Lectionary - Third Sunday after Epiphany (Ordinary 3), Year 3

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Nehemiah 8:1-3,5-6,8-10 Ezra reads the law of Moses to the people
Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God
1 Cor 12:12-31a ...the body is one and has many members...
Luke 4:14-21 Jesus at Nazareth, `The spirit of the Lord is upon me'

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
 
Hymns for Epiphany 3, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G A mighty fortress is our God 103 8
E Christ from whom all blessings flow 440 364
G Christ is made the sure foundation 432 343
E Father Lord of all creation 631 567
G Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes 269 197
G Holy holy holy, Lord God almighty 132 65
E I come with joy to meet my Lord 533 452
G I heard the voice of Jesus say 585 500
E In Christ there is no east or west 459 391
Ps/G Jesus shall reign where'er the sun 207 136
G Jesus the name high over all 218 150
G Lord Christ at your first eucharist you prayed 521 443
G Lord your almighty Word 447 61
O Lord your word abiding 427 333
G Love divine all loves excelling 217 148
G O for a thousand tongues to sing 210 141
Ps O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder 155
G Praise with joy the world's Creator 179
O Stand up and bless the Lord 449 383
O/G Thanks to God whose word was spoken 431 339
Ps The heavens declare your glory, Lord 330
Ps The heavens shall declare 746
Ps The sky tells the glory of God 7
E Where love and loving-kindness dwell 95
E Where there is charity and love 434 C591

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 28 (TIS 16) Do not be afraid, I am with you
SA 59 (TIS 537) Let us talents and tongues employ
  8 (TIS 103) Mighty stronghold is our God
 56 (TIS 129) Amazing grace
337 (TIS 430) Your words to me are life and health
363 Heart and heart unite together
365 Jesus united by thy grace
554 (TIS 630) The law of Christ alone can make us free
564 (TIS 635) `Forgive us Lord as we forgive'

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Spiritual Gifts for the Common Good

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12:7

In the New Testament we read quite often of how people with different gifts work together for the common good. Various images are used:- that of a building in which Christ is the chief cornerstone [Ephesians 2:20 ref Psalm 118:22; Matthew 21:42 (also Mark 12:10 and Luke 20:17); Acts 4:11 [cf 1 Peter 2:6 and Isaiah 28:16]; the example of the vine, John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; and of the shepherd, John 10:11-14; and Christ as the head of the body, Colossians 1:18-20.

The body has many limbs and organs

The epistle for today expands upon the way the members all need each other. The idea of different people employing their different talents in joint activities is quite familiar to members of most congregations, but the spiritual nature of the necessary gifts is not always recognised. Natural abilities and possessions do need to be shared [Philippians 4:16-19; 1 Cor. 9:11; Rom 15:27], but we fail if we try to work by human effort or will alone. What kind of gifts? Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. [1 Cor. 12:1; 3-6]. We are talking about things that are inescapably, necessarily, spiritual: even other worldly: [1 Corinthians 2:13-15; Ephesians 4:7-13; cf 1 Cor 12:8-11] These spiritual things enable us to use what has otherwise been made available to us in creation for the purposes of God, in the ministries to which God had called us.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership..[1 Cor 12:27-28]

Gifts of grace: implications for action

The gifts are free gifts of grace. [Romans 12:6-8]. We can pray for them and for grace to recognize them. The gifts we seek to use are manifestations of the glory of God. Above all we need to continually enrich and renew our relationship with God ... that spiritual gifts may be received and recognized.

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The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
We meet to celebrate the Word of God as Jesus did when he read from the ancient scriptures:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor." Luke 4:18a
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever. - Revelation 11:15b

HYMN O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210 AHB 141

PRAYER OF ADORATION
CONFESSION
For our slowness to recognize your gifts in other people and their calling to be children of God: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
For our reluctance to accept your free gifts and your gracious call to play our part in your ministry: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
For any cause of division in your body for which we are responsible: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn Amazing grace TIS 129 AHB 56

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
[OLD TESTAMENT Nehemiah 1:1-3,5-6,8-10 Nehemiah's mission begins with prayer]
PSALM 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God
EPISTLE 1 Cor 12:12-31 ...the body is one and has many members...
GOSPEL Luke 4:14-21 Jesus at Nazareth, `The spirit of the Lord is upon me'
HYMN The law of Christ alone can make us free TIS 630 AHB 554

SERMON

HYMN Let us talents and tongues employ TIS 537 SA 59

OFFERING
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
SHARING TIME [Discussion, notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Father, we pray for the holy catholic Church;
that we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the church
may truly and humbly serve you;
that your name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all ministers of the gospel;
that they may faithfully proclaim your Word
and administer your holy sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority
in the nations of the world;
that there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
that our works may find favour in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer
from any grief or trouble;
that they may be delivered from their distress
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
may we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Let us pray for our community
for the life and worship of this congregation
and for those whose needs are known to us.....

Let us pray for ourselves.....
 

COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Father, you have sent your anointed One as king and prophet to announce to the poor the glad tidings of your reign. Grant that his words may this day resound in the church, build us up into one body, and fashion us into instruments of liberation and salvation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Christ from whom all blessings flow TIS 440 AHB 364
WORD OF MISSION
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it...to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12:27 & 7.
BLESSING
DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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