your holy name and word are glorified.

 

And on the day I called upon you,

you gave me answer and you made me strong.

The kings of all the earth shall praise you,

when they have heard your words of truth and love.

They all shall sing about your ways, O Lord:

‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

 

Yet, though the Lord is high in heaven,

he still regards the lowly of the earth.

He does not overlook the haughty,

but watches them like one who’s far away.

Though trouble meets me everywhere I go,

your right hand saves me from my enemies.

 

The Lord will keep his promise to me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, will always last.

Stretch out your hand and come to save me!

Do not forsake the work your hands have made.

With all my heart, I give you thanks, O Lord.

Before the angels I will sing your praise.

 

NOTES ON THE READINGS

See the document ‘General notes and resources’, under ‘Notes on the readings’, in the ‘General and seasonal’ folder.

 

ISAIAH 6:1-13: In his vision of the Lord, Isaiah sees seraphs (fiery beings among the angels) filling the temple with their overwhelming presence and voices which praise and emphasise the holiness of God. Isaiah’s despairing sense of sin in the presence of God is set aside by the cleansing of his lips to speak the Lord’s word. Even so, this awesome vision stands in stark contrast to the rejection which Isaiah is warned must follow. Israel will be confirmed in growing spiritual barrenness and wilful spurning of the Lord’s word during the prophet’s whole lifetime. This does not mean that God’s word will be any less effective. Isaiah must know, though he may seem to experience failure only, that from what seems a burnt-out stump will come again one day the seed of life.

 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11: It would seem that in some way the resurrection of Christ was being denied at Corinth. Paul makes it very clear that all the truths of the gospel rest upon and are bound together with the absolute fact of Christ’s bodily resurrection. He attests to its authenticity through citing the wide undeniable witness of those who personally saw the Lord alive after his death and resurrection. There were individuals like Peter and James, the twelve apostles as a group, not to mention also over five hundred disciples. Paul, although a persecutor of the church and an enemy of Christ, was halted by his appearance and call to apostleship on the way to Damascus. Whoever had seen him alive had no alternative but to preach the truth of salvation that it might be believed.

 

LUKE 5:1-11: Jesus had become a public figure throughout Galilee through his miracles and preaching. In this instance Luke tells us that the crowds pressed him because he taught what was clearly discerned to be the word of God rather than that of human beings. The order to put the boat out and put down the nets was a real test to Peter’s faith. From professional experience it was foolish to think of catching fish. The inexplicable success of his obedience was in terms of a miracle. Peter, like Isaiah in the first reading, considered himself a sinful man when confronted with the evident presence of deity. However, the Lord’s gracious promise of true success in catching people guaranteed that the disciples’ labours for him in the Kingdom would never be in vain.

 

VISUAL

VISUALS FOR THE READINGS

Pictures or visual symbols could be displayed on banners or the overhead screen during the readings. For instance, the second reading could be illustrated with a picture of the open tomb (with an angel). The gospel could be illustrated with a picture like that in the TEV Bible for Luke 5:6.

ANGELS

The reading from Isaiah reminds us that in worship we are ‘in the presence of the angels’. Angel figures could be made and hung above the sanctuary as a visual reminder of this reality.

DRAMA

‘MEGA DRAMA’

See a drama for the day in Mega Drama resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

dramatising the READINGS

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading could be read by four readers: narrator, seraph (‘flaming creature’ in TEV), Isaiah, voice of the Lord. The gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus, Simon. The gospel could be mimed as it is read.

KNEELING FOR THE ‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY’

The hymn of the seraphim, ‘Holy, holy, holy’, is repeated in Revelation chapter 4. There, when the angels sing this hymn, the 24 elders, representing the church, prostrate themselves before the one seated on the throne. This is the origin of an ancient custom of bowing or kneeling during the ‘Holy, holy, holy’ in the communion liturgy, a custom that is reflected in the rubric before the ‘Holy, holy, holy’ in the Service – Alternative Form. Today could be a good day to introduce this practice – even if it is just a ‘once off’ for today.

 

CHILDREN

Children and the READINGS

Children could be included in making angel figures and/or miming the gospel.

‘COME AND SEE JESUS’

The Come and See Jesus curriculum published by Openbook Publishers has a wealth of material and ideas that may be adapted for use in worship. Please note that a new edition of this material is now available for the Revised Common Lectionary.

This week’s story is: ‘Jesus calls his first disciples (Luke 51–11)’ (to be found in both the original and RCL editions, 5 Epiphany, year C).

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