Monday, February 20, 2017

An Ordo for the Last Sunday after Epiphany with the Commissioning of Trustees, Wardens and Church Committee (26 February 2017)

The Last Sunday after Epiphany
26 February 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’  Common Praise #1

Introductory Responses

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 in heart. 

The Collect for Purity

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.

The Hymn of Praise

‘Confitemini Domino’  Common Praise #402 (in English with repeat)

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
on the holy mount your revealed to chosen witnesses
your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured:
mercifully deliver us from the darkness of this world,
and change us into his likeness from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Exodus (24.12-18).

24.12 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.”  13 So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.  14 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.”

15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  16 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.  17 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.  18 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 2 with 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.

Refrain:  Happy are those who trust the Holy One.

9  You shall crush them with an iron rod *
and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
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)

1.16 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.  17 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.”  18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

19 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.  20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 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.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Laudate Dominum’  Common Praise #313 (in Latin with repeat)

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.

17.1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.  2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.  3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  4 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.”  5 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!”  6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.  7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

9 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.

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Laudate Dominum’  Common Praise #313 (in Latin with repeat)

The Homily

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

We believe and trust in God, 
the Author of creation,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist.

We believe and trust in God, 
the Word of redemption,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again.

We believe and trust in God,
the Spirit of wisdom,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world.

We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
who was and is and is to come.  Amen. 

The Prayers of the Community

A Litany for the Mission of the Church

Let us pray to the Source of all life, saying, 
“Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.”
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Inspire our minds and hearts with a vision of your reign of peace and justice.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth 
the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our lips, that we may tell in every tongue and dialect your wonderful works.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our hearts, that we may discern the mission to which you call us.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our feet, that we may take your good news into our neighbourhoods, 
our communities and all parts of the world.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Touch our hands, that we may each accomplish the work you give us to do.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Strengthen and encourage all who minister in your name 
in lonely, dangerous and unresponsive places.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Open the hearts and hands of many to support the ministry of the church 
in this and every place.
Source of all life, empower us with your Spirit.

Christ Jesus, you go before and behind us,
you are our light and our shield;
guide our path, be our clear sight,
lift us up in your gospel joy,
and bless the work we do in your name and honour,
for you are our beloved,
and our life made new.  Amen.

Commissioning of the Trustees, Wardens and Church Committee

Sisters and brothers in Christ, we are all baptized by the one Spirit into one body 
and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good.

Let us now recognize and affirm the ministry to which these persons have been called.  
They shall work among us as Trustees, Wardens and Members of the Church Committee to share in the leadership of this Parish and to nurture the life, order and vitality of our community so that God’s love may grow here and in all the places where we live, work and serve.

The Presider addresses the newly-elected as follows.

Will you, as long as you are engaged in the office to which you have been elected, 
perform it with care, to the honour of God and the benefit of the church?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you be regular and constant in worship?  
I will, with God’s help.

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

Will you study those things that may make you a more able minister of Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

May the Lord enable you and uphold you in this ministry.
May we find joy together in the service of Christ.

The Presider addresses the whole congregation.

Will you uphold these persons in the ministries to which they have been elected?
We will, with God’s help.

Let us pray.

O eternal God,
the foundation of all wisdom
and the source of all courage:
enlighten with your grace
the Trustees, Wardens and Church Committee of this Parish,
and so rule their minds and guide their counsels
that in all things they may seek your glory
and promote the mission of your Church.
We ask this in the name of Christ 
and in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

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

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace,
the eyes of all wait upon you,
and you open your hand in blessing.
Fill us with good things t your table,
so that we may come to the help of all in need,
through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.  Amen. 

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,
who, sharing our life, lived among us
to reveal your glory and love,
[so that] our darkness should give way
to your own brilliant light.
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. 

The Thanksgiving continues with one of the following Thanksgivings.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal:  
you we praise and glorify, you we worship and adore.  
You formed the earth from chaos; 
you encircled the globe with air; 
you created fire for warmth and light; 
you nourish the lands with water.  
You moulded us in your image, 
and with mercy higher than the mountains, 
with grace deeper than the seas, 
you blessed the Israelites and cherished them as your own.  
That also we, estranged and dying, might be adopted to live in your Spirit, 
you called to us through the life and death of Jesus.

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.

Together as the body of Christ, 
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember your Son, 
the first-born of your new creation.  
We remember his life lived for others, 
and his death and resurrection, which renews the face of the earth.  
We await his coming, 
when, with the world made perfect through your wisdom, 
all our sins and sorrows will be no more.  
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and compassionate, 
send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit, 
whose breath revives us for life, whose fire rouses us to love.  
Enfold in your arms all who share this holy food.  
Nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit, 
so that we may be a living tree, 
sharing your bounty with all the world.  
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Holy and benevolent God, 
receive our praise and petitions, 
as Jesus received the cry of the needy, 
and fill us with your blessing, 
until, needy no longer and bound to you in love, 
we feast forever in the triumph of the Lamb:  
through whom all glory and honour is yours, 
O God, O Living One, with the Holy Spirit, 
in your holy church, now and for ever.  Amen

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. 

The Breaking of the Bread

God of promise,
you prepare a banquet for us in your kingdom.
Happy are those who are called
to the supper of the Lamb.

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

The Communion

The Hymn after Communion

‘Be Thou My Vision’  Common Praise #505

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Holy God,
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
May we who are partakers of this table
reflect his life in word and deed,
so that all the world may know his power to change and save.
We ask this in his name.  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. 

Closing Hymn

‘The God of Abraham Praise’  Common Praise #347


The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

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