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Sunday Worship on January 1, 2023


The Holy Eucharist: Liturgy of the Word

Feast of The Holy Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ

January 1, 2023 at 9:30 AM

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

Announcements: Joenelle Gordon, Senior Warden


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The Holy Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Word



Hymn #450: All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Verses 1-3, 6)


1 All hail the power of Jesus' Name!

Let angels prostrate fall;

bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all!

bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all!


2 Crown him ye martyrs of our God,

who from his altar call:

praise him whose way of pain ye trod,

and crown him Lord of all!

praise him whose way of pain ye trod,

and crown him Lord of all!


3 Hail him, the Heir of David's line,

whom David Lord did call,

the God incarnate, Man divine,

and crown him Lord of all!

the God incarnate, Man divine,

and crown him Lord of all!


6 Let every kindred, every tribe,

on this terrestrial ball,

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all!

to him all majesty ascribe,

and crown him Lord of all!


Words: Edward Perronet, alt., Public Domain. Music: Coronation, Oliver Holden, alt., Public Domain; desc. Michael E. Young © 1979, GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #28786. All rights reserved.



The Opening Acclamation

[BCP, p. 355]


Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

And blessed be God's kingdom, now and forever! Amen!



The Lighting of the Candles

[adapted from http://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/advent-candle-lighting-litanies and Joel Raney, Come, Lord Jesus, Come: A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent (2017)]


Pray the following litany as the Advent Wreath Candles are lit.


Today, we celebrate hope fulfilled in the birth of Christ.

Joy to the world! The Lord has come.

Today, we celebrate the promise of peace on earth.

Let earth receive her King.

Today, we celebrate the joy of knowing a savior has come.

Let every heart prepare Him room.

Today, we celebrate the love of God, through Jesus Christ.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!


Today, we light all five candles on this advent wreath. As the flames gleam we are reminded that Christ is the true light of the world, and with the Christ candle in the center, the flames of hope, peace, joy and love burn even brighter. So it is with Christ in our hearts, we can rest in the hope of eternal life, and look forward to the promised peace on earth.



Hymn #96: Angels We Have Heard on High (Verses 1 and 3)


1 Angels we have heard on high,

Sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply,

Echoing their joyous strains.


REFRAIN:

Gloria in excelsis Deo,

Gloria in excelsis Deo.


3 Come to Bethlehem, and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the newborn King. [REFRAIN]


Words: French carol; tr. James Chadwick; Public Domain. Music: Gloria, French carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes; Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #150646. All rights reserved.



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 213]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Numbers 6:22-27


The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 8

[BCP, p. 592]

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

1 O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!


2 Out of the mouths of infants and children * your majesty is praised above the heavens.


3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, * to quell the enemy and the avenger.


4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, * the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,


5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? * the son of man that you should seek him out?


6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; * you adorn him with glory and honor;


7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; * you put all things under his feet:


8 All sheep and oxen, * even the wild beasts of the field,


9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, * and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.


10 O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world!



A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #435: At the Name of Jesus (Verses 1-3)


1 At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow, every tongue confess him King of glory now; 'tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord, who from the beginning was the mighty Word.


2 Humbled for a season, to receive a Name from the lips of sinners, unto whom he came, faithfully he bore it spotless to the last, brought it back victorious, when from death he passed;


3 bore it up triumphant,

with its human light,

through all ranks of creatures,

to the central height,

to the throne of Godhead,

to the Father's breast;

filled it with the glory

of that perfect rest.


[Words: Caroline Maria Noel, alt. Music: King’s Weston, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Copyright © 1925 Oxford University Press. Printed with permission under ONE LICENSE #61082. All rights reserved.]



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

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke 2:15-21

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #435: At the Name of Jesus (Verse 4)


4 Name him, Christians, name him, with love strong as death, name with awe and wonder and with bated breath; he is God the Savior, he is Christ the Lord, ever to be worshiped, trusted, and adored.


[Words: Caroline Maria Noel, alt. Music: King’s Weston, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Copyright © 1925 Oxford University Press. Printed with permission under ONE LICENSE #61082. All rights reserved.]



The Sermon

The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon



LEV #78: Blessed Be The Name


1 Blessed be the Name!

Blessed be the Name!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

Blessed be the Name!

Blessed be the Name!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!


2 Jesus is the Name!

Jesus is the Name!

Jesus is the Name of the Lord!

Jesus is the Name!

Jesus is the Name!

Jesus is the Name of the Lord!


3 Worthy to be grand!

Worthy to be grand!

Worthy to be grand is the Lord!

Worthy to be grand!

Worthy to be grand!

Worthy to be grand is the Lord!


Words: Margaret Allison. Tune: "Wonderful Child," Copyright © 1950 Harry Bagby, renewed by Margaret Allison (BMI). All rights reserved.



The Nicene Creed

[BCP, p. 358]


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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 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. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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

[Adapted from http://www.rickmorley.com/archives/191]


Let us pray to God, who came among us in the birth of Jesus:


Gracious God, as a star rose, and drew people from great distances to Bethlehem that they might greet the Christ-child; Draw us, your Church, and all of your people to you, that we might be the Church and the People who you call us to be. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As you gave Mary your Holy Spirit, filling her with the delight of your Presence; Fill us with your Spirit, and renew our lives. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As Gentiles streamed to Jesus’ Light, and Kings to the brightness of his rising; Draw our nation, our President, and all in authority, to His brightness. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As angels sang glory to you and proclaimed peace on earth, and goodwill among all peoples; Bring us your peace and bring an end to all terror and strife. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As shepherds were drawn away from their flocks by night; Draw those who do not know you yet to the knowledge and love of you. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As Jesus was born in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn; Be especially present with those who have nowhere to lay their head, those who are vulnerable, and those who are hungry. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As the Holy Family gathered together in Bethlehem and traveled together to far off lands; Bless all families, especially the families of our parish, and protect those who travel. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


As your son came to proclaim the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of Life Eternal; Give to the departed eternal rest and let Light perpetual shine on them. Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, especially for those on our Parish Prayer List: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Linda Angela Odom, Jeanette Outing, Paulette Sibert, and Jewel Wheeler; those celebrating birthdays: James Williams (1/1), James Sanders (1/2), Margaret McAlister (1/4), Sarai Rhett (1/5), and Shirley Ann Way (1/6); those celebrating anniversaries; and those we remember now...


Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.


The Celebrant prays:

O Lord our God, may the Light and Hope of this season, and of your Son’s Incarnation, reassure our hearts that you are among us, that you hear our prayer, and that you will be with us always, even to the end of the age. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior born in Bethlehem, we pray. Amen.



The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements

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Feast of the Epiphany on Friday 1/6: Holy Eucharist and Chalk Blessing at 6:00 PM


MLK Day Parade 1/16/23: The Savannah Martin Luther King Jr Observance Day Parade is scheduled to make its triumphant return on Monday, January 16, 2023, after two years off due to the pandemic. St. Matthew’s has once again organized a walking and riding group in the parade for all the Savannah Episcopal parishes. We plan to hold a worship service and reception after the parade.


T/W/Th Evening Prayer Resumes on 1/3: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer over Zoom. The video will continue to stream to Facebook Live at 5:00 PM. Please join the Zoom call by 4:55 PM. Otherwise, watch the prayer service as you have been on Facebook Live.



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376, 80]


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Alleluia! To us a child is born:

O Come, let us adore Him! Alleluia!

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LEV #107: There's Something About That Name

[Repeat as desired]


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

There's just something about that name!

Master, Savior, Jesus!

Like the fragrance after the rain.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

Let all heaven and earth proclaim:

Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,

But there's something about that name!


Words: Gloria and William Gaither © 1970 William J. Gaither. Music: William J. Gaither © 1970 William J. Gaither. All rights reserved.



AAHH #651: Doxology

[See also Hymn # 380, v. 3]


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.


[Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84260. All rights reserved.]



The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]


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


Our Father, who 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



The Prayer for Blessing

[The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 9]


May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill us with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!




2022 CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS MEMORIAL/THANKSGIVING LIST


The Altar Guild would like to thank everyone who donated Poinsettias or Fair Linens for the Altar and who provided a monetary gift. Below is the list of those who gave and who they gave in memory of/thanksgiving for.


Dr. Janice Vaughn ................................ Mr. & Mrs. John A Singleton

Charles McMillan.................................. Family Members

Mae Idella Jones ................................... Loved Ones

Eula Lee Dandy ..................................... Son

Deacon Ella Davis ................................. Davis/Roundtree Family

Jeannette Outing .................................. Richard and Other Loved Ones

Joenelle & Charles Gordon .................. Gordon/Brown families & E. Cecil Walker

Freida McDew Shorter.......................... Obey Shorter & Dr. & Mrs. Stephen McDew

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tennerson ............ Loved Ones

General &B Lazola Cope ...................... Loved Ones

Karsten Tyson ....................................... Beverly & Robert Tyson and Thanksgiving for Harold & Andreadese Jones Mallette

Jessie Stevenson ................................... Loved Ones

Sandra Mitchell ..................................... Mitchell Family

Robinson, Newton, Wynn Families ..... Dockery, Newton, Wynn, Robinson, Sanders, Gordon, and Seabrooks Families

Margaret Anne Pearson........................ Priester, Roberts, Rawls Families

The Rev. Charles & Evalena Hoskins ... Loved Ones

Lavinea Kennedy & Vivian Roundtree . Gwendolyn G. Odom, Angela M. Griffin, and Margaret & Eddie Griffin




The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, John "Butch" Mitchell, Linda Angela Odom, Jeanette Outing, Paulette Sibert, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: James Williams (1/1), James Sanders (1/2), Margaret McAlister (1/4), Sarai Rhett (1/5), and Shirley Ann Way (1/6)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: N/A


RECENT DEATHS: N/A

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 The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH), and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


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