Monday, January 6, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ (12 January 2014)

Baptism of Christ
12 January 2013

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Opening Hymn

‘Here in This Place, New Light Is Streaming’  Common Praise #465


Blessed are you, Son of David;
you received gifts from the magi.
Blessed are you, Son of Man;
baptized by John,
you saved us from ourselves.
Blessed are you, Servant Lord;
teaching and preaching, healing and comforting,
you proclaimed God’s reign of justice and peace.
Let heaven and earth shout their praise.

With all the voices of heaven
we celebrate the coming of our Saviour.
Let heaven and earth shout their praise.

With all the creatures on earth
we sing and dance at Christ’s coming.
Praise and honour and glory to you, O Beloved of God.

Hymn of Praise

Gloria in Excelsis by Rupert Lang

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of glory,
immerse us in your grace,
mark us with your image,
and raise us to live our baptismal promises,
so that, empowered by the Holy Spirit,
we may follow the example of Christ your beloved
in whose name we pray.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from the Prophet 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.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 29 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
         ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due the name of God; *
         worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Refrain:  Worship the Creator 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 splendour.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
         the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon,
6 making Lebanon skip like a calf, *
         and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord *
splits the flames of fire;
8 the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
         the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
         and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord *
         all are crying, “Glory!”

Refrain:  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
         the Lord sits enthroned as sovereign for evermore.
11 The Lord shall give strength to this people; *
         the Lord shall give this people the blessing of peace.

Refrain:  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (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.”

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

Gradual Hymn

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

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (3.13-17).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

         Then 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 [John] 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 Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

The Baptismal Covenant

The Presider and the Deacon share in asking the questions of the Covenant.

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
I will, with God’s help.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘O Worship the King’  Common Praise #380 vv. 1, 4, 5, 6

The Prayer over the Gifts

The Deacon leads the Community in the Prayer over the Gifts.

Good and loving God,
we rejoice in the birth of Jesus,
who came among the poor
to bring the riches of your grace.
As you have blessed us with your gifts,
let them be a blessing for others.
With the trees of the field,
with all earth and heaven,
we shout for joy at the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ii]

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;
by water and the Holy Spirit
you have made us a holy people
in Jesus Christ our Lord;
you renew that mystery in bread and wine and nourish us,
to show forth your glory in all the world.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the holy people
who have served you in every age,
we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name. [iii]

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. [iv]

Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you for the prophets’ hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary and Joseph’s openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son, Jesus, the Word made flesh.

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.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember
your Word dwelling among us, full of grace and truth.
We remember our new birth in his death and resurrection.
We look with hope for his coming.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, we long for your Spirit.
Come among us.  Bless this meal.
May your Word take flesh in us.
Awaken your people.  Fill us with your light.
Bring the gift of peace on earth.
Come, Holy Spirit.

All praise and glory are yours, Holy One of Israel,
Word of God incarnate, Power of the Most High,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [v]

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. [vi]

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

Communion Hymn

‘One Bread, One Body’  Common Praise #73

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Radiant God,
with our eyes we have seen your salvation,
and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.
May your Word take flesh in us,
so that we may be your holy people,
revealing your glory made known to us
in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vii]

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.

Closing Hymn

‘Sing of God Made Manifest’  Common Praise #162


The Deacon sends the Community forth, saying

Go forth in the strength of our baptism
to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Concluding Music

[i]Trial Use Propers’ (Liturgy Task Force 2013).

[ii] ‘Trial Use Propers’ (Liturgy Task Force 2013).

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

[iv] Lang Carol Mass.

[v] ‘Thanksgiving at the Table III’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 110 alt.

[vi] Common Praise #744.

[vii] ‘Trial Use Propers’ (Liturgy Task Force 2013).

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