Lectionary: Day of Epiphany Year A, B or 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
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|lesson||Hymns for the Day of the Epiphany, Yrs.A,B,C||TIS||AHB||SA|
|Angel voices, ever singing||386|
|G||Angels from the realms of glory||309||235|
|G||As with gladness men of old||314||239|
|O||Be thou my vision||547||455|
|O||Beauty for brokenness||690|
|G||Brightest and best of the stars of the morning||310||234|
|Christ is the world's light, he and none other||246||191|
|Christ is the world's true light||238||179|
|Christ whose glory fills the skies||212||140|
|Come thou long-expected Jesus||272||200|
|O||Come to be our hope, Lord Jesus||688|
|Come your hearts and voices raising||297|
|G||Earth has many a noble city||291||216|
|G||Funny kind of day, funny kind of night||329|
|God himself is present||121||47|
|G||God your glory we have seen in your Son||461||395|
|Ps||Hail to the Lord's anointed||275||203|
|O||Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes||269||197|
|How brightly beams the Morning Star||||220|
|E||In Christ there is no east or west||459||391|
|Jesus good above all other||177|
|Ps||Jesus shall reign where'er the sun||207||136|
|Joy to the world! the Lord is come||268||224|
|Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord all you nations)||73||57|
|Let all mortal flesh keep silence||497||418|
|Let earth and heaven combine||305||229|
|G||Long ago, prophets knew||283||61|
|Lord bid your servant go in peace||324||248|
|Lord God you now have set your servant free||733|
|Lord Jesus Christ lover of all||737|
|Lord Jesus if the same you are||566|||
|Lord Jesus our bright Morning Star||199|||
|O||Lord the light of your love is shining||675|
|Lord we are blind, the world of sight||633||563|
|Lord your almighty Word||447||61|
|Love came down at Christmas||317||243|
|E||Make me a captive, Lord||604||528|
|Now to the Lord a noble song||113||33|
|O bless the God of Israel||284|
|O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation||255|
|Praise O servants of the Lord||70|
|E||Praise our God, the great Creator||165||110|
|Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation||326|
|Saviour of the nations, come||295|
|O||Sing of the Lord's goodness||183|
|G||The first nowell the angel did say||301||221|
|O||The people that in darkness walked||274||202|
|The Virgin Mary had a baby boy||307||232|
|G||To us a child of royal birth||308||230|
|We limit not the truth of God||453||335|
|When Christ was lifted from the earth||248||93|
|G||When God almighty came to be one of us||281||214|
|Ps||When morning gilds the skies||227||151|
|G||Who is the baby an hour or two old||325|
|Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness||454||382|
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
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
Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)
Many nations, one light
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. .... Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. ....(Isaiah 60:1,3).
The Day of Epiphany, traditionally celebrated on the Sixth of January, happens this year (2002) to fall on a Sunday, and we take the opportunity to give thanks to God for its theme which is the showing of Christ to the whole world. The story of the wise men from a foreign land is a sign of this purpose of God in Christ.
It helps in trying to understand how we are to present the universally inclusive claims of Christ to different people, if we see first how the ancient people of God understood the revelation they had received as a blessing for all nations. 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
It is more than a matter of mere tolerance
Inclusion in the one fellowship of all nations, etc. is more than a moral imperative: it is the very heart of the matter...God's secret purpose .. that the universe, everything in heaven and on earth, might be brought into a unity in Christ [Ephes 1:9-10]. We are called to more than merely tolerating differences. 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.
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 - Day of Epiphany (Christmas 2) Year A | 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 72:1-7,10-14 Give the king your justice, O God
EPISTLE 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 James, 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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