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Sunday Worship on January 7, 2024

Updated: Jan 10

The Holy Eucharist

1st Sunday after The Epiphany (Year B)

January 7, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Presider: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon & Preacher: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

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A Puerto Rican painting of the Magi following the Star on Epiphany (set in Puerto Rico) by an artist named D. Rosado.

The Holy Eucharist: Enriching Our Worship

Note: In Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Seasons, St. Matthew's will use prayers from Enriching Our Worship 1 (1997). Enriching Our Worship is a series of supplemental worship resources for The Episcopal Church. One of its objectives is to honor the experience of women by providing gender-neutral language for God in its prayers, expanding the Church's vocabulary of prayer from other parts of Scripture and Christian Tradition. There are changes, small and great, throughout the service, so pay attention and ask questions during our Christian Education Hour.

Hymn #116: I Come, the great Redeemer Cries

1. "I come," the great Redeemer cries,

"To do thy will, O Lord!"

At Jordan's stream, behold!

He seals the sure prophetic word.

2. "Thus it becomes to fulfill

all righteousness," he said.

Then, faithful to the Lord's commands,

through Jordan's flood was led.

3. Hark, a glad voice! The Father speaks

from heaven's exalted height:

"This is my Son, my well-beloved

in whom I take delight."

4. The Savior Jesus, well-beloved!

His Name we will profess,

like him desirous to fulfill

God's will in righteousness.

5. No more we'll count ourselves our own

but his in bonds of love.

Oh, may such bonds for ever draw

our souls to things above!

[Words: Christian Hymnbook, 1865, alt. Music: This Endris Nyght, English melody; harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams.]

The Opening Acclamation 

[EOW1, p. 50]

Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.

Glory to God forever and ever. Amen.


The Collect for Purity

[BCP, p. 355] 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

LEV #243: Glory to God (Glory, Glory Hallelujah)

[Refrain] Glory, Glory, hallelujah,

Lord we praise Holy name,

Glory, Glory hallelujah,

Lord we praise your Holy name.

1 Glory to God in the highest

and peace to his people on earth. [R efrain]

2 Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory. [Refrain]

3 Lord Jesus Christ, only son of the Father,

Lord God, lamb of God, glory. [Refrain]

4 You take away the sin of the world:

mercy on us. [Refrain]

5 You are seated

at the right hand of the Father;

receive our prayer. [Refrain]

6 For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord. [refrain]

7 You alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the Lord, Lord we praise you Lord, hallelujah. [Refrain]

[Music: Carl Haywood, from Mass for Grace, Copyright © 1992. Reprinted with permission by ONE LICENSE #246974.]

The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 234]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Genesis (1:1-5)

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 29

Read responsively by half-verse (at the asterisk).

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;

the God of glory thunders; *

the Lord is upon the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *

the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *

the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *

and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;

the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *

and strips the forests bare.

9 And in the temple of the Lord *

all are crying, "Glory!"

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *

the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.

11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *

the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

A Reading from Acts (19:1-7)

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn #295: Sing Praise to our Creator (verses 1-2)

1 Sing praise to our Creator,

O you of Adam's race

God's children by adoption,

baptized into his grace.

2 To Jesus Christ give glory,

God's co-eternal son;

as members of his Body

we live in him as one.

[Words: Mark Evans, alt. Copyright © 1962, Word Library Publications. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED WITH PERMISSION. Music: Christus, der ist mein Leben, melody Melchior Vulpius; harm. after Melchior Vulpius. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #61409.]

The People stand, as they are able, for the reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ According to St. Mark (1:4-11)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Hymn #295: Sing Praise to our Creator (verse 3)

3 And praise the Holy Spirit

poured forth up on the earth;

who sanctifies and guides us,

made strong in our rebirth.

[Words: Mark Evans, alt. Copyright © 1962, Word Library Publications. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED WITH PERMISSION. Music: Christus, der ist mein Leben, melody Melchior Vulpius; harm. after Melchior Vulpius. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #61409.]

The Sermon

by the Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

The Nicene Creed

[EOW1, p. 53]

All standing as they are able, the People pray:

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

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became truly human.

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,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped 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.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

Let us pray to God, who is made manifest in Jesus Christ.


As the prophet Isaiah rang out, “Arise, shine; for your light has come”; empower your Church, O God, to ring out the Good News of the Light of your son Jesus, which pierces even the deepest darkness. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As a star rose high into the sky to draw the nations to the Christ-child; send your blessing, O God, on this nation, and every nation, and draw the whole world to your peace and truth. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As John the Baptist guided crowds of people to the edge of the wilderness and baptized Jesus in the River Jordan, we pray that you would guide our country and our leaders to the ways of justice and righteousness. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Like the Magi who traveled from afar to bring gifts and celebrate the Savior’s birth; we pray for this community, and for those who celebrate birthdays, especially Janice Hunter-Malafonte (1/09), Charles McMillan (1/10), Willie Mae Tennerson (1/11); and for those who celebrate anniversaries. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As Jesus climbed the mountaintop, and proclaimed blessings on the people of the world; we pray for the sick and the distressed, the poor and the lame. We especially pray for the people of our Parish Prayer List: Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Beryl Dandy, Eulalee Dandy, Enrique Davis, Deacon Ella Roundtree Davis, Natalie, and Olivia Duplechien, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Charles McMillan, Russell Nails, Jeannette Outing, Laurence Waring, and Jewel Wheeler; Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As Jesus called his disciples to leave their nets and boats, and follow him; we pray for the departed whom we love and have answered your call to follow Jesus to your Heavenly Kingdom. Give them your peace. [We especially pray for _______.] Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


The Presider concludes with this or another suitable Collect...

Lord Jesus, Light of the World, hear our prayers, and make us reflections of your Light, that the places of darkness in our world would be pierced by your Light, and that all nations would be drawn to you and be overwhelmed with joy. Amen.

The Peace

[EOW1, p. 56]

The peace of the Christ be always with you.

And also with you.

Parish Announcements

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 15, 2024: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at 10:00 AM

  • Sunday, January 28, 2024: St. Matthew's Annual Parish Meeting at 11:30 AM

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024: Ash Wednesday

Gospel Sing-Along on Jan. 7 at 3 PM: Join us for a Gospel Sing-Along on Sunday, January 7 at 3:00 PM featuring music led by Dr. Bertice Berry, Rev. Michael and the Brothers White, Fr. Guillermo Arboleda, and St. Matthew's Choir. Entry is free and we will collect a freewill offering for the church. Register to attend on Zoom here:

Note: Mayor Johnson will not be with us this afternoon because his father passed away last week. We send him and his family condolences and prayers as we mourn the loss of Van Johnson, Sr.

Emmaus House Service Day on Jan. 11: Join us for a Service Day at Emmaus House on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 7:30 - 9:30 AM. Up to four people may sign up to volunteer on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. We will volunteer on the 2nd Thursday of each month from now until at least May. See Deacon Davis or Fr. Arboleda for more details.

Fundraising Meeting on Jan. 13 at 12 noon: All church members are welcome to attend this meeting to help plan for church fundraisers in 2024.

Savannah MLK Jr. Day Parade on Jan. 15: The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Day Care invite you to join us for the annual Savannah Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 10:00 AM. The parade route begins at East Broad Street and Liberty Street and ends in front of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1401 M. L. King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415. We will have a walking group and a trolley-riding group. Marchers and riders may park cars at St. Matthew's beginning at 8:45 AM (enter the parking lot behind the church from Burroughs Street and W Anderson Street) and get dropped off at the parade starting point. The last shuttle will leave at 9:45. After the parade, St. Matthew's will host a brief worship service and a lunch reception. 

Vestry Nominations Now Open: St. Matthew’s will elect two members to join the Vestry for three-year terms (2024-2027) at the Annual Meeting on January 28. They will replace Joenelle Gordon and Sheila Jones, whose terms will end at that meeting. Learn more about serving on the Vestry here. Nomination forms are available in the parish hall or nominations may be sent to Fr. Arboleda at All nominations are due by January 21.

Annual Meeting on Jan. 28 - Reports Due Jan. 21: The 2024 Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28 at 11:30 AM (after Sunday morning worship). All Annual Reports are due by Sunday, January 21, for inclusion in the published report booklet. Fr. Arboleda or someone else on the staff will contact all committee and ministry leaders about reports and to connect them to people who asked to join their committee or ministry in their pledges.

Grow and Glow in Grace Gear!: St. Matthew's is producing branded clothes and other merchandise with our new Grow and Glow in Grace mission logo! Order T-shirts for $25, embroidered Polo shirts for $40, Mugs for $15, Pens for $2 each, and more! All proceeds will go to the Building Capital Campaign (for remodeling the kitchen, preserving the stained glass windows, replacing the roof, and more)! Order forms are available in church now.

T/W/Th Evening Prayer on Zoom/Facebook: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer with us over Zoom at 5:00 PM. If you want to be in the Zoom call, please join by 4:55 PM using the link in the e-Newsletter.

The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]

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Nations shall come to your light, O Lord, and kings to the brightness of your rising. [Isaiah 60:3, alt..]

Hymn #128: We Three Kings of Orient Are

1. We three kings of Orient are,

bearing gifts we traverse afar,

field and fountain,

moor and mountain,

following yonder star.


O star of wonder, star of night,

star with royal beauty bright;

westward leading,

still proceeding,

guide us to thy perfect light!

2. Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,

gold I bring to crown him again,

King for ever,

ceasing never

over us all to reign. [Refrain]

3. Frankincense to offer have I:

incense owns a Deity nigh;

prayer and praising,

gladly raising,

worship him, God Most High. [Refrain]

4. Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume

breathes a life of gathering gloom;

sorrowing, sighing,

bleeding, dying,

sealed in the stone-cold tomb. [Refrain]

5. Glorious now behold him arise,

King and God and Sacrifice;

heaven sings alleluia:


the earth replies. [Refrain]

[Words: John Henry Hopkins, Jr. Music: Three Kings of Orient, John Henry Hopkins, Jr. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #IP 5001123.]

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Circling through earth so all may grow

Vanquishing fear so all may give

Widening grace so all may live


[Words: Eric H. F. Law, Copyright © 2015 Eric H. F. Law. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission from Kaleidoscope Institute. All rights reserved.]

Eucharistic Prayer 1

[EOW1, p. 57]

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.

It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing. Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:

Hymn S-130:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

[Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00210. All rights reserved.]

The people stand or kneel.

Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.

But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.

Through Abraham and Sarah, you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

LEV #258:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

[Music: Hezekiah Brinson, Jr., Copyright © 1990 Hezekiah Brinson, Jr. All Rights Reserved.]

Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit, may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Blessed Mary the Mother of God, Blessed Matthew our Patron, and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.

LEV #264: The Lord’s Prayer

[Compare BCP, p. 364]

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing,

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

[Music: Albert Hay Malotte; arr. Fred Bock, Copyright © 1934 (renewed) G. Schirmer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.]

The Breaking of the Bread

Silence may be kept.

The Fraction Anthems

[EOW1, p. 69]

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.

Hymn S-164:

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us
Jesus, Bearer of our Sins: have mercy on us
Jesus, Redeemer, Redeemer of the World:
Give us your peace, give us your peace!

[Words: Traditional. Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00614. All rights reserved.]

Look! Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The Gifts of God for the people of God.

The Distribution of Holy Communion

All baptized Christians of any denomination are invited to come forward to participate fully in Communion. Baptized children may receive at the discretion of their parents.

You may receive Communion kneeling or standing. Please extend your hands forward to receive the Body of Christ (bread). If you would like to receive the Blood of Christ (wine), the minister will take the bread from your hand and dip (intinct) it in the wine for you, then place it in your mouth. If you would only like to receive the bread, you may consume it and return to your seat.

If you need gluten-free bread for Communion, please raise your hand when you are at the altar rail.

If you would not like to receive Communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest, and the Priest will say a blessing over you.

If you are worshipping online, you may pray to receive spiritual communion using the following prayer:

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

LEV #143: Wade in the Water


Wade in the water,

wade in the water, children,

Wade in the water,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water.

1 See that host all dressed in white,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water.

The leader looks like the Israelite,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water. [Refrain]

2 See that band all dressed in red,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water.

Looks like the band that Moses led,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water. [Refrain]

3 Look over yonder, what do I see?

God’s a-gonna trouble the water.

The Holy Ghost a-coming on me,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water. [Refrain]

4 If you don’t believe I’ve been redeemed,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water.

Just follow me down to Jordan’s stream,

God’s a-gonna trouble the water. [Refrain]

[Words: Traditional. Music: negro Spiritual; arr. Carl Haywood, from The Haywood Collection of Negro Spirituals, Copyright © 1992. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #230691.]

LEV #141: Shall we gather at the River

1 Shall we gather at the river,

Where bright angel feet have trod;

With its crystal tide forever

Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we’ll gather at the river,

The beautiful, the beautiful river;

Gather with the saints at the river

That flows by the throne of God.

2 On the margin of the river,

Washing up its silver spray,

We will walk and worship ever,

All the happy golden day. [Refrain]

3 Ere we reach the shining river,

Lay we ev’ry burden down;

Grace our spirits will deliver,

And provide a robe and crown. [Refrain]

4 Soon we’ll reach the shining river,

Soon our pilgrimage will cease,

Soon our happy hearts will quiver

With the melody of peace. [Refrain]

[Words: Robert Lowry. Music: Robert Lowry. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #150234]

The Post-Communion Prayer

[EOW1, p. 69; Enriching our Worship 2 (2000), pp. 56-57]

Let us pray.
For In-Person Worshippers:
God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

For Online Worshippers and Those Receiving Spiritual Communion:

Faithful God, in the wonder of your wisdom and love you fed your people in the wilderness with the bread of angels, and you sent Jesus to be the bread of life. Though we cannot consume now these gifts of bread and wine, we thank you that we have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence, the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we embody your desire and be renewed for your service through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Blessing of the People

[BOS22, p. 11]

Hymn #616: Hail to the Lord's Anointed

1 Hail to the Lord's Anointed,

great David's greater Son!

Hail, in the time appointed,

his reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression,

to set the captive free;

to take away transgression,

and rule in equity.

2 He comes with succor speedy

to those who suffer wrong,

to help the poor and needy,

and bid the weak be strong;

to give them songs for sighing,

their darkness turn to light,

whose souls, condemned and dying,

were precious in his sight.

3 He shall come down like showers

upon the fruitful earth,

and love, joy, hope, like flowers,

spring in his path to birth;

before him on the mountains

shall peace, the herald, go;

and righteousness in fountains

from hill to valley flow.

4 Kings shall bow down before him,

and gold and incense bring;

all nations shall adore him,

his praise all people sing;

to him shall prayer unceasing

and daily vows ascend;

his kingdom still increasing,

a kingdom without end.

5 O'er every foe victorious,

he on his throne shall rest;

from age to age more glorious,

all blessing and all blest;

the tide of time shall never

his covenant remove;

his Name shall stand for ever,

his changeless Name of Love.

[Words: James Montgomery. Music: Es flog ein kleins Waldvogelein, German folk song; adapt. and harm. A Student's Hymnal, 1923, after henry Walford Davies. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #BP2125.]

The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]

Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Thanks be to God!

The Parish Prayer List

PRAYER LIST: Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Beryl Dandy, Eulalee Dandy, Enrique Davis, Deacon Ella Roundtree Davis, Natalie, and Olivia Duplechien, Charles Gordon, Marva Harris, David Jones, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Charles McMillan, Russell Nails, Jeannette Outing, Laurence Waring, and Jewel Wheeler

BIRTHDAYS: Janice Hunter-Malafonte (1/09), Charles McMillan (1/10), Willie Mae Tennerson (1/11)



May the souls of all the departed rest in peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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