Lectionary: First Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of Jesus) Year C

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Readings for Epiphany (6 January)
Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine, for your light has come
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14 Give the king your justice, O God
Ephesians 3:1-12 the gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body
Matthew 2:1-12 The visit of the wise men

Readings for First Sunday after Epiphany (the Baptism of Jesus)
Isaiah 43:1-7 I have called you by name, you are mine
Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings
Acts 8:14-17 Believers in Samaria receive the Holy Spirit
Luke 3:15-17,21-22 John speaks of the Messiah and Jesus is baptised

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Epiphany 1, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G Alleluia alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord 390 2
O Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
G At the name of Jesus 231 170
A Awake awake, fling off the night 412
A Be thou my vision 547 455
O Begin my tongue, some heavenly theme 116 32
A/G Breathe on me, breath of God 407 320
G Christ when for us you were baptized 250 20
G Christians lift up your hearts,,Praise for the Spirit 423
G Come down, O Love divine 398 310
G Come gracious Spirit, heavenly dove 402 311
G Come Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove 710
s Crown him with many crowns 228 163
O God has spoken to his people, hallelujah 636 39
G Guide me O thou great Redeemer 569 478
s Hail to the Lord's anointed 275 203
O How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
O I will sing the wondrous story 233 173
A Like the murmur of the dove's song 419
O/A Loving Spirit, loving spirit 417
G Morning has broken 156 91
G My song is love unknown 341 257
s Now is eternal life 385 305
A O breath of life, come sweeping through us 409 322
Ps O give the Lord, you children of God 17
G O let the Son of God enfold you 655
G O love how deep, how broad, how high 194 6
A O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God 401
G Of the Father's love begotten 290 215
G On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry 270 199
Ps Praise to the Lord the Almighty 111 28
G Spirit divine, attend our prayers 406 377
G Take my life, and let it be 599 520
Ps The Lord will bless his people with peace 17
O The people that in darkness walked 274 202
G To the name of our salvation 127
G Wash O God, our sons and daughters 493
G We know that Christ is raised 489
s Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness 454 382
O You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord 48

Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
3 (TIS 100) All creatures of our God and King vv 1-3,6-7
84 (TIS 142) Glory be to God the Father
125 O Jesus king most wonderful
197 (TIS 269) Hark the glad sound! the saviour comes
368 On this day the first of days
465 (TIS 560) All my hope on God is founded

SA 28 (TIS 16) I have call you by your name
SA 81 `The kingdom is upon you'
SA 86 (TIS 282) The voice of God goes out to all the world
110 (TIS 165) Praise our God, the great creator
136 (TIS 207) Jesus shall reign wher'er the sun
230 (TIS 308) To us a child of royal birth
239 (TIS 314) As with gladness men of old
391 (TIS 459) In Christ there is no east or west

Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)

The mystery of being included

Inclusion in the one fellowship of all nations, etc....more than a moral imperative: it is the very heart of the matter...his secret purpose .. that the universe, everything in heaven and on earth, might be brought into a unity in Christ. Ephes 1:9-10

The story of the wise men from a foreign land is a sign of this purpose of God in Christ.

It is more than a matter of mere tolerance

We see the positive value of contributions that peoples from many different backgrounds can make in immigrant societies. Similarly in the church, we have been blessed with the discovery of the ways that diverse gifts can be used. There are some dangers: cultural relativism and unjustified claims in secular ideology. Some Bible study will repay the effort.

Wider expectations were contained within the Old Covenant

A word of hope Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for your light has come, ... 3 Nations shall come to your light; Isaiah 56:6-7 ... my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Where else is that said? [Mark 11:17] ref. Isaiah 66:18-20. See also Solomon's prayer at temple dedication, 2 Chronicles 6:32-33; and Isaiah 2:2-5; Jeremiah 16:19-21; Zechariah 8:20-23.

The gate into the kingdom is narrow, but ... there will be surprises:

Luke 13:29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. ...from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, to the ends of the earth, Acts 1:8. cf Luke 24:37; Matt 28:19-20; Ephesians 3:2-6 the Gentiles have become fellow heirs; Romans 16:25 the mystery that was kept secret for long ages [1 Corinthians 2:7]; revealed to his holy apostles and prophets -- Mark 4:11 And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God". Ephesians 6:19 Paul: Pray also for me; 1 Corinthians 4:1: stewards of the Gospel. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Galatians 3:28 ..neither Jew or Greek

Love is greater than knowledge [1 Corinthians 13:2]

What difference does it make to know the mystery? -- Sharing the secret in love.

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The Gathering of the People of God

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name;
worship the LORD in holy splendor. Psalms 29:2
May the LORD give strength to his people!
May the LORD bless his people with peace! Psalms 29:11

HYMN All creatures of our God and King vv 1-3,6-7 TIS 100 AHB 3

Merciful God, our Maker and our Judge,
We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed:
We have not loved you with our whole heart,
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
We repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father, forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Glory be to God the Father TIS 142 AHB 84


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine, for your light has come
[PSALM 29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings]
EPISTLE Acts 8:14-17 Believers in Samaria;
and Ephesians. 3:1-12 gentiles become fellow heirs, members of the same body
GOSPEL Matthew 2:1-12 The visit of the wise men

HYMN As with gladness men of old TIS 314 AHB 239


HYMN In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459 AHB 391

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia,
for ...., president of the Assembly,
for .... our moderator and for .... our chairperson of presbytery,
for elders and members of the church council,
and for all who hold office in this congregation;
for all who serve God in the church.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray.
[Silence. The people may offer their own petition, either silently or aloud.]
Hear us, Lord; for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.
[Silence. The people may offer their own thanksgivings, either silently or aloud.]
We exalt you, O God our king; and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom. [Silence]
In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN At the name of Jesus TIS 231 AHB 170
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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