Monday, January 21, 2013

A Liturgical Ordo for the Third Sunday after Epiphany

The third Sunday after Epiphany
27 January 2013

The Gathering of the Community


Opening Hymn

‘When Morning Gilds the Skies’  Common Praise #2 vv. 1, 2, 3, 4


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

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

Canticle of Praise

Gloria in Excelsis [i]

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

In you, O Lord our God,
we find our joy,
for through your law and your prophets
you formed a people in mercy and freedom,
in justice and righteousness.
Pour your Spirit on us today,
that we who are Christ’s body
may bear the good news of your ancient promises
to all who seek you.  Amen.  [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8.1-3, 5-6, 8-10)

            1 All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate.  They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel.  2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding.  This was on the first day of the seventh month.  3 He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.  6 Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

8 So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

            9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.”  For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.  10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

After the reading

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Appointed Psalm

Psalm 19.7-14 with the Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *
            the testimony of the Lord is sure
            and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *
            the commandment of the Lord is clear
            and gives light to the eyes. 


9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *
            the judgements of the Lord are true
            and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, *
            more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, *
            than honey in the comb.


11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
            and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often they offend? *
            Cleanse me from my secret faults.


13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; *
            let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound, *
            and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable in your sight; *
            O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.


The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12.12-31a).

            12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

            14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.  15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?  18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  19 If all were a single member, where would the body be?  20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body.  21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this.  But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.  26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

            27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.  29 Are all apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?  Do all work miracles?  30 Do all possess gifts of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?  31 But strive for the greater gifts.  And I will show you a still more excellent way.

After the reading

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Gradual Hymn

‘The Spirit of the Lord’  Songs for a Gospel People #115 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (Luke 4.14-21)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.  15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

            16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
            to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
            and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
                  19 to proclaim the year of the Lords favour.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.  The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.  21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

After the Gospel

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in God made known to us in Christ through the Spirit.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.
God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world
to be holy and blameless before God in love.

God destined us for adoption as the children of God through Jesus Christ.
With all wisdom and insight
God has made known to us the mystery of the divine will,
a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in Christ,
things in heaven and things on earth.

In Christ we have obtained an inheritance
so that we might live for the praise of the glory of God.
We have been marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,
the pledge of our inheritance as God’s own people. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

Confession and Absolution

Compassionate and forgiving God,
we come to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;
compassionate and forgiving God,
save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish,
without thinking of you;
compassionate and forgiving God,
save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do
and think and say;
compassionate and forgiving God,
save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us;
compassionate and forgiving God,
save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed
to belong to your Son;
compassionate and forgiving God,
save us and help us. [iv]

May our compassionate God, the life-giving Trinity, forgive you your sins
and bring you to the fellowship of this table
with all the saints for ever.  Amen. [v]

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Let All Creation Bless the Lord’  Common Praise #419

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Loving God,
before the world began you called us.
Make holy all we offer you this day,
and strengthen us in that calling.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

The Thanksgiving at the Table

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
you are the source of light and life for all your creation,
you made us in your own image,
and call us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices to proclaim the glory of your name. [vi]

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. [vii]

Holy, mighty and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

In great love you sent us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:  Take and eat; this is my body given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks and gave it for all to drink, saying:  This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection and ascension, we await his coming in glory.

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honour, now and for ever.  Amen. [viii]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [ix]

The Breaking of the Bread

We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world
God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

Communion Hymn

‘Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song’  Common Praise #635

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Gracious God,
our hands have taken holy things;
our lives have been nourished by the body of your Son.
May we who have eaten at this holy table
be strengthened for service in your world.
WE ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

‘I Am the Light of the World’  Songs for a Gospel People #24


At the discretion of the Deacon or Assisting Minister.


            Liturgical Note:  Unless otherwise indicated, all liturgical texts are taken from The Book of Alternative Services (1985) and may be emended for more inclusive language.  Texts from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) are used under the terms of the Waterloo Declaration of Full Communion between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.  Biblical texts are from the New Revised Standard Version.

[i] Rupert Lang, Carol Mass.

[ii] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 59.

[iii] Ephesians 1.3-14 (New Revised Standard Version) arranged for liturgical use by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[iv] Common Worship (2000), 128 alt.

[v] Common Worship (2000), 136 alt.

[vi] ‘Preface of the Lord’s Day 1’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 218.

[vii] ‘Sanctus’ from Rupert Lang, Carol Mass.

[viii] Thanksgiving at the Table V in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65-66.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services, 918.

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