Lectionary - Epiphany 5 (Ordinary 5) Year C

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Isaiah 61:1-8(9-13) The spirit of the Lord is upon me
Psalm 138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 The good news that Paul proclaimed
Luke 5:1-11 The great catch of fish. They left their nets and followed him

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Epiphany 5, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
E And can it be that I should gain 209 138
E As man and woman we were made 645 7
O Bright the vision that delighted 69
E Christ is the world's redeemer 192 123
E Come let us with our Lord arise 375 297
E Come now everlasting Spirit 509 429
G Dear Father Lord of humankind 598 519
G Forth in your name O Lord, I go 571 480
O God we praise you, God we bless you 99 40
O God your glory we have seen in your Son 461 395
G Good Christians all, rejoice 313 238
O Holy God we praise your name 127 54
O Holy holy holy! Lord God almighty 132 65
G How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
O/G I the Lord of sea and sky 658
O Immortal invisible, God only wise 143 80
G Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult 598 505
O/G Let all mortal flesh keep silence 497 418
E Let Christian faith and hope dispel 57
O My God how wonderful thou art 71
O Santo santo santo. Mi corazon te adora! 723
O Spirit of truth, essential God 426 332
O Stand up and bless the Lord 449 383
G Take my life, and let it be 599 520
E The Saviour died, but rose again [57]
E The strife is past, the battle done 367 287
O Thuma mina somandla (Send me, Jesus) 749
E We know that Christ is raised and dies no more 489
O We praise we worship you, O God 98 1
E We sing the praise of him who died 347 262
O Ye watchers and ye holy ones 150 87

Another possible hymn
Be present now dear risen Lord

Sermon summary (to be added) (Click here for complete sermon)

Of first importance

The essence of the good news was that Christ had died for our sins and had been raised to life again. Here Paul was reminding those who belonged to Christ at Corinth of the nature of the good news, the gospel, that he had brought to them (1 Corinthians 15:1-2). It was something of first importance because it was the good news which defined where they were committed to take a stand, on which they relied for their salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). It was something that was already a tradition among the apostles.

The apostolic tradition
They knew that they could not believe about Christ whatever suited their fancy, but what was handed on by witnesses who could be trusted. The apostles were witnesses to the risen Christ and their testimony was the basis of Christian belief. What they handed on about the gospel was like the the tradition concerning the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23), but while Paul used an agreed traditional form of expression, a creed, to say what the gospel was, he claimed also to know what it was from personal experience (Galatians 1:11-12). The importance of a living witness is also a central part of the tradition. The gospel was also what was received by those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:2).

What is the good news?
As this passage from Paul unfolds it becomes clear that his primary focus is on the resurrection of Christ and the promise it gives of resurrection for those who are joined with him. The good news is full of hope. It was a time when the possibility of people being raised to life after death was much debated (1 Corinthians 15:12). He says, if Christ was raised from the dead, so you too can be raised, and if it is not true then the news is not good (1 Corinthians 15:13-17). So it is no wonder that Paul set out the evidence (1 Corinthians 15:4-8).

The resurrection of the body
There was among the Greeks a belief in the immortality of the soul, but what Paul was talking about was resurrection of the body. If the body is raised to a new life, what kind of body is it? (1 Corinthians 15:35). The body of our resurrection is not the old body of flesh and blood, but a new kind of body (1 Corinthians 15:37-38, 44). It is through bodies that we relate to others. The promise of resurrection in a new kind of body, which is a spiritual body, is cause for hope that we can look forward to being part of a new creation in which spiritual relationships are brought to perfection.

In accordance with the scriptures
Why should it matter that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures or that he was raised to life again in accordance with what had been written in the Old Testament? It relates to Jesus being the Messiah, that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and die. They saw it particularly in Isaiah 53 (Isaiah 53:3-5). We see how the apostles used this passage (Acts 8:26-39). It is most likely one of the passages used by Jesus himself (Luke 24:25-27). Specific prophecies of the resurrection are less clear, although some words are interpreted that way: for example (Hosea 6:2; Psalms 16:10-11; Isaiah 52:13; 53:10-12). It is more in the whole dealings of God with the people that he is known as one who renews life. It is part of the good news to be part of the big picture.

The living witness
Paul was a first hand witness to the gospel, and so also were they! They were being saved. They had entered into a relationship of faith which was going to keep on making a difference (Cf. Acts 2:46-47). The truth of the gospel has continued through all generations to be attested by the experience of those who receive it. May we all know the living presence which confirms the truth of the message and makes it truly good news.

Order of Service - Epiphany 5 (Ordinary 5) Year C

The Gathering of the People of God


Let us worship God.
I give you thanks, O LORD,
with my whole heart, I sing your praise;
I bow down to you and give thanks for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. [From Psalm 138:1-2]

HYMN God we praise you, God we bless you TIS 99 SA 40
God we praise you, God we bless you. There is more in your loving kindness towards than all the world can show, and your blessings are everywhere around us. We love and adore you for upholding us in all our lives with your gracious gifts. We praise you most for the gift of Jesus Christ through whose death and resurrection we have hope of eternal life, and for the gift of the Holy Spirit who continues to show the living presence of Christ in our life and worship, especially at the Lord's Table. Let your Spirit now inspire us in this worship in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

For our neglect and misuse of your gifts in creation, Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
For our poor strength of faith in the benefits of your death and resurrection and our failure to discern your living presence, Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
For our slowness to respond and our reluctance to be guided, Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures [Corinthians 15:3],
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: (Hymn TIS 771, AHB 576)
Now to him who loved us, gave us
every pledge that love could give,
freely shed his blood to save us,
gave his life that we might live,
be the kingdom, and dominion,
and the glory evermore.

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Discipleship and the gospel of hope
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 61:1-8(9-13) The spirit of the Lord is upon me
PSALM 138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart
EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 The good news that Paul proclaimed
GOSPEL Luke 5:1-11 The great catch of fish. They left their nets and followed him
HYMN I the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658


Lord of hosts, whose glory fills all heaven and earth: you have entrusted to our unclean lips and fragile hands the mission of proclaiming the gospel. Strengthen us with your Spirit, that your word may find a welcome in hearts both open and generous, and so bring forth abundant fruit in every part of the world. 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 Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

HYMN Be present now dear risen Lord  Tune: TALLIS' CANON, 88.88

Be present now dear risen Lord,
help us to know the living Word;
teach us your true Emmaus way;
reveal yourself to us today.

The Word made flesh; our only head,
be known to us in breaking bread
here in the holy fellowship:
bread in our hands, cup to the lip.

We meet you at the supper, Lord,
and feel with friends the binding cord.
Knowing your sacrifice for all,
we would serve others as you call.

In thankfulness we look for you,
alive to us in all we do.
We members of your body share
in service, sacrament and prayer.

Our risen friend, our glorious king,
there at the end we hope to sing
on that great day, your wedding feast,
knowing your love has never ceased.
© David Beswick 1996

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 Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375 AHB 297
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ. Amen.

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