Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Ordo for the Second Sunday after Epiphany (14 January 2018)

The Second Sunday after Epiphany

14 January 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Sing a New Song unto the Lord’  Common Praise #312


Blessed are you, gracious God,
you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts.
Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen. [i]

Hymn of Praise

 ‘Glory to God on High’  Common Praise #365

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Persevering God,
by your sure voice
you rouse us from our slumber
and call us to discipleship and mission
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  1 Samuel 3.1-10

A reading from the First Book of Samuel.

            3.1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli.  The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

            2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.  4 Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.”  So he went and lay down.  6 The Lord called again, “Samuel!”  Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”  7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.  8 The Lord called Samuel again, a third time.  And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”  Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.  9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

            10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

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

The Psalm:  Psalm 139.1-5, 12-17 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  O Holy One, search us out and know our hearts.

Holy One, you have searched me out!
You know me!
You know when I sit, and when I stand;
from far away you discern my thoughts.
You trace my journeys and my resting places,
you are familiar with all my ways.

Indeed, there is not a word on my tongue
but you, you know it completely.
Your embrace is all around me.
You lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
so exalted that I cannot grasp it.

Refrain:  O Holy One, search us out and know our hearts.

Truly, you yourself created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you!  Fearfully, wonderfully, you created me;
wonderful are your works;
well do I know it.

My body was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
and woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes looked on me, still in the womb;
in your book all the shapes were recorded,
as day by day they were formed,
formed where there had been nothing.

To me  your thoughts are very precious,
profound in their sweeping vastness,
numberless as sand in the sea.
Even at my end I shall be with you.

Refrain:  O Holy One, search us out and know our hearts.

The Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 6.12-20

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

            6.12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.  13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other.  The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.  15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?  Never!  16 Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her?  For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.”  17 But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  18 Shun fornication!  Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.  19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714

The Gospel:  John 1.43-51

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1.43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.  He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”  44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”  46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”  48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?”  Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”  49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!”  50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see greater things than these.”  51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #714

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

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

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, died 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.

I believe in 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. [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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


The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘As We Gather at Your Table’  Common Praise #61

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Living God,
you have revealed Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. 
May we hear his word and follow it,
and live as children of light. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen. [iv]

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.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,
through your Beloved,  Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Redeemer. 
He is your living Word,
through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh from the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature. 
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you, the God and Creator of all.

In fulfilment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering,
to bring release to those who place their hope in you;
and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows,
and to give us his life on the cross,
so that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,
and banish the darkness of sin and despair. 
By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

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]

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death,
took bread and gave you thanks, saying,
“Take, and eat:  this is my body which is broken for you.” 
In the same way he took the cup, saying,
“This is my blood which is shed for you. 
When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you this bread and this cup,
giving thanks that you have made us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of your holy Church. 
Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries,
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
so that together we may praise you and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,
Author of creation and Word of redemption,
with the Spirit of wisdom in the holy Church,
now and for ever.  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 sing 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 forever.  Amen. [vii]

The Breaking of the Bread

God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
so that your light may shine in all the world. [viii]

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘Strengthen for Service, Lord’  Common Praise #87

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

God of glory,
you nourish us with bread from heaven. 
Fill us with your Holy Spirit,
so that through us your light may shine in all the world. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ.  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. [x]

The Closing Hymn

‘The Love of Jesus Calls Us’  Common Praise #434

The Dismissal

Go forth into the world in the name of Christ
who has called us in life and light.
Thanks be to God.

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220 alt.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 229.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 350 alt.

[v] Common Praise #726.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197 alt.

[vii] Common Praise #744.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 350 alt.

[ix] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 350 alt.

[x] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214.

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