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Sunday Worship on January 29, 2023


The Holy Eucharist

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)

January 29, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Celebrant: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Deacon and Preacher: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis


Watch the Livestream at www.Facebook.com/StMattSav/Live/



The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn #438: Tell Out, My Soul, The Greatness of The Lord


1 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;

tender to me the promise of his word;

in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.


2 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!

Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;

his mercy sure, from age to age to same;

his holy Name--the Lord, the Mighty One.


3 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!

Powers and dominions lay their glory by.

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.


4 Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!

Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

to children's children and for evermore!


[Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith; based on The Song of Mary. Copyright © 1962 by Hope Publishing Company. Music: Woodlands, Walter Greatorex. Music by permission of Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #01409. 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!



A 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.



Hymn S-280: Glory to God

[See also BCP, p. 356]


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his 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,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Robert Powell © 1985, Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #28331. All rights reserved.]



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 164]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Micah 6:1-8


Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth;

for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.


“O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!

For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery;

and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”


“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? you have broken as on the day of Midian.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 15

[BCP, p. 599]

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

1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? * who may abide upon your holy hill?


2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, * who speaks the truth from his heart.


3 There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; * he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.


4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, * but he honors those who fear the Lord.


5 He has sworn to do no wrong * and does not take back his word.


6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, * nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.


7 Whoever does these things * shall never be overthrown.


A Reading from the First letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 1:18-31

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,


“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”


Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.


Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #401: The God of Abraham Praise (Verse 1-4)


1 The God of Abraham praise,

who reigns enthroned above;

Ancient of everlasting days,

and God of love;

the Lord, the great I AM,

by earth and heaven confessed:

we bow and bless the sacred Name

for ever blest.


2 He by himself hath sworn:

we on his oath depend;

we shall, on eagles-wings upborne,

to heaven ascend:

we shall behold his face,

we shall his power adore,

and sing the wonders of his grace

for evermore.


3 There dwells the Lord, our King,

the Lord, our Righteousness,

triumphant o'er the world and sin,

the Prince of Peace;

on Zion's sacred height

his kingdom he maintains,

and, glorious with his saints in light,

for ever reigns.


4 The God who reigns on high

the great archangels sing,

and “Holy, holy, holy,” cry,

“Almighty King!

Who was, and is, the same,

and evermore shall be:

eternal Father, great I AM,

we worship thee.”


[Words: Thomas Olivers, alt. Music: Leoni, Hebrew melody; harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern, alt. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84523. 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 Matthew 5:1-12

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #401: The God of Abraham Praise (Verse 5)


5 The whole triumphant host

give thanks to God on high;

“Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”

they ever cry;

hail, Abraham’s Lord divine!

With heaven our songs we raise;

all might and majesty are thine,

and endless praise.


[Words: Thomas Olivers, alt. Music: Leoni, Hebrew melody; harm. Hymns Ancient and Modern, alt. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84523. All rights reserved.]


The Sermon

by The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon



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


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 Anne Hudson (1/30), Cynthia Stephens (1/31), Fr. Guillermo Arboleda (2/2), Emmanuel Kelley (2/2), Fr. DeWayne Cope, Jr. (2/3), Donald Jones (2/3), and Paulette Sibert (2/3) and any other thanksgivings we offer now... 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: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien, Jr., Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Betty Milledge, Jeannette Outing, 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. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.


The Celebrant concludes with a 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.



Confession of Sin

[BCP, p. 360]


The Deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


Deacon and People

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Bishop, when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.



The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements


Annual Parish Meeting Today: Join us after Sunday morning worship to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, beginning at 11:00 AM.


In this meeting, we will:

  • Enjoy refreshments together, courtesy of the ECW

  • Hear from the new Holy Currencies Strategic Planning Team about their work and learn about the Holy Currencies process

  • Present reports from 2022 and share the operating budget for 2023

  • Hold elections for new Vestry members (serving until January 2026) and Lay Delegates to the 2023 Diocesan Convention.

  • Give space for people to ask questions


Evadne Roberts and Terry Newton will stand for election to the Vestry. If you are interested in being nominated on the floor to serve on Vestry, please review the roles and responsibilities in this Invitation to Serve on the Vestry.


You may read and download the complete 2023 Annual Meeting Report by clicking here.


There will be an option to join the Annual Meeting via Zoom for members who cannot attend in person. You can join the meeting using the same link used for Evening Prayer, found in the e-Newsletter.


Confirmation & Episcopal Refresher Class Begins 2/5: This spring, Fr. Arboleda will teach an eight-session course to prepare people for Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. This course is also open to anyone in the church who wants a "refresher" on fundamental Episcopal beliefs and practices. Confirmations and Renewals of Baptismal Vows will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023, the Day of Pentecost, when Bishop Frank Logue will conduct his annual visitation to St. Matthew's. Each session of the class will take place after SUNDAY worship and will last about one hour.

Confirmation & Episcopal Refresher Class Schedule

  • February 5: Baptism and Eucharist

  • February 19: Church Calendar & History

  • March 5: Christian Beliefs and Creeds

  • March 19: The Bible and You

  • April 2: Other Sacraments (Marriage, Confession, Anointing, & Burial)

  • April 23: Using The Book of Common Prayer

  • May 7: Faith Outside the Church

  • May 21: Faith Inside The Episcopal Church

This is a space for learning and growth. In these classes, we will listen carefully to one another and honor each other as siblings, even if we disagree. We will not shame anyone for asking questions, not knowing something, or sharing their honest beliefs.


Episcopal Church Demographics Survey: Every year, The Episcopal Church collects information from every parish in Parochial Reports. In 2021, the Episcopal Church decided to collect data differently to better serve God’s people from various age groups and racial/ethnic groups.


We are interested in hearing from both "Members" (those who have been baptized in St. Matthew's or transferred their membership to St. Matthew's) and "Active Participants" (those who attend worship or other ministries but are not baptized or have not transferred their membership to St. Matthew's). The questions and categories are taken directly from those required in our reporting. We need one completed survey per individual (including children), so please help those in your family or friend network if they need help with technology.


This simple, anonymous survey should take 30 seconds or less per individual to complete: https://forms.gle/772ZvRPhP6zWWgkk9


NOTE: The final question is there to prevent hackers or bots from tampering with our data collection.


A Pastoral Word by Presiding Bishop Curry on the death of Tyre Nichols: Thank you Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry for these words of comfort and hope in the face of this evil act and corrupted systems. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/publicaffairs/a-pastoral-word-from-presiding-bishop-michael-curry-on-the-death-of-tyre-nichols/?mc_cid=eb3f1ce26a&mc_eid=a2bc0e003c


Epiphany Chalk House Blessings: Following an ancient tradition, we are providing a way to bless all of the homes in our parish in the new year and the Epiphany Season. Blessed chalk with instructions on “Chalking the Doors” is available at church for the next several weeks.


T/W/Th Evening Prayer: 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.


Wednesday Bible Study: Deacon Davis and Fr. Arboleda currently host a weekly Zoom Bible Study at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays after Evening Prayer. The group uses the same Zoom link as Evening Prayer.



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]


Giving to St. Matthew's: We know that many people are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The church is feeling it too. We still need your support to pay our staff, pay our bills, and provide for these online live streams. There are several ways to give, but the simplest are these:

  1. Mail us a check or money order at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415; OR

  2. Make a secure online gift to St. Matthew’s and/or automate future gifts at: https://onrealm.org/StMattSav/-/give/now; OR

  3. Text “stmattsav” to 73256 to make a secure online donation through your phone.

NOTE: Donations made online (#2 or #3) through Realm incur a processing fee of about 2.5%. Please consider adding an additional 2.5% to your online gift to cover these costs.


"Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God." [Ephesians 5:2]




LEV #193: I Will Trust In The Lord


1 I will trust in the Lord,

I will trust in the Lord,

I will trust in the Lord ’til I die;

I will trust in the Lord,

I will trust in the Lord,

I will trust in the Lord ’til I die.


2 Sister will you trust in the Lord,

Sister will you trust in the Lord,

Sister will you trust in the Lord ’til you die;

Sister will you trust in the Lord,

Sister will you trust in the Lord,

Sister will you trust in the Lord ’til you die.


3 Brother will you trust in the Lord,

Brother will you trust in the Lord,

Brother will you trust in the Lord ’til you die;

Brother will you trust in the Lord,

Brother will you trust in the Lord,

Brother will you trust in the Lord ’til you die.


4 I’m gonna treat my neighbor right,

I’m gonna treat my neighbor right,

I’m gonna treat my neighbor right ’til I die;

I’m gonna treat my neighbor right,

I’m gonna treat my neighbor right,

I’m gonna treat my neighbor right 'til I die.


5 I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand,

I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand,

I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand ’til I die;

I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand,

I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand,

I’m gonna hold my savior’s hand ’til I die.


[Words: Traditional. Music: Negro Spiritual; arr. Carl Haywood, from The Haywood Collection of Negro Spirituals, Copyright © 1992 Church Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #87497. 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.]



Eucharistic Prayer D

[BCP, p. 372]



It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,


Hymn S-125:


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

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


[Word: Public Domain. Music: From A Community Mass, Richard Proulx © 1971, 1977 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00216. All rights reserved.]


The people stand or kneel.


We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.


Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.


And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.


When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he 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 shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."


Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ's death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.


Hymn S139:

We praise you, we bless you,

We give thanks to you,

And we pray to you, Lord our God


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Plainsong, Te Deum Tone; adapt. Mason Martens, Copyright © 1983 Mason Martens. All rights reserved.]


Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.


Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.


Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.


And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with Blessed Matthew and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.



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 Fraction Anthems

[BCP, p. 364, 407]


Hymn S-152:

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Ambrosian chant; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #52588. All rights reserved.]


LEV #269:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

grant us peace.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Lena McLin, Eucharist of the Soul © 1972 General Words and Music Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #57436. All rights reserved.]


Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The Gifts of God for the people of God.



LEV #148: I'm-a-goin' To Eat At The Welcome Table


1 I’m a-going to eat at the welcome table, I’m a-going to eat at the welcome table, some of these days. I’m a-going to eat at the welcome table, I’m a-going to eat at the welcome table, some of these days.

2 I’m a-going to feast on milk and honey, I’m a-going to feast on milk and honey, some of these days. I’m a-going to feast on milk and honey, I’m a-going to feast on milk and honey, some of these days.

3 I’m a-going to fly all around in heaven,

I’m a-going to fly all around in heaven, some of these days.

I’m a-going to fly all around in heaven,

I’m a-going to fly all around in heaven, some of these days.


4 I’m a-goin'-a wade cross Jordan’s river, I’m a-goin'-a wade 'cross Jordan’s river, some of these days. I’m a-goin'-a wade 'cross Jordan’s river, I’m a-goin'-a wade 'cross Jordan’s river, some of these days.


[Words: Traditional. Music: Negro Spiritual; arr. Carl Diton, from 36 South Carolina Spirituals. Arr. Copyright © 1930 G. Schirmer, Inc. Reprinted with permission. All Rights Reserved.]



The Post-Communion Prayer

[Enriching our Worship 2 [2000], pp. 56-57]


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. 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

[Adapted from Enriching Our Worship 1, p. 71]


Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



Hymn #535: Ye Servants of God


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; harm. Sydney Hugo Nicholson. Reprinted with permission. All Rights Reserved.]



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!

Thanks be to God!



The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien, Jr., Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Beverly Kemp, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Betty Milledge, Jeannette Outing, Nicki Ramsey, and Jewel Wheeler.


BIRTHDAYS: Anne Hudson (1/30), Cynthia Stephens (1/31), Fr. Guillermo Arboleda (2/2), Emmanuel Kelley (2/2), Fr. DeWayne Cope, Jr. (2/3), Donald Jones (2/3), and Paulette Sibert (2/3).


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), 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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