Friday 6 January, 2017

The Feast of the Epiphany (Year A)

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

As 6 January is a weekday, these readings and hymn suggestions may replace those of the preceding Sunday, 1 January.

Isaiah 60: 1-6

Angels, from the realms of glory (StF 190)
Be still, for the presence of the Lord (StF 20)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast (StF 401)
Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (“Arise, shine, your light has come”) (StF 170)
Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57)
Light of the world, you stepped down unto darkness (StF 175)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! (StF 228)
He became poor that we may be rich (StF 344)
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! (StF 330)
King of kings, majesty(StF 331)

Ephesians 3: 1-12

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Birth brings a promise of new life awaking (StF 226)
*Come, thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
*Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Sing of a God of majestic divinity(StF 13)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (StF 416)

Matthew 2: 1-12

A special star, a special star (StF 223)
As with gladness men of old (StF 224)
*Bethlehem, of noblest cities (StF 225)
*Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (StF 227)
*Come, thou long expected Jesus (StF 169)
Deep in the darkness a starlight is gleaming (StF 625)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
In the bleak midwinter (StF 204)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (StF 34)
Riding out across the desert (StF 230)

Phillip Poyner, who has revised the hmn suggestions of Epiphany, observes: “I don’t know why I have never noticed it before – perhaps familiarity brings contempt – but I had not appreciated that the chief priests and scribes had no idea Jesus had been born. They just quoted the Scriptures. It raises the question: How often do we ‘religious’ folk have no idea what God is up to, even though we may be knowledgeable about the Bible and doctrine?”

Categories: Lectionary.

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