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|
|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.
Order of service - First Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of Jesus) Year C | DB Home | RCL Resources Index |
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
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
PRAYER OF ADORATION
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.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
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
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
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
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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.
COLLECT FOR EPIPHANY
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
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
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]
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN At the name of Jesus TIS 231 AHB 170
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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