Tuesday, January 19, 2016

An Ordo for the Third Sunday after Epiphany (RCL Proper 3C, 24 January 2016)

Saint Faith's continues with the Epiphanytide elements in our eucharistic ordo (Introductory Responses, Gloria, Affirmation of Faith, Prayer over the Gifts, Thanksgiving at the Table and Prayer after Communion) until the Last Sunday after Epiphany (7 February 2016).  We also continue our use of the Trial Collects prepared by the Liturgy Task Force of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The Third Sunday after Epiphany
24 January 2016

The Gathering of the Community


Processional Hymn

‘I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath’  Common Praise #346

Introductory Responses for Epiphany

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel.
May all the earth be filled with the glory of God.
Light has sprung up for the righteous,
and joyful gladness for those who are true-hearted. [i]

Hymn of Praise

Gloria in Excelsis [ii]


Let us pray.

God of freedom,
make us impatient to greet the time fulfilled,
the poor lifted up, the oppressed set free
and your love made manifest in Jesus Christ,
the Anointed Servant.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

A Reading from 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 L 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.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 19 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
            and the firmament shows the handiwork of the Lord.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
            and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
            and their voices are not heard,
4 their sound has gone out into all lands, *
            and their message to the ends of the world.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

5 In the deep has God set a pavilion for the sun; *
            it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
            it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
            nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
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.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

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.

Refrain:  The heavens are telling the Holy One’s glory.

Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s first letter to the 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 honourable we clothe with greater honour, 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 honour 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 honoured, 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.

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

The Gradual Hymn

‘Let’s Sing unto the Lord’  Common Praise #417

The Gospel

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

            14 [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 Lord’s 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.”

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

The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation;
for in Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created,
things visible and invisible.

Christ himself is before all things,
and in Christ all things hold together.
Christ is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him God has reconciled us to God’s very self.

Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, one God.
Blessed be God for ever. [iv]

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

‘The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy’  Common Praise #631

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

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. [v]

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.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you,
almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
By the leading of a star he was shown forth to all nations;
in the waters of the Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son,
and in the miracle of water turned to wine he revealed your glory. 
And so, with all the choirs of angels,
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

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. [vi]

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’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.

[Therefore 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.[vii]

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. [viii]

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

The Hymn after Communion

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

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

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. [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

‘Eternal, Unchanging’  Common Praise #394 (sung to #393)


The Deacon dismisses the Community with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 96 alt.

[ii] Lang Carol Mass.

[iii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  Advent 1 through Epiphany 6,’ 10.

[iv] Colossians 1.15-20 edited for liturgical use by the Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett.

[v] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  Advent 1 through Epiphany 6,’ 13.

[vi] Lang ‘Carol Mass’.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), p. 110.

[viii] Common Worship #744.

[ix] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  Advent 1 through Epiphany 6,’ 13.

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