Monday, February 24, 2014

The Last Sunday after Epiphany: An Order for the Eucharist

On Saturday the 1st of March, the Diocese of New Westminster celebrates the ordination of our Ninth Bishop, the Rev'd Canon Melissa Skelton.  The Consecration Planning Committee has prepared liturgical materials for use in the Parishes of the Diocese on Sunday the 2nd.  These materials allow all the Parishes to participate in the celebration of this important occasion.  For the whole file containing these materials, you can visit the website of the Diocese of New Westminster.

The Last Sunday after Epiphany
2 March 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Opening Hymn

‘’Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here’  Common Praise #167


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.

Joined with Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water is poured into the font.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.
Through the waters of the flood
you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel
from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John
and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us
as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.
we praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you
for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives
with your forgiveness, grace and love.

To you be given honour and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. 
Amen. [i]

The Presider, assisted by other Ministers if appropriate, may sprinkle the Community with the baptismal water.

Hymn of Praise

‘Glory, in the Highest Glory’  Common Praise #366

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

O God, in the transfiguration of your Son
you confirmed the mysteries of the faith
by the witness of Moses and Elijah,
and in the voice from the bright cloud
declaring Jesus your beloved Son,
you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. 
Make us heirs with Christ of your glory,
and bring us to enjoy its fullness,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Exodus (24.12-18).

         The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”  So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.  To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”

         Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.  Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.  Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain.  Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 119.33-40 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Happy are those who trust the Holy One.

1  Why are the nations in an uproar? *
         Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2  Why do the rulers of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together, *
         against the Lord and the Lord’s anointed?
3  “Let us break their yoke,” they say; *
         “let us cast off their bonds from us.”
4  The One enthroned in heaven is laughing; *
         the Lord has them in derision.

Refrain:  Happy are those who trust the Holy One.

5  Then God speaks to them in wrath, *
         and the divine rage fills them with terror.
6  “I myself have set my anointed *
         upon my holy hill of Zion.”
7  Let me announce the decree of the Lord, *
         who said to me, “You are my heir;
         this day have I begotten you.
8  Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *
         and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9  You shall crush them with an iron rod *
         and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”

Refrain:  Happy are those who trust the Holy One.

10  And now, you monarchs, be wise; *
         be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11  Submit to the Lord with fear, *
         and bow with trembling before the presence of the Lord;
12  lest God be angry and you perish; *
         for the divine wrath is quickly kindled.
Happy are they all *
         who take refuge in God!

Refrain:  Happy are those who trust the Holy One.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Second Letter of Peter (1.16-21).

         For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

         So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.  You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

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

Gradual Hymn

‘Adoremus te, Jesu Christe’  Common Praise #338 (sung twice in English)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (17.1-9).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

         Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.  Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

         As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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

The Sermon

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

The Presider and the Deacon or other Assisting Minister lead the Community in the Renewal of the Baptismal 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, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Person appointed begins the Litany for Ordination.

God the Father,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

We pray to you, Lord Christ.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all members of your Church in their vocation and ministry, that they may serve you in a true and godly life, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For John, our archbishop, and for all bishops, priests, and deacons, that they may be filled with your love, may hunger for truth, and may thirst after righteousness, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For Melissa , chosen bishop in your Church, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That she may faithfully fulfil the duties of this ministry, build up your Church, and glorify your name, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

That by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit she may be sustained and encouraged to persevere to the end, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who do not yet believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the gospel, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For ourselves: for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who have died in the communion of the Church, and those whose faith is known to you alone, that, with all the saints, they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of [the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, blessed (N) and] all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life to Christ our God.
To you, O Lord.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Jesus, on the Mountain Peak’  Common Praise #169

The Prayer over the Gifts

God of faithfulness,
in every age you call men and women
to make known your love.
May we who celebrate this eucharist today
be so strengthened in the ministries to which we are called,
that we may always witness to your holy name.
This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen. [iii]

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,
because in the mystery of the Word made flesh
you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts,
to give knowledge of salvation
in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now with angels and archangels
and the whole company of heaven,
we lift our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name. [iv]

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.  [v]

Blessed are you, O God of the universe.  Your mercy is everlasting
and your faithfulness endures from age to age.

Praise to you for creating the heavens and the earth. 
Praise to you for saving the earth from the waters of the flood. 
Praise to you for bringing the Israelites safely through the sea. 
Praise to you for leading your people
through the wilderness to the land of milk and honey. 
Praise to you for the words and deeds of Jesus, your anointed one. 
Praise to you for the death and resurrection of Christ. 
Praise to you for your Spirit poured out on all nations.

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.

With this bread and cup we remember our Lord’s passover
from death to life as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

O God of resurrection and new life: 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
Bless this feast.  Grace our table with your presence.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Reveal yourself to us in the breaking of the bread. 
Raise us up as the body of Christ for the world. 
Breathe new life into us. 
Send us forth, burning with justice, peace and love.
Come, Holy Spirit.

With the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, blessed Joseph,
blessed Faith of Aquitaine and your holy ones of all times and places,
with the earth and all its creatures, with sun and moon and stars,
we praise you, O God, blessed and holy Trinity,
now and forever.  Amen. [vi]

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. [vii]

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. [viii]

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

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding’  Common Praise #166

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Almighty Father,
we thank you for feeding us with the holy food
of the body and blood of your Son,
and for uniting us through him
in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit.
We thank you for raising up among us
faithful servants for the ministry
of your word and sacraments.
We pray that Melissa may be to us
a godly example in word and action,
in love and patience,
and in holiness of life.
Grant that we, with her, may serve you now,
and always rejoice in your glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [ix]

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

‘Alleluia!  Give Glory to God’  Common Praise #457
(vv. 1, 2; Refrain; vv. 3, 4; Refrain; vv. 5, 6; Refrain)


The Deacon or Assisting Minister sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

Concluding Music

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 97.

[ii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 25.

[iii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 396.

[iv] ‘Preface of the Incarnation’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220.

[v] Common Praise #732.

[vi] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 111.

[vii] Common Praise #744.

[viii] ‘Fraction Sentence 6’ in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 640-641.