Second Sunday after Epiphany
20 January 2019
Welcome to our worship this morning
Our closeness to God is what he desires more than anything and the prophet Isaiah expresses this through the image of that sacred institution, Marriage. God’s people are close to him like a bride is close to her bridegroom, and as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so God rejoices over his people. Now, we receive so many gifts through the Spirit every day, often without us fully appreciating them or even being aware of them. The goal of these gifts is for us to draw closer to God and to bring others close to him as well. We might like to think about how we can use the gifts we are given to make our salvation ‘shine out like a torch’ and bring more joy to God.
- Pray that we and the church as a whole might be strengthened to confess that Jesus, and no one else, is the Messiah, and that he alone has the power to save.
- Give thanks for the Anglican Church of Melanesia, remembering especially today Archbishop George Takeli, his staff, clergy and people.
Text: The Rev Will Johnston,
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2019
GATHERING IN GOD’S NAME
We stand as the Presiding Priest and Sanctuary Persons enter the church and sing:-
Hymn TiS 207 – Jesus shall reign where’er the sun.
X The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Blessed be God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
X Blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever.
THE SENTENCE: said by the Deacon
Jesus revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. John 2.11
THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Let us pray…
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A HYMN OF PRAISE (Gloria in excelsis)
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
Almighty God and Father,
we worship you,
we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ,
only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father;
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy one,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High
with the Holy Spirit,
X in the glory of God the Father. Amen
THE COLLECT OR PRAYER OF THE DAY – We pray together…
whose Son revealed his glory at Cana of Galilee:
help us to believe and obey,
so that, as our Saviour promised,
we may be filled with the wine of new life
and show forth his joy and love;
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD – (read by the people)
We sit for the Bible readings and the Psalm
First Reading Isaiah 62.1-5
A reading of the book of the prophet Isaiah
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
5 Your unfailing kindness O Lord is | in the | heavens:
and your faithfulness | reaches | to the | clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the | strong | mountains:
and your justice as the great deep *
you O Lord | save both | man and | beast.
7 How precious O God is your en-| during | kindness:
the children of Adam shall take refuge under the | shadow | of your | wings.
8 They shall be satisfied with the good things | of your | house:
and you will give them drink from the | river • of | your de-| lights.
9 For with you is the | well of | life:
and in your | light shall | we see | light.
10 O continue your merciful kindness toward | these who | know you:
and your righteous dealing to | those • that are | true of | heart.
Glo-|ry to |God: Father |Son and |Holy |Spirit:
As in the beginning so |now; and for-|ever | A- \men
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12.1-11
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Procession – during the Gospel we sing the following chant
God has called us | with the | gospel
To share in the | glory • of our | Lord • Jesus | Christ.
The Deacon Says: The Lord be with you
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel John 2.1-11
The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
We sit for the sermon.
After the sermon, a time of silence may be kept for reflection on the word of God.
We remain seated for Hymn TiS 650 – Brother, sister, let me serve you
Let us together affirm the faith of the church.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one being with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation Many people here bow their heads…
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human. and here stand upright.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
X We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Lead by the people)
Please sit or kneel for prayer.
After each petition we respond…
Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer
For your love and goodness We give you thanks, O God
Prayer for our Parish (We pray together)
God of Love,
God of Mission,
you alone bring growth to your Church,
send to us your Holy Spirit to give
vision for our planning,
wisdom in our actions,
and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community. Amen
For our community today:-
Stephen Gates & Andrew; Altin Gavranovic & Hannah Forsyth.
Our prayers for those in immediate need:-
Angela Bell; George McLean; Lyn Carrington; John Eddy; Denise Barnes; Deborah Vickers; Br. Kentigern John SSF; Robert & Lyndall; Kirsten Harley; Sister Frances CSC; William Frew; Jackie Bonham; Emma Burns; Sue Drewett; Doug Hall; Patricia Harris; Kristy & Rodney; Robyn & Frank Norman; Michael Bunyan; Sam George, Carol Rajahselvarajah; Kay Wilkins; Anand, Digvijay and baby Anaisha.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Edna Juengens; Robert Miller; Mary Carr; Keith Dahler
X Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
Commemoration of the Saints
21st: Agnes, martyr at Rome, virgin (d.304)
22nd Vincent, deacon and martyr (.304)
24th: Conversion of Paul the Apostle; the Companions of Paul, including Timothy, Titus, and Silas.
25th: Florence Li Tim-Oi – The first woman to be Ordained in the Church of England; Diocese of Hong Kong January 1944. (d.1992)
And after the final prayer:
Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray:
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 forever. Amen
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
The Sub-deacon says:
God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s Table.
Let us be quiet while we call to mind our sins.
A time of silence is kept.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
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.
The priest (or bishop if present) says the absolution.
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
X pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THE GREETING OF PEACE
We are the body of Christ
His Spirit is with us.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
We offer each other the greeting of God’s peace.
A hymn is sung while the collection is taken.
TiS 414 – There’s a spirit in the air
The bread and wine are brought to the altar. Small candles are also brought up. Any member of the congregation can carry a candle to represent a prayer or a thanksgiving of their own.
During the hymn there is a pause for the offertory prayer as the bread and wine (gifts) are offered…
The Celebrant –
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.
THE GREAT 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.
All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,
Mighty Creator, ever-living God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.
By His death on the cross and rising to new life,
He offered the one true sacrifice for sin
And obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
And with all the company of heaven,
We proclaim your great and glorious name,
For every praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
X Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
This bread and wine,
And we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
We who eat and drink them may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night He was betrayed Jesus took bread;
And when He had given you thanks He broke it
And gave it to His disciples, saying
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper, He took the cup,
And again giving you thanks
He gave it to His disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
Shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore, we do as our Saviour has commanded;
Proclaiming His offering of Himself made once for all upon the cross,
His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
And looking for His coming again,
We celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
His one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
X Renew us by your Holy Spirit; unite us in the body of your Son,
And bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
With whom and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise.
X Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE COMMUNION
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.
As this broken bread was once many grains,
which have been gathered together to make one bread,
so may your church be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom.
Then is sung the Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.
THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance that he died for us.
Let us feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
The gifts of God for the people of God
If you are taking the common cup please stand in the outer circle for communion; if you are intincting (dipping) the host (wafer), please stand in the inner circle for communion.
Non-communicants are invited to share in either circle and receive a blessing. When offering the bread, the priest or assistant says…
X The body of Christ [the bread of heaven] keep you in eternal life. Amen
When offering the wine, the priest or assistant says…
X The blood of Christ [the cup of salvation] keep you in eternal life. Amen
During Communion we sing a chant together
After communion we return to our places and sit or kneel. Silence is kept for meditation.
THE SENDING OUT OF GOD’S PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
A scripture sentence may be said.
The priest offers a prayer of thanksgiving, then we all pray…
We offer ourselves to you
As a living sacrifice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Send us out in the power in your Spirit,
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen
Most loving God,
you send us out into the world you love.
Give us grace to go thankfully and with courage
in the power of your Spirit. Amen
The priest (or bishop if present) gives a seasonal blessing or
The priest (or bishop if present) gives the blessing:
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the X blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
A final hymn is sung: TiS 531 – Sent forth by God’s blessing
The Notices are given by Rector or a churchwarden.
MEMORIAL OF THE INCARNATION OR THE ANGELUS
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
I am the lowly servant of the Lord
be it done to me according to your word.
The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us.
Blessed in the message Gabriel brought
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.
Lord, we unite our prayers with those of Mary and all your saints.
Let your Word become flesh in our lives
Grant Lord, that as we have known the incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his X cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Amen.
The deacon says
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.