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Sunday Worship on January 14, 2024


The Holy Eucharist

2nd Sunday after The Epiphany (Year B)

January 14, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Presider: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon

Preacher: Mr. Karsten Tyson, Licensed Lay Preacher


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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 #7: Christ, whose glory fills the Skies


1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only Light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise!

Triumph over shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear!


2 Dark and cheerless is the morn

unaccompanied by thee;

joyless is the day’s return

till thy mercy’s beams I see,

as they inward light impart,

glad my eyes, and warm my heart.


3 Visit then this soul of mine!

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief!

Fill me, radiancy divine;

scatter all my unbelief;

more and more thyself display,

shining to the perfect day.


[Words: Charles Wesley. Music: Ratisbon, melody from Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, adapt. att. William Henry Havergal; harm. William Henry Havergal, alt. Reprinted with permission from ONE LICENSE #97757.]



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:


Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Samuel (3:1-20)


Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.


At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.


Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”


Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”


As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]


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

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17

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


1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.


2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

and are acquainted with all my ways.


3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.


4 You press upon me behind and before *

and lay your hand upon me.


5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.


12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

you knit me together in my mother's womb.


13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *

your works are wonderful, and I know it well.


14 My body was not hidden from you, *

while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.


15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;

all of them were written in your book; *

they were fashioned day by day,

when as yet there was none of them.


16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *

how great is the sum of them!


17 If I were to count them,

they would be more in number than the sand; *

to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.



A Reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the 1 Corinthians (6:12-20)

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.


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

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #440: Blessed Jesus, at thy Word (verses 1-2)


1 Blessed Jesus, at thy word

we are gathered all to hear thee;

let our hearts and souls be stirred

now to seek and love and fear thee;

by thy teachings pure and holy,

drawn from earth to love thee solely.


2 All our knowledge, sense, and sight

lie in deepest darkness shrouded,

till thy Spirit breaks our night

with the beams of truth unclouded;

thou alone to God canst win us;

thou must work all good within us.


[Words: Tobias Clausnitzer; tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. Music: Liebster Jesu, melody Johann Rudoph Ahle; alt. Das grosse Cantional oder Kirchen-Gesangbuch, 1687; harm. George Herbert Palmer. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87202.]



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

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ According to St. John (1:43-51)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #440: Blessed Jesus, at thy Word (verse 3)


3 Gracious Lord, thyself impart!

Light of Light, from God proceeding,

open thou our ears and heart,

help us by thy Spirit’s pleading.

Hear the cry thy Church upraises;

hear, and bless our prayers and praises.


[Words: Tobias Clausnitzer; tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. Music: Liebster Jesu, melody Johann Rudoph Ahle; alt. Das grosse Cantional oder Kirchen-Gesangbuch, 1687; harm. George Herbert Palmer. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87202.]



The Sermon

by Mr. Karsten Tyson, Licensed Lay Preacher



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 Virginia Farley (1/16), Kathleen Carrington (1/20); and for those who celebrate anniversaries especially Daniel & Marva Harris (1/20). 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: Anthony Blue Sr., Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Beryl Dandy, Ella Roundtree-Davis, Enrique Davis, Eulalee Dandy, Aaron Sr., 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


Epiphany Chalk for House Blessings: This Sunday, Fr. Arboleda will bless chalk to use for blessing the Church and your homes in Epiphany Season. Traditionally, the chalking is done above all doors and takes this form: 20+C+M+B+24 - The letters are the abbreviation for the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" - "Christ bless this house" (A second meaning and mnemonic device is Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar traditional names for the Magi). The + signs represent the cross, and 20-24 is the year.


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. Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Del Barksdale, Pastor of Savannah Church of God.


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 FrGAA@StMattSav.org. All nominations are due by January 21.


JUST "Claiming the Prophetic Call" Workshop on Jan. 20: JUST (Justice Unites Savannah Together) is sponsoring this educational workshop on Saturday, January 20 from 9:00 - 11:30 AM at St. Paul CME Church (1601 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401). The purpose of the workshop is to build relationships between diverse faith communities, reclaim the biblical mandate to "do justice", and review a proven model for that mandate. Our guest speaker is Bishop La Fayette Scales, Pastor of Rhema Christian Center in Columbus, OH, and founding member of Columbus' interfaith justice ministry.


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. This will also be St. Matthew's T-Shirt/Polo Shirt Day so wear your new gear with pride! (See below)


Newcomer & Episcopal Refresher Class begins Jan. 21: Fr. Arboleda will lead a class for newcomers and those who want a "refresher" on Episcopal Church basics. These will meet every other Sunday for four total meetings: January 21, February 4, February 18, and March 3. If you are interested in becoming a member and/or getting baptized, confirmed, or received soon, this class is required. See Fr. Arboleda with any scheduling concerns.


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]


Giving to St. Matthew's:

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



LEV 198: Love Lifted Me


1 I was sinking deep in sin,

Far from the peaceful shore,

Very deeply stained within,

Sinking to rise no more;

But the master of the sea

Heard my despairing cry,

From the waters lifted me

Now safe am I.


Refrain:

Love lifted even me,

Love lifted even me,

When nothing else could help,

Love lifted me.


2 All my heart to Him I give,

Ever to Him I’ll cling,

In His blessed presence live,

Ever His praises sing.

Love so mighty and so true

Merits my soul’s best songs;

Faithful, loving service, too,

To Him belongs. [Refrain]


3 Souls in danger, look above,

Jesus completely saves;

He will lift you by His love

Out of the angry waves.

He’s the master of the sea,

Billows His will obey;

He your savior wants to be,

Be saved today. [Refrain]


[Words: James Rowe. Music: Howard E. Smith. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #993428.]



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

Amen.


[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.



Hymn #324: Let all mortal flesh keep silence


1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

and with fear and trembling stand;

ponder nothing earthly minded,

for with blessing in his hand

Christ our God to earth descendeth,

our full homage to demand.


2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,

as of old on earth he stood,

Lord of lords, in human vesture,

in the Body and the Blood

he will give to all the faithful

his own self for heavenly food.


3 Rank on rank the host of heaven

spreads its vanguard on the way,

as the Light of Light descendeth

from the realms of endless day,

that the powers of hell may vanish

as the darkness clears away.


4 At his feet the six-winged seraph;

cherubim, with sleepless eye

veil their faces to the Presence,

as with ceaseless voice they cry,

"Alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia, Lord Most High!"


[Words: Liturgy of St. James; para. Gerard Moultrie. Music: Picardy, French carol, 17th cent.; melody from Chansons populaires des Provinces de France, 1860. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84124.]



Hymn #538: God of Mercy, God of Grace


1 God of mercy, God of grace,

show the brightness of thy face.

Shine upon us, Savior, shine,

fill thy Church with light divine,

and thy saving health extend

unto earth's remotest end.


2 Let thy people praise thee, Lord;

be by all that live adored.

Let the nations shout and sing

glory to their Savior King;

let all be, below, above,

one in joy, and light, and love.


[Words: Henry Francis Lyte, alt. Music: Lucerna Laudoniae, David Evans. By Permission of Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #24929]



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 Epiphany Chalk

[The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 167]


The Presider blesses the chalk with this prayer, which the People may use to mark the doorways of their homes:


Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name that we who use it in faith to write upon the door of our home the names of your holy ones Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit our home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Traditionally, the chalking is done above all doors and takes this form: 20+C+M+B+24 - The letters are the abbreviation for the Latin phrase "Christus mansionem benedicat" - "Christ bless this house" (A second meaning and mnemonic device is Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar traditional names for the Magi). The + signs represent the cross, and 20-24 is the year. [See image below for an example.]




The Blessing of the People

[BOS22, p. 11]



Hymn #535: Ye servants of God, Your Master proclaim


1 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,

and publish abroad his wonderful Name;

the Name all-victorious of Jesus extol:

his kingdom is glorious; he rules over all.


2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save;

and still he is nigh: his presence we have.

The great congregation his triumph shall sing,

ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.


3 Salvation to God who sits on the throne!

Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.

The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,

fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.


4 Then let us adore,and give him his right:

All glory and power, all wisdom and might,

and honor and blessing, with angels above,

and thanks never-ceasing and infinite love.


[Words: Charles Wesley, alt. Music: Paderborn, melody from Catolisch-paderbornisches Gesang-buch, 1765; harm. Sydney Hugo Nicholson. Reprinted with Permission under ONE LICENSE #1037474.]



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Thanks be to God!





The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Anthony Blue Sr., Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Beryl Dandy, Ella Roundtree-Davis, Enrique Davis, Eulalee Dandy, Aaron Sr., 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: Virginia Farley (1/16), Kathleen Carrington (1/20)

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Daniel & Marva Harris (1/20)


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 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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