First Sunday after Epiphany, Holy Eucharist, Rite I, January 8, 2023 8:00am

The Opening Acclamation
Prayer Book 323

The people standing, the Celebrant may say
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People:     And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Collect for Purity
Prayer Book 323

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires
known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the
thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy
holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gloria
Prayer Book 324

Glory be to God on high,
    and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,
    we worship thee,
    we glorify thee,
    we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
    that takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
    have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy;
thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ,
    with the Holy Ghost,
    art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

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.

The First Reading

Isaiah 42:1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.

 

The Psalm
Psalm 29

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.

The Epistle

Acts 10:34-43

Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

 

The Holy Gospel

Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

 

The Sermon
The Rev.  Patrick Sanders

The Nicene Creed  
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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.

Prayers of the People
 January 8, 2023

Presider:  Let us pray to our God who gives breath to all people upon earth and spirit to those who walk upon it, that through baptism we may be empowered as God’s beloved children to share in the healing and reconciling work of Christ, saying:  God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

Litanist:  Uphold your chosen servant the Church, O Blessed One, and put your spirit upon her, that she may not grow faint or be crushed until all have known the power of Christ’s resurrection.  

God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

Let your gentle spirit be upon this nation and upon all in authority throughout the world, that we may share in your work to bring forth justice upon the earth. 

God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

Look upon all humanity with your divine compassion, and bring your light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind and to bring from the prison those who sit in darkness.

God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

Visit this community with your indwelling Spirit to declare new things that speak of justice and peace, that we may go about doing good and healing all who are broken or oppressed.  

God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

May the heavens open and your Spirit descend upon this congregation, bringing your love and grace to all for whom we pray, especially for those we now mention aloud or in the silence of our hearts (pause); all those serving our country at home and abroad; and those on our prayer list.

Hear our grateful thanks and praise for your manifestation of presence and love in our lives and in the lives of others, especially for those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries Ida, Derrick, Joy, Dona, Billy, Jack, Rowland, Amelia and Lottie. 

Welcome with your divine pleasure all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal domains; we remember especially those we now remember aloud or in the silence of our hearts (pause). 

God shall give strength to the people; God shall give us the blessing of peace.

 

Presider:  Gracious and loving God, you have anointed your people with the waters of Baptism and have made us your beloved children:  Let your Spirit spread mightily through us, that we may share in the work of your Son, bringing reconciliation and light to all the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

The Confession   
Prayer Book 330

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept.

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

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

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace
Prayer Book 332

All stand. The Celebrant says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And with thy spirit.

Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

Announcements 

2023 Sign-up sheets for Altar Flowers and the Sanctuary Candle are now posted on the bulletin board outside of the kitchen.
Sponsorship of flowers is $60; candle $10.

ECW Meeting: All ladies of the parish are invited to our monthly ECW meeting Tuesday, January 11, 2023 at noon. Bring a sack lunch and join us.

Wednesdays: Bible Study @ 10:30am, Litany of Healing @ 12:05, Via Media Stream @ 12:45, Casting Nets after school program @ 2:30pm, Evening Compline @ 5:30pm 

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At the Offertory

“All Things come of thee, O Lord.”
“And of thine own have we given thee.  Amen.”

The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer I
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The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says

 The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with thy spirit.
CelebrantLift up your hearts.
PeopleWe lift them up unto the Lord.
CelebrantLet us give thanks unto our Lord God.
PeopleIt is meet and right so to do.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

Sanctus with Proper Preface Prayer Book 334

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the
company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious
Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:
Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.
Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Consecration

All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.


For in the night in which he was betrayed, he took bread;
and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Likewise, after supper, he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of this; for this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as
ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.”


Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, according to the
institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.

And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers
of his most blessed Body and Blood.

And we earnestly desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that, by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood,
we, and all thy whole Church, may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion.

And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.

And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept
this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer
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And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold
to say,

People and Celebrant

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 Breaking of the Bread
Prayer Book 337

[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]

The Communion of the People

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Prayer Book 339

Let us pray.

The People may join in saying this prayer

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end.
Amen.

The Blessing

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, gives the blessing

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

or this

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

The Dismissal

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words

 Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
Alleluia. Alleluia. 
PeopleThanks be to God.
Alleluia. Alleluia. 

Serving Today

Chuck Rollins, Reader
Jane Glenn, Chalice
The Rev. Scott Williams, Deacon
The Rev. Patrick Sanders, Rector

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